Adult News, Reviews & Information

  • Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:28pm

    If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
    ‒Nelson Mandela



    Over the decades, the world has become more interactive as technology has erased existing borders. Learning a new language can expand us culturally, and can also help us on a developmental level as well. The Telegraph discusses this in an article which focuses on alternative benefits of learning other languages. 

    1. You become smarter

    2. You build multitasking skills

    3. You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

    4. Your memory improves

    5. You become more perceptive

    6. Your decision-making skills improve

    7. You improve your English

    Homewood Library is now offering FREE online language learning through MANGO.

    MANGO  is a fun and easy, self-paced, interactive teaching system that helps the learner practice personal conversational skills and learn cultural insights for a foreign language. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises. The focus is on practical conversations while increasing vocabulary and grammar skills.

    MANGO courses are for just about anyone who is old enough to read, and  MANGO also offers ESL (English as a second language) for over a dozen different languages

    In order to use Mango, your computer must have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed (Adobe 10.3 or higher). You can easily upgrade for free by visiting Adobe’s website.

    If you are interested in trying MANGO, click here.


  • Thu, 03/27/2014 - 8:09pm

    More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. We know walking helps control weight, and improves health even without weight loss. People who are physically active live longer and have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. 

    The biggest difference regular exercise can make is in increasing a person's chances of independence and self care as we get older. Health experts have now discovered that regular exercise can help prevent many of the conditions that frequently lead to a ride in an ambulance to the hospital.

    Warmer weather is finally on the way; give your legs a stretch and take a visit to a local park or take a stroll around your neighborhood.  Here are some books to give you motivation!


    60 hikes within 60 miles, Birmingham : including Tuscaloosa, Sipsey Wilderness, Talladega National Forest, and Shelby County/ Russell Helms

    Including hikes near Anniston, Gadsden, Cullman, and Tuscaloosa, "60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Birmingham" reaches out to provide the best day hikes within an hour's drive of the Magic City. From mine-riddled Ruffner Mountain in the Eastwood/Irondale area to the blast furnaces of Tannehill State Park, area hiking paths cross hidden ore shafts, pass over vast deposits of coal, and circle immense limestone quarries. 


    50 Places to Hike Before You Die / Chris Santella ; foreword by Bob Peixotto 

    Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die" is the latest offering in the bestselling "Fifty Places" series. Chris Santella, along with top expedition leaders, explores the world's greatest walking adventures. Some, such as the Lunana Snowman Trek in Bhutan and the Kangshung Valley Trek in Tibet, are grueling multiweek adventures at high altitudes. With commentaries from expert trekkers and insider tips that lead the reader off the beaten path.


    Walk a hound, lose a pound : how you and your dog can lose weight, stay fit, and have fun together / Phil Zeltzman and Rebecca A. Johnson

    A dog is an ideal workout partner: always supportive, happy to go for a walk, and never judgmental. When people and dogs exercise together, fitness and health happen on both ends of the leash. As the obesity epidemic spreads, 70 percent of Americans and 50 percent of dogs are overweight or obese, resulting in staggering health care costs and suffering. The causes, consequences, and treatment for the overweight and obese are strikingly similar in people and dogs. Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound, written by an expert veterinary surgeon and leading nurse researcher, helps you move from a food-centered relationship with dogs to an exercise-centered relationship. 


    Wild : from lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail / Cheryl Strayed

    At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. 


    A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the   Appalachain Trail/ Bill Bryson

    Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The AT offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes, and also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

    For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride, and while on the trail they meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters. A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail, and as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods has become a modern classic of travel literature.

    Happy trails!

  • Thu, 03/20/2014 - 8:46pm

    March 20th marked the first day of spring.  Can you believe it after a very rough winter, warm days are just around the bend!  If you have not already started thinking about gardening, now is the time.  Just in time, here comes Weed Appreciation Day from days of the

     What’s wrong with weeds? Natural environments, gardens, parks and public places are home to huge varieties of plants and flowers, and weeds are an important part of that ecosystem. On Weed Appreciation Day, consider how much fun you had with dandelions as a child before you pull them up; and consider how many of these weeds are in fact edible (make sure to check it’s safe!), and unsurprisingly very easy to grow!    What’s wrong with weeds?


    Really small gardens: a practical guide to gardening in a truly small space by Jill Billington

    With over 150 gorgeous photos, detailed gardening plans, and planned schemes, this book shows how to make a spacious, classy garden with limited amount of room.


    American grown: the story of the White House kitchen garden and gardens across America by Michelle Obama

    In American Grown, Mrs. Obama tells the story of the White House Kitchen Garden, celebrates the bounty of gardens across our nation and reminds us all of what we can grown together.


    Small Plot Big Harvest by Lucy Halsall

    Aimed at both urban and suburban gardeners with small plots, who want to be a part of the grow-your-own phenomenon, "Small Plot, Big Harvest" celebrates what the vast majority of people have - a little bit of patio or garden that is precious to them.


    Natural Beauty from the garden: more than 200 do-it-yourself beauty recipes and garden ideas by Janice Cox

    Author Janice Cox presents over two hundred brand-new recipes for home beauty treatments that make use of common flowers,plants,grasses and trees to create useful and lovely products for all aspects of skin, hair care, and bathing enjoyment.


    Acorn pancakes, dandelion salad and 38 other recipes by Jean Craighead George

    A filed guide for finding, harvesting and cooking wild plants. All you need is a penknife, a bag, and fingers! Wear old clothes and old shoes. Wild crops are found everywhere around you.  Join Jean Craighead George's simple recipes for cooking these wild foods - and enjoy!