Thursday, December 31, 2015

I Hereby Resolve...

The cynical joke about New Year’s resolutions is that we tackle them with vigor at the start of the year, gradually lose momentum, and succumb to our former habits; however, you needn’t look further than your library to find guidance and encouragement for whatever goal you want to achieve.  The following are samples of titles at our library which can help you towards your goal of achieving a healthy body, healthy eating habits, and a healthy mind.

Healthy Body

Water exercise by Melissa Layne
Water Exercise is ideal for cross-training workouts and beginning to advanced fitness workouts. It will also help you recover from injury or manage a chronic condition. With underwater photos and simple instructions for each exercise, you will learn fun exercises in Water Exercise you can do in shallow or deep water. 

Better body workouts for women by Dean Hodgkin and Caroline Pearce

In Better Body Workouts for Women, fitness experts and elite athletes Dean Hodgkin and Caroline Pearce provide you with your own personal training toolkit. You’ll discover the best methods for assessing your current fitness level, identifying physical strengths and deficiencies, setting and refining training goals and selecting and customizing the programs to make an immediate, lasting impact. 

Body trainer for men by Ray Klerck  

Fitness expert and writer Ray Klerck, one of the world’s most sought-after personal trainers, has produced a comprehensive fitness guide specifically tailored to the unique needs and goals of men. In this book, you will find workout programs that can be performed at home or in the park as well as in the gym, making this resource completely accessible and convenient. 

Flow yoga for beginners (DVD) a Yoga, Tribe and Culture production for Acacia 

Flow yoga, also called vinyasa yoga, combines flowing movement with rhythmic breathing for a dynamic mind-body workout. Like a moving meditation, flow yoga unites mind, body, and breath. Your mind clears, your body calms, even as your pulse quickens.

Healthy Eating

The whole life nutrition cookbook : over 300 delicious whole foods recipes, including gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and egg-free dishes 
by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre

Food is powerful medicine and whole foods, or foods in their natural unrefined forms, offer us vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that prevent diseases and create a state of balance and health within us.  Readers will learn to prepare foods that promote optimal health, prevent disease, and energize the body. 

by Patricia Barnes-Svarney and Thomas E. Svarney

Your fitness, health, and well-being depend on food and proper nutrition. Yet, knowing what is in the foods we eat, understanding the differences between good and bad fat, learning which foods are good sources of vitamins, keeping up on the latest scientific discoveries, or discerning the effectiveness of different diets can be challenging.

Everyday detox : 100 easy recipes to remove toxins, promote gut health, and lose weight naturally 
by Megan Gilmore  

Most diets and cleanses have all-or-nothing rules that encourage unhealthy cycles of intense restriction followed by inevitable bingeing. In this healthy guide to detoxing naturally, nutritionist and blogger Megan Gilmore shares 100 delicious, properly combined recipes that will leave you feeling satisfied and well nourished while promoting weight loss and improving digestion and sleep.

Reinventing the meal : how mindfulness can help you slow down, savor the moment, and reconnect with the ritual of eating by Pavel Somov, PhD

In Reinventing the Meal, you’ll learn how to reconnect with your body, mind, and world with a three-course approach to mindful eating. Inside, you’ll find mindfulness exercises to help you slow down and enjoy your food, pattern-interruption meditations to infuse presence into your eating life, and unique stress management tips to prevent emotional overeating. 

Healthy Mind

8 keys to practicing mindfulness : practical strategies for emotional health and well-being by Manuela Mischke Reeds  

This book will invite you to sharpen your awareness and ask yourself with more frequency, “What do I notice right now?” or “How do I need to respond or be with this situation?”  Whether you are new to mindfulness or a seasoned practitioner, you can make the conscious decision to change your approach to life. Moment by moment you have the opportunity to cultivate awareness that will make a difference in how you engage with the world on a daily basis.

How to relax  by Thich Nhat Hanh

With sections on healing, relief from nonstop thinking, transforming unpleasant sounds, solitude, being peace, and more, How to Relax includes meditations you can do to help you achieve the benefits of relaxation no matter where you are. 

