Library Article for May 24, 2016
Performers from the Cumberland County Playhouse will present a selection of music from the long-running Playhouse hit “Smoke on the Mountain!” on Wednesday, May 25 at 12:00 Noon in the Cumberland Room at our library! It’s a FREE performance and all are invited!
That funny talking duck, Quackers, will be giving another Puppet Show on Thursday, May 26 at 10:00 a.m. Ages 1 to 101 are invited to enjoy stories, music, puppets, a fun craft, and treats in the Cumberland Room. Parents/Caregivers are asked to please accompany their children.
It’s a Family Movie Day on Thursday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m. to see the Disney Pixar film, Inside Out, in the Cumberland Room. All children must be accompanied by a Parent/Caregiver.
Great New Books!
Boar Island by Nevada Barr - Fiction
Nevada Barr is the award-winning author of the Anna Pigeon mystery series showcasing the national park system. Boar Island is the 19th novel featuring the hard-edged national park ranger who finds danger and mystery wherever she goes. The author herself is a former park ranger, and she builds upon real-life experiences, places and people to bring Anna to life. It’s a brilliant intertwining of past and present, of victims and killers, in a compelling novel that only Nevada Barr could write.
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee – Non-Fiction
The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. The Gene is a must-read for everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.
We’re All About Information!
Dog owners everywhere know to keep chocolate and grapes away from their best friends, but there's another ingredient that's 100 times as toxic to dogs-and it's everywhere in your home. The Food and Drug Administration released a new set of guidelines on 5/13/16, prompted by a rash of reports about dogs being poisoned by xylitol, a low-calorie sweetener that's common in sugar-free gum and other popular household products. Xylitol can be found in chewing gum, breath mints, baked goods, cough syrup, chewable vitamins, nut butters, mouthwash, and toothpaste. If a product advertises itself as sugar-free, it might contain xylitol as a sweetener. The Pet Poison Helpline has received more than 1,500 calls about xylitol poisoning over the last five years, and found that as little as two pieces of gum can cause severe problems in a 45-pound dog. (It's still unclear what the effects of xylitol are on cats, because cats in general don't lunge for sweets like dogs do.) If your dog has accidentally eaten xylitol, keep an eye out for the symptoms of poisoning. When a person eats xylitol, her body doesn't recognize it as sugar, so the pancreas doesn't release insulin. But dogs' bodies can't tell the difference, so the pancreas releases lots of insulin; that leads to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, which can kill a dog if left untreated. Look out for symptoms like vomiting first, and then hypoglycemic symptoms like lethargy, staggering, and seizures; some effects won't appear until 12 to 24 hours after consuming xylitol. If you think your dog has eaten xylitol, rush her to the vet immediately for monitoring.
The FDA recommends you keep products with xylitol well out of reach of your dog, especially if Fido can easily access your countertops. Also, never use human toothpaste on a dog; opt for pet toothpaste instead. And if you give your dog nut butter, even just as a way for her to take pills, be sure to check the label for xylitol first.
Stingy Schobel Says . . .
Hundreds of daily-deal sites, including Groupon and Living Social, offer discounts on goods and local services. Kohl’s, Target and Sears also offer daily deals on their sites. Google has also jumped in with Google Offers.
Quackers Joke of the Week
Q. When do you go at red and stop at green?
A. When you’re eating a watermelon.
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