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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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February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month.  Do you or someone you know has a heart health concern?  Here is a selection of heart health resources available from the library. Heart 411 by Marc Gillinov and Steven Nissen

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Nutrition Workshop for Adults

10 healthy tips to a healthier you.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Learn ten tips to improve your diet, overall health and boost energy levels.  This workshop will help you identify simple and gradual changes you can make that add up to major improvements to your diet.  Presented by Roxana Ehsani, Nutritionist for Giant Food.  For more information, call the Takoma Park (D.C.) Library, 202-576-7764.  

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Programs for the "Mature and Motivated"

Films, fitness & learning for the fabulous at 50+!

Reminder to all mature and motivated persons who are fabulous at 50+ years old: Save these dates and join us at Petworth Neighborhood Library each month for free films, fitness and learning! "Petworth Pacers": Outdoor walking fitness meets every 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 4:00pm (December 2nd & 16th). Please bring your own water bottle, wear comfortable, weather-appropriate attire & gym shoes--Indoor workouts planned for cold/inclement weather!

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My Dream Career

Workshop on career and life planning

Career Coach Blair Goins will lead a 2 1/2-hour workshop on the first steps in identifying the career and life path that is an expression of your true passions and unique genius on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at 2 p.m.  This is an interactive workshop using revealing written exercises and a focused dialogue so that participants will:   Gain clarity on what they want in an ideal career Uncover any special gifts  Start to discover their true passions in life See what stops them in fulfilling their dreams

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Book it to Health! with Good Foods Market and UDC

Ratatouille anyone?

Join us on Thursday, August 4, 2015 at 7 p.m. for a summer evening of delicious sampling of this healthy dish at our Book-it-to-Health Seminars. Book-it-to-Health presents live instruction, simple, delicious, healthy recipes and nutrition information by trained nutrition specialists and chefs, and a raffle for free groceries! We have a great collection of healthy eating cookbooks. So bring your library cards, dig in and check out!  

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Books on Bodies and Brains

Medical books for the average Joe

One of our first Read Feed customers asked for books about how the human body works, especially the brain.

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Summer of Safe Sex

Sexual health education and testing with the Latin American Youth Center

Start the summer off right! Stop by, get informed, and get tested Thursday, June 11 from 3-6 p.m. in the large meeting room on the main floor. Service Providers from the Latin American Youth Center will be on hand to talk about condoms, HIV, STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), testing resources in the D.C. area, and answer any questions you might have. Free and confidential testing will be available.

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