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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

During this month, many organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness, address the challenges faced by many who live with mental health conditions. Mental health awareness is not just about those who have a mental health condition, mental health awareness is also about your emotional, psychological, and social- well being. Taking care of your mental health is essential to your overall well-being. How can you take care of your mental health? By practicing self-care. Self-care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress. This month, no matter how busy you may be, remember to set aside time each week to give yourself some self-care.

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April is for Poetry and Gardening!

April is an exciting month at the Oceanside Library because it is National Poetry Month, and because we are launching our new seed library! As always, we have plenty of books and online resources on these topics and more. Continue Reading


Clear the Clutter

March is the month for decluttering your home and your life. Tackle one area at a time and sorting your things into categories.
Make lists of keep-donate-discard to create a more organized peaceful living space. Allowing yourself more time to do what you love…
like reading!

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Try some “Creative Nonfiction”

Creative nonfiction is a literary genre that combines styles of fiction writing with nonfiction.  While some nonfiction can be more informative or academic, creative nonfiction creates a narrative similar to fiction.  In other words, the information remains truthful and accurate while aiming to capture the reader’s attention the way a novel might.

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Graphic Novels are REAL BOOKS TOO!

Graphic novels are becoming popular for all ages – unfortunately, they aren’t taken as seriously as other novels. A common misconception is that graphic novels are not “real” books because they mostly contain illustrations, but that is far from the truth. Continue Reading


The Twelfth Month of the Year

When we think of December, we think of holidays and family gatherings. To most it means busy days ahead.  It’s a time of shopping, colder weather and stress.  We are going to parties, wrapping presents, decorating our homes, while making time to visit our loved ones. It is loaded with traditions of gingerbread houses, cookie baking and dreidels. So take time to enjoy the baking, marvel at the excitement of young children, and cherish your loved ones while making some time for you. Sit with some hot cocoa, watch a holiday movie, or take a moment to reflect and think about the new year ahead. Continue Reading


Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes

Over the past few decades, there has been a noticeable increase in the incidence of diabetes among adults in our country—a chronic health condition that can potentially lead to heart disease, kidney disease, vision loss, and other significant health complications. Currently, more than 34 million Americans are dealing with this disease, with an anticipated 88 million more individuals potentially at risk of developing it. November is National Diabetes Month, and our objective is to raise awareness about the various types of this dangerous health condition.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This year, the month of October has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Typically, I look forward to the cooler weather, apple picking with my family, and trick-or-treating with my two young children. But October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which now has personal significance. A few months ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35 and am currently undergoing treatment. Throughout my cancer journey, I’ve put my librarian muscles to the test by searching for and finding various cancer-related resources. And the Oceanside Library has plenty of amazing resources! 


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Enter a new realm with “Portal Fantasy” Books

Some books are a magical portal to another dimension.

Ever since we were kids, books have taken us on incredible adventures where ordinary people find themselves in extraordinary situations, where the real world blends with realms full of magical, mythical and often dangerous creatures. Whether falling through a rabbit hole into Wonderland or stepping through an old wardrobe into Narnia.


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Happiness Happens Month is celebrated in August.

Knowing I’d be writing the August blog about Happiness heightened my awareness of the topic. I started noticing happiness comments and quotes all over. Here are some that caught my attention:

“Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go” attributed to Oscar Wilde

“There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way” Thich Nhat Hanh

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