Three Great Reads for Winter!

The Choice
by Nicholas Sparks
Travis Parker and Gabby Holland are neighbors who unexpectedly fall in love. They eventually marry and have a family, but tragedy forces one of them to make a difficult choice. This latest novel balances love, joy, and heartbreak in typical Sparks fashion. Romance fans will enjoy!

Migraine Relief

Anyone who's ever suffered from even one migraine knows how painful and debilitating they are. But if migraines consistently plague you, you’ll want to read the newly published book The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health. This comprehensive book contains information that will help everyone from those who get migraines only occasionally to those who need to be hospitalized during a migraine. Learn how migraines are different from headaches, why you are susceptible to migraines, whether medication is right for you, what types of medication are most effective for your particular migraine experience, practical steps you can take every day to reduce migraine occurrences, and much more. Author and neurologist Carolyn Bernstein, M.D., has spent years studying migraines and has won numerous awards for medical excellence.

A Resource to Help Injured Service Members and their Families and Caregivers

The National Resource Directory is a Website maintained by the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs that provides information--both medical and non-medical--to help wounded/injured/ill service members and their families.

Information comes from a range of organizations, including all levels of the government, academic institutions, non-profit and faith-based organizations, etc.

Romancing the Shadow: Illuminating the Dark Side of the Soul

The authors of this book, Connie Zwieg Ph.D and Steve Wolf Ph.D, are therapists who have gathered here personal stories of patients that illustrate how repressed feelings, motivations and thoughts autonomously erupt into our behavior or slither covertly into our decision making processes, determining the course our lives take. They show us how these influences affect our relationships with lovers, friends, family, and coworkers and how they shape our performance in the workplace, often limiting our success.

The authors show us how first to recognize the operation of these influences originating in our unconscious minds—in aspects of our selves we have rejected or events too painful to remember—and then how to probe our minds to gain understanding of them and finally control.

Rooted in the psychological theories of Carl Jung, this book shows us how we can find in the dark corners of the basement of our psyche, enormous power that we can put to use to better our lives.

A Fractured Mind: My Life with Multiple Personality Disorder

An account of DID, Dissociative Identity Disorder, (formerly MPD, Multiple Personality Disorder), written by Robert Oxnam, who is himself the sufferer. Told from this point of view rather than by the doctor, it illuminates the painful and disorienting personal experience of the condition and the havoc it wrecks on relationships in a particularly intimate and dramatic way. The language is not always overly descriptive, especially when the childhood abuse is dealt with (I don’t think we need to know the details)—but you’ll eves drop on internal conversations between alters and vicariously freefall as the metaphorical rug is pulled out from beneath the subject who time and time again experiences complete lack of control over what his body is doing and comes face to face with thoughts and feelings he doesn’t comprehend.

In an epilogue by psychiatrist, Jeffrey Smith, the reader receives the point of view of the medical professional. Although in this piece, Dr. Smith states that therapy is difficult but the results are usually good, it is interesting to note that here, as in other recorded cases, some dissociation remains in the end. This volume reads like a novel rather than a textbook and offers extraordinary insight into the condition.

Visions of the Virgin Mary: An Astrological Analysis ...

In this volume, author and astrologer, Courtney Roberts, explores an interesting correlation between the famous accounts of visions of the Virgin Mary, such as those at Lourdes, Fatima and Medjugorje (along with lesser known instances in which the Virgin is said to have appeared) with certain astrological signs and influences.  These, specifically, are the signs Cancer and Virgo and certain aspects involving the nodes of the moon.

The patterns she finds with regard to the times, places, and witnesses to these visions are interesting--but even more fascinating are the similarities to more ancient visions of "feminine entities" that have come down to us as part of various oral traditions.  These appearances share all the same extraordinary paranormal qualities attributed to the appearances of the Virgin but are attributed, instead, to goddesses, fairies or other supernatural creatures.

These are fascinating stories which raise a lot of questions. Don’t be discouraged from reading this book because of a lack of understanding of the mechanics of astrology. The author provides all the “nuts and bolts” astrological information you will need.

Memories and Visions of Paradise: Exploring the Universal Myth of a Lost Golden Age

This collection of myths about a lost golden age by Richard Heinberg asks fundamental questions. Do these ancient stories, so similar in content, though drawn from societies widely separated both geographically and culturally, point to actual historical events? Are they actual accounts of environmental catastrophes and climatic change severe enough to be described as a "loss of paradise"? Are they a distorted memory of childhood, when we were all free from responsibility and our needs completely met by others? Or do they refer to a state of consciousness we collectively leave behind as we acquire new technologies and experiment with social orders that alienate us from the ground from which we emerged? And, if this is true, is it inevitable that mankind be driven out of paradise? Is the loss permanent? Or is it possible for modern human beings to live again in harmony with nature?

What Parents Need to Know about Social Networking Sites: A Resource Guide

Social networking sites are all the rage, from Webkinz and Club Penguin for small children, to Facebook and MySpace. Many parents have concerns about these Websites.

The library has prepared a guide to safe participation in social networking sites. The guide includes instruction on how to check your personal computer to make sure your kids are sticking to safe sites. To get the guide, click on the computer.

Name the next Mars rover!

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in cooperation with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' movie WALL-E from Pixar Animation Studios, will conduct a naming contest for its next Mars rover. The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled for launch in 2009.

Image: Artist's concept of the Mars Science Laboratory roving the surface of the Red Planet.  Image: NASA/JPLThe contest began November 18, and is open to students 5 to 18 years old who attend a U.S. school and are enrolled in the current academic year. To enter the contest, students will submit essays explaining why their suggested name for the rover should be chosen. Essays must be received by January 25, 2009. In March 2009, the public will have an opportunity to rank nine finalist names via the Internet as additional input for judges to consider during the selection process. NASA will announce the winning rover name in April 2009.

Disney will provide prizes to students submitting winning essays, including a trip to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., where the rover is under construction. The grand prize winner will have an opportunity to place a signature on the spacecraft and take part personally in the history of space exploration.

The Mars Science Laboratory rover will be larger and more capable than any craft previously sent to land there. It will check whether the environment in a carefully selected landing region ever has been favorable for supporting microbial life. The rover will search for minerals that formed in the presence of water and look for several chemical building blocks of life.

Information about the contest is available at: .
More information on Mars Science Laboratory can be found at:


Entry forms and a selection of books about Mars are available from a special display in our library's Youth Services area!


Think hard, write well, and good luck!

New Spam Attacks Lure with Current Events

In this article from Government Computer News, we learn that email spam attacks are attempting to lure people based on their interest in President-elect Obama's victory or the current economic crisis.

I personally received one of the Obama emails within a day or two after election day.