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Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly is an adult services librarian currently based at the Austintown and Michael Kusalaba branch libraries. She’s a big fan of all things mystery and thriller. When she’s not at the library, she enjoys walking her dogs, practicing yoga and true crime podcasts.

The Latest From Mary Kelly

Cooking with the Library–Easter Bread

The baking of Easter Bread has always been a tradition that everyone in me family has looked forward to for the Spring holiday. Over the years, there have been different recipes tested but the basis of this recipe is Bon Appetit’s Easter Bread recipe, which uses the recipe for Bon Appetit’s Master Sweet Dough.  Enjoy!… read more >>

Author Spotlight: Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is the wildly popular, bestselling author whose books have spent over five years on the New York Times Best Seller List with over 11 million copies in print in 36 countries. Possibly the undisputed queen of “chick-lit”, Weiner explores relationships between men and women in poignant yet engagingly witty ways. She also remains an active member on… read more >>

Cooking with the Library: Easy to Make Latkes


Hanukkah is just around the corner! It’s time to get out the schmaltz and start frying up some delicious latkes!   No, latkes aren’t just hash browns and yes, they will be the best thing you have ever eaten. This is a European Jewish (Ashkenazi) dish that is essential for any good Hanukkah celebration. Even though you think “potato” when you hear latke, there are many… read more >>

Retro Recipe: Ambrosia Salad

This week’s cooking video is a throwback.  Ambrosia salad looks more like a dessert than a typical leafy salad, but it is a vintage favorite of summer picnics and barbecues!   First known recipes of ambrosia salad date as far back as 1867, when citrus fruit was becoming more available. Recipes were often oranges and fresh pineapple layered together with sugar.  In Greek… read more >>