Mt. Sterling Library debuts two new clubs

(Posted Oct. 3, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Mount Sterling Public Library has whipped up two new offerings for its younger patrons.

The Batters, Splatters & Platters Kids’ Cooking Club gets its start this month, as does the Teen Book Club. For more information about either one, visit or call (740) 869-2430. The library is located at 60 W. Columbus St.

Batters, Splatters & Platters

The cooking club is open to ages 6-12 and meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month in the community room in the library’s lower level.

The theme for the first session on Oct. 21 is Halloween cookies. Participants will learn basic measuring techniques. Sharon Morgan, assistant library director, is the club’s organizer.

“I enjoy cooking, and I want to share that knowledge with kids,”said Morgan, who included cooking lessons in her 30 years as a Girl Scout leader. She did the same through 4-H.

For the library club, Morgan looks forward to teaching children everything from when to use a wooden spoon versus a plastic spatula to nutrition. Fruits and veggies with dips, breakfast foods, and bread are some of the themes for future club sessions.

“We will taste what we make so we can evaluate our cooking. The kids will get to take home some of what they make, too,” Morgan said. “They can take it home to their family and say, ‘I broke an egg in this,’ or ‘I stirred this.’ They can be proud of what they’ve done, as well as enjoy eating what they’ve made.”

The kitchen in the library’s community room is equipped with a four-burner stove, full oven, microwave and tables. Morgan said she plans to borrow waffle makers, panini presses and other utensils for certain lessons.

The Kids’ Cooking Club is free. Space is limited, and registration is required.

Teen Book Club

The Teen Book Club is open to ages 13-18 and meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the last Tuesday of each month. Bev Kern, a Mount Sterling area resident, member of the Friends of the Library, and retired educator, is the club’s facilitator.

The idea to start the club came from the winning essay in this year’s Friends of the Library “Marjorie Hanson Memorial” scholarship contest. Entrants answered a series of questions, one of which was, “What are your suggestions for improvements at the library?” Trevor Hull, a Madison-Plains High School graduate, noted that the library has reading clubs for very young patrons and for adults but nothing targeted at teenagers.

Kern was a judge for the scholarship contest. She liked the idea of a teen book club, and the library leadership gave her the go-ahead to run with it.

As an educator, Kern taught at every level from pre-kindergarten through college. She taught courses ranging from remedial English to Advanced Placement English and college-level composition. She said she especially loved discussions among students sparked by what they had read. She said she looks forward to the same with the library group.

“We will see what the group’s interests are, but we will start with current Young Adult literature and go from there,” she said.

For the first club meeting on Oct. 29, the book selection is “Don’t Get Caught” by Kurt Dinan, a story about friendship. Selections for future sessions include “Wild Bird” by Wendelin Van Draanen, about a girl with an attitude who is sent to a summer camp, and “Dumplin’” by Julie Murphy, which explores the idea that beauty is more than skin deep.

The library will have plenty of copies of each month’s book selection on hand to check out. Some of the selections may contain mature or suggestive material.

Registration is not required to participate in the club. Snacks will be provided.

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