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Summer Treats

Frozen goodies are always a welcome sight at any gathering during the summer. Check out few of these books and make your own cool creations:

School's Out for Summer...

Congratulations to all the high school graduates of 2013! If you're taking some time to prepare for college this summer, be sure to read these college survival guides before you begin your undergraduate studies this fall:

Non-Traditional Sports

If you're a sports person, it's likely you've played some basketball, baseball, and football over the years. They are classics but they can sometimes get old too. Why not mix things up by trying something a little different? How about archery or rugby or speed skating?

Grab a few friends and start a new sporting tradition:

Easter Traditions

This year, Easter is celebrated on the last day of March in the Western world. If you're curious about a few of the typical traditions surrounding the holiday, try these books: 

War Dogs

Military animals have been used in various wars and conquests throughout time. Alexander the Great made use of elephants. War pigeons were popular in WWII to ferry messages across enemy lines. And, of course, horses have been used in both ancient and modern warfare.

Dogs have also seen their share of war combat over time. Ancient Greek writings tell of their presence in various conflicts. Many countries still use canines today in both combat and peacetime missions.

Read about a few modern military dogs and their handlers in these gripping accounts:

Chefs In The Kitchen

Food is considered an art form by many, but no great chef is born a culinary genius. Great chefs are made through hard work, refined skill, and perseverance. Find out how these chefs learned their trade and see what it takes to survive in the competitive world of culinary art:

Farm Life

Maybe you're a city dweller or suburbanite who tends to a small patch of earth in your backyard. You might even be the adventurous type raising a handful of chickens or rabbits at the same time. What would your life be like if your miniature farm transformed itself into a full-size version?

Find out with these true farm tales:

What's Your Goal?

Whether you want to begin your university studies, enter into the military, get a pilot's license or become an American citizen, you need to pass an exam before you can reach your goal. How can you best prepare for your exam? Study guides are always a good place to start. They provide practice exams and an overview of testing procedures, so you know what to expect on exam day. HCPL has a variety of study guides to help you meet your goal:

 

Smart Investing

You work hard - and your money should too. Find out how to put your money to work with these classic investment guides:

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel
How to Make Money in Stocks by William J. O'Neil
The Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein
The Little Book that Beats the Market by Joel Greenblatt

 

Homemade Goodies

I used to buy popcorn in microwave bags. One day, I became nostalgic and bought kernels for stove popping instead. That's how I learned I like homemade popcorn better. It tasted better. I could add my own ingredients. And it was cheaper.

I started wondering what other foods are easy to make and less costly than their ready-made counterparts. I quickly learned that peanut butter can be made in only ten minutes with only three ingredients. And, again, it was tastier and cheaper than its store-bought equivalent. I wanted to find even more items I could make, so I searched for a few books at the library and came up with three good guides.

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