Free diabetes education event at the library

SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

If you have diabetes, have a loved one who was recently diagnosed, or just want to learn more about this disease, you will want to join us this evening (Thursday, Aug. 22) from 5:30-7 p.m. at the library for a very special free community education event.

You will hear doctors, a dietician and other wellness experts talk about what diabetes is, how it affects your eye health, and the latest information on nutrition, lifestyle and medication. There also will be plenty of time for Qs and As.

Dr. Evette Polsynski, M.D. and endocrinologist, will explain the different types of diabetes. You’ll hear about the different tests to diagnose diabetes and the various treatments following diagnosis.

Dr. Jon Zissman from Mountain Eye Care will discuss how diabetes can affect your eyes and what to do about it.

Sabra Miller, a registered dietician, will discussion nutrition and good diabetes diet choices, some of which you will share at the break.

Matthew Groves, pharmacy student, will discuss diabetes help available.

Carol Anderson, Wellness Center manager at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center, and other medical center experts will speak on wellness programs and biometric screening.

Diane Munson, massage therapist and wellness life coach, will give her personal account of living with the disease.

This valuable education event is free and requires no advance registration. We hope to see you there. As well, your library has multiple diabetes information resources that you can check out for more helpful information.

Free tech programs

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help with your computer or tablet issues. More formal sessions requiring advance registration are Skype Basics on Monday, Aug. 26, and Wednesday, Aug. 28, both from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Here you will learn how to make free video calls on your computer.

Free teen programs

Every Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games) and Card Battles, starting with Pokemon Card Battles, and you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided. Wednesday, Aug. 28, is the next session.

How-to books

“Home Theater for Dummies” shows you how to chose components that fit your budget, lifestyle and room. “The Art of Seamless Knitting” by Simona Merchant-Dest and Faina Goberstein shows you how to convert flat patterns to circular techniques with 11 projects. “A Detailed Guide to Self-Publishing with Amazon and other Online Booksellers/Volume 2” is a guide that was self-published by Chris McMullen. “The Repurposed Library” by Lisa Occhipinti offers 33 craft projects that give orphaned and outdated books new life as art objects and practical items. “Clark Howard’s Living Large for the Long Haul” offers consumer-tested ways to overhaul your finances and increase your savings.

Large print

“There Was an Old Woman” by Hallie Ephron is a mystery. “Die a Stranger” by Steve Hamilton is the latest in the Alex McKnight crime mystery series. “Until She Comes Home” by Mori Roy is a mystery suspense story set in 1950’s Detroit.

Books on CD

“Snowbound” by Richard S. Wheeler is the story of American explorer John Fremont. “Hard Ride to Hell” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western in the Family Jensen series. “Death of a Hangman” is a western in the Ralph Compton series. “C.S. Lewis: A Life” by Alister McGrath gives us a portrait of the life of this author of the Narnia fantasy series. “A Tap on the Window” by Linwood Barclay is a suspense story that reveals the dark side of a small upstate New York town.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Cuckoos Calling” by J.K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith is a debut mystery featuring PI Cormoran Strike.

“Mistress” by James Patterson is a thriller about a woman with a double life who may or may not have committed suicide. “Death Angel” by Linda Fairstein explores the rich and little known history of New York City’s Central Park.

Other new novels

“The Dark Legacy of Shannara: Witch Wraith is the third book in this fantasy series. “Blood and Beauty” by Sarah Dunant is an historical novel about the Borgias family is 15th century Italy. “The Legend of the Black Rose” by M. Avery tells of life in Pagosa Junction in the days of the Old Spanish trail. “& Sons” by David Gilbert gathers three sons together after their father’s death.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Kerry Elrod, Pam Kircher, Jim and Sandy Kahrs, Karl Irons, Kenneth Samela, Jim Murtring, Cindy Quigley and Terry DeBoer.

Quotable Quote

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” — G.B. Stern, contemporary British author and literary critic.


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This story was posted on August 22, 2013.