This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (11/24-11/29/2014)

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Tuesday

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, November 25, 11 am

Join Ms. Elaine each week for great stories, music, finger plays, art, and more fun! Ages 2-5 recommended, with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

Wednesday

Wednesday, November 26

All Library locations will close at 5:00pm – Thanksgiving

Thursday

Thursday, November 27

All Library locations will be closed – Thanksgiving

Please call the Portage Lakes Branch Library at 330-644-7050 for more information about these programs.

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Thanksgiving Closings

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ThanksgivingThe Main Library and all of the branches will be closing Wednesday, November 26, at 5:00 pm and remaining closed Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving.

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Less traditional holiday meals

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Norman-Rockwell-Freedom-from-WantHave you seen Norman Rockwell’s famous 1942 painting “Freedom from Want”?  It shows a traditional family gathered around the table to celebrate the holidays with the typical big platter of turkey….just like your own family holiday dinner right?

Yeah right!  I long for those holiday meals so typical of my childhood where everyone seemed to eat everything with no “special dietary needs.”

It’s a real challenge to satisfy everyone without cooking 15 different dishes, if your family is anything like mine, which includes 1 vegan, 2 vegetarians, 1 pre-diabetic, 1 lactose-intolerant and 1 gluten sensitive!  I have found various specialty cookbooks and food magazines to be extremely helpful in finding recipes that may satisfy, in one dish, more than one of these categories.  Below is a list of some of these publications available through the Akron Summit County Public Library that may prove helpful to you too!

A sample of two recipes that are vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free and  low in sugar for diabetics is shown below.

Here’s to less stress in preparing holiday meals….bon appétit!

Butternut Squash and Wild Rice Salad

1 cup low sodium vegetable broth                       1 cup wild rice

½ cup finely diced butternut squash                     1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar, divided

2 TB pure maple syrup                                        2 TB whole grain mustard

1 TB olive oil                                                       ¼ cup raisins

¼ cup minced chives, divided                               1 medium shallot, minced (2 TB)

Bring broth and 1 cup water to a boil in medium saucepan.  Stir in wild rice, and reduce heat to medium-low.  Cook, covered, 30-40 minutes, or until rice is tender.  Drain, transfer to shallow dish and stir in butternut squash and 1-1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar.  Cool, then chill 1 hour, or overnight.  Whisk together maple syrup, mustard, oil and remaining 1-1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar in bowl.  Stir into rice mixture with raisins, 2 TB chives, and shallot.

Roasted Fruit and Vegetables:

2-1/2 cups butternut squash chunks                   1 cup red seedless grapes

1 cup fresh or thawed, pearl onions, peeled       2 TB olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Toss together butternut squash chunks, grapes, pearl onions, and oil on prepared baking sheet; season with salt and pepper, if desired.  Roast 25 to 30 minutes, or until squash and onions are tender and brown.  Serve Roasted Fruit and Vegetables over Wild Rice Salad, and garnish servings with remaining 2 TB chives.

Vegan holiday cooking from Candle Cafe : celebratory menus and recipes from New York’s premier     plant-based restaurants / Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos & Jorge Pineda

Vegan holiday kitchen : more than 200 delicious, festive recipes for special occasions / Nava Atlas

Jazzy vegetarian classics : vegan twists on American family favorites / by Laura Theodore

Gluten-free and vegan holidays [eBook] : celebrating the year with simple, satisfying recipes and menus / Jennifer Katzinger.

The healthy home cookbook : diabetes-friendly recipes for holidays, parties, and everyday celebration / Barbara Seelig-Brown

Gluten-free recipes for people with diabetes / Nancy S. Hughes, Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton

 

 

Magazines available in hard copy or through  Zinio at the library’s website:

o   Vegetarian Times

o   VegNews Magazine

o   Eating Well

o   Clean Eating

o   Diabetic Living

o   Diabetic Cooking

 

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (11/17-11/22/2014)

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Tuesday

Preschool Story Time
Tuesday, November 18, 11 am

Join Ms. Elaine each week for great stories, music, finger plays, art, and more fun! Ages 2-5 recommended, with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

Thursday

Family Fun Nights
Thursday, November 20, 6 pm
Stuffed Friend Sleepover

Bring a friend for our Stuffed Friend Sleepover! We’ll have stories and activities, and then tuck the animals in for the night. Come back Friday afternoon to pick up your friend, and we’ll see what happens when the lights go out at the library! Pajamas optional.  No registration necessary.

Mystery Book Discussion
Thursday, November 20, 6:30 pm

MURDER ON THE HOMEFRONT:  a true story of morgues, murderers, and mysteries during the London Blitz by Molly Lefebure

One ordinary day, forensic pathologist Dr. Keith Simpson asks a young journalist to be his secretary. Miss Molly quickly becomes indispensible to Dr. Simpson as he meticulously pursues the truth. Accompanying him from somber morgues to London’s most gruesome crime scenes, Molly observes and assists as he uncovers the dark secrets that all murder victims keep.

Please call the Portage Lakes Branch Library at 330-644-7050 for more information about these programs.

