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Kick off Summer Party Season

Summer means many things: longer days, (hopefully) plenty of sunshine, and many occasions to gather with loved ones. Whether we are celebrating holidays, graduations, or just the weekend, there is no shortage of reasons to come together. 

The Library is a great resource to get you started on planning all your summer soirees, big and small. Cookbooks and entertainment guides remain consistently popular, particularly in print format. Publishers are consistently releasing beautiful and information-packed titles in these categories. While some may have more of an aspirational bend, many are highly approachable for the average party host. 


For the Table: Easy, Adaptable, Crowd-Pleasing Recipes by Anna Stockwell 

The Game Night Cookbook: Snacks, Noshes, and Drinks for Good Times by Barbara Scott-Goodman 

Arty Parties: An Entertaining Cookbook by Julia Sherman 

Food Presentation: 

Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings by America’s Test Kitchen 

Jarcuterie: Elevate Your Appetizers and Snacks with Grazing Cups for Holidays, Special Occasions, and Just for Fun by Suzanne Billings 


Zero Proof: 90 Non-Alcoholic Recipes for Mindful Drinking by Elva Ramirez 

Drink Lightly: A Lighter Take on Serious Cocktails, with 100+ Recipes for Low- And No-Alcohol Drinks by Natasha David 

For those that want to put a particularly personal spin on their get-together, you should check out the Holiday + Party classes page on CreativeBug, which is free to access with your library card. There are over 160 party-focused classes with plenty of craft and activity ideas. 

The perfect way to start this celebratory season off is, of course, Summer Reading Extravaganza which is the official start of CLP’s Summer Reading program. All the fun is happening outside the Main branch in Oakland on Sunday, June 12th from 12-5. For more information on Extravaganza, click here. 

You can sign up for a free library card here. If you are new to our eResources, check out these tutorial videos on how to get started.

Looking for a good book, album, movie or TV show? We’re happy to recommend them to you! Use this Personalized Recommendations form to send us some information about what you like and we’ll curate a list just for you.

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