February 28th, 2013

Diggin’ the Dirt

One of my greatest pleasures is wandering through my garden after work, marking the day-to- day changes in nature.  I look for new blooms and “dead head” old ones, pull a pesky weed here and there, look for unexpected surprises, and generally check the status of my little kingdom. I am a flower gardener, but I imagine vegetables gardeners do the same thing.

If you are unsure of how to get started gardening or are an old hand at it but looking for new ideas, CCPL has a series of gardening programs this spring you might find helpful.  From planning and sowing a garden to canning the fruits and vegetables of your labor, we have programs to inspire your green thumb.  We are especially excited about our first ever plant swap on May 8. Gardeners are known for sharing their bounty and here is an opportunity to swap vegetable and flower plants with other gardeners.

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What will you be planting this spring?

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October 11th, 2012

Cook the Books Contest

cook the books bannerSome things are just meant to be together… chocolate and peanut butter.  Football and tailgating.  Ying and Yang.

To this list of perfect pairings, I would also add the following: books and food!

One of my favorite pastimes on a cool fall night is to curl up with a good book and a bowl of something delicious.  Now, I’m not a great cook, but I make a mean macaroni and cheese casserole.  And I know I’m not the only one who loves to read and eat…  so at Cecil County Public Library, we’ve created the perfect chance for those of you who love books and cooking to combine those two loves: our Cook the Books contest!   October is National Book Month and to celebrate, CCPL is asking our patrons to use their imaginations and create an edible version of their favorite book, character from a book or pun on a book title.  The best part is we all get to eat the creations!

Everyone is invited to participate, and you can enter individually, as a family or with a group of friends.  Get as elaborate or simple as you like, and your entry just might win a Visa gift card, baking accessories, or other great prizes. To read more about Cook the Books and to enter, click this link or stop by any CCPL branch for more info.

And while you’re thinking about what to enter, tell us — what do you like to nibble while you’re reading?

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