By DEB SULLIVAN
On the Shelves
“I moved here from Maryland so I could raise goats,” says Jeanne Smith, a library assistant at the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock. “I have goats and chickens. I love the whole country living philosophy and just being healthy. The atmosphere at our library is very much connected to green living, crafts and food.”
Browsing the library’s book collection or chatting with staff quickly reveals a common interest in health and sustainable practices.
“It is a hotbed of health at this library,” quips Smith, who just happens to be spearheading its upcoming Healthy Living Fair on Saturday, April 14.
Smith and her event committee have gathered a diverse roster of professionals who will demonstrate and explain everything from backyard composting and juicing to better health and Zumba. The whole day will center on four key lifestyle components: fitness, healthy mind and spirit, healthy body, and green living.
The fair is one of many free programs scheduled at York County Libraries in celebration of National Library Week, April 8-14. The week’s focus is the five critical literacies that Pennsylvania’s libraries collectively believe are essential for moving PA Forward. They include health literacy, basic literacy, financial literacy, civic/social literacy, and information literacy — all building blocks for both individual success and a strong, vibrant commonwealth.
Health literacy is certainly Glen Rock’s emphasis for the week. “We are really excited about educating people and making them aware of resources available in their community,” says Library Director Gina Mumaw. “You don’t have to live in a big city to access the depth of resources and knowledge we have here.”
Mumaw has noticed that sustainable gardening is becoming a trend, and that people are becoming increasingly concerned, as a whole, about our food supply and environment.
“We are paying more attention to what we’re eating and how we’re gardening. We’re really getting back to our roots,” she adds. The event is free, and although none of the demonstrators will be selling anything that day, they will provide literature and contact information for interested attendees who want to learn more.
Among the experts presenting are Marc and Jenny Shearer, the husband and wife team from Swissland Acres in Glen Rock. Their farm is dedicated to feeding and raising livestock naturally without the use of drugs and chemicals. Marc will be explaining the difference in quality of the eggs produced in this type of setting, and the benefits of selecting grass-fed meat to put on the family dinner table.
Jenny, who will be talking about syncing your mind, body and spirit at the Healthy Living Fair, says “people tend to think only about one aspect of their health. They tend to think physical.”
According to Jenny, all three aspects are important components of health, and how you think is related. When you are stressed, your body uses vitamin D. There is a direct connection. “If you change your mind, you can change your body.”
Deborah Sullivan is community relations director for the York County Library System.
If you go
What: Healthy Living Fair
When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14
Where: Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., Glen Rock
Details: The event is free. Call 717-235-1127 for more information.
Presentations: Zumba demo by Lisa Eberly; exercise techniques by Beth Welchans, personal trainer; massage therapy by Lisa Evans; yoga by John Protopapas; syncing mind, body and spirit by Jenny Shearer of Swissland Acres; benefits of grass-fed meat by Marc Shearer of Swissland Acres; nutrition by Deborah Kauffmann, RD, LDN; home juicing by Greg Mumaw, personal chef; backyard composting by Rob Wood of Spoutwood Farm; preserving the harvest by Marcia Weber of Penn State Cooperative Extension; and natural yarns & sheepskins by Kathy Davidson of Potosi Sheep Farm.
— Good for You! Try a class for free at the YMCA: April 9-22. Bob Hoffman YMCA, Eastern YMCA, Southern YMCA, York YMCA, Hanover YMCA, Littlestown YMCA, and Hanover South YMCA, www.yorkcoymca.org. Show your York County Libraries’ card at a participating YMCA and try a fitness class. Some restrictions may apply. Please contact your local YMCA for more information.
— Wills and Other Estate Planning Documents: 6:30 p.m. April 9. Dover Area Community Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover Township. Call 717-292-6814. Explore with Bradley C. Jacobs, Register of Wills of York County; and Attorney John Herrold, the various documents necessary for an effective estate plan.
— Savvy Social Security Planning: 6:30 p.m. April 9. Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion. Call 717-244-2032. Hershey Financial Group will share important rules and strategies for collecting retirement benefits and coordinating Social Security with other sources of retirement income.
— Troubleshooting the Titanic: 6:30 p.m. April 10. Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam Township. Call 717-252-4080. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster. We will be looking at what happened and why and we will experiment with some basic scientific principles to see how the ship could have been kept afloat. Please register and sign up to bring a snack or a drink.
— Backyard Chickens: 6:30 p.m. April 12. Dillsburg Area Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg. Call 717-432-5613. Throughout the country, many families are keeping small flocks of chickens as pets and as a source of local eggs. Learn about the nutritional and environmental benefits of keeping a small backyard flock. An educator from the York County Agricultural Extension Office will give an overview of the selection, feeding, housing, care and maintenance of backyard chickens.
On the Shelves
— “Keeping Chickens with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Care for a Happy, Healthy Flock,” Ashley English
— “Super Natural Every Day : Well-Loved Recipes From My Natural Foods Kitchen,” Heidi Swanson
— “Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine and More,” Abigail Gehring
— “The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice,” T.K.V. Desikachar
— “jam it, pickle it cure it: and other cooking projects,” Karen Solomon
— “Fast Fresh, and Green: More Than 90 Delicious Recipes for Veggie Lovers,” Susie Middleton
— “The Healthy Home: Simple Truths to Protect Your Family From Hidden Household Dangers,” Dave Wentz and Myron Wentz with Donna K. Wallace