I am always looking for new ideas to encourage people, especially children, to read. The other day I came across an article about how to make a book using family photos. The whole family can take part in this activity and have a keepsake of special moments written in your own words.

Year round I take tons of photos using my cell phone and have them saved on all types of electronic devices, but rarely print any of them. So why not make a book using the pictures taken from summer vacation trips, birthday parties, or other fun times?

There are plenty of places in town and online where you can create a book using snapshots.

Select a theme or title for your book. Let the kids help choose several favorite shots, then add their own words about what was taking place. It will be fun to see how their memories compare with yours. I bet it will be the one book your family reads the most.

Improved technology has made taking photos easier, especially with cell phones. It has also enabled us to become more creative photographers. If you would like to learn more about digital photography there are several excellent books at the library that can help, such as:

“The Beginner’s Photography Guide” by Chris Gatcum

“Digital Photographer’s Handbook” by Tom Ang

“Digital Photography Through the Year” by Tom Ang

“Boutique Baby Photography: The Digital Photographer’s Guide to Success in Maternity and Baby Portraiture” by Mimika Cooney

”Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds” by Harold Davis

“Popular Photography” is a monthly publication that can be found at the Bossier Central Library. It contains professional tips for experienced and amateur photographers.

Book it to the Bossier Libraries where there is always something going on for everyone.

Make a note:

June 24-28, Aulds Library invites teens to pick up information about Archeology provided by the History Center.

Tuesday, June 25, at 10 a.m. Aulds Library is having Science Day for kids ages 6-12. Learn how to make sun prints.

Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. “The Harvey Rabbit and Friends Show” with Tim and Laura Allured will be at the Bossier Central Library for the Summer Reading Program.

The Allureds have performed at the Summer Reading Program for several years.  They will visit all of the branches this week.

Tuesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at Aulds Library invite kids ages 6-12 to learn how to make a cardboard maze.

 

New Books

 

Fiction

“A Conspiracy of Faith” by Jussi Adler-Olsen

“Deeply Odd” by Dean Koontz

“Bristol House” by Beverly Swerling

“A Chain of Thunder” by Jeff Shaara

“Paris” by Edward Rutherford

“The Woman Upstairs” by Claire Messud

“Shotgun Lullaby” by Steve Ulfelder

“Crossbones Yard” by Kate Rhodes

“The Utopia Experiment” by Kyle Mills

“The Kill Room” by Jeffery Deaver

 

Nonfiction

“John Keats” by Nicholas Roe

“Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard” by Laura Bates

“The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder” by Charles Graeber

“Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution” by Nathaniel Philbrick

“Clean Gut: The Breakthrough Plan for Eliminating the Root Cause of Disease and Revolutionizing Your Health” by Alejandro Junger

“Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home” by Walter Cronkite IV and Maurice Isserman

“The Cineaste” by A. Van Jordan

“Put ’em Up Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook, Creative Ways to Put ’em Up, Tasty Ways to Use ’em Up” by Sherri Brooks Vinton

“My Way” by Paul Anka with David Dalton

“Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story” by Carol Burnett

 

Vickie Hardin is Outreach Specialist for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@state.lib.la.us