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Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library Heritage Cookbook

Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library Heritage Cookbook

    The Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library are commemorating the Picayune library’s 50th anniversary their new “50th Anniversary Heritage Cookbook.” Proceeds from sales of the cookbook will help fund the purchase of new books for the library.
    Picayune’s original public library was established in 1927 after a three-year grassroots fund-raising effort led by the local Women’s Club and supported by other civic clubs and citizens. “Literally everyone participated in making this public library happen because they wanted one,” said Linda Tufaro, director of the Pearl River County Library System.
    By 1962 the library’s collection of books had grown nearly tenfold. In 1963 the Crosby family presented to the city a larger, more modern library named for their much-loved mother and grandmother, Margaret Reed Crosby.
    Today, the Crosby Memorial Library is still a vital part of Picayune and Pearl River County. Its collection of more than 100,000 books and materials includes special collections of genealogy and state and local history. The library’s Memorial Room contains antiques and furnishings from the Crosby family home.
    With more than 400 members, the Crosby Friends group is the oldest continuously operating Friends group in Mississippi.
    The group’s commemorative cookbook presents more than 700 recipes in a three-ring binder. Some of the recipes were handed down for generations; others reflect contemporary tastes and cooking styles. On chapter dividers, brief historical essays and photos recall prominent people, places and activities, including the area’s important tung industry, which was destroyed by Hurricane Camille in 1969.
    The cookbook may be ordered from Friends of the Margaret Reed Crosby Memorial Library, 900 Goodyear Blvd., Picayune, MS 39466. Price is $17 plus $3 S&H per book. For more information, call 601-798-5081 or email crosbyfriends@yahoo.com.

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