@ Your Library 11.20.18

Holiday Cooking

@ Your Library

By Beverly Ewart


Thanksgiving is upon us!  Our table will include family and friends from across town and from across the globe, and I am hoping to provide a variety of dishes to delight everyone! Do you need to find a few more dishes to fill out your menu and fill up your guests?  Maybe you’d like to try something new to surprise them? Check out our well-rounded collection of cookbooks:

  • Buddha Bowls: 100 Nourishing One-Bowl Meals by Kelli Foster.  "Buddha bowls, sometimes called 'bliss bowls,' 'nourish bowls,' or 'power bowls,' are the ultimate one-dish meals. You start with a base of whole grains, rice, noodles, or legumes; load on a generous assortment of cooked or raw vegetables; and top with a boost of protein and a dressing, sauce, or broth. It's an easy, healthy meal you can have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or, if you like, all three! Kelli Foster, who writes about food for the popular website The Kitchn, serves up in these pages an amazing variety of Buddha bowl ideas, all vibrantly colored, live with flavor, and oh-so-comforting to eat."
  • How to Eat a Peach: Menus, Stories and Places by Diana Henry.  When Diana Henry was sixteen she started a menu notebook (an exercise book carefully covered in wrapping paper). Planning a menu is still her favorite part of cooking. Menus can create very different moods; they can take you places, from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul. They also have to work as a meal that flows and as a group of dishes that the cook can manage without becoming totally stressed. The 24 menus and 100 recipes in this book reflect places Diana loves, and dishes that are real favorites. The menus are introduced with personal essays in Diana's now well-known voice- about places or journeys or particular times and explain the choice of dishes. Each menu is a story in itself, but the recipes can also stand alone.
  • Black Girl Baking: Wholesome Recipes Inspired by a Soulful Upbringing by Jerrelle Guy.  Growing up sensitive and slightly awkward in a race-conscious space, Guy decided early on that good food is the most powerful way to connect, understand, and heal. She leaders readers on a sensual baking journey, using the five senses, as she retells food memories with ingredients that involve whole flours, less refined sugar, and vegan alternatives.
  • Classic Home Desserts: A Treasury of Heirloom and Contemporary Recipes From Around the World by Richard Sax; photography by Alan Richardson.
  • BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts by Stella Parks. From devil's food cake to cherry pie, BraveTart is a celebration of classic American desserts. Whether down-home delights like blueberry muffins and fudge brownies, or supermarket mainstays such as vanilla Wafers and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, your favorites are all here. Yet this is much more than a cookbook. Stella Parks, a senior editor at Serious Eats, also delves into the stories of how our favorite desserts came to be, from chocolate chip cookies that predate the Tollhouse Inn to the Prohibition-era origins of ice cream sodas and floats.
  • Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit by Lisa Ludwinski. A collection of favorite recipes for sweet and savory pies from the owner of Detroit's Sister Pie bakery features such options as ginger peach biscuit, toasted marshmallow butterscotch, and sour cherry bourbon pie.

CFL will be closed for Thanksgiving Wednesday, November 21 at 5pm; Thursday, November 22, and Friday, November 23.  


Adult Programming:  

The Friends of the Canton Free Library will hold their Annual Book, Bake and Craft Sale on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the library's lower level, 8 Park Street, Canton.

The bake sale will feature home baked items including pies, cookies, breads and candy while books of all kinds will be available for sale. A variety of vendors will be participating in the craft show. A final listing of vendors will be announced shortly. Also available will be the Friends' McCarthy's Cookbook and raffle tickets for their Hometown Holiday basket.

This annual event is a great time to shop for the holidays while supporting local artists and your local library.


Narcan Training: Canton Free Library is offering FREE Narcan Training to members of the community in conjunction with Susan Ferguson of the St. Lawrence County Addiction Treatment Center. Narcan is an emergency treatment for use in cases of suspected opioid overdose, while waiting for emergency services to arrive. More information about Narcan can be found at https://www.narcan.com/. The training will be held Monday, December 3, from 6PM-7PM at the Canton Free Library, 8 Park Street Canton, NY 13617 in the Paige Room.

Registration is requested. To register please contact Jennifer at 315-386-3712 ext 127 or jhenry@ncls.org .


Children’s Programs:

Baby Storytime is for kids from birth-18 months and their caregivers, no registration needed. Tuesday mornings from 10:00-10:45am. We feature books, bounce rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and social/play time.

Toddler Storytime is for kids from 18-35 months and their caregivers. No registration required!  Everyone will enjoy books, flannel board stories, fingerplays, music, and craft activities on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:00am.

Preschool Storytime is for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed.  There will be books, flannel board stories, songs, fingerplays, movement, and crafts on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15am.

Junior Writers Group is for ages 8-12. This group meets the second and last Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:50. No registration is needed. Children are encouraged to brainstorm on a given theme, write and perhaps illustrate a short story, and share it with the group.

Books and Beyond for Kindergarten-2nd grade. Books and Beyond will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 3-4pm and feature books, games, and arts and crafts. Please register kids by the Wednesday before the program by emailing vwhite@ncls.org or calling 315-379-0434 ext 4.

Tween Time for grades 3-6. Tween Time will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 3-4pm. Please register kids by the Wednesday before the program by emailing vwhite@ncls.org or calling 315-379-0434 ext 4.   Tween Time features books, games, and art.   

Teen Programs:

Anime Club Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. We are currently watching The Ancient Magus’ Bride.

Casuals Wielding Dice: Join Dave Crowell Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 5pm for epic adventures through a variety of different tabletop games!

Chess Club meets on Mondays from 5-7.

Clash of the Readers’ booklist includes Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. Registration began on August 13; the competition has been delayed, expect a new date in the coming weeks.

Game Club now runs on Mondays from 3-5pm. Stop in at the library and try your hand at any of our multitude of games!

Nerd Club is once again being held at Canton High School! If you know a high school student who might be interested, direct them to the library conference room on Tuesdays from 2:30-3:20.


Hours: Canton Free Library (phone: 315 386 3712) is open Monday 9:30am - 8pm, Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am - 8pm, Thursday 9:30am -5pm, Friday 9:30am -5pm, and Saturdays from 10am -3pm. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. Rensselaer Falls Branch Library (phone: 315 344 7406) is open Monday 4pm-6pm, and Wednesday and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library (phone: 315 379 0066) is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1pm - 4pm.  Please call the branch libraries before visiting, to be sure that they are open; hours may vary a bit.

For more CFL news, “like” the library page on Facebook.  Find new additions to our collection on our website: cantonfreelibrary.org. To renew your current checkouts, login to ncls.org; you may also renew via email at canlib@ncls.org, or by calling (315) 386-3712.

Thank-full @ your library!