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Halloween Cooking

It's that time of year to start making plans for Halloween! Whether you're throwing a party, going trick-or-treating, or passing out candy, you can never have enough spooky treats around to snack on. Check out The Halloween Cooking Blog and Food Network's Halloween Cooking page for some great recipes, as well as our own collection of Halloween cooking and idea books.

Tween and Teen Halloween Fun

Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 PM, Tweens and Teens are invited to join us for fun activities, games, and food!

Michigan's Harvest: Food, Farming & Community

Michigan HarvestMichigan's Harvest: Food, Farming & Community is taking place from September 24 to November 20, 2011 at the Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center at Macomb Community College. You'll find exhibits, presentations and activities on a variety of food topics including Michigan's agricultural heritage, modern methods of food production, and the local foods movement. Most events are free but require pre-registration.

Vegetarian Awareness Month Program

Do you know what the following people have in common? Diogenes, the Greek philosopher to Ben Franklin, founding father, to actors Emily Deschanel and Brad Pitt to singer Alanis Moressette?  They are all vegetarians!  Find out about the vegetarian life style when we celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month with the folks from VegMichigan on Saturday, October 22 at 12 noon.  Why do they do it?  It's a healthier, greener and more humane way to live your life.  Come learn why.   

Family Dinner

For busy families on the go, it can be difficult to find time to share a meal together. Pull your chair up to the dinner table during the month of October, also known as Eat Better, Eat Together Month. Want to find out more about the benefits of family dinners? Check out The Surprising Power of Family Meals by Miriam Weinstein and learn just how much of a positive impact eating together has on the family.

Need some ideas for cooking that family meal? Get everyone involved in the process by picking up a cookbook like Cooking Fun: 121 Simple Recipes To Make With Kids. Bon appetit!

The Edible Front Yard

The edible front yard : the mow-less, grow-more plan for a beautiful, bountiful garden by Ivette Soler ; with photographs by Ann Summa — For most folks, space is at a premium, and so are our hard-earned dollars. To be able to take advantage of the front yard - an area that is usually just boring grass that doesn't get used for much - is a great way to save money and make the most of our property. And an edible front yard garden doesn't have to lack curb appeal! This book has an entire chapter devoted to that topic, as well as information throughout about how to keep your edible front yard aesthetically pleasing. This book has detailed information about all the issues and questions that could come along with an edible front yard.

Vegetarian Month

October is designated "Vegetarian Month" to spotlight and better understand a vegetarian lifestyle. This educational event advances awareness of the many surprising, ethical, environmental, economic, health, humanitarian and other benefits of the increasingly popular vegetarian lifestyle. Who is a vegetarian? Who is a vegan? A vegetarian chooses to eat no animal products, fish or fowl. A vegan does not consume any animal products, fish, fowl, dairy or eggs. To learn more about the pros and cons of being a vegetarian you can go to the website of the Vegetarian Society. You can get great tasting vegan and vegetarian recipes at GoVeg.com.

The Food Lover's Garden

The food lover's garden by Mark Diacono ; photography by Mark Diacono ; recipe photography by Laura Hynd ; recipe development by Debora Robertson — Did you know that you can eat daylilies and nasturtiums? Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed with produce from the garden but aren't sure how to prepare it? This book has a mix of growing information, tips and info about a variety of types of produce and recipes for how to use it all. Who wants to make some nasturtium risotto?

A Day at the Orchard is Fun for the Whole Family

Area apple orchards and cider mills have opened for the season offering cider, doughnuts, apples, u-pick apples, pumpkins, hay rides and much more. Plan an outing and stock up on the seasonal goodies while they last. Go for a wagon ride at the nearby Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill on Warren Road between Napier and Gotfredson Roads.
More orchards and mills
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Magazine Express

As the Canton Public Library continues to deal with a declining budget, patrons are reminded the "magazine express" program has been discontinued.

