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Thursday, November 14, 2013

World Diabetes Day by Brenna

According to the American Diabetes Association’s 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 25.8 million children and adults totaling 8.3% of the population have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.  Growing up around type 1 diabetes I know that it does not have to take control of your life and that you can eat many of the same foods and enjoy the same activities as those without diabetes.  With that in mind and World Diabetes Day on November 14, I thought it would be good to highlight some of the books we have on recipes and new information and approaches to diabetes.  


“Delicious Dishes for Diabetics” by Robin Ellis is a large print book we have that includes abundant recipes for type 2 Diabetes.  

“The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet” has five good habits to follow and five bad habits to break to help manage both your diet and diabetes.

“The Essential Diabetes Cookbook” by Antony Thompson is full of flavorful recipes from around the world and also identifies hidden sugars in foods.

“The Diabetes Manifesto” by Lynn Crowe and Julie Stachowiak, Ph.D. is about making small changes to help control your diabetes and was written by Crowe who was diagnosed with type 1 when she was twelve.

“The End of Diabetes” by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. has a new radical approach to diabetes by reversing the disease through high nutrient foods.

“The American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes” is considered the most reliable guide to all things concerning diabetes. 

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Library Shelf by Mary

We are often asked to name our favorite book, and many people are able to name one specific title.  I, however, am not one of those people.  I have too many favorite books to name just one!  I have a favorite for each day, every occasion, and all the different stages of my life.  I always try to gain something from each book I read, whether it is just a great story or some specific words of wisdom or life lesson.  Nevertheless, there are some authors/illustrators that hold a special place on my bookshelf, and one of those is Catherine Rayner.

I discovered one of her books, “Augustus and His Smile,”
just by chance in looking for books on teeth and smiles for our storytime groups.  It is a treasure.  It’s the story of a tiger who awakens one day and feels as if something is missing.  He proceeds to search for what he feels is missing throughout the wonders of his world, and discovers his reflection in the water, and his missing smile.  Such a simple, elegant message and one we should all remember.  This is Catherine Rayner’s first book and it remains one of my favorites. 

Her next book is “Harris Finds His Feet,” a story about the legacy we leave and taking our own steps into the world--beautifully done.  Her other books include

 “Solomon Crocodile,” 
“Ernest the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit,” 

“Sylvia and Bird” 
and “The Bear Who Shared.” 
Her stories are about friendship, sharing, accepting, and learning.  These are important messages for us and our children to learn.  Her latest book is titled “Abigail.”  
Look for it soon in the library. 

I encourage you to bring your child and spend some time browsing the library shelves for good books to read and share.  You just never know when you will discover your favorite----just by chance.  Enjoy!