Friday, April 14

National Turn Off Your TV Week

April 24-30, is
National Turn Off Your TV Week!
Click here for the online calendar to see
the programs offered at your local library.
There are family games and
story times planned,
as well as teen programs, jazz, theater,
and therapy dogs!
So much is happening at your library!

for information.

Tuesday, April 11

National Minority Health Month!

April is National Minority Health Month!
Click the links below for health information on the Internet*.

MedlinePlus is the National Library of Medicine's web site for free consumer health information. It is a selective list of authoritative health information resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other organizations.
MedlinePlus African American Health
Alzheimer's Association: Black/African American Communites - Information about the impact of Alzheimer's in the Black/African American community.
NOAH - New York Online Access to Health - Provides access to high quality full-text consumer health information in English and Spanish.
National Women's Health Information Center - A gateway to a vast array of Federal and other women's health information resources.
African American Women - Includes links to health topics of special concern to African American women.
National Medical Association - The NMA promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. They serve as the collective voice of physicians of African descent and they are a leading force for parity in medicine, elimination of health disparities and promotion of optimal health.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases - Information on a broad spectrum of metabolic diseases such as diabetes and endocrine disorders.
Health Information Publications
Easy to Read Publications
Healthfinder - Healthfinder is a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information.
"Just for You" - Focuses on special health concerns based on gender, age, race, ethnic origin. - A culturally oriented and ethnically focused comprehensive internet-based health and medical information provider diedicated to addressing the special health problems of African-Americans.
Closing the Gap - A national campaign to bring the best health information to African Americans and other communities of color, and to help consumers take charge of their health.
National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute - Seven booklets with information on diet, cholesterol, physical fitness and more.
Heart Healthy Cooking African American Style - Booklet which brings together many recipes prepared in heart healthy ways.
African Amercan Resources - Gateway toward achieving Healthy People 2010 goals; includes resources, conferences and more.
Prostate Cancer Screening: A Decision Guide for African Americans - Discusses the pros and cons of prostrate screening.

*Health Information on the Internet. 2006. National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health.

Wednesday, April 5

Polkville Library Opens for NLW!

The Polkville Library reopened its doors Monday, April 3, just in time to celebrate National Library Week! Branch manager Joyce Bradshaw, Polkville Mayor Robert Miles, and many wonderful citizens of Polkville, as well as CMRLS headquarters staff, worked hard to reopen the library as promised! The library was enlarged and additional shelving installed to give the Polkville Library a new face and needed room. Check out the Polkville Library webpage, the pictures will be posted soon.

Happy National Library Week!

Monday, April 3

Carolyn Haines visits during NLW!

Nationally known author, Carolyn Haines spoke at Flowood Library on Monday, April 3, during National Library Week. Ms. Haines kept the audience entertained with stories about her writing and teaching. Afterwards she signed her newest book, Penumbra, which will be in bookstores this week and in the libraries this month.

About Penumbra: Marlena Bramlett, a young mother married to the wealthiest man in the area, is raped and beaten beyond recognition. Marlena had been entertaining her lover at a picnic in the woods, and her six-year-old daughter is missing after the attack. Jade Dupree, Marlena's unacknowledged half-sister (her mother is society dame Lucille Longier and her father an unknown black man) is determined to find her niece with the help of white deputy sheriff Frank Kimble (from her website

"While suspenseful and violent, Haines' literary thriller never loses sight of the poignant story at its heart. Transcending the usual mystery conventions, this is highly recommended." -The Library Journal

Carolyn Haines is also a recepient of the 2004 CMRLS Patron's Award for Crossed Bones, a Sarah Booth Delaney mystery.

For other books by Ms. Haines that are found in CMRLS libraries , click here.