Blog: Cooking, Home and Garden

Brewing Knowledge: 10 Must-Read Books About Kombucha

Dive into the world of kombucha with books that offer a blend of beginner-friendly insights and expert techniques. Uncover the secrets to mastering the art of fermentation and crafting your perfect batch of probiotic goodness.

Children’s Library & Teen Recommends – Summer 2021

Youth Services Librarians love to read, too! Check out what your favorite Children’s and Teen Librarians at Main Library are reading, whether it be a picture book about penguins, a middle grade adventure in a treehouse, vampires in Louisiana, or a time-traveling phone booth!

Red or White?

Unfortunately, this blog is not about Italian Chianti or Chardonnay. It is about Mother's Day.

Grow Your Own Food at Home

Creating a kitchen garden is not only a fun hobby, but can provide your home with fresh produce all year long.

Learn about Birds

In the spring, warblers, a tiny, colorful classification of songbirds, fly through our area on their journey of thousands of miles between Central and South America, and the Caribbean, on their way to Northern North America.

You Grow, Green!

Need a way to brighten your home this winter? Get some houseplants! Studies have shown that keeping houseplants have many benefits. Among them are improving your mood, reducing fatigue, and boosting healing and pain tolerance. They also improve air quality, releasing oxygen and moisture. Here are some titles that will help you start going green.

A Happiness Reading List

Here are a few books that may help you keep a lookout for the small moments, practices, and words in life to lift spirits and find the wonder in the world around us.

New Year’s Intention: Get Organized

Want to leave 2020 in the dust? Set an intention this new year to declutter! A home or workspace in disarray can cause added stress and anxiety that chips away at our mental health.

Thanksgiving Movies and TV Shows

Thanksgiving is a time to count our blessings. And besides family, friends, health, good fortune, coffee and pizza, is there anything we're more thankful for than stuff we can watch on TV?

Get Your Spooky On

Ditch some of that screen time with these Spooktacular Halloween festivity books!

Food Holidays in September

The only thing I talk about more than music is food (which is why I'm, quite possibly, the most annoying person ever).

Shoe Recycling

Where do all of our shoes go when we throw them out? Is it possible to repurpose or recycle them?

Great Cookbooks for Lazy and/or Impatient People

After the usual holiday gorge-fest, most of us are ready to get back to healthier, or at least healthy-ish, eating habits. This blog post includes some really great cookbooks for lazy and/or impatient cooks as well as tasty recipes for people who hate to cook, but love to eat good food.

Handy Handmade Gifts

Crafty projects to help inspire your creative spirit. Have fun designing and creating unique gifts year-round.

Yes You Can: Simple Fruit Jams

Preserve the sweetness of the season with your own jar of happiness. Follow simple steps to try your hand at canning homemade jam.

A Blog About Baking in Winter…in Summer

If you enjoy watching food shows and looking at pictures of food made by someone other than yourself, this blog post is for you! If you have confidence in your ability to make cream puffs, let’s talk!

Ohio Native Lawn Replacements

Learn more about a wide variety of native Ohio plant species that are perfect for your next gardening or landscaping project.

Great for Grilling

Super helpful cookbooks and recipes sure to appeal to the grill-master in everyone.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We’ve got oodles of gardening books with tips and ideas for growing new and traditional plants, improving designs and what to do with what grows.

Small-Space Gardening

Small-Space Gardening is an activity everyone can enjoy with just a little creativity! With specialized small-space garden kits available commercially at local home stores for do-it-yourselfers, this can be done in even the smallest spaces with some ingenuity.

A Year Of …

How much can one person accomplish in the span of a year - continue reading to find out.

Book, Humbug!

The new movie The Man Who Invented Christmas purports to tell all about Charles Dickens and his most famous creation. But there's more to it than that.

Late Summer Comfort Food

Easing into autumn is a great time to get back into appreciating comfort food and the joy of cooking for friends and loved ones.

Kids in the Kitchen

Featuring library and web resources to help you and your family with creative culinary creations.

Fabulously Frugal

Explore a variety of resources designed to help you save money and live a fabulously frugal lifestyle.

Eat Local

Learn more about the local food movement, CSAs and sustainable agriculture.

Homemade Ice Cream

Have you ever tried making your own ice cream at home? Continue reading for some sweet summer inspiration.

Viva La Vegan!

Veganism is hot, but how much do you really know about the vegan lifestyle?

‘Tis the Season for Summertime Cooking

Summertime and cookouts go hand in hand. Whether your planning your next family get together or simply want to try out a few new grilling techniques, your local library can help.

Make Your Snack and Eat It Too

Whether you love Oreos, can’t stop eating Cheez-Its, or adore Fig Newtons, now you can enjoy homemade versions of your favorite store-bought treats.

2016’s Color(s) of the Year

It’s that time of year again–Pantone has announced their Color of the Year for 2016! This year’s selection is especially exciting because for the first time, Pantone selected not one, but two shades: Rose Quartz, a warm and subtle pink, and Serenity, a cool and serene blue.