Big magic : creative living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

With profound empathy and radiant generosity, Gilbert offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.
Rewire : change your brain to break bad habits, overcome addictions, conquer self-destructive behavior by Richard O'Connor, PhD

Rewire gives readers a road–map to overcoming the most common self-destructive habits, including procrastination, excessive worrying, internet addiction, overeating, risk-taking, and self-medication, among others. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Have yourself a Merry Hoopla Christmas!

What do Frank Sinatra, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Charles Dickens, and the Muppets have in common? They all are featured in a Christmas album, eBook, audiobook, or movie that you can download for free from Hoopla!  We usually offer up to four checkouts a month, but from now until January 1st, you can download up to eight items!

Four of over 2,000 Christmas albums in Hoopla!

You can get to Hoopla from our home page. After you create an account with your Newport Library Card, you can log in and have access to thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, albums, and movies.

Hoopla has over 200 Christmas audiobooks

There is never a wait for an item in Hoopla. If you want to listen to Charles Dicken's Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve, just log in and start listening! 


You can even download an Illustrated Classics comic book version of it! (Does anyone besides me remember reading Illustrated Classics as a kid?)

When you want to kick back and watch a holiday movie, there are plenty to choose from. 

And last but not least, you can choose from over 500 Christmas-themed eBooks to read on your computer or electronic device!

Happy holidays, and we hope you give Hoopla a try!

Friday, December 11, 2015

El Viejo y el Mar por Ernesto Hemingway

 “Él era un viejo que pescaba solo en un bote en la corriente del golfo y se había ido ochenta y cuatro días, ahora sin tener un pez.” Y así comienza la historia del Viejo y el Mar por Ernesto Hemingway.

Esta historia  de un viejo pescador, tomando sus viejos huesos en su sencilla barca para intentar una vez más volver a pescar, aunque todos sus vecinos creen que la suerte le ha dejado. Lo miran con lástima y lo juzgan con el juicio del joven, maduro y fuerte...que él es el pasado, acabado y demasiado viejo. Solo una persona aún tiene fe en él. Un chico...el anciano le ha enseñado a pescar. Él es el héroe de su joven vida, aunque el chico no le puede ayudar porque tiene que ir a pescar con su padre, aun así el anciano se aventura a pescar solo en el inmenso mar, una vez más.

Este es un cuento muy fácil de leer y entender, que nos da una muestra muy grande de lo que nosotros como seres humanos somos capaces de lograr cuando nos lo proponemos, nos transporta a lugares tan maravillosos así como peligrosos.  Dentro de esta historia Ernesto Hemingway no fue solo un escritor maravilloso, él fue el maestro.

Este es un libro muy interesante y para toda la familia y está disponible en la Biblioteca Pública de Newport. 


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Best of the Best 2015

LibraryReads, the site devoted to highlighting the favorite new books of librarians and booksellers, has revealed its highest ranked books of 2015! Click on the covers to place holds. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Atlantic by Simon Winchester

How do you write a book about an ocean? Well, if you’re Simon Winchester, you begin at the beginning and tell stories. Winchester explains the various geological forces that created the Atlantic Ocean, and then goes on through history explaining how the Atlantic influenced people and events. The subtitle of the book is “Great sea battles, heroic discoveries, titanic storms, and a vast ocean of a million stories”, and that covers some of what you get in this entertaining book.

There are a couple of maps in the beginning of the book, but Winchester describes so many places I’d never heard of that I read with my iPad locked on to Google maps. I have to admit that I skimmed over most of the chapter dealing with sea battles, but there were dozens of other stories I thoroughly enjoyed. One of my favorite sections was Winchester’s description of the Faroe Islands, an archipelago northwest of Scotland that is still part of the kingdom of Denmark. Winchester describes his own journey out to the Faroes through the heaving seas of the North Atlantic and I got side-tracked for several minutes looking at Internet photographs of these amazing islands.  

