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May 9, 2013

What, why and how of plant-based foods to be topic

The Daily Star

---- — Michelle Premura will talk about a diet of plant-based foods during a program scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Huntington Memorial Library. Michelle is the owner and operator of Turquoise Barn, a bed-and-breakfast retreat specializing in plant-based cuisine. She’ll discuss different eating preferences including vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, vegan, raw-foodist, and flexitarian.

Learn about incorporating more plant-based whole foods into your diet and whether it is best for you to jump right in or adopt a change more slowly. She’ll talk about how plant-based foods can aid in healing, maintain optimal weight and increase your energy and vitality. She’ll also talk about four foods to eliminate and their replacements and whether organic is necessary. This program is presented by the Friends of Huntington Memorial Library and is free and open to all.


“Frozen in Time” by Mitchell Zuckoff is a true story that traces the search for military men who were lost after plane crashes in Greenland during World War II. The first crash occurred on Nov. 5, 1942, when a cargo plane went down. A search-and-rescue plane sent out four days later also crashed during a severe snow storm, with the nine on board surviving. Then another rescue was attempted, but that amphibious plane flew into a storm and vanished. The author’s account of these nine men, the others who tried to save them, and the expedition of 2012 to uncover all the mystery is fascinating reading.


Jesse and Ramon have tried unsuccessfully to have a child in “The Mothers,” a novel by Jennifer Gilmore. When they decided to become parents by adopting a child, they are unprepared for the complexities of the process. They are overwhelmed by paperwork, training sessions, unsolicited advice from strangers, and more. They are even contacted by women who select them and then change their minds, as well as by women who choose them and aren’t even pregnant. An emotionally packed book that you won’t soon forget.


Staying up-to-date with computer software is necessary in our fast-paced world. “Microsoft Word 2013 Bible” by Lisa Bucki and “Microsoft Excel 2013 Bible” by John Walkenbach will help you quickly learn these newly released versions. In addition to learning all the ins and outs of theses programs, you’ll also learn how to store documents in the cloud, create dynamic charts, and present data of all kinds in various formats to suit different audiences. Written in easy to understand language with screen shots and tips, you’ll find these books easy to use.

 Dorothy Pritchett Porter has engaged genealogist Sophreena McClure to research her prominent family’s history. She is delighted with the results, but before she can share them, she is found murdered, in the novel “Paging the Dead” by Brynn Bonner. Sophreena and her business partner Esme are certain a member of the family did this, but can they find out who did it before someone tries to snuff out their lights as well?


Police officer David Lindholm is found dead in his bed with bullets in his head and stomach. His wife is in shock and keeps talking about how a woman entered their house. The evidence however, points to her guilt in the novel “Lifetime” by Liza Marklund. Police officer Nina Hoffman doesn’t believe for a second that David’s wife is guilty and she is determined to find out the truth.


You’re in charge of the dinosaur-washing business. The dinos come to get soaped, scrubbed and thoroughly cleaned. There are lots of dinosaurs needing a cleaning in “Down at the Dino Wash Deluxe” by Tim Myers. Fun facts about dinosaurs are also included.


Doug’ parents want him to be smart, so the plug him in each morning to download information about the city where they live. Doug is a robot and he suddenly wonders what he could learn if he wandered around the city exploring. “Doug Unplugged” is an exciting day around the city as he unplugs himself and goes about the city to learn firsthand what it’s all about. Author Dan Yaccarino has written a funny story for children to enjoy.

Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 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