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Earn a FREE bike!

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Bike Club

Teens will participate in an 8 week course held once a week at the Forest Lawn Library where they will develop leadership and teamwork skills as well as bike mechanics!

Open to all teens between ages 11-17

Teens will meet on Mondays where they will receive a healthy snack, play games and discuss daily lessons (community, leadership, self-esteem) and bike mechanics (fixing a tire, gear adjustments, chains, brakes, etc)

All the tools and bikes will be provided

Teens that attend all 8 sessions will receive a FREE BIKE, a brand new LOCK and HELMET!

April 28

May 5, 12, 26

June 2, 9, 16 and 23

4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Forest Lawn Library

Register at the library or email us your name and number

Get Into Our Beds!

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The birds are chirping and spring is on the horizon! Do you dig it? So, where are you digging? Is it at the Forest Lawn Book 'n Worms Community Garden?

You may not have access to your own yard or garden bed. Let the Forest Lawn Book 'n Worms Community Garden help! Gardening at the library can take on many forms. You may be interested in growing vegetables, flowers or your favorite herb. Your imagination is your only limit!

With 25 plots, join in and meet new people, get your family involved, exchange gardening tips and be in touch with nature.

Plots are currently available! To book your plot, contact Tracy at Follow them on Facebook: Book 'n Worms Garden Guild

Stay tuned here or check the Spring/Summer Program guide to hear about future events happening in the garden!

International Women's Day 2014

International Women's Day 2014

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Beyond Present

The first International Women's Day was held in 1911 (that's 103 years ago in case you were wondering). The 1900s was the time of revolution, women were fed up with their role in society and demanded for a change. A lot of major events have happened since that time, and the women's role were slowly making their presence in history. They pushed for shorter working hours, better pay, and their right to vote. Their political and social achievements in the past have leaded us to the new era where equality exists between men and women. However, there are still some small biases that still remain in today's society. If you look around at some professions, are women represented in equal numbers to men?

Each year the United Nation has a theme for International Women's Day. This year's theme is "Inspiring Change." Women have voiced their opinions in the past to promote a change in history. Using their inspiration from the past, let them inspire you to challenge our society in bringing new ideas for women's equality!

Now that we've packed you with some knowledge and facts, come and celebrate International Women's Day with us at the Forest Lawn Library on March 8th from 11:00-2:00 p.m.

Many events will be happening throughout the library including, photo booth, games and activities for all ages, an egg race and much more for the family to enjoy!

Prom Dress Extravaganza!

Prom Dress Extravaganza!

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Great Books for 2014!

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Happy New Year! As we look to the year ahead, many of us are making resolutions! The library is a great resource for attaining your 2014 goals! Perhaps you want to get in shape or make a beautiful quilt. You could want to master the guitar or cook a great meal! Here are some books you can check out!

You want to exercise more but can't seem to get to the gym? This book may be for you! With 120 personalized workouts, you can mix and match to suit your fitness level! Full of step-by-step exercises, this book is a definite asset to your get fit goals this year!

Quilting Happiness is perfect for quilters of various skill levels. With gorgeous photos, Creative Activities and Tools for Happiness, this gem is sure to nurture a quilter's heart!

Quilting Happiness
totally guitar

Maybe you received a guitar for Christmas and would really like to understand your instrument. Totally Guitar is your definitive guide to everything guitar. A comprehensive book that will help you learn more about guitars and improve your skills!

The author of Deceptively Delicious is back to bring you more than 100 recipes for those of us who fear the kitchen! Seinfeld recommends essential kitchen gear, from pepper mills to mixing bowls. From main dishes to desserts, this book has it all in a straightforward manner that novices will appreciate!


Don't see your goal represented here? Give us a call, browse our online catalgoue or come on into the library and we'll help you on your way to a great 2014!

Festive Holiday Baking

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I love the smell of fresh bake bread. Something about it just makes me feel so warm inside. I'm no professional baker, but I quite enjoy the process. I like the fact that the ingredients are precise and unlike cooking, no fancy knife skills are required. Baking is a way for me to escape and go to my little happy place. Although sometimes I want to pull my hair out because I overbaked or it just didn't turn out the way it does in the picture. Through my times of experimenting, I found one receipe that always seem to work and as an added bonus it's a crowd pleaser!

Here's the receipe that never seems to fail. These cupcakes are so moist even if you still have a few sitting around a couple days later (which never seems the case).

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed)
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 1 medium sized banana)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) warm water
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) canola, corn, or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in the center of the oven. Line 12 regular-sized muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the egg, mashed banana, water, milk, oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir, or whisk, until combined. (The batter is quite thin)
  5. Pour or scoop the batter into the muffin cups, about 3/4 full, and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.
  7. Frost with your favorite buttercream frosting.