“Atlantic” covers plenty of history, from the first hominids who migrated from central Africa down to the coast of South Africa; to the Phoenicians who first ventured past Gibraltar; on through the decades of early explorers like the Vikings, Columbus, and Ponce de Leon; then the horrors of the trans-Atlantic slave trade; the many attempts to lay the trans-Atlantic telephone cable; and the over-fishing of cod in the North Atlantic.

Simon Winchester really is a gifted storyteller and "Atlantic" is a fascinating read. Newport Library has a copy in regular print, a copy in Large Print and it’s also available to download from Library2Go

Blog by Kay 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Bryan Denson: The Spy's Son

Spies are not just the stuff of Hollywood; they are an essential part of each nation's security strategy.  Sometimes, however, a spy will cross over to the other side.  Such was the case with Jim Nicholson, the subject of Bryan Denson's new book, The Spy's Son: The True Story of the Highest-Ranking CIA Officer Ever Convicted of Espionage and the Son He Trained to Spy for Russia. Denson will talk about his book on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Newport Library. 

Jim Nicholson was one of the CIA’s top veteran case officers. By day, he taught spycraft at the CIA’s clandestine training center, The Farm. By night, he was a minivan-driving single father racing home to have dinner with his three kids. But Nicholson led a double life. For more than two years, he had met covertly with agents of Russia’s foreign intelligence service in locations around the world and turned over troves of classified documents, including the identities of hundreds of trainees. In 1997, Nicholson became the highest ranking CIA officer ever convicted of espionage. But his duplicity didn’t stop there.
Jim Nicholson and his children (Nathan is in the white shirt)
While behind the bars of a federal prison, the former mole systematically groomed the one person he trusted most to serve as his stand-in: his youngest son, Nathan. In his early twenties, Nathan was easy prey for his father. When Nicholson asked him to courier messages out of prison to his Russian contacts, Nathan saw an opportunity to not only make something of himself but to make his father proud by following him into the spy world.

The Spy’s Son was published in May 2015. Paramount Pictures has optioned the rights of the book. Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf will play a father-son spy duo in Spy’s Kid.
Bryan Denson

Denson is a veteran journalist who specializes in telling hard-to-get stories in long-form narratives. He spends weekdays as a federal courts reporter and national security writer for The Oregonian and OregonLive.

His work has helped uncover scandal in the government’s biggest work program for disabled Americans; pressured the U.S. Air Force to rewrite deadly flight manual instructions; and exposed wasteful and duplicative efforts to clone monkeys at a national primate lab. His award-winning series “The Slaying of a Generation” chronicled a 300 percent increase in the gunfire deaths of Houston's African American teens in the early 1990s.

Copies of The Spy’s Son will be available for purchase and signing. This program is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Elizabeth Taylor as Velvet

Elizabeth Taylor, famous for her luminous eyes and scandalous marriages, had her first starring role at the age of twelve in National Velvet. Based on the 1935 novel by Enid Bagnold, this 1944 film tells the story of Velvet Brown, a 12-year-old girl who won a horse in a raffle. National Velvet is December’s Literary Flick. It will be shown on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Velvet decides to train her horse for the Grand National Steeplechase, and wants to be the jockey, although female jockeys are banned from the race. Mickey Rooney stars as Mi, a former jockey who is drawn into helping Velvet train her horse. Angela Lansbury has a supporting role as Edwina Brown, Velvet’s older sister.

Taylor called it "the most exciting film" of her career. MGM wanted an actress with a British accent and the ability to ride horses. Taylor was cast, but as she was deemed too short, filming was pushed back several months to allow her to grow.  She used that time to practice riding.

National Velvet became a box office success upon its release on Christmas 1944. Of Elizabeth Taylor, Bosley Crowther of The New York Times stated "her whole manner in this picture is one of refreshing grace," while James Agee of The Nation wrote that she "is rapturously beautiful ... I hardly know or care whether she can act or not."