This Week from Your Library – February 21, 2017
Our Children’s Library is sponsoring a special Winter Science Saturday with Mr. Brian on February 25th in the Cumberland Meeting Room at the library. There will be two different sessions offering educational and fun winter science activities: ages 4 to 6 will take place from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. while ages 7 to 11 will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. Parents/Caregivers are asked to register in advance by visiting or calling the Children’s Library at 484-6790 x 229.
Great New Books!
Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman
In this case, Dr. Alex Delaware is called to consult with Thalia Mars, who is just shy of her 100th birthday. Before he can get the chance to know more about why she wanted to consult with him, Mars is found dead at her bungalow. What at first seems like a natural cause of death soon turns into a murder investigation, with detectives having to dig deep into the past to figure out the motive and the killer. This one has it all--a vintage hotel, mob connections, money, jewels and revenge. Cleverly written so that readers are kept guessing as to who did it and why, Kellerman weaves the story into an action-packed ending that will leave most readers satisfied.
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Here is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. This novel beats with a present-day urgency—a nation at war with itself, the unbearable grief of a father who has lost a child, and a howling congregation of ghosts, as divided in death as in life, unwilling to move on. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
As England becomes enmeshed in the early days of World War II and the men are away fighting, the women of Chilbury village forge an uncommon bond. They defy the Vicar’s stuffy edict to close the choir and instead “carry on singing,” resurrecting themselves as the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir. We come to know the home-front struggles of five unforgettable choir members: a timid widow devastated when her only son goes to fight; the older daughter of a local scion drawn to a mysterious artist; her younger sister pining over an impossible crush; a Jewish refugee from Czechoslovakia hiding a family secret; and a conniving midwife plotting to outrun her seedy past. An enchanting ensemble story that shuttles from village intrigue to romance to the heartbreaking matters of life and death, Jennifer Ryan’s debut novel thrillingly illuminates the true strength of the women on the home front in a village of indomitable spirit.
Libraries = Information!
When your mood is falling as fast as the thermometer, these small lifestyle changes may help boost your spirits. Eat smarter. Certain foods, like chocolate, can help to enhance your mood and relieve anxiety. Other foods, like candy and carbohydrates provide temporary feelings of euphoria, but could ultimately increase feelings of anxiety and depression. Also, exercise. A 2005 study from Harvard University suggests walking fast for about 35 minutes a day five times a week or 60 minutes a day three times a week improved symptoms of mild to moderate depression. Exercising under bright lights may be even better for seasonal depression. A preliminary study found that exercise under bright light improved general mental health, social functioning, depressive symptoms, and vitality, while exercise in ordinary light improved vitality only. And lastly, turn on the tunes! In a 2013 study, researchers showed that listening to upbeat or cheery music significantly improved participant’s mood in both the short and long term.
Stingy Schobel Says . . .
Best Buy, the national electronics chain, promises to match the price of any product at any rival store within 25 miles as well as match the prices of online stores. Whip out your smartphone. Search for the item on all the usual discount online retailers: Amazon, Tiger Direct, etc. Show the lower online price at the store’s customer service desk. They give you the online price at the physical store without even blinking.
Quackers Joke of the Week!
Q. What’s the old saying about the flu virus?
A. “Win a flu, lose a flu!”
Ponder This . . .
“Heart! We will forget him! You an I, tonight! You may
forget the warmth he gave, I will forget the light.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017