Fall is Almost Here!

As much as we can’t expect “Fall Weather” in Alabama for another couple of months (if at all), the Fall season is just around the corner! The first official day of Fall is on September 22nd kicking off with the Autumn Equinox (that just means the day is equal daylight and night).

It’s a Pumpkin-Spice World, We’re Just Living in it.

Pumpkin spice flavoring is it’s safe to say the most controversial fall flavoring. Caramel apple and pecan have nothing on this reviled and loved spice blend. If you’re of the mind of making an event of when you have your first PSL (pumpkin spice latte) of the season then why not become your own home barista?

Coffee Obsession

Anette Moldvaer

Are you obsessive? Do you love to deep dive into the culture, the history, and the techniques of a thing before you get your hands dirty? Then this is the book for you. Before you get out the syrups and spices learn more about the bean that keeps us all going with this book.

The Coffee Book

Anette Moldvaer

Now that you have your technique down pat you can move on to the sorcery of barista-ing. Learn how to make lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, your pumpkin spice, iced maple lattes, Vietnamese coffee, and much, much more.

If you don’t feel like making your coffee at home feel free to join us for Coffee and Canvases! (click the link below)

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Let’s Get Baking

There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly baked bread. What could be more fall than warm baked goods served on a chilly day? (chilly days yet to be seen)…

Whether you’re in the mood to bake a pumpkin pie or a loaf of rye we’ve got you covered.

The baking cookbook for teens : 75 delicious recipes for sweet & savory treats

Robin Donovan

This book covers the fundamentals of baking, from techniques to the terms you’ll need to be a whiz in the kitchen. Recipes range from sweet-tooth cravings to savory breads and pizzas.

Great British Bake Off : Big Book of Baking

Great British Baking Show – Masterclass Season 1

The Great British Bake Off : perfect cakes and bakes to make at home

Are you more of a fan of some lovely British bakes? A dense sponge? No soggy bottoms here. Click on any of the photos above to go to the listings for books from the well-beloved show The Great British Bake Off or click the middle photo to watch The Great British Baking Show Masterclass on our Hoopla service. Hoopla comes free with your library card and you can watch a limited number of movies or shows each month! The Great British Baking Show Masterclass is the companion show to the competition that gives guides on how to easily bake the recipes shown throughout the regular season.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

When that cool breeze does roll in where will you be? With your PSL and panini in hand, why not venture into the great outdoors. Alabama is an incredibly biologically diverse state: from our lakes and woods at Oak Mountain State Park, lush forests in Sipsey Wilderness, and the beaches of Gulf Shores or Dauphin Island there’s plenty to choose from. Linked below is just a small portion of this library system’s collection of hiking books for the state.

Hiking Alabama: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

Hiking Waterfalls: Alabama

Hiking The Gulf Coast

Hiking Through History: Alabama

Best Dog Hikes: Alabama

Five Star Trails: Birmingham

State parks at times have events and programs, below are links to the websites for some of the local parks you can take your guide to and enjoy!

Oak Mountain State Park

Red Mountain State Park

Tannehill Ironworks State Park

Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

With all of these great activities you’ll be sure to want to take pictures to remember them by, and if you’re already doing that why not submit them to our Snapshots photography contest.

Snapshots Teen photography contest header.

Snapshots: An Online Teen Photography Contest 

September 1 – September 30

The Homewood Public Library is excited to host a teen photography contest! This contest is open to local 6th-12th graders. Teens can submit digital copies of two original photographs via the library’s website at www.homewoodpubliclibrary.org/snapshots. Winning submissions will be selected for the 6th-8th and 9th-12th grade categories. Photographs will be displayed digitally through the library’s website and social media.

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