August 31st, 2015

Crab Crawl 2015

CrabCrawlBackgroundThe Friends of the Cecil County Public Library are pleased to announce our Second Annual Crab Crawl in North East, MD! Come “crawl” with us on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, in beautiful downtown North East. This year’s Crab Crawl will also be featured in the North East Chamber of Commerce “Second Saturday” event.

We are also happy to announce that this year’s participating restaurants will be: Pier 1 Restaurant, Pickled Herring Pub, Port House Grill, Steak & Main, and unWined. Click here for a full menu. North East Chocolates will also provide a free small chocolate crabby to all participants!

Tickets are $40 each and are available for sale online and at the North East and Elkton Central Library Branches. Each ticket book allows the purchaser to enjoy a unique crab dish at each restaurant. T shirts for the event are also available online for $15, and can be picked up at the Crab Crawl.

So mark your calendar for September 12, 2015. Gather your family and friends and come out to support the Library, enjoy the Town of North East, visit local businesses, meet new friends and enjoy some delicious crab dishes.

All profits raised help support the Cecil County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and other special interests that fall outside of the Library’s normal operating budget.

Follow us on Facebook, check out our webpage or visit any Library branch location for more information and tickets.

Crab attire not required but welcome!

Crab Logo designed by Designendipity of North East.


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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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