For many people when the weather turns cold, the first impulses are to curl up with a good book and to eat to stay warm. That’s what makes food the perfect theme for the 2020 Adult Winter Reading Program.
“We try to pick a broad theme every year, something that we can find with a lot of books that are tied to that theme and something we can do some programming with,” Belt Branch manager Kelly Morris said in describing the “Feed Your Mind” theme.
And food is something most people can relate to, Savannah Branch manager Saundra Keiffer pointed out: “If they don’t like to cook, they like to eat.”
The annual reading initiative for adults ages 18 and older opens Jan. 2 and ends Feb. 29. Adults can sign up at any time during the two months and must read four books. Logs will be available on Jan. 2.
When they sign up, participants will receive a reading log and a starting gift of lip balm. The log will provide different food-related categories to choose from, and library staff will be able to recommend authors to read in the categories. Some of the categories are Cookbook, Appetizer (short stories), Comfort Food (re-read an old favorite), Spaghetti Western, Taste of Home (local author or setting) and Tickle Your Taste Buds (humor).
If they don’t want to read food-themed books, Morris said, participants can read any four books of their liking, but the fun of the program comes from reading genres or authors that might not be familiar.
The reading log also has a section for participants to write in a recipe that will be turned in when they complete the program. The recipes will be made into a library cookbook.
Participants who read four or more books will receive prizes of a limited-edition library oven mitt, a free book or a Books Revisited coupon for a book, entry into the grand prize drawing and an invite to an end-of-program party. The grand prizes are $50 Walmart gift cards for the Belt Branch and Savannah Branch and a gift basket of similar value for Bookmobile and Service to Adult Reader patrons.
Several food-themed events have been planned as part of the program, including:
Appetizers and Finger Foods – Try some new and delicious dishes. Bring the recipe and samples to share with others. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, Savannah.
Recipe Cards with Word – Learn how to use Microsoft Word to make printable recipe cards on your computer. Register in advance at events.rhcl.org/events. 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, Savannah.
Saltshaker Snowpeople – Clear glass or plastic saltshakers will be turned into cute crafts. All supplies provided, but you can bring your own shaker. Register in advance at events.rhcl.org/events. 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Belt.
Recipe Cards with Word – Learn how to use Microsoft Word to make printable recipe cards on your computer. Register in advance at events.rhcl.org/events. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, Belt.
Backyard Bird Feeding – Exchange wild bird stories while making a cute feeder for the winter and a bird bath for spring. Bring two saucers and two teacups or one teacup and a wide mug. All other materials furnished. Register in advance at events.rhcl.org/events. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Savannah.
Cup of Tea – Amanda Paden, owner of the Simply Tea shop, will discuss types of tea, the processes for preparing them and the health benefits of different kinds of teas. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Belt.
DIY Recipe Books – Learn how to use Microsoft Publisher to create your own recipe book. Remember to bring recipes to use in your new book. Register in advance at events.rhcl.org/events. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, Belt.
Take Home Dog Treats – All ages and families will mix up some dough and use cookie cutters to make dog treats that you bake at home. You’ll also learn how to make dog bone wreaths. Register in advance at events.rhcl.org/events. Tuesday, Feb. 4, Savannah.
Heart Healthy Living – Gina Lucas, a health education specialist with University of Missouri Extension, will present information about having a healthy heart. Feel free to bring your lunch. Noon Thursday, Feb. 6, Belt.
Insta Pot Luck – Bring your favorite dish made with an Insta Pot along with the recipe to share after we discuss how to use this new kitchen appliance. 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, Savannah.
Literary Potluck – How does food or cooking play a role in a book you’ve enjoyed? Tell the group and bring a book-related dish to share. Please include a card that lists a dish’s ingredients. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, Belt.