01/29/2022

(Saturday)

Book & Craft Pairing: Snow/Winter books & Illuminated Yarn Snow Globes

Pick up a book about snow or winter, & get a complete take-home craft kit!

The Hubbard Library Youth Room is offering a monthly book and craft pairing program; check out a book about our theme of the month, and take home everything you need to make an accompanying craft!

This month we're making beautiful snow globes out of yarn complete with LED lights to go with books about about snow or winter!

After we receive your registration, we will send you a list of available books about the theme. Write back with your selection or let us know your child's age and ask for a book bundle (7-10 books on the theme already packaged up by age level). When you pick your selections up (either at the front desk or call (413)583-3408 x2 for curbside service), you'll also get a kit that contains everything you need to make this pretty craft. If you need enough for multiple children, just let us know. 

Please click below to register.

 

New Year Book Bundles!

Be the first to read some brand new library books!

Ahhh...brand new books - you know the smell! Be the first to get a whiff and celebrate the new year with a bundle of new library books! Register to reserve your bundle of 7-10 books (or 2-5 for older kids who want chapter books)& we'll throw in a noisemaker and a "2022 Funglasses" craft as well!

You can also ask for more or fewer books, books for multiple age ranges, or for anything else -  we take requests!

Please click below to register.

Twisted Soft Pretzels with Simply Creative Chef Rob on ZOOM.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Soft Pretzel Saturday!

Work along with Chef and make Twisted Soft Pretzels and a Cider Dijon Dip via Zoom. This is perfect for all ages to work together. 

Please register to receive a Zoom invitation to this event.  Registration is limited to the first 20.

We are providing an ingredients list and the recipe so you can be ready to cook along with the group.

BROOKLYN STYLE SOFT PRETZELS WITH DIJON DIP

By: Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott

Ingredients: Yields 6 pretzels and ½ cup sauce
1 cup whole milk-very important
1 package dry yeast fast acting
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon fine salt
1/3 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons coarse pretzel salt
Dijon Dip:
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cider vinegar
Directions:
• To make the pretzels, warm the milk in a saucepan until it is about 110 degrees
• Pour into a medium bowl and sprinkle in the yeast
• Let the yeast soften about 2 minutes, stir in the brown sugar and 1 cup flour with a
wooden spoon
• Dice 2 tablespoons butter and soften and stir into the mix
• Add the remaining 1 ¼ cups flour and the fine salt to make a sticky dough
• Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, adding more flour if
needed, until smooth but still slightly tacky, about 5 minutes
• Shape into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap
• Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour
• To prepare the sauce: combine the mayonnaise, mustard, brown sugar, and vinegar in a
bowl
• Cover and refrigerate
• Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and grease a large baking sheet
• Punch the dough to deflate it and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface (if the
dough seems tight, cover and let rest, until it relaxes)

• Divide the dough into 6 pieces
• Roll and stretch each piece with the palms of your hands into a 12-inch rope, holding
the ends and slapping the middle of the rope on the counter as your stretch
•Form each rope into a pretzel shape or pretzel twist or nuggets
• Dissolve the baking soda in 3 cups warm water in a shallow baking dish
•Gently dip each pretzel in the soda solution, then arrange on the prepared baking sheet
and sprinkle with the coarse salt or cinnamon sugar
•Bake until golden, 10-12 minutes but check around the 8 minute mark
• Serve the pretzels warm with the sweet Dijon dip
Note: place aluminum foil on the rack above the pretzels so pretzels do not get too dark – check in about 8 minutes in to the total cooking time.