The Library Lowdown

The Elm Grove Public Library, established and supported by the citizens of Elm Grove, provides access to library facilities, resources, and services necessary to meet the informational, educational, and leisure needs of all the people in the community. It assembles, preserves, and administers an organized collection of print and non-print materials to fill those needs. It places special emphasis on stimulating interest and life-long appreciation for reading and learning among children and adults alike

Tarra-Go wild with a free spring garden presentation, next Wednesday at the Elm Grove Public Library.

The benefits of cooking with herbs have been known for years, as leading medical practitioners and websites such as Dr. Oz and WebMD have been touting the myriad benefits of growing, cooking, and eating various herbs. Not only do herbs add plenty of spice and flavor to your meals, but they can also help protect against certain chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

As early spring is the optimal time to think about what herbs you’ll be planting for summer and fall enjoyment, the Friends of the Elm Grove Library will be sponsoring a free spring garden presentation next Wednesday, May 21 at 7:00pm in the O’Neill Room of the Elm Grove Public Library. The focus of this free presentation will be on Artemisia, a little-known, but very beneficial herb.

Artemisia is the 2014 herb of the year! It may not be the most widely known herb, but it comes in many different forms, such as French Tarragon and Wormwood, and has an interesting and colorful history. From Ancient Greece to modern times, Horticulturist Carrie Hennessey from Johnson's Nursery will discuss how Artemisia made its way into medicine, the culinary arts, and your local bar.

Join us for an informative and humorous presentation! This event is free and open to the public, and no reservation is required.

Carrie Hennessey is host of “The Dirt.” Watch episodes at

For more information on growing, cooking, and healing with herbs, check out these books, available today at the Elm Grove Library. If you have any questions, call the library at (262) 782-6717.

Herbs (DK Handbooks), by Lesley Bremness

Over 700 species of herbs are depicted in over 1,500 photographs.

Wisconsin Medicinal Herbs, by Phyllis Heitkamp

Wisconsin Medicinal Herbs was created so the reader can locate and use local plants, to keep their family and themselves healthy. Each plant is illustrated for easy identification. The Appendix is a "where to go" for Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammation, and Anti-viral plants.

Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, by Ben-Erik Van Wyk

Culinary herbs & spices of the world

In Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, Ben-Erik van Wyk offers the first fully illustrated, scientific guide to nearly all commercial herbs and spices in existence.

Growing & Using Herbs in the Midwest: A Regional Guide for Home Gardeners, by Rosemary Divock

Growing & using herbs in the Midwest : a regional guide for home gardeners

The practical advice in Growing & Using Herbs in the Midwest starts with a detailed profile of popular and useful herbs to help decide what to grow. An illustration of each herb is accompanied by information such as its preferred soil conditions, uses and companion plantings. A 12-month planning calendar will set you on course to a successful garden with “To Do” lists and information on preparing your soil, buying seeds, fertilizing and pruning. Wrap up the growing season with tips on harvesting, drying, storing and enjoying the fruits of your harvest with ideas for culinary uses, herbal art and garden gift suggestions.

Wisconsin Herb Cookbook, by Suzanne Breckenridge and Marjorie Snyder

Wisconsin herb cookbook

The world of herb cookery is wide and wondrous, full of delights for the eye, the nose, and the palate. In this beautiful book, Suzanne Breckenridge and Marjorie Snyder, Wisconsin herb experts and chefs extraordinaire, share their rich experience in both growing and cooking with herbs.

Homestead Blessings: The art of herbs (DVD)

Homestead blessings. The art of herbs

In "The Art of Herbs", the West Ladies illuminate the ancient practice of identifying, growing, storing, and using herbs for both culinary and health-enriching purposes. Vicki, Jasmine, Hannah, and CeCe unveil the intriguing mystery of herbs, explaining step-by-step the many ways to take advantage of the extraordinary properties found in these valuable plants. Learn how to spot herbs, to effectively cultivate and preserve them, and to utilize herbs for both delectable cooking and invigorating natural health. With easy to understand instructions for making vinegars, teas, butters, and much more, "The Art of Herbs" is sure to inspire you to explore the adventure of using herbs to enhance your lifestyle.


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