Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 23, 2013

Learn ancient Chinese tradition for free at ACPL

By Susie Randleman
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Learn Tai Chi for free at the library on Mondays in January from 2 to 3 p.m., conducted by Angelita Bedard, a seasoned Tai Chi instructor for 10 years. The main focus of these classes is to relieve arthritis pain, increase flexibility and balance, as well as reduce stress.

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that nowadays is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Participants will need to come dressed comfortably. There is limited registration, and we will take a waiting list if necessary. If interested, call Wayne Schobel, administrative assistant, at 484-6790, ext. 240, or email

Please note: Although Tai Chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying Tai Chi. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended.

If Santa brings you an electronic device this Christmas, or if you already own one but don’t know how to operate it, here is a list of helpful and easy-to-use gadget guides published this year that are in our collection for your use:

iPad for Seniors for Dummies by Nancy C. Muir

The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby

Galaxy S4: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla

iPad: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer

The Rough Guide to the iPhone by Peter Buckley

The Rough Guide to the Best Android Apps by Andrew Clare

Samsung Galaxy S4 for Dummies by Bill Hughes

Kindle Fire HD for Dummies by Nancy C. Muir

iPhone: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

iPhone for Dummies by Edward C. Baig and Bob LeVitus

iPad for Dummies by Edward C. Bing and Bob LeVitus

Android Tablets in Easy Steps by Nick Vandome

As always, you are welcome to stop by my office or email me (see address below) should you need a book or two that we do not have in our collection. My assistant and I will do our best to make available the materials you need.

We all know that reading is a gift that often gives us a chance to learn, to imagine and possibly experience feelings and situations that have touched others. During this time of year, perhaps you might enjoy reading the following excerpt from an article by author, Carey Kinsolving, who had asked children to write a letter to God about what Christmas means to them as part of a Kids’ Christmas Art Contest. Some wrote:

“Dear God: I know it’s more than just getting presents, but I’m just a kid right now. So, do you think I should ask for an angel or a game cube? Anyways, thanks for making Christmas. Sincerely yours, Chip.”

“Dear God: Though I know Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, I still like to get presents. It’s fun to unwrap presents in a surprise. You don’t even know what you’re going to get. I give a lot of my toys away. I get sad sometimes getting rid of things. I’m OK with it later. Love, Leigh Ann.”

“When I say ‘family,’ God, I include dogs as well. My family has a lot of dogs including a Labrador, a border collie and a beagle. I love to be with my family so much. I would rather be with them than get a hundred video games and toys. Your child and follower, Ranjit.”

“Dear God: Christmas is my favorite holiday. I am very happy for you because it is your birthday. I love to tell the world about you being born. Last year, I was Joseph in my church Christmas play. Sincerely, Nick.”

All of us who represent the Art Circle Public Library extend our best wishes to library patrons and supporters for a memorable and splendid 2013 holiday season!

Information Tip of the Week

Consumer Reports claims that many devices draw power when they’re off or in standby mode. You could save $125 a year by pulling the plug or turning off the power strip into which they are plugged.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q. What’s the difference between Santa’s reindeer and a knight?

A. One slays the dragon and the other’s draggin’ the sleigh!

Quacker’s next show will be Monday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m.

For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at, by email at or The library, 3 East St., is open to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cumberland County Archives and Heritage Center, 95 East First St., is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.