Grilling, barbeque, smoking or an old fashioned cookout – the season has finally arrived and with it, an excuse to be outside and support your local farmers at the same time. Whichever ingredients or method you use, we have the resources to help you with basic instruction, seasoning, marinating or attempting a new technique:
During this stressful time, a great habit to begin is journaling – it can either set the tone for your day ahead or settle a restless mind at night. Caring for our mental health is as important as our physical health, during this time when we need to self-isolate, and limit our contact with others. Setting a future goal, stating your feelings or simply reflecting on your day, will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you identify stressors.
Coleen recently enjoyed Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the FIT52 Life by Carrie Underwood, a new lifestyle book that is available in a variety of formats at the library. Here is her review:
“Today, on Canadian Armed Forces Day, we pay tribute to our brave women and men in uniform for their service to Canada, and thank them for the dedication, skill, and humanity they demonstrate when keeping Canadians safe here at home, and around the world.
Paramedic Services Week is May 24 - 30th this year and we would like to send out a big thank you to all of you on the front lines. You are often the first people we see during an emergency and your calm professionalism in times of stress is phenomenal.
To help our front line workers we need to do our part when we call for help:
When calling 911:
If you are in a reading slump, overwhelmed with chaotic news stories, but wanting a quick escape from it all, try selecting a short story for your next read. It helps me get back into my reading grove by giving me a feeling of accomplishment -- when you finish the first story in the anthology, you want to move to the next. Author of both novels and short stories, Lorrie Moore has said “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage.
Do you have a sense of wanderlust, anxiously awaiting a post-COVID-19 world? Try a literary departure – download our Mango Languages app, a travel memoir, and prepare for some comfortable armchair travel!
Although missing a few classes may be okay for teens, missing friends and activities has likely been difficult. A rite of passage that will become virtual or delayed this year will be the prom. Picking the theme, getting the dress or tux, and planning the day out will have a new reality. You do have the benefit of extra time, so try on your dress or tux and download these titles from Hoopla or Overdrive to start your prom fervor:
Jennifer Robinson of our Amherstview Branch recently enjoyed reading Deacon King Kong by James McBride, a book the New York Times has described as "a supercharged urban farce lit up by thunderbolts of rage." Here is her review:
With the closures of many business and isolation orders, many of us have had to become our own chefs, teachers, therapists, plumbers and more. Although we can still order parts online, many of us have had to use a workaround when problems pop up.
If you need some extra help or ingenious solutions try out one of these "fix it" titles available through our digital library.