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Women in Black History January 31, 2012

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Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksFebruary is Black History Month and this February we are going to concentrate our displays on the Women in Black History.  If you want to know what we have in our catalog, you must enter “African American Women” as the subject. For biographies, just put the person you are interested in as the subject.

A book I just finished reading that has been on the best seller lists for quite a while is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, call number 616.0277 S628. I found it fascinating to see the “behind the headlines” of science research and a glimpse of the lives and attitudes of poor people in the south.

You may also be interested in :

A Shining Thread of Hope: the History of Black Women in America by Darlene Hine, call number 305.488 H662

To Free a Family: The Journey of Mary Walker by Sydney Nathans, call Number BW 182 in the biography section

Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage by Vincent Carrella, call number BW 557

Reimagining Equality by Anita Hill, call number 305.896 H645


Phyllis Rogan
, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

Thanks to our patrons January 27, 2012

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There are many times where we hear about the misfortune of others only to spend a moment thinking about how terrible it is and then, quickly dismissing the thought, we continue on with our lives.

This past holiday season the patrons of the Chemung County Library District can say they got involved and helped out those less fortunate than themselves.

As part of our Hogmanay celebration the district forgave fines for those who brought in food items that were collected and donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. We are delighted to report that we collected a total of 381 food items which totals $1,905 in fines forgiveness.

Melissa Knowles, Food Sourcing Manager for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier accepted the donation from CCLD Director Ronald Shaw and Librarian Chris Corter.

Eating Clean for Dummies January 21, 2012

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Eating Clean for DummiesHave you overindulged during the holidays? Or for that matter, the entirety of 2011? Check out the book, Eating Clean for Dummies by Jonathan Wright, MD and Linda Larsen. (613.2 W951).

Eating Clean for Dummies encourages the reader to avoid processed foods (i.e, “anything that comes in a box and has a label”) in favor of whole foods: fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Authors Wright and Larsen draw upon their considerable expertise in nutrition, food science, and nutritional healing to explain the many benefits of clean eating, and the plethora of negatives associated with eating processed and fast foods.

Every aspect of how to alter your lifestyle is covered: grocery shopping, cooking methods, stocking your kitchen, eating clean on the go, even how to restore the family dinner to your schedule and make it fun. “Clean” recipes for meals, desserts, and snacks are also included so readers can immediately put clean eating into practice.

As is typical of the Dummies series, this book is well organized with a detailed table of contents, subject index, and icons within the chapters highlighting main ideas. Readers can quickly find the sections that interest them; at no time does the information feel overwhelming. With a writing style as clean as the eating plan it promotes, Eating Clean for Dummies is an easily readable, persuasive, and thoroughly informative work.

Need something hilarious, yet inspiring? Read “I’m with Fatty: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks.” By Edward Ugel. We often hear women’s stories of weight loss; here’s a book from a guy’s point of view. His hilarious, tell-it-like-it-is writing style will keep you reading and laughing.  Ever wonder what a colonic cleanse is really like? You’ll find out here! You may not want to try everything Mr. Ugel did to lose weight, but it is a great, fun read.

Other helpful titles: Eat Clean Diet Recharged by Tosca Reno (613.042 R418); Cook Yourself Thin (641.5635 C771); How to Never Look Fat Again by Charla Krupp (746.92 K94); The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman (641.3 B624).

Doris Jean Metzger, MLIS
Van Etten Library

Learn Some Cool Facts About River Ice January 13, 2012

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Ice Harvesting

Hand saws and cold fingers were the norm when ice was cut from frozen rivers

You can crack the cool science of ice and learn how people harvested and used river ice before refrigerators were available at a free presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Steele Memorial Library at 101 E. Church St. in downtown Elmira.

Jim Pfiffer, executive director of the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, will make the presentation about the history of river ice harvesting and the marvels of ice.

You will discover how ice cakes were cut from the frozen river and transported to home ice houses and how the cakes were kept from melting during the hottest summers. You will learn why ice floats, why it’s slippery and why it is unlike any other substance on Earth.

After the ice presentation, Pfiffer will lead a walk under the new railroad promenade, which runs from Second Street south to the Water Street near the river. During the walk Pfiffer will present a brief history of the newly refurbished railroad viaduct next to the library, which leads to Mark Twain Riverfront Park overlooking the river.

For more information, contact the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed at 607-846-2242 or riverfriends@stny.rr.com.

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals January 5, 2012

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Sitting Kills, Moving HealsI must have subconsciously remembered my doctor’s orders when I was ordering books at the end of last year because when I went into our catalog and typed “exercise”, I couldn’t believe how many new books there were about exercising. So for all of you who have made a New Year’s Resolution to get healthier, check out the 613 section in nonfiction books or videos for some motivation. Some examples are:

Sitting Kills, Moving Heals by Joan Vernikos 613.71 V536;

The Dash Diet Action Plan – Proven to Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesteral Without Medication by Maria Heller 613.2 H477;

The South Beach Wake-Up Call: Why America is still getting fatter and sicker 613.712 A263;

and the DVD, Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: the Workout 613.712 E96.

With Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy New Year!

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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