@ Your Library
By Beverly Ewart
Boo! It’s that time of year again, when shivery tales and sugary treats make adrenaline surge and blood sugar levels run high. Ready?
For some of us it is always rush hour on the adrenaline highway. Nobody has to dress in a zombie costume to make us panic; we’re good, thanks. Bring on the ghouls and vampires and Stephen King novels in the middle of the night - these are not the things that shake us. We’ve got more persistent and elusive demons to grapple.
We are not alone. Really, really not alone, as anxiety is ranking number one on the list of mental health issues these days. And no wonder, as the news can be far more terrifying than anything we’ve got in horror fiction.
For some encouragement and help if you are a sufferer from anxiety disorder (or know someone who is), try one of these titles as you wait for the doorbell to ring on Halloween:
- Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by Charlamagne Tha God. "Being "shook" is more than a rap lyric for Charlamagne, it's his mission to overcome. While it may seem like he is ahead of the game and should have nothing to worry about, he is still plagued by anxieties--fear of being weak; fear of being a bad dad; fear of being a worse husband; and ultimately, fear of failure. Shook One chronicles his journey to beat back those fears and empowers you to no longer be held back from your potential. Shook One details the ways anxiety has been a driving force in Charlamagne's life since childhood. For many years, he stressed over what he thought were personal shortcomings: being unpopular in school, potential rejection by women, being ugly, and worst of all, falling into the life of stagnation or crime that caught up so many of his friends and family in his hometown of Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Even after achieving national prominence as a radio personality, Charlamagne still found himself paralyzed by thoughts that he wouldn't be able to take his career to the next level. But now, in Shook One, he is working through these problems with help from mentors, guests on his show, and therapy. He knows therapy and showing weakness are anxiety producing in the black community, but this is one of the reasons he wants to own his truth--to clear a path for others in hopes that they won't feel shame while dealing openly with their mental health"-- provided by publisher.
- 10 Steps to Mastering Stress: A Lifestyle Approach by David H. Barlow. We know that stress is bad for us. We see evidence of this in the news, we hear it from our doctors, and we feel it at the end of a hectic week. Health professionals have learned that stress interferes with our lives-it increases missed work days, can lead to relationship difficulties, and can increase the risk of turning to drugs and alcohol. It has also been shown that in some cases, chronic stress can increase our risk of developing certain serious illnesses. We know of all these negative effects that stress can cause, but, realistically, for most of us there's no end in sight-stressful events will crop up throughout our lives and even daily. We can't stop stressful events from happening, but we can change our lifestyles to better handle stressful situations. The authors of 10 Steps to Mastering Stress, renowned stress and anxiety experts David Barlow, Ronald Rapee, and Sarah Perini, have designed a proven step-by-step program that will help you identify what is causing your stress, teach you calming techniques, and provide you with a realistic approach to reducing your daily stress.
- Anxiety and Panic Disorders by Jennifer Lombardo. Everyone experiences anxious feelings in stressful situations, such as before a big test or when giving a speech. However, anxiety disorders are characterized by fear or worry that is disproportionate to the situation and difficult to control. It is sometimes accompanied by panic disorder, which causes panic attacks that often have no apparent trigger. Readers will learn about the different types of these very common disorders, with a focus on how to recognize and treat them, as well as the science behind them. Helpful infographics and informative sidebars clarify these often misunderstood disorders. (YA)
- Stanley Will Probably be Fine by Sally J. Pla. After fainting during a school assembly, Stanley uses his time in a safe room to begin drawing a comic book superhero and then enters a treasure hunt so that he can win passes to Comic Fest. (J)
- Childhood Fears and Anxieties: Symptoms and Treatments of Anxiety Disorders by H.W. Poole; series consultant: Anne S. Walters, Ph.D., Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital, Alpert Medical School/Brown University. Anxiety disorders are by far the most common mental-health challenge for kids and teenagers. This book introduces readers to the various types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and more. Readers will also find an overview of the different treatments and types of therapy available, as well as practical tips on anxiety management. (J)
Canton Free Library in Partnership with The Yoga Loft Presents: Mindfulness, Merriment, and Meaning: A FREE Conscious Stress Reduction Class
Instructor: Ginger Storey-Welch
Wednesdays | November 14 - December 19, 2018 | 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Meets at the Canton Free Library in the Downstairs Paige Room, 8 Park Street, Canton NY
*To register contact Ginger at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-379-9564.
