#BookBingoNW2022: Health or Healthcare Workers

Summer Book Bingo 2022 deadline is looming! As Sept. 6 draws near, here are some suggestions for folks trying to fill their Health or healthcare workers square – two novels that imagine the lives of nurses, plus nonfiction about building healthcare infrastructure, reflections on medical advancements, and two books for common health concerns.

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
Over three days in Dublin, Ireland during the 1918 flu epidemic, nurse Julia Power works the quarantined maternity ward in an understaffed city hospital where pregnant women with influenza prepare to give birth. (historical fiction)

Lazaretto by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
In Civil War-era Philadelphia, Sylvia works as a nurse-in-training to a local midwife at Lazaretto Hospital, which is an anchor to an African American community. On the night of President Lincoln’s assassination, Sylvia helps deliver the baby of a Black maid, Meda, an event that ties together Sylvia and Meda’s lives. (historical fiction)

Sisters of Mokama by Jyoti Thottam
The true story of six Kentucky nuns who in 1947 traveled to Bihar in northern India to build a hospital, provide necessary medical care, and open a nursing school to train local women. Thottam, of The New York Times, pulls from 20 years of research, 60+ interviews, and the story of her mother, who was one of the young Indian women taken in as a nursing student.

The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town by Brian Alexander
A portrait of a small nonprofit hospital in Bryan, OH that sheds light on health care in America. From fall 2018 through summer 2020, journalist Alexander interviewed hospital personnel, patients, and others to get a full picture of how hospitals survive – or don’t. Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2022: Health or Healthcare Workers”

Mosquitoes—They Suck!

A female mosquito of the Culicidae family (Culiseta longiareolata). Source: Wikipedia
A female mosquito of the Culicidae family (Culiseta longiareolata). Source: Wikipedia

Mosquitoes actually have some good points—they are a food source for many animals, they pollinate flowers, and they even have the capacity to learn. But mostly, as any of us who have been bitten can attest, THEY SUCK (at least, the females do). August 20 is World Mosquito Day, and we welcome you to come see our display on this ubiquitous pest at the Central Library this month on level 7; it has some great offerings if you want to learn more about our bloodthirsty friends. Continue reading “Mosquitoes—They Suck!”

Caring for the Caregiver

~posted by Ann G.

Some of the toughest things about caring for older family members are knowing how to navigate the many systems we come up against, and taking care of ourselves so that we have the energy to take care of them too.

In July, the library is hosting a series of lunchtime programs that address exactly these issues!  Sponsored by the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, the sessions will have speakers who will present on topics such as tricks of the trade for caring for elders, self-care for caregivers, and planning for end-of-life.  Please join us! Continue reading “Caring for the Caregiver”

Caffeine: The World’s Favorite Drug

Caffeinated JPGPosted by Selby
Whether you slam an energy drink in the afternoon or start your day with a cup of joe, most Americans consume some amount of caffeine during the day, and we love it. Recently, author Murray Carpenter took a good long look at a drug many of us use daily without thinking about it. In his book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us, Carpenter travels the world to see where and how we get our caffeine fix, as well as how it affects our bodies and minds. Continue reading “Caffeine: The World’s Favorite Drug”

The most depressing thing I have read in 2014

Photo by CC attribution from JZee on flickrWe all want our health care professionals to have the best and most reliable information out there when they are deciding how to treat us, right? And if we are making a big decision about our health, we want to be sure we have the true facts, yes? Therefore, when I read this article with the title “Physicians use Wikipedia as top source of medical information,” I screamed (to myself), “NOOOOO!” Continue reading “The most depressing thing I have read in 2014”