Civic Learning Week Resources

Civic Learning Week: Resources for kids, teens, and their adults

What is Civic Learning Week? Civic Learning Week (March 11-15) is a national movement to encourage people to learn more about the way our government works. Their mission statement: “Civic Learning Week (CLW) is hosted annually by iCivics and seeks to highlight the importance of civic education in sustaining and strengthening constitutional democracy in the United States. By highlighting the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions that provide the foundation for an informed and engaged populace, CLW seeks to further energize the movement to prioritize civic education across the nation.” All are invited to register for virtual Civic Learning Week events. Kids can also play fun online civic learning games on icivics.org and playverifiyit.org. Are your kids and teens more into the printed word? Check out some of these books at our library. Books about the government, activism, and citizenship Children’s non-fiction Big Ideas that Changed the World: We the People! by Don Brown What Can A Citizen Do? by Dave Eggers Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers For Which We Stand: How Our Government Works and Why It Matters By Jeff Foster How My Vote Counts: What Does it Mean to be a Citizen? by Jennifer Kaul A Vote is a Powerful Thing by Catherine Stier How Rules and Laws Change Society by Joshua Turner How to Make Decisions as a Group by Joshua Turner How to Promote the Common Good by Joshua Turner Voting Rights by Kevin P. Winn Children’s fiction Sofia Valdez and the Vanishing Vote by Andrea Beaty (As an aside, Andrea Beatty has a beautiful, short article about getting kids engaged in politics) Susie B. Won’t Back Down by Margaret Finnegan Act by Kayla Miller Young Adult non-fiction Thank You for Voting: The Past, Present, and Future of Voting: Young Reader’s Edition by Erin Geiger Smith You Call This Democracy?: How to Fix Our Government and Deliver Power to the People by Elizabeth Rusch Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today by Cynthia Levinson Votes for Women! : American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling   ~Lisa Jenkins and Abby Henkel, Youth Services

National Nutrition Month : A Library Program, Books, and Online Resources

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National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created 50 years ago in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Table,” which addresses the farm-to-fork aspect of nutrition, from food production and distribution to navigating grocery stores and farmers markets — and even home food safety and storage practices. It also describes the various ways we eat — not only around a dinner table, but also on the go, in schools and restaurants, at games and events. This theme also includes sustainability, for instance, decreasing food waste from school and work to home and beyond. On March 20th at 2pm, we present a talk entitled “Sweet Freedom: Break the Sugar Enchantment.”  In this workshop you will learn potential risks associated with excessive sugar intake, identify hidden sugars in common foods, and learn practical strategies to naturally reduce sugar consumption.  Health coach Elizabeth Girouard will delve into the intricate world of sugars, distinguishing between natural and added varieties, while exploring how sugar can impact your overall well-being. You will learn to identify hidden sugars lurking in everyday foods, learn to quickly read a food label, and be empowered to make informed choices for a healthier lifestyle.  Practical strategies for naturally reducing sugar will be shared. You will leave equipped with the knowledge and tools to break free from your sugar spell, to embrace a more balanced and mindful approach to your dietary habits for lasting wellness.  Here are some recently published  titles on nutrition, diet and cooking available with your Livingston Library card that will help reveal the transformative powers of healthy food choices and dietary practices.  Calm Your Mind with Food: A Revolutionary Guide to Controlling Your Anxiety by Uma Naidoo Dr. Naidoo presents cutting-edge research about the ways anxiety is rooted in the brain, gut, immune system, and metabolism. Drawing on the latest science on the connection between diet and anxiety, she shows us how to effectively use food and nutrition as essential tools for calming the mind. Change your Diet, Change your Mind : A Powerful Plan to Improve Mood, Overcome Anxiety, and Protect Memory For a Lifetime of Optimal Mental Health by Georgia Ede In this provocative, illuminating book, Dr. Ede explains why everything we think we know about eating for neurological psychological well-being is wrong. Most of what we accept as true is based on studies that take an “outside-in” approach, making associations between healthy people and what they eat. In her book, Dr. Ede takes an inside-out stance, drawing on a range of disciplines like biochemistry, neuroscience, and botany to explain why a ketogenic diet combined with “kinder, gentler plant foods” is the best way to nourish, protect, and energize the brain. Diabetes Meal Planning & Nutrition for Dummies by Simon Poole This book helps you understand what defines healthful eating for diabetes, its crucial role to long term health, and how meal planning is a key to successful diabetes management. Learn how to receive all the nutrients necessary for glucose control while managing Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and maintaining ideal weight. Discover how to supercharge your diet and protect yourself from the complications associated with diabetes with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods. Does Coffee Cause Cancer? : and 8 More Myths About the Food We Eat by Christopher Labos In this fascinating, refreshingly clarifying book about food, food myths, and how sloppy science perpetuates misconceptions about food, a medical doctor on his way to a conference gets drawn into conversations that answer the following questions and plenty more: • Does vitamin C prevent the common cold? And if it works, why does it only work in Canadian soldiers, ultramarathon runners, and skiers? • Was red meat really declared a carcinogen by the WHO? Does that mean I should become a vegetarian? And who decides what gets labeled as red meat and white meat? • Is salt really not that bad for you and did a group of researchers really want to experiment on prisoners to prove the point?  Eat & Flourish : How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being by Mary Beth Albright Food has the power to nourish your mind, supporting emotional wellness through both nutrients and pleasure. Journalist Albright draws on cutting-edge research to explain the food/mood connection. She redefines “emotional eating” based on the science, revealing how eating triggers biological responses that affect humans’ emotional states both immediately and long-term.  Readers will come away knowing how certain foods help reduce the inflammation that can harm mental health, the critical relationship between the microbiome and the brain, which vitamins help restore the body during intensely emotional times, and how to develop a healthful eating pattern for life–with a 30-day kickoff plan included. Foodwise : A Fresh Approach to Nutrition with 100 Delicious Recipes by Mia Rigden Conquer cravings, reset your eating habits, and heal your relationship with food with this 21-day reset program full of delicious, satisfying recipes from trained chef and nutritionist Rigden. Macro Diet by Malia Frey This book teaches you everything you need to know to master the popular meal plan that has helped athletes, celebrities, and people just like you build lean muscle and lose fat for good. On the macro diet, you track macronutrients instead of calories, so you know you’re giving your body the correct balance of daily nutrients to feel energized, strong, and healthy. Simply Nutrition by Fiona Hunter Covering a range of topics – from the anatomy of the digestive system to the variety and function of macronutrients and micronutrients – each entry provides a succinct and engaging explanation of a key aspect of nutrition in simple terms.  Sugarless : A 7-Step Plan to Uncover Hidden Sugars, Curb your Cravings, and Conquer your Addiction by Nicole M. Avena A pioneering neuroscientist on food addiction-spells out sugar’s detrimental effects on the brain and body. She empowers