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WORD OF THE DAY is flummox. Example: Mr. Schnider, Emily’s fourth-grade English teacher, was puzzled as to how she excelled at such a high academic level as the rest of the class.

THE WORD OF FRIDAY was maudlin. It means: sentimental with self-pity or in tears. Case in point: When Connor failed a chemistry exam, mostly because he never showed up to class to take it, he was still teary-eyed when he broke the news to his parents.

Hot new titles

Blue Ridge Regional Libraries have released new versions which are now available for checkout starting Thursday. Be sure to go check them out!

  • “Like Mom” ​​by Anne Heltzel
  • “Shadowed Loyalty” by Roseanna M. White
  • “Counterfeit Love” by Crystal Caudill
  • “In the Blood” by Jack Carr
  • “Breathtaking” by Linwood Barclay
  • “Bloomsbury Girls” by Natalie Jenner

VOX Books

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VOX Books, now available at checkout at all Blue Ridge Regional Library locations, are books that talk, providing storytelling for English and Spanish speaking families.

These are the first combined audio and print books that local libraries have added to their collection. They contain a built-in speaker which, once you press play, will read the book to your child. They even contain a “turn the page” sound to follow the book.

These easy-to-use VOX books help capture a child’s reading attention while making learning and literacy development fun.

The device is also compatible with headphones.

homemade banana pudding

In preparation for tomorrow’s answer, here’s a 2010 Bulletin homemade banana pudding recipe by the Stanleytown Ruritan Club.

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • vanilla cookies
  • 3 to 4 firm bananas, sliced
  • sweetened whipped cream

In a bowl, combine the sugar, salt and flour; stir to combine. Slowly stir in milk until smooth. Pour the mixture into the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Cook, whisking frequently, until mixture begins to thicken.

In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks; gradually stir in about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture. Return egg mixture to double boiler; stir in vanilla and butter. Continue whisking until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

In a serving dish, place a layer of cookies at the bottom and cover with a layer of banana slices. Spoon some pudding mixture over bananas. Repeat until you run out of ingredients. Garnish with whipped cream, serve and enjoy.

FRIDAY TRIVIA ANSWER: Sugar, of course, adds sweetness to your baked goods, but it also binds water in foods to keep them moist.

THE DAILY QUESTION OF THE DAY: Today, pudding is a sweet-tasting custard-like dessert that comes in many different types, but what was in the pudding recipe?


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