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The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food by Ted Genoways

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In 1906, Upton Sinclair wrote his groundbreaking novel The Jungle, in part to expose the egregious health violations and dangerous conditions in the American meatpacking industry in the early 20th century.

Green Vanilla Tea: One Family’s Extraordinary Journey of Love, Hope, and Remembering by Marie Williams

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The summer of 2014 brought, among other things, the Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral phenomenon created to raise awareness of and funds for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a debilitating and fatal disease that currently has no cure. While most people who participated in the challenge most likely were not personally affected by this dreadful disease, thousands of Americans do suffer from ALS.

Art 101: From Vincent Van Gogh to Andy Warhol, Key People, Ideas, and Moments in the History of Art by Eric Grzymkowski

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This compact yet comprehensive book, written in an accessible, engaging style, is perfect for readers without a formal or comprehensive art background who are interested in furthering their basic art knowledge.

Introductions

Hello, everyone!
 
I just want to start by saying how excited I am to be starting this blog and sharing my love of music with all of you!  I think we're going to have a lot of fun things to talk about.
 
Just to clear up some confusion; this is the same Music Musings on Monday blog that some of you are familiar with.  The difference is that I'm not the same writer.  When the original Music Muse left the library, I was asked to take over.  And I'm hopeful that you'll enjoy my posts as much as you enjoyed hers.

Thanks Marc DeWerth!

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Many thanks to Marc DeWerth of the Ohio Bigfoot Organization for a fantastic program on the 29th. He really knows how to tell a story and the door prizes and Sasquatch watches were a pleasant surprise.
 
Thanks, also, to all of you who attended.  You were a great audience.  It was nice to see adults and kids enjoying the same program.
 
Marc has indicated that he is taking a break from speaking for the rest of this year, but you can keep up with his activities next year by checking out the Ohio Big Foot Conference website.  You can also email him at madbigfoot@aol.com.
 
If you want to get a hold of a copy of Marc's suggested reading list on Sasquatch, or a list of books on Sasquatch and related topics that the library owns, I still have some copies of the program booklet I put together in one of the acrylic containers on the end cap near the 100s and 200s.  They’ll be there until they’re gone.
 
Thanks, again, to all.  I’ll be back soon with more news from The Edge.
 
 
 

Just the Facts: What’s the big deal about lynda.com?

The educational database lynda.com started in 1995 as online support for the books and classes of Lynda Weinman, a special effects animator and multimedia professor. Lynda and her husband, Bruce Heavin, founded a digital arts school and together went on to create lynda.com.

It's a Mystery - Authors Old and New

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Cover of Wet Work by Les RobertsWith little fanfare or publicity, Les Roberts has published another mystery.  But this one is not part of the Milan Jacovich series.  Rather, it is the second book featuring Dominick Candiotti, who was first introduced in The Strange Death of Father Candy.  Nick Candiotti has returned in Wet Work and Roberts describes his character this way:  “Dominck Candiotti, from an Italian family in Youngstown, began his on-page life in the year 1985, exacting terrible revenge for the death of his older priest-brother. He has no friends, no remaining family, he’s not a big talker, and when forced to, he can kill without much compunction.”

 

It's So ColorFALL Outside

Time flies again, leaving September far behind and October coming to an end.  One of the perks of being a northerner is most definitely enjoying this beautiful time of year courtesy of our deciduous tree

Buckeye Bigfoot with Marc DeWerth of the Ohio BigFoot Organization, Wed Oct 29; 6:30-8:30 pm

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Greetings EDGE readers:
 
Please join us Wednesday evening, October 29 between 6:30 and 8:30 pm in the Porter Room for a presentation by Marc DeWerth of the Ohio Bigfoot Organization.
 
There's a lot of interest in this one an I'm really looking forward to it. Kids are welcome, in fact Marc tells me kids really get into the idea of BigFoot and enjoy his presentation. That doesn't mean its just for kids though. The presentation aims at both kids and adults.
 
Marc's originally from Westlake and now resides in the nearby community of Columbia Station. He's been investigating BigFoot sitings for more than 20 years. That amounts to more than 200 investigations so far. He firmly believes that BigFoot does in fact reside in the state of Ohio and he's going to be presenting evidence to prove it.
 

Thank You Tom Wertman!

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Greetings again EDGE readers!

Thanks to all of you who attended the October 5 UFO and Alien Life Discussion Group.  This is the second small group discussion I've organized.  I've been testing it as a programming format and, so far, it's been very successful. Thanks to Tom Wertman of MUFON Ohio and The Cleveland Ufology Project for doing a wonderful job.
 
We had an exciting discussion. I've never seen such overwhelmingly positive comments on evaluation sheets in all the years I've been involved with programming here at Porter Public Library.

Several people asked me whether we would be doing it again soon, or on a regular basis. One person had driven 100 miles to attend. Stragglers were still talking to Tom an hour after the official end of the program. That's how intense the interest was.