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The Library is now open the following hours Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. Curbside is still available.


One Pan Recipes Soup

One pan cooking adds variety to mealtimes without adding more dishes. Our library has a huge collection of cookbooks, including a variety of cookbooks focusing on one pan—or pot—cooking. Whether you have an instant pot or an iron skillet, there’s a one pan option for everyone. Here are some new one-pot and one-pan cookbooks that are packed with ways to maximize flavors and minimize clean up. 

By Marge Perry and David Bonom

Using easy-to-find ingredients and new takes on comfort food dishes from around the world, HERO DINNERS provides a great introduction into one-pan cooking that is easy and satisfying. These one-pan meals focus on the strengths of sheet pans and skillets, with tips for how to minimize clean-up and get the most out of the simple ingredients. 


by Lisa Burns

While the instant pot has a variety of settings from sauté to pressure cooking, it can be confusing and even intimidating to use. FAMILY MEALS FROM SCRATCH focuses on delicious and kid-friendly recipes while walking through each step in a clear and concise way. From take-out favorites to dessert, there’s sure to be a recipe perfect for your home menu. 


1.11 One Pot VegetarianONE-POT VEGETARIAN
By Sabrina Fauda-Role

Whether you’re a vegetarian or looking for a delicious meal for Meatless Monday, these plant-based recipes cover soups, stews, and casseroles packed with flavor and nutrition.ONE-POT VEGETARIAN focuses on one-pot stove top cooking for any palette, from mac and cheese to dahl, and includes tips for some powerful flavor combinations to make your flavors really stand out. 


By Anne Byrn

Skillet Love covers all the basics about cooking with a cast-iron skillet, including cast-iron care and other tips. The large collection of appetizers, mains, and desserts are made to satisfy any diet or picky eater. A lot of the recipes are southern comfort food like shrimp and grits or fried okra, but it also includes skillet classics like scalloped potatoes and steaks. You can take these recipes on the road and dress-up your camping fare, or cook these while cozy at home.


Snow Mittens 

There is something about winter that makes it seem perfectly pleasant to stay indoors cozied up with a favorite book. It helps, of course, that we live in a place with cold, snowy winters. But there is something undeniably nice about turning the pages of a book during the shorter days of winter. For me, it is a soothing and calming activity during a time of year that can often feel hectic, and not only during the holidays. 

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite wintry (but not Holiday-centric) picture books that beg to be enjoyed by families on a long winter night. 

1.4 Before MorningBEFORE MORNING
By Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by Beth Krommes

This peaceful poem expresses a child’s wish for an overnight winter storm so mighty that it stops the world. I refuse to believe that this child and I are the only ones who have ever wished for a big blizzard that makes the busy world stop. This longing sensation, a decidedly wintry one, is perfectly expressed by Newbery medalist, Joyce Sidman and is perfectly matched by gorgeous scratchboard illustrations from Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes. This is a quiet, slow and mesmerizing book perfectly suited for a winter bedtime. 


1.4 CozyCOZY
By Jan Brett

Nearly any of Jan Brett’s books could be on this list, because her signature artistic style is so associated with winter reading (if you haven’t read her version of THE MITTEN you really ought to). But COZY, her newest book, is an especially sweet story of winter friendship. Cozy is a young musk ox in Alaska, named for his especially silky coat. When he is separated from his herd during a harsh winter, his coat protects him from the winter chill. Soon, a growing number of animals seek shelter in his coat which prompts Cozy to set some “house rules” so everyone will get along. If you know Jan Brett, you know to expect beautiful illustrations and incredibly detailed side panels that young readers will spend hours exploring, 


1.4 Katy and the Big SnowKATY AND THE BIG SNOW
By Virginia Lee Burton

Virginia Lee Burton is a classic children’s author and illustrator who wrote lots of stories of personified things, but KATY AND THE BIG SNOW holds a special place in my heart, and not just because it’s perfectly wintry. Katy is a tractor with a snow plow attached to her front who only gets brought out on very snowy days when the town needs her the most. She waits, and waits, and waits until a big snow storm arrives and then she happily goes to work clearing the streets so that people in the town can get where they need to go. Truck-obsessed children will love seeing Katy at work, and the vintage illustrations make such excellent use of white space that this book can be read over and over and still be charming – especially on a snowy day after seeing a snow plow at work! 


1.4 Goodbye Autumn Hello WinterGOODBYE AUTUMN, HELLO WINTER
By Kenard Pak

This is part of Kenard Pak’s series of books showing two children saying goodbye to one season and welcoming another. The entire series is beautiful, but this entry holds a special spot in my heart. We follow the two children on a long walk as we watch the season start to turnover. We see the tell-tale signs that autumn is ending – like piles of leaves and crisp early evenings all moving towards the inevitable snowfall. The text in this quiet and inviting book is sweet, but the illustrations and how they manage to really feel like the change in seasons are what will make this book a delight to read over and over again – especially as we prepare for a snowfall. 


