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Time to get cooking with new cookbooks at the library
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With the seasons changing outside, many of us are starting to think about preparing for winter and the upcoming holiday season. Even with all our modern conveniences and technology, it seems natural to begin thinking about food during the winter season. Whether you want to prepare feasts for holiday gatherings, can and dry produce, try a new mixed drink, or simply have a hot meal of comfort food, the library can help you find the recipe you’re looking for!

The Great Bend Public Library recently added some new cookbooks. These have been displayed on racks at the end of several shelves, and have been very popular, with many of them being checked out in just the first week. You are welcome to stop by and see the display racks, but there may not be many left. Of course, that is no reason to despair: the library has hundreds of other cookbooks available in the stacks. Here is just a small sampling of the variety we have: “Complete Book of Home Preserving,” “How to Dry Foods,” “Real Stew,” “Drinks,” “Root Cellaring,” “BBQ USA.” 

Do you have special dietary needs? We have dozens of cookbooks for low-fat, low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or other diets. In a rush or on a budget? We’ve got cookbooks for busy parents, thrifty families, and working professionals. Are you a fan of Better Homes and Gardens or Taste of Home? We have several yearly collections of recipes from these magazines. Feeling a bit more adventurous? We have cookbooks with ethnic and international foods. Need a special dessert? We have books with recipes for cakes, cookies, Jell-O, chocolate, honey, and everything in between. If that list isn’t enough to inspire you, let us show you even more books that you can browse on our bookshelves.

If you would like hold notifications and due date reminders, you can get those through email. If you don’t yet have an email attached to your account it’s easy to do. Simply stop by the front desk and let us know which notifications you want to receive. Remember that you are always welcome in the library even if you have items that are overdue! We do not charge any fines for overdue items as long as they are returned in good condition, even if they are long overdue. We are happy to see overdue items come home, no questions asked.

Monday, Oct. 1, is a no-school day, and the library has special events for entertainment and enrichment; see the schedule below for details. For more information on any other library events, programs, or resources, check out our website (, send us an email (, or call the circ desk (620-792-2409). You can also like and follow GBPL on Facebook. There you will find posters and flyers for upcoming events, plus photos and videos from library activities and an archive of previous “Book Nook” articles.

Michael Adamyk is the Marketing and Technical Services Manager at the Great Bend Public Library. He can be reached by email at

Great Bend Public Library Weekly Schedule

Monday, October 1

10 a.m.: Children’s morning movie

11 a.m.: Video game tournament (Teens)

1 p.m.: Teen afternoon movie

2 p.m.: Children’s afternoon movie

5 p.m.: Self-discovery Collage (Teen craft)

6 p.m.: Crochet Club

Tuesday, October 2

9:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.: Baby Bounce Class

10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.: Early Literacy Storytime

Wednesday, October 3

5:30 p.m.: Adult craft: Bullet Journal 101

Thursday, October 4

4 p.m.: Chapter Chats

5 p.m.: Soctopus & Glove Monster (Teen craft)

6:30 p.m.: Family Book Bunch

Friday, October 5

7 p.m.: Adult’s Night Out movie