I hope that you’ve had plenty of time this week to eat, rest, visit with loved ones, and read something good. As you settle in and begin chipping away at your winter reading list, consider participating in the library’s new Winter Reading Club.
This new take on a familiar idea rewards library users of all ages for doing what they do best – reading and coming to library programs.
Winter Reading Club runs from Dec. 1 through Jan. 31. During that time, stop by your local branch and pick up a tracking bookmark. When you attend a library program or finish a book, write it down on a line on the bookmark. Once you’ve filled four lines, come back to the library and enter to win one of our fabulous prize baskets.
The prize baskets have been created by our staff based on age groups: 0-5, 6-11, teen and adult. They include everything from games and toys to art supplies and chocolate. Of course, they’ll all contain books.
We’ve also got some great local partners joining us this inaugural year. Central Ohio Symphony has donated two tickets to their March concert for each adult prize basket, and Half Price Books joined in with gift cards and coupons, as well.
Anyone can participate and any prize basket can be sought. Once your first bookmark is turned in, pick up another and keep reading and attending programs. There’s no limit for entries. We hope you enjoy this scaled-down, winter version of our popular summer reading club. There certainly is no shortage on books or programs to attend. If you’re curious, just visit www.delawarelibrary.org and search for a book, or click the “Events” tab to see what’s happening.
In the meantime, when you’re not stuffed from turkey, take a look at some of the newest cookbooks in our collection. If you start cooking now, you may find your signature dish for next year’s Thanksgiving celebration.
• The Enchilada Queen Cookbook by Sylvia Casares. The founder and chef of Texas’ Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen shares simple, flavor-transforming tricks and 80 recipes for enchiladas, fajitas and classic side dishes representing the best in Tex-Mex border town cooking.
• Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked — and Fried, Too! By Raghavan Iyer. 75 glorious recipes from around the world, featuring everyone’s favorite comfort food, a collection that will explode your idea of what it means to eat and love potatoes.
• Marbled, Swirled and Layered by Irvin F. Lin. An award-winning photographer and the founder of the nationally recognized blog, Eat the Love, offers 150 recipes, along with baking and decorating tips, to help readers make gorgeous, tasty desserts including cinnamon spiral icebox cookies, pistachio-swirl brownies and triple-chocolate pie.
• Biscuit Head by Jason Roy. These creative recipes from the kitchen of the original Biscuit Head restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, feature creative recipes for the delectable, round cakes including Collards Callaloo, Okra Hush Puppies, Chocolate Biscuit Bread Pudding and Biscuit French Toast.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Nicole Fowles, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740-362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting the library’s web site at www.delawarelibrary.org or directly to Nicole at [email protected] No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!