Libraries Transform: National Library Week

Free libraries maintained by the people are cradles of democracy, and their spread can never fail to extend and strengthen the democratic idea, the equality of the citizen and the royalty of man. They are emphatically fruits of the true American ideal.

- Andrew Carnegie at the 1903 dedication of the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C.

National Library Week Libraries Transform logo with butterfliesPublic libraries in Ohio date back to the 1830's with Porter Public Library being founded in 1884. Today, Ohioans make more than 82 million library visits in a year, 9 million citizens are library card holders and over one million attended summer reading activities.

52 Ways to Love Your Body by Kimber Simpkins


We see them everywhere: flawless-looking women on the cover of glossy magazines, on television and in movies, and on billboards advertising virtually everything. With such ubiquitous imagery it’s not surprising, then, that according to a recent survey, 80 percent of women are dissatisfied with their bodies.

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Easter Puppets

Spring is here and Easter is around the corner.  There are so many fun Easter books for children.  One that stands out is Peepsqueak Wants a Friend by Leslie Ann Clark.  Peepsqueak desperately wants a friend to play with and can't seem to find one.  All of the other animals are playing in pairs.  In the end Peepsqueak has a wonderful surprise.Easter Puppets

52 Small Changes for the Mind by Brett Blumenthal


In her 1995 book about writing, Bird by Bird, writer Anne Lamott advised writers to set small, daily writing goals for themselves rather than to try to write several chapters all at once.

Choosing Love by Sherianna Boyle


As humans, most of us have a basic need to love and be loved. Often, however, many internal and external obstacles prevent us from satisfying this need.

Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero by Emily V. Gordon


It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s . . . YOU! Never thought of yourself as a superhero? Writer, producer, and former therapist Emily V. Gordon has.

Seeking Jordan: How I Learned the Truth about Death and the Invisible Universe by Matthew McKay, PhD


In the early hours of September 17, 2008, in California, 23-year-old Jordan McKay was fatally shot while riding his bike home. His grief-stricken father, professor and clinical psychologist Matthew McKay, refused to believe that he had lost Jordan forever. With the help of psychologist Dr.

The Power of Forgiveness: Forgiving as a Path to Freedom by Joan Gattuso

Power of Forgiveness

No matter how or to what degree you have been wounded by another person, it’s often difficult, if not impossible, to “forgive and forget”, as the saying goes. Harboring resentment, anger, guilt, and other negative emotions, however, can eventually take a physical and mental toll.