February is Heart Health Month – Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack?

February 3, 2012 is Go Red for Women day from the American Heart Association. Watch a funny yet serious 3 minute video starring Elizabeth Banks, and learn the warning signs of a heart attack. More women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. But 80 percent of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their hearts involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking. Learn more at goredforwomen.org

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HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 17 – Books for Guys

HUSH: a podcast discussion from your library about books and movies. This episode (34:48) focuses on Books for Guys with guests Dave Coleman and Nate Hohl — have you read any of their recommendations? subscribe on iTunes, plus continue the discussion on the library’s Goodreads group!

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Journaling ideas: Goals and plans

A monthly journaling workshop offers ideas and encouragement for people pursuing personal writing with words and images. Handouts including writing prompts for goals and plans are archived here. The workshop meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am at the library.

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Journaling ideas: reflecting back on the past year

A monthly journaling workshop offers hands-on projects, ideas and encouragement for people pursuing personal writing with words and images. Handouts including writing prompts for reflecting back on your year are archived here. The workshop meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 am at the library.

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Library sponsors Blood Drive this Tuesday

Community Blood Center will be hosting a Blood Drive for whole blood donations on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm in the Marvin Auditorium at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Podcast 16: Best Books of 2011

HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 16 – Best of 2011

Listen to Thad, Lissa and Stephanie banter about recent best books in the HUSH podcast (44:40), Have you read any of our recommendations? What were your best books of 2011? Subscribe on iTunes and continue the discussion on the library’s Goodreads group!

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Doctor Shares Stories from New Book

Dr. Sue Hall, Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Stormont Vail shared stories from her new book, For the Love of Babies: one doctor’s stories about life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Watch two videos from the program and check out materials from a recommended reading list.

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Can the classics get better? YES – when they are FREE!

When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.  ~Clifton Fadiman
Discuss why the classics endure and find a printable list of classic literature titles that are available freely as ebooks.

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Safety Check: Put Your Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight

Did you know that more than 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms every year because they get into medicines when their parent or caregiver isn’t looking?
Find out why I just took the Up and Away pledge to store medications safely, make sure the safety cap is locked in place, teach children about medication, and program the Poison Control number 800-222-1222 in my phone.

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When ebooks & ereaders are on your holiday shopping list…

You may be shopping for yourself, or considering a purchase of an ereader or tablet as a gift for someone else. While I can’t recommend a particular product for you to purchase, librarians can help you learn more about your options and the pros and cons of each for your needs. Research is one of our favorite things after all, right up there next to helping you find a good book!