Reminder: NO Saturday Morning Superfoods this week!

Sorry! No program this Saturday the 24th. Hopefully I will be at the Common Ground Fair getting all kinds of goodies and ideas for the coming weeks of the program!

See you next week on October the 1st! (Which is also the day of the first Read to Me program too. See the previous post about that…


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READ TO ME with Scott Sortman Debuts October 1

Palermo Library is proud to announce a new monthly series called READ TO ME, with Scott Sortman.  Scott, a relatively new transplant to Palermo,  brings an impressive resume to this reader’s theater venture. He will be sharing his very credentialed talents as he performs the familiar and the not-so-familiar works of a wide variety of authors and playwrights. The first performance will be October 1, at 7:00p.m. featuring Mark Twain’s THE DIARIES OF ADAM AND EVE.  Admission is free. We do ask that you arrive a little early, to avoid interfering with others’ enjoyment of this live performance. Just when we thought our little Library was quieting down we are most definitely gearing up! Join us for a taste  of  Off, Off- Broadway.

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Local Cabbage!

Last week’s Saturday Morning Superfoods was excellent! We had a good, diverse crowd, and had some really interesting things to talk about, and eat. Most people were delightfully surprised at how yummy kale chips are, so I actually didn’t get to eat too many. :-) Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks for being so curious about all sorts of local, healthy foods.

This week there will be a healthy, local take on coleslaw, maybe some green fruit smoothies with some of the very abundant local fruit and superfood greens, and some playing around with micro-scale grain harvesting.

Oh, and the flax cracker solution is officially up on, if you want the recipe. It’s here.

Fancy flax crackers with local wild foods!

Also, I want to remind folks that there will be no Saturday Morning Superfoods on September the 24th. But… if you’re at the Common Ground Fair that weekend, check out many of the wild foods walks and talks going on all weekend, and the mushroom talks too. And definitely consider going to the Green Smoothie presentation at noon on Sunday, and then Sunday at 2pm you have a rare treat of attending “Conquering Disease with Plant-based Foods” which is offered by the extra special guest Brian Clements of the Hippocrates Health Center (previously in Boston, now in Florida).

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As part of a nationwide project called JUMPSTART FOR READING, Irene Mortko will resume her awesome weekly Story Hour beginning at 9:30 this Wednesday, September 7, and will continue this story/craft session  through October 5. This is the second year she has made it possible for the Palermo Library to participate. Come and be countered.

9/7     KNUFFLE BUNNY.  Bring your favorite stuffed animal.

9/14   THE HUNGRY THING. What shall we eat?

9/21   WOLF’S COMING. Bring a smock or old shirt. We will paint.

9/28   BATS AT THE LIBRARY. Bats. bats and more bats! What shall we make?

10/5   LLAMA, LLAMA, RED PAJAMA. Wear your pajamas!

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Superfoods Saturday update

superfoods are waiting for you!

We’ve done two small, fun, and delicious Saturday Morning Superfood events so far and we’ve got lots more!

This week we’re featuring homemade Oatmeal Apple Spice Granola with almond milk that we’ll make in the workshop. We’ll also, hopefully, have some pesto kale chips if I don’t eat all of them before then! :-)

For those who are looking for the pesto recipe from last week, I’ll have a full one up at soon, but for now, the basic recipe is:

Wood Sorrel Walnut Basil Pesto

2 cups walnuts
2-3 cups basil
1-3 cups wood sorrel
1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
Olive Oil to bring the pest to the consistency you like
(maybe 3/4 cup)

Pulversize it all together in a food processor until it’s a thick paste or slightly liquidy. You can add a little water if you want it thinner but don’t want so much oil.

This pesto can be used for so many things! Freeze it for using whenever you want some green zing in your life. We’ve had it on fresh corn kernels, dehydrated onto walnuts, and hopefully on crispy, super powered, kale chips too.

More recipes coming soon!

Hope to see you this week at the library, for some Super Foods, and more…


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Humongus Book Sale this Weekend!

Hi, everyone. Just want to let you all know that we will be doing our final sale of the season this weekend. The sale will run both Saturday and Sunday from 8-3. There will be deals galore on the awesome books we have. This will be our final “all out” sale. Our plan is to sell everything, ha, ha. But we do intend to empty out the shelves in the Community Room to make way for storage of circulation materials. We desperately need the space. Our patron collection is growing. So drop by and check out our deals. Bring a friend. And, as an added thought, we are drafting a new donation policy so we can accept items that can be added to our collection or that will  sell more quickly. On that note, a big thank you to those of you who have helped make our “free” pile disappear.  As I mentioned previously, after this sale we will donate some leftovers to Goodwill, or sell to dealers, or run through an auction. We will keep the titles that will easily sell and will fit into the back room shelving area.

The Saturday Super Foods program kicked off last Saturday. It is scheduled for every Saturday from 11-12, except the weekend of the Common Ground Fair. Sample fun food, bring your questions, learn about just what grows in your backyard and is edible, check out the raw food recipes, etc. And remember that this program is for all ages. Children are welcomed.

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This Saturday!

Saturday Morning Superfoods workshops and taste testing at the Palermo Community Library

Every Saturday morning from 11 to noon, starting August 20th 2011. (Except September 24, when I’ll be at the Common Ground Fair volunteering!)

Free for all ages!

Come explore exceptionally healthy local foods that you can find and/or grow easily in your own yard. Free yummy food, free plants/seeds, and a free exchange of ideas about food security issues and how to be more independent and sustainable when it comes to getting the best quality food for yourself and for your family and friends.

These workshops are sponsored by a grant to and the library from Healthy Waldo County.

Also, we’re very proud that the “Go Green at the Library” floating garden won the Commercial/Organization prize in the Palermo Days Parade this past weekend! Thanks to everyone who participated in the parade, it was a lovely event, and a lovely day for it, too.

photo by Heather Spalding


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