DIY Different

While gardening, cooking, and home improvement are what most people think of as do-it-yourself, or DIY, in a more general sense anything that you can pay someone else to do or buy ready-made, but do yourself, is do-it-yourself. Let’s DIY Different!

Whether you’re an incessant reader, enjoy binge-watching television shows, or love a long videogame session, it’s storytelling that drives many of our hobbies and passions. If you’d like to take this one step further and are looking to participate in the storytelling yourself, one fantastic possibility is through tabletop roleplaying games (TTRPGs) such as Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, or Numenera. Grab yourself a few friends, some paper and pencils, a set of dice, check out the Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook (& Dungeon Master’s Guide, & maybe the Monster Manual), and you’re ready to roll! Continue reading “DIY Different”

Immerse Yourself in Bastille Day

By Jen B and Ann G

This Monday, July 14, is the 225th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille – when Parians invaded the fortress and prompted the French Revolution. The Bastille was for them a symbol of everything the uncaring old regime and its bloated monarchy stood for. The violence and passion of the attack made it clear to King Louis XVI that things might not end up going his way. Here below, two librarians share ways to commemorate the anniversary!

For a local hit of French culture (and, more importantly, food), travel to the distant reaches of Madison Valley for Bastille Bash 2014, where you’ll find live music, wine tasting, gourmet comestibles, and other festivities! And then when you’re home again, try some of these great titles…

Citizens
Citizens

Ann says: If you’re interested in the bloody origins of what is now a French National holiday, start with a great overview in Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution. In it, history geek Simon Schama does for the French Revolution what he did for British history in similarly magisterial style. He relates not only the broad sweep of events, but also the day-to-day stories that affected them. Continue reading “Immerse Yourself in Bastille Day”