“What do you mean I can’t eat bread, for the rest of my life? Are you sure?” That was my reaction three years ago when I was diagnosed with celiac disease. By then, I was willing to try anything to feel better again. I was feeling tired all the time, my stomach hurt constantly, I was losing weight, I just wanted to feel normal again. I did not know what was happening to me. These symptoms are shared by many other diseases and it used to take doctors a while to diagnose celiac disease, especially in adults. Children are diagnosed with celiac disease much faster. Some other symptoms of this illness are: anemia, bloating, delay growth, depression, diarrhea, fatigue. Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the villi of the small intestine and prevents the absorption of nutrients from food. In other words, your body is not getting nourished from any food you eat if the food you are consuming contains gluten. What is gluten? Gluten is a protein that can be found in wheat, barley and rye. The only solution to the problem is stop eating food that contains gluten, forever. There is no medications, no surgeries. Easy, you think. Not so. Almost everything you eat on a daily basis contains gluten. Things like bread, pasta, cookies, donuts, cakes, salad dressings, soups all contain gluten. Because doctors are becoming more aware of the disease, people suffering from it are diagnosed sooner. Doctors can find out if a patient is suffering from celiac with a blood test or a biopsy of the lining of the small intestine. Starting a gluten free diet can feel almost impossible at first but, with a little creativity anyone can make and enjoy delicious gluten free meals. These days there are more and better selection of gluten free items at our grocery stores and more restaurants are offering gluten free alternative entrees in their menus. So get ready to start a new and better life. Come by the library and check out our new display on Celiac Disease Awareness Month. You can find out more about celiac disease and also many cookbooks with delicious gluten free recipes. Also take some time to check out these links:
Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, but here at NVC we are already celebrating it! Stop by the library and check out our display and pick up some free stuff :) plus we have a ton of books on how you can be a more earth-friendly person. Using the library is one of the best ways to be environmentally friendly – READ! RETURN! REPEAT!
Tomorrow we will celebrate all day here on campus — here is the Earth Day Schedule of Events for NVC. And make a special note of the film screening here in the library from 10am-noon in RLC116 - we will be showing the film YERT – about three friends who take an environmental road trip for a year and don’t throw away any of their trash – there will be drinks and snacks!
One thing we all need to remember is that if we all just did a little something each day to be green, it would make a huge impact for our planet! Need some scary facts to get you motivated? Check out these !!!!
Where can you find more info? and What can YOU do?
Every New Year’s Eve as we wait for the New Year to begin we start making resolutions. We at the NVC library asked our students to share their resolutions with us. Here is a list of some of the resolutions they posted:
Be a better mother, wife, person
Go to church more often
Turn off my smart phone
Get better grades
Get into Nursing School
Transfer to a university
Thank you for participating. Hope you have the energy and dedication to work on your resolution for 2014.
Make sure to contact us January of next year to tell us how you did. Have a great year!!
February is here and we’re celebrating Relationship Wellness in the library! Woo hoo! Let’s get started with some quick quizzes:
- Healthy Relationship Quiz from loveisrespect.org
- Relationship Trust Quiz from Greater Good Science Center
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships – the quick version
(BTW, these signs can apply to any relationship – dating, married, friends, parents, children, etc.)
In a healthy relationship:
- Both people feel respected, supported, and valued
- Decisions are made together
- Both people have friends and interests outside of the relationship
- Disagreements are settled with open and honest communication
- There are more good times than bad
In an unhealthy relationship:
- One person tries to change the other
- One person makes most or all of the decisions
- One or both people drop friends and interests outside of the relationship
- One person yells, threatens, hits, or throws things during arguments
- One person makes fun of the other’s opinions or interests
- One person keeps track of the other all the time by calling, texting, or checking in with friends
- There are more bad times than good
This is taken from HealthFinder.gov – Talk with Your Teen about Healthy Relationships
Hooray! The Fall semester is almost done! You are so close to having all kinds of time to relax and do fun stuff! And during winter break one of the best things to do is go to the movies! But something even better then seeing the movie is reading the book it is based on and THEN going to see the movie! Or seeing the movie and being so inspired that you want to read the book — either way the library can help you out!
We have a library full of good books to read – so come by and stock up on your FUN reading for the holidays!