Apples

The arrival of fall also means the arrival of apples! Whether they're baked into a pie, dipped in caramel, pressed into cider, or simply enjoyed plain, apples are always a wonderful autumn treat. Why not read some stories about apples, too? Listed below are some easy books all about this fabulous fruit. You can find them in the Readers section in the Children's Department.

Ten apples up on top! by Theo. leSieg; illustrated by Roy McKie

Big red apple by Tony Johnston; illustrated by Judith Hoffman Corwin

Your Farm in the City

Your farm in the city : an urban dweller's guide to growing food and raising livestock by Lisa Taylor, and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth — Whether you're building a raised bed in the back yard or undertaking a larger garden project, this book has great information about all the things you'll need to consider when gardening in the city (or suburbs). Since municipalities and homeowners associations often have rules that relate to outdoor structures and vegetation, it's important to plan ahead and this book can help you figure out what you'll need to do. It also provides great details on helping your soil be fertile, creative bed design for small or restricted spaces, working with pests that live in urban areas, and much more.

CSAs Gain Momentum

As more folks look for alternatives to factory farmed foods, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) are growing in popularity. Joining a CSA is a great way to eat healthy and support local farms. To find a CSA near you, you can visit CSAFarms.org. There is also an option for those interested in participating in a CSA this winter. One clever organization, Locavorious, has partnered with several small farms in the communities around Ann Arbor to offer frozen produce subscriptions, similar to shares offered by regular CSAs. During the peak harvest, they prepare and package local produce at its peak freshness, and preserve it in a community freezer.

National Spumoni Day

August 22 is National Spumoni Day! Spumoni, not to be confused with zamboni, is a multicolored Italian ice cream. When I was growing up, it was served at my Italian uncle's restaurant at the end of a meal. Best place to treat yourself to this hand-layered ice cream is at Alinosi's in Grosse Pointe.

The Homesteading Handbook

The homesteading handbook : a back to basics guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more by Abigail R. Gehring — Are you interested in being more self-sufficient? This book is truly a one-stop resource for virtually all aspects of homesteading including herbal medicine, useful crafting, keeping animals like chickens and goats, building sheds and other small structures, canning, generating energy, growing edibles, and more. If all that sounds like a lot of work, it also includes fun things like how to make your own ice cream.

National S'mores Day

Today is National S'Mores Day! Did you know S'mores were invented by the Girl Scouts of America? When marshmallows became popular early in the 20th Century, enterprising Girl Scouts created an easy to assemble (marshmallows, chocolate bars, and graham crackers) dessert to enjoy over the campfire.
[Photo courtesy of What's Cooking America]

Amazing Dewey Race Winners

Congratulations to Natalia, Lauren and Kylie, champions of the first Amazing Dewey Race!  They were the first team to complete all 10 tasks and check in at the Pit Stop. If you'd like to join us for our next edition of The Amazing Dewey Race, check back here soon! Maybe you will be the next Champion!  

Do you Know What Goes in to Eating Animals?

Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer's newest book, discusses the complex issues that surround the meat we consume. This ranges from animal welfare to health to politics. Foer employs his unique voice to reveal the commonplace, yet horrendous practices that occur in the factory farming industry. The facts unearthed through his investigative jounalism argue cases for both a selective omnivore diet and a vegetarian diet. This book is shocking, fascinating, and may challenge the reader's everyday eating practices and beliefs. We have it in multiple formats:

Eating animals [book] by Jonathan Safran Foer

Time was… Time is…

August 17 marks the 225th birthday of American legend Davy Crockett. Although much lore surrounds the life of the coonskin-capped frontiersman, the truth is actually a different story–and just as interesting. History buffs will find Michael Wallis' new biography, David Crockett: The Lion of the West, a compelling portrait of the man.

Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella by Neil Lanctot

Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks: Fifty of the Grittiest Moments in the History of Hardscrabble New England by Matthew P.