Get cooking @ your library®

Contact: Megan McFarlane

Campaign coordinator



For Immediate Release

December 2, 2008

(CHICAGO) Whether you prepared a 19-pound turkey last Thursday or store bought cookie dough, food is a big part of your life.

This fact has provided food for thought for librarians across the country who have made cooking a programming resource.

Recently, in its weekly column in the Sky Hi Daily Newspaper, the Grand County Library of Granby, Colo., provided readers with a listing of the top five “cook books available @ your library®.” Recommendations included two on high-altitude baking, two of healthy recipes and “Just in Time!” by Rachael Ray, for the time-conscious chef. The article is one many that the library has published in the last year using the @ your library brand to help promote the libraries programs and assets.

The Grand Rapids Area Library in Grand Rapids, Minn., celebrated Minnesota’s sesquicentennial anniversary of statehood by hosting “Cooking Minnesotan @ your library.” During the program participants were introduced to “Make it Minnesotan! A Taste of the Sesquicentennial,” a cookbook published to celebrate the sesquicentennial and provide readers with a snapshot of Minnesotan cooking and history. Other cooking related programs and articles have included “Summer Cooking @ your library,” “What’s Cooking @ your library” and “Locally Grown Food @ your library.”

“Using @ your library was an obvious connection,” said library director, Marcia Anderson of the library’s programming.

Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Mass. hosted “What’s Cooking @ your library: Let’s Bake Sourdough Bread,” for the health conscious bakers the community. Participants of the program learned how to make their own sourdough starter and how to maintain it. The program also promoted healthy living by instructing participants how to boost the health content homemade bread by using herbs, spices and rye and whole wheat. The program is the latest in the “What’s Cooking @ your library,” other program have featured low-fat Chinese food, pies and healthy eating.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries, (, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, ALA’s highest level of corporate members.