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February 16, 2012

Gotta have it ... or do I?

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Learn how to break the cycle of over-consumption, both on your plate and in your home in a program sponsored by the Friends of Huntington Memorial Library at 7 p.m. Feb. 27.

Ann Adamo, registered dietitian and a certified dietitian-nutritionist, along with Karen Sheesley, a registered nurse and professional organizer, will present an informative and interactive program on over-consumption.

They'll talk about the cultural influences, the consequences of excess, and specific strategies for practicing mindfulness to control weight and household clutter.

Audience members will be invited to participate.

The program is free and open to the public.

Newly Arrived

Thinking about working in the yard? "The Art of Creative Pruning" by Jake Hobson will help you do some planning for the spring. This guide has inventive ideas on shaping and trees and shrubs. The author talks about which plants to use, encourages you to trim hard and learn from your mistakes. You'll also learn when to prune to get the shape you want. Photographs throughout the book really say it all with their amazing shapes.

Alex Garrett has wanted to work on Wall Street since she was a child. She knows she has to fight her way into this male-dominated society, especially when she's given a kid-size folding chair and nicknamed Girlie. It doesn't matter, because she is determined to make it in bond sales. Watch her hard work pay off in Erin Duffy's first novel "Bond Girl."

Learning more about your heart can help you now and in the future. "Heart 411" by Dr. Marc Gillinov and Dr. Steven Nissen talks about the tests you need and those you should avoid. You'll also learn about emotions and how they affect your heart, which foods are best for you, and how to choose between stents, surgery, or pills. Required reading for everyone who wants to know more about your heart and its health.

Archaeologist Julia Kerrigan unearths an ancient skull that has a hole in the forehead in "The Lost Goddess," a novel by Tom Knox. Her mentor is murdered after she announces her find. Meanwhile, Jake Thirby, a photographer, is offered an assignment by a Cambodian lawyer. He wants Jake to find a pair of 2,000 year old jars that have been kept secret by the government and that contain information about genetics. Julia and Jake pair up for some wild runs through Asia and Europe, all the while with a killer pursuing them.

Children's Books

Peepsqueak hatches from his shell, and he's on the move. He wants to fly! He walks, he runs, he jumps, he falls down, he's on the move. The only problem is he can't fly. Will he ever get to fly? Find out in "Peepsqueak" by Leslie Ann Clark.

Today is the spring party, but Bear is sound asleep, in "Don't Wake the Bear" by Steve Smallman. The animals don't dare wake him, because they know he'll be grumpy. They tiptoe past his den with all their party supplies, but someone makes a very loud noise by accident. Now they've done it, they've awakened the bear. What will happen?

Winter Fun at the Library

We are offering some special children's programs during the winter break for children. There will be a Miss Spider Tea Party at 2 p.m. Tuesday for children ages 4 to 7. Fun with Puffy Paint is for 8-to-12-year-olds and they will decorate a tote bag with special puffy paint at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23.

There are still openings in both programs and registration is required due to limited supplies and space. Register in person or by calling 432-1980.

Holiday Closing

Huntington Memorial Library will be closed Monday for Presidents' Day. Regular hours resume Tuesday.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday. Her columns can be found online at