The library will be open for normal operating hours on Monday, November 13.
The library will be open for normal operating hours on Monday, November 13.
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You think you’re having a rough time processing this year’s events? Think about all the teachers out there who’ve been called back into duty this fall, tasked with keeping our nation’s youth on track amid all this craziness.
How does one even begin to broach subjects like history or social studies in a world that’s currently at war over which version of history will prevail? Now’s the time to reach out to the educators you know — including the ones who taught you, once upon a time — and find out what kind of support they might need in the months to come. (If nothing else, send wine!)
In the meantime, here are a few education quotes to remind us what constitutes proper learning, in hopes that even those civilians among us will recognize opportunities to keep growing and evolving, and help others do the same.
Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 1961
“The word “education” comes from the root e from ex, out, and duco, I lead. It means a leading out. To me education is a leading out of what is already there in the pupil’s soul.”
Audre Lorde, “An Interview: Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich,” 1981
“The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.”
C.S. Lewis, “Men Without Chests,” 1943
“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”
Virginia Woolf, Monday or Tuesday, 1921
“Once she knows how to read there’s only one thing you can teach her to believe in and that is herself.”
Jim Henson, It’s Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider, 2005
“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
Malcolm X, speaking to Organization of Afro-American Unity, 1964
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook, 1962
“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be. You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2010 interview
“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.”
James Baldwin, “A Talk to Teachers,” 1963
“One of the paradoxes of education was that precisely at the point when you begin to develop a conscience, you must find yourself at war with your society. It is your responsibility to change society if you think of yourself as an educated person.”
Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977
“I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables, 1862
“Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”
Sleep: We all do it. Some do it well and knock out as soon as they lay down to rest, while others struggle to fall asleep, spending hours on end trying to get their mind and body to relax. Most of us wonder how we can sleep better and longer, and what our dreams mean. Others ponder how they can control their dreams, what would happen if they couldn’t doze off – or if they didn’t wake up. There’s a certain curiosity about the supernatural side of sleep – an interest in the questions left unanswered.
These books are a mix of fiction and nonfiction, so you’ll be able to explore the world of sleep through science and facts and through imagination, in places beyond your wildest dreams … and nightmares. Pick up one (or several) of these books, climb into bed, and read away. Then turn out the lights and let your unconscious take over as you make your way to the land of dreams.
Have trouble falling asleep at night? If so, this engaging, creative journal might be the perfect solution for you. The Nocturnal Journal is designed for anyone who finds themselves always awake, and more importantly, it will help them to understand what keeps them up at night. Each entry has a prompt or illustration meant to draw out pressing thoughts, unanswered questions, everyday anxieties, and inventive ideas that aren’t fully formed yet. This journal will surely provide peace of mind before bedtime and hopefully help lead to a more restful night’s sleep.
Have you ever heard of prions? Prions are proteins in the human system that sometimes go haywire, for no known reason, resulting in fatal neurological illnesses. Scared yet? Even more terrifying: Malfunctioning prions are essentially impossible to destroy because they are not alive and have no DNA, and people around the world have been affected by neurological diseases caused by these nasty little buggers. This book centers on the true story of a noble Venetian family who, for two hundred years, was plagued by an inherited disease that struck in middle age, prevented sleep, and ate holes in their brains until they died (only months later).
The Sleep Solution is a collection of Dr. Chris Winter’s neurological and sleep expertise, and with twenty-four years of experience, he knows how to help those suffering from insomnia achieve a healthy sleep pattern without medication. According to Dr. Winter, the key to fixing deep-rooted sleep problems is understanding what the problems are and why they came about. This book leads readers on a journey of sleep self-discovery to uncover the issues hidden beneath the surface, and will help to create a custom rehabilitation plan to fit every lifestyle.
