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Library notes: New how-to books help with checkers, showers and golf

By Lynn A. Denison
Rowan Public Library
Can you guess what these topics have in common ó chess, bridal showers, golf and basketball coaching? These are all the subjects of new additions to our collection at Rowan Public Library in what I would call the how-to genre.
My favorite, which I can’t wait to try out on my son-in-law, is titled “Win at Checkers,” written by Millard Hopper, the “World’s Unrestricted Checker Champion.” This title is touted as “one of if not the best” books available for players who want to improve their techniques. Reviewers claim that after reading the book and practicing a little, one can become a much better player and have a good understanding of the game.
It sounds like a recipe for family fun, as checkers, unlike chess, is relatively simple and can be learned at an early age. Why not give this book some study, impress your family members with your expertise, and then share the book with them?
Another book that is full of fresh ideas is “The Ultimate Bridal Shower Idea Book” by Sharon Naylor. The book received five stars (the best) in 11 reviews. Even if you’ve never held a shower before, this book will give you more than enough helpful hints and ideas to host a shower that will be remembered for years to come.
In it are ideas for women-only showers as well as co-ed showers, themes, menus, decoration ideas, invitations, entertainment, games and so much more. If you’re planning a bridal shower in the future, you can relax and enjoy it with the help of this highly recommended book.
For the golfers in the family, “The Illustrated Golf Rules Dictionary” is the perfect how-to book. It is a revised and updated edition that explains the complex rules of golf in an easy to follow, practical and interesting way. This book is for anyone who ever wondered “What do I do in this situation?” In other words, anyone who has ever played the game.
This compact guide is not only perfect for beginners as well as experienced players, but it is consulted by TV commentators, tournament committees, professional golfers and many golf schools. It appears to be a book that golfers may want to hint for as a Christmas gift, but in the meantime come check out its usefulness at the library.
If you are already a basketball coach or are giving consideration to becoming one this year, consider reading “Coaching Youth Basketball: A Guide for Coaches, Parents, and Athletes” by John P. McCarthy Jr.
This book covers all of basketball’s fundamentals and gives coaching tips for every aspect of the game. Why not visit us soon at any of our branches of Rowan Public Library to check out these and more of our outstanding offerings.

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