Do you know the East Baton Rouge Parish Library has a summer reading program not only for children and teens, but for adults, too?

You still have time to sign up at any of the library’s 13 locations. It runs through July 31.

Under the adult program, adults are asked to read at least three books of their choice or two books and attend an adult program at a branch library.

For fulfilling this modest requirement, the adult receives a book bag, a gift certificate for Recycled Reads and is entered to win additional prizes.

To make this summer’s adult reading program more fun, the library staff has added a cooking component. To be more accurate, it has added the “641 Challenge: Cooking Blog.” The name comes from the Dewey Decimal system used to catalog books.

The library houses thousands of cookbooks on subjects from basic home cooking to classic French cuisine.

To participate in this summer’s food fun challenge, check out a book marked “641” - that’s the Dewey number for cookbooks - at an East Baton Rouge Parish Library branch.

Try a few recipes from the book and share the results, good or bad, on the 641 Challenge blog. As lagniappe, surprise gifts will be given randomly to bloggers through July 31.

Find the blog on the

library’s website,

First click on the Summer Reading link and then on the 641 Challenge: Cooking Blog link to see ideas from the library staff and share your own cookbook experiences.

The challenge is the brainchild of librarians at the River Center Branch Library, which houses the cookbook collection donated by The Advocate. Many of those cookbooks are ones reviewed in this column, plus others considered for the column.

“We want to encourage people to check out cookbooks and read,” said Sandy Morris, head of circulation at the River Center Branch Library. “People love to talk about cookbooks, especially in this town. We’d also love for the public to interact, ? We thought it would be fun.”

Here’s a favorite recipe a library staffer shared June 1, the first official day of hurricane season.