Mindful Minute: Spoon Theory

Libby is back with another Mindful Minute! Many people are feeling the negative effects of isolation, including depression. If you want to better understand a common struggle with depression, tune in to learn about “spoon theory.”

Reach out to Libby at libbyr@eauclaire.lib.wi.us with questions on self care during the pandemic. In case of a mental health emergency, contact 911 or Northwest Connections Crisis Services at 888-552-6642.

Smoothie Time!

With all this time at home, have you started to try new recipes? Or thought about trying new recipes? Do you miss fancy beverages from local cafes? I know I miss my favorites (shout out to ECDC and Shift!).

Well, back in the day, I used to work at a coffee shop that also happened to sell stellar fruit smoothies. I love love loved their drinks, and splurged more often than I probably should have as a poor college student. When I left for library work, I started to make my own smoothies at home. They’re SO easy to make – and super tasty! It may seem like too much trouble, but all you need is a blender, fruit or veg, and ice. I mean, what recipe is easier than that?

You can use frozen fruit, fresh fruit, canned fruit – or a combination. Add yogurt, milk (or dairy free alternative), or a little juice. Add a bit of honey or sugar if you need it a little sweeter. Be a rebel and try adding spinach or other vegetables; you never know what deliciousness you may invent.

As the weather starts to warm up, I’m getting into my smoothie groove again, and thought I’d share a favorite recipe with you. Give it a try, and share your pics on Instagram. Be sure to tag us @eclibraryteens.

Tropical Burst Smoothie

3/4 cup frozen pineapple
3/4 cup frozen mango
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 fresh banana
1/2 cup plain yogurt
4-5 ice cubes (or about 1 cup)

Throw the frozen fruit into a bowl. Microwave for 90-120 seconds to thaw out (or leave on the counter for a few hours. But who has time for that?). Once fruit is mostly thawed, place in blender. Add banana, yogurt, and ice. COVER with lid. You may want to hold the lid down to be safe. Smoothie on the ceiling is NOT fun. Blend until smooth. Poor into a glass, add an eco-friendly straw, and enjoy in the sunshine.*

Looking for more smoothie recipes? The internet has TONS of great suggestions. Or try some of these awesome e-books from the library. We’ve got smoothie books for DAYS. You may need to log in to to see all of them. Use that library card power!

Freading Smoothie E-Books 

Hoopla Smoothie E-Books

*Maybe clean the blender for your parents? Or double the recipe and bribe them with a smoothie so you don’t have to clean.

Mindful Minute: Breathe

Have you not been feeling like yourself? I certainly haven’t. Staying home is hard! Why not join our Community Resource Specialist and Social Worker Libby for a mindful minute (or two) to reconnect with you. Research shows that mindfulness can be helpful in managing anxiety and distress.

Reach out to Libby at libbyr@eauclaire.lib.wi.us with questions on self care during the pandemic. In case of a mental health emergency, contact 911 or Northwest Connections Crisis Services at 888-552-6642.

Read This: Light Horror

Do you need a little bit of scary in your life? Not too much, just a bit? Well, this week’s Read This episode has two horror-light book recommendations to fill that hole in your life. Check them out, send us an email or Instagram DM with your thoughts on one or both recs. Happy reading!

In addition to print, Dread Nation by Justina Ireland is available on Freading, Hoopla, or Wisconsin’s Digital Library. Its sequel, Deathless Divide, is also available from all three platforms. Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia is available to download on Freading and Hoopla.

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

Hey y’all, have you heard about the great 2020 lineup at SYNC Audiobooks for Teens? Each year, AudioFile magazine partners with publishers to give away great teen audiobooks – all summer! Every single person that wants to download the audiobooks can; you simply have to use the free Sora app to download the books within set dates. Between April 30 and July 29, SYNC offers two book downloads per week, which means you can get up to 26 free audiobooks. That needs to be repeated – 26 FREE AUDIOBOOKS. How can you pass that up? I’ve included more information below, including 2020 book titles and a link to FAQs. I hope you can take advantage of this wonderful service. Happy listening!

SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. Returning April 30, 2020, SYNC will give away two complete audiobooks  a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Register for SYNC and sign up for email or text alerts at  www.audiobooksync.com.

FAQs @ SYNC Audiobooks for Teens

2020 Book Titles

April 30 – May 6
THE 57 BUS by Dashka Slater & MONDAY’S NOT COMING by Tiffany D. Jackson

May 7 – May 13
PICTURE US IN THE LIGHT by Kelly Loy Gilbert & SECRET SOLDIERS by Paul B. Janeczko

May 12 – May 20
FAUST by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe & STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco

May 21 – May 27
SISTERS MATSUMOTO by Philip Kan Gotanda & DISAPPEARED by Francisco X. Stork

May 28 – June 3
IN SEARCH OF US by Ava Dellaira & SERPENT & DOVE by Shelby Mahurin

June 4 – June 10
LIKE NO OTHER by Una LaMarche & INTO WHITE by Randi Pink

June 11 – June 17
EASY PREY by Catherine Lo & MARK OF THE RAVEN by Morgan L. Busse

June 18 – June 24
THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS by Bill Konigsberg & THE BRONTË PLOT by Katherine Reay

June 25 – July 1
THE SILENCE BETWEEN US by Alison Gervais & MEXICAN WHITEBOY by Matt de la Peña

July 2 – July 8
FRESH INK by Lamar Giles [Ed.] & HOPE NATION by Rose Brock [Ed.]

July 9 – July 15
A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens & TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare

July 16 – July 22
FAKE by Eric Simonson & NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

July 23 – July 29
KINDRED by Octavia E. Butler & BURN BABY BURN by Meg Medina