A worldwide bestselling novel and major motion picture, this thriller follows the story of Christine, an amnesiac who wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man – her husband, Ben, of many years. She doesn’t recognize herself, or her home, or her friends. And every morning, Ben must explain everything to Christine: He is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident twenty years ago affected her ability to form new memories. Every day, Christine reconstructs her past from scratch, and when she starts to piece together what happened, she realizes she can’t trust anyone.
In this New York Times bestseller, co-founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington demonstrates how society’s view of sleep as wasted time negatively impacts all aspects of our lives, from work to relationships, and our health and happiness. The current sleep deprivation crisis will only come to an end with a sleep revolution – we need to change our outlook on sleep to change our lives. Huffington tackles many issues, such as the sleeping pill industry, the rise in chronic diseases, and our extreme addiction to technology. Additionally, she offers helpful tips from leading scientists on how we can get better and more restorative sleep, and wield its power to our advantage.
Insomnia has become a worldwide epidemic in this gripping novel, and it has affected everyone Biggs knows, including his wife, Carolyn. People are walking zombies, with red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech, and cloudy minds, and before long, they disappear. Biggs has not succumbed to insomnia. He can still sleep and dream, which allows him to function properly. This is something that people are dying for – something that people would kill for. When Biggs’s wife goes missing, he sets out to find her. With sleep such a precious commodity, Biggs is putting his own life on the line by looking for his wife. Will he find her in time?
Though sleep is a large part of our life, most people including journalist David K. Randall don’t give it too much thought – until he began sleepwalking. After crashing into a wall one night, David decided to conduct a serious investigation into the strange science of sleep. In Dreamland, Randall shares his in-depth research with us, taking readers on a journey from military battlefields to children’s bedrooms. The conclusion? Sleep isn’t simple. Once you’ve finished reading this book, you’ll never see sleep in the same way again.
Sarah is a narcoleptic with dreams so vivid she thinks they’re actually happening, and her condition has changed Robert’s life. Meanwhile, Terry spends his nights wide awake watching movie after movie, and Gregory, a doctor, sees sleep as a decimating disease that must be eradicated. Besides their complicated relationships with sleep, what do these four have in common? They all were friends in college. And now, ten years later, their reunion plays out in a Gothic cliffside manor being used as a clinic, and unexpected discoveries are made.
In Snooze, McGirr takes a serious look at the puzzling world of sleep. He examines the many benefits of a good night’s sleep, and the consequences of not getting enough. Why is sleep so elusive, and why do we stay up all night, tossing and turning? McGirr attempts to explain these phenomenons by drawing connections to our increasingly fragmented world. He also showcases the abnormal sleep patterns of some of history’s greatest minds, including Aristotle, Homer, Shakespeare, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, and more, which demonstrates that even the smartest people need help with sleep.
This workbook is highly researched, and establishes plans for actually using lucid dreaming – the act of consciously influencing the your dreams. Indeed, crazy stuff. Based on Dr. Stephen LaBerge’s extensive laboratory work at Stanford University, this book outlines the mind/body relationship during the dream state, as well as the teachings of Tibetan yogis and other scientists, and will show you how to use your dreams to create solutions to your problems, have more self-confidence; improve creativity, and more.
Celebrating veterans and their experiences.
To the East Texas natives in Attica Locke’s BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, Highway 59 is the lifeline that both links their towns and provides an escape route from them. Darren Mathews, a righteous Texas Ranger who comes from a deep-rooted family of black professional men, “men of stature and purpose,” knows every truck-stop hamlet from Laredo to Texarkana. But he is currently on suspension, and “without the badge, he was just a black man traveling the highway alone.”
Lawful or otherwise, Darren’s help is needed up in Lark, where the bodies of a white woman and a black man were fished out of the muddy waters of the Attoyac Bayou. The town turns out to be a piñata of quirky characters, like the local sheriff, who lives in a replica of Monticello. (His dog lives in a replica of the White House.) Just about everyone in Lark patronizes Geneva Sweet’s Sweets, a cafe that displays treasured objets like “Texas license plates going back 50 years.”
