Friday, March 15, 2019

New resources to promote movement

As people age, their mobility, or ability to get where they want to go, when they want to go there, may be reduced due to physical changes, increasing or worsening chronic health conditions, or use of medicines that can affect their cognition and physical function. These mobility changes may adversely affect older adults’ health and independence and are often related to an increased risk of falls and motor vehicle crash injury—the two leading causes of older adult injury.

In response, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the new MyMobility Plan to encourage older adults to prepare for potential mobility changes in much the same way they may plan financially for retirement. MyMobility Plan provides resources and tips for older adults to help manage their health to maintain mobility, make their homes safer to prevent falls, and consider alternative transportation as they age so they can stay safe, mobile, and independent longer. Take a look and think about sharing this new resource at your library or incorporating it into a public program.

In addition to MyMobility Plan, the CDC also recently unveiled a new Physical Activity campaign: Active People, Healthy Nation campaignPhysical activity is one of the most important things Americans can do to improve their health. Regular physical activity can reduce the burden of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers, and can prevent early death.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

ADML's app makes the Time best app list


The Alliance Digital Media Library's (ADML) app, Libby, was named one of Time magazine's best apps for 2018ADML from the vendor, Overdrive, is one of LME Library's e-book and e-audio book providers.  Overdrive updated the app last year, and it has been very popular with users.

The LME Library card holders have two e-book/e-audio book services: ADML from Overdrive and eRead Illinois from vendor, Baker & Taylor.   

What are the differences in the services? The only real difference are the apps (ADML uses Libby and eRead Illinois uses Axis360) and the size of the collections. Both provide both e-books and e-audio book downloads and materials are available for both children and adults.  Both services are also shared consortia collections which provide larger selections of materials yet reduce the costs to the libraries.  However, patrons seem to prefer the ADML app, Libby, even though eRead Illinois has a larger collection and shorter wait time for holds.

Which service do you prefer?  Both services are available through the library website at  If you are a LME Library card holder, you can login with your barcode number and your PIN.  Feel free to contact the library at 385-4540 for more information!