Monday, January 5, 2015

Turn Over a New Leaf at the South Sioux City Public Library

The following is the weekly column published in  the Dakota County Star.

 Turn Over a New Leaf at the South Sioux City Public Library

A new year is a new opportunity to make some positive changes in our lives.  This column focuses on materials that will help us to keep our resolutions.

Library Eats:  “Soups and Stews”.  Winter is a time for some of those good, hearty soups and stews.   Library Eats will demonstrate how to make some tasty winter dishes on Thursday January 8th at 6:30 p.m.

Tech Classes:  January begins a new year of tech classes.  These are the classes for this week is:  Tuesday January 6th 12:00 p.m.  Pinterest, 1:00 p.m.  Windows 1, 2:00 p.m. Windows 2, 5:00 p.m.  E-Book Reader, 6:00 p.m.  Mango Languages, 7:00 p.m.  Job and Career Accelerator, Thursday January 8th 3:00 p.m. Know Your Computer, 4:00 p.m.  Keyboard Mouse Skills, 6:00 p.m. Tech Thursday, and 7:00 p.m. Twitter.

Youth Activities:  We have the following youth activities for the week:  Tell Me a Story on Mondays at 1:30 p.m., Night of FUN on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., Tell Me a Story on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., Pat-a-Cake Pals on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., and Toddler Time on Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

Tangled Yarns:  The Tangled Yarns group meets each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Self-help Personal Psychology:  The following are some self-help psychology books that will help you overcome personal barriers to growth and change.

Insecure in love : how anxious attachment can make you feel jealous, needy, and worried and what you can do about it by Leslie Becker-Phelps.  "Almost everyone has felt jealous or insecure in a romantic relationship at some point in their lives. But people who constantly feel these emotions may suffer from anxious attachment, a fear of abandonment often rooted in early childhood experiences. In Insecure in Love, readers will learn how to overcome attachment anxiety using compassionate self-awareness, a technique that can help them recognize negative thoughts and get to the root of their insecurities so that they can cultivate secure, healthy relationships to last a lifetime"-- Provided by publisher.

Diet, Fitness & Nutrition:  Many of us are making resolutions to lose weight and get into shape.  These books should help.

Eat What You Love Everyday by Marlene Koch.  Eating healthy doesn't have to mean sacrificing the delicious, decadent food you crave. Koch shows you how to slash the sugar, fat, and calories-- while enjoying satisfying portions and great taste!

Nom Nom Paleo:  Food for Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong.  By the #1 and critically-acclaimed Paleo food blogger, Nom Nom Paleo features over 100 flavor-packed, nutrient-dense recipes using real, whole ingredients for foodies, fitness buffs, and families, presented in a fun, fresh style complete with awesome cartoons and tons of 4-color photography.

Salt, Sugar, Fat: how the food giants hooked us by Michael Moss.  This is not a how-to book, but it gives good background on why we crave certain foods.

Superfood juices & smoothies: 100 delicious and mega-nutritious recipes from the world's most powerful superfoods by Tina Leigh. 

Do-it-Yourself Books:  2015 will give us many opportunities for new do-it-yourself projects.  Here are a few books for some ideas.

Projects to get you off the grid : rain barrels, chicken coops, and solar panels by Noah Weinstein.  Illustrated with dozens of full-color photographs per project accompanying easy-to-follow instructions, this Instructables collection utilizes the best that the online community has to offer, turning a far-reaching group of people into a mammoth database churning out ideas to make life better, easier, and in this case, greener, as this volume exemplifies.-from the catalog record.

Aquaponic Gardening:  a step-by-step guide to raising vegetables and fish together by Sylvia Bernestein.  Aquaponics is a revolutionary system for growing plants by fertilizing them with the waste water from fish in a sustainable closed system. A combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, aquaponic gardening is an amazingly productive way to grow organic vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruits, while providing the added benefits of fresh fish as a safe, healthy source of protein. On a larger scale, it is a key solution to mitigating food insecurity, climate change, groundwater pollution, and the impacts of overfishing on our oceans. Aquaponic Gardening is the definitive do-it-yourself home manual, focused on giving you all the tools you need to create your own aquaponic system and enjoy healthy, safe, fresh, and delicious food all year round. Starting with an overview of the theory, benefits, and potential of aquaponics, the book goes on to explain: System location considerations and hardware components The living elements--fish, plants, bacteria, and worms Putting it all together--starting and maintaining a healthy system Aquaponics systems are completely organic. They are four to six times more productive and use ninety percent less water than conventional gardens. Other advantages include no weeds, fewer pests, and no watering, fertilizing, bending, digging, or heavy lifting--in fact, there really is no downside!- from the catalog record.

Have a happy and safe new year and read some good books.

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