Macaroon Madness

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MacaronsToday is National Macaroon day, a day for people worldwide to celebrate the flourless cookie most coveted by the French. The macaroon also known as the “macaron” or “gerber” was born in Italy and introduced by the chef of Catherine de Medici in 1533 .

Originally the French pastry was just a simple cookie made of almond flour, sugar and egg whites. But beginning in the 20th century the macaroon became a “double decker” affair or a two sided cookie with a cream filling. It was Pierre Desfontaines, a French journalist, who came up with the idea of filling the macaroon with a butter cream, meringue, or jam that would help the two cookies stick together. The result was a delicate and airy cookie consisting of two light, crunchy shells with a chewy inside.

In the beginning, this sweet treat was only baked for special occasions, fairs, and holy celebrations. But now with the gaining popularity of the food (not only in Europe but in America too) people enjoy the delicacy everyday and gift the food for holidays, such as Mother’s day and Valentine’s day. Macarons

The macaroon has not only transitioned in the occasion of consumption, but the appearance of the cookie itself has changed as well. Currently, macaroons are sold  in varying colors. For example, you can find pink, purple, blue, red, yellow, green, and brown macaroons all with different flavors, such as apricot, coconut, run raisin, and raspberry just to make a few.

So today celebrate the macaroon in your on way. You can either buy macaroons from a local pastry shop, make your own macaroons from scratch, or check out one of the books below related to the French pastry.

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The Macaroon Bible by Dan CohenSweet Macarons by MercotteMacarons by Berengere AbrahamWorld Class Cakes by Roger Pizey

 

Find more information on the history of macaroons click here or click here.

 

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New Books at Odom Branch

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Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs by Kate Bello All the Promises of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer Solitude Creek by Jeffery Deaver

Roadmap by Brian McAllister Healthy Happy Vegan Kitchen by Kathy Patalsky Rich or Famous Part 3 by Joy Deja King

Kaufman Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest by Kenn Kaufman  Skies of Ash by Rachel Hall  Robert B Parkers Kickback by Ace Atkins

Criminal That I Am by Jennifer Ridha We Could Not Fail by Richard Paul A City Called Heaven by Robert Marovich

A Lovers Vow by Brenda Jackson Child Please by Ylonda Caviness Coach Woodens Greatest Secret by Pat Williams

The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker Ultimate Spy by H Keith Melton

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Plant Exchange and Tea

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Plants

 

Saturday, May 23, 2-3 pm

Bring a plant from your perennial or indoor garden to share with others in our community. Enjoy a selection of tea and tea bread while we talk about the plants we love to share. If you bring a plant to share, you might win a door prize!

Please register in advance.

 

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Preschool Storytime

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Hardcover book gutter and pages

Thursday, May 21, 10:30 am 

For ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Join us for stories, movement, rhyme, and a craft.

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Diversity in Literature

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Off-Color by Janet McDonaldThere are many benefits to reading. For example, reading creates mental stimulation, stress reduction, gained
knowledge, and memory improvement. In addition, reading helps all readers find themselves. Reading creates a sense of belonging; it gives us a place in this large community we call Earth. In essence, these types of books create diversity in literature. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, diversity is “the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.” In other words, diversity is not just differences in race. Diversity also includes families, religion, people with special needs or illnesses, sexual preferences, gender, cultures, disabilities, etc. So below are books that showcase the diversity of our world.

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If I Tell by Janet Gurtler

 

Raised by her grandparents, seventeen-year-old Jasmine, the result of a biracial one night stand, has never met her father but has a good relationship with her mother until she sees her mother’s boyfriend kissing Jaz’s best friend.

 

 

We are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

 

Since their parents divorce when they were young, Nell and her sister Layla have been each other’s stability and support. When Layla starts to pull away, Nell discovers a secret: Layla is involved with one of their teachers. Nell struggles with what to do.

 

 

Me Being Me is Eactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak Lowy

 

Through a series of lists, a narrator reveals how fifteen-year old Darren’s world was rocked by his parents’ divorce just as his brother, Nate, was leaving for college, and a year later when his father comes out as gay, then how he begins to deal with it all after a stolen weekend with Nate and his crush, Zoey.

 

The Law of Loving Others by Kate Axelrod

 

After Emma returns home from boarding school, she realizes her mother is suffering from a schizophrenic break, and suddenly, Emma’s entire childhood and identity is called into question, pushing her to turn to her boyfriend, Daniel, for answers, but perhaps it is the brooding Phil who Emma meets while visiting her mother at the hospital who really understands her.

