Library Hosts Mexican Cooking Program

ST. MARYS — Local teens learned a few recipes they could cook for themselves as part of a activity that corresponds with a summer reading program at the library.

On Tuesday, local teens made salsa, guacamole and cheese — and black beans, if they wanted to add them — quesadillas as part of “Mexican cooking — Make it Yourself” activity at the St. Marys Community Public Library.

“Our theme this year is doing things internationally,” Youth Services Coordinator Paula Drummond said of the library’s summer reading program, One World, Many Stories. “We’re visiting Mexico this week — so our story time, crafts, everything is based on Mexico.”

The cooking activity, Drummond said, is new for the program.

“This is something I tried to do with the teens,” she said. “This is the first cooking project we’ve ever done.”

The children had experience with food earlier this summer, Drummond noted.

“For our first program this summer, we did European foods,” she said. “We had scones, baklava and crepes. We ate, but we didn’t cook. That was one of our biggest groups.”

Approximately 20 teens came to Tuesday’s activity — close to the number of teens who attended the earlier food event.

“I think it’s fun,” Noah Miller said. “I like cooking. I don’t cook often, but I like it when I do it.”

To choose her recipes for the day, Drummond said she looked online.

“I went to and picked the ones that were rated the highest,” she said.

The teen group, she noted, is open to students entering grades six through 12, and each teen was able to eat what they made on Tuesday.

The summer reading program wraps up this week and next, with a story time and Mexican birthday party today, a craft and book Bingo on Thursday, followed by a movie on Monday, a teen auction on Tuesday and the final fiesta on Wednesday.