December 11, 2008

Hunger Games

Several of us here at the Bealeton library just finished The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and already we are dying for the next book to come out. (Sadly, we'll have to wait until next summer).

This book is a fast-paced adventure thriller set in the future with romance, intrigue, and a page-turning plot. It's the perfect sort of book to devour over winter break - whether you're hiding from your Aunt Rosie or stuck between flights in an airport somewhere.

Here's a little taste:

Just as the town clock strikes two, the mayor steps up to the podium and begins to read. It's the same story every year. He tells of the history of Panem, the country that rose up out of the ashes of a place that was once called North America. He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained. The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens. Then came the Dark Days, the uprising of the districts against the Capitol. Twelve were defeated, the thirteenth obliterated. The Treaty of Treason gave us the new laws to guarantee peace and, as our yearly reminder that the Dark Days must never be repeated, it gave us the Hunger Games. The rules for the Hunger Games are simple. In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over a period of several weeks, the competetors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins.
Fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer (Life as We Knew It and The Dead and the Gone) and Scott Westerfeld (Uglies trilogy) who are looking for more should definitely give Hunger Games a try.

Do you have what it takes to be a contender in the Hunger Games?
Find out by trying out Scholastic's virtual Tribute Trials.

November 21, 2008

Twilight Fans, Are You Thirsty for More?

Did you love Twilight?
Have you taken the Twilight quiz?
Are you planning to see the movie?
Are you thirsty for more (books, not blood)?

If you have already read the Twilight saga and are craving more, don't fret. There are plenty of other great books in this genre and, if you are quick about it, you might be able to grab a copy to sink your teeth into over the weekend. An oldie-but-goodie vampire romance is The Silver Kiss, by Annette Curtis Klause about Zoe, a lonely 16-year-old who finds a friend in Simon, a vampire set on avenging his mother's death. Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber is another girl-meets-vampire series with a gothier (and, I think, gutsier) female heroine named Raven. There is even a graphic novel version.

If you prefer your teen monster romance furry and warm-blooded, try this werewolf novel during the next full moon. Annette Curtis Klause's Blood and Chocolate will have you and your pack howling in no time.

And, for those of you who think glittery vampires are just the tiniest bit silly, check out this T-shirt featured recently on bookshelves of doom (Darren Shan's Cirque Du Freak series might be more up your alley).
If you are interested in planning a Twilight fan party at the library, come to our next Teen Activity Group meeting on December 1 at 4 p.m. or call Anna at (540) 439-9728.
We will meet at the Bealeton Library in the quiet study room.

November 10, 2008

TAG You're It!

Are any of these statements true about you?

  1. You love to read.
  2. You could organize a video game tournament in your sleep.You are a natural born party planner.

  3. The library is great, but you think it would be much cooler if only the powers that be would listen to what you had to say.

  4. You are bursting with ideas for creative book displays.

  5. You have always wanted to know what it would be like to get locked in the library after closing time.

  6. Did someone say "snacks"? You are always hungry for a snack after school.

If any of the above statements describes you, we need your help!
Fauquier County Public Library is looking for interested teens (grade 6 and up) to start a Teen Activity Group (TAG) at the Bealeton and Warrenton branches.

TAG members will meet once a month to plan teen activities, help create book displays, and review new books. If you come to at least 3 meetings and write at least one book review, you will be eligible to bring a friend to an after-hours party at the library in April.

Want to help a library branch near you?

Bealeton Library teens
Call Anna Ellis at (540) 439-9728 or email

Warrenton Library teens
Call Jennifer Schultz at (540) 347-8750 or email

October 15, 2008

Calling Teen Writers - Created Equal Essay Contest

I know there are some fantastic teen writers out there. Here's your chance to show your stuff! Fauquier County Public Library is now accepting submissions for a teen essay contest.

The essay theme, Created Equal celebrates the brave people in the United States and around the world who have taken a stand for equal rights - throughout history and today. This contest highlights the outstanding titles on the We the People Bookshelf, a collection of books awarded to the library as part of a We the People Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more about it here.

The details:

Write an essay about an individual who has been a champion for equal rights and democracy. Please give examples of how this person has been an inspiration to you and/or others. Keep in mind that your champion may be someone in the public eye, but could also be a personal friend, neighbor, or teacher.

