Monday, June 1, 2009

Food, Fun, and Folklore!

We are starting the Adult Summer Reading program off with a rollickin' good time tomorrow night!

When: Tuesday June 2nd, 6:30pm
Where: Emmet O'Neal Library Community Meeting Room
Who: Joyce Cauthen, local folklorist and musicologist
What: Please Pass the Folklore!

Food traditions are among the most enduring forms of folklore. Because the preparation and eating of food is central to our family life, our richest customs, sayings and stories are created and passed on at the dinner table –be it at home or McDonald’s.  In this interactive program, Cauthen will discuss food folklore and its importance as a means of preserving family, community and regional identity and will give examples of dining traditions that she has collected across the state. She will ask the audience to take part in a conversation about foods that are traditional to their families because of geography and ethnicity, foods they associate with particular family members, unique names for foods coined by children, traditional table graces, superstitions associated with eating, cleaning up after meals and more. As folklore is not just about the past, the program will explore newer traditions involving take-out foods, supper clubs, school cafeterias and urban legends involving foods.

A special thank you to the Irondale Café for donating the yummy snacks we'll have out, plus we'll be giving away gift certificates to Irondale Café to two lucky attendees!  Take this opportunity to sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program and you will be entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize Treasure Chest containing over $300 in gift cards to area businesses and restaurants!

Call the reference desk for more information at 205/445-1121!
Happy reading!

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