Beth Bland

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Garden Allies: The Insects, Birds, and Other Animals That Keep Your Garden Beautiful and Thriving

A useful and interesting read for rookie, armchair, and experienced gardeners. Easy to read front to back or section by section, and information can be applied to any region of the United States.

Color Scheme: An Irreverent History of Art and Pop Culture in Color Palettes

A visually pleasing palette of colors and artworks. At times, the book is a bit too deep or ethereal for the everyday reader, not unlike walking through an art museum. But that isn’t reason enough to deny this book a spot on any public library’s shelves.

How To Make Art for Joy’s Sake: Free-Spirited Watercolor

Despite the lack of an index, this text is encouraging, easy to read, and welcoming to novice painters.

Harry Potter: Crafting Wizardry; The Official Harry Potter Craft Book

Even those who aren’t familiar with the Harry Potter books will enjoy making these projects. The book’s instructions remind readers that children should only use tools that are appropriate to their age, and that many of the projects here will require adult to help and supervise.

Tokachi Millennium Forest: Pioneering a New Way of Gardening with Nature

An excellent resource for the armchair gardener and the environmentally minded.


Mend It, Wear It, Love It! Stitch Your Way to a Sustainable Wardrobe

Sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels will find this book a useful addition to their collections.

Finlay Donovan Is Killing It

Readers can pick up YA author Cosimano’s (Seasons of the Storm) fun adult debut and put it down again without losing the story. Adults and high school readers will enjoy this breezy romp.

Fortune Favors the Dead

This is a fun whodunit for high schoolers up through adults. It’s easy to pick up and put down again, perfect for a cozy weekend read.

A Year in My Garden

An enjoyable book for gardening enthusiasts of any skill level and a good addition to any public library collection.

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