Thank you, Nurses: Our Unsung Heroes

Nurses are often unsung heroes in healthcare, and as they work on the frontlines of the current health crisis, their service and commitment is making a lifesaving difference every day. For National Nurses Week, here is a list of some fiction and non-fiction ebooks/audiobooks and some movies that highlight nurses’ hard work and dedication. Nonfiction Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky A riveting history of New York’s iconic public hospital that charts the turbulent rise of American medicine. Call the Nurse: True Stories of a Country Nurse on a Scottish Isle (The Country Nurse Series, Book One) by Mary J. Macleod & Claire Macdonald The author, Mary’s account of the enchanted years she and her family spent on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides.  As the island’s district nurse, she came  to know its folk as both patients and friends. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink Hard-hitting investigative journalism that examines the harrowing experiences and heart-rending decisions made by healthcare professionals at one hospital during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell & First Lieutenant Diane Carlson Evans 101 American Army and Navy nurses serving in the Philippines were suddenly treating wounded and dying soldiers while bombs exploded all around them. The women served in jerry-rigged jungle hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula and in underground tunnels on Corregidor Island. Later, when most of them were captured by the Japanese as prisoners of war, they suffered disease and near-starvation for three years. The women cared for one another, maintained discipline, and honored their vocation to nurse anyone in need—all 101 coming home alive. The World’s Emergency Room: The Growing Threat to Doctors, Nurses, and Humanitarian Workers by Michael VanRooyen Drawing on VanRooyen’s personal experiences and those of his colleagues in international humanitarian medicine, he takes readers into clinics, wards, and field hospitals around the world where medical personnel work with inadequate resources under dangerous conditions to care for civilians imperiled by conflict. Fiction Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough & Cat Gould —Audiobook A sweeping family saga of two sets of twins, all trained as nurses, coming of age in 1920s and 1930s Australia. Virgin River Virgin River Series, Book 1 by Robyn Carr The recently widowed Melinda Monroe arrives at the remote mountain town of Virgin River to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves.  She finds a tiny baby abandoned on a front porch and former marine Jack Sheridan… Window on the Bay: A Novel by Debbie Macomber A  contemporary romance where the main character is an intensive care nurse who falls for her mother’s orthopedic surgeon. And as a bonus, her best friend is a librarian! The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason A medical student finds himself ill-prepared for the ravages of wartime medicine during World War I, but a nurse/nun at the field hospital teaches him everything he needs to know. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue & Kate Lock— Audiobook A nurse who worked with Florence Nightingale is hired to care for an 11-year-old girl with a mysterious ailment  in a small Irish village. Movies on Hoopla The English Patient Four lives—a nurse, her dying patient, a thief, and a soldier—become intertwined in an isolated Italian villa at the close of World War II Nurse Edith Cavell English nurse Edith Cavell is matron in a small private hospital in German-occupied Brussels during WWI. When the son of a recently deceased patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war camp, Cavell aids him to reach Holland and safety. This leads to Cavell, a local noblewoman, the grandmother of the escaped prisoner-of-war, and others to form an organization to help Belgian, French, English and other soldiers escape as well. Eventually the Germans become aware of what’s happening and take action. Nurses: If Florence Could See Us Now This film offers a rare look into the complex, exciting and challenging world of being a nurse. It explores what it means to be a nurse, the many different roles that nurses play, from the bedside to the board room, and the realities of nursing – its joys and sorrows and the many ways that nurses impact the lives of others. Over 100 nurses from across the country were interviewed for this film. -Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

