Adults

Genealogy @ Your Library: FamilySearch.org

FamilySearch.org is a free searchable genealogical resource sponsored by the Church of Latter Day Saints. In addition to having billions of searchable records, it also has a vast amount of educational information regarding genealogy.  Join us as we explore this free family history treasure trove.

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Adult Contemporary Book Discussion: September

Join us for a live virtual program on Monday, September 21, 2020, at 7:00PM via Zoom video conference as the Adult Contemporary Book Discussion Group discusses: 

News of the world : a novel by Paulette Jiles
Also available in: e-book | audiobook

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself. 

This book is available immediately on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, please call 734-397-0999 and select option 4.

Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

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Monday, September 21 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Online
Reference Solutions logo

ReferenceUSA, one of CPL's most trusted resources for detailed business and residential information, has changed its name to Reference Solutions. Reference Solutions will continue to provide in-depth market insight to businesses, home-buyers and job seekers, as it has for years. 

Visit our databases page for more tools to inform your business and investment planning, or other research. 

Check out these new titles recently added to the Library's Biography shelves.

Grand : a memoir by 1978- Sara Carole Schaefer
Memorial Drive : a daughter's memoir by 1966- Natasha D. Trethewey

For a moment, close your eyes, quiet your thoughts and take a slow, deep breath. This simple breathing technique is one of the best ways to lower the stress level in your body. When your lungs take a deep inhale in and a slow exhale out, it sends a message to the brain to unwind and relax. Wherever or whenever, breathing exercises can reduce tension in your muscles, lowers the blood pressure, and calms the frayed nerves. Focusing on your breath can restore a sense of peace and positivity in your day. Google has an easy 1 Minute Breathing Exercise. Want to learn more? Check out these resources!

There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren't found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance; rejuvenate internal organs; halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease; and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again. 

Creative Spotlight Program: Geometric Shadowboxes

Creativebug* boasts more than 1,000 arts and crafts videos. In October, the library is happy to highlight one specific Creativebug class for an October grab-and-go program: Geometric Shadowboxes. With step-by-step instructions provided by video, you will be able to experiment with different colors and papers to create geometric patterns in a lovely shadowbox for display.

Each kit will contain:

  1. 8 x 10" piece of smooth vellum Bristol paper
  2. Scraps of paper in a variety of colors and patterns
  3. 02 Micron pen and white paper (to create your own pattern)
  4. 1"-wide diamond template
  5. Neutral pH adhesive
  6. Paintbrush
  7. 8 x 10: shadowbox frame

You will need to supply at home:

  1. Pencil
  2. Eraser
  3. Scissors
  4. Dish
  5. Wet rag or papertowel

 

  • Registration for the grab-and-go kits will take place beginning September 24, while supplies last.
  • Once registration has closed on October 6, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pick up your kit at the library through our contact-free holds pick-up.
  • Kit pick-up will take place from October 9 to October 16.

 

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the thousands of craft videos available on Creativebug to get started today!

 

*a CPL Library card required in order to use Creativebug

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So the summer heat might be subsiding, but the crime waves in the books below are not. Stay current on the new true crime titles found in the library's non-fiction 360's.

One Omaha winter day in November 1978, when Debora Harding was just fourteen, she was abducted at knifepoint from a church parking lot. She was thrown into a van, assaulted, held for ransom, and then left to die as an ice storm descended over the city.

Debora survived. She identified her attacker to the police and then returned to her teenage life in a dysfunctional home where she was expected to simply move on. Denial became the family coping strategy offered by her fun-loving, conflicted father and her cruelly resentful mother.

It wasn't until decades later - when beset by the symptoms of PTSD- that Debora undertook a radical project: she met her childhood attacker face-to-face in prison and began to reconsider and reimagine his complex story. This was a quest for the truth that would threaten the lie at the heart of her family and with it the sacred bond that once saved her.
Dexterously shifting between the past and present, Debora Harding untangles the incident of her kidnapping and escape from unexpected angles, offering a vivid, intimate portrait of one family's disintegration in the 1970s Midwest.
Written with dark humor and the pacing of a thriller, Dancing with the Octopus is a literary tour de force and a groundbreaking narrative of reckoning, recovery, and the inexhaustible strength it takes to survive.

In 1968, during Albert Lepard?s fifth escape from a life sentence at Parchman Penitentiary, he kidnapped Lovejoy Boteler, then eighteen years old, from his family?s farm in Grenada, Mississippi. Three decades later, still beset by half-buried memories of that time, Boteler began researching his kidnapper?s nefarious, sordid life to discover how and why this terrifying abduction occurred.

Crooked Snake: The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard is the true story of Lepard, sentenced to life in Parchman for the murder of seventy-four-year-old Mary Young in 1959. During the course of his sentence, Lepard escaped from prison six times in fourteen years.

In Crooked Snake, Boteler pieces together the story of this cold-blooded murderer's life using both historical records and personal interviews?over seventy in all?with ex-convicts who gravitated to and ran with Lepard, the family members who fed and sheltered the fugitive during his escapes, the law officers who hunted him, and the regular folks who were victimized in his terrible wake.

Throughout Crooked Snake, Boteler reveals his kidnapper?s hardscrabble childhood and tracks his whereabouts before his incarceration and during his jailbreaks. Lepard?s escapes take him to Florida, Michigan, Kansas, California, and Mexico. Crooked Snake captures a slice of history and a landscape that is fast disappearing. These vignettes describe Mississippi?s countryside and spirit, ranging from sharecropper family gatherings in Attala County?s Seneasha Valley to the twenty-thousand-acre Parchman farm and its borderlands teeming with alligator, panther, bear, and wild boar. 

September 1, 1939. Hitler's armies invaded Poland, igniting the start of World War Ii.

September 2, 1666. The Great Fire of London began, raging for three days.

September 3, 1783. The Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was signed by John Adams, Ben Franklin and John Jay.

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