  • this contest is for students in grades 9-12

  • essays should be 1000-1250 words, typed and double-spaced

  • you MUST include a cover page (with your name, age, grade, school, address, and phone number) so we know how to get in touch with you if you win!

  • you may submit your essay to any Fauquier Public Library branch or you may email a Microsoft Word document to

  • all essays should be dropped off or emailed by 9 p.m. on Tuesday, November 4 (election day)

  • the winner will recieve a brand new MP3 player
Questions? Post them here or call Anna Ellis at (540) 439-9728.

October 10, 2008

Mission: Mix Tape #1

Thanks to all of you who participated in the Back-to-School Mix Tape Mission last month. Our first set of mixes were upbeat, eclectic, and lots of fun to find in the drop box each week. If you missed the drop box and would like to submit your own "Ode to Summer" playlist, leave it in the comments section below.

****A special thanks to the young zinester who left a copy of "Rewrite #1" in the box. I loved reading it and I hope you will come to our Zines and Minicomics workshop in November (Watch this space for details).****

I hope some of the songs on these "Summer 2008 Soundtracks" will remind us all of warm sun, and long lazy afternoons during the cold winter months to come.

Jessica's Summer Soundtrack:

  1. The Walk (Album) - Hanson
  2. The Rising (Album) - Bruce Springsteen
  3. A Few Small Repairs (Album) - Shawn Colvin
  4. Underneath (Album) - Hanson
  5. That Great Love Sound (Album) - Raveonettes
  6. In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003 (Album) - R.E.M.
  7. Greatest Hits (Album) - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  8. Bringing Down The Horse (Album) - The Wallflowers
  9. This Side (Album) - Nickel Creek
  10. Eye to the Telescope (Album) - K.T. Tunstall
Jude's Summer Soundtrack:
  1. Five Becomes Four - Yellowcard
  2. My City of Ruins - Bruce Springsteen
  3. Miniature Disaster - K.T. Tunstall
  4. Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
  5. Spit on a Stranger - Nickel Creek
  6. Strong Enough to Break - Hanson
  7. Mendocino County Line - Willie Nelson
  8. 88 Lines About 44 Women - The Nails
  9. Moonlight Serenade - Glenn Miller
  10. Taking the Long Way - The Dixie Chicks

Morgan's Summer Soundtrack:

  1. Burnin' Up - Jonas Brothers
  2. Get Back - Demi Lovato
  3. Goodbye - Miley Cyrus
  4. Thunder - Boys Like Girls
  5. Stay Young - We the Kings
  6. Can't Have You - Jonas Brothers
  7. Bottom of the Ocean - Miley Cyrus
  8. Forget - Demi Lovato
  9. Got Me Going Crazy - Jonas Brothers
  10. Simple Song - Miley Cyrus

October 8, 2008

Don't Trust Anyone Over 25

Imagine a high school where the RFID tags in your books could track your every move, cameras with gait-recognition software prevent you from skipping class, and the "free" standard-issue laptop spies on your every keystroke and reports every website you visit to the administrators.

For seventeen-year-old Marcus, the surveillance system at Cesar Chavez High School, is nothing more than a slight nuisance. He has figured out how to use his clever mind and hacker talents to get around the system. Gait-recognition software is foiled with a handful of gravel in your shoes. RFID tags are a simple matter of zapping your book for a few seconds in the teacher's lounge microwave. Marcus (known to his fans as "w1n5t0n") has even written and published a simple hack for maintaining your privacy on those snitchy school computers. Life is good for Marcus. He is clever, witty, and he is about to win a trip with his three best friends to Japan - the grand prize for an Alternate Reality Game called Harajuku Fun Madness.

Then, everything changes. Terrorists brutally attack San Francisco. Marcus and his friends are in the wrong place at the wrong time. They are picked up by the Department of Homeland Security, taken to a nameless -prison where they are questioned and tortured for days, and finally released back into a city paralyzed by fear and suspicion.

Can one teenage hacker lead a youth revolution against an out-of-control government?

Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, is a fast-moving thriller with X-boxes, VampMobbers, punk rock, civil disobedience, and true friendship. Check it out!

October 4, 2008

Teen Read Week: Books With Bite

Next week is Teen Read Week at libraries and schools all over the country. It's a week to stop, drop, and read - for the sheer pleasure of rolling around in a great book. Reading is a) fun, b) portable, and best of all, c) it's FREE. So, find yourself a good book and get caught reading for the FUN of it this week.

Can't seem to find a book that makes you want to stay up all night reading under the covers with a flashlight? Then, sink your teeth into this - Readergirlz is hosting "Night Bites", a series of online chats with authors like Coe Booth, Tamora Pierce, Mitali Perkins, and Annette Curtis Klause. There will be a different topic and group of authors every night during Teen Read Week (October 13-17). Chats begin at 9 p.m. EST.

The theme for TRW this year is "Books with Bite" and the library has events planned all week, so be sure to stop by your local branch for some fun.

  • Teen Read Week Kick-off Party - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at Bealeton Library - Help give a book cart an Extreme Makeover and get a free book and t-shirt courtesy of the web comic, Unshelved. Compete in the great library PacMan tournament. Bring a friend or two and sample some yummy snacks while you sample some new books.
  • Creature Feature - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Bealeton Library - Imagine it: over-the-top creepy music, a screaming scientist and a misunderstood amphibious monster from the deep. For copyright reasons, we can't tell you the movie title here, but this 1950s monster movie is one of a kind. Come in costume and take home a free comic book. Bring your parents, if you dare!
  • Food Fear Factor - Is fear a factor for you? If not, wear old clothes, bring a brave friend and take part in our food fear factor event. Who knows what will be on the menu? All challenges are optional - there will be plenty of fun (and just enough fear) for everyone.
    *Marshall Library - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15
    *Bealeton Library - 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17
    *Warrenton Library - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18

October 3, 2008


My name is Anna and I am the new youth services librarian at the Bealeton Library. I moved back to Virginia over the summer after living in Alabama for a couple of years. It feels great to be back in my beautiful home state and I am really enjoying getting to know all of you who use the library here in Bealeton.

I will be helping to plan teen programs for the library and will also be reviewing YA books and posting other tibits on the Library Lounging blog. If you have an idea for a fun event or know of a book, movie or CD we should add to the collection, please be sure to find me next time you're at the Bealeton library. You can also leave a Meebo message for me here on the blog, or better yet, come to the weekly Library Lounge at Bealeton library on Mondays after school.

I just finished Rick Riordan's The Titan's Curse, the third book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which has been satisfying my need for Harry Potter-like adventure fantasy as of late. If you have a second, post a reply and let me know what you've been reading.

February 15, 2008

Library Lounging news

This teen blog for Fauquier County Public Library will be taking an extended break. Please enjoy browsing past posts about art, anime, book reviews, library programs, research, and more!
Photo from The symplegades

February 2, 2008

Anti-Valentine's Day silliness

Silly Love Songs


We all know Valentine’s Day is on the way. Reds and pinks decorate, or besmirch, the landscape depending on how you view this annual holiday. The next Teen Coffee House offers an evening forum where you can feel free to discuss love: gained and lost, sought after and denied, never desired but received, or you may simply have no interest in love at all. Of course both dissenters and lovers of Valentine’s Day are invited to share your views. So join the pseudo-despair about sweetness (treats will be provided) and have fun! Anti-Valentine's Day will be celebrated this Monday, February 4 @ Bealeton Library from 7 to 9 p.m. during the Teen Coffee House. Bring nibbles while you watch videos, read poetry, and make anti-Valentine's Day surprises for your friends. Gloom and doom welcome, but not required. Check the calendar for other Teen Current Events coming up at Fauquier County Public Library.

To My Valentine
By Ogden Nash

More than a catbird hates a cat,
Or a criminal hates a clue,
Or the Axis hates the United States,
That's how much I love you.

I love you more than a duck can swim,
And more than a grapefruit squirts,
I love you more than a gin rummy is a bore,
And more than a toothache hurts.

As a shipwrecked sailor hates the sea,
Or a juggler hates a shove,
As a hostess detests unexpected guests,
That's how much you I love.

