November 23rd, 2015

Holiday Hoopla!

Whether it’s shopping, cooking or traveling … get in the holiday-meal-mood with Hoopla! CCPL’s Hoopla is a streaming product or you can temporarily download to a hand-held device. 8 checkouts per month.

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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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