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Connect Your Summer

Connect Your Summer is a way to enhance and share your Summer experiences. Earn badges whenever you read, attend a program, or do an activity.

Fiction for Foodies

Lunch & a Book August 2012

On Thursday August 9 at noon we'll be discussing:

Waterland by Graham Swift — Set in the bleak Fen Country of East Anglia, England and spanning some 240 years in the lives of its haunted narrator and his ancestors, Waterland is a book that takes in eels and incest, ale-making and madness, the heartless sweep of history and a family romance as tormented as any in Greek tragedy. According to the Los Angeles Times, "Waterland, like the Hardy novels, carries with all else a profound knowledge of a people, a place, and their interweaving… Swift tells his tale with wonderful contemporary verve and verbal felicity… A fine and original work."

Healthy Cooking

Veggie burgers every which way by Lukas Volger ; photographs by Christina Heaston

The get healthy go vegan cookbook by Neal Barnard and Robyn Webb

Chloe's kitchen: 125 easy, delicious recipes for making the food you love the vegan way by Chloe Coscarelli ; foreword by Neal D.

Mysteries for Foodies

Adult Writers' Group

Interested in writing? Join other adults to share your work, get feedback and discuss the craft of writing. We will meet on Saturday, July 28 from 2:00-3:00 PM.

Travel to the Wild

Films for Foodies

Ratatouille [videodisc] by Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film

Babette's feast [videodisc] by Just Betzer, præsenterer ; en film af Gabriel Axel ; A-S Panorama Film International

Nina's heavenly delights [videodisc] by a Here! Films/ Regent release of a Scion Films and Scottish Screen production with Kali Films and Priority Pictures in association with Sky Movies present a Pratibha Parmar film

Recipe Exchange

Share your favorite recipes, or discover new ones.

Bring in several copies of your favorite recipe (printed out on an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper and paper clipped together) to put in the Recipe Exchange kiosk located by the Reception Desk and earn your Chow Down badge. Look at the recipes others have left, and take home a new recipe or two.

If you prefer to share your recipe online, simply add the recipe in a comment to this blog post.

Bon Appetit!

Chow Down Delights: Trail of Crumbs

Trail of crumbs: hunger, love, and the search for home: a memoir by Kim Sunee — one woman's story of the strength, perseverance, and passion that food brought to her life. At the age of three Kim Sunée was abandoned at a South Korean marketplace by her mother. Left with only a handful of food Sunée survived three days and nights before a she was found by a police officer. Adopted by a family in New Orleans she was one of two Asian children in her community growing up. At 21 she became involved with a French businessman, moved abroad, and gained the title of stepmother to his eight year old daughter. Throughout her journey whenever she felt uneasy, lonely or out of place preparing and cooking gourmet meals brought her comfort and calm.

Fiction about Technology

C by Tom McCarthy

A pointed death: first in the pointer mystery series by Kath Russell

The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey

Utopia: a novel by Lincoln Child

Great Cookbooks for Kids

The budding chef by edited by Kate Kuhn ; [illustrated by Jane Dippold]

Cooking with kids by from the experts at FamilyFun magazine

Emeril's there's a chef in my family!: recipes to get everybody cooking by Emeril Lagasse ; illustrated by Charles Yuen ; photographs by Quentin Bacon

Fiction for Cat People

Family affair by Debbie Macomber

Cupid Cats by Katie MacAlister, Vicki Lewis Thompson & Connie Brockway

Tails of wonder and imagination by edited by Ellen Datlow

The cat's meow by Emily Carmichael

Be Healthy Audiobooks

Read to Thorndyke

Come to the library and read to Thorndyke, the resident bear in the Children's Library. He's a very good listener and won't bite.

Read a Tumblebook

Read a story in a new way. Tumblebooks is an online database that contains hundreds of well loved children's books told in an animated, interactive format. Many contain games, quizzes or other activities at the conclusion of the story. You can access it from your home computer or iPad or here in the library. If you are reading here in the library don't forget to bring your headphones so you'll be able to listen to the story.

Baseball Reads for Kids

Batter Up! We've got a whole roster full of great reads for kids about America's Favorite Pastime. Check one out today before they're loooong gone.

The boys by Jeff Newman; illustrated by Jeff Newman

Baseball hour by Carol Nevius; illustrated by Bill Thomson

Watch me throw the ball! by Mo Willems

Conquer a New Genre

Are you in a reading rut? Summer is a great time to try something new.

Use the drop-down menus on the Kids Book Lists page and May We Suggest blog to generate suggestions for a brand new read. Try a graphic novel, audiobook or ebook for a fresh reading experience. If you're feeling brave, combine a new format with a genre you've never read before to truly conquer this badge.

Can't find anything inspiring? Fill out the May We Suggest form to receive personal recommendations.

Hold a Book Discussion

Don't just read a book this summer, conquer it by checking out one of our Children's or Adult Book Discussion Kits and holding your own Book Club.

Just Grill It

Emeril at the grill: a cookbook for all seasons by Emeril Lagasse ; with photography by Steven Freeman

Veggie burgers every which way by Lukas Volger ; photographs by Christina Heaston

Good times, good grilling: surefire, fun food for great grill parties by Cheryl and Bill Jamison

Continental Cuisine