The best Italian food ever this week in Boone County!

I work in the basement of the Main Library in Burlington and a little while ago I went upstairs to get some lunch from Battaglia Deli. I ordered a bowl of homemade minestrone and was blown away! I swear to you, it was the best minestrone I have ever eaten! It changed the way I’m writing this blog post. I decided to talk to you in first person so I could express how much I personally liked the soup.

I’m a vegetarian and I have tried minestrone at practically every Italian restaurant I have ever visited. Quite often the soup is bland and usually the taste of tomato is overpowering. Veronica’s minestrone is the most flavorful I have ever eaten! You can taste the blend of vegetables and pesto. The broth is thick from the beans and filled with vegetables and pasta! If you are in the area this week, stop by and try a bowl!

I’m suggesting you stop by this week because it’s only available this week. Battaglia Deli is celebrating the food of Italy all week. Deli hours are 11 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday and 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, with the exception of Thursday this week. The library is holding staff training on the morning of Thursday, May 4, so the deli and all BCPL locations open at 1 p.m. that day.

Some of Veronica’s Italian specials this week are rather robust, so you might want to stop by, pick up a meal, and serve it for dinner. A small Italian combo meal is $6.99 and you get lasagna, garlic bread and soup or salad. Just check out this picture of her combo meal and tell me your stomach isn’t growling!

A large combo meal is $8.99 and it includes all of the above plus dessert and a drink. Did I hear someone say Tiramisu? She also has cannoli and Italian cookies on hand for the Italian fest – something for just about everyone!

If you aren’t a fan of lasagna, no worries. There are three pastas, with three sauces, from which to choose, and tomorrow  (Wednesday), she plans to feature a mushroom Alfredo sauce. Yep, vegetarian here, remember? I know where I’m eating lunch tomorrow!

And if you are looking for a little entertainment and cooking instruction, as well as a meal, you might want to visit Battaglia Deli on Friday! Chef Ugo Cretaro will be demonstrating how to make fresh pasta from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here’s another picture I snapped a little while ago for all you carnivores – Veronica’s spaghetti and meatballs!

Now remember – Italian food is available this week only in Battaglia Deli inside the Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington (next to the dome).

She is open today, Tuesday, May 2 until 4 p.m.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 4, open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (we have staff training in the morning; all BCPL locations open at 1 p.m. that day)

Friday, May 5, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And Veronica just announced that Italian week will wrap up on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m (there is also a woodwind performance under the dome, next to the cafe at 2 p.m.)

As we say in Italy, divertirsi a!

(Okay, I’ve never been to Italy, but when I googled how to say “enjoy” in Italian, that’s what I got!)


PR Coordinator Becky Kempf has been telling people about the Library for almost 14 years. When she isn’t busy evangelizing about books, reading, and the Library’s concert series, she’s out photographing dogs, birds, rusty old cars and her grandchildren.


Digital Photography Classes Returning to the Main Library!

The Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike in Burlington, hosted a series of Digital
Photography classes last winter that was extremely well attended, and the series will be offered again beginning May 31. Learn how to take better photos and use the advanced controls of your camera through this hands-on digital photography series. Sign up for one class or the whole series, based on what you want to learn.

     Jeff Snyder, a local photographer, who specializes in nature and wildlife, will teach the series. Jeff has won numerous awards for his photos of diverse subjects like brown bears, bald eagles, and penguins. His photography travels have taken him from the bush of South Africa to the shores of Alaska and the boreal forests of Canada.

Following are the dates and times for the upcoming series of classes:

Photography Basics — Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 p.m.
Get started in photography without a lot of technical jargon or heavy concepts. Whether you use a point and shoot, DSLR, or your phone camera, learn how to keep things simple and shoot in automatic modes. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera controls. Bring your cameras and a memory card to class. Please register.

Intermediate Photography — Wednesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m.Take your basic photography knowledge to the next level. Participants should have a working knowledge of their camera controls and basic photography concepts. This class is targeted at people who have a camera with advanced controls. Bring your camera, memory card, and a midrange zoom lens to class. Please register.

Advanced Photography — Wednesdays: June 14, 21, & 28, 6:30 p.m.
Learn the workflow of activities from capture to photo sharing. Designed for DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. Cameras with the ability to spot meter and be used completely in manual mode will be most suitable for this class. Participants must have a working knowledge of their camera controls and basic photography concepts. Class consists of three sessions. Please register for each class you plan to attend.

Register for June 14 class.

Register for June 21 class.

Register for June 28 class.


Alisa Snow has been with BCPL for eight years. She was a circulation assistant at the Scheben branch, and is now thrilled to be the newest member of the reference staff at the Main Library. Photography is her latest budding passion. Her favorite subject is her photogenic calico cat named Colbie.