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Exercise Your Right to Enjoy These New Non-Fiction Titles At JCPL!


Exercise is defined as: “Bodily or mental exertion , especially for the sake of training or improvement of health.” It can also be defined in this way: “Putting into action, use, operation, or effect.” According to, some of the main reasons people don’t exercise are that 1) they hate to exercise 2) they try it but get sore and quit 3) they see no changes in their body so they give it up. The list goes on, and I can relate to every excuse, because I’ve used them all.

I agree with whoever coined the phrase, “I’m in no shape to exercise,” and wholly agree with whoever surmised, “That’s not sweat; it’s my body crying.” Seriously, there are so many different types of exercise to choose from, chances are there’s one that’s right for you.

There’s jazzercise, Pilates, Aerobics, and Facercise. Yep, I said “Facercise,” created just for the muscles in your face.

Written by Carole Maggio, “The Ultimate Facercise: The Complete and Balanced Muscle Toning Program for Renewed Vitality and a More Youthful Appearance” uses the most advanced technology to work the muscles in the face and use the correct body posture and precision movements to create dramatic results;  results that can be achieved without botox, chemical peels or other invasive procedures.

So plump up your lips, define your cheeks, firm your jawline and turn up the corners of your mouth by checking out this guide to a more youthful appearance from the Jasper County Public Library’s shelf of new non-fiction titles. Turn up the corners of your mouth with an automatic smile as you read on for more, great, new non-fiction at JCPL!

The late, great Victorian doctor, Jack Haldane is known for the quote, “Never experiment on an animal if a man will do,” as well as, “Never ask anyone to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.” He himself, along with his father, inhaled poisonous gasses to test the efficiency of the gas mask they had just invented, thus discovering “smoking ears and screaming teeth.”

In “Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self Experimentation” by Trevor Norton, the stories are wittily told, some bordering on disturbing, others downright astonishing and still others almost absurd. From the concentrated effort of zoologist, Frank Buckland to widen the nation’s diet personally by testing everything he could, from boiled elephant’s trunk to slug soup, to medics who deliberately contracted deadly diseases in hopes of finding cures, to a surgeon who won the Nobel Prize for thrusting a catheter into his own beating heart, this book will astound readers with its unexpected entertainment factor.

How does wind create power? Is it possible that one day in the near future every home in America will be warmed and cooled by wind power alone? If “going green” is the future, beginners who have questions about generating wind power for everyday use will enjoy “Wind Power: 20 Projects to Make With Paper” by Clive Dobson. This book, written in clear, concise, non-technical language, offers real life examples of wind-driven power throughout history, and 20 projects for all ages and skill levels with clear illustrations and step by step construction details that will help readers to understand the modern use of wind power for a sustainable future.

With their emotional intelligence, creativity, playfulness and self awareness, dolphins are much beloved creatures and friends of human beings with their inspiration and brilliance. “The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives” by Diana Reiss combines science and activism on behalf of the dolphin to bring to light the distinct personalities of dolphins and the great intelligence of their species, revealing truths that will hopefully encourage those who care to rescue these beautiful creatures and become advocates for their cause. 

“Exercise; putting into action, use, operation and effect.” You can exercise your body, your face, or your mind; you can exercise your right to vote, exercise caution while crossing a busy street, or exercise anything you like. I think comedienne, Phyllis Diller sums it up with, “My idea of exercise is a good, brisk sit.” And I’ll add to that, ‘with a good book from JCPL!’