1.4 Snowflake BentleySNOWFLAKE BENTLEY
By Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrated by Mary Azarian

There are a surprising number of Caldecott winners about winter, which made it a difficult choice to recommend just one. But in the end, I had to pick this nostalgic favorite – a picture book biography about Wilson Alwyn Bentley. Bentley, or Snowflake Bentley, was a self-taught scientist who studied the microscopic world of snowflakes by photographing thousands of flakes to study their form and prove that no snowflake is alike. The incredible illustrations in this book are done with woodblock and hand-tinting to evoke the snowy 19th century Vermont town where Bentley lived. This is a simple but beautiful book that could act as an invitation to explore snow science with children.


New York 

The Christmas season in New York City begins with the big Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Santa stopping in front of the Macy’s department store is the kick off to the Christmas season in the Big Apple. There are many things to do and see in New York City during the Christmas season like ice skating in Central Park and viewing window displays along 5th Avenue. I spent a week in New York City a few years ago and I would love to go back at Christmas and enjoy some of these famous New York Christmas traditions. If you have plans to visit New York in the future here is a list of books to read that will help you get prepared for your next visit. 

12.23 New York CityNEW YORK CITY 
By Regis St. Louis

A comprehensive travel guide to New York City, with maps and information on hotels, restaurants, shopping, and other interesting sites. 


12.23 New York the NovelNEW YORK: THE NOVEL
By Edward Rutherfurd

The intertwining fates of characters rich and poor, black and white, native born and immigrant, brings to life the momentous events that shaped New York city and America. This book tells the history of NYC from 1664 to 2009 through generations of families and their participation in real historical events. 


12.23 Writings from the New YorkerWRITINGS FROM THE NEW YORKER
By E.B. White

Here are over 100 wise, witty, short pieces and essays by E.B.White written for the New Yorker over a span of forty-nine years. White loves New York and he happily conjures his version in all its imperfection in this collection as he comments about not only NYC but also the world with humor, compassion, and honesty.  


By Truman Capote

It’s New York in the 1940’s where a woman named Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s. The fabulous city is captured through the point of view of a young society girl who spends her early mornings at Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue. 


By Richard Panchyk

A 400-year history of New York City’s culture, politics, and geography. A time line of significant events, a list of historic sites to visit or explore online, and web resources for further study as well as 21 hands-on activities to better understand the Big Apple.    


12.2 Christmas Gifts 

It’s no secret that book make great gifts! What if you’re shopping for a reluctant reader, an art fiend, or a bookworm who seems to have already read everything? Graphic novels are the way to go! Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a graphic novel for any age and every taste. Here are some of this year’s stand-out titles: 

For Young Readers

12.21 Pea Bee and JayPEA, BEE, & JAY: STUCK TOGETHER 
Written and illustrated by Brian Smith

Pea takes a dare to roll off his farm, but finds himself in a bigger jam than expected when a thunderstorm carries him away! With the help of a precocious bee named Bee, and a bird who still can’t fly named Jay, can Pea find his way back to the farm? 


12.21 Pizza and TacoPIZZA AND TACO: WHO’S THE BEST? 
Written and illustrated by Stephen Shaskan

Pizza and Taco are best friends, but wonder which one of them is the best. It’s hard to tell by themselves, so they turn to their friends and organize a big vote to declare which of them is best. But can their friendship last through the competition? 


For Middle Grade Readers

(see also:“For the Reader in Your Life Who Likes: Graphic Novels”)

12.21 antiheroANTI/HERO 
Written by Kate Karyus Quinn and Demitria Lunetta
Illustrated by Maca Gil

Classmates Piper and Sloane think they’ve got nothing in common, but they both have surprising secrets. Piper, with her super-human strength, is dying to prove herself as a superhero, while Sloane uses her extraordinary smarts to help her villainous grandfather. After going head to head over a mysterious device, the two girls swap bodies. Their secret identities revealed, Piper and Sloane must work together to change back. 


12.21 Machines that ThinkMACHINES THAT THINK! 
Written and illustrated by Don Brown

From humankind’s earliest days to now, we’ve created machines to help us do all kinds of things. Learn what we’ve built through the ages, from the abacus to our smart phones, and the people whose inventions have changed the world. 


12.21 When Stars are ScatteredWHEN STARS ARE SCATTERED 
Written by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
Illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and Iman Geddy

Living in a refugee camp, life has been hard for Omar and his little brother Hassan. When Omar gets an opportunity to be able to go to school again, he knows it’s his best chance to make life better for him and his brother. But Hassan is nonverbal and needs a lot of care, and Omar is the only family he has left. Will he have to choose between taking care of Hassan now and working on a better future for them both? 


