As you make plans for the Thanksgiving holiday, be sure to add “read a few good books” to your list. Our displays are full of great selections that are ready to go home with you. We’ve got fiction and non-fiction selections for adults and kids of all ages – stories, fun facts, cookbooks, history, sports and so much more.
Looking for a heart-warming story or a delicious cookbook? Our main display features all things homey and good. Check out our “Home for the Holiday” display as you walk in the front door.
- “Family Trust” by Amanda Brown
Firmly planted on the fast track to success, Becca Reinhart has no desire to marry and raise a family. Ditto Edward Kirkland, a charming playboy. When a quirk of fate gives them joint custody of the precocious little girl, Becca and Edward find themselves sharing the trials of domestic life and parenthood. They discover something else: they’re made for each other.
- “Going Home” by Wanda Brunstetter
Forced to return to her Amish home and ask for help raising her daughter, Faith Andrews meets local bachelor Noah Hertzler, who loves baking and helping others, and who makes the home she left seem much more attractive.
- “A Catered Thanksgiving” by Isis Crawford
This is book seven in the “Catered Mystery with Recipes” series featuring catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons. A Thanksgiving dinner goes awry thanks to a killer who’s hiding a cornucopia of secrets (recipes included).
- “A Family for Thanksgiving” by Patricia Davids
Foster mother Nicki Appleton took in a little girl in the aftermath of a tornado, her heart bursting with love and prayers. Now the man Nicki once expected to marry has come back to town and Clay Logan claims to be a changed cowboy. But with her energy focused on a child she may not be able to keep, is there room for another kind of love in Nicki’s heart this Thanksgiving?
- “Homeplaces: Stories of the South by Women Writers” edited by Mary Ellis Gibson
In this anthology, Elizabeth Spencer, Shirley Ann Grau, Toni Cade Bambara, Alice Walker, Molly Best Tinsley, Ntozake Shange, Opal Moore and Mary Hood explore old and new meanings of “homeplace.”
- “American Classics” by John Burgoyne (641.5 BURGO)
From the experts at Cook’s Illustrated magazine’s test kitchens comes a wonderful book offering the best in foolproof recipes for America’s favorite dishes. Recipes include regional dishes, down-home comfort food and updated restaurant classics.
- “The Thanksgiving Cookbook” by Holly Garrison (641.5 GARRI)
There are almost 350 recipes for all courses of the meal with separate chapters on relishes, stuffings, gravy and leftovers. The author includes recipes of the traditional standards and also offers many delicious variations on the classic menu. These dishes should not be limited to Thanksgiving - many of them will have year-round appeal.
- “A Taste of Heritage: the New African-American Cuisine” by Chef Joe Randall and Toni Tipton-Martin (641.59 RANDALL)
More than just “soul food,” African-American cuisine has become world class. The authors showcase the rich heritage of African-American cooking in this collection of 300 recipes. Drawn from Chef Randall’s personal recipes, the book also includes recipes from chefs who have worked with his “A Taste of Heritage Foundation.” The final section introduces the stories and menus of the prominent African-American chefs who contributed to the book.
- “American Century Cookbook: 100 Years of Culinary Invention” by Jean Anderson (641.5973 AND)
The author has searched out the most popular recipes of the 20th century and chronicled 100 years of culinary change in America. The result is a collection of the recipes our mothers and grandmothers loved. The book includes extensive notes, thumbnail profiles of important people and products and a timeline of major 20th-century food firsts.
- “Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts” by Martha Stewart (641.865 STEWA)
Here are more than 100 original new recipes for tempting pies and tarts including more than 160 full-color photographs.
Now hear this! Adult audio books
Now you can enjoy a “handsfree” book on your holiday travels to and fro.
- “The Family Tree” by Carole Cadwalladr
- “Sweet Revenge” by Diane Mott Davidson
- “Thanksgiving” by Janet Evanovich
- “Family Blessings” by LaVyrle Spencer
- “The Visitor” by Lori Wick
YOUTH PROGRAMS – Toddlers, Preschool, School Age and Teens
Celebrate the holidays with stories and crafts. Join us for one of our great programs this month.
- 20-minute lap time program for moms and babies
- Wednesdays at 10 a.m. throughout November
- For Toddlers ages 1-3
- Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. throughout November
- For Preschoolers ages 3-5
- Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. throughout November
- For Preschoolers ages 3-5
- Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. throughout November
SCHOOL AGE ADVENTURES
Holiday Card Making
- Thursday, Nov. 29 at 4:30 p.m.
Teen Cookie House
- Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 3 to 4 p.m.
YOUTH MAIN DISPLAY
Looking for a fearsome and friendly story? Check out our amazing display “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth!”
- “Three Little Dinosaurs” by Charles Fuge
Dreaming about being able to fly, young dinosaur companions Scratch, Spike and Lofty climb a volcano and plan to jump into the air only to learn from a friendly pterodactyl that flying is harder than it seems.
- “Dini Dinosaur” by Karen Beaumont
After a day of playing, a young dinosaur needs help from Mama at bath time before being tucked into bed.
- “The Super Hungry Dinosaur” by Martin Waddell
Hal and his little dog, Billy, calmly deal with a dinosaur’s monstrous temper tantrum.