Your NVC Librarians :)
Are you free this Saturday? Need a break from studying? Want to find a new challenge? Stop by the library for International Games Day! We’ll have board games, card games, and more. Come play someone new or learn a new game or create a new game or bring your own console. Libraries across the world will be participating in similar activities.
Some of the games include:
- Yu-Gi-Oh! (we have some demo packs or you can bring your own)
- Cross Ways
For more information about International Games Day:
Stop by! Let me show you the awesomeness that is Euchre…or discover how awesome Yu-Gi-Oh! truly is…or just come have some fun.
Despite its name, this celebration is a vibrant and happy one. It celebrates the life of a loved one already departed. It is a combination of Aztecs believes and Catholic traditions. This celebration is also called “All Souls Day”. On November 2, families remember their forefathers by preparing an altar or “ofrenda” which features a photo of a deceased relative surrounded by novena candles and marigolds. Marigolds are considered “the flowers of the soul”. The altar will also have the deceased favorite drink: café, tequila, cerveza, pictures or items resembling the deceased’s favorite hobbies, foods, and also candy. “Pan de Muerto” is only one of the pastries that can be found at the altar. This tradition is practiced in many Hispanic countries but is most popular in México. Everywhere in the city, candy in the shape of skulls, skeletons and coffins can be found. As the person eats the candy, he/she is savoring the sweetness of life and mocking death at the same time. In other Hispanic countries, people lit candles and pray for family members that had passed. People believe that the dead ones are still members of the family and both, dead and alive ones can help each other through prayer. Here at the NVC Library you can find many resources where you can learn more about this rich tradition that it has transcended into the United States and it is very much alive here in San Antonio and other cities where Hispanics live. Take a look at these materials:
Some of our databases also have very interesting information about the Day of the Dead.
Halloween is almost here! That time of the year when candy comas, really bad horror movies and pumpkin carving throw downs are the norm. Not to mention the sudden surge of zombie sightings in San Antonio.
To celebrate, the NVC Library and Student Life have come up with a list of ghoulish activities.
Thursday, October 1st
Zombie Creation Stations:
Make your own zombie costume for free!
8:30 am till supplies run out
Location: CCC Cafeteria & Library RM 118
Come watch some of the best B-Rated Movies of all time! Free!
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: CCC Cafeteria
Zombie Walk: NVC’s 3rd annual Zombie Walk!
Although zombie costumes are encouraged, it is not a requirement for participation. Just don’t be surprised if some of the zombies try to nibble your head. Also, new this year, if you do show up in a zombie outfit you will receive a very cool, super awesome, official 2013 Zombie Walk button.
10:45 am – 11:00am
Location: Walk from the Redbud Learning Center to Lago Vista, CCC. (Large RM next to the Cafeteria)
Zombie Talk! With Author Joe McKinney
Join us as we welcome back Joe McKinney.Learn how this San Antonio native turned zombie author. There will be door prizes, candy and Mr. McKinney will have copies of his books available for purchase. Prices range from $6.00 – $12.00.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Lago Vista RM, CCC (Large RM next to the Cafeteria)
B-Movie Contest Winners!
Author Joe McKinney will announce the winners of NVC’s first ever B-Movie contest!
We will also be screening the films throughout the day in the CCC Cafeteria.
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Location: Lago Vista RM, CCC (Large RM next to the Cafeteria)
Come show off your Halloween fashion! No need to sign up before Thursday, just show up at the appointed time.
12:45 pm – 1:45pm
Location: CCC Cafeteria
And the fun doesn’t have to stop there. The library has a multitude of horror movies available for checkout. Classics such as:
To look for more movie options you can search the library catalog here.
Today is NVC’s library snapshot day! Donate your body to library science by stopping in the NVC library. We are conducting a short survey…and you shall be rewarded with candy or a bookmark.
Or, if you can’t make it physically to the library…take this really short survey.
Libraries across Texas will be holding snapshot days during the month of October. The data is used to answer the question – What happens in a single day in your library? The images and statistics are used to promote Texas libraries.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month the NVC Library asked for students, staff and faculty to submit Pinterest boards demonstrating what Hispanic heritage means to them.
We got so many great entries! But after much deliberation and debate we managed to pick the winner – Tiffany Nieto! Check out her very thoughtful, diverse and relevant Pinterest board that shows exactly what she sees as celebrating Hisapanic heritage.
It was really tough to pick just one winner! Here were some of our other favorites – check them out, they are all excellent!
Erica Jane Foster
Monica M Gonzalez