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Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary

These are some pictures from last week’s visit (Wednesday June 8th 2016), from Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary. It was a very enjoyable and informative experience. I think the children (and some of the adults too), left the show knowing some important things to do when taking care of injured animals. Both John and Beth (and 2 younger volunteers), certainly have a lot of work on their hands when it comes to looking after the animals. If you get a chance visit their website at www.bigbendwildlife.org to get more information.

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They brought along with them a Raven, A Grey Horned Owl, an Opossum, A Skunk (de-scented), A Turtle and a Tortoise, and a very rare Albino Blue Jay.

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Annual Book Sale 2015

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Book Talk by Janice Pitchford

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Santa Fe Soup

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Debbie McLain’s Recipe


2 pounds of ground beef
1 large onion chopped
2 one ounce envelopes of Ranch dressing mix
2 envelopes of taco seasoning mix
2 cans of white shoepeg corn (drained)
2 cups of water
1 can of black beans, undrained
1 can of pinto beans, undrained
1 can of kidney beans undrained
1 large can of whole tomatoes (or 2 regular cans of diced tomatoes)
1 can of original or mild Rotel


In a Dutch oven, cook ground meat and onion until meat is browned and onion is
tender, then drain. Add remaining ingredients, blending well. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours.


Cook ground meat and onion in a fry pan until meat is browned and onion is tender and drain. Then put cooked meat and onions into a crock pot and add remaining ingredients, mixing it well. Turn crockpot on high for approximately 2 hours or on low for 3½ to 4 hours.

Optional Toppings: Chopped green onion, Sour Cream, Grated Cheese, or Tortilla Chips


Cream of Broccoli with Chicken Soup

cream of broccoli soup

Lee Parker’s Recipe

6 tablespoons of butter
half of a small onion, finely chopped/minced
6 tablespoons of flour
3 chicken bouillon cubes
one-half teaspoon of Lawry’s seasoning salt
one-fourth teaspoon black pepper
four and one-half cups of milk
one 14 ounce package of frozen broccoli florets
1 pound of cooked diced chicken

Melt butter in a medium saucepan and lightly sauté onion, then add flour, bouillon cubes and seasonings. Stir until smooth and remove from heat. Gradually whisk in milk and bring to a boil over medium heat. (Only boil for 1 minute.)
Cook broccoli according to directions on the package, then drain and add it to the creamy soup base mixture. Add the diced, cook chicken to the soup and simmer for 10 minutes. Now your can put the soup in a crockpot ad set it on low until ready to serve.
**Additional note: You can make this in the crockpot and triple the creamy soup mixture and add 2 packages of broccoli and another pound of cooked chicken.


Chicken and Beef Vegetable Soup

chicken and beef vegetable soup

Annie Mobley’s Recipe

2 boneless chicken breasts ,chopped
1 pound of hamburger meat
1 medium bag of frozen mixed vegetables
1 medium chopped onion
one-half cup of rice
4 medium white potatoes, diced
2 cans of tomatoes
1 can of tomato sauce
1 tablespoon of flour
salt and pepper to taste

Boil chicken until done. Add mixed vegetables, onion, rice, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Salt and pepper to taste. Brown hamburger meat, drain. Add cooked hamburger to soup. Mix 1 tablespoon of flour with one-fourth cup of water and add it to the soup. Keep soup stirred and simmer until rice is cooked.
**This soup is a meal in itself!


Easy Crockpot Potato Soup

potato soup

Paul McNamara’s Recipe

6 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
3 cups of diced potato
one-third cup of chopped onion
1 (16 ounce) can of creamed corn
3 cups of chicken broth
1 teaspoon of salt
one-fourth teaspoon of pepper
1 can of evaporated milk
Put the first 7 ingredients in the list in a crockpot. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, then add evaporated milk. Cook for an additional 45 minutes and serve.
** Instead of crackers, have a nice thick, crusty bread with your soup.

Claybank Cooking Old & New Book Signing

with authors Helen Taylor Andrews and Carol Hutto Gilmer 
November 20th, 4-6 p.m., Library Main Lobby

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Dr. Sandra Smith Book Signing

Dr. Sandra Smith, author of Choices, will have a book signing in the
Library’s meeting room on November 25th
from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.



On Friday, June 6th, our Summer Reading Program 2014 started with a program presented by Keith Woods of Animal Tales, LLC. Kids and adults alike were introduced to 40 pound 11 week old Capybara (a rodent…yes..a big rat!), a Brazilian Salm… or Pink Bird-Eating Tarantula, an Ivory Billed Aracari (a toucan), a Giant African Bullfrog, a Burmese Python, and a Boa Constrictor! We would like to thank Keith for a great program. We also want to thank Abbeville Elementary Principal, Mrs. Barber, along with Henry County Schools Superintendent for allowing us to use the elementary gym for our Summer Reading Program presentations this year. We greatly appreciate all of the volunteers and parents coming out to help with our programs.

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Friday, June 13th, was our second Summer Reading Program day for 2014. Mark Seymour’s Be At Your Best… Fizz Boom Read program was so much fun! Mark played various instruments (mostly percussion) for us. He also sang songs, played music,… and everyone danced, danced, danced! Mark’s program is an upbeat entertaining program with a positive message that everyone enjoyed. If you know someone that attended our program, ask about his famous Alabama Song! Mark wrote a song that lists the names of over 200 Alabama towns and cities….and he sang it for us! Wow! Kids and adults alike were listening to the fast paced song hoping to hear the names of our hometowns…and yes…we heard Abbeville loud and clear!
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Wednesday, June 18th, Ms. LaToya from the McWane Science Center brought us FIZZ, BANG, …WOW!
Her new program, : Radical Reactions” allowed us to experience fizzing foam, colorful concoctions, combustions reactions (BOOM!), and changes in states of matter. These  amazing reactions caused quite a bit of excitement!
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Lee Andrews, ringmaster of Lew-E’s Educational Circus, performed on June 25th!  Andrews entertained us all by juggling bowling pins and balls, spinning plates (while juggling!) and even forming a magic cloud! What a super fun way to wind up our 2014 Summer Reading Program!
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