I love you more than a wasp can sting,
And more than the subway jerks,
I love you as much as a beggar needs a crutch,
And more than a hangnail irks.

I swear to you by the stars above,
And below, if such there be,
As the High Court loathes perjurious oathes,
That's how you're love by me.

The Rain

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Ah, woe is me! For you high school students, do you remember Hamlet and his poor jilted Ophelia? For those of you still in middle school, the Shakespearean time draws nigh. The great bard's joys and sorrows approacheth. Back to she drifted into sadness, she sang her sorrows of love. Ophelia played her own lute accompaniment and sang, ‘How should I your true love know’, in Hamlet 4.5.23. The opening words, and also a tune apparently sung at Drury Lane in the late 18th century, both relate to the 16th-century ballad ‘Walsingham’; in this, an old man, driven mad by lost love in his youth, asks a traveller from Walsingham if he or she has seen his true love. This information comes from Jeremy Barlow "‘How should I your true love know’" The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. Ed. Michael Dobson and Stanley Wells. Oxford University Press, 2001.

Read more about the Walsingham Ballad or try something lighter!

The Sniffle by Ogden Nash

In spite of her sniffle,
Isabel's chiffle.
Some girls with a sniffle
Would be weepy and tiffle;
They would look awful,
Like a rained-on waffle,
But Isabel's chiffle
In spite of her sniffle.
Her nose is more red
With a cold in her head,
But then, to be sure,
Her eyes are bluer.
Some girls with a snuffle,
Their tempers are uffle,
But when Isabel's snivelly
She's snivelly civilly,
And when she's snuffly
She's perfectly luffly.

January 31, 2008

Groundhogs and Woodchucks!

February 2nd is almost here!

Visit to learn more about the famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, who predicts the seasons. Read more about the "Shadowy Tradition of Groundhog Day." Look for the links on the lower right for live webstreaming of the groundhog's home.

Read the
Wonders of Woodchucks by Sigmund Lavine. This book "describes the evolution, physical characteristics, and behavior of woodchucks and discusses their place in folklore, literature, and medical research. [It] looks at the legends and facts about the life of this hibernating animal, who is often a friend of hunters and conservationists, but an enemy to farmers." Protect your dear cows from walking a woodchuck-ridden field. They could easily step into a hole, puncture through to a tunnel below, and break a leg! See old cartoons, drawings, and photographs of this unique creature in the American limelight.

In case you have seen a woodchuck standing by the roadside, watch out! Here is an old study done on road kill from 1997. Find out more about the graph below and other projects from the Roadkill (Eeew!) education website.

January 30, 2008


Take a fast quiz on the Fruits and Veggies Matter! web site sponsored by the government. The website is available in Spanish here, too. How old you are and how much you move around during the day determines the amount of delicious fruits and vegetables you will want to ingest.

I'm a Vegetarian: Amazing Facts and Ideas for Healthy Vegetarians
by Ellen Schwartz

112 pages
So, you've decided to be a what? In 2002, when this book was first published, 13 million North Americans were vegetarians. Back then, the writers projected 1 million more would join the veggie lovers each year! You can calculate how many vegetarians there are today in 2008. Read about food consumption and the effects on our environment, which diseases you can stave off, and even learn about religious injunctions to avoid meat. See a list of vegetarian entertainers, scientists, philosophers, political leaders, writers, artists, and athletes.

Other sections of the book include "Convincing parents...and other sticky situations," "Food, glorious food" (a brief historical timeline of vegetarianism), "Be smart, stay healthy" (guidelines to healthy eating), "Being a vegetarian - it's easier than you think" (nutrition), and recipes to plan extensive menus. Don't forget to check the websites at the back for more information.

The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook
by Judy Krizmanic
186 pages
"Recipes for all types of vegetarian dishes are accompanied by information and advice on vegetarian diet and quotes from teenage vegetarians." The green ink on natural colored paper supports the natural focus in this book. This is so easy to read it's nearly a crime to non-vegetable consumption. Who will let the meat run free after using these clear tips for transforming your eating habits? It is not written to pressure you to change, but you will be able to examine this alternative lifestyle with open eyes. The charts structured with "You gotta have", "If you don't like", "Try", and "Then try" explain vitamins and mineral necessities. Desserts and tips on how to eat in college conclude the book.

