Chills & Thrills at Bayheads Brewery

October 22nd, 2018

Are you a fan of characters that you love to hate, creepy plotlines, and twists that give you whiplash? Do you often bring up what you’re currently reading to your friends and family and outright strangers? You’re in luck—Cecil County Public Library has the perfect program for you.

Come to our first “Books and Brews” at Bayheads Brewery! Located in the same shopping center as the Chesapeake City branch library, we’re having a discussion on all things thriller, just in time for Halloween. Whether you read domestic thrillers, like “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, or political thrillers from Vince Flynn or Brad Thor, or you love psychological thrillers like “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, this is the discussion for you. This gathering should encourage conversations and connections between avid readers, and help create even longer “To Be Read” lists for everyone attending.

“Books and Brews” is on Tuesday, October 30th, at 6:30 PM. Registration is required; you may register online or by calling 410-996-1134.

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“Old Line Plate” Blogger to Visit Library

October 5th, 2018

eggs whisk and cookbookIt’s no wonder that cookbooks are one of the most highly checked out subjects at the library—food is incredibly important to our daily life, culture, and history. We attribute cookbooks with nourishment, comfort, and for creating events and memories.

Kara Mae Harris, originally from the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., provides a remarkable service: archiving Maryland cookbooks. Initially, she started reading cookbooks because she was interested in food, but then started learning about the recipes unique to Maryland, and she was inspired to learn more about the foodways of the state.

On her blog, Old Line Plate, she documents her progress, tries out recipes, and interviews authors of recently published cookbooks. Some of her most recent posts talk about blackberry pie, gumbo, and Baltimore Peach Cake. She’s also mapped out the 512 recipes found in “Eat, Drink and Be Merry in Maryland” online, which you can view through her website.

On Friday, October 12, the Elkton Central Library will be hosting Harris for a special After Hours program, where she will present on her research and the history of Maryland through cookbooks. After her presentation, attendees will be able to find new cookbooks and other books to enjoy. Doors open at 6:15 PM, and the event starts at 6:30 PM.

We asked Harris a few questions:

What inspired you to start archiving cookbooks?
“I was inspired to start archiving cookbooks when I realized just how many Maryland cookbooks there are. Some of them have the same or related recipes so I wanted to compare and contrast.”

What’s the most surprising, or interesting, thing you’ve discovered since starting this project?
“The most surprising thing at first was how vague cookbooks were. Sometimes they have no measurements or cooking times at all. They’d assume that the cook already had some experience.”

Do you have a favorite recipe?
“Aside from anything with crab in it, some of my favorite recipes have been shrubs – a berry syrup made with vinegar, and shad roe – I love that it is so seasonal you can only get it a few weeks a year.

To learn more about Maryland’s history through cookbooks, be sure to stop by the Elkton Central Library on Friday, October 12 at 6:30 PM. Register for the Library After Hours program by calling 410-996-5600 x 481, or by visiting www.cecil.ebranch.info.


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