The slight aroma of mac ‘n cheese wafts through the meeting room at the Park Hill Branch Library, where author/food scholar Adrian Miller regales the audience with history, recipes and anecdotes about the popular dish, followed by, to the delight of the crowd, a tasting.
Today’s program is titled “Ooey Gooey Macaroni and Cheese.” Sitting front and center is library fan Abby Goodman who arrived early to make sure she got a good seat.
Abby loves going to library programs. According to her calculations, in one year alone, she attended 144 programs at 18 library locations. The retired teacher was hooked from the very first program she attended at Virginia Village Branch Library.
Each month, Abby picks up the new Engage! magazine which lists a multitude of programs. She thumbs through the listings and highlights programs she wants to attend. From films at the Central Library downtown, to a travel program on Cuba, to Walk with a Doc, Abby adores them all.
“My weekend revolves around library programs,” she says, smiling. “Sometimes I go to three in one day!”
Abby has not only learned about everything under the sun, she’s made new friends (and a snow globe!) and gained a newfound confidence.
“I feel more creative,” she says. “And, most of all, it’s fun!”