The Vegetarian Teen
by Charles A. Salter

112 pages
"Describes the benefits of vegetarianism, discusses proper nutrition, and includes a variety of recipes for main and side dishes, and snacks." This is a fast read with large print and a good introduction to the ideas that are expanded upon in the books noted above. There is a humorous spin to the writing. The question that opens the book, "What do you think of when you hear the word vegetarian?" is answered with, "Some hermit in India sitting on the floor in his loin cloth, with his scrawny legs curled up like a pretzel? A group of hippies living in a backwoods community?" The author tries to present a well-rounded view of vegetarianism without sticking to stereotypes or overwhelming the reader.

Truth or Dairy
by Catherine Clark
"When her boyfriend suddenly dumps her because he is going away to college, high school senior Courtney Von Dragen Smith is determined to stay single for her final year in order to concentrate on school, friends, and her cool job at the local vegetarian cafe, Truth or Dairy."

Wurst Case Scenario
by Catherine Clark
"Courtney, a vegetarian animal-rights activist, records in her diary the events of the beginning of her freshman year at a Wisconsin college, far away from Colorado and her boyfriend Grant, surrounded by cheese- and meat-lovers."

For a clever presentation of why eating dairy products is not a good idea, read Milk Sucks. If this isn't to your taste, try researching on the library databases! Read about The Health and Wellness Resource Center (and Alternative Health Module) for a great place to start investigating.

January 29, 2008

Bealeton henna designs

See some traditional and new designs from the Bealeton mehndi program last night:

January 24, 2008

Mehndi program reminder

Re-read about the Mehndi program at Warrenton library this Saturday, January 26 at @ 1 p.m. and at Bealeton library this coming Monday, January 28 @ 7 p.m.. Bring your own designs or try something new!


January 17, 2008

Snow Day!

Kenneth Libbrecht
Not much bigger than a butterfly, this book contains photographs of snowflakes with beauty equal to that winged bug. On these pages, the ice crystals are magnified to observe every pattern and glisten of light. Enjoy the accompanying "detailed captions containing the science behind [a snowflake's] beauty, and literary quotes relating to snow and nature."

Snowflakes in Photographs
W.A. Bentley

See some of the first photographs of snowflakes taken by Wilson Alwyn Bentley (1865-1931). Read about this obsessed cameraman and self-taught scientist who marveled at thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations. If you'd like to share this information with a younger brother and sister, check out the picture book Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin.

Snowflakes for All Seasons
Cindy Higham

Do you like snow but rarely see it since you live in Virginia? Here is the perfect book to keep snowflakes falling throughout the calendar year. With a few scissor slices, you can create repetitive patterns graced by unusual characters around the circumference: pumpkins, cacti and coyotes, shamrocks, and more. Once you understand the design process, anything goes!

January 16, 2008

What are you reading?

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Click here to enter books you have read lately and help advance the Cedar Lee Middle School Literacy Challenge goal of 100,000 books. As of today, the count has reached 14,650!

January 12, 2008

New Year's resolution - exercise

Stand up straight. Bend. To the left. To the right. What shoes are you wearing? Hey, can exercise be done in a dress? Of course!

Now imagine you are the universal man. Arms out. Now up. Now out and down.
Hands on hips. Lean to the side. Right knee up, left knee follow. Swing that leg. Trace each foot in an arc around. Squat and stand. Squat and stand. Kick, kick, kick, kick, and kick!
OK, the weights go round and round and set them down.
Now try this to the music of your choice.
Seek books at the library branch of your choice to support your new exercise (or dance) plan for the new year.

January 9, 2008


Insatiable: The Compelling Story of Four Teens, Food and its Power
by Eve Eliot
This may be fiction, but there is truth here. This "novel written in episodic format follows four teenage girls whose shame, fear, and confusion compel them to binge, purge, and refuse to eat in misguided attempts to feel safe and in control of their lives." This isn't a comic, though there is humor to help get you through this rough topic. Maybe this is about you. Maybe you are not alone, either. Read this for yourself, your friends, or for anyone you know who struggles with a difficult relationship with food.

Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder
by Nadia Shivack
"The author tells the story of her eating disorder using cartoons to illustrate her internal feelings and battle with bulimia." Shocking cover, shocking words, shocking portrait. This brave author reveals her inner most pain in order to help others. Nadia was 14 when she met Ed, her eating disorder. She writes, "maintaining dignity is not easy. Dear heart…only you know how little lies under the fa├žade." She has a daily struggle uphill while continually battling the noise in her head. She writes words and she draws on the same notebook paper you see in every student's binder. The quirky drawings express pain, confusion, joy, sorrow, hope, and more. Artists will admire her honest expression throughout this remembrance. Thank goodness this book has been published.

List compiled at the end of the book:

Afterword: "I've been hospitalized several more times since this book was first conceived and illustrated. Day by day I continue to recover, working on replacing the critical voice in my head with one that is more positive and loving. I hope that by reading this book, we will increase our understanding and awareness of eating disorders and lessen the shame, guilt, and isolation that so often occurs in women suffering from them, which keeps so many women and girls in silence and makes this illness so hard to treat. This book has been my inspiration to continue to recover, to know that I might, in time, be able to reach out to others still suffering."

Be Healthy! It's a Girl Thing: Food Fitness and Feeling Great
by Mavis Jukes, Lilian Cheung
"A guide for adolescent girls on how to stay healthy and fit, with information on nutrition and exercise." Read this lighter, but no less helpful, approach to the subject of staying healthy. Here are tips to enjoy eating and exercising. Share a new plan with friends and stay on track together. New Year's Resolutions can be as bold or gentle as you choose. Good luck, you can do it!

January 2, 2008

Henna paste

Mehndi books

Do you like temporary tattoos? Do you ever wish you could decorate yourself, but don’t want it to be a permanent alteration? Bring yourself and your friends to the library for a special teen program. The exotic art of Mehndi lets you draw on your hands, arms, or maybe an ankle in designs that will last from 1 to 3 weeks. You can use traditional designs ready at the program, or bring your own artistic creations. But first, if you are not yet 18 years old, ask for a parental permission slip at one of the library desks. You will need to have it signed by your parents(or legal guardian) in time for the program. Don’t worry if you forget for a while, as long as you bring in your parent or the signed slip on the official date of the program.

Warrenton will start the fun on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1 p.m. in the program room downstairs. If you arrive early, you can revisit your favorite childhood stories! Bealeton library will be drawing with henna paste on Monday, January 28, 2008 as a special topic during our weekly Teen Coffee House from 7 to 9 p.m.

Remember that you can bring your own artwork, line drawings, and sketches to the program. The henna paste makes a thick line like drawing with cake frosting from a tube, so consider the practicality of translating a pencil sketch to a mehndi stain. Simple, bold designs are the easiest to begin your new career as mehndi tattooists! Hope to see you there!

Mehndi: the Art of Henna Body Painting by Carine Fabius
"The magical art of mehndi, or henna painting, has been practiced for centuries in India, Africa, and the Middle East, and now it has finally arrived in the West. Packed with inspirational photographs of traditional and contemporary mehndi, this complete resource offers everything you need to create your own beautiful henna designs, including: dozens of practice exercises and sample illustrations a foolproof recipe for mixing the henna paste step-by-step instructions on how to apply your mehndi design insider’s tips from professional mehndi artists and more!" At a birth, weddings, when a soldier goes off to war, and deaths, the use of the henna plant touches all stages of life. Copy designs in this book with tracing paper and onto your skin.

Mehndi: the Timeless Art of Henna Painting
by Loretta Roome Dip your fingertips in henna. Spiral fine lines on your palm. Draw swirls on your feet to accent rhythms of dance. Dye your soles. "To dye her feet the woman being dyed lies on her back on a rug which is covered with a jute cloth to receive the dropping or drying crust, legs straight and lifted at ankle level with a low stool." Browse the vibrant fine art color photos and more of actual people. Now are you ready to write your mehndi shopping list, make an application cone, and test for allergies? Try mixing each unique recipe. You will have learned practical information and more esoteric meanings of the mehndi patterns in this new book.