The Tale of Despereaux adaptation
The Tale of Despereaux graphic novel
And of course, we can't forget the original book, the Newbery Award winner The Tale of Despereaux
The Sleepover Squad series
Mozart the Wonder Child by Diane Stanley
The wind is howling and it feels like minus 2 outside, so what do I think about? Food. More specifically, comfort food. We were chatting this morning about what we make when we want to feel warm inside, and everybody had something special on the menu. Jen is a fan of Beef Goulash with Dumplings from Simply Recipes. She made a point to note that yes, you do need the fresh herbs and no, you can make do with really good sweet Hungarian Paprika and, as a sub, a pinch of cayenne for the hot. And yes, you do need the cake flour. It makes for a lighter dumpling.
Claire is a fan of the Barefoot Contessa and loves her turkey meatloaf. She jazzes it up by adding a ton of veggies to the mixture: colorful peppers, red onions, and fresh garlic. The final touch is a splash of wine, for moisture of course!
Kate, one of our resident vegetarians, has a cute backstory for her choice. "A friend made a Russian vegetable pie (from memory!) for me many years ago. I was desperate to repeat it, but she didn't have a recipe. I found this recipe online, tried it out for a holiday dinner one year and was pleased with how closely it matched my memory. I usually dislike cabbage (I don't even really like cole slaw!) but this pie is fantastic. I suspect cream cheese and tarragon could make sponges palatable, though."
Debbie got right down to basics. Her best bet for a cold winter night is the Cheeseburger Pie recipe on the back of the Bisquick box. Now that's what I call comfort food. And who knew, the recipe is so popular they scaled it down so you can make it for two!
Finally, on cold winter nights Pat has two reliable favorites: chicken noodle soup and chicken pot pie. Her recipes? Just hop in the car and go to Good Food Good Things. It doesn't get any easier than that!
If you are looking for inspiration in the kitchen, stop by the Library. Several of us are "foodies" and would like nothing better than to talk cookbooks with you. We have over 1,600 in our collection and it continues to grow. Until then, stay warm and bon appetit!
Add one 15 year old flapper, her opportunistic mother, a rabid tabloid press and an African Honking Gander. What does this get you?
First, the bad news: The Library's classic iPod crashed after many, many checkouts. Now the good news: A replacement model has been received and is ready for use! Our iPod, along with all of our library materials, including our computers, was purchased with contributions from Friends of the Darien Library. So, in order to check out our iPod, you must be a Darien resident, work full time in Darien, or be a non-resident Contributor to the Library at the $300 level. Before stopping by, be sure to check our catalog to see if the iPod is available for checkout. If it's checked out to another library user, just click on "Request this item" to place a reserve, and we'll email/call you as soon as it's ready.
For more information on the Library's iPod or on any of our technology, please call the Help Desk at 203-669-5238.
Storyteller's Choice booklists are named in memory of Phil A. Petitt.
Phil Petitt was a great storyteller as well as a man of indomitable spirit whose love of life was felt by all who knew him. This collection of booklists is dedicated to his grandchildren.
The Petitt lists as they are fondly referred to in the children's room, are a frequent go-to for solid book suggestions. Created over the years by Darien Library children's staff, they contain books of all types: fiction, adventure, non-fiction, fantasy, classics!
Petitt lists are updated on a rotating basis. Do you have a "hidden find" book? Do you have a book that some people know about and say "oh yeah" when mentioned, but it's not as well known as Goodnight Moon? Please share!
At 7 p.m. next Wednesday, August 13th, Hillary Jordan, the author of Mudbound will be the special guest speaker at our Adult Summer Reading Grand Finale. We know how wildly popular the book is (there are 42 holds on the book right now!), so we also know that you're as eager as we are to learn more about "Mudbound"...and Hillary. Well, as luck and timing would have it, Janet and I had the chance to talk for a bit with Hillary earlier today, and you can listen to the conversation
Summer's beginning to wind down and we'll enjoy some down time at our Grand Finale wine and cheese party. We're counting on having a good time, which is why we're counting down...counting down to Mudbound.
(photo credit: William Coupon)
As if we weren't already excited enough about this summer's Adult Summer Reading Program...now we get to celebrate! (Well, I know we celebrate books and reading here every day...but, this...THIS(!) is different!) On Wednesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. we will host the Grand Finale! and it's going to be good. Really good.
Join us for a wine and cheese party and Grand Prize drawing,
AND... meet Hillary Jordan, the author of Mudbound! We are extremely happy that she's agreed to come to Darien Library. First of all, we love the book. Period. It's an extraordinary story, incredibly well told. My hunch is that it is destined to become an important American book; one which earns a spot in our collective memory. Not a lot of books are able to do that.
Erica and I met Hillary back in January when we attended a conference in Philadelphia, and we each received advance reading copies of Mudbound. Neither of us big fiction readers, Mudbound swallowed us whole and we came out the other side richer for the experience. The word-of-mouth about this book is loud, and clear, and sustained, which is unusual for a first-time author. And it's not just here in town. We're hearing Mudbound-chatter no matter where we go. We're calling this "the little book that could" and we're just watching as it gains momentum. It's a beautiful thing.
Wednesday evening marked the first "Meet the Authors" event of our Adult Summer Reading program, and we were truly delighted that Jane Cleland and Rosemary Harris visited Darien Library for a chat about their respective new mystery novels Antiques to Die For and Pushing Up Daisies.
Barbara, our mini-moderator, interviewed the authors as they dished up the dirt on the inspirations for their novels. Now, talk about real life mysteries translating to the page! For Jane, it was a chance encounter she had with a stolen Rembrandt etching and for Rosemary, it was reading about a body found buried in an unassuming suburban Connecticut home. The audience was served a real treat when both authors candidly shared their experiences as first-time writers, as well, and gave us the insider's view on getting published, working with editors, and marketing their books.
I hope you've decided to add these fun 'n fabulous cozy mysteries to your list of beach reads this summer! Also, check out what our visiting authors have on their nightstands. Rosemary recommends I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming, and Jane recommends The Fiddlers: A Novel of the 87th Precinct by Ed McBain.
Click the arrow below to see photos from the event. Antiques, daisies, fabulous conversation, "dirt" dessert. It was one fabulously dishy night!
On Sunday, June 8th, at 5:30 p.m., we continue our "Meet the Author" series. Robert H. (Bob)Patton will be here to discuss his new book, Patriot Pirates: The Privateer War for Freedom and Fortune in the American Revolution.
The book came out on May 20th and Bob came into the library that morning for a brief interview. He's got a great way of humanizing his historical subjects, and given the topic, the book is quite an adventure.
Please join us for what's certain to be a great presentation. There will also be a reception and book signing.
Refreshments will be served.
(Copies of Patriot Pirates will be available for purchase.)