When people go "scot free," it means they get away without paying. But where did that phrase come from?
It originated in Scandinavia in the 11th century. Scot is a word for tax and we all know what free means, even if there aren't many things in life that are. It's hard to believe that taxes date back that far, but maybe not so hard to believe some people have always been trying to get out of paying their share.
For all of you who have started a diet for 2012, the library has many different types of dieting books available. We also have lots of cookbooks for all tastes. "The Ultimate Low Calorie Book," issued by Better Homes and Gardens, contains more than 400 light and healthy recipes for you to make. There are meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less, low-sodium dishes, high-fiber meals and much more. Other features include substitution charts, nutrition advice and basic information on healthy eating.
Anyone who is interested in gluten-free cooking will want to take a look at the two newest arrivals at the library. "Deliciously G Free" by Elisabeth Hasselbeck contains recipes for every meal of the day. The author became gluten intolerant as an adult and had to learn a new way of cooking. The recipes she shares in this book are easy to make, and family-friendly. She was able to revise old family recipes as well as develop new ones and the result is this cookbook of more than 100 recipes. Also available is "Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies" by Dr. Jean Layton and Linda Larsen. This cookbook focuses exclusively on baking and contains more than 150 recipes for cakes, cookies, and breads. You'll learn how to combine special flowers in the right combination to obtain delicious results. Gluten-free baking tips are also included.
Philipp Perlmann is trying to get his life back to normal after his wife's death in the novel "Perlmann's Silence" by Pascal Mercier. As a well-known linguist, he has been asked to speak at an international conference in Genoa. He is so overcome by grief however, he is no longer confident of his abilities, nor does he feel capable of writing his keynote address. In a moment of panic, he decides to use the work of one of his Russian colleagues who was unable to attend. When he learns that individual is actually due to arrive, he becomes desperate and it drives him to contemplate murder. This psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.
"The Alzheimer's Prevention Program" by Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan shows you how to keep your brain healthy. It's an easy to follow regimen based on the latest Alzheimer's disease research.
Through a series of quizzes and self-evaluations you'll arrive at a starting point of their program. Their training technique is known as "look, snap, connect" and will help you improve all your memory tasks. The program also includes a whole body program, healthy nutrition advice, and much more to help keep your whole body and brain efficient.
"Solomon Crocodile" by Katherine Rayner finds Solomon looking for fun, but nobody wants to play. Solomon visits all the residents in the river area and they all tell him he's nothing but a nuisance. When Solomon hears somebody else making a ruckus, he goes to find out just who's creating the trouble. Children will laugh out loud when they find out who the culprit is and how the story ends.
The library will be closed Monday to observe Martin Luther King Jr. 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 www.thedailystar.com/librarycorner.