 

 

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers, a skill at which she’s remarkably talented. Her secret: she is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her younger brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City. Surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness.

 

 

Chulito by Charles Rice Gonzalez

 

Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the youth culture of Manhattan, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy Latino man and the colorful characters that populate his block.

 

 

 

Soy Sauce for Beginners by Kirstin Chen

 

Gretchen Lin leaves behind a floundering marriage to return to her Singapore home, where she confronts the challenges of her mother’s alcoholism and her father’s artisanal soy sauce business before being pulled into a family controversy.

 

 

Bottled Up Secret by Brian McNamaraBrendan Madden is in the midst of his senior year of high school and couldn’t be happier. He has a great group of friends, his pick of colleges, and he has recently come to terms with his sexuality. One night, he meets Mark Galovic, a gorgeous, younger classmate of his. In a matter of minutes, Brendan is hooked. As the friendship between them grows, Brendan reaches his breaking point when he spontaneously confesses his feelings to him. Brendan is shocked and elated to find out that Mark feels the same way about him. The two begin to date, but because Mark is not out, it must remain a secret. As their friends and family become suspicious, openly gay Brendan becomes increasingly frustrated with their discreet relationship, while Mark becomes more and more paranoid that they’re going to be found out.

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Main Library Closed Sundays

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Image of a closed sign. The image is in black and white. The sign reads "sorry we're closed".

Main Library will be closed on Sundays beginning May 24 through Labor Day.  Online access and the library catalog are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Main Library will be open again on summer Sundays beginning in 2016, once the collection of the recently approved levy begins in January 2016.

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New Book Titles at Odom

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When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord    The Cambridge Companion to Hip Hop    Sugar Crush by Richard Jacoby

Stubborn Fat Gone by Jorge Cruise Unraveled by Lorelei James NIV Bible Concordance by John Kohlenberger

Inspired Baby Names from Around the World by Neala Shane The Realism Challenge by Mark Crilley 1460 ACT Practice Questions by Melissa Hendrix

Jams Jellies Pickles and More Enochian Magic and the Higher Worlds by John DeSalvo Selenas Secret by Maria Arranas

Street Vegan by Adam Sobel The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child All the Divine Names and Titles in the Bible by Herbert Lockyer

All the Doctrines of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer All the Parables of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer

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Preschool Storytime

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Hardcover book gutter and pages

Thursday, May 14 , 10:30 am 

For ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Join us for stories, movement, rhyme, and a craft.

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Beauty in Bloom

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The month of May not only brings beautiful flowers. It also brings a blooming, beautiful you. As the weather continues to get warmer, we start paying more attention to our beauty routines including, manicures, pedicures, hair-styling and maintenance, as well as skin care. During this season, women begin transitioning from dark to light colored makeup.  Some women begin shaving their legs again so they can dawn their shorts, skirts, skorts and dresses. Everyone starts pulling out their open toed shoes causing some women to paint their toenails. Both men and women get haircuts to keep them cool during the hot months. And last but not least, sunblock becomes a necessity in everyone’s skincare regimen. So below are a few items from our online catalog to help you along this transition.

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NAILS

Homemade Nail Polish by Allison Spiekerman 500 Nail Desgins by Chelsea Franklin Cool Nail Art by Hannah Lee   Glam Nail Studio by Amber Elizabeth Stores

 

HAIR

Braids Buns and Twists by Christina Butcher    Better_Than_Good_Hair

DIY Braids by Sasha Coefield The Hair Color Mix Book by Lori Goddard Clark

 

MAKEUP

The Daily Face by Annamarie Tendler 10 Minute Makeup by Boris Entrup
Glitter and Glam by Melanie Mills Makeup Manual by Pat Henshaw

 

DIY BEAUTY PRODUCTS

The Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel  Homemade Beauty by Annie Strole

The Herbal Bath and Body Book by Heather Houdek The Best Natural Homemade Skin and Hair Care Products by Mar Gomez

 

 

 

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Short Story Discussion Group

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Hardcover book gutter and pages

Monday, May 11, 11 am-12 pm

In a hurry?  No time to read a full-length book?  Join us in reading and discussing a short story each month.  You can pick up a copy of the short story of the month or it can be emailed to you at least two weeks before the discussion date.

May 11                     CELEBRATION IN CHARLESTON by William Howard Russell

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