April 2011


Kathy Freston is the author of the bestselling books “The One” and “Quantum Wellness,” and has appeared often on national television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen, and The Dr. Oz Show

In her latest book, “The Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World,” she makes persuasive arguments as to why one should lean into a vegan lifestyle.  She uses the term “lean” because she feels becoming a vegan should be a gradual process for most people.  Freston herself grew up eating chicken-fried steak and loved barbecued ribs and vanilla milkshakes and didn’t become a vegan until her thirties, so she knows that most of us have a lifetime of habits to overcome before becoming a vegetarian or a vegan. 

Her book includes interviews with nutritional specialists such as Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. T. Colin Campbell (professor emeritus of Cornell University), and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic).  All these experts stress the benefits of highly restricting or eliminating animal-based protein from ones diet. 

Freston also includes many interviews with person who adopted a vegan lifestyle (and began to exercise more) and found that their health improved and their weight dropped as a result. 

One of the most striking statements made by Kathy Preston is that “A person prevents more climate change pollution by going vegetarian than by switching to a hybrid car.”  Having purchased a new hybrid car in 2010, after using my previous car for 26 years, this made me pause.  Preston bases this assertion based on the fact that it takes roughly ten times as much fossil fuel to make one calorie of animal protein as it does to make one calorie of plant protein. 

There are three weeks of suggested meals and a list of vegan convenience foods available in “big chain” grocery stores, Trader Joe’s stores, and health food stores at the back of this book. 

Having wanted to get off blood pressure medicine and lose some weight for years, I am definitely going to try leaning myself and my husband into a vegan lifestyle. 

Some books on vegan eating and cooking available to you at your Alameda County Library branches are: 


The Veganist : lose weight, get healthy, change the world /   New York : Weinstein Books, c2011   /  by Kathy Freston                                                                                                                                 613.262 FRESTON

Veggie burgers every which way : fresh, flavorful, healthy vegetarian & vegan burgers– plus toppings, sides, buns, & more /  New York : Experiment, c2010  / by Lukas Volger ; photographs by Christina Heaston                                                                                                                                641.5636 VOLGER

The voluptuous vegan : more than 200 sinfully delicious recipes for meatless, eggless, and dairy-free meals / New York: Clarkson Potter Publishers, c2000  / by  Myra Kornfeld and George Minot ; illustrations by Sheila Hamanaka                                                                                               641.5636 KORNFELD

This crazy vegan life : a prescription for an endangered species / New York : Home, 2008    /  by Christina Pirello                                                                                                                                   641.5636 PIRELLO

The kind diet : a simple guide to feeling great, losing weight, and saving the planet /  New York : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2009   / by Alicia Silverstone ; photographs by Victoria Pearson                                                                                                                                641.5636 SILVERSTONE







Alameda County Library members now have the ability to freeze requests (holds) for vacation or other extended time periods when they will not be able to visit the library.  This feature enables you to avoid paying fines on items you are unable to pick up for an extended time.

How to Freeze a Request (Hold) and Reactivate a Request 

To freeze a request (hold):      

  • Click on My Account and enter your name and barcode.
  • Click on the link to “Requests (holds).”
  • Check the box in the Freeze column for the hold (far right).
  • Click the “Update List” button.
  • Click “Yes” on the prompt screen to verify the request to freeze.
  •  Your account will refresh the display of requests. If the request satisfies the conditions allowing a freeze, the display will show the frozen request. If the request does not satisfy the conditions allowed to freeze, the display will show the following error message in the Freeze column:
  •  “This hold cannot be frozen”.
    • If freezing a hold is NOT allowed, you will see no checkbox available.
    • Reasons why a Freeze request may not be allowed:
    • In Transit
    • On Hold Shelf
    • Hold is next in line to be filled
    • This hold is too old (255 days)
    • Hold list has fewer than the number of available items

To reactivate a request (hold):

  • View your requests (holds)
  • Uncheck the box in the Freeze column for the request.
  • Click the “Update List” button.

Photo of M. Sarah KliseShow off your creativity this Saturday at the Dublin Library and help us kick off National Library Week, April 10 – 16, with a very special family fun night. Children’s book illustrator, M. Sarah Klise, will present a fabulous, fun-filled drawing class especially for school-aged children and their families. This event has been generously funded by the Friends of the Dublin Library.
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Sarah is the illustrator of many children’s books, including the Regarding series of books, written by sister Kate Klise, which are told entirely through letters, memos, and newspaper clippings. Sarah draws and paints in her studio in Berkeley and teaches drawing to both children and adults in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Drawing Tips from Sarah Klise