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What have you been making during COVID-19? Share your recipes, like the one for the Bundt cake above, with your neighbors through the library’s cookbook project. Courtesy Roe Jan Library Facebook page​

Roe Jan Library has the recipe for fun in the kitchen, and online

COPAKE — Technology is making things cook at the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, with recipes and online classes designed to improve computer literacy. 

Let’s get cookin’

Youth Librarian Tia Maggio came up with the idea of patrons sharing recipes by way of a COVID-19 Cookbook Project after her family spent a good deal of time sharing and creating new recipes during the health crisis. 

Maggio said she is a bit concerned that with the all of the social isolation people have experienced due to the pandemic continuing for so long, patrons might just be tired of cooking and want to go out for their meals rather than digging into a cookbook. Yet she is hopeful that there might be some enthusiasm for the cookbook project, even though so far there has not been a huge response to her call for recipes to be submitted to the library. 

Originally, there was thought of publishing a hard copy cookbook, but Maggio said she feels it might now be worthwhile to begin with an online version — especially fitting in today’s age of Zoom and everything being done virtually.  

 Recipes can be for any meal or snack and feature anything from warming drinks to savory side dishes to entire entrees to sweet desserts. 

Original recipes as well as treasured family secrets or even suggestions from publications may be included but, if they are from another source, credit should be given.  Novice cooks, expert gourmets, or those who may just occasionally want to share what they do in the kitchen on a daily basis are encouraged to contribute. 

Detailed recipes may sent to youth@roejanlibrary.org. If possible, photos of the process or final product are encouraged.

Tech tips

For those who are anxious to improve their use of technology as they deal with the continuing isolation imposed by COVID-19, the library is offering a series of online classes for every level of user.

The free classes are held Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., and are open to all ages. Participants are encouraged to sign in 15 minutes early in case there are connection problems. 

On Feb. 25 sign up for, “Google Search Tips: Utilize Tabs,” and learn how to use quotes and hyphens to search, find pages and websites.

The March 4 class, “Cyber Security,” is designed to teach password management and protection from hackers and scams.

Although online instruction can be useful, users who are having difficulty or need more direction can call the library at 518-325-4101 for more nuanced instruction or come in for safely conducted one-on-one help. 

For more information about any classes or programs offered by the Roe Jan Library, go to www.roejanlibrary.org. Also go to the library’s website for the Zoom link for all Thursday tech classes; the Meeting ID# is 826-782-227 and the Meeting Password is 370455. 

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