Cooking Magazines

The Livingston Public Library has quite a few cooking digital magazines for you to borrow while at home.  Whether you are looking for inspiration for a new dish (or two), or if you follow a special diet, we have you covered.  Digital magazines are available for downloading and you can keep copies for as long as you like–just remember they will take up space on your device.  Also, back issues are available for all titles!  All you will need to borrow titles is your Livingston library card.  Here are some of the 24 cooking titles available: Bon Appetit Latest Issue:  May 01, 2020 About:  Bon Appétit focuses on what’s “now” in the world of food, drink, and entertaining, while still giving readers valuable cooking tools, tips, and most of all, recipes. This food lifestyle publication looks at life through the lens of food & cooking in, dining out, travel, entertainment, shopping and design. READ NOW: PC, Mac & Mobile |GET RBdigital Mobile Apps: iOS|Android|Kindle Fire  genre: Food & Cooking  |country: United States | language: English | no. of issues: Monthly Food Network Magazine Latest Issue:  May 01, 2020 About:  Food Network Magazine is America’s best-selling food magazine on newsstands—and every food lover’s essential handbook: Each issue is packed with star recipes and tips, behind-the-scenes scoops and fun, creative ideas for home cooks. READ NOW: PC, Mac & Mobile| GET RBdigital Mobile Apps: iOS|Android|Kindle Fire genre: Food & Cooking | country: United States |language: English | no. of issues: Monthly Gluten-Free Living Latest Issue:  March 01, 2020 About:  Gluten-Free Living is completely dedicated to information for those who follow a gluten-free diet. We pack issues with essential reading about food labeling, ingredients, medical challenges and lifestyle solutions. No other specialty publication matches the depth of our editorial or the thoroughness of our original research. READ NOW: PC, Mac & Mobile |GET RBdigital Mobile Apps: iOS|Android|Kindle Fire genre: Food & Cooking | country: United States | language: English | no. of issues: BiMonthly   Paleo Magazine Latest Issue:  April 01, 2020 About:  Paleo Magazine is dedicated to giving people the tools and information they need to make the best personal choices for living the Paleo lifestyle. Each issue is packed with information on diet, exercise, daily living, recipes, reviews, the latest research, raising Paleo kids and much more! READ NOW: PC, Mac & Mobile |GET RBdigital Mobile Apps: iOS|Android|Kindle Fire genre: Food & Cooking | country: United States | language: English |no. of issues: BiMonthly EatingWell *Although a current subscription to this magazine is unavailable from RBdigital Magazines. Back issues may still be available for checkout, and they are still filled with great content and recipes, and there are plenty of copies to browse. About:  What’s for dinner? Is it healthy? Is it easy? If you ask these questions, Eating Well is for you. The magazine “Where Good Taste Meets Good Health,” Eating Well delivers the information and inspiration you need to make healthy eating a way of life with great, easy recipes (most take 45 minutes or less), the latest nutrition science, gorgeous photos and crisp, evocative prose. READ NOW: PC, Mac & Mobile | GET RBdigital Mobile Apps: iOS|Android|Kindle Fire genre: Food & Cooking |country: United States | language: English |no. of issues: BiMonthly -Melissa Brisbin, Associate Director  

Crafts & Hobbies

While staying at home you may be thinking about picking up a new crafty hobby.  If you were a big fan of the Livingston Public Library’s Creative Arts and Pinterest Inspired Crafting programs, you may especially miss getting crafty with others. Did you know that the Livingston Public Library’s Virtual Library offers you DIY crafty inspiration, classes, and more?  It’s true! Here are some resources for those looking to get their crafting fix! CreativeBug: Creativebug can be accessed with your Livingston library card from the Library’s website.  With this resource you can find DIY inspiration, patterns, and even episodes of CreativeBug “TV.” Universal Class: Universal Class is an online learning platform that offers you courses worth real CEUs!  These courses stem beyond subjects like accounting and writing, and bridge into the creative!  Here are just a few classes Universal Class offers for those looking to learn a new art skill: Acrylic Painting 101, Cake Decorating 101, Candle Making 101, Floral Arrangement 101, (and for those who have a real talent) How to Start a Craft Business.  Universal Class can also be accessed from the Livingston Library website. YouTube:  Did you know the Livingston Public Library is on YouTube?  It’s true, we are! We have videos such as Watercolor Painting, Crocheting, and Mason Jar Sun Catchers.  So if you miss getting crafty with your fellow Livingston Librarians, check out our channel! -Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian