Monday, July 25, 2016


What do you need to make this summer a more relaxing experience? Here is a cool basket of books, all found on the shelves at the Monrovia Public Library, to help you enjoy the hot days of summer.

Hear the whirring of mosquitos when you are sitting outside on a patio chair? Try Naturally Bug Free: 75 Non-toxic Recipes for Repelling Mosquitos, Ticks, Fleas, Ants, Moths and Other Pesky Insects. Author Stephanie Tourlas offers ideas for using herbs and essential oils to make insect repellents that are safe for humans and pets and are cheaper than store products. Readers will also find the book’s ingredient dictionary useful. 

And who wants to cook in summer? Eat What You Love: Quick and Easy by Marlene Koch and It’s All Easy: Weekday Recipes for the Super Busy Home Cook by celebrity Gwyneth Paltrow put the accent on healthy meals that can be prepared with little time and fuss. Nice photos accompany the imaginative recipes so you can preview what you'll make!

Are you going to paddle around the pool this summer or maybe brush up on the techniques that will result in getting a good work out? Scott Bay’s Swimming Steps to Success is a simple guide that shows how to get comfortable in the water and perform strokes with the proper form. 

It can be hard to relax with so much to do in the heat of summer. To get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, what is more relaxing than a comfy chair and a good book? Dorothea Benton Frank is a bestselling author who writes witty romance novels set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Her newest novel is All Summer Long, about a longtime married couple from New York who are contemplating a move to the South, an idea that draws the two apart. 

Happy reading!

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