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Library News for week of January 20, 2015

Did you know that large-print books, which are usually published at the same time as the regular print versions, are substantially more expensive to purchase? However, last month I was able to take advantage of a year-end sale of popular, fairly new, large-print titles. I am happy to announce that they have arrived and they are now ready to be checked out! Large-print refers to the formatting of a book or other text document in which the font is considerably larger than usual, usually 18 points in size, to accommodate people who have poor vision. Did you also know that our library currently offers a large-print collection of 5,085 books and they are now located on the first floor of our facility for your convenience? So, if you or someone you know would enjoy reading a large-print book, or two or three
. . . (Now who’s counting?) this is the time to come make a selection. To whet your reading appetite, here is a smattering of titles available:

“True Love” by Jude Deveraux
“Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival” by Jennifer Chiaverini
“The Last Bride” by Beverly Lewis
“Upon A Winter’s Night” by Karen Harper
“The Blossom Sisters” by Fern Michaels
“Robert B. Parker’s Bull River” by Robert Knott
“Zero Hour” by Clive Cussler
“The Highway” by C. J. Box
“Rogue’s Lady” by Robyn Carr
“The Doll” by Taylor Stevens
“The Confessions of a Wild Child” by Jackie Collins
“Dark Wolf” by Christine Feehan
“Somebody to Love” by Lori Wilde
“Cider Brook” by Carla Neggers
“Mark of Evil” by Tim LaHaye & Craig Parshall

On Tuesday, February 3rd, at 2:00 p.m., we will be showing the 2014 film “Into the Storm” in the Cumberland Meeting Room. In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Into the Storm” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme. This film is rated PG-13 and runs 89 minutes.

It’s that time again, in this New Year, for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide to set up shop in the library’s Cumberland Meeting Room Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Their help is free, individualized and with no strings attached. All ages are welcome. They offer free tax help to low-and-moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 years and older. To make your appointment, call 707-3314 from late January to April 15th.

Informational Tip of the Week

Do you say yes or no to fitness trends? Your walking partner says she swears by a new technique. Your gym buddy raves about a weightlifting routine that “really works.” Fitness scientists call it “Gym Science” but unchecked, this word-of-mouth gospel can put you at risk for injury, says Cedric X. Bryant, PhD, president and Chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise (ACE). With all the fitness fads that popup every year, it is hard to know which ones are safe and effective. The following are two good trends: Functional Fitness – Focused on strengthening the core, functional fitness has become a staple, says Bryant. “As you improve the stability of the core and mobility, it will help with the performance of all functional movements.” Personal Training – Due to the effects of the economy, group personal training is on the rise, says Bryant. These semi-private sessions, which include four to six people supervised by one trainer, can open the door to personal training to many who may not have been able to afford it in the past. The close supervision of a personal trainer can provide motivation and an introduction to fitness for beginners, as well as increase the effectiveness and safety of workouts. These last two are fitness trends to avoid – Kettlebell Workouts: Using kettlebell weights that resemble old-fashioned dumbbells, these whole-body workouts rely heavily on the core and back muscles. While they can help increase functional fitness, Bryant says, “I would recommend extreme caution for these workouts because of the amount of control that’s required. If you don’t have good core stability and good joint integrity, the loads can be high on the muscoskeletal system.” Boot Camp-Style Workouts- Fitness boot camps include a range of activities, both cardiovascular and high and low intensity strength training exercises, such as pushups, squats and lunges. These workouts can burn up to 600 calories, but Bryant cautions those with arthritis to avoid garden-variety boot camps. Instead, look for specialty camps that provide modified routines and talk to the instructor about any limitations you may have.

Quackers Joke of the Week

I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day, but I couldn't find any!

Quackers will return for another fun puppet/story time program on Wednesday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m. in the Cumberland Meeting Room.

For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at, by e-mail at or The library, at 3 East Street, is open to the public on: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cumberland County Archives & Heritage Center, at 95 East First Street, is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015