(You can check out for more information)

There's always a recipe that I fall back to in situations of parties and potlucks. Do you have one to share? If so, please leave it in the comments, I would love to try it!

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Did you know that we also have books for Gluten free baking? (I wouldn't forget about you guys!)

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The last week of Teen Afterschool: Dec 16-19

The last week of Teen Afterschool: Dec 16-19

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Teen Afterschool

Hi guys, Here’s what we are doing for the week of December 16th to December 19th. Stop by Monday to Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30pm. Study space (and snacks) are available as well.

Monday December 16th – Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament and Video Gaming

Yu-Gi-Oh – Special Announcement: Since this is the last tournament of the year, everyone who participates will automatically get a FREE BOSTER PACK


Don’t have a Yu-Gi-Oh deck ? Don’t worry about it, we have 3 loaners you can sign out. Don’t know how to play? Someone can teach you.

*Be there at 4:00 sharp if you want to enter


Video Gaming – I know you guys will be on break soon and will probably be glued to your gaming systems (I know I will when I’m on vacation) but until then, we’ve got your gaming fix. Fifa 13, Halo 4, Super Smash Bros., Just Dance, Wipeout, and tons of other games await you today. If you have 2 broken thumbs or couldn’t care less about video games, we have computers and board games as well.

Tuesday December 17th – Two Wheel View Bike Club

Bike Repair

This will be the sixth week of our bike club and the final week before your winter break. Don’t worry, we’ll pick up again in January once your back in school. If you’re not registered in the program, you’re out of luck for this time. We are taking registration for the next session which starts in February however. If you’re tired of walking everywhere and want to earn a FREE BIKE (possibly even an armored quadricycle) to ride around on in style, let Liz or Trevor know and we can add you to the list.


Wednesday December 18th –Giant Jenga and Video Games


Giant Jenga – The Jenga set in this picture is actually 100% to scale. Yes, it is really that big! The man in the picture however, is only 3 feet tall. On a normal person, our Giant Jenga comes up to your waist (which is still pretty impressive). And while it hasn’t outright attacked anyone like in the picture above, it has come down hard a few times though and nearly taken kids out. Bring your hard hats and steel toe boots if you’ll be participating.

Video gaming Here’s your second dose of video games for the week. Xbox, Wii, boardgames, and computers are all available for those afraid of falling Jenga blocks.

Thursday December 19th – HOLIDAY PARTY!!!!

Tis’ the season to be jolly. And what’s jollier than some FREE PIZZA and FREE GIFTS? If you’re feeling in the festive mood, come by the library for our wrap-up Holiday Party. We’ll have crafts to get crafty with and an Xmas movie (Xmas not X-Men) to watch while you chow down on your pizza. We will also have a gift-exchange for the first 20 or so of you who arrive.


Sure there are some goofy joke gifts but there will also be some pretty great stuff to open (or steal) including EBgames and Cineplex giftcards.


Staff Picks: Finding Jack

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Finding Jack

Author Gareth Crocker, New York: St. Martin’s Press (2011)

This story is set in 1970s around the Vietnam War. After losing his wife and daughter in a tragic accident, Fletcher Carson joins the war in hopes that he will die in the war. However upon arrival at the camp, he meets a yellow Labrador retriever who was severely injured and nurses it back to health. He never knew that this little companion helped him regain his will to live.

The story then takes another turn where the war has ended, and now it’s time for the troops to return home. However, due to cost of withdrawal, all dogs serving the war was considered “surplus military equipment,” and will not be transported back home. Fletcher cannot leave his new found friend behind, and so their journey begins…

Be sure to have a box of tissues near by! *sniff sniff*

Picture Books that Spark Conversation

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Reading books to children can be a magical thing! Picture books can make you laugh, make you cry and make you marvel at their lovely illustrations. They can also be a starting point for fabulous conversations. Here’s a collection of fantastic picture books that can spark conversations with your preschool aged kids!

Otis and the Tornado

Otis and The Tornado (Loren Long)

Otis has quickly become one of my favorite picture book characters. Otis and the Tornado is the second book starring Otis, his pal the little calf, and all of their farm friends. What will Otis do when a tornado threatens his friends and his farm? Find out as your preschooler discovers the book’s beautiful vocabulary! This is a great book to start conversations about friendship and first impressions.

