Monday, October 5, 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and because breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in American women, many lives have been touched by it (and men can get breast cancer too).  There are lots of resources covering risk, prevention, and treatment.  Here are just a few.


At the library, recent books include
  • Bald is better with earrings: a survivor's guide to getting through breast cancer by Andrea Hutton
  • A breast cancer alphabet by Madhulika Sikka
  • The silver lining: a supportive and insightful guide to breast cancer by Hollye Jacobs
  • Pandora's DNA: tracing the breast cancer genes through history, science, and one family tree by Lizzie Stark

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Shopping for healthcare

How do you find the health information you need?  What's the best insurance plan for you?  Shopping for health insurance and healthcare can be very confusing!

LogoOpen enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts November 1.  Certified Application Counselors from Affinia Healthcare (formerly Grace Hill Health Centers), will be at Central Library in the Locust Street Atrium on October 12 and 26 from 10 a.m. until noon to help people choose the plan that's right for them, and will be back on select Mondays in November to help with the actual signup.
Counselors will also be available to discuss Medicare and Gateway to Better Health.

For more information, call 314-539-0390.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Strong communities, healthy people

The health of our bodies is connected to the health of our communities, and stronger social bonds increase individual wellness.  In addition, learning and new experiences are good for the brain (interested in a deeper exploration of this topic?  One book to check out is Healthy Brain, Happy Life by Wendy Suzuki).

With that in mind, join the St. Louis Public Library at a film showing and discussion, kicking off the involvement of SLPL with the "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" series, and build a stronger brain and a stronger community.

  • Thursday, October 8
  • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Central Library - Auditorium
  • Prejudice and Pride, Episode 5 of the PBS series Latino Americans
  • Deborah Cohen, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis and author of Braceros: Migrant Citizens and Transnational Subjects in Postwar United States and Mexico will lead a discussion afterwards
This program is part of a partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council, the Diversity Committee of the St. Louis Public Library, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wild Things

Have you visited the Central Library lately?  There are Wild Things everywhere, and additional Wild happenings at Branches!  Visit the Library's digital brochure to see what's going on (paper copies at each Branch).

From the Library's shelves:
  • The wild city book: loads of things to do outdoors in towns and cities by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks
  • Wild things: the art of nurturing boys by Stephen James and David Thomas 
  • Wild things run fast by Joni Mitchell [sound recording] 
  • The wild weather book: loads of things to do outdoors in rain, wind and snow by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield 
  • Wild things: untold tales from the first century of the Saint Louis Zoo by Patricia Corrigan 
  • Eating on the wild side: the missing link to optimum health by Jo Robinson

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fall Prevention Day

As Fall arrives, so does Fall Prevention Day.  Celebrated this year on Wednesday, September 23, Fall Prevention Day highlights the importance of fitness and exercise in maintaining a sense of balance and preventing falls.  Losing your balance and falling can lead to bruising and even broken bones.  Local organizations like OASIS offer classes in balance that are proven to reduce the risk of falling.  Join OASIS for a free event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kirkwood Community Center, and learn about how to reduce your risk of falling.  Click here for more information.

Books the St. Louis Public Library has on this important subject:
  • Falls in older people: prevention & management by Rein Tideiksaar
  • How to avoid falling: a guide for active aging and independence by Eric Fredrikson
And because abdominal strength can help with balance (as anyone who's ever taken a yoga class can tell you):
  • Core strength for 50+: a customized program for safely toning ab, back & oblique muscles by Karl Knopf
SLPL also has a selection of DVDs, including
  • Stronger seniors core fitness with Anne Pringle Burnell.
  • The Chair fitness series from Fit As A Fiddle

Friday, August 28, 2015

Think positive!

  The National Institutes of Health report in their August newsletter that a positive outlook is good for your health.  A positive attitude won't solve all your problems (though as Herm Albright said, it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort), but if it can help even a little, and also increase your happiness, why not give it a try?

Emotional wellness can be improved with meditation, a sense of purpose, and mindfulness.  Improved mental health can increase physical health.

Here are some books to start with!
Reinventing medicine: beyond mind-body to a new era of healing by Larry Dossey.
The balance within: the science connecting health and emotions by Esther M. Sternberg.
The cure within: a history of mind-body medicine by Anne Harrington.
Spiritual therapy; how the physician, psychiatrist and minister collaborate in healing by Richard K. Young and Albert L. Meiburg. (258)
Manual of psychomagic: the practice of shamanic psychotherapy by Alejandro Jodorowsky ; translated by Rachael LaValley. (131)

Monday, August 10, 2015

What's in Your DNA?

What’s in your DNA?  Find out this Saturday, August 15 from 2-5 p.m. with a talk on the basics of genetic testing for genealogists.

Janine Cloud from Family Tree DNA will be at the Central Library to discuss the types of tests available and the information that each can (and can’t) provide for genealogists.  Attendees will be able to ask Ms. Cloud questions or buy a test kit after her talk. Test kits will be available at a $30 discount to persons attending this program!  To register or for more info email