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Book Life: The Joy of Cooking with Your Favorite Literary Characters

Guest Blog Post by Courtney Denning

The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig

This month we’re celebrating food: both cooking and eating locally grown foods. It’s made me think about some of my favorite books that featured food. I've loved the combination of a good book and a tasty treat ever since my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Harbison, helped us bake chocolate Thunder Cake after reading Patricia Polacco's book by the same name.

15 Ways to Save Big Bucks at Your Library

Your local library is often an underused, underrated, but valuable resource that can save you money. Many people aren’t aware of the amazing resources and opportunities available--usually for free--at their local library. They might know they can borrow books and movies. Libraries offer so much more; they’re a veritable treasure trove of free resources! Did you know that some libraries offer craft related programs like knitting circles and painting classes? Other libraries have art collections and historical artifacts and provide free classes and cultural opportunities for members of their community. Each library system is different so be sure to research the resources and opportunities available to you at your local branch. 
15 Ways to Save Big Bucks at Your Library

Research Database of the Week: Gale Virtual Reference Library

Research Database of the Week: Gale Virtual Reference Library 

The Gale Virtual Reference Library is a one-stop shop for all your reference needs! Let’s look at a few examples.

GVRL is perfect for high school students! For example, if a student is working on a research paper about William Shakespeare. They are only allowed one internet source and need book sources. This is a perfect use of GVRL! The database available via the Internet, but the sources are books. Real, full-text reference books!

Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople

“Freed Will: The Randolph Freedpeople From Slavery to Settlement,” explores one of the largest emancipations in American history. Nearly 400 formerly enslaved people journeyed hundreds of miles from Virginia to Ohio. They meant to claim land that was willed to them after they were freed. Upon their arrival to the Miami Valley, they were met with threats of violence. This is only the beginning of their story, which does not end in tragedy. The exhibit consists of nineteen panels and several display cases. Follow the Freedpeople’s history from freedom, their grueling pilgrimage and legal battles to community building in the present day. 

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