Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

It’s not too late to get a flu shot!  Just enter your zip code on the CDC-sponsored vaccine finder to find a provider.  Also, visit Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina websites for valuable information.  Get up-to-date tips from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid getting the common cold.   

Is it a cold? Is it the flu?  Always see a healthcare professional to confirm your diagnosis. Parents and caregivers can also stream these short videos and print out this handy guide for quick reference from the National Institutes of Health.   

Recent evidence suggests that chicken soup may actually prevent the common cold, though it hasn’t convinced scientists entirely.  Try a new twist on an old favorite like Cilantro Chicken Matzo Ball Soup from The New Jewish Table, or travel the world with Kimberly Harris’ Ladled.  Keep it simple with slow cooker recipes like Asian Chicken Noodle Soup from Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution or The Complete Idiot's Guide to Slow Cooker Cooking.   

Another piece of advice:  stay hydrated!  Spice up boring water with the recipes from Brandon Britt’s Infused Water and Mariza Snyder’s Water Infusions.   

Take our prescription for easy reading and light-hearted films.   Now is not the moment to begin Tolstoy's War and Peace.  Instead, try a cozy mystery series, like Laura Childs’ Tea House Mystery series, which take place in Charleston, SC.  Take an armchair vacation to exotic locations in the latest online edition of National Geographic Traveler and Conde Nast Traveler Or, binge watch our favorite tv series--The Librarians, of course--on Hoopla.   

Our best advice, however, is to just get some rest.  Fall asleep to the Hudson River Wind Meditations by the one and only Lou Reed, or download something ambient.   

Once you’ve fully recovered, please join us at one of our 20 branches for these gentle January events: 

If you're cooped up with a cold or the flu this January, don't forget about all of the things you can watch, read, learn, or listen to—all without leaving your cozy bed.  Get started today!