Have you ever wanted to learn sign language but didn’t have time?

We have the class
for you – Learn ASL in 60 Days, Part I at the Main Library in Burlington on October 26. Each class is packed with new concepts, grammar, culture, vocabulary and much more. At the end of five weeks you will be able to communicate and understand sign language on a basic level. You will walk away with not only new skills, but also a resource to reinforce what you just learned.  This five-week series, based on part one of the class “Learn ASL in 60 Days,” is led by Cynthia Long, a Nationally Certified ASL Interpreter and Founder of Sign Baby Sign.

There is a $20 fee for the 5-week class. No books required. You’ll need to be able to download weekly PDFs and homework will be approximately 30 minutes per day online.

Please register for the October 26 class to be registered for the five-week series. Payment is due the first night of class. Join the class, bring a friend, and get ready to communicate without speaking a word!

Want a preview? Watch this 14 second video on how to sign sunflower.

Learn ASL in 60 Days – Part I
Boone County Public Library
Main Library, 786 Burlington Pike, Burlington
Thursdays, October 26 & November 2, 9, 16, & 30, 6 p.m.
$20 fee

Please register.


Lunch Boxes Becoming Mundane? Easy Recipe-Free Ideas for School Lunches

As we harvest our way through October, it’s hard to believe the kids have been back in school for two months.  Remember that first week of school when packing the lunch box was actually fun and we were all inspired with cute notes and creative foods?  Well it is time to kick-start that creativity again!  Here are some easy recipe-free lunch ideas that will put a smile on your child’s face midway through the school day and energize them for the second half.



Traditional lunch meat sandwiches lose their flair after the first week of school. These healthy choice sandwich ideas will brighten up the lunch box.

  • Cream cheese and strawberry jam or sliced strawberries
  • Peanut Butter and sliced apples or bananas
  • Cucumber Sandwiches – mix cream cheese and ranch powder. Spread on mini bread and top with thinly sliced cucumber (or any veggies)
  • Sandwich on a stick – turkey/chicken squares, cheese squares, grape tomatoes, pickles, bread squares and other favorites served on a skewer

Cookie cutters give fun shapes to bread. Kids love to open their lunch box to a flower or airplane shaped sandwich. The cookie cutter also eliminates the crust that so many kids don’t like.

Roll-ups are something fun and easy to eat and kids think they’re cool!

  • Turkey and cheese roll-ups – slice a part-skim mozzarella cheese stick in 4 strips and wrap a piece of lettuce and turkey around each
  • Salami and cream cheese roll-ups

Tortillas of any flavor can be a substitute for bread when trying to change things up.

  • Spread any flavor Laughing Cow cheese, line with ham and pineapple, and fold into a wrap.
  • Spread cream cheese, add turkey and cranberries, and fold into a wrap.
  • Spread hummus, line with favorite lunch meats and veggies, and fold into a wrap.


Kid-Friendly Assemble
Of course there are many mornings where everyone is running behind and there is no time to prep. Here is a list of foods that your child can assemble at the lunch table.

  • Yogurt and fruit with a small cup of dry cereal to pour on top
  • Wheat crackers with cheese spread
  • Pretzel bagels with cream cheese spread
  • Whole wheat mini bagel with peanut butter
  • Whole wheat English Muffin with jam spread
  • Pizza – wheat crackers, pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, shredded cheese
  • Raw veggies with ranch or hummus
  • Mini salad – lettuce with a few veggies and raspberry vinaigrette dressing for a sweet taste

Pot Of Tomato And Coriander Salsa With A Corn Tortilla Chip
Always remember that a lunch box is not complete without dessert!

  • Sliced apples with caramel dip
  • Salsa with pita chips or fruit salsa with cinnamon chips
  • Fruit salad with mini dark chocolate chips
  • Trail Mix – popcorn, nuts, raisins, pretzels, M&Ms


Creative Parents
If you are the parent that thrives on putting together a creative lunch, be sure to check out the following books from Boone County Public Library.  You’re sure to win your child’s heart!

  • Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches by Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa.
  • The Lunch Box by Kate McMillan and Sarah Putman Clegg
  • Best Lunch Box Ever by Katie Sullivan Morford
  • Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J.M. Hirsch

And be sure to slip a simple note in the lunch box so your kids know you are thinking about them!

What great lunch box ideas do you have to share with other parents?

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been modified for accuracy.


Jennifer Cheek is the Public Relations Specialist for Boone County Public Library. A graduate from the College of Mount St. Joseph focusing on English and Communications, she previously worked in Advertising/Media Buying and still continues as a freelancer.