If you’ve been spending time stress cooking or baking during the COVID-19 quarantine, the Rock Island Public Library wants your recipes.

In partnership with libraries throughout the Quad City area, the Rock Island Public Library is collecting recipes for a Quad City Quarantine Cookbook. Contributors are encouraged to share what they’ve been making or baking to document life during the historically-significant pandemic of Covid-19.

“People have been quarantining themselves with their families, cooking from their pantries, and limiting trips to the grocery store. We believe it’s important to document this time with these recipes, and the stories behind them. We are excited to see the recipes that will be submitted, and archive them for future generations,” said Rachel Ippolito, Reference Librarian, Rock Island Public Library.

From family recipes to comfort food, easy “dump” dinners to crock-pot feasts, the library welcomes any favorite dish, even if it’s not your own. Just indicate the source, and the library will give credit where it is due. Suggested categories include snacks, appetizers, desserts, baked items, and main dishes.

To encourage a diverse range of contributions, Rock Island Public Library reached out to other programming librarians throughout the extended Quad City area. “Our community consists of avid home chefs and bakers, so the collaborative cookbook gives us all a chance to work together to preserve history in the making,” added Ippolito.

To submit your recipe, email a copy to RiLibRef@rigov.org by June 30 and please include the following information:


·         Your recipe

·         Area of the Quad Cities you are from

·         Your name (optional)

·         One paragraph about the significance of your dish (optional)


Rock Island Public Library will assemble contributions into a digital cookbook that will be available for download from participating libraries.

For questions about the project, email RILibRef@rigov.org, call 309-732-7343, or contact Rock Island Public Library via the website, at www.rockislandlibrary.org


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