12/31/2013 Volunteering makes a healthy New Year’s resolution

In a review of 40
academic papers by the University of Exeter in the U.K., researchers found that
volunteers had lower levels of depression and higher levels of wellbeing and
life satisfaction.  Also, volunteers were
a fifth less likely to die within the next four to seven years than average.

      Volunteering is thought to be especially
good for the physical health of older people, by encouraging them to stay
active and spend more time outside the home. 
A separate study from Carnegie
Mellon University
found that volunteering can improve heart health by reducing blood
pressure.  And young people benefit as
well: A separate U.S.
study published in the Journal JAMA Pediatrics linked volunteering with
improved cardiovascular health in high school students.

      In a separate article, Good Housekeeping
reported that getting out of your home to be with other people is good for your
mental health – and that isolation can be as big a risk factor for death as
smoking, high blood pressure and not exercising..

      An estimated 27 percent of people of America devote some of their free time to
volunteering, compared to 22.5 percent in Europe and 36 percent in Australia,
according to The Times.

At your library,
we are thankful for the almost 40 volunteers who work every day to help us
maintain the collection; shelve returned books, CDs and DVDs; and make sure all
the books and materials are in their proper place.  Because of our small staff, these volunteers
are vital to our service to you.  If you
want to join them, please contact Jackie Welch, library director, at 264-2208.

Search and Rescue advice

            Save the date of
Thursday, January 9 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. for a free presentation by the Upper San
Juan Search and Rescue to help you stay safe this winter.  Learn what to consider before you go out,
what to bring when you do, things to think about when you’re out there – and,
ultimately, how to prevent the need for a search and rescue.


Free holiday games for teens

            There will be two
more special holiday gaming and card battles for teens over the school break –
from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 2 and Friday, January 3.  Enjoy X-box, Wii, board games and Pokemon
Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 


Free science fun for tweens

            Friday, January 3
is Science Madness for fourth-sixth grades from 2 – 3:15 p.m.  Registration required.


Free adult movies

            Every Friday at 10
a.m., you are invited for coffee, donuts and a movie for adults from the 1950s
or 1960s.  The movie for tomorrow (Friday,
January 3) is Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train.”


Free technology classes

Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions
10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. 
Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues.
 A more formal session on Facebook Basics
(for people, not businesses) requiring registration takes place next Wednesday,
January 8 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.


 Free teen gaming

Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games and
Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle
games.  Snacks provided. 



            “A Clockwork
Orange” is Stanley Kubrick’s classic. 
“Eagle Eye” is a race-against-time thriller.  “Treasure Planet” is a Walt Disney animated
feature for the entire family.  “Joyful
Noise” is inspirational story starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. “One
Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” starring Jack Nicholson swept all five major
Academy Awards in 1975.  “Due Date”is a
comedy featuring Robert Downey Jr.  “The
Watsons Go To Birmington” tells of a black family’s trip to the South. “Murder
My Sweet” is a Philip Marlowe classic. 
“Gun Crazy” is a thriller cited as the forerunner to “Bonnie and Clyde.”   “Akira
Kurosawa’s Rashomon” is a thriller in Japanese with English subtitles. 



            “Mirage” by Clive
Cussler with Jack Du Brul is the latest adventure in the Oregon Files
series.  “The Minor Adjustment Beauty
Salon” by Alexander McCall Smith is the 14th book in the No. l
Ladies’ Detective Agency series.


Thrillers and mysteries

            “Outlaw” by Ted
Dekker is an epic and often violent adventure of two worlds.  “Sacamore Row” by John Grisham takes readers
back to the courthouse where Jake Brigance is once again embroiled in a
controversial trial.  “The Circle” by
Dave Eggers is a suspense story about a woman working for an Internet company.  “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion”
by Fannie Flagg is a new comic mystery spanning decades and generations.  “No Man’s Nightingale” by Ruth Rendall is the
latest in the Inspector Wexford series, which will soon mark its 50th
anniversary.  “Doing Hard Time” by Stuart
Woods is the latest in the Stone Barrington mystery series.  “A Nasty Piece of Work” is a crime novel by
Robert Littell. 


Other new fiction

            “Dark Witch” by
Nora Roberts is book one of a new Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy set in Ireland.  “Esrever Doom” by Piers Anthony is a new
fantasy adventure set in the magical world of Xanth.  “Winners” by Danielle Steel follows the lives
of family and friends impacted when an aspiring ski champion has a tragic
accident.  “The Valley
of Amazement” by Amy Tan is her latest
novel about Chinese women, this one set in Shanghai. 


and biographies

            “Days of Fire” by
New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker takes readers through the
eight years of the Bush-Cheney administration, drawing on hundreds of
interviews and never-before-released documents. 
“The Bully Pulpit” by Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin tells
of the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.   “The Death of Santini” by Pat Conroy is an
account of the heart-wrenching struggles of this popular author’s family.  “The Most of Nora Ephron” is a collection of
some of the works of this late comedy writer. 


Food books

            “The Art of Simple
Food II” by Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse restaurant, presents hundreds
of new recipes reflecting the author’s passion for all parts of all seasonal
produce.  “Provence, 1970” by Luke Barr
tells about six iconic culinary figures including M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child
and James Beard who find themselves together in the south of France.


How-to and self help

Foster Parenting Manual” by John Degarmo is a guide to creating a loving, safe
and stable home for children.  “How to
Age in Place” by Languirand and Bornstein helps boomers plan for retirement
living independently.   “When Your Adult
Child Breaks Your Heart” by Young and Adamec offers practical advice and tested
strategies for coping with mental illness, substance abuse and other family


Other nonfiction

             “Wanted” The Truth” by Brad Melzer chronicles
the world’s top 10 most intriguing stories. 
“Vanished” by Wil S. Hylton tells of the 60-year-search for 11 men who
disappeared mysteriously in 1944.   “Practice
to Deceive” by Ann Rule is the true crime story of the Christmas murder of a
man in Washington


Thanks to our donors

            For books and
materials this week, we thank Elizabeth Einig and Kristal Fortune and several
anonymous donors.


Quotable Quote

            “You’re only given
a little spark of madness.  You mustn’t
lose it.”  — Robin Williams, contemporary
American actor and stand-up comedian.


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books, services and programs – and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from
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