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LIBRARY TALK – FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Some of the boxes of books we get almost have a theme—be it fictional romances, children’s non-fiction, large print, whatever.  A box we received last week was quite a mix—some of the titles we had ordered months ago and had nearly forgotten about!  Anyway, the non-fiction portion of the box represents topics all over the map, just to show the range of what we have in the collection. Some have very targeted interest, and the majority of our readers probably won’t check them out,  but all were chosen for our readers to have the option of reading them— even if you don’t agree with the author, it may strengthen your opinions, challenge your ideas, or just be interesting to read.

Dr. Joseph Mercola voices his concern on electromagnetic fields via the technology we use daily in EMF*D:  5G, Wi-Fi and Cell Phones: Hidden Harms and how to Protect Yourself.  Ibram X. Kendi wrote a NYT best seller in How to be An Antiracist—with the comments “comes a bracingly original approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and ourselves”.   Parents sometimes are baffled and frustrated with their adolescent children, and self-help books generally do pretty well here at the library. The latest in the stable is Christine Carter’s The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction. She covers how things are different for your kids compared to your own adolescence, how focusing is tough but important, and how technology is changing how kids think and behave, but it is a hard habit to break.  On a scholarly side, we’ve added Paul and Sally Misencik’s  American Indians of the Ohio Country in the 18th Century. While I don’t see anything in the book about Brown County, it is still an interesting and revealing book. The authors state that in the mid-17th century, the ‘Beaver Wars’ launched by the Iroquois wiped out most permanent Indian settlements in the Ohio area, and only in the 18th century did any Indian populations start to resettle.  In the Southwest portion of Ohio, the resettlement was primarily Shawnee.

FYI, we will be closed on Presidents Day, February 17th.  We will be using the day to do some ‘dirty work’ so we won’t have to close a regular day….  .  Next Thursday, February 20th, the genealogy group meets in the Ripley meeting room at 6:30 p.m.. Everyone welcome to come with questions and family tree stories

Matthew