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Social Distancing Activities Book Display

As social distancing continues, it can be easy to feel disconnected from ones community and others around them. During this time, check out these books for inspiration on activities ranging from art to stargazing.  

Curated by a student employee and updated by Librarian Chrissy O'Grady

Social Distancing Activities

Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art , Craft, and Design by Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl

Have you ever wanted to make your own DIY project? Don't know where to start? Get some inspiration from Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design! Learn about the origins of modern craft movements throughout the US, and the many faces behind the community that use arts, crafts, and DIY as a form of self expression.   

Stargazing for Dummies

Stargazing For Dummies offers you the chance to explore the night sky, providing a detailed guide to the main constellations and also offering advice on viewing other night sky objects such as planets and nebulae. It's a great introduction to a fun new hobby!

Inner Journeying Through Art-Journaling : Learning to See and Record Your Life As a Work of Art

Inner Journeying Through Art-Journaling introduces a holistic journaling process that combines art, art therapy, design theory and spiritual direction in order to attain personal balance, awareness of one's own inner processes, resolution of internal conflicts and enhanced wellness.The book guides the reader through the process of creative journaling and presents the key elements of the technique. Case studies and art journals of Marianne Hieb's own clients and retreat participants show the effectiveness of journaling as a therapeutic intervention and as a meditative tool.Inner Journeying Through Art-Journaling will be of significant use to anyone interested in holistic healing, and of special interest to arts therapists, counsellors, spiritual directors, and anyone dealing with people who are encountering loss, grief, resistance, or discernment issues.It will also be helpful for the individual looking to add holistic journaling to his or her own meditation, prayer, or inner exploration practice.

Baking as Biography: A Life Story in Recipes

"Hidden among the simple lists of ingredients and directions for everyday foods are surprising stories. In Baking as Biography, Diane Tye considers her mother's recipe collection, reading between the lines of the aging index cards to provide a candid and nuanced portrait of one woman's life as mother, minister's wife, and participant in local Maritime women's networks. Tye shows that baking was a complex activity for her mother, Laurene, a reluctant but prolific cook. She reads her mother's recipes as one would a diary, reconstructing the multiple meanings of baking to show how it was at once an obligation and a way of resisting the demands of family and community. 

Creating Your Eco-friendly Garden

How to develop an environmentally friendly garden for little cost.



Oil & Acrylic Painting: Waterscapes: Learn to Paint Beautiful Water Scenes Step by Step

Try your hand and painting! Oil & Acrylic Painting: Waterscapes: Learn to Paint Beautiful Water Scenes Step by Step provides an easy, beginner friendly guide to painting techniques and methods that can be used to create your own work of art.  

Self-Healing Through Visual and Verbal Art Therapy

Self-Healing Through Visual and Verbal Art Therapy explores the therapeutic properties of visual and verbal creativity and its capacity to act as a natural means of self-healing.Drawing on Freud's and Winnicott's work on psychoanalysis and play, R.M. Simon illustrates the healing power of art-making with the drawings and stories of seven-year-old Joe, who succeeds in overcoming the trauma of family break-up by expressing his emotional turmoil outside the formal therapeutic process. The progress from symbolising unconscious distress to verbalising and becoming conscious of (and able to deal with) such distress is clearly demonstrated in the author's discussion of Joe's drawings and stories.This book offers a clear and concise examination of the theory and application of art as therapy and will be useful for art therapists, psychotherapists and students in these fields wanting to develop an understanding of self-healing methods.

The Blooming Lotus: Guided Meditation for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness

In today's world, it is especially important for us to take care of ourselves both mentally and physically.  The Blooming Lotus: Guided Meditation for Achieving the Miracle of Mindfulness encourages readers to find the connection between the physical body and mental awareness through 30 guided meditation practices.

How to Draw with a Ballpoint Pen: Sketching Instruction, Creativity Starters, and Fantastic Things to Draw

Cultivate your creativity with learning how to draw! How to Draw with a Ballpoint Pen is an easy, beginners guide to creating works of art with simple everyday materials. 

An Introduction to Yoga

Many people know Yoga as a form of stress-relieving fitness regime. This book delves into the rich philosophy and history of this ancient physical and mental discipline, in the form of four lectures given at the 32nd Anniversary of the Theosophical Society.

The Self and Its Emotions

If there is one value that seems beyond reproach in modernity, it is that of the self and the terms that cluster around it, such as self-esteem, self-confidence and self-respect. It is not clear, however, that all those who invoke the self really know what they are talking about, or that they are all talking about the same thing. What is this thing called'self', then, and what is its psychological, philosophical and educational salience? More specifically, what role do emotions play in the creation and constitution of the self? This book proposes a realist, emotion-grounded conception of selfhood. In arguing for a closer link between selfhood and emotion than has been previously suggested, the author critically explores and integrates self research from diverse academic fields. This is a provocative book that should excite anyone interested in cutting-edge research on self-issues and emotions that lies at the intersection of psychology, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy and moral education.