Spring is on the way! The library is hosting a program on Saturday, March 19, about saving seeds for your garden. There will be a seed swap and a presentation by Torrie Birkemeier. Come to meet some gardeners in our community and to learn about the local seed project. No seeds are necessary to attend this seed swap, but bring them if you have them and swap with others or pick some up. Bring your seed stories, also. The program is on Saturday, March 19, 1-3 p.m. in the lower level meeting rooms at the library. You can find out more info about the program on Facebook or by calling the library at 812-988-2850 to sign up.
On February 17, the Novel Bunch Book Club met to discuss To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Two days later, Harper Lee at 89, passed away in the same town where she was born.
Nelle Harper Lee was born and raised in Monroeville, Alabama, the youngest of 4 children. To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize. It is considered one of the classics of American literature and greatly appreciated to this day! Set during the 1930’s in the Deep South, it reflects adult prejudices and attitudes towards race in Monroeville, Alabama. It is considered semi-autobiographical and was inspired by Harper Lee’s childhood experiences. The character of Atticus Finch was based on her father, a newspaper editor who later practiced law and served in the Alabama State Legislature.
As a young woman, Harper Lee divided her time between Monroeville and New York. A close friend of Truman Capote, she helped him do research for his book, In Cold Blood. The character Dill is modeled after Truman. After publishing Mockingbird, she almost never made any public appearances or granted any interviews. Her older sister, Alice Finch Lee, protected her interests. Her novel was stirring and meaningful when it was published and still relevant today!
Join us for a super fun sing-along program for kids and caregivers, highlighting the importance of singing for early literacy! Local musician Nathan Dillon and his guitar will provide an hour of fun and educational entertainment. Feb. 29th at 10am No registration required.
How do I start? Where do I go from here? If you have always wanted to find out about your ancestors or are currently working on your family tree and need some help, join us at the library on Tuesday, February 23 for a free program. The program, presented by genealogist Kathy Evans, will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. downstairs in Room B. Please register at the library or call us at 812-988-2850 to sign up or ask questions.
In the middle of the winter what could be more comforting than fresh baked bread and a pot of homemade soup? If you think you have no time for baking, check out the library’s newest addition to the baking section, The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.
With recipes for classic artisan loaves, sandwich breads, pastries and even gluten free breads you’ll find a bread for every occasion, and they really do only take 5 minutes to prep! Find it on the shelf at 641.815 HER.
For more traditional artisan bread recipes take a look at The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, by Peter Reinhart, and
The Bread Builders: Hearth Loaves and Masonry Ovens, by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott.
If you need ideas for a great soup to go with your bread, try something from Sunday Soup, by Betty Rosbottom, Soup Night by Maggie Stuckey,
or The Best Recipe Soups & Stews, from Cook’s Illustrated.