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Michele Mellor

Michele Mellor is a Reference Librarian based at Main Library, where she has been striving to bring order to the universe of knowledge for over 30 years. She loves helping people, so ask her those reference questions! She enjoys reading microhistories and books that expand her horizons leavened by brain-candy romance novels.

The Latest From Michele Mellor

March on Washington 1963

Civil rights march on Washington, D.C. Leffler, Warren K., photographer, Photograph shows a procession of African Americans carrying signs for equal rights, integrated schools, decent housing, and an end to bias.

“We shall return again and again to Washington in ever growing numbers until total freedom is ours. We shall settle for nothing else.”  A. Philip Randolph, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963  The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was not the first march proposed by organizer A. Philip Randolph, union president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. He called… read more >>

Celebrate Candy in June!

Mixed colorful fruit bonbon candies close up

June is National Candy Month as designated by the National Confectioners Association. Their research has unwrapped America’s Summer Favorites.  Top Candy Types Chocolate  Gummies Hard Candy Top Candy Flavors Strawberry  Watermelon Cherry 10 Fun Facts!  Did you know there is now a ruby chocolate? In 2017, a Swiss company announced they had discovered a new variety of chocolate. It is made from ruby… read more >>

June is Zoo Month!

Wild Animals

June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month. Did you know that there are around 2,800 zoos and aquariums around the world, with 355 of those in the United States?   Let’s explore zoos!  The path to modern zoos began with the capture of wild animals in pens, leading to the domestication of those best suited to living in human-controlled herds, such as goats and sheep.   The first recorded collections… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–Lemon Bars Deluxe

Lemon Bars dessert

I received The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook by Kitty and Lucien Maynard as a gift and baked my way around the country. This recipe is from Windward House in Cape May, New Jersey, and was an instant hit with friends and relatives. It is easy to make and the combination of a shortbread crust and lemony custard filling… read more >>

Care for Your Car!

Young and cheerful woman enjoying new car hugging steering wheel sitting inside. Woman driving a new car. Woman Driver Portrait at Car

April is National Car Care Month and we have the resources you need to maintain and repair your vehicle or to explore your interest in automobiles. We offer two databases, Mitchell’s ProDemand (In Library use only) and Chilton Library (In Library or remotely accessible), for maintenance, repair and wiring diagrams of domestic and foreign cars, trucks and vans. If you do… read more >>

It’s Sporting Season!

Huge multi sports collage athletics, taekwondo, tennis, karate, soccer, basketball, football, bodybuilding, etc

It’s spring and time for the NCAA basketball tournaments, baseball’s spring training and the opening of the 2021 season, and track and field events. NCAA Basketball  The NCAA Tournament started in 1939 and the Oregon Webfoots, nicknamed “The Tall Firs,” defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes. Eight teams participated and the rival tournament, the National Invitation Tournament, was actually the most popular national contest until the 1960s. The women’s NCAA… read more >>

Cooking with the Library—Shoofly Pie

Shoofly pie

Hello! This is Michele and today we are baking Shoofly Pie in honor of Pi Day, March 14th. My family uses Emeril Lagasse’s recipe, which is found here: Steen’s Cane Syrup Shoofly Pie.   Shoofly Pie is thought to be Pennsylvania Dutch in origin and has a cake-like texture with a molasses bottom layer. A thin molasses layer is called a dry bottom pie, which is Emeril’s… read more >>

No Scams Allowed During National Consumer Protection Week!

National Consumer Protection Week fraud government call

National Consumer Protection Week runs from February 28th through March 6th this year. This consumer education initiative was first launched by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 1999 to focus attention on “Credit Fraud – Know the Rules, Use the Tools” and to help consumers protect themselves. Although consumers have become more educated in the 22 years since, those trying… read more >>

Cooking with the Library–White Bean Soup

bowl of white bean soup

Hello! This is Michele and today we’ll be creating a delicious white bean soup that just happens to be vegan and gluten-free. The recipe is loosely based on the Mediterranean White Bean Soup recipe found at Feel Good Foodie. There are some excellent soup and vegan electronic cookbooks available for you to borrow immediately through… read more >>