By Carol Ann Robb, PPL Reference Librarian

Duh! How could I have forgotten to add “Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown to my list of most loved books last week? Especially since I learned that George Clooney is behind the movie version that is starting production—which leads me to hope it will live up to the book but well, we know how movie adaptations often turn out.

Last week’s memory lapse might have had something to do with putting together fifty Books & Sweets bags—I hope the recipients enjoyed them as much as the staff did assembling them. It was a bit more fraught this time around—I don’t think the department has been fully staffed from the time we opened registrations to delivery day—but it was a labor of love for us. Thanks go to Christina, Grace, PJ, and Tori, our intrepid book mobile driver, who got them to the correct houses last week. Give them a round of applause!

For those who asked (and those who didn’t), here’s the recipe for the White Chocolate Snack Mix:

2 C. stick pretzels (broken into pieces); 4 C Rice Chex; 3 C Cheerios; 2 C dry roasted peanuts; 12 oz. M&Ms; 1-2 lbs. white almond bark (I think 1 & 1/2 lbs. is a good amount)

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Melt almond bark according to package directions. Once melted, pour over the mix & stir to coat. Spread on wax paper to cool. Break into pieces before the mix becomes too set and store in a covered container.

WARNING: this stuff is addictive!

For those of who didn’t read the Wednesday edition of the Morning Sun, this is Library Lovers Month so I encourage you to visit a library by the February 28. We’d love it to be ours but any will do. I’ve been to Chicago’s Main Branch, the Carnegie in that other Pittsburg(h), both the old and new main libraries in Wichita (as well as the Westlink branch), the State Library in the Capitol building in Topeka (the only one that rivals the architectural beauty of ours), and many small-town institutions across the state. They all have their own unique qualities, but well, there’s something pretty darn special about the library at 4th and Walnut.