Thanks to everyone who participated in our reading, cooking, and crafting tour of Europe last month. In February, we will be moving on to a new part of the world: the Middle East! While technically situated across three continents (Europe, Africa, and Asia), the Middle East is a vibrant region with a rich history, beautiful natural landscapes, powerful literary and artistic traditions, and, of course, wonderful cuisine. Given all that, we thought it would be a perfect place to explore during icy, grey February!
We have lots of different ways for you and your family to "visit" and learn about the Middle East. We'll have craft kits available in the entryway every week for you to explore some of the artistic and cultural traditions from the region. And inside the library, we have books on display that highlight stories, characters, and real people from this exciting part of the world. This reading list is available online too, if you can't make it to the library in person!
Last but not least, we'll have a new featured recipe every week for a traditional Middle Eastern dish. We hope you'll try them with us, and join us at the end of the month to talk about how they went for you! Be sure to send us pictures of your completed recipes, either by tagging us on social media @jerichotownlibrary or emailing photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. This virtual recipe chat will be on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 pm: stay tuned for the Zoom link.
Bon voyage! The first region we're visiting this year is Europe. From the icy fjords of Scandinavia to the sunny beaches along the Mediterranean Sea, there is so much to explore in this continent. Check out our Europe Reading List to help you think about what books you want to read.
Starting on Tuesday of each week, we'll have a different craft kit ready in the entryway of the library for your family to take home:
And every week, there's also a recipe for a traditional European dish for you to try to make at home. Be sure to send us pictures of your completed recipes! You can tag us on Instagram and Facebook (@jerichotownlibrary) or email photos to email@example.com. The links for all these recipes can be found below, and there will also be printed copies available in the library entryway:
On Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 pm, we'll meet virtually to talk about our culinary endeavors, and see how it went for everyone else. Was there a particular recipe you struggled with? What worked best for you? Which dish was your favorite? Stay tuned for the link to join this virtual conversation.
Safe travels! We're excited to explore this continent with you.