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“Do It Yourself” Face & Body Scrubs: Today at 6 PM at HPL

19 Nov

Upcycling is not only super trendy and rustic for any “Do it yourselfer” out there, it’s also very ecofriendly. With health and beauty circling back to the forefront of anyone’s lifestyle, homemade products are making a strong comeback!

I am having a Make and Take Program today (November 19) from 6 to 7:30 pm at the main branch of the Hoboken Public Library. Although it’s BYOJ (bring your own jar) encouraged, all supplies will be provided. In this program you’ll get the chance to have a hands on experience at creating your own body and face scrub to take home as well as possibly get creative and Make Your Own Recipe! You may even get the idea of creating and gifting a homemade scrub to a loved one. The possibilities of this program is that it’s a start for anyone to begin the process of caring for their own body, especially as the months get colder.

As DIYers go, the key decision in any maker project is recycling and upcycling (no waste). In that spirit, most, if not all basic ingredients you will be able to find in every kitchen. Some of the ingredients that will be used (but not limited to) are coffee, salt, oatmeal, sugar, tea, cooking oils, some spices, essential oils, fresh produce, and any recycled jar from an old candle or sauce!

We will be creating scrubs that range from using just on your face to your whole body. Thick scrubs, creamy scrubs, one time use scrubs and scrubs that can last a whole 2 months!

The benefits of Homemade Scrubs is you get to personalize it to your own body and its needs. If you need something for moisturizing, anti – inflammatory, more antioxidants and/or vitamins for skin health, then you can put together specifically mixed ingredients for exactly that. Need more relaxation and soothing properties, add some extra oils or fresh florals or produce. It’s always great knowing what you are putting on your body. Not only do scrubs promote calmer sleep, healthier looking and feeling skin, it’s also great for your mental healing when your body is cared for.

For more recipes or inspiration on how to get started on the art of making body scrubs check some of these books out:

Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (With 50-plus Recipes) by Amy Galper

100 Organic Skin Care Recipes: Make Your Own Fresh and Fabulous Organic Beauty Products by Jessica Ress

DIY Beauty: Easy, All-Natural Recipes Based on Your Favorites from Lush, Kiehl’s, Burt’s Bees, Bumble and Bumble, Laura Mercier, and more! by Ina De Clercq

Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life by Adina Grigore

Written by:
Sherissa Salas
Programming Assistant

Always check with your doctor or dermatologist before using a new product and try on a small patch of skin before using it more widely.

Adult Programs at the Hoboken Public Library are first come gets a spot if space is limited; please arrive early.

Digital Delivery Delicacies: Food-A Cultural Culinary History, Online Courses from Universal Class, and more!

15 Jun

If you have been wanting to expand your culinary knowledge and skills, but don’t have time to attend a class in person then checkout these great online lectures and courses available from home for Hoboken Library Card holders.

Food: A Cultural Culinary History and The Everyday Gourmet

For Hoboken Library and other BCCLS Library Patrons interested in learning about the history of food check out episodes of Food: A Cultural Culinary History, part of The Great Courses lecture series available from Hoopla.  Although best watched in order since each of the 36 lecture builds on one another, they are filmed as 30 minute segments by topics on specific regions/eras so if you are just interested in specific food cultures/time periods you can skip around.  The lecture starts at the Stone Age and then moves through different times in history including Ancient Egypt, Elizabethan England, Edo Era Japan and ending with a look into what the future of food might be.  I found the lectures very interesting in the way they looked at not only food trends, but the way history impacted the food we eat and the way food in turn influenced history.  You can pick up some great tidbits for cocktail party chatter.  The course is taught by Dr. Ken Albala, Professor of History at the University of the Pacific in California, where he teaches food history.  The series is also available on DVD from BCCLS libraries and you can check out several of Albala’s books in print on a variety of food history topics.

Hoopla has other lectures from The Great Courses series including several Everyday Gourmet courses on topics such as Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking, Essential Secrets of Spices in Cooking, and Baking Pastries and Desserts.  I have checked out the first of the Baking Pastries and Dessert lectures and plan to watch more in the future.  It has some useful tips for beginners like how to ensure all the ingredients are mixed.


Hoopla also features a variety of cookbooks and ebooks on food history.  I enjoyed reading The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin by Michael Krondl.  My parent’s house was behind Dunkin’ Donuts so the delicious smell of fresh made donuts makes me think of home; it was fun to learn about their history and other notable moments in donut history.  Also featured are a baker’s dozen of donut recipes including ones from around the world such as Venetian Carnival Fritters and Oliebollen Dutch Donuts.  My husband was inspired to make the Nutella filled Bombolonis-Yum!  Remember BCCLS patrons have 20 checkouts for Hoopla per month of books, movies, music and more!


Get Cooking and Baking with Universal Class
For those looking for a more interactive learning experience check out some of the cooking classes available to Hoboken Patrons from Universal Class including online courses on:

If you don’t have a Hoboken Library Resident Card to access Universal Class from home, you can access the courses from within the library on the library’s computers or from your wi-fi enabled laptop.  The courses each feature an instructor who you can email about assignments with.  The courses are self-paced and you have a six month period to complete them.  This is a great way to expand your repertoire and learn some new skills.  I love baking cakes and cookies, but have always found pies intimidating so I’m hoping to take the pie baking course and be able to have homemade rather than store-bought pumpkin and apple pies for Thanksgiving.  Courses are available 24/7 so they are perfect for a busy working mom like me since I can work on them after my little guy goes to bed.  Besides the classes that will appeal to beginning cooks there are also ones on a variety of other topics such as Excel, Grammar, and Resume Writing.  The courses are easy to navigate.

And if you are looking for an in person class for foodies we have that too; on Monday June 13 back by popular demand I will be co-teaching a class on ice cream making using a machine as wells as an easy recipe using just plastic bags, ice, salt and a few simple ingredients.  This is a fun class for adults, older kids, and teens!

-Written by Aimee Harris, Head of Reference

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