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Archive for October, 2011

Nothing Says Fall Like Pumpkins Do!

Fall brings to mind all sorts of images and activities.   One of my favorite fall activities is baking.  Put that together with fall pumpkins and you get something very delicious like Pumpkin Bread! 

Please enjoy the following recipe with your family.

Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 1/2 cups flour  
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt  
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 cup pureed pumpkin 
  • 2 eggs, beaten 
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Sift together dry ingredients.  Combine other ingredients, except nuts, in a second bowl.  Add dry ingredients to other bowl and stir to combine.  Add nuts.  Pour in well-greased loaf pan and bake 50 to 60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.  

Kids can cook too!  Please check out our collection of cookbooks in the Children’s Department http://bit.ly/uiOTEM



Dogs love books!

Happy was happy to hear a good story!
Who doesn’t love kids and dogs?  Social Media at Naperville Public Library has worked well to bring the two together!
The pilot program Bark for Books, paired emerging readers with therapy dogs in September 2011, at the 95th Street Library building.  NPL used Facebook to promote the event beforehand and then posted pictures from the program showing canines and kids together to show how well the first meeting went.
The editor of the online newspaper, Naperville Patch follows NPL’s  Facebook page and asked to do a story on Bark for Books. She interviewed one of the program facilitators and the head of the Therapy Dog Troop, and then posted an engaging story.
 Soon Regina Terlau at the Animal Welfare Institute in Washington DC picked up the Naperville Patch story and wanted to support our part in humane education. She contacted Karen Burke, the Early Literacy Librarian at 95th Street Library, and donated 40 children’s cat and dog storybooks to be given out to participants at the final Bark for Books program at the Nichols Library building in October 2011. 
Naperville Dog Magazine caught wind of this new development and contacted us to start promoting Bark for Books on their Facebook page!!
Naperville Public Library has learned that sharing our programming via social media may sometimes lead to other people joining with us and sharing too!