The farmer's market beckons us with spring's arugula, peas, and asparagus and continues its siren call until the fall's first frost. We return with bags overflowing with berries, new potatoes, sugar snap peas, and herbs to plant in the garden. Of course there are tried-and-true recipes that we fall back on each year to use up the produce, but new inspiration is always welcome. Southern Living's Farmer's Market Cookbook is a great resource for "celebrat[ing] the seasons with fresh-from-the-farm recipes."
Do you think that Father's Day is another Hallmark holiday, created just to sell greeting cards? Not so! In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd, in Spokane, Washington, was listening to a lecture on Mother's Day, and thinking about her father's incredible accomplishment in raising his six children alone after the death of her mother. Sonora wanted to honor her father in the same way that mothers were already honored, and she worked with local clergy and the YMCA to host its Father's Day celebration on June 19, 1909.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar, calculated according to when the crescent moon is sighted.
During this entire month, adult Muslims do not eat from sunup to sundown. This is called fasting. In the evening, the day's fast is broken with a meal called iftar. Before the day's fast begins, Muslims eat a pre-dawn meal called suhoor. When the month is over, Muslims celebrate a three-day holiday with feasting and gift exchanges, called Id-ul-Fitr (the Festival of Breaking the Fast).
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April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire...
(T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land")
It's also National Poetry Month! Kick it off April 5th with open mic poetry readings & music in the England Run living room. Bring your original poems or your published favorites to read, an instrument & song, or just come to relax & listen. Sign up in advance or just drop in. *Family friendly readings & music, please* 7:00 - 9:00.
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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: "Shifting among multiple viewpoints but focusing mostly on blind French teenager Marie-Laure and Werner, a brilliant German soldier just a few years older than she, this novel has the physical and emotional heft of a masterpiece. The main protagonists are brave, sensitive, and intellectually curious, and in another time they might have been a couple. But they are on opposite sides of the horrors of World War II, and their fates ultimately collide in connection with the radio-a means of resistance for the Allies and just one more avenue of annihilation for the Nazis. Set mostly in the final year of the war but moving back to the 1930s and forward to the present, the novel presents two characters so interesting and sympathetic that readers will keep turning the pages hoping for an impossibly happy ending." (Library Journal)
If you enjoyed All the Light We Cannot See, you may also like these titles:
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
"In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must do to survive while keeping secret all that she can." (Book Description)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
"Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe." (Book Description)
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Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
"While camping in a national park in Michigan, 17-year-old Alex, a girl coping with a brain tumor and the side effects of its treatment, survives a series of electromagnetic pulses that may have taken out the entire world. Miles from nowhere, she hikes with new companions-an obstinate eight-year-old orphan named Ellie and a young soldier named Tom-as they try to make sense of things. Aside from wrecking their equipment, the pulse has killed most adults and morphed young people into psychotic flesh-eating monsters that are soon dubbed the Changed." (Publisher's Weekly)
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.
EBook and eAudio fans, rejoice! We recently increased checkouts and holds in OverDrive to seven each, up from four! Don’t forget this applies to each card in your household. The same card can be used to check out books in different formats to go to multiple devices. For example, one card can be used to check out a Kindle book, an eAudio MP3, and an eBook that you read on your smart phone through the OverDrive App.
I spend a couple of hours most days preparing, cooking, serving, and cleaning up after meals for my family of six. On the weekends, my husband and I try to spend a few hours each Sunday prepping our meals for the week, which makes life run much easier during the time-crunched weeknights. I would love to be able to say that I am a natural chef, whose talents are just waiting to be set free when I have a little more time...or when I find the perfect cookbook. But since a few members of my family are chefs who can really cook, I’ve faced the fact that I can barely hold my own in the kitchen.
Here are some things that I have discovered through the past 17 years of cooking for kids, though, that have made life easier: