Ideas Festival Reading
March brings the Ideas Festival to Maplewood, where we get to meet fabulously talented people who turn out to be our neighbors! Here are some recently acquired titles that tie in with this year’s presenters:
The big book of maker skills: tools & techniques for building great tech projects by Chris Hackett MAKER YA 621.9 HAC
Readers learn classic, tried-and-true techniques from the shop class of yore–how to use a metal lathe, or pick the perfect drill bit or saw–and get introduced to a whole new world of modern manufacturing technologies, like using CAD software, printing circuits, and more. Step-by-step illustrations, helpful diagrams, and exceptional photography make this book an easy-to-follow and easy-on-the-eyes guide to getting your project done. Available at the Hilton Branch.
Strip your stash: dynamic quilts made from strips: 12 projects in multiple sizes from GE designs by Gudrun Erla 746.46 ERL
Precut fabric is popular with quilters, and this book focuses on one of the best-known precuts-the two-and-a-half inch strip, aka a jelly roll. Erla explores the possibilities of this simple shape in 12 quilt projects that use such strips as the focal fabric. The projects are divided into three groupings-Controlled Colorway, which uses coordinating strips for effect; Distinct Blocks, which features strips as the basis of larger blocks; and Scrap Crazies, which allows quilters to go wild with their leftovers. The projects include quilts in diverse sizes, with most ranging from crib to queen, and there are abundant illustrations and diagrams to guide quilters through the process.
Bottom of the 33rd: hope and redemption in baseball’s longest game by Dan Barry 2011 796.357 Bar
New York Times columnist Barry, winner of this year’s Maplewood Literary Award, provides a charming, meditative portrait of a minor league baseball game that seemed to last forever. Because of a rule-book glitch, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings played for 33 innings on a chilly Saturday night into the Easter morning of 1981. Using the game as a focal point, Barry examines the lives and future careers of many of the players, including the then unknown Wade Boggs and Cal Ripken. Barry also profiles the Red Sox team owner, the fans and workers, and even the stadium and the depressed industrial town of Pawtucket, R.I. The game gives Barry ample opportunity to explore the world that surrounds it. The three decades that have passed since the game allow Barry to track the arc of entire lives, adding emotional resonance.
Compiled by Ina Rimpau