Libraries could save the world

“There is no problem a library card can’t solve.”

-Eleanor Brown

“A Tale For the Time Being”

By Ruth Ozeki


“A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of who is, or was, or ever will be.” In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided to end her life and finally be rid of her classmates’ bullying, but before she dies, she wants to document her great-grandmother’s story. Nao’s diary, along with a collection of other artifacts, is later washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunch box – probably debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. In this novel, which you’ll be reluctant to put down, the past and the present, fact and fiction, plus quantum physics and history, all weave together to touch our lives in ways we can scarcely imagine.

“Creating Room to Read”


All of us say we value universal literacy and some of us even help to promote literacy.But, former Microsoft executive John Wood ’s quest to build libraries around the world has helped level the playing field for thousands of children. Early on, Wood realized the need for books written in the native language of the children – enter Zak the Yak. Zak would be a literary Santa Claus and deliver books to children everywhere. Of course, Wood met with some resistance even from publishers in countries that had had little previous experience with publishing and marketing children’s books. You want to be an agent of change? Wood’s book is a good business model and a blueprint for doing good.

“Out of Order”


Justice O’Connor, herself a history-making figure, offers these entertaining insights into the history of the highest court in the land. Centuries of change and upheaval have transformed the Supreme Court from its uncertain beginnings into the remarkable institution of today. In the early days, the justices traveled thousand of miles on horseback to serve as judges to hear cases. O’Connor recounts changes in civil rights and foundational decisions such as Marbury v Madison. We also get a glimpse into the Court’s inner workings: how cases are chosen for hearing and the personal relationships that exist among the justices. There’s also fiercely competitive basketball games played in the court building’s top-floor gym known as the “highest court in the land.”

“Power Play”


Unabridged audio format

In the not-too-distant-future, U.S. Navy Seal Mack Bedford is called upon to defuse a geo-political battle threatening the world in which Israel has obliterated the deep underground nuclear weapons facility built by Iran and the United States has destroyed the nuclear facility of North Korea. Those actions prompted Russia to up the stakes in cyber warfare by plotting a three-strike missile attack on the United States. This one is available in unabridged audio narrated by Joe Barrett.

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