Monday, May 28

Happy Memorial Day!

Whether you are one of the "greatest generation" or your contemporaries are fighting in Iraq, Memorial Day is a time to honor those that have and do "protect and serve;" giving us the America we enjoy today.

From there is information from Barbecue Food Safety to Patriotic Melodies. You'll also find Recipes and the Origins of Memorial Day. and are also great sites, even finding past Memorial Day speeches.

Happy Memorial Day from CMRLS!

Tuesday, May 15

May is...Older Americans Month

From the U.S. Census:
36.3 million - The number of seniors who were age 65 and older in the U.S. on July 1, 2004.
5 million - Number of seniors age 65 and older who have jobs.
4.9 million - The number of seniors in the U.S. who were 85 and older on July 1, 2004.
67,473 - The estimated number of centenarians (people age 100 or older) in the U.S. on Nov. 1, 2005.
72 - The number of men age 65 and older for ever 100 women in the same age group.

45 - The number of men age 85 and over per 100 women in the same age group.
40 percent - Percentage of seniors 65 and older who have a computer at home.
25 percent - Percentage of seniors 65 and older who use the Internet.

Whether you are on the brink of being a senior yourself, or caring for your aged parents; there are many titles @ your library to help you. Here are just a few.

The art of aging: A doctor's prescription for well-being, by Sherwin B. Nuland
The truth about abuse, by John Haley
Remodeling for easy access living, by Rick Peters
Healthy aging: A lifelong guide to your physical and spiritual well-being, by Andrew Weil
How to live to be 100--or more: The ultimate diet, sex, and excercise book, by George Burns
Eldercare 911, by Susan Beerman & Judith Rappaport-Musson
Elder care: What to look for, what to look out for, by Thomas M. Cassidy
Visits: Caring for an aging parent, by Lee Ann Chearny
The older the fiddle, the better the tune: The joys of reaching a certain age, by Willard Scott
The American Geriatrics Society's complete guide to aging and health, by Mark E. Williams
Computers for seniors (DVD)
Intermediate computers for seniors (DVD)

Thursday, May 10

Top 25 Titles in Libraries Across the Nation

According to OCLC* (Online Computer Library Center) in 2005 the top 25 titles found in libraries across the nation are:
  1. Bible
  2. U.S. Census
  3. Mother Goose
  4. Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri
  5. Odyssey, Homer
  6. Iliad, Homer
  7. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
  8. Lord of the Rings (trilogy), J.R.R.Tolkien
  9. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  11. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
  12. Beowulf
  13. Koran
  14. Night before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore
  15. Garfield, Jim Davis
  16. Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  17. Aesop's Fables
  18. Arabian Nights
  19. Macbeth, William Shakespeare
  20. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
  21. Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
  22. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  23. Bhagavadgita
  24. Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
  25. Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer

Would these be in your top 25? Can you believe Garfield is #15? All of these can be found in a CMRLS library near you!

*Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. More than 57,000 libraries in 112 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.