Make Your Own Play Dough


Photo by Pieter Pieterse (CC BY-NC 2.0)



Photo by Matthew Bland (CC BY 2.0)

Got an overflowing pantry? Clear out some space with a few common baking ingredients and whip up a batch of your very own play dough! You can customize your own color combination too. This project was originally presented as part of the Make It Yourself Series held at the Moorhead Public Library on January 10th, 2014.

You will need:  

  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cream of tartar
  • Medium saucepan
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Food Coloring as desired (cake decorators paste or gel works best)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Air tight container


  1. In a saucepan, combine flour, salt, and cream of tartar.
  2. Add water, oil, and food coloring. (The color may darken as the mixture heats).
  3. Mix until smooth.
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    Photo by Ballookey Klugeypop (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Cook over low heat.

  5. Once the mixture begins to thicken, add vanilla extract.
  6. Heat until the mixture becomes the consistency of mashed potatoes and is no longer sticky.
  7. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  8. Knead the cooled dough and store in air-tight container.


The Moorhead Library Gets Footloose

This week we hosted the Gooseberry Park Players as they taught the kids about singing, dancing, and performing, as part of our Summer Reading Program.  And, this year’s theme happened to be Footloose!

The Gooseberry Park Players showcased their talent with individual and group performances making for some interesting library music.  With some audience participation and a few volunteers, the program was over too soon.

Our consolation, however, was all the returning books and reading logs.  We handed out tons of prizes for all the super readers!  Once again our shelves are nearly bare!

Next week we’re looking forward to Christina Chen-Byers, heading the Fargo-Moorhead Orchestra.  We’re excited to experience some awesome tunes in the library.

See you Wednesday afternoon!

Zombie Reads

Are you running out of books to read for your Sizzlin’ Summer Reads yet?  Break out of the ordinary and read something outside your comfort zone.  Cross off a few squares on your Bingo Card perhaps.  Zombie popularity has been on the upswing in recent years, so here’s a list to help you see what the bandwagon is all about.  As always, happy reading!

The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Cliff Rathburn

Police officer Rick Grimes is shot on the job and wakes up a month later to find that the world that he knows is gone. Zombies have taken over and are killing and eating those who are still alive. He sets out toward Atlanta in the hope that his family is still alive and endures many horrors along the way.

Zom-B by Darren Shan

When the news starts reporting a zombie outbreak in Ireland, B’s father thinks it’s a hoax-but even if it isn’t, the two of them joke, it’s only the Irish, right? That is, until zombies actually attack the school. B is forced on a mad dash through the serpentine corridors of high school, making allegiances with anyone with enough gall to fight off their pursuers. But when they come face-to-face with the ravenous, oozing corpses, all bets are off. There are no friends. No allies. Just whatever it takes to survive.”–Dust jacket

World War Z (2013)

Based on the novel by Max Brooks  Gerry Lane travels the globe in an effort to eliminate the zombie pandemic that is endangering the existence of humanity

Warm Bodies (2013)

Based on the novel by Isaac Marion.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for zombie violence and some language.
After a zombie epidemic, R (a zombie) rescues Julie (a human survivor) from a zombie attack. The two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human, setting off a chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.


Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

Zombie Combat Manual by Roger Ma

“The go-to guide for anyone who wants to prepare for the unavoidable zombie epidemic. Now is the time to learn how to defend against an advancing army of the undead, lest you fall victim to their growing ranks.” — p. [4] of cover.



Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

A mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton–and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Eat Brains Love by Jeff Hart

New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.



Dearly Departed by Lia Habel

In the year 2195 when society is technologically advanced but follows the social mores of Victorian England, recently orphaned Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering, social-climbing aunt, until she is nearly kidnapped by zombies and falls in with a group of mysterious, black-clad commandos.

Zombie Survival Guide:  Recorded Attacks by Max Brooks

Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it. From the Stone Age to the information age, the undead have threatened to engulf the human race. They’re coming. They’re hungry. Don’t wait for them to come to you! This is the graphic novel the fans demanded: major zombie attacks from the dawn of humanity. On the African savannas, against the legions of ancient Rome, on the high seas with Francis Drake– every civilization has faced them. Here are the grisly and heroic stories–complete with eye-popping artwork that pulsates with the hideous faces of the undead. Organize before they rise! Scripted by the world’s leading zombie authority, Max Brooks, Recorded Attacks reveals how other eras and cultures have dealt with–and survived–the ancient viral plague. By immersing ourselves in past horror we may yet prevail over the coming outbreak in our time” — from publisher’s web site.

Make Your Own Button Bracelet

Accidental button collection?  Recycle them into a fun bracelet!  Here, we’ve adapted instructions from the The Stretchable Button Bracelet video by BeyondBracelets.  Originally, we presented the Button Bracelet craft as part of our Make It Yourself program.

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  • 15 inches elastic jewelry beading cord .5 mm per bracelet
  • 15-20 buttons per bracelet
  • Scissors
  • Binder clip
  • Ruler


bracelet1.  Place about an inch of one end of the cord into the binder clip.  This will keep the buttons from sliding off as you work.

2.  Start with one button.  Thread the cord through one of the holes from the front side of the button to the back side.

a.  If your button has 2 holes, simply thread the cord back up through the other hole.

b.  If your button has 4 holes, thread the cord back up through the diagonal hole.bracelet3

3.  Slide the button all the way down to the clip.

4.  The next button will be threaded the opposite way as the last.

a.  Thread the cord from the back side of the button to the front.

b.  Then thread back down through the other hole from front side to back side.

bracelet25.  The third button will be threaded the same as the first.  And the fourth will be threaded the same as the second.  Keep threading in an alternating pattern until your bracelet reaches all the way around your wrist.

6.  Take the binder clip off of the end of the cord and tie the ends together in a few secure knots.

7.  Trim off any excess cord and try it on!

A Fresh SRP Update

This week, Summer Reading Program was a special one here at Moorhead.  We had not one, but three programs throughout the week!  IMG_1532

Bright and early on Wednesday, we hosted a Make Your Own Tambourine event.  Kids were invited to decorate their paper tambourines and add bells for some musical fun.

We had such a great turn out that we had volunteers and staff helping out all day.

Later in the day, we had an open craft event with plenty more tambourines and lots of readers cruising the shelves.



The highlight of our week, however, was our in-house concert by MSUM’s Poco Fuego, a steel drum quintet!  Library patrons and community members alike showed up to listen to the performance.










Complete with dancing, some fun Caribbean rhythms, a bit of music trivia and lots of limbo, our SRP event was a blast – reading prizes notwithstanding!


This week, we’re continuing our SRP program with a Pet Show at Memorial Park in Moorhead.  We invite families with all manner of pets–stuffed animals and pet rocks even–to join us in some outdoor, pet-friendly fun!  Then stock up on your reading logs and fresh books at the library just a few blocks away.