Salad as a Meal

Salad as a meal : healthy main-dish salads for every season by Patricia Wells ; photography by Jeff Kauck — If, like me, you planted too much lettuce in your garden this year, you'll find this book useful. It includes a wide variety of salad meals to suit a variety of tastes. I think the first one I'll try is Provence on a Plate: Eggplant, tomatoes, goat cheese, and tapenade.

Want To Taste Some Yumm-O Food?!

Teens going into grades 7-12 can sign up to be a judge in our International Cook-off. Contestants will bring samples of their homemade cultural dishes for you to taste. If you signed up as a cook, you may not sign up as a judge. The International Cook-off will take place Monday, July 18th at 2:00PM. Registration opens July 4th.
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Teen International Cook-Off

Do you want to show off your culinary skills? Monday, July 18, at 2:00PM teens going into grades 7-12 can bring 25 samples of your best homemade cultural dish for our judges to sample and rate on creativity and taste. Dishes must be homemade and you must include the recipe. If you sign up as a cook, you may not sign up as a judge. Registration begins July 4th.
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Fun with Pets

Kids, have you always wanted a pet but didn't know how to take care of it? Do you have a pet but want to learn more about bonding with your four-legged friend? Come to our Fun with Pets Program on July 25, 2011 from 4:00 to 4:45PM. We'll have fun hanging out with a local vet, learning about pets, making a fun craft, and having a yummy snack. Registration starts July 11, 2011 and is open to Children ages 3-5 years old and their caregiver. Can't wait to see you!

Landscaping for Your Home

Landscaping for your home by Catriona Tudor Erler — Curb appeal is extremely important to many homeowners. Buyers look for good landscaping when scoping out a possible purchase, and attractive exteriors help raise property values even if you're not planning to sell anytime soon. This book is a how-to DIY guide for many projects, as well as offering inspiration and ideas that can be as easy as adding a sundial or a container garden. Whatever the scope of your landscaping project, you will likely find this book helpful.

Cool Food in the Summertime

Summer is the perfect time for entertaining. Local produce is plentiful and the sunny skies let us enjoy outside entertaining. Have a party in your backyard and use these books to impress your guests with your amazing culinary skills. And you can earn your Connect Your Summer Foodie Badge while you enjoy!

Icebox cakes: simply irresistible no-bake desserts by Lauren Chattman; photography by Duane Winfield

BBQ 25 by Adam Perry Lang

Smokin' with Myron Mixon: recipes made simple, from the winningest man in barbecue by Myron Mixon with Kelly Alexander

The ultimate guide to pitcher drinks: cool cocktails for a crowd by Sharon Tyler Herbst

Have your earned your Foodie badge yet?

Have you joined Connect Your Summer yet? Have you earned your Foodie badge yet? Patrons who attended Potato Play or Fruit Fun earned their badge while hanging out at the library. If you'd like to attend a library program to earn your Foodie badge, we have some great programs that can satisfy this badge.