The Bridgeport Public Library will be closed today, June 20, to celebrate West Virginia Day. Our annual book sale picks back up on Thursday and continues through Saturday. Hardbacks are $2, mass market paperbacks $1, trade paperbacks $1.50, DVDs $1, record albums and CDs $1.00, and magazines $.10. For this book sale, the price of books on tape and videos are only $.25. And children’s books are only $.50.
The book sale is held during our regular hours during the week: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday noon to 5 p.m. Bag Day is Saturday. The library provides the bags and the price is $1.00. This is a great opportunity to stock up for the summer.
If you are a senior citizen or a member of the Friends of the Library, you get 50 percent off. The library defines senior citizen as starting at 60; membership in the Friends is only $5.00 for an individual, and $10.00 for a family.
And don’t forget both summer reading programs continue until the end of July. So if you haven’t signed up yet, you still have plenty of time.
The weather outside seems more like the depth of summer than just the first week; and the proof is in the delightful aromas that waft on the air as backyard grills are heating up. Grilling may seem like a simple endeavor, but as all of its fans can tell you, there is an art to it. For those of us heretics who think this is too complicated for just a steak, here are two cookbooks to prove us wrong.
Better Homes and Gardens’ “Biggest Book of Grilling” is certainly that with hundreds of sizzling recipes for charcoal and gas grills. Advertised as the ultimate guide, this volume proves that today’s grilling is far more than just burgers. It shows you how to prepare everything from appetizers to side dishes and even desserts on your grill. There are 400 plus recipes, a special chapter on indoor grilling, a nice section on how to most effectively utilize your gas or charcoal grill, and dozens of recipes for those special sauces, rubs, and marinades.
The recipes range from Here’s-the-Beef Steak and Onions to Jalapeno-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin to Buffalo Chicken Wings; or try Marinated Steak with Blue Cheese, Grill-side Potato Chips, or Peaches with Quick Cherry Sauce. For those, who don’t venture outside on hot days, the section on indoor grilling offers recipes including Balsamic Chicken, Adobe Steaks, and All-American Burgers. “Biggest Book of Grilling” is exactly that.
“Casual Cookouts” tries to keep the purpose of grilling in sight, that is to enjoy the outdoors, the presence of friends and family, and good food. This book contains recipes that are ready in about 30 minutes and designed so you won’t have to keep running indoors and out.
So clean up that grill and get prepared for a summer of flavorful meals.