It is once again the time of year when we take a moment to remember all we have to be thankful for.
At the Beaufort County Library, we are counting many blessings. We recently opened our new state-of-the-art St. Helena Island branch. In addition, this year saw us quickly adopting new technologies, including e-books and our text-a- librarian service. These innovations are going a long way in helping us to better meet the needs of our patrons.
As our customers prepare to celebrate the holiday season, we continue to offer resources to enhance those experiences. From offering inspirational works of fiction, to factual holiday how-tos, the library is an excellent one-stop information hub.
If you're looking for a good work of fiction with a holiday theme, you might want to try Suzanne Berne's "The Ghost at the Table," which explores the family dynamic between two seemingly different siblings who are brought together for a family holiday.
For those who like a good thriller, try "Hell for the Holidays," by Chris Grabenstein. Imagine what could happen if American extremists tried to plan a Thanksgiving Day attack on New York City.
Many are in need of help in the kitchen this time of year. "How to Cook a Turkey," compiled by the editors of "Fine Cooking," offers several recipes for all the Turkey Day basics.
Another excellent resource is "The Thanksgiving Table," by Diane Morgan. All the reader needs to do to get a start is make up his or her mind on the cooking technique of the turkey: barbecued, brined, roasted or herb roasted. A butter-rubbed turkey with an apple cider glaze might be better yet.
There are also several resources for those in charge of the dessert table. Try "Icebox Pies," by Lauren Chattman, for some easy no-bake recipes. If you're looking for a great take on the all-American tried and true favorite, John T. Edge's "Apple Pie, an American Story," is an interesting read. In addition to offering 15 ways to bake the dish, the book traces the history of apple pie itself, explaining how it became a national classic.
The library also offers many guides for those in search of prayers to help them give thanks this year. For example, Stormie Omartian's "A Book of Prayer" is a pocketbook-sized read that has 365 prayers for everyday life.
Each year, many students and inquiring minds come to us looking for resources on the history of Thanksgiving and our nation's first settlers. Many of our print resources on the topic are in high demand and find their way off our shelves. But, not to worry, the History Reference Center, an electronic database accessible to all customers, offers plenty of primary and secondary resources, including news articles and video. To use this resource from home, a username and password must be obtained from library staff.
Kelly Vadney is the circulation manager at the Bluffton library.