If you’re like me, Summer is an extra busy time! It can be hard to get in a solid 20 minutes of reading a day, let alone finish a book. Checking out audiobooks is easier than ever, and a great way to keep up on your reading list while accomplishing other things like cleaning the house or hiking. Here’s my “playlist” for the summer. Click on a title to check it out for yourself!
There are lots of ways to get audiobooks from the Library. You can check out CD’s from the Library Catalog, download, or stream a title onto your mobile device using the Library's free apps. All you need is your Library card! Learn more in the E-Library.
You’ve probably seen therapy dogs in public places, but you may not know that these very special animals are helping humans in more ways than ever! Animal therapy is a rapidly growing field. In both clinical and nonclinical settings, these animals can aid in recovery and promote mental wellness.
Love on a Leash is a national organization dedicated to connecting animal therapy teams with people who need them. They bring therapy animals to senior citizens, hospitals, and our Libraries!
Linda Bolen heads up local Love on a Leash efforts and has some amazing stories to tell.
You might see Love on a Leash service dogs around the Library reading with children. Therapy dogs can help make reading fun. The dogs do not judge or correct. They make what can be difficult for some, less of a chore, and more of a fun interaction. Dogs visiting libraries also give children who don’t have a dog a way to interact with them and show them that dogs aren’t scary. They just want to be friends!
Linda explains, sometimes just the spirit of the dogs bring can brighten someone’s day or bring them inspiration. Animals can provide positive vibes in daily- sometimes hectic- lives. Pets can help lower blood pressure and regulate heart rate. They bring a calmness and generally put a smile on people’s faces.
"During one visit to the hospital with our dogs, there was a patient with her adult daughter who was in the middle of her breakfast. While we were there chatting with our dogs, the patient started to eat. After a lengthy visit, we said our goodbyes and started to leave. The daughter came out in the hallway to tell us she’d been trying to get her mom to eat all morning. The joy our dogs brought to her gave her the willingness to want to eat."
Read to a Dog at your Library! Sign up here:Tale Waggers- Read to a Dog
St. Charles Love on a Leash Chapter: A Touch of Love
Winos rejoice! Pairing wine with food can add to the health benefits. Research has shown that Resveratrol, a chemical found in red grape skins, is likely effective for reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack, and atherosclerosis. Overindulging, however, can increase the risk for these conditions, and many others. One glass per day for women and no more than two per day for men is recommended for healthy adults.
Attend the Treat Yourself and Your Heart Event to receive free BMI, Blood Pressure, and Bone Density screenings from Barnes Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Hospitals, as well as some fun pampering activities just for you! Learn more here: Treat Yourself and Your Heart
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Alison is the Consumer Health Librarian for the
St. Charles City-County Library. She works with community experts to answer your health and wellness questions.
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