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Embrace the Summer Slowdown:

The Joy of Relaxing and Savoring Books

Summer is the perfect time to escape the rush of everyday life and immerse ourselves in wonder of stories. We are often caught up prioritizing speed and productivity, that we forget to slow down and savor the stories we are reading. Doing so can be a transformative experience. So, let’s set aside our to-do lists, find a cozy nook, and explore the reasons why it’s important to indulge in some pleasure reading.

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May flowers bring…

New Books to enjoy reading outside in the sunshine!

There is nothing better than reading a great book in the warm sun!  Listening to the birds singing & Mother Nature coming to life!  

The flowers are blooming and the air smells fresh & clean!   If you’re wondering what to read next on your beautiful spring day!

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Time to get GROWING!!

With Spring here, Summer is right around the corner! Now is the time to start planning your vegetable garden.  Creating a vegetable garden has many benefits. Harvesting your own vegetables is not only a tastier and healthier option but also a relaxing project that can be shared with the whole family.

Growing from seeds is another option to consider and April is the month to get going.  Growing from seed offers you a cheaper method of growing vegetables and can give you options not offered at your local nursery.  It is more time consuming and requires extra work but the results can be more rewarding.

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Oceanside Library Patrons Recommend…

In a reading slump? Don’t know what to read next? You’re at the right place!

These titles have been recommended by Oceanside Library patrons who have been attending our Page Turners Book Chat. This program meets once a month as a place for bookworms to recommend new books to each other. It is not only a great place to make a new ‘to-be read’ list, but a place to make new friends and chat. All are welcome to join!

Page Turners will be meeting this month on Thursday, March 23rd at 2:30PM.

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For a Short Month, It’s Packed!

It starts with Groundhog Day and ends 28 days later, yet so much takes place in between. The month begins with faithful followers anxiously waiting to see if winter is still upon us (…brrr!) or if spring is right around the corner.

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New Year, New Hobby

Start off the new year by picking up a new hobby! Hobbies are the perfect antidote for boredom and can help enhance your life by providing both mental and physical benefits. Hobbies can be fun, exciting, relaxing, or educational, and are a rewarding way to pass some free time. They can also be a great way to show off your creativity and self-expression.
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On Your Marks, Get Set…BAKE!

As a person who LOVES to eat and is an avid home baker, December is one of my favorite times of year. Through all the hectic and busy holiday goings-on, I always make time to prepare at least a few special holiday treats.

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We librarians each take a turn blogging here. When I learned my turn would fall in November and that is Family Caregivers Month, I was excited for the coincidence. Having been a caregiver to my partner Michael, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, I knew I had something to contribute. Initially I thought I’d talk about how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves, but I didn’t take care of my own self, so that would be disingenuous.

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Thrillers and Mysteries and Horrors, Oh My!

To me, October is truly the most wonderful time of the year. To quote one of my favorite books, “I was born in February but I come alive in October” – Rainbow Rowell, Attachments. I’ve never related to anything more. The air is crisp, the colors are vibrant and it’s the best time to curl up with a good book, preferably one that keeps you on your toes.

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Put Your Best Self Forward

The shorter, cooler days of September are a perfect time to nourish your soul and strive to be your “best self.” Here are some of my favorite spirituality-themed books to get you started on your mindfulness journey:

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