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August 4, 2011

Library helping state reach land-line users

The state Public Service Commission has sent out notices to municipalities, libraries and other community groups of its recent directive to Verizon regarding land line phone service. Many areas of the state do not have cell phone service; land lines are the only option for phones. Because of this, if you live in an area that has land line options only, and you are a core customer with special needs, repair of your phone line must be a priority.

Core customers include people 62 or older, blind, disabled, subscribers to Lifeline, and those with medical emergencies. Not all customers may be aware of this regulation. Verizon has notified some potential customers, but others may exist that are unknown to them. An application for this special protection through Verizon is available at Huntington Memorial Library and on our website at

Learn Something New

Lots of exciting new non-fiction titles have arrived at the library and you can learn many new things.

"Yoga Made Easy" by Samantha Magee helps you tone up quickly from the comfort of your home. Poses are explained and step-by-step photos for each are included. You can choose poses to help with back pain, poor posture, and sleep problems among others.

Those who follow a vegan lifestyle will want to make some goodies from Donna Diegel's "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Baking." Muffins, cakes, breads, cookies, brownies, pies, cobblers, puddings and so much more are contained in this cookbook with more than 150 recipes.

Three women doctors who are also moms have teamed up to write "The Mommy Docs' Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth." Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill and Alane Park are obstetricians who collectively have overseen more than 10,000 births. Their book contains current medical advice, real-life stories from new moms, and lots of practical tips. Illustrations of a baby's development are also shown.

You can cut down on clutter, have more closet space and handily store more things in your current space with "The Family Handyman Best Organizing Solutions." Projects and tips _ more than 250 of them _ range from quick and simple to ones that take a little more time. The outcome will please homeowners with all the space saving you gain throughout your home. Plus, you don't need a lot of experience to make these items. Photos and directions are included.

"Upgrading and Fixing Computers for Dummies" by Andy Rathbone helps you learn how to upgrade and repair your computer, laptop or netbook. That can include adding memory, replacing a hard drive or upgrading video capabilities, and you'll do it all yourself. The author also explains how to find parts at the best prices.

"EatingWell Fast & Flavorful Meatless Meals" by Jessie Price contains 150 recipes for nutritious meals to help you eat more healthfully. Many of the recipes will help you get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. There are also many recipes that are gluten-free, and another section for vegans. Your can start to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, and keep your risk for heart disease down by changing your eating habits with this book.

There are many individuals who have discovered a gluten intolerance in food. Dr. Carol Fenster has written "125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes" to help. Main dishes, vegetables, little meals, breakfast recipes, desserts and much more will keep you from being bored with the same thing over and over.

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

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