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  • Leftovers? No Problem!

    Holiday meals are supposed to leave foods in the refrigerator for other meals. Plentiful leftovers. In my family, it’s for grazing when you come back to the same meal later to have a bit more of something and another slice of pie. The next day is often sandwiches and sides and the third day is … Read more

  • Happy Birthday Madeline L’Engle

    Madeleine L’Engle Camp was born on November 29, 1918. She would be 105 today. You may know her name from her most famous book, “A Wrinkle in Time,” first published in 1962. The smart and awkward protagonist, Meg, was a beacon of hope for my adolescent self. It was not only okay to be smart … Read more

  • Pinegrove’s Best Album

    Among the more unexpected social media trends of summer 2023, to me, was the “Pinegrove shuffle,” a viral dance described by the New York Times as floppy, hypnotic, sad, and cathartic. We have 19-year-old Garrett Lee to thank for the dance trend, set to the aching, quietly frantic “Need 2,” first released nearly a decade ago as … Read more

  • Friendsgiving Baking

    This year was my first Friendsgiving (a Thanksgiving celebrated with friends, typically potluck style). I moved to Missouri at the end of 2022, right before the winter holidays, and it didn’t work out to visit family for Thanksgiving this year. Given how much I love to bake, and specifically love to overindulge in baking, I … Read more

  • Upcycled Bird Feeder

    One of my favorite things about late fall and winter is watching the birds outside my window. Last year, I got to know a cardinal couple who were regular diners at my feeder. It felt good to offer them and others food even though birds are highly resourceful creatures. When I gazed at them from … Read more

  • Songs for the In-Between III

    Here are the CDs that have been soundtracking my drives for the past couple of months — AKA the songs of my in-betweens. Troye Sivan “Something to Give Each Other” When to Listen: When longing and love, curiosity and chemistry, seem like arbitrary distinctions — whatever it is, isn’t it enough just to know how … Read more

  • Read the Recipe! Local Author Flavor

    Okay, a bit of a confession: sometimes even library staff are unaware of the breadth of the library’s collection. A few weeks ago (November 4, 2023), DBRL hosted a Local Authors Open House. (This is a fun program where we give space for local authors to gather, sell their books and talk to readers. We … Read more

  • More 5 Star Reads ★★★★★

    Looking for a great read? Then look no further! Here’s another round of 5-star reads from local teens! Pick one (or all of them) up at your library! “Firekeeper’s Daughter” by Angeline Boulley  Reader: Kate 5/5 Stars ★★★★★ Why did you like or dislike this book? It was very educational and I loved learning about … Read more

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