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Just in! Math Help! March 6, 2012

Filed under: Sly Booka Rama Jamma — Sturgis District Library @ 12:20 PM
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Are you struggling with math or is there one particular area that you need help with?  I had a link shared with me today that you should check out.  Patrick JMT has a series of math tutorials for practically ANYONE who needs help or is “math impaired” like myself.

This is definitely worth your time!



Photo Edits with Gimp February 20, 2012

Filed under: Phototabulous happenings — Sturgis District Library @ 9:38 PM

Have you always wanted to edit your photos in an extreme, or not so extreme, way but you just can’t afford Photoshop?  Well!  Have I got good news for you!  The solution to your dilemma is GIMP!  Gimp works in layers, much like Photoshop, and is able to handle most, if not all, of your editing needs.  Gimp is easy to install and Gimp is absolutely free!

Just for fun, I did an extreme photo edit to show you how Gimp can work for you:

Extreme editing - Before and After


The first thing you are going to so is go to ‘file’ and open the image of your choice from your own pictures.  I chose this one because I like the colors.  Also, horizontal images work the best.

The second step is to go to ‘filters,’ then on the drop down menu you will select ‘noise.’  And this is when you get to hurl.  Yes, hurl.  To hurl correctly, you are going set your random seed at 10 and your randomization percentage at 56% and click on OK.  Don’t do anything with the other settings.

This is what your image will look like at this point.

Now you are going to add a motion blur.  Go back to the filter tab and pick ‘blur’ from the drop down then ‘motion.’  In the pop-up, you are going to select ‘zoom’ and set the length to right around 130.  You may have to center the zoom. Click OK.

Now you have a nice blur radiating out from the center!

At this point, you are going to need to duplicate the first photo layer.  Click on the button that the arrow is pointing to in the photo.  Voila!  Duplicate layer!

Now we are going to add some twirl to the photos.  Make sure that the top photo layer is highlighted then go up to the filter tab again.  From the drop down, you are going to select ‘distorts’ then ‘whirl and pinch.’  In the pop-up, you are doing to set the whirl at a number from 75 – 90 without adjusting the other settings.  Click okay.

This is how the top layer should look at this point.

Now you are going to highlight the bottom photo layer and follow the same steps with one exception – you are going to place a – in front of the number that you chose for the top layer.

We’re coming to the home stretch now!  Go to your layers palette and select the top photo layer.  We need to modify this layer to “overlay.” 

Ta Da!  Look what you did!

Merge your layers by going to the top tool bar and selecting the ‘image’ tab then ‘merge layers.’

You can now tweak the sharpening and saturation to your satisfaction.

Filters, Enhance, Sharpen!Colors, Hue-Saturation!Adjust the sliders to your preferences!

Before saving, you are going to ‘flatten’ the image. 

Your image is ready to be saved! 

Once you get the hang of this, it is very easy to make an impressive abstract photo.  I would love it if you posted a link to yours in the comments so we can see how it turned out.


Hunger Games Review January 30, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sturgis District Library @ 6:35 PM

The Hunger Games is the first book in a series of three.  This book is full of adventure, constantly throwing curveballs that leave you wondering what will happen next.  The heroine has a strong protective instinct for her friends and family, which leads her into a dangerous situation where to survive, she must kill.  Though slow-paced and predictable at times, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  For those who want a little excitement in their reading, I would recommend this book.



The Statistical Probability of Love at First Site January 28, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

While the title of this book is what attracted me to it first, the story is what drew me in.

Hadley has missed her flight by 4 minutes.  What can happen in four minutes?  In the space of that 4 minutes two sets eyes have met across a crowded room; Hadley and Oliver are inseparable during the next flight.  The book takes place in a 24 hour time span and the events that happen during that time will keep you spellbound.  The dialogue is fast paced and intelligent and the story is FABULOUS. The book has several emotional highs and lows, but it is still an uncomplicated read that satisfies with a happy ending.

The book leaves you pondering at the end, how many people really believe in love at first sight and wondering if you yourself are one of those people.


