Zumba to the Rhythm

IMG_1675 The library was up and at ’em this week with Zumba.  And with this week, the library is now at the halfway point of the Summer Reading Program!  The YMCA led the group in some energetic dance to the beat.




The staff has been frantically gathering returned materials and reshelving them in order to keep up with the kids every week.  Thursday mornings, the shelves always seem just a bit lighter.


It was great to have such an engaging activity to get the whole group moving.




After all the exercise, we imagine the kids had to be ready for a nice quiet summer reading break.


Disney Music with the F-M Orchestra

IMG_1648This week for our Summer Reading Program event, we invited Christina Chen-Byers – Director of the Fargo-Moorhead University Orchestra – to help kids learn about music.  As an added bonus, she focused on some famous tunes from various Disney movies.  If nothing else, the staff was nostalgic.




The kids participated in some question-and-answer games and helped Christina fill in some well-loved Disney lyrics.

For some added fun, the kids were split into groups and faced off  to see who could sing louder.




The kids took full advantage of the singing techniques they learned from Christina and of the chance to be loud in the library.

Next week, we look forward to a little more rhythm with some Zumba.

Make Your Own Lip Balm

Try your hand at a little do-it-yourself cosmetic project.  With a quick trip to the hobby store, you can make a personalized lip balm with simple ingredients.  This project was originally presented as part of the Make It Yourself Program held at the Moorhead Public Library on October 10th, 2013.

Photo by Karunakar Rayker (CC BY 2.0)


  • 1 Tablespoon (0.5 oz) beeswax
  • 1 Tablespoon shea butter
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • Dropper or funnel
  • Small containers
  • Optional ingredients:
    • Few drops of essential oil (peppermint or vanilla are common)
      • Shavings from your favorite lipstick to add tinting

Photo by Nekenasoa (CC BY 2.0)


  • In a small pan, melt beeswax over low heat.
  • Add shea butter and coconut oil.
  • Add lipstick shavings until melted (optional).
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add a few drops of essential oil (optional).
  • Use a dropper or funnel to transfer the liquid into your containers.
  • Cool completely until contents are hardened and cover.
Photo by Steven Depolo (CC BY 2.0)

Photo by Steven Depolo (CC BY 2.0)


Recipe adapted from Homemade Natural Chapstick by Passionate Homemaking


The Summer of DIY

Fancy a little DIY?  Summer is the perfect time to get some projects done inside and outside of the house.  Whether or not it sounds daunting, here’s a list to help you get inspired, learn something new, or finish off your to-do list:

Handmade for the Garden: 75 Ingenious Ways to Enhance Your Outdoor Space with DIY Tools, Pots, Supports, Embellishments, and More by Susan Guagliumi

Whether you’ve got acres to work with, or just a few containers on your balcony, you’re sure to find a few ideas to create some garden space with things you may already have around the house.

True Green Home: 100 Inspirational Ideas for Creating a Green Environment at Home by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the city life, browse a few ideas about how to invite nature back into your space, indoors and out.

A Beautiful Mess Happy Handmade Home: Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman

Who says you have spend tons of money on brand new home decor?  Make it yourself and show off your creative side.

Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for the Digital Generation by Brit Morin

Bring homemaking into the 21st century with this book.  Great ideas to inspire your creativity and upgrade your space.

The DIY Bride, an Affair to Remember: 40 Fantastic Projects to Celebrate Your Unique Wedding Style by Khris Cochran

In the midst of wedding season, it’s also a great time to think about some projects to help yourself, or a friend, really personalize their big day.

Crafty Ideas for the Bride on a Budget: 75 DIY Wedding Projects Edited by Linda Kopp

Not only is DIY a great way to exercise your creativity, and a fun way to occupy some free time, it can save you money in the process.

Home Made : The Ultimate DIY Cookbook, Featuring Over 200 From-Scratch Recipes edited by Hennie Franssen-Seebregts and translated by Oliver De Vriese

If you’re a little wary about starting up any big projects, start up your DIY kick in the kitchen.  This way, you can really experiment.

Edible DIY : Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share by Lucy Baker

Need gift ideas?  Recipes and edible gifts – especially DIY – can really make an impact.  Get a head start on Holiday ideas.

DIY to the Rescue : 50 Home Improvement Projects by Karl Champley & Amy Devers

The ultimate DIY: projects to give new life to your home.  These can often be daunting tasks, but research can help bring it a little closer to reality.

Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle by Tsia Carson

And if nothing else, stock up on a few ideas to get inspiration for your own DIY projects, now and in the future.

Happy Reading!

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.