Ms G’s New Recipe!

This new banana cake recipe with frosting was a big hit at cookbook club. It’s a great way to use your ripe bananas in a fun dessert.

Let us know in the comments if you give it a try!



Banana Cake                                                                Cream Cheese Frosting

2 cups flour                                                                                   6 oz softened cream cheese

1 tsp. baking soda                                                                       4 TB. Softened unsalted butter

1 tsp. cinnamon                                                                           2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. salt                                                                                   1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 stick unsalted butter                                                                1 tsp. lemon juice

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2-3 mashed ripe bananas

1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9X13 pan with non-stick flour spray.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar. Contine beating until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla and bananas.
  5. Mix in half of the flour, then the sour cream, then the other half of the flour.
  6. Spread batter in pan and bake for 25-35 minutes or until top is slightly browned and the surface bounces back when you press it.
  7. Mix all frosting ingredients. If too stiff to spread, add a tsp of water until desired consistency. Spread over slightly warm cake. Refrigerate for best flavor.



Ms Geralyn’s New Recipe

Here is our latest recipe from Kids Can Cook! These sugar cookies can be formed into any shape for any holiday! Enjoy.

Prize Winning Sugar Cookies            

                                                                                   Sift together

1 cup canola oil                                                      4 cups flour

1 cup butter softened                                            1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup granulated sugar                                         1 tsp. cream of tartar

1cup powdered sugar                                           1 tsp. salt

2 eggs at room temperature

1 tbsp. vanilla (or more)


Cream oil, butter, and sugar(s) until creamy, 2-3 minutes

Incorporate vanilla, and eggs one at a time

Slowly add sifted ingredients and mix thoroughly

Chill dough for at least one hour

Heat oven to 375°

Roll a tsp. of dough into a ball then roll into either chocolate sprinkles, M&M® baking bits, or finely chopped nuts. Bake for 11-12 minutes.

Alternatively, you can take a place setting tsp. of dough, form it into a ball, then press the dough down with the bottom of a flat glass that has been dipped in granulated sugar.

Newsletter Recipe

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Kids Can Cook! Recipe Corner

For this Holiday Recipe, the Kids Can Cook Cookbook Club chose a delicious, sweet recipe of Pumpkin Pie Crumble Cake!

Pumpkin Pie Crumble Cake


  • Vegetable shortening to grease pan
  • Flour for the pan
  • 1 package of yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick of room temperature butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cans of pumpkin
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 stick of chilled butter


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare your pan by
greasing it with shortening and adding flour.

  1. Measure out 1/4 of a cup of cake mix & put aside. Mix the cake mix, room-temperature butter, and 1 egg until combined. Then press the mixture into the bottom of the pan to form a crust.
  2. Blend together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, 1 cup of sugar,
    3 eggs, & cinnamon. Pour over crust.
  3. Blend remaining 1/4 of a cup of sugar, chilled butter, and cake mix until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of the filling.
  4. Bake until the center is firm, around 70 to 75 minutes. Enjoy!

In the comments below, tell us what your favorite holiday recipe to prepare!



Newsletter Recipe- Mummy Hotdogs!


Hello ghouls and bats!

Are you looking for a new recipe to try? Why not these fluffy pigs, which were featured in this month’s Kids Can Cookbook Club selection—

Fluffy Pigs/Mummy Dogs

Four, for your work surface

1 package of puff pastry, or tin of pull-apart biscuits

A package of your favorite brand of hotdogs cut in half

1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water

Your favorite condiments


Preheat oven to 400°F (200° C).

Lightly flour your work surface and separate biscuits and press flat, or roll puff pastry

Cut dough into ½ inch strips.

Wrap each hotdog with dough strips.

Brush each hotdog piggy with the egg and water mixture.

Transfer all hot dog piggies onto two lined baking sheets.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes. You’ll know your piggies are done when they are puffy and golden.

Enjoy with your favorite condiments: ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, or mayo!


New Fall Storytimes

Join us in our beautiful new library space for our new storytime schedule.  Check out our calendar for our other fun events like cookbook club, lego club and art club.

We also have Reading to the Dogs the first Saturday of every month.




Summer Reading Program Block Party!

18425097_827761944049623_8779242095300087149_nJoin us this Saturday, June 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

for our annual Block Party!

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program and enjoy our photo booth, face painting, petting zoo, and live DJ!

ATA Martial Arts


The Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team

will also perform for us.

Come join us and kick off summer with some fabulous fun and entertainment!

Opening Day For Our New Garden!

We are so excited about our new garden! We will have new raised beds, more vegetables,

and new this year, flowers as well!

Please joins us in making our library garden the  best ever!

This Saturday, May 13, 2017, @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

Please dress to work outside. We have tools but need your imagination and support

to make our garden this year the best ever!

See you there!

New Science Grant!

We are so excited to have been awarded a grant from (IEEE) the Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineers ! Mr. Norm Phoenix visited our library to present us with our award.

In the next few weeks, we are going to use this generous grant to purchase circulating science kits! We will have a robot, an arduino board,  and snap circuits, that you can check out from the library and build at home.

We will also have kits where you can learn to use renewable energy sources, like wind, solar and water!

Each of our kits will have their own backpack and will include additional materials like dvd’s and books on the same topic.

These are just a few of the projects you will be building:

(From left to right, Snap Circuits Green : Alternative Energy Kit, Ozobot 20 Bit Robot, and Solar Thermal Lab Science Kit)

In the comments below, let us know which one you will check out first!

Happy Earth Day!


Be sure to visit the library today for your Earth Day button and show your support for our beautiful planet!

“The first Earth Day was in 1970. After damage done by a 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California,  a national “teach-in”  was held that focused on educating the public about the environment.” –

This Earth Day will also feature marches around the United States to show support for scientists and those who work to save the environment.

Here is more information on how to help our planet.

Here are some fun links of Earth Day activities to do with kids!

Chicago area volunteer activities from The Chicago Tribune

5 ways to celebrate earth with your kids

Back to School


It feels like we just celebrated the first day of summer, it’s practically the first day of school So that means looking forward to a new year of learning, meeting new friends and most fun, shopping for new school supplies!

For Kids:

STEM Study Tips

Study Tips for Kids

Your First Day of School Outfit

Pack a Healthy Lunch


For Parents:

Help Your Child Get Ready for School

First Day of School Checklist

Stay Organized

Healthy After School Snacks

Help Your Child Make New Friends