Author Archives: Diane Osborne

Library Subscription Boxes

The Freeman/Lozier Library offers subscription boxes. Well, if you look at it in a certain light, you could say we do. The definition of a subscription box is a group of physical products packaged in a box and delivered to customers on a regular, recurring schedule. There are all kinds of subscription boxes out there such as: meal kits, clothing, pets, crafts, babies, learning, and beauty products all catered to meet your needs. The Freeman/Lozier Library offers this service in two unique ways.

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Thyroid Disease Awareness Month

Did you know that there is something in your body that has the shape of a butterfly that is responsible for producing hormones that play a crucial role in many of the body’s systems?  It is in charge of systems from cells and tissues, to organs like the heart, brain, liver, and kidneys. It is called the thyroid gland and it is found in your neck. Dysfunction occurs when the thyroid produces either too much or too little thyroid hormone. Either can disrupt healthy functioning of vital organs – leading to a wide range of symptoms. The good news is that once it is diagnosed and treated, it is possible to live a normal, healthy life. Since this gland controls so much and can affect many areas of the body, the month of January has been dedicated to bring awareness to thyroid diseases.

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Thankful in January

Whew! We made it to January and a new year. Now that things have quieted down a little, January is a good time to reflect on what you’re thankful for. You may be saying we did that at Thanksgiving. Did you? Did you really take the time or were you getting ready for the next holiday and didn’t have the time to truly sit down, breathe, and think about how blessed you really are. Looking back over the past few months, I feel thankful about quite a few things.


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National Impaired Driving Month

In December 2012, President Obama designated December as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and invited families, educators, health care providers, and community leaders to promote responsible decision-making and encouraged young people to live free of drugs and alcohol. Continue reading

History of Christmas Cards

People have been sending Christmas greetings to each other for hundreds of years. The custom of sending Christmas cards, as we know them today, was started in the UK in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole.  He was a dedicated civil-servant and scholar. He had just worked to pass a reform that lowered the cost of postage to a single penny (the “penny post”) to encourage British citizens of all walks of life to use the postal system. However, he needed to find a way to get more people to using the mail to help finance the change.


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Thanksgiving by the Numbers

While you’re making final dinner head counts, writing out your grocery list, and planning that marathon supermarket trip to fill your cart with all the basics this holiday season, did you ever stop to wonder about the numbers behind Thanksgiving? What was it like at the first Thanksgiving? Whether your questions are related to the very first Thanksgiving or today’s modern holiday, this blog has got your curiosities covered.

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Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most of the food we eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy.

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Halloween Trends

Halloween is now considered a global holiday that is celebrated by millions around the world.  It happens every October 31st and it marks the start of Allhollowtide, a series of Christian holidays meant to remember the dead, such as loved ones, saints, and martyrs.  Although most people consider Halloween as a major US holiday, it did not reach mainstream consciousness in North America until the 1800’s.  Today, one of the largest celebrations in the world is held in New York’s Greenwich Village as a Halloween Parade. It features over 50,000 participants in costume and millions of spectators turn up each year to cheer them on throughout Manhattan.

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ProQuest Health & Medical Collection

ProQuest Health & Medical Collection is an all-encompassing medical information resource for researchers, students, faculty, and healthcare professionals. Inside users will find biomedical content from MEDLINE®, the National Library of Medicine’s database, built on a core of premier scholarly journals in full text such as The New England Journal of MedicineThe Lancet, and The BMJ.

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