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New Year, New You January 7, 2013

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Energy Every DayThe rallying cry at the library this year is: New Year, New You. We are having programs, displays, and lots of books and videos to get you started on a new improved you.

The first program is Healthy Eating and the Better Homes and Gardens Big Book of Healthy Family Dinners is available to help the whole family eat better. Another one I like is Appetite for Life: The Thumbs Up, No Yucks Guide to Getting your Kid to be a Great Eater by Stacey Antine. My kids are grown but I still remember how hard it was to get them to take the time to eat a healthy breakfast and to eat their vegetables without giving them to the dog under the table.

The next program is Active You and we have lots of books on exercise, yoga, walking, running, etc.  Energy Every Day by Ron Woods is a favorite of mine. We all know that if we eat well and exercise every day, we will have more energy but it’s hard to do. This book might give you the incentive you need!

The next program is called Spiritual You –  Richard Warren who wrote The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for? has been on TV a lot lately and that always makes a book popular. Another is Following the Path The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose and Joy by Joan Chittister.

The last program is Creative You and we have lots of books on crafts, how to do everything you can think of, from making furniture to sewing, knitting, or even making robots, if that’s where your heart leads.

Stop by our second floor display at Steele and check out our calendar of events for program details.

Phyllis Rogan, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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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

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

Libraries Still Have Good Information! April 6, 2011

Posted by roganp in Community, Recommendations, West Elmira.
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The New Health Care SystemWe’ve been doing a lot of talking at the Library about the unpleasant (to me) fact that nonfiction books are not circulating as much as they used to. Some of us comment that people are using the internet and videos more and books less. Newspapers are going out of business and social networking is the new “in-thing”.  The new census stats show that our county is losing population and we all see the empty houses for sale and don’t see as many people who used to come and talk about books at the reference desk any more. We miss them!

I worry that people don’t realize that libraries still have good information – facts about health, current issues, latest information on science and technology, car repair – and that we don’t seem to be very successful at getting that information out to the people in the county who could make use of it.  In the midst of all this talk of gloom and doom, I was heartened by a woman in the West Elmira Library who checked out their copy of: THE NEW HEALTH CARE SYSTEM: Everything you need to know by David Nather. She spoke to the head of that library who told me:

“She was pleased with the information in this book.  She said it is so different than what we are hearing on television.  The fact that it is unbiased was important to her.” Yes! Somebody gets it. Somebody has discovered that libraries are here to provide good information. You have no idea how happy that comment made me.

So in case there are others out there who are interested in some new health books, see below:

Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards by David Boyd

The Checklist ManifestoHealing Our Autistic Children by Julie Buckley MD

A Patient’s Guide to Heart Rhythm Problems by Todd Cohen

The Language of Life by Francis Collins

From Zero to Mastectomy by Jackie Fox

Treat Me, Not my Age by Mark Lachs

The Emperor of All Maladies by Mukherjee

Designer Genes by Steven Potter

Reiki for Life by Penelope Quest

What’s Up Down There? by Lissa Rankin

Clinical Trials by Lorna Speid

And my favorite, that I wish every doctor, dentist and health administrator at every hospital would read: The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.


Phyllis Rogan
, Reference Librarian
Steele Memorial Library

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