WESTFIELD, NJ - On Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present a program on Indian cooking, and on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. the Library will present, “Encountering the Suffragists.” The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

The program on Indian culture and cuisine will be presented by Charu Jhalani. Jhalani will demonstrate how to prepare the classic Indian dish, Paneer Butter Masala, served with naan and rice. Originating from the state of Punjab, this has become a popular vegetarian dish throughout India. Attendees will be able to taste the finished product and will receive a printed copy of the recipe.

Program attendees who have allergies to cashew nuts, or the other ingredients (paneer cheese, cream, tomatoes and spices) are cautioned not to consume the dish.

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Actress and storyteller Laurie MacDonnell-Gaulke will present, “Sit in the Corner and Be a Good Girl: Encountering the Suffragists.” A celebration of the struggle for women's right to vote, this program features the voices of women, famous and unknown, who tell what attaining the right to vote really meant, from the first convention of 1848 to the final ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

This fascinating and educational program about the strong and passionate women behind the women's right to vote will use primary sources such as diaries, letters, and journals to represent the characters.

MacDonnell-Gaulke is an actress and storyteller who specializes in creating historical portrayals of real women with real stories to tell. She has a Master's degree in cultural anthropology, and her research skills and talent as an actress and storyteller bring historical figures to life in an entertaining and educational way.

Her credits include performances at William Paterson University, Caldwell College, Military through the Ages in Williamsburg, Virginia, local chapters of the NJ DAR, and the Fosterfields Living History Museum.

The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Visit www.wmlnj.org and click on the “About Us” tab to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”