Monday, November 23, 2009

Upcoming Programs

Etched Glass Creations

Join us on Thursday, December 3rd, and we will teach you how to make your own Etched Glass Creations. Participants are asked to bring their own glassware and we will help you to create a unique holiday design. This class will take place on Thursday, December 3rd from 10-11:30 AM, in the 2nd floor Meeting Room.

Patrons must be 18 years or older to join us.

This class is limited to 15 people, therefore registration is required. To register please call 721-7118.

Hand Painted Christmas Cards

Come join us on Monday, December 7th as we show everyone how to create Hand Painted Christmas Cards. This class, located in the 2nd floor Meeting Room, will start at 10:00 AM and last until noon.
Patrons must be 18 years or older to join us.

This class is limited to 15 people, therefore registration is required. To register please call 721-7118.

Bonsai Exhibit

If you happen to be visiting us on December 12th or 13th, please take a moment to view the Bonsai Exhibit. This exhibit will be put on by The Lake Charles Bonsai Society & Black Bayou Bonsai, and will be located in the Children's area.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Bit of History

A national holiday in the United States since 1863, Thanksgiving has come to play a number of important roles in popular culture. It was customary in Europe to hold days of thanksgiving both for successful harvests and for events such as military victories, deliverance from plagues, and royal births. The date and site of the first Thanksgiving in what is now the United States are still debated, but the most famous in pre-independence times was that held in October, 1621 in the Plymouth Colony. There, European immigrants, "the Pilgrims," and indigenous Wampanoag Indians celebrated the harvest season with feasting that included the dish that would become a traditional part of the day: turkey. Throughout the colonial era, days of thanksgiving were common, especially in New England, but not universal or regular. Although national days of thanksgiving were proclaimed by the Continental Congress in 1777 and by President Washington in 1789, there was no great clamor for an annual festival until the nineteenth century.

Credit for the establishment of Thanksgiving Day as a nation-wide holiday must go to Sarah Josepha Buell Hale, the editor of an influential women's magazine (and author of "Mary Had a Little Lamb") who lobbied legislatures and presidents from 1827 on. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a day of "thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," and since then it has been an annual celebration, though the date has varied. From 1939-1941 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in response to the complaints of businessmen that there was insufficient shopping time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, proclaimed Thanksgiving to be the third Thursday in November. This, however, created conflicts with the dating of the holiday in many states which had their own Thanksgiving legislation, so Congress in 1941 passed a joint resolution decreeing that the observance should fall on the fourth Thursday of November.

Bowler, Jerry. "Thanksgiving." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture. 5 vols. St. James Press, 2000. Reproduced in History Resource Center. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

National Diabetes Month

Take a few minutes to read up on Diabetes this month and find out what you can do to prevent diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and many more are unaware they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.

In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.

During pregnancy -- usually at around 28 weeks or later -- many women are diagnosed with gestational diabetes. A diagnosis of gestational diabetes doesn't mean that you had diabetes before you conceived, or that you will have diabetes after giving birth. But it's important to follow your doctor's advice regarding blood glucose (blood sugar) levels while you're planning your pregnancy, so you and your baby both remain healthy.

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For books on dealing with diabetes, see call numbers 616.4.

For books with recipes for diabetics, see call numbers 641.5631.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Are You Ready for Thanksgiving Dinner?

Do you know what dishes you're preparing for your family's Thanksgiving get togethers yet? Get a head start! Check out these recipe websites, or you can always come into the library and browse our extensive cookbook section.
You may have to do a bit of navigating around the different hosts to find recipes for you, but the Food Network website posts all of the recipes that we love to watch the chef’s create but may be scared to try. For a twist to your Thanksgiving turkey, try this recipe from Alton Brown.

You will also find cookbooks by Food Network stars in the 641.5 section of our library. Check out 30 Minute Meals by Rachel Ray, or Down Home with the Neely’s.
You don’t need a membership to cruise this website’s recipes. Registered users have added many variations to basic dishes, so you can find a way to jazz up your own basic meals. Here’s one for Cranberry Sauce.
Another recipe site where membership is free and optional. Check out this recipe for garnet yams with maple syrup, walnuts, and brandied raisins.
Will you need to prepare an appetizer for your guests this Thanksgiving? If so try the Thanksgiving appetizer section on this website.

Don’t forget dessert! Try out our 641.8 section to find baked goods, such as cookies, cakes and pie!