Thursday, February 16, 2017

Show Hole

There is nothing worse than being stuck in a show hole. You start a new show and fall in love with every minute of every episode. When it is over, there is this feeling of overwhelming despair. The shows listed below are long - running favorites that are currently still airing new episodes.

ER - 15 Seasons

NCIS - 14 Seasons

Grey's Anatomy - 13 Seasons

Bones - 12 Seasons

Criminal Minds - 12 Seasons

Supernatural - 12 Seasons

Modern Family - 8 Seasons

Vampire Diaries - 8 Seasons

Blue Bloods - 7 Seasons

Posted by Selena Rivera, Library Clerk

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February: National Heart Health Month 2017

February may be a month with cold and chilly weather, but it's a hot season for dieting and exercise. Don't mistake flutters and missed heartbeats for love - this month is National Heart Health Month. We've got FREE programs and a list of some FREE exercise apps to help you keep your heart healthy this winter, so check out a few of our suggestions:

At the Library:
Every Saturday @ Blum House
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
No registration needed!

Yoga Time (16+)
Every Monday @ Blum House 
(Starting Monday, February 13)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
No registration needed!

Family Yoga
Every Thursday @ Collinsville Library's Children's Floor
(Starting February 16)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
No registration needed!

Free Apps:
*The library is not affiliated with or officially sponsoring any of these free apps. This list exists to share with patrons who are interested in free exercise apps and to promote technology literacy. Some of these apps may have paid extras, but all apps on the list have a free basic app. The Collinsville Library is not responsible for any issues regarding the apps or any other device-related problems.

Some of these apps were pulled from this article: The 39 Best Health and Fitness Apps of 2016

This free app includes a food diary to track calories, a pie chart showing your daily balance of Fats, Carbs, and Proteins, the ability to save "meals" that are regularly eaten, and a comprehensive, editable list of the nutrition content of almost any food in grocery stores.  (Computer link - MyFitnessPal ) You can also track how much water you drink and exercise sessions with this app.
Tip: When adding a food, search the name in the search bar -  example "Hellman Mayonnaise" - you don't have to add in the  nutrition info of Mayonnaise yourself! Search for the correct information that has already been put into the app first.


This free app for iOS and Android devices creates semi-customizable workouts for its users. Pick from types of workouts (strength, cardio, yoga, or stretching) and how much time you have (5 minutes to 1 hour) and the app generates moves to follow for the duration of the workout. The premium subscription offers more personalization, but as a basic app, this is a highly rated app to try if you want to use technology to track workout sessions.

Spotify Running
Spotify has a new feature that allows you to run at your own pace. With the "Running" feature, you can select a genre of music or a time of day for your run (for example, an "evening run," or a seasonal, brisk "spring run") and select "Start Run." Once you start running, this app selects music to match your pace. With the free basic app, it picks the music for you within the genre you choose. To choose which song or artist you specifically want, you'll need to get the paid app subscription.

Tip: It took me a few minutes to find the run feature at first! You can find it by searching 'running' in the search bar or under Browse, which pulls up a list of music genres. Scroll down and select "Running."

And finally, for fans of gaming and/or zombies,

Zombies, Run!
Are you convinced you could outrun Zombies and survive an apocalypse? This app may interest you. This app combines exercise and gaming with interactive missions. Your running missions unlock valuable items for the included game. The coolest feature of this game is that you can control whether or not there are zombie noises based upon your speed in the missions. If that's too scary or distracting, the feature can be turned off.
The basic app includes one season of free running missions and the in-app game. For more seasons of running, check out the in-app paid subscription (or wait until February 17th, when more seasons are scheduled to become unlocked with the free app). 

Tip: This app DOES work on treadmills. (This librarian knows from experience!)
 Other users say it works on bicycles too.

Have any suggestions or recommendations for fitness apps or heart health programs? Let us know!
Posted by Kaitlyn Auer, Library Clerk