The Librarians’ Favorite Holiday Cookies!

One of the librarians’ favorite holidays takes place in December – but I’m not talking about Christmas or New Year’s Eve, I’m talking about National Cookie Day! National Cookie Day was this past Saturday (December 4th) and we’re celebrating appropriately: by sharing our favorite holiday cookie recipes with you! Between office parties, family celebrations, and stress eating other holiday shindigs, there is no shortage of baking opportunities this time of year. These librarian picks are sure to be party pleasers, so grab your mixing bowl and have at it (we won’t judge you for eating the batter).

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Tech Talk Thursday: Your Black Friday 2016 Gadget Guide

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November is here, and that means that Thanksgiving is only three weekends away. Which means that Christmas and Hanukkah and the other winter-time holidays are only about seven weeks away. Crazy, right?! To be honest, I started listening to Christmas music two days ago.

If you’re anything like us, you may be hoping to get some of your holiday shopping done on or around Black Friday – after all, it pays (well, saves) to be a savvy shopper, especially when it comes to newer technology releases. At this stage, precise Black Friday 2016 deals have yet to be confirmed; however, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a good idea of the sort of tech-y goodies you’ll be able to snap up on the cheap, so we’ve rounded up a list of the top technology products to look out for this holiday season. Be sure to make any tech-savvy family member or friend happy by keeping an eye out for these products, which are shaping up to be the most popular steals of the shopping season!

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Spotlight on Health: A Guide to Holiday Wellness

Although the holiday season absolutely warms our spirits, it can also take quite a toll on our bodies. Between all of the baking, office parties, holiday meals, time spent parked on the couch watching holiday movies, and stress that comes with holiday preparations and spending, it’s no wonder that the most popular New Year’s resolutions involve improving our health and wellness! Make use of these holiday wellness tips in order to keep yourself healthy and sane even before the New Year begins.

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Let’s talk turkey: The truth about tryptophan

Post-Thanksgiving NapThis Thursday after digging into your delicious Thanksgiving meal, you might find yourself slouching on your sofa, pants feeling a little snug, and you might find yourself feeling a dozy. Your first inclination will likely be to blame that delectable turkey and all of that tryptophan. Because turkey has tryptophan, and tryptophan makes us sleepy, right?

Well…

This may likely be a myth that we have all been telling ourselves. The science behind tryptophan is pretty clear: tryptophan is an essential amino acid that our bodies need to help make niacin and serotonin. Our bodies do not produce tryptophan, so we must get it from our diet. Serotonin is believed to help us sleep better and stabilize our moods. It would appear, then, if tryptophan helps us make serotonin, and serotonin helps us sleep, that consuming tryptophan would make us sleepy, right?

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Tech Talk Thursday: Sales Season Death Battle!

Beyond the retail tradition of shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday is now the steady fast Cyber Monday. But how is a shopper supposed to siphon out the best deal and on which day? I was overwhelmed and worried by the prospect of having to sort through an indigestible amount of Black Friday ads and mailing lists. What if I end up buying something I could get for a better deal on Cyber Monday? How is anyone supposed to get the best deal when Cyber Monday deals are usually not even announced until after Black Friday? What is this madness!?!?!

While I quested for the answers the biggest lesson I learned is that being a bargain shopper is all about your homework. Here’s the shakedown for the epic sales battle of Thanksgiving  vs. Black Friday  vs. Cyber Monday, when to shop and what to buy!

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Black Friday shopping can be overwhelming – let us help!

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