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The Thanksgiving Table

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The Thanksgiving table : recipes and ideas to create your own holiday tradition

With Thanksgiving approaching, I wanted to share a great cookbook I found, The Thanksgiving Table: Recipes and Ideas to Create Your Own Holiday Tradition by Diane Morgan.  I have used this book since Thanksgiving of 2002.  This particular book has a lot of suggestions on how to make the most of our limited time around the holidays.  She gives some very helpful suggestions about making lists, when to shop, when and how to decorate, and preparation of recipes.  Many of her meal recipes are things that can be made prior to the holiday meal.  This has really helped me in taking the load away from those few days around Thanksgiving

The recipes in this cookbook are fantastic!  I have used the Apple Cider Brine with every turkey I have made since finding this book.  I have also used it throughout the year for pork as well as turkey.  The Italian Sausage, Mushroom and Sage Stuffing is another great find.  I have used many of her recipes and loved them all but my very favorite is her recipe for Cranberry Chutney.  I usually make enough chutney to keep for Christmas.  I keep it refrigerated in canning jars and it is just as nice in late December as it was at Thanksgiving.

She has created a second Thanksgiving cookbook, The New Thanksgiving Table: An American Celebration of Family, Friends, and Food.   I have not used this book, but reading through it, it carries the same themes as the first.  I see many different recipes that I am going to have to try.

If you are looking for some recipes for Thanksgiving, or some ideas on decorating or shopping, I hope you will check either of these books out.  My family and I have enjoyed everything we have tried from Diane Morgan’s Thanksgiving Table.

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (11/10-11/15/2014)

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Monday

Preschool Playroom
Mondays, November 10, 11 am

Play with your child and help your little one discover a whole new world through play! We provide a variety of activities and toys for preschoolers to explore while making new friends. Ages 1-5 with a caregiver. No registration necessary.

Introduction to Wines, a four-part series
Monday, November 10, 6 pm
Presented by David M. Baloun, Wine Consultant, Elevage Wine Advisors

Are you overwhelmed when trying to pick out a wine for dinner?  Do you know what characteristics and regions you should be looking for?  Join us for this four session course on wine education and have your questions answered by an expert.  This is a lecture course only with no tastings available.  Please register in advance.

Tuesday

Tuesday, November 11

All Library locations will be closed – Staff Development Day

Wednesday

How to Spot and Stop a Scam!
Wednesday, November 12, 2 pm

Chris Verich, Deputy Director, Office of Consumer Affairs will talk about advance fee scams, investment fraud, identity fraud, foreign lottery scams, and other con artist favorites of those targeting consumers.  Be prepared for the upcoming holiday season.

Thursday

Build it Club!
Thursday, November 13, 6 pm

Join us once a month for some building fun with our friends from Bricks 4 Kidz! Create your own fun machines and more! No registration necessary.

Saturday

Saturday Morning Craft Club – Fabric Ornaments
Saturday, November 15, 10:30 am

Learn how to make a poufy ball ornament using a ¼ yard of fabric.  Some stitching is required.  Class size is limited.  Please register in advance.  Ages 16 and up preferred.

Make a Unique Ornament for the Holiday!
Saturday, November 15, 2 pm

Learn how to make a poufy ball ornament using a ¼ yard of fabric.  Some stitching is required.  For grades 5 and up.  Please register in advance.

Please call the Portage Lakes Branch Library at 330-644-7050 for more information about these programs.

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Adoption

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November is National Adoption Month. What began as a week-long promotion for adoptions in 1976 later was expanded to a month-long focus by President Clinton in 1995. This year’s focus for Adoption Month is an emphasis on the importance of sibling connections for the 102,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families.

 
Read more about National Adoption Month here: National Adoption Month 

  • Horace / Holly Keller
  • The Day We Met You / Phoebe Koehler
  • Did My First Mother Love Me? / Kathryn Miller
  • Pablo’s Tree / Pat Mora
  • Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies / Ann Turner
  • Families Are Different / Nina Pellegrini .

With adoption in mind, the first week of November has been designated as National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, designated to show appreciation for all the volunteers and workers who take care of the many homeless and unwanted animals each year.

The Humane Society

Your Adopted Dog: Everything you need to know about rescuing and caring for a best friend in need

Shelter Me: Improving live, one shelter pet at a time  (DVD)

Pick A Pup 

A Home for Dixie

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Staff Development Day

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SDDThe Main Library and all the branches will be closed Tuesday, November 11 – Staff Development Day.

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Seven Wonders of the World

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Portage Lakes Library would like to give a big thank you to SCOPE Academy for sharing their children and families with us during our afterschool program.  Our program learning about the Seven Wonders of the World has been quite an adventure.  We have listened to stories, done silly dances and discussed some interesting facts about each country.  Our budding artists have made lanterns, Aztec suns, fans and attempted to  write their names in hieroglyphics.  The building corner has made their unique versions of the pyramids and the great wall of China.  We hope you enjoy the photos of the children’s work and play as they continue to learn and discover interesting facts about our world.

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This week at the Portage Lakes Branch Library (10/27-11/01/2014)

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Monday

Monday Food Days
Olive Oil Tastings from The Olive Tap
CANCELLED

Tuesday

Baby -N- Me Time
Tuesday, October 28, 11 am

Bring your littlest learners for fun with stories, songs and finger plays, creative art and playtime! Ages 6- 30 months recommended. No registration necessary.

Please call the Portage Lakes Branch Library at 330-644-7050 for more information about these programs.

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