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United States National Park Service

National Park Week

April 15 to 23, 2017

Did you know: National Park Week is April 15 to 23, 2017! Plan your visit by what you want to do or where you want to go. Here are some highlights during National Park Week:  

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Eat Your Way to Better Health

Looking for some inspiration to kick your junk food binges and poor eating habits to the curb? A healthier diet not only promotes improved overall health, but you will feel better as well, both mentally and physically. Have you been wanting to eat healthier but are unsure where to begin? Or perhaps you’ve already incorporated healthy eating habits into your lifestyle and are in search of new recipes? Either way, a cleaner way of eating need not be complicated nor overwhelming.Here are six books to help with your “clean eating” journey.

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Winter Wellness at Georgetown

Have a Healthy Holiday Season with GEO!

The upcoming holiday season: a time of joy, laughter, and celebration, right? That's often the case, but the truth is, the winter holidays can also be a stressful, busy, and tiring time -- to say nothing of the sniffle-inducing potential the colder weather brings. That's why the Georgetown Neighborhood Library is bringing you Winter Wellness Workshops this November and December: a series of free drop-in programs designed to help you relax, re-balance, and reclaim your mental and emotional well-being. Interested yet? Click the links below to learn more, or send us an email! 

The Healing Power of Meditation

The Healing Power of Meditation

Featuring David Newcomb

 David Newcomb, who has been practicing meditation for over 40 years, discusses how meditation can improve our physical, mental and spiritual health. This evening you will have a chance to practice this simple technique that can reduce stress, enhance relaxation and promote inner growth. Join David for this engaging and transformative workshop. Thursday November 3, 2016  7 p.m.   

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The Reading Brain

...and How Digital Media Is Rewiring It

How is your experience reading these words different than if you were reading them on paper? In what ways does the printed word—and in particular, book reading—alter the mind and human culture? How is digital media rewiring the brain and changing the way we think, imagine, and experience life? These are the kinds of questions the books below explore through perspectives from neuroscience, history, linguistics, media studies, literature, and personal stories.

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2016 James Beard Foundation Award Winners

Some of the Best of the Beards

It’s that time of the year again when the Beard Foundation Awards have been given out to the top chefs, restaurants, media and food literature. Here is a list of some of this year’s winners in the various cookbook categories. This is not a complete list but rather a spotlight on some of my favorites. To see the complete list of winners visit James Beard Foundation.  

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Spring Has Sprung: Clean the Clutter of Your Life with These Books

Spring has sprung! It’s time to shake off the winter weather and any pounds you may have gained hibernating during the cold weather. It’s also time for some spring cleaning and clearing out the clutter of your house, your mind, and your life. Here are some books that will help put a spring in your step and push you back towards those resolutions you made in January that might be a distant memory now.  

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Let the Children Play

Books That Explore the Importance of Play

In an age when increased amounts of academic work, standardized tests, adult-organized activities, and passive entertainment dominate children's lives, is there much time left to play? Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, biology, neuroscience, and personal stories, the books below explore the nature of play and why it is essential.

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"What Happened to You?"

Women Speaking for Themselves on the Many Manifestations of Disability

Illness and disability come in many forms, and aren't always well understood by those not experiencing them. Women and girls living with disabilities are frequently subject to "multiple discriminations" and are among the most vulnerable, because of the "persistence of certain cultural, legal and institutional barriers" (UN). Presented in honor of Women's History Month, the following list of women share what life is like for them as they navigate disability, the aftermath of illness, and living a life of one's own.

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Books About (Mostly) Natural Childbirth

While no childbirth experience is probably "by the book," reading others' experiences and some professional tips can be empowering and encouraging. These books focus mostly on encouraging natural childbirthing methods and outline some of the difficulties with unneeded medical intervention in the process. However, as all these books will point out, part of the birthing process for many women is learning that they are not in control, and so there is also information here about what happens when medical intervention is called for.

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