Locke writes in a blues-infused idiom that lends a strain of melancholy and a sense of loss to her lyrical style. Given the characters in her novel, that voice comes naturally. Geneva’s deceased husband, Joe “Petey Pie” Sweet, was a session man and “a devil on the guitar” who played with great bluesmen like Muddy Waters and Bobby “Blue” Bland. And every juice house and icehouse, as bars are known around here, loads up the jukebox with country blues. But there’s also music in the private thoughts of a man like Darren. “He knew what it felt like to stand on the back porch of his family homestead … and feel the breath of his ancestors in the trees.”
As for the murder mystery, it’s tied up with buried feelings and secret betrayals that cross racial lines and go back generations. “There were things you just didn’t do in Lark, Texas,” Locke tells us. “And picking apart bloodlines was one of them.” So enjoy your stay in Lark; but don’t ask anyone “Who’s your daddy?” and expect to get out of town alive.
The great port of London is churning with activity in Anne Perry’s latest Victorian mystery, AN ECHO OF MURDER. On the lookout for trouble, Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police keeps his eyes peeled on the mighty ships passing through. But he isn’t prepared for the gruesome scene of murder that greets him in a dockside warehouse. The horridly mutilated victim is a Hungarian merchant, one of a growing populace of displaced persons fleeing oppression in European cities like Budapest and Vienna, only to stir up antagonism in their new home. “They’re different, that’s all,” says a newspaper dealer who bristles at all the “foreign newspapers.”
Perry fashions a rich, if blood-splattered narrative from this chapter of history. As the murders continue, Monk and his clever wife, Hester, a nurse who saw plenty of savagery in the Crimea, struggle to fathom the new climate of hatred. “I think it’s fear,” Hester says. “It’s fear of ideas, things that aren’t the way you’re used to. Everyone you don’t understand because their language is different, their food, but above all their religion.” How times haven’t changed.
Part police procedural and part travelogue, Cay Rademacher’s MURDEROUS MISTRAL is a perfect getaway mystery. This tightly-plotted whodunit (briskly translated from the German by Peter Millar) uproots Capitaine Roger Blanc from his prestigious office in the Paris gendarmerie to the Midi, “the graveyard of any career,” where he has inherited a run-down 18th-century stone house. Blanc soon finds out that “Parisian ruthlessness didn’t quite work down here.” Nor does Parisian pride, which gets clobbered when he starts interviewing slippery local suspects in the murder of an inept gangster.
The detective-as-outsider convention works really well in humanizing Blanc, whom the elegant women in the district find especially amusing. The backbreaking restoration work earns him sympathy, as does his first exposure to the slashing winds of the region’s infamous mistral. By the time Blanc is presented with his second murder case, he’s ready to admit that his new home in the countryside is more stimulating than he’d thought.
Julia Keller doesn’t pull any punches in FAST FALLS THE NIGHT. In the course of a single day, there are 33 overdoses (three of them fatal) in Aker’s Gap, the Appalachian town in West Virginia where she sets all her regional mysteries. The putative cause of this horrendous business is a batch of tainted heroin — heroin being “as common as stray cats around here.” But Bell Elkins, a county prosecutor and the protagonist in this series, knows that the problem goes deeper, to a “circular logic of despair” created by shuttered coal mines, exacerbated by zero replacement job options, and resulting in the kind of hopelessness from which there’s no recovery. The plot pretty much consists of waiting for the next OD victim to keel over, but Keller does a terrific job of rubbing our faces in the troubles of her hometown — of America’s hometowns.
An evening of live music at the library.
Grab your Eggo waffles because the second season of Stranger Things available on Netflix. The wildly popular supernatural series, which is equal parts charming and spooky, celebrates the pop culture of the 1980s and features a cast of lovable kid adventurers and otherworldly monsters.
If you abandon your reading to binge the new season, we won’t blame you (because we might be doing the same thing). But when you finish the final episode, your bookshelf will be waiting.