DIY – Bath Salts! January 27, 2012

Filed under: Rama Jamma DIYarama — Sturgis District Library @ 11:24 AM
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salt-scrubWe all like to keep our skin clean and fragrant whether we are guys or girls.  Here is a recipe for a nice salt scrub (you can use sugar too) to exfoliate and leave you smelling divine.

You will need:

  1.   Salt (table variety is less harsh on the skin, however I prefer sea salt)
  2.   Baby oil
  3.   a few drops of your preferred essential oil (they make oils that are geared toward men as well as women!)

To make the scrub, you just mix one part oil to two parts salt (ie. one cup of oil to 2 cups of salt)  Put in a few drops of the oil you like and mix together.   Put the scrub into a nice jar with a lids that seals tight and Voila!  You now have a great scrub that costs you a fraction of what the bath shops would charge you!

My husband loves it when I make him new salt scrub, so I know that isn’t just for the girls!  This scrub makes a great gift for your friends as well and is a great project if you are having a night in with the friends.


Calling all cars! January 26, 2012

Filed under: Sly Booka Rama Jamma — Sturgis District Library @ 12:11 PM
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I could be calling this car, but I am calling YOU!

Okay, I am not really calling all cars, but I am calling on our astute, clever and creative teens who want something to do on any given evening.

In the coming days, weeks, months, oh…  years?!  I am planning:

  • A book group for our young adults/teens – put aside the dry Oprah books – let’s read books like The Hunger Games, Wither, If I Go and Speak.  A book should be fun to read; not put you to sleep!  I would like to get enough interest to get a small group started that can grow!
  • A film club that will meet one time a month to watch the movie of your choice (within boundaries, of course).  We are looking at using MuVChat software during selected screenings to make the whole experience JUST THAT MUCH MORE FABULOUS.
  • There is the possibility for a photography group that could meet once or twice a month, or we can just set up a separate page linked to this one to showcase a weekly theme.  There is a lot of FREE photo editing software out there like:
  1. Gimp 
  2. Picasa
  3. Sumo Paint
  4. Paint.NET
  5. Photoscape
  6. Photoshop Express (you edit your photos in your browser with this one)
  7. Raw Therapee (for shooting in camera raw – used in conjunction with other editing software)
  8. Photo Filtre
  • This year should bring us fun things to do like photo painting, a scavenger hunt, the normal summer reading program as well as another Photoshop class that is in the works with Jared Rarick from The Orange Room.
  • This page is not meant to be merely about book reviews; look forward to info about upcoming events at the library or in the world at large, how to’s and DYI’s, photos etc….
  • Email me at with things you would like me to post – this can include your photos, your artwork, a book review, something that you think would interest anyone else – think outside the box!

This is just one of the creative things you can do with a bit of photo editing software...


Tramp, Vamp or Scamp? January 25, 2012

Filed under: Books Beyond Compare — Sturgis District Library @ 5:06 PM
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Class is hard to come by these days, especially for the young adult woman who is bombarded with constant images of celebs with bad behavior.  Not to worry – I ordered three new titles for the Lass With Class:

Classy; Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady by Derek Blasberg

Very Classy; Even More Exceptional Advice for the Extremely Modern Lady also by Derek Blasberg

and my personal favorite,  How to be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy.

Among my favorite things about this little gem of a book are the chapter titles themselves:

  1. Keep Your Chin Up and Your Skirt Down
  2. Words, Words, Words
  3. Use Some Elbow Grease
  4. Choose Your Friends Wisely
  5. Let Him Come Calling
  6. Dress to Impress
  7. Less is More
  8. Have your Cake and Eat it Too



Surprise Visit!

Filed under: Phototabulous happenings — Sturgis District Library @ 4:47 PM
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We were quite shocked, recently, when who should sparkle into our library but Edward Cullen?!  His ghastly pallor was even more evident under the harsh fluorescent lights of the library and he looked a bit lost, to be honest.  When he wandered over to the circulation desk to inquire about the possibility of doing a bit of community service, we were quite shocked, but it seems that even vampires like to help out in the community…  So, we put him to work.



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