The Cookbook Club is popular with library visitors

VICTOR — When Bea Parker saw that the Clifton Springs Library had a Cookbook Club, she was intrigued.

The vice president of trustees for the Victor Farmington Library reads cookbooks for fun.

“And I like to eat!” Parker said. “I also enjoy eating meals with others.”

So Parker mentioned the club to Tim Niver, who is the community services librarian, and both thought the idea was pretty special.

The idea behind the Cookbook Club is simple – find a recipe from one of the library's cookbooks and make that dish. Then bring it to the Cookbook Club to share the dish and experiences.

A recent December event featured holiday appetizers and was the third time the program was held.

“It’s going well, and people are really enjoying it,” said Niver about the club. “We have many, many cookbooks. Just browse, pick something you like — something that will fit that month’s theme. Then make the dish to share with the group, and bring along the recipe.”

Parker said what’s special about the Cookbook Club is that people of all walks of life have shown an enthusiastic interest.

“We have retirees, people who have flexible work schedules, and one graduate student,” Parker said. “We all seem to love reading cookbooks, sharing recipes and food, and eating lunch together.”

Parker and Suzanne Kacprzynski, a fellow library trustee, lead the club.

Parker said it’s important to bring folks together for special clubs like this because she believes it gives people a chance to feel connected to a community. She said the Victor Farmington Library is the perfect place to meet new people.

“Where else can you go for free entertainment, help with technology, and have access to the Internet?” Parker said. “Then there are the books! When the family budget is tight, the local library can help families fill their homes with books, magazines, and other educational materials. The library is oftentimes a community center where tutors meet students who need extra help and people drop in to read the newspaper or have a cup of coffee with friends.”

And the Cookbook Club is just another way of bringing the community together at the library, Niver said.

“The library is an important part of the community,” Niver said. “Communities are growing, and Victor is growing more and more. The Cookbook Club is an experience that brings a community together by sharing something. It allows people to get out and meet people over food. It's a win-win.”


If you go

WHAT Cookbook Club

WHEN The first Thursday of every month

WHERE Victor Farmington Library, 15 W. Main St., Victor

INFO To sign up, visit the library or go online to the events calendar at, or call 585-924-2637