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  • All our open branches will offer curbside returns and holds pick up.
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  • Hours of operation will remain the same.
  • Borrowed items can only be returned when branches are open.
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Movie and Popcorn Time!

Picture of a bowl of popcorn


Here is a tasty popcorn recipe for you to try at home.  Need a suggestion of free movie streaming services? We have lots of movie streaming options for children as well as adults & teens. If you’re looking for movie suggestions check out our Hoopla blog on subject or our Kanopy Kids blog for more children specific content.


Buttered Popcorn

Makes: 4 to 6 servings
Time: about 10 minutes


2 tablespoons neutral oil, like grapeseed or corn
½ cup popping corn
4 tablespoon (½ stick) butter or good extra virgin oil (optional)


  1. Put the neutral oil in a large, deep saucepan (6 quarts or so) with a lid over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of corn and cover.
  2. When the 3 kernels pop, remove the cover and add the remaining corn. Cover and shake the pot, holding the lid as you do. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, until the popping sound stops, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, melt the butter if you choose to use it.
  3. Turn the popcorn into a large bowl; drizzle with the butter and sprinkle with salt while tossing the popcorn. Serve immediately if possible; popcorn is best when hot.


Salty-Sweet Popcorn. You will crave this, and it’s great with or without the butter: Sprinkle the popcorn with salt and superfine sugar as soon as it’s done, tossing for even coverage. Taste and add more seasoning as needed.


Parmesan Popcorn. Grate the Parmesan as finely as possible: Add ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan and toss with the hot popcorn.


Herb Popcorn. Lovely with either butter or olive oil: Add ¼ cup minced herbs. Make sure the leaves aren’t wet before chopping; press between paper towels to absorb excess moisture. Sprinkle on the herbs as you drizzle the butter or olive oil


This recipe is from How to cook everything vegetarian: simple meatless recipes. (Not available in eBook). 


Blog post contributed by Nathalie from our Alta Vista branch.