Learn to develop resilience in the face of the demands and traumas of everyday life through mindfulness training, and a series of tools to invite greater calm and meaning into life.
Many struggle to find the “merry” and “happy” during the upcoming holiday season, often feeling the pressures of daily life combining with the pressures to shop and spend and keep up with the demands of being ready for the holidays. This often causes us to miss the deeper meanings of the holiday season as well. While this class is designed to ease these upcoming holiday pressures, since stressors are a fact of life, these skills are applicable far beyond the winter holidays. Participants will be given a variety of skills involving relaxation, beginning meditation, and mindfulness that develops the skills of influencing both thought and reaction patterns.
This class is taught by Ginger Storey-Welch, who leads a Zen meditation group on the St. Lawrence University campus where, across 20 years, she has introduced many to the practice of meditation. She has also taught classes on meditation and mindfulness and regularly attends meditation retreats.
Participants are encouraged to bring a blanket to the first class.
The Great American Read: The Great American Read on PBS has drawn to a close. The results are in! To Kill a Mockingbird was voted by viewers as America’s #1 best-loved novel in The Great American Read.
To Kill a Mockingbird led The Great American Read voting from the first week, and kept the lead for the entire five months of voting. It also topped the list of votes in every state except North Carolina (who went for Outlander) and Wyoming (who preferred Lord of The Rings).
Other finalists include: Outlander (Series) by Diana Gabaldon, Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
To see the complete list of rankings of the Top 100 books across the country visit:
Wanted: Donations of Used Children’s Books in Good Condition. We are asking for donations of gently used children’s books between now and November 15th. Books may be dropped off at the children’s room desk in the library at 8 Park Street during library hours.
Children bringing in books to donate may ask for a voucher (please provide a count of how many paperbacks and how many hardcovers in boxes of donations you bring) to be used towards books at the Children’s Book Sale, which will take place on Saturday, November 17thth from 10am-2pm. Call Valerie at 386-3712 ext 4 for more information.
Baby Storytime is for kids from birth-18 months and their caregivers, no registration needed. Tuesday mornings from 10:00-10:45am. We feature books, bounce rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and social/play time.
Toddler Storytime is for kids from 18-35 months and their caregivers. No registration required! Everyone will enjoy books, flannel board stories, fingerplays, music, and craft activities on Monday mornings from 10:30-11:00am.
Preschool Storytime is for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers. No registration is needed. There will be books, flannel board stories, songs, fingerplays, movement, and crafts on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15am.
Junior Writers Group is for ages 8-12. This group meets the second and last Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:50. No registration is needed. Children are encouraged to brainstorm on a given theme, write and perhaps illustrate a short story, and share it with the group.
Books and Beyond for Kindergarten-2nd grade. Books and Beyond will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 3-4pm and feature books, games, and arts and crafts. Please register kids by the Wednesday before the program by emailing email@example.com or calling 315-379-0434 ext 4.
Tween Time for grades 3-6. Tween Time will meet on the third Thursday of the month from 3-4pm. Please register kids by the Wednesday before the program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 315-379-0434 ext 4. Tween Time features books, games, and art.
Anime Club Join us on Friday evenings from 5-7 to experience anime both old school and contemporary. We are currently watching My Hero Academia.
Casuals Wielding Dice: Join Dave Crowell Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 5pm for epic adventures through a variety of different tabletop games!
Chess Club is back - Mondays from 5-7.
Clash of the Readers’ booklist includes Caraval by Stephanie Garber, Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater. Registration began on August 13; the competition has been delayed, expect a new date in the coming weeks.
Game Club now runs on Mondays from 3-5pm. Stop in at the library and try your hand at any of our multitude of games!
Hours: Canton Free Library (phone: 315 386 3712) is open Monday 9:30am - 8pm, Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm, Wednesday 9:30am - 8pm, Thursday 9:30am -5pm, Friday 9:30am -5pm, and Saturdays from 10am -3pm. Please note that the book drop remains open 24/7 for returns. Rensselaer Falls Branch Library (phone: 315 344 7406) is open Monday 4pm-6pm, and Wednesday and Friday from 3pm -6pm. Morley Branch Library (phone: 315 379 0066) is open Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1pm - 4pm. Please call the branch libraries before visiting, to be sure that they are open; hours may vary a bit.
For more CFL news, “like” the library page on Facebook. Find new additions to our collection on our website: cantonfreelibrary.org. To renew your current checkouts, login to ncls.org; you may also renew via email at email@example.com, or by calling (315) 386-3712.
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