Willoughby and the Moon

Willoughby & The Moon (Greg Foley)

Willoughby & The Moon has marvelous illustrations. They're entirely black, white and shiny silver, which I love. Thankfully, the story is equally fantastic. Willoughby is scared of the dark and one night he ventures into his closet to find…the moon! There, Willoughby meets a giant snail and discovers that even when you're scared, you can still do something brave. This book can spark conversations about being adventurous, trying things when you're unsure, and of course, great imagination stories about the moon!

A Home for Bird

A Home For Bird (Philip C. Stead)

Vernon the toad meets a quiet blue bird and strives to help Bird find his way home. Philip C. Stead (author), and his wife Erin (illustrator), have a tendency to put out completely endearing children's books that I immediately fall in love with. A Sick Day For Amos McGee is incredibly sweet and won the 2011 Caldecott Medal. Bear Has A Story To Tell is just as charming! A Home For Bird, is, however, a solo effort by Philip and matches the loveliness of the collaborations he has had with his wife. A story of friendship that never gives up! Conversations about friendship and kindness are sure to follow this read.

Grumpy Goat

Grumpy Goat (Brett Helquist)

Brett Helquist tells the story of a grumpy goat who has never had a friend. The other animals on the farm try to befriend the goat, only to be rebuffed at every turn. After the goat discovers a bright and beautiful flower, he begins to soften. In the end, another story of friendship and opening up your heart! Grumpy Goat is great for talking with kids about patience with others and reaching out to those who may not be the friendliest.

Little Cub

Little Cub (Olivier Dunrea)
Little Cub tells us of a little cub living alone near the forest and an old bear living alone in the forest; both lonely and wishing for something more. One day, they stumble across each other's path and find their missing piece. A beautiful story for parents and children especially those who came together through adoption. This book can be a great starting point for talking about adoption!

Penguin and Pinecone

Penguin and Pinecone (Salina Yoon)

I see a pattern on my kids bookshelves at home. They're filled with sweet stories of friendship. Penguin and Pinecone is no different. Penguin and Pinecone's friendship spans the years and shows that, "When you give love, it grows." Simple illustrations and not too many words have made this a new favorite. Do your kids have friends that have moved away? This book is great to spark conversations about long distance friendships in a way that little ones will understand.

-Reviewed by Jenn

Teen Afterschool Nov 18-21

Teen Afterschool Nov 18-21

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Teen Afterschool

Stop by Monday to Thursday from 4:00 to 5:30pm. Study space (and snacks) are available as well.

Monday November 18th

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament and Video Gaming


Yu-Gi-Oh – Test your Yu-Gi-Oh skills in our single elimination challenge. Winners get prizes including booster packs.

Bonus Challenge: Alright, so no one came dressed up as a Yu-Gi-Oh character which was pretty disappointing.

I have a new challenge for you...

Play an entire game using dramatic poses like the above pic. Every time you play a card, you have to shout the spell’s name is a stern and serious voice…ideally while keeping a straight face. Do that and you’ll win a prize (which may or may not be a high-five).

Don’t have a deck ? Don’t worry about it, we have 3 loaners you can sign out. Don’t know how to play? Someone can teach you.

*Be there at 4:00 sharp if you want to enter*


Gaming – Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaal!!!!

(Halo 4, WWE 13, and a slew of Wii games are available as well if soccer ain’t your thing.

Tuesday November 19th

Two Wheel View Bike Club

Monkey on Bike

Welcome to week 2 of our bike club. If you’re not registered, you’re out of luck for this time. If you are registered, I’m happy to report that you’ll each earn a brand new chimpanzee with your bicycle. As seen in the picture above (hat not included).

If you’re not among the lucky ones who’ll be earning a monkey and a bicycle, grab a snack and sign out a board game from the front desk.

Thursday November 21st

Food Challenge at Bob Bahan Pool

Free food at the pool today! You know what they say about free food don’t you? It’s awesome! It doesn’t matter what it is. As long as it’s free and edible, it’s awesome! That’s why Costco is the greatest store on earth, free samples.

If you too are a free food aficionado, come by the pool at 4:00 pm (or meet us at the library at 3:45 to head over with us).

Mystery Dish

Wednesday November 20th

Going Places and Video Games

Going Places – These aren’t your grandma’s board games. No, these games are the real deal my friend. There’s no lame “pass go and collect $200” shenanigans here. Each game has you travelling or building a pathway to reach victory (oh…Going Places, now I get it).

If you’re sick of regular “bored” games these are sure to get you going…places (joke, har har).

By the way, Settlers of Catan is AMAZING!

Video games The Xbox and the Wii will also be set up for those who are too foolish to play one of the amazing board games to your right-->.

Board Games

Board Games

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