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      Seems that the publishing world has flooded the market with how-to books lately, so of course we had to select a few to add to the collection.

      We already have a book or two on the subject, but the trend still seems strong, so we’ve added Pallet Craft: 20 Creative Makes Using Wooden Pallets by Emma Basden, including directions and lots of photographs of creations from a vintage star to a headboard, a bar, tables, benches, tipis and more.  If you like to work with wood, another addition is Bird House: Make and Makeover by Alan Goodsell. Starting with a basic square birdhouse, then adding different roofs, trim, color and detail you can go as simple or elaborate as you want. The author has also included a chart of the different hole size/height from floor preferred by a variety of bird species.

            Painting more your thing? We have DIY Watercolor Flowers: The beginner’s guide to flower painting for journal pages, handmade stationary and more by Marie Boudon. Loose and easy, the flowers are generally identifiable, but not overly detailed, showing techniques and ideas for using your artwork.  We’ve also added another DVD/book from the Great Courses series, just titled How to Paint by Ricky Allman—24 30 minute lessons  of instruction, from basic tools, to fundamentals of color, painting volume, landscapes, people and more.

            How-to doesn’t have to be a physical craft, and we’ve noticed our audio how-to books go out a fair bit, so we’ve added Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado by, wait for it, Dave Pensado! Not a big book, but it appears to offer solid technical advice on getting the best out of your equipment and vocalist.

            FYI—The genealogy group meets this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.—all welcome to this informal group—ask questions, tell us your exciting finds, find out some of the tricks and skills to make your family search better.

          Don’t forget! This Sunday, the Sad, Seamy and Sinister Side of Cincinnati program is at 2:00 p.m. in the library annex. Should be a fun event, appropriate for adults.