Recipes and community discussion coming to Banks library

Those who enjoy cooking for pleasure may want to take note of an upcoming event at the Banks Public Library on Thursday, March 15.

The evening, titled “Stone Soup: How Recipes Can Preserve History and Nourish Community,” is part of the Oregon Humanities’ Conservation Project (OHCP), which consists of Oregonians from all 98,446 square miles of the state who come together to discuss vital issues and ideas — those across all backgrounds, beliefs and differences, says.

The program is hosted by the Friends of the Banks Library. Jennifer Roberts, a Josephine County-based independent scholar and writer, who currently is putting together a 17th-century-based novel that weaves alchemy, witchcraft and — you guessed it — recipes, will host a free conversation on the topic, an Oregon Humanities press release states.

Participants are encouraged to bring any personal or family recipes they’d like to share with the group, but know that these recipes may end up in a story-based collection compiled throughout the OHCP program, the press release says.

Susan Cackler, Banks Public Library supervisor and programs coordinator, said that in recent years the library raised funds to build a new space, the Jane Moore Community Room, to hold programs for the public to attend on a regular basis.

“I want to make sure credit is given to the Friends of the Banks Public Library,” Cackler said. “This is not a program we created; we are just the space they are using.”

Cackler said the library already is holding programs inside its new space, and that it plans to offer “toddler time” every week, as well as teenager- and family-based events, although the grand opening of the new program room won’t officially take place until this November — seven months from now.

“Stone Soup: How Recipes Can Preserve History and Nourish Community” begins at 7 p.m. on March 15. The Banks Public Library is located at 42461 NW Market Street. For more information call 503-324-1382 or email Susan Cackler at or visit the library online at

Sources and more information:

Susan Cackler, Banks Public Library supervisor and programs coordinator

Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson holds a bachelors in journalism and an MBA in marketing. He’s a10-time, Oregon SPJ award-winning journalist, a two-time winner of an ADDY (advertising) for copywriting, and a one-time award winner for fiction for the NW Coastal Writer’s Series. Email: Twitter: @rosecitywriting