Winter Reading Club Party!

Join us for our Winter Reading Club party this Saturday!

WRC Kick Off

Registration for the Winter Reading Club is open to everyone!  Pick up your reading log at our front desk and then turn it in for a reading certificate and a prize!  All reading logs must be turned in on or before January 6th – so get reading!

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Cook the Book – Trim Healthy Table

Are you a Trim Healthy Mama fan?  If so, you are in luck because their new cookbook, Trim Healthy Table is this month’s selected Cook the Book cook book!

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Filled with “more than 300 all-new healthy and delicious recipes,” this is the perfect cookbook to kick off that healthy eating New Year’s resolution.  And these recipes look DELICIOUS.  And easy to make!  No hard to find ingredients either.

Each section begins with testimonials of the incredible transformations people have achieved by following the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle.

Trim Healthy Table has recipes for families, single-serve meals, desserts, drinks, baked goods, and many more.  Please stop by our front desk to browse the cookbook and to register for our monthly Cook the Book club meeting.  Space is limited!

And please call us at 915-212-0450 with any questions or suggestions.  Cheers to healthy eating in the new year!

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November Displays

Find a good book to gobble gobble gobble up at our November displays!

To help you plan and prepare your Thanksgiving feast, we have a great selection of cookbooks on display and available for checkout:

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Also located at the entrance of our library, is our Arthur display celebrating Marc Brown, author and illustrator of the Arthur book series, who was born on November 25, 1946.  Happy birthday, Marc Brown!

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Cook the Book club meeting – SOUPS!

We sure did eat a lot of soup at this month’s Cook the Book book club, centered around the Williams Sonoma cookbook Soup of the Day: 365 Recipes for Every Day of the Year:

 

Our book club members made six delicious soups:

Avgolemono, pg. 15 – Magdalene

Avgolemono

If you love lemon, you will love this soup.  A signature dish of Greece, this rich and lemony chicken and rice soup featured extra flare with edible flowers – a fun touch by Magdalene.  The bright and bold flavors of this soup made it a club favorite.

 

Smoked Trout Chowder, pg. 30 – Anna Marie

Smoked Trout Soup

Anna Marie had to substitute smoked salmon for smoked trout because, although she visited several grocery stores, she could not find any smoked trout.  This soup was also a club favorite.  Aside from the salmon substitution, Anna Marie closely followed the recipe.  The next time she makes this soup, she’s going to puree the ingredients before adding the fish to give a creamier texture to the soup.  Some of us thought that was a good idea and some of us loved the soup just as it was.

 

Vegetable Soup with Anellini, pg. 136 – Cynthia

Vegetable Soup with Anellini

If you pasta aficionados are saying “That’s not Anellini!” – you’d be right.  Cynthia followed the recipe closely, her only change was an Orzo substitution.  This recipe called for 6 tbsp of olive oil, which Cynthia thought was a bit much, but we all loved the flavor and didn’t think the soup was oily at all.  We all agreed this is a fantastic vegetarian dish with a great balance of chunky vegetables and tender pasta.  A great option for a cold day.

 

Angel Hair in Chicken Broth with Tomatoes, pg. 197 – Valerie

Angel Hair in Chicken Broth with Tomatoes

You could really taste each ingredient in this simple yet delicious dish.  The only change Valerie made to this recipe was substituting dried basil for fresh – but this soup still had a bright and fresh flavor.  Delicious!

 

Pumpkin-Ginger Soup, pg. 237 – Rebeca

Pumpkin Ginger Soup

This soup was an all-around fail.  This was the soup I brought to the meeting and as I was preparing it the night before, I saw that there was no mention of when to add the ginger to the soup:

Pumpkin Ginger Soup

Also, 1/4 of a cup of ginger seemed like far too much ginger.  So I cut the ginger down to about 1/8 of a cup.  After preparing and tasting the soup the night before, it had a great ginger flavor.  But by the next day, we couldn’t taste any of the ginger in the soup.  So perhaps 1/4 cup of ginger was just the right amount…  And I left the heavy cream in the fridge at home!  After the meeting, I added heavy cream, more ginger, and a lot of additional seasoning to the leftover soup and it was quite tasty.  But I would not make this particular pumpkin soup recipe again.

 

Turkey-Noodle Soup with Spinach, pg. 270 – Gina

Turkey-Noodle Soup with Spinach

This was a great soup!  Since most of the broth had evaporated, Gina thinks she let the soup cook a little too long but the members enjoyed how the noodles and the vegetables were infused with delicious turkey flavor and we all enjoyed this hearty soup.

 

We had a lot of fun tasting and sharing soups at this month’s meeting.  Please join us for next month’s Cook the Book – GAME DAY!  Sign up at our front desk today!

Cook the Book Game Day

Call us at 915-212-0450 or comment down below with any questions or suggestions!

Welcome to our annual spooktacular Halloween Party!

Purple Pumpkin Fest Halloween Flyer

Our Friends of the Library volunteers held a costume contest and sponsored our lovely party.  Thank you, Friends!

We had all kids of adorable, funny, and spooky costumes.  Can you spot the chainsaw below?

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Here’s our librarian Debbie dressed as Princess Leia:

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And here’s our volunteer Monica handing out candy and prizes at our ring toss game:

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We had a cupcake walk and we gave away lots and lots of tasty cupcakes.  If you landed on the winning number, you won a cupcake!

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We have a cupcake walk winner!

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Here’s our paper plate ghost craft:

And our little patrons loved our Halloween coloring pages:

Is that a baby bat dressed up as David Bowie?  I think so!

There was face painting:

She looks just thrilled with her puppy dog face paint!

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What an adorable little strawberry!

Dracula and his smiley little pumpkin sidekick wish you a very happy Halloween!

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And we also had a mini Makerspace:

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We had gears and building blocks and a 3D Doodler Pen!  Just a small preview of our library’s Makerspace program which starts this Saturday, November 4th, from 1 pm to 2 pm.  Here is our current Makerspace schedule:

Saturday – November 4th – 1 pm
Saturday – November 25th – 1 pm
Saturday – December 9th – 1 pm
Saturday – December 23th – 1 pm

Visit us again for some Makerspace fun!

 

A big thank you goes out to all of our patrons who made our Halloween party so memorable with their creativity and enthusiasm. And if you couldn’t make it, make sure you join us next year!

We hope you had a very HAPPY HALLOWEEEEEEEN!  Boo.