August 24th, 2015

School Lunch Woes

I’m excited for my daughter to go back to school. I love shopping for school supplies and finding just the right backpack for storing those supplies. What I do not love, though, is filling her lunchbag. My daughter’s school only offers a meal one day out of the week—thank goodness for pizza Wednesdays—so I will have to come up with something to feed her on the other four days. It needs to be portable, ready-to-eat, and appealing. As I’m not a fan of her own preferred menu, which I’m pretty sure would involve an exclusive diet of potato chips and Rice Krispie treats, it also needs to be healthy. That’s a tall order! Fortunately, the library has some resources to help me not just with school lunch but also with those weeknight meals, which we need to squeeze in between school, homework, and sports.

cool-lunchesCool Lunches to Make and Take: Easy Recipes for Kids to Cook by Lisa Wagner

 

If you want to involve your child in making his or her lunch, this book is a great choice with some simple recipes that even the youngest kid can make-—with help from a parent.

 

 

vegan-lunchVegan Lunch Box: 150 Amazing Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love by Jennifer McCann

 

Organized so you can pick quick lunches when you are short on time or more involved lunches when you do, this book might be helpful for schools with dietary restrictions.

 

 

 

superheroThe Official DC Super Hero Cookbook by Matthew Mead

 

Inspired by kids’ favorite super heroes, this book has ideas that might motivate a picky eater to gobble down a meal. Parents and children can work together to make meals; this book has ideas for regular meals, lunchboxes, and even parties.

 

 

everything-kidsThe Everything Cooking for Kids Cookbook by Ronni Litz Julien

 

When this book says everything, it means everything! There are ideas for toddlers, hearty before-school breakfasts, lunches, after-school snacks, energy-supplying fuel for sports practices, and no-fuss dinners.

 

 

We don’t just have books that can help, though. Using Zinio, you can download digital magazines right from home on a variety of subjects, including cooking!

 

food-networkThis month’s issue of Food Network Magazine includes an article on “fun baking”. You could whip up a batch of lemon bars to go in a lunchbox, or as a fun after-school treat.

 

 

 

 

 

family-circleCheck out Family Circle’s brain-boosting snacks, which might give kids a boost before homework time. This issue also includes 108 dinner ideas, perfect for when you’re feeling uninspired.

 

 

 

 

 

 

good-housekeepingGood Housekeeping provides ideas for healthy and delicious dinners in 20 minutes or less, to give you a better chance of avoiding the drive-through on those busy nights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

rachael-rayDinner just got easy—Rachael Ray has veggie packed quick meals, slow-cooker slam dunks, and ideas to cook an entire dinner on a sheet pan.

 

 

 

 

 

What are you planning to cook this school year?


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August 17th, 2015

One Maryland, One Book

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Do you find that when you discuss a book, you get so much more out of it compared to when you read it by yourself? I know that every time I talk about a book over dinner with friends or in the break room at work, I find myself surprised at how I missed something. The other person will have a great point or insight into the plot that I completely overlooked. Reading books by yourself can be great, but when you discuss as a group, there is so much more to learn! In addition to our monthly book discussions, here at the library, we have an additional opportunity coming up for you to delve deep into a book.

One Maryland One Book is an initiative of the Maryland Humanities Council designed to bring people together, across the state, to share in the experience of reading the same book. Every year, they choose a book based on a certain theme and in its eighth year, the selection is: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

I cannot wait to take part in this discussion with other people from Cecil County. Each person that comes to this book discussion will bring perspective from different walks of life, so I’m sure the conversation will be rich and full of new insights for me. Six of our seven branches are offering book discussions, on different nights, with free books available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. You can also download the e-book using OverDrive or the e-audiobook using OneClickDigital.

Will you join the conversation?


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