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Picnic prep tips from DL Library

The origins of the word “picnic” seem to be surrounded with controversy.

Some say it’s from the French and some the English, while some have totally different ideas. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, it was rare for the term to be used in English before 1800, and at that point it meant “a fashionable potluck social affair, not necessarily out of doors.”

By the mid-19th century, Americans had become proficient at the custom of picnicking.  No matter where the word comes from it’s a very enjoyable practice.

Since we’re at the height of the picnic season, highlighted below are books for adults as well as children on the subject.

“A Picnic Adventure (Strawberry Shortcake),” by Lisa Gallo.

Strawberry and her friends hike to a beautiful waterfall for a picnic. Along the way, they notice all sorts of wonderful things like blooming flowers and cool rocks. But after the picnic, their map blows away! How will they find their way home now?

“Good Housekeeping Grilling: More Than 275 Perfect Year-Round Recipes,” by Good Housekeeping (Editor).

Fire up the grill-and everyone’s appetite! America’s favorite test kitchens and cooking method come together in Good Housekeeping’s cornerstone title that serves up more than 275 delectable recipes to prepare both indoors and out. From panini to pizzas to 35 kinds of burgers — plus advice on techniques and informative sidebars — this is truly the complete grilling guide.

Library Happenings

Our next Paws to Read Summer Reading Program event is Thursday, June 26 at 2 p.m. Kids, don’t miss the Fancy Paws: Dog Grooming presentation! Professional dog groomer Kim Smith will bring dogs and grooming tools to demonstrate what happens when a dog visits the groomer.