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Jan 19

Explore Legendary Titletown!

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 10:17 AM by Craig Jacobson

Untitled Document when pride still.jpgAt the time this blog post is being written it is unknown whether or not the Green Bay Packers will have defeated the Seattle Seahawks and advanced to Super Bowl 49. Regardless of the result this past Sunday, the Packers have a long and storied history that is worth delving into for all ages. There are many great figures from coaches to players that will be remembered for years to come.

For teen and young adult readers, there are a wide array of quality biographies and memoirs included in the library collection. In When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, author David Maraniss gives depth and authenticity to one of the greatest football coaches in history by detailing his life from humble beginnings to Super Bowl champion. Most recently, retired wide receiver Donald Driver details his life on and off the field in Driven: From Homeless to Hero.

curly.jpgFor younger readers, we have a variety of Packer biographies including Curly Lambeau: Building the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre: the All-Time Leader. These two titles are high interest for boys and girls who are looking to learn about the history of two all-time greats. The board book Green Bay Packers 101 serves as an introduction to the very young fan. Finally, fans of all ages will enjoy For the Love of the Packers: An A-to-Z Primer for Packers Fans of All Ages.

for the lov of.jpgIf you are looking to relive or share with a younger generation the Packers greatest games, the NFL Greatest Games Series: Green Bay Packers Greatest Games is a good starting point for recent Packers history. It may be more accurate to describe this set as the Packers greatest games during the Favre-era, as nine of the ten included games are taken from this period. To go further back in time, The Complete History of the Green Bay Packers, 1919-2003 provides an inside look at the early years, highlighting legends Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, and placing a special emphasis on the 1967 Ice Bowl versus the Dallas Cowboys.

There are many more materials available at your library to explore the rich history of the Green Bay Packers. Ask staff at the reference desk and we will be happy to help direct your search!
Jan 07

New Year, New You!

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:30 PM by Craig Jacobson

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If you’re bound and determined to succeed with your new year’s resolution we have some great books that might help and encourage you in your new commitment.

Diet is at the top of many people’s lists.  Everyday recipes like All-American Beef Chili can be found in, The Calories In, Calories Out Cookbook.  Not only are there two-hundred mouth watering recipes, but they give you the caloric value per serving as well as how much exercise will be needed to burn it off.
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Wolfgang Puck recently lost weight and he shares the recipes and exercise program that helped him accomplish this in his newest book, Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy.  Many of his recipes are influenced by Mexican, Asian, Italian, Indian, and French cuisine, so there is quite a variety of food choices.

More and more research is showing that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest one to use.  Two great books that can help you develop this lifestyle are, The Mediterranean Zone and The Greek Diet.  Both of these plans will not only help with weight loss but also help to improve your overall health.

Jumpstart to Skinny, written by Bob Harper, celebrity trainer for the Big Loser, outlines a strategy for long term weight loss using thirteen points to guide you.  He has also included recipes and exercise to help you achieve your goals.
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Quite often, because of illness, people are looking for a healthier way of living in the New Year.  People dealing with inflammatory diseases (cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, allergies, and arthritis) can find help in, Clean Cuisine, which outlines an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise.  People suffering from diabetes might want to check out The Diabetes Breakthrough and Diabetes Rescue Diet.  Both books are filled with recipes and exercises to help your body reverse the course of this disease.

With so many people diagnosed with high blood pressure, it’s encouraging to hear that this disease is very responsive to lifestyle changes.  Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally helps you change your diet and shows you exercises that can lower your blood pressure and quite often will help you lose weight.

Many people just want to lose weight in the New Year.  The Dash Diet to End Obesity was originally written to help people with high blood pressure, but studies have found that it also dealt with excess weight, abnormal blood fats, Type 2 diabetes, and other health concerns.  This is a plan that could easily be followed by a whole family where child obesity is a concern.
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When people diet, many of them focus on how many calories they’ve consumed.  After more than 1,200 scientific studies, researchers have found that it’s more important to focus on the type of food you eat and how you exercise.  In The Calorie Myth, you’ll learn about the right foods to eat and how to exercise less, but at a higher intensity to get the results you want.

The Big Picture: 11 laws that will change your life, is written by Tony Horton, who is one of the most sought after fitness trainers.  However this book is not a workout book but one to help you create a better life by achieving life goals and a healthier body.

All of these books offer a variety of choices from laid back to hard core. Hopefully there is one here that will work for your lifestyle to help create a new you in 2015.  May your new year be filled with health, happiness, and lots of reading.

Book covers courtesy of Easicat.

Dec 22

Music & the Mind

Posted on December 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM by Craig Jacobson

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Music critic and journalist, David Hajdu, theorized that the clustered birthdays of famous musicians (Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and others) were no coincidence. He speculates that "the explanation for this striking cluster of musical talent lies in a critical fact of biography: all those artists turned 14 around 1955 and 1956, when rock ’n’ roll was first erupting." The director of the Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition, and Expertise at McGill University, Professor Daniel J. Levitin, agreed, saying, "Fourteen is a sort of magic age for the development of musical tastes." [Forever Young? In Some Ways, Yes]

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It’s no secret that music affects us. What’s perhaps less well-known is that music has physical effects – for example, your heartbeat will change to mimic the beat of the music you’re listening to. [1] And it’s not just humans: plants are affected, too, and may grow faster depending on what kind of music you play to them. They’ll even grow in the direction of speakers, as if to hear better! (Plants, by the way, prefer classical music.) [2]

Young adult literature seems to agree about music’s significance to teens, and music plays a central role in each of the following YA titles.

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Some of these books even have associated playlists, such as this Spotify playlist for This Song Will Save Your Life.

Want to know more? Check out these trailers or find the books at your local library!

Lady Soul & Aretha Now
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All other images courtesy of Easicat.
Written by Carol M.