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On the Streets Where We Live

If you’ve ever walked or biked around downtown Columbia, you’ve probably encountered impatience from drivers waiting for you to clear a crosswalk or pedal through an intersection.  The unspoken assumption in this scenario is that streets are primarily for cars, and any other uses take a back seat (so to speak) to this imperative.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About COVID

When the 2020 lockdown began to lift and our new normal beckoned for us to finally leave our homes I didn’t know what to do or what to expect. Information changed so rapidly, it made it hard for me, as a parent, to create consistency in my approach to COVID-19 so I reverted to basics. Here are some things I learned. 

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Great Big Family Quarantine

Quarantine can be difficult if you're not a single-person household. Here are some answers to common questions about quarantining as a family. 

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Know Before You Share

These days we have access to more information than we've ever had before - which means we have access to more wrong information than we've ever had before. 

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New in Science

Check out the latest in science writing from our collection.  Notable titles include Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law, by best-selling author Mary Roach (dubbed "America's funniest science writer" by the WaPo) and Scientist: E. O.
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Holiday Mental Health

The holidays aren’t always the joyful experience they’re meant to be; in fact, they can exacerbate feelings of grief, anxiety, and depression.  If you or someone you love is dealing with holiday blues this year, check out some of the titles below for helpful tips to ease the struggle.  You are not alone! If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  Help is always available.  
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Travelling During COVID-19

Travelling during COVID-19 can be scary and confusing. Here are some guidelines to help keep you safe.

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Expand Your Knowledge of the World

🌎Take a look at some titles that will continue to grow and challenge what you think you know about the world. Keep seeking to grow and learn more about the world you live in. These books will hopefully change how you see the world, and may encourage you to help build a better world for all (if you haven't already done so). Take a look below, and enjoy!
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Facing Difficult Family During the Holidays

The carols, commercials, and TV shows flooding the airwaves currently want us to believe that “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” And yet for many people reality is drastically different. Expectations are high, individuals are stressed, loved ones yell, and blame, and spread guilt. Discover some titles to help you deal with difficult people and learn a breathing technique to manage anxiety. 

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Aromatherapy Makes Sense

aromatherapy: inhalation or bodily application (as by massage) of fragrant essential oils (as from flowers and fruits) for therapeutic purposes broadly : the use of aroma to enhance a feeling of well-being “Aromatherapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aromatherapy. Accessed 9 Nov. 2021. Check out these materials to get started with aromatherapy!
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Anxiety is overwhelming. These books can help.

Anxiety comes in many forms, all of them personal. Recognizing and describing anxiety is an important step in learning how to manage it. The books below include fictional stories where characters struggle with and confront their anxiety, as well as nonfiction books that deal directly with causes and solutions regarding anxiety.
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DIY: Viruses Science Activity

In this experiment, you will follow directions and learn how important it is to protect yourself from viruses by washing your hands.

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National Wellness Month: Black Women's Health

August is National Wellness Month⚕️ Here is a list on systemic racism and the history on the battle for control of black women's health throughout the centuries. Also, included are some wellness guides promoting self-care and healing. 
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New in Science

New titles by best-selling authors Michael Pollan (This Is Your Mind on Plants),
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The Grilled Peaches You Didn't Know You Needed

This grilled peach with strawberry goat cheese recipe combines the sweetness of peak season peaches with the tanginess of goat cheese blended with strawberries.  Topped with toasted walnuts and honey, this quick low-fat dessert is a great finish to a summer meal. 

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Herbal Guides from the Ground Up

Great Weather!  Awesome Temperatures! Spring Cleaning! Now, How About Your Garden? Dig into These Books to Get Your Herbs Up and Growing.
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Health at Every Size

A revolution in size acceptance is upon us.  The titles below explore the work of the Health at Every Size (HAES) movement and the concepts of fatphobia, weight discrimination, body image, disordered eating, radical self love, and weight inclusivity.  Challenging traditional notions of weight and health, these works may lead you to question what you thought you knew about wellness.
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Mini-Retreat: Play Birdsong Hero

Wish you could identify birds by their songs? Try this simple game and turn "someday" into "today" for your bird watching bucket-list daydreams. 

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COVID-19 Resource Review

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, but don't know where to look? Check out these resources!

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Swing into Tennis (Game, Set, Match)

A list of Tennis related material has been compiled as you gear up for the courts. Lace up your shoes and tighten your strings, it's time to ace this year's season. 
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Stay Motivated and Win this Year!

A list of personal development books have been created to assist you on your journey to victory! 2020 is gone and over, but 2021 has 365 brand new ways for you to prove just how resilient you are. We already have a month in the hole, let's take advantage of the next few. You're only a decision away...
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Read All About It: Worry & Anxiety

2021. We made it, but not without a heaping dose of anxiety and fear. If worry is affecting you, you can bet it’s also affecting your little one.
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Inspired to Grow Your Relationships?!

We have just the books to help you develop those relationships that matter to you. We've got you covered whether it's with a significant other, yourself, friends and/or family. 
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Read All About It: Being Mindful & Finding Calm

Being mindful, taking a breath and finding your calm can be challenging on a good day.  Add in busy schedules, family stresses, worries and world events, it can seem impossible--especially for children who haven't mastered self-regulation.  Even good changes like holidays or vacations can make children feel overwhelmed:  
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The Brutal History of Black Bodies & Medicine

As with so much of American history, the field of medicine made advancements at the expense of numerous Black lives.  Yet, this trauma did not end with emancipation.  The stereotypes and inhumane treatment persisted through Jim Crow.  The vestiges remain today and play out in racial health disparities that have come into even sharper focus with COVID-19.