Pottstown Library Gets Cooking, Opens Book Clubs

POTTSTOWN PA – A grant that relies on federal CARES Act money, distributed by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, is helping the Pottstown Regional Public Library start not just one but two different activities for adults. The first, being conducted online, is a “Zoom Happy Hour Book Club;” the second, a Facebook-based cookbook club that suggests ingredients and reports on how they’re used.

Pottstown Library Gets Cooking, Opens Book Clubs

The Happy Hour Book Club begins Thursday (Oct. 29) at 7 p.m. on the Zoom conferencing platform, and is open to all age 18 and older. The first book for discussion is “Interpreter of Maladies” by author Jhumpa Lahiri, which is available both in the library catalog; as well as stored online at the library’s web and mobile media streaming platform, Hoopla, and its Overdrive e-book platform. Find both here.

Why the happy hour moniker? Because you can imbibe as you leisurely read recommended books and during the Zoom meetings. Register by sending an e-mail to tmcmaster@mclinc.org.

Pottstown Library Gets Cooking, Opens Book Clubs

In the Cookbook Club, also intended for adults, the library each month will suggest “key ingredients” to its participants; October’s are dried sage and canned pumpkin, for example. It also will offer an accompanying recipe using the designated items, or adventuresome culinary artists can either find a recipe they prefer or, yes, cook up one of their own. Then the Facebook page comments section will kick into high gear to answer the questions “what did you think?,” and “how you’d do that?”

Sign up for the Facebook club, and its cooking kits!, by sending an e-mail to lkraljevich@mclinc.org.

Graphics from Pottstown Library;
Sage Pumpkin Bread photo by Dennis Wilkinson via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license