MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

September 22, 2013

Checotah library to host series


— The Jim Lucas-Checotah Public Library is hosting a three-part series of programs on “Chocolate!” beginning on Oct. 7. “Chocolate!” was created by Dr. Jennifer Kidney, who also will present the series.

The first program will be a presentation on “The True History of Chocolate,” from its first cultivation and use by the Olmecs of Central America to the present day.

The second program, on Nov. 4, will be an author presentation on Joanne Harris with an emphasis on her novel “Chocolat.”

The final program, on Dec. 9, will focus on “Cooking and Other Things You Can Do with Chocolate” and will include a recipe exchange and sampling of chocolate concoctions.

All of the programs will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. at the library.

Kidney is an adjunct assistant professor for the College of Liberal Studies at the University of Oklahoma and is a published poet. Her most recent collection of poetry, “Road Work Ahead,” was published by Village Books in 2012. Kidney has won awards for her poetry, technical writing, project leadership, and brownie baking. She has twice won blue ribbons for brownies made from her original recipes from the Firehouse Art Center Chocolate Festival, and a platter of her award-winning brownies made a cameo appearance on a Food Network program about the best food festivals in the United States.

To enroll for the series (or just one or two of the programs), contact Kathe Smith at (918) 473-6715.