12.21 Yorick and BonesYORICK AND BONES 
Written by Jeremy Tankard and Hermione Tankard
Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

“Alas poor Yorick!” Hamlet’s old friend, alone so long and buried underground. Now a skeleton, Yorick wakes and is dug up by a hungry dog. If the dog will ever stop trying to nibble his bones, perhaps he can help Yorick find the one thing he longs for – a friend. 


For Teen Readers

12.21 CosmoknightsCOSMOKNIGHTS 
Written and illustrated by Hannah Templer

It’s been years since Pan last saw her best friend Tara. A princess, Tara was a prize to the winner of the Cosmoknight tournament, but Pan helped her escape. But then a pair of fighters show up on Tara’s doorstep, fighters who devoted to saving princesses. Ready for adventure, Pan joins them and their fight, and finds more than she bargained for. 


12.21 The Dark Matter of Mona StarrTHE DARK MATTER OF MONA STARR 
Written and Illustrated by Laura Lee Gulledge

Lately, Mona sometimes feels a little strange. The world suddenly seems scary, and making friends is hard. She calls it the Matter, a dark feeling that makes her feel like she’s unwanted. After a really bad bout of the Matter, Mona finds the courage to ask her parents for help. With their support, therapy, good friends, and art, Mona learns what the Matter is and how to tame it.   


12.21 Dragon HoopsDRAGON HOOPS 
Written and Illustrated by Gene Luen Yang

Even though Gene isn’t into sports, he can see that the boys basketball team at the high school where he teaches is on to something great. Their journey to the California State Championships is a story much like the comic books Gene loves, with lots of action, drama, and heroes too, and he can’t help but be sucked in to the excitement buzzing around him. 


12.21 Long Way DownLONG WAY DOWN 
Written and illlustrated by Jason Reynolds

Stunning artwork compliments the powerful story of Will, a boy heading out to avenge his brother’s death. The loaded gun heavy in his waistband, Will’s resolve is set. But as the elevator carries him down, stopping at each floor, he is joined by different ghosts of people he knew who reveal truths of a much larger story than Will’s loss, a story that might change Will’s mind. 


Written by Satoru Yamaguchi
Illustrated by Nami Hidaka
Translated by Shirley Yeung

Katarina has a startling realization: she was once a 17-year-old girl, now reincarnated into the world of her favorite dating video game. Even more alarming, she’s the game’s villain! All possible endings of the game end with Katarina’s exile or death, but she’s got some ideas to try to change things before her fate is sealed – if that’s even possible. 


For Adult Readers

12.21 Black Cotton StarBLACK COTTON STAR 
By Steve Cuzor and Yves Sente
Translated by Allison Charette

World War II, European Theater: Three African-American soldiers embark on a mission across a war-torn continent in search of a legendary piece of American history: the black cotton star secretly sewn onto the first American flag by Angela Brown, a housemaid to Betsy Ross. 


12.21 FangsFANGS 
Written and Illustrated by Sarah Andersen

In three hundred years, Vamp has yet to meet her match, until the night she meets him: a werewolf. Despite their differences and the challenges of a vampire-werewolf romance, this unlikely couple find that they are eerily and delightfully well-suited for each other.   


Written and illustrated by Isabel Greenberg

Before their iconic novels, the Bronte sisters invented a world all their own. After their oldest sisters’ deaths, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell find solace in creating a new world they call Glass Town. There, they escape harsh reality and find friendship, adventure, and freedom. Though as the siblings grow up, what will happen to their dear Glass Town?


Written and illustrated by Derf Backderf

As a 10-year-old boy, author Derf remembers the Ohio National Guard arriving in his hometown to stamp out a trucker’s strike. Just days later, those same Guardsmen were sent to Kent State University, ultimately opening fire on unarmed students who were protesting the Vietnam War. This book dives deep into the events of those tragic four days and the four young lives that were lost in a shocking turn of events. 


Written by Carlos Guzman-Verdugo, Alejandro Verdugo, and Megan Brown
Illustrated by Jorge MOnlongo and Christine Larsen

Heck yes! Things are great for Napoleon and his friends; he and Deb are dating, his best friend Pedro is the new student body president. But when someone accuses Pedro of cheating in the election, Napoleon and Deb know they have to use every special skill they have to clear his name. Gosh! How the heck are they gonna do that? 


12.21 The Way of the HousehusbandTHE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND 
Written and illustrated by Kousuke Oono

He was once the infamous “Immortal Dragon,” a legendary and feared yakuza boss. These days though, Tatsu lives a quieter life after leaving behind his life of crime to become an ordinary househusband. Running a household proves tougher than it appears, but if Tatsu could rule the underworld, he can conquer househusbanding too!


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