sliced fruit on white ceramic bowl

Are you suddenly in charge of Thanksgiving because you’re not going to Grandma’s due to the pandemic? Are you just looking for something new to try this year? Did your Wi-Fi go down and you can’t access all of your recipes saved to Pinterest (hey, the Library is on Pinterest too)?

Well, the Library has got some stuff for you.

We’ve got cooking, baking, and after meal activities covered. And if you’d rather use those Pinterest recipes instead, we’ve got Wi-Fi hotspots, just in case.

We would be happy to put any of these new books on hold for you! Download this Thanksgiving Book Order Form (PDF) and return it to any desk in the Library. 

Other ways to place holds:

  • Call the Library at 262-532-8920
  • Email your name, library card number, and hold requests to
  • Click on any of the links below to log into our catalog and place the holds yourself

Featured Thanksgiving Books

Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well by Sam Sifton

A smartly written, beautifully illustrated, recipe-filled book from Sam Sifton, the Times’s resident Thanksgiving expert. With simple, fool-proof recipes for classic Thanksgiving staples, as well as new takes on old standbys, here are recipes for exciting side dishes and robust pies and festive cocktails, as well as cooking techniques and menu ideas that will serve you all year long.

Place a hold on Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well

Purely Pumpkin: More Than 100 Wholesome Recipes to Share, Savor, and Warm Your Kitchen by Allison Day

Bring the cozy warmth of pumpkin into your home with a seasonal, whole foods recipe set and earthy food photography. With savory and sweet recipes for all meals of the day – including a mouthwatering pumpkin dessert chapter – there’s no better way to celebrate, share, and savor the pumpkin harvest this season.

Place a hold on Purely Pumpkin

The Book on Pie: Everything You Need to Know to Bake Perfect Pies by Erin Jeanne McDowell

From dough and crust to fruit, custard, cream, and toppings, find and bake the perfect pie for your Thanksgiving feast. Check out 100 recipes for perfect pies by Food52 baking consultant, New York Times contributor, and top food stylist Erin Jeanne McDowell.

Place a hold on The Book on Pie

Walking Trails of Southern Wisconsin by Bob Crawford

Walk up an appetite! Discover new trails throughout Southern Wisconsin. This guide will steer you to natural and historical points of interest and to the most beautiful trails in our area.

Place a hold on Walking Trails of Southern Wisconsin

Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Save room for popcorn! Neal Page (Steve Martin) wants to fly home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. Del Griffith (John Candy) leads Page on a hilarious, cross-country, wild goose chase that keeps him from tasting his turkey.

Place a hold on Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Parlour Games for Modern Families by Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras

It’s game day – and we don’t just mean football. This book is bursting with games for all ages that you can play with just a dice, pack of cards, paper, and pen. There are games that will challenge you, and games that will have you cracking up; games to play while you wait for pie, and games that can last all night.

Place a hold on Parlour Games for Modern Families



After Dinner Stroll



One thought on “Cook, Bake, Play — Thanksgiving Ideas for 2020

  1. Excellent article, coming in to check this stuff out!
    I’ve been a customer 47 years, always loved this library!

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