Outdoor Story Time, Wednesdays @ 11

Wednesdays, September 7 – December 14, 2022 @ 11
30 N. Main Street, Pennington, NJ 08534

No registration required. 

Bring a blanket or chair and join us on the front patio* for stories, music and more!

*Weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, we will meet inside and masks will be required. Check our website for updates!

Plant Based Recipes Series via YouTube

Presenter: Alyssa Luning, Registered Dietician/Nutritionist from RWJ Barnabas Health

Take care of yourself one day at a time…one meal at a time! Every time we eat is an opportunity to fill our lives and bodies with essential nutrients like fiber, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals like those found in plants. Learn how to boost these plant foods into breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and even dessert.

Week 1: The Basics

The Power Of a Plant-Based Diet Vegan Starter Kit
(Includes steps to get started, recipes and meal ideas, FAQs, inspiring success stories and links to free resources)

Week 2: Breakfast

Featured Recipes:
Breakfast Tofu Scramble
Overnight Oats

Week 3: Lunch

Featured Recipes:
Chickpea Salad
Walnut and Lentil Taco

Week 4: Dinner

Featured Recipes:
Tempeh Satay
Rotini Puttanesca

Week 5: Appetizer and Dessert

Featured Recipes:
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Banana Nice Cream

About the presenter:
Alyssa Luning obtained a bachelor’s of science in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales in Providence RI in 2012 before she was accepted into Tulane University for her dietetic internship. Her first full time position was as a community nutrition & culinary educator for Whole Foods Market. Afterwards, she worked as an outpatient bariatric dietitian, obtaining her CSOWM (Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management).  Her curiosity later took her to Washington D.C. to work for a non-profit organization to research and promote the health benefits of a plant based diet. Once home in NJ, she worked at local hospitals as a clinical inpatient dietitian. Now, things have come full circle and she is working full time as a community nutrition & culinary educator with RWJ Barnabas Hamilton. She gets the most joy out of being a dietitian from working with patients who reverse their type 2 diabetes, as it takes such great strength and patience.

Presented in collaboration with RWJ Barnabas Health.

Recommended Reading for Adults

Summer reading isn’t just for kids – adult patrons can dive in, too! Kick off your reading this season by checking out some of our favorite new adult books, listed below. Let us know what you think by writing a book review and you will be entered to win a Kindle Fire!

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Small Space Gardening Talk with Bracco Farms – Watch Now

Originally presented Saturday, April 23, 2022 @ 3:00pm via Zoom

Presenter: Anthony Bracco, owner and operator of Bracco Farms

Have you ever wanted to start gardening, but thought your space was too small? Farmer Anthony Bracco of Bracco Farms will teach you to grow your own food on your terrace, patio or deck! He will share information on how to source your seeds, plan and prep your small space and use the right growing methods to ensure your garden flourishes. 

About our presenter: Anthony Bracco owns and operates Bracco Farms, a small family farm in the black dirt region of Pine Island, NY. He uses sustainable farming techniques to grow clean, pure produce that is a favorite among chefs. During the coronavirus pandemic, Anthony also began teaching others about self sufficiency via gardening as issues of food safety, food security and supply chain became an important priority for the general public. Anthony lives with his family in Cedar Grove, NJ.

This program is part of Hopewell Valley’s Green Week events.


History of the Graphic Novel– More Than Superheroes and Spandex – Recording Available!

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2022 @ 3:00PM via ZOOM
Presenter: Sharon Adarlo

Graphic novels are not just about superheroes, and they are not just for comic book geeks! Over the years, this art form has matured from men in tights to a wide range of subjects, including first-person memoir graphic novels and compelling journalism that shines a light on once hidden subjects. 

We will explore the graphic novel in its many different forms, from the typical superhero comics that we all know and love to the experimental. We will also discuss zines, as they are a very similar product.

About the Presenter
Sharon Adarlo is a writer, artist, illustrator and maker. She has studied at UVA, New York Academy of Art, School of Visual Arts and Grande Central Atelier. She is an accomplished artist, whose style ranges from cartoonish to traditional, classical art. She is keenly interested in how we can meld together art and writing into compelling storytelling. From this interest, she is currently collaborating on a webcomic about immigration, in addition to a solo project of a graphic novel. In another lifetime, she was a breaking news and crime reporter, covering everything from crime all over the New York City metro area to SuperFund sites and dognappings in New Jersey.

This program is part of the 2022 Big Read, which encourages the Pennington community to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of events. The Best We Could Do is an intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Please visit PenningtonLibrary.org/2022BigRead for a full calendar of events and more information.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.