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David’s Dish: German-Style Potato Salad

Well, it’s summer time and the living is easy. Summer equals social engagements that generally require bringing some sort of edibles. So, I perused the shelves at the library and discovered a tiny gem of a book: German Home Cooking, by Dr. Duane R. Lund.

German-style potato salad was on this Englishman’s mind, and I was chuffed to find no fewer than eight German-style potato salad recipes! This cookbook abounds with other wonderful German fare such as cabbage strudel, steak and wiener stew, and, of course, German dandelion wine!

I augmented German-style potato salad recipe #8 a tad by tossing in a few extras: some homegrown tomatoes and some jalapeno peppers to give the salad a bit of SoCal flavor. I prepared the ingredients, mixed them together, then chilled them for three hours in the refrigerator.

The German-style potato salad was a big hit at the delightful summer party I attended! In the wintertime I fully intend to revisit this book for heartier German fare, possibly that steak and wiener stew! 

 

*****David’s Dish

Check out the book at Foster Library, or put it on hold—we will send it to you. If there are any cookbooks in Foster Library’s collection that you would like me to try out, please leave the title on our Facebook page and I’ll get cooking!

Our new catalog is unavailable tonight from 8-10pm

Our new Enterprise Catalog will be unavailable between 8pm to 10pm tonight for scheduled maintenance.

Our Classic Catalog will be available during that time. Thanks for your patience!

ReferenceUSA Online Training coming in September

 

 

ReferenceUSA Webcasts

ReferenceUSA, a valuable database for job hunters and anyone starting a new business, is offering online training in September.

These hour-long classes will help new users get started and provide a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques. Classes are: 

  • Search Essentials
  • Discover the Hidden Job Market
  • Big Data and Mapping
 
  • Start, Manage and Grow Your Business 
  • Consumer Data
  • US Business Historical Data

Schedule for all classes here                To register click here

Summertime Travel

We are well into summer and most people are looking for ways to beat the heat. Sometimes this involves going on vacation, heading to the beach, or just taking some time to take a drive in an air-conditioned vehicle. Foster Library has guides for getting away to other parts of California, visiting one of our National Parks, or just exploring our own Ventura County.

 

Resident Photographer Aleta A. Rodriguez

Beautiful Darkness

If you like your fairy tales with a dark edge, then you might want to read Beautiful Darkness, written by Fabien Vehlmann and illustrated by Kerascoët. At turns sweet and disturbing, this graphic novel tells the tale of young Aurora, her prince, and their friends as they find themselves struggling to survive in a frightening—yet familiar—world.

While on the surface the characters seem as sweet as the illustrations might suggest, as the story progresses a darkness pervades, and their true natures become alarmingly apparent. The princess is sweet and good-intentioned, but naïve and jealous; the prince is charming, but self-absorbed; the loyal servant is helpful, but greedy; the injured waif is deceitful and downright sociopathic.

According to the book jacket, “the sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerascoët’s delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann’s story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over.” It’s easy to get distracted by the illustrations, which are indeed quite lovely. It’s only when you stop and take a real look that you realize what’s actually going on. The characters’ forms, although pretty to look at, lie in stark contrast to their true natures, which become worse with each page. Many meet unfortunate ends. Even the setting of the story is beautiful and horrible at the same time. I won’t bother spoiling that awful surprise—you’ll just have to see for yourself.

Although it is a fairy tale, this one is best left to adults.

 

Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess

ArtWalk Ventura and Late Night @ Foster

ArtWalk!

A signature Ventura event - July 19 & 20.

Stop by Foster Library for a special after-hours event Saturday from 5:30 to 8pm.

Enjoy art, music, food, and a special book sale hosted by the Friends of the Library.

ArtWalk Ventura, it's a great way to spend the day and it's totally free! 

 

 

Picture This! Read with an Animal

Share Your Summer Reading Fun 

With a Furry Friend

Read with your pet, or a friends pet, and take a picture.
Bring the picture to any Ventura County Library and
we will hang it on the wall or with your permission, display
it on our website.  We want everyone to know what great
readers and animal lovers we have in Ventura County!

 

   

Parent & Child Together Workshops at Ojai Library

 

Theodora Reyes
to conduct free workshops

Ojai Library invites kids age 4 and up to create with clay, build with Legos and beat their drum.

Workshops will be in Spanish and English 
Tuesdays July 22 - August 10 - 11am.

Build your child's socio-emotional well-being and bond through the creative process.

No registration required

For more information call Ojai Library 646-1639

 

 

Saturday Matinee @ Foster

On Saturday, July 26, E.P. Foster Library will show two films for this month’s Saturday Matinee!

The films will be shown in the Topping Room, and will include a 1960s fantasy feature based on Greek mythology and a 1940s film serial about an arch-criminal attempting to steal a superweapon. This event is free and open to the public.

The first film starts at 4 p.m. We hope to see you there!

ArtWalk: Late Night @ Foster

ArtWalk is coming to Ventura on Saturday, July 19, and Sunday, July 20! There will be venues throughout downtown, including E.P. Foster Library.

ArtWalk is a signature Ventura event where visitors can take part in self-guided tours to view artistic displays and exhibitions at a number of galleries, studios, and other locations. It’s a great way to spend the day, and is also totally free!

Foster Library will be holding a special after-hours event on Saturday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Stop by for art, music, and food, as well as a special book sale by the Friends of the Library!

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