The Belmont Public Library is excited to present our first ever blog on the Patch! This week we’re sampling the bumper crop of new books at the library. Check back each week for more!
With the warm weather finally upon us, it’s a great time to explore the natural bounty in the Commonwealth by visiting the many local markets. Of course, we have a local farmer’s market in Belmont Center on Thursdays from 1:30 to 7pm, but you can also find markets around New England as you travel this summer. Check out Markets of New England by Christine Chitnis for a complete list of farmers’ and craft markets.
Does all that great food make you and your family hungry for more to read? There’s always a bumper crop of new books at the Belmont Public Library, and here is some of that fresh harvest from the children’s room. To Market, to Market by Nikki McClure uses visually striking paper-cuts to depict the sellers at a busy farmer’s market. Short conversational introductions are followed by detailed descriptions. It is a two-books-in-one style that allows appreciation by a wide range of ages. Watch Me Grow!: A Down-to-Earth look at Growing Food in the City by Deborah Hodge showcases the many ways urban dwellers are growing and sharing food. With expressive full-page photographs by Brian Harris, this book is sure to awaken the gardener in your child. Chris Butterworth’s How Did that Get in My Lunchbox? does a great job of reminding preschooler that food does not grow in stores. With charming illustrations by Lucia Gaggiotti the book also provides information about healthy eating.
If you want to get your hands dirty and try some gardening of your own, check out these books from the adult room I Garden: Urban Style by Reggie Solomon and Michael Nolan, and The Food Lover's Garden by Mark Diacono. Or how about cooking up some of the tasty treats being served to President and Mrs. Obama? Check out A White House Garden Cookbook: Healthy Ideas From the First Family for Your Family by Clara Silverstein for inspiration. We have many other new summer time books just in, so stop by the library and let us help you find exactly what you are looking for!
Written by Children's Librarian Denise Shaver and Technology Librarian Emily Smith.