Non-Toxic Living: Boost your brain with books

I love libraries.

Some of my earliest memories are wandering the shelves picking out books to take home and read. I enjoyed having my father read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl to me before bed. As I grew older I loved reading Dahl’s books, particularly Danny, the Champion of the World and Fantastic Mr Fox.

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Researchers at Emory University did a study on the benefits of reading fiction books. They discovered that being engrossed in a novel boosts the connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. I like reading, but knowing it is good for my brain encourages me to set aside time to read!

The joy of a library is that you can read a wide selection of books without being left with books cluttering up your home. I am into de-cluttering at the moment. 

Whistler and Pemberton are blessed with superb libraries that are full of engaging books, DVDs, audio books, games, magazines and newspapers. There are also many computers on which you can tweak your resume or simply send an email. There is even free Wi-Fi should you need it. 

If you don’t have a library card then you can apply for a free card. At the library, fill in a form and the card is sent to your home. The day you apply for your card you can borrow five books so you can go home, make a cup of tea and snuggle up with a good book. 

Besides the traditional offerings, if you have a smart phone or tablet you can also sign up for the free, online magazine program called Zinio. Enjoy reading many of the latest magazines on your tablet or phone even when the device is offline!

Zinio has a wide selection of magazines. I like Good Housekeeping and my husband likes National Geographic, but there are also snowboard, skiing, cooking, fashion and dog magazines, to name a few.

I prefer reading on paper rather than a screen, but for my long trip back to the UK next week it’s handy having a few “e-magazines” as back up just in case I finish the book I’m reading. Some Whistler Library books have jet lag from traveling to London, Paris and New Zealand, but they always return home to Whistler with me. 

I’m glad to call Whistler home. It’s a great community and one building that makes it a wonderful community is the library. If you haven’t ventured into the library, do so. Your brain will thank you for it!

Joanna writes for and the library has two copies of her book The Radiant Woman’s Handbook.

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