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Let's celebrate! There are so many ways to make cocktails and mocktails, enough to suit most anyone's taste buds. Enjoy these suggestions from our collection. Imbibe wisely!

Cocktail making is part art and part science--just like cooking. The first-ever cocktail book from America's Test Kitchen brings our objective, kitchen-tested and -perfected approach to the craft of making cocktails. You always want your cocktail to be something special--whether you're in the mood for a simple Negroni, a properly muddled Caipirinha, or a big batch of Margaritas or Bloody Marys with friends. After rigorous recipe testing, we're able to reveal not only the ideal ingredient proportions and best mixing technique for each drink, but also how to make homemade tonic for your Gin and Tonic, and homemade sweet vermouth and cocktail cherries for your Manhattan. And you can't simply quadruple any Margarita recipe and have it turn out right for your group of guests--to serve a crowd, the proportions must change. You can always elevate that big-batch Margarita, though, with our Smoked Rim Salt or Sriracha Rim Salt. How to Cocktail offers 125 recipes that range from classic cocktails to new America's Test Kitchen originals. Our two DIY chapters offer streamlined recipes for making superior versions of cocktail cherries, cocktail onions, flavored syrups, rim salts and sugars, bitters, vermouths, liqueurs, and more. And the final chapter includes a dozen of our test cooks' favorite cocktail-hour snacks. All along the way, we solve practical challenges for the home cook, including how to make an array of cocktails without having to buy lots of expensive bottles, how to use a Boston shaker, what kinds of ice are best and how to make them, and much more.

Kermit Versus Thorndyke Smackdown

 

Hey Kids,

Ever wondered whether a mosquito could take on a great white shark? Me neither. But now that you're thinking about it, how do a mosquito and a great white match up? If you're curious about this and other animal matchups, check out some of the books below. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

This title has lots of different matchups, if you just can't make a choice.

Who doesn't love a great story. Fairy Tales and Folktales have been passed down from generation to generation, and this February 26th, which is Tell Me a Fairy Tale Day, cuddle up in a favorite spot at home and read your favorite Fairy Tale or Folktale with someone you love.

Folktales by Cyril Bassington

The drive to pass down stories from generation to generation is a trait that cultures across the world have in common. Some of these fascinating stories are called folktales, and many are still beloved hundreds of years after they were first told. Readers will learn the characteristics that folktales across cultures share. They'll discover that fables, fairy tales, and tall tales all fall within this category, and they'll learn famous examples of each--such as the Tortoise and the Hare, Paul Bunyan, and Cinderella --accompanied by appealing artwork.

March is Reading Month, and in celebration CPL staff are looking back at the books that first sparked our love of reading. What book made you love reading?

Tee V.: I remember reading the Junie B. Jones series when I was in first grade and falling in love with her spunky attitude and great sense of style, reading the whole series that was out to that point made me a voracious reader!

Maniac Magee : a novel by Jerry Spinelli

Whitney J.: It was the first book that made me think deeply about the social institutions in our country – race, class, gender, and more. I read it at least three times in elementary school and it’s still important to me today because of the ways that it opened my eyes to the world.

"On Monday February 15th, people traveled across the country and stood in a block-long line to pay respects to Cicely Tyson at a public viewing. Tyson was the first Black woman to have a recurring role in a dramatic television series, the 1963 drama 'East Side, West Side.' Her performance as a sharecropper’s wife in the 1972 movie 'Sounder' cemented her stardom and earned her an Oscar nomination. She went on to win two Emmy Awards for playing the 110-year-old former slave in the 1974 television drama 'The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman' and another Emmy 20 years later for 'Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.'" - Los Angeles Times

Celebrate Tyson's life on screen and in print with these selections from the library. 

Just as I am : a memoir by Cicely Tyson

This year's Together We Read selection is the romance novel Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn. Described as a quirky love story between a talented calligrapher and a Wall Street mathematician who discovers a secret message in her work. Join e-Book readers across the U.S. reading this book at the same time and enjoy some warmth and laughter this winter. This title will be available on OverDrive without any waitlists or holds from February 10th-24th.

The following books affirm Black lives, experiences, culture, and offer openings for discussions about racial injustice. Click here for more titles on the topic. 

Keeping our teeth clean and healthy is so important! During the month of February, be sure to spend some extra time with those chompers because it is National Children's Dental Health Month. Be sure to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly!

Dentist's office by Adeline J. Zimmerman

Dentist's Office takes emergent readers on a trip to the dentist while providing them with a supportive first nonfiction reading experience. Carefully crafted text uses high-frequency words, repetitive sentence patterns, and strong visual references to support emergent readers, making sure they aren't facing too many challenges at once. Dentist's Office includes Tools for Teachers and Caregivers and a Let's Review! question and image, as well as introductory nonfiction features such as labels, a table of contents, words to know, and an index.

Created by the nonprofit organization, LitWorld, World Read Aloud Day has been going strong in over 173 countries and is in its 12th year. Scholastic provides some great resources for you to use to participate.  Also, enjoy their list of all the books selected for World Read Aloud Day 2021. We have many of them, so be sure to come check one (or 20) out! If you do participate, be sure to use the hashtag #WorldReadAloudDay or #WRADChallenge. Happy Reading! 

Will ladybug hug? by Hilary Leung

Ladybug reveals the things she will and will not hug.

The American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2021, including the Robert F. Siebert Informational Book Medal. This award goes to the most distinguished Non-fiction titles  for children each year.

To find past award winners in our catalog or to check availability, do a title search for Robert F. Siebert. For more information about this award and its current and past recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.

2021 Medal Winner

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