DIY Holiday Gift Instructions

Since some of you can’t make it to the DIY Holiday Gift activity, but would still like to do the activities on your own, I will post the instructions here for you to follow.

Chocolate Mice:


  • Hershey kisses (out of wrapper)
  • Almond slivers
  • Chocolate chips or quality solid chocolate bars (melted)
  • Maraschino cherries with stems


Melt chocolate in double boiler or in crock pot on low heat. Rinse cherries then let them dry completely on paper towel.

To Assemble

Carefully dip the cherry in melted chocolate. Place on plate after using melted chocolate as “glue” to secure the Hershey’s Kiss. Place almond slices on Kiss head, to look like little ears. The stem of the cherry is the tail, the point of the Hershey’s Kiss is the nose. You can use tiny silver non-pereils (edible balls) as eyes, or use your imagination. One warning: tell children the chocolate is hot and supervise assembly.

To see a version of this recipe (and many other tasty treats), check out Miss Candiquik’s Blog.

Pearl & Ribbon Necklace:

Go to Tatertots & Jello blog for step by step instructions.

Homemade Bath Salts:


  • Coarse sea salt
  • Epsom salts
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oils
  • Food coloring Step 1Step 2Step 3


  1. In a large bowl, mix to combine: 6 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salts; and 1 part baking soda.
  2. Add a few drops of essential oils, and combine.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. If you intend to present the bath salts as gifts, be sure to store them in a stoppered and labeled container to keep out moisture.

Coconut Oil Lotion:


  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon liquid vitamin E or tea tree oil
  • 5-7 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Combine the coconut oil, vitamin E or tea tree oil, and lavender in a bowl.
  2. Now mix.

Good luck to all you DIY-ers. Happy making!



Teen DIY Holiday Gifts

It may be too soon to think about Christmas, but here’s a little heads up on an upcoming library event for youth aged 12-18.

What: DIY Holiday Gifts

  • Ribbon & Pearl Necklaces
  • Chocolate Mice
  • Homemade Bath Salts
  • Coconut Oil Lotion

When:  Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 3:45 – 4:45

Cost: FREE

Registration is required. Call the ORL Salmon Arm Branch or email to register.

Please indicate the items you want to make so we know how many supplies to purchase.

Teen Summer Reading Club 2014

Only 4 more days until registration opens for Teen Summer Reading Club. The rules are the same as last year, and, once again, I have lots of great prizes to give away. Here’s everything you need to know:


  • Fill out the registration form  at the library and pick up your reading cards.
  • The Teen Summer Reading Club is 7 weeks long and can be joined at any time throughout the summer.Read for 5 days out of the week and record your reading on the card. 

Win prizes:

  • Drop off completed weekly reading card at the library by the end of each week.

How it works:

  • Each weekly reading card becomes an entry for prizes! (iTunes card, movie tickets, gift cards, etc.)
  • No multiple entries for one week of reading.


If you have any questions, please call Ardie, the Youth Services Librarian, at 250-832-6161 ext. 5828 or email her at

If you want to take part in a BC wide online Teen Reading Club, check out

TAC! SA Now Has One!!

I’m excited to announce that we have a Teen Advisory Committee (TAC). This means YOU now have a voice at the library.

The TAC meet this past Saturday for an “ideas” brainstorming session. They worked around parameters such as limited resources and limited funding and came up with some great starter ideas.

One of their first ideas was to provide links to sites that list popular new books. If you look on the left side of this page, you will see the Blogroll. I’ve added links to (one of my favorite places to search for new books), the Goodreads blog and a wonderful blog called GreenBeanTeenQueen, which is written by another Youth Services Librarian. If you have suggestions of other links, let me know in the comments section.

The committee would also like to post book reviews to this blog. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming reviews!

If you are interested in being a part of this committee, come to the Saturday, March 8th meeting at the Salmon Arm library. The meeting is only 1 hour and start at 11:30AM.

Hey Homeschoolers…and Everyone Else

Did you know that a professional jockey from Hastings Park (in Vancouver) is coming to Salmon Arm? His name is Jeff Burningham, and he has raced over 700 winning horses. Another amazing thing about Jeff is that although he was seriously injured in an accident several years ago, he has worked hard to overcome his injuries in order to keep doing the profession he loves.

If you want to learn about Jeff’s inspiring story, or if you’re interested in learning more about the life of a professional jockey, come to the Salmon Arm library at 10:00am on Tuesday, February 25. All classes or school groups attending will be entered into a draw to win all 4 of Julie White’s books.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Did any of you read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys? Well guess what? She’s got another great book for you called  Out of the Easy.

This story is set in New Orleans during the 1950’s. Seventeen-year-old Josie, the daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, has greater ambitions and dreams than the prostitutes who helped raise her. She longs to get out of New Orleans, go to college and make something of her life. But first she needs to find a way to protect herself from her neglectful and cruel mother and her mother’s criminal boyfriend.

Although this is a historical novel, Out of the Easy is more story than history…and it’s a story worth reading.