Library Blog


Missy is an Adult librarian in the Poland Unit. She’s worked for the library for nearly 20 years, starting in Information Services, and moving to her current home at the Poland branch in 2009. Missy loves books in general, especially British mystery, fantasy, Rick Riordan, Stephen King and quite a bit of YA. She’s mom to 2 beautiful rescue dogs, Stormageddon the Dark Pup of All, and Oliver Queen Puppy Supreme, along with her tech-obsessed husband, Patrick, a Poland Schools educator. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, sewing, cooking, baking, crafting, and practicing Yoga.

The Latest From Missy

Great Gardening Websites

Planting flowers in a garden

Want to improve your gardening skills or are just a beginner?  These websites will start you on your way to getting that green thumb!    National Gardening Association    Founded in 1971 as Gardens for All, this organization is dedicated to getting new gardeners started, and helping existing gardeners expand their skills.  Their website has a vast amount of information on every… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–Skinny Taste’s Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesann

Chicken parmesan is a favorite comfort food for many people, but it can be labor intensive and high calorie.  This version, from the Skinnytaste website, is light and healthy, and takes very little time and effort to pull together.      Skinny Taste’s Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Ingredients:  1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast  1 jar (24oz) marinara sauce  1… read more >>

Made It with Mason! Growing Sprouts in Mason Jars

grow your own spouts mason jar sprouts

Whoever thought growing sprouts could be so easy?  Just grab a mason jar and get ready to stop buying these highly perishable vegetables… because you can grow them yourself! Growing sprouts is actually a very easy “gardening” project.  I love to eat fresh vegetables, and have tried to garden for years before admitting to myself… read more >>

Women in STEAM

women in science

March is Women’s History Month, when we remember the vital role of women in our nation’s history. Despite a history of being discouraged from entering them, women have long been making contributions to STEM/STEAM fields.  Their contributions have entered into pop culture with movies like Hidden Figures and fictionalized into TV series like The Bletchley Circle. These books… read more >>

Make Your Own Bread: DIY No-Knead Bread

loaf of bread

Have you always wanted to learn to bake bread at home but never had the time? Master the very simple no-knead method and you’ll feel like a professional baker! Today is the perfect day to try this recipe, because November 17 is National Homemade Bread Day! My go-to recipe has been adapted from one I… read more >>