Cooper Memorial Library is hosting a great new year of programming, with fun events to capture everyone’s tastes and interests. On that note, we present our ‘Taste of Fall’ programs in October, and our ‘Gather, Rejoice & Read ‘programs for November and December. This year we are presenting our Food & Cookery Series, which will include visits from cookbook author and television personality Valerie Hart, and Julie England, from the UF/Lake County Extension Services. Valerie will be with us on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, for Soups, Salad, & a Centerpiece, and will be showing us how to create tasty dishes using seasonal foods, including Pumpkin Soup, Butternut Squash Soup, and Stuffed Acorn Squash. Valerie will also be showing how to use pumpkins and flowers to create a lovely centerpiece for your table. On Wednesday, Oct. 17th, Valerie will be back for Delightful Desserts, to bring us some tempting and yummy seasonal treats, including Apple Strudel, Cranberry Mousse, and she promises to surprise us with another sweet offering. Both programs will be in our Community Room 108 A, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., and there is no registration required, so come join us and bring a friend with you. Julie England will be joining us on Thursday, Oct. 18th, to show us how to can and preserve foodstuffs with Food Preservation Basics, and she will be back on Thursday, Nov. 1st, with Healthy Holiday Meals, to show us how we can create healthy and wholesome versions of all our favorite holiday foods. These programs will be held in our Community Room 108, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and no registration is required.
October 4th heralds the start of our new Cooper Chess Club, which will be on Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. in Room 108 A, and kids and adults are welcome to attend. The Pastfinders Genealogy group will continue to meet the second Thursday of the month from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 108, and will be hosting their 2nd annual Genealogy Open House on Saturday, Oct. 13th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Room 108. The CML Book Club meets the third Tuesday of the month, from 5 to 7 p.m., in Room 221, on the second floor. The Florida Native Plant Society will be at the library with fun and educational programs about Florida plants and flowers on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., on Oct. 20th and Dec. 1st, in Room 108 A.
Opera@theLibrary continues its successful monthly programs in Room 108 B on the fourth Monday of the month from 1:45 to 5 p.m. with informative lectures and outstanding opera performances for the general public. Our October 22nd offering will be Donizetti’s rousing La fille du regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment), and on November 19th, we will present an Opera Double-Bill for our 3rd anniversary program, with two one-act operas, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. For our December program, we will be taking a very brief departure from the opera repertoire and we will present a special holiday showing of Tchaikovsky’s beloved classic ballet The Nutcracker.
In November we will be honoring our local war veterans and their families with a special event to commemorate November as Veterans History Awareness Month. Everyone is welcome and strongly encouraged to attend our Veterans History Event: World War II Veterans on Thursday, Nov. 15th, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in our Community Room 108. We will have guest speakers, a meet-and-greet social, and snacks and beverages will be provided for our guests.Our 2nd annual Cooper Holiday Music Series for 2012 kicks off on Tuesday, Dec. 4th, with the a cappella Rare Blend Quartet, serenading you on the library main floor with holiday songs to set you in a festive mood. The Music Series continues in December on Tuesday, Dec. 11th, with harpist Victoria Schultz playing soothing seasonal music for you to enjoy throughout the library main floor and setting the tone for a peaceful holiday season.