Each month the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin will present “No Fuss Foods” cooking classes. The classes are free to the public thanks to funding raised by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

The SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin holds many events and hosts dozens of programs throughout the month that cater to children, teens and adults. The newest addition is a monthly cooking demonstration called “No Fuss Foods.”

According to Allison Turrill, adult program coordinator, “The library added cooking because our patrons expressed an interested in it. We will host as many classes as we can.” Turrill added, “The SouthShore Regional Library has a large cookbook collection. We hope that people will checkout some of the books after attending the demonstrations.”

The first program was “Creative Tacos” held on Friday, January 20. More than 20 people attended, and there was a waiting list. Rowena Sjovall of Lithia led the fun and interactive class. Sjovall showed the class what a taco is (a method of preparing a dish), and made delicious ones with Bulgogi Beef (the national dish of Korea). Attendees were able to sample the delectable beef filled taco.

Diana Walker, of Wimauma, attended the class. Walker said, “I found the class very interesting and informative. I am already signed up for the next class.” Stacey Smith, of Ruskin said,” cook a lot, and she has given me some good tips.

She’s very informative.” Smith added, “This library is beautiful. This class compliments it very well.”

Programs such as the “No Fuss Cooking Class” are funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. The Friends raise funds for programs through book sales and the book room. Turrill said, “We have a great set of Friends at the library.”

The next “No Fuss Foods” program will feature Take-Out Chinese At Home and is set for Friday, February 24, beginning at 11 a.m. Seating is limited to 20, and you must register in advance.at the library’s information desk or by calling 273-3652. According to Turrill, “We are looking forward to a demonstration on vegetarian cooking in March.”

The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. For more information on upcoming programs at the SouthShore Regional Library, please visit www.hcplc.org and click on Events/Classes.

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