Free Public Libraries Need You, Now!

And we’re changing again. That’s right after careful review we’ve decided to go to two day a week, Tuesday’s and Sunday’s. We were going to go with two days during the week like Tuesday and Thursday, but we have found that Sunday’s seem to be a good day for our readers to tune in.

When figuring this all out we looked at all the facts out there that say what are the best days to publish a newsletter and what times are good. The results are close to what we have seen with our own publishing schedule, but we went against conventional wisdom and went with four days a week. Probably overkill for many of our readers so here we go with a new plan and we want your opinion on it. You know the routine click on the thumbs up or down. If you feel like leaving a few comments go for that as well.

Being Tuesday we’ll keep this part of the newsletter down to what’s above and this last comment. Yesterday there was a shooting in Clovis, New Mexico at a public library. We still don’t know all the facts yet as we publish the newsletter, but if we hear something before it goes out we will let you know.

We believe in public libraries. We agree that there should be more of them to help kids, young adults and adults get back into the mainstream of life. For some years now everything has been the web. Everything is online. Soon you’ll be able to go to the restroom online. Well, maybe not that, but who knows?

We remember libraries as kids. We remember the excitement of going to the library on a Saturday or after school some days to get books and then later on videos. They were VHS of course which most kids today don’t even know what a VHS Tape is, amazing.

The thrill of walking into a library and knowing you can read anything you wanted. Grab a mystery or a history book. Read the encyclopedia, remember them or go look up a word in the huge dictionary on the stand in the middle of the room. We can still smell that musty order coming off of the dictionary. Do kids even know what that is?

Enjoy the first story about public libraries and support the ones in your area.

Remember we won’t see you till Sunday so hang in there till then!


Mark & Patti

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Why We Need Free Public Libraries More Than Ever — The Atlantic — 
 As a former head of the state library agency in Massachusetts and a taxpayer myself, I read with interest the recent Atlantic editorial in which an elected official from Swampscott, Massachusetts proposed public library user fees as a reasonable and “modern” solution to some perceived imbalance.

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Mysterious ‘chemical haze’ envelops UK coast, affecting at least 150 people — CNN — 
 Around 150 people have been treated at hospital after being caught in a mysterious “chemical haze” that blanketed the UK’s East Sussex coastline Sunday afternoon.

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A New Way to Fight Heart Disease May Also Tackle Cancer — NBC News — 
 Researchers say they’ve proven a long-held theory about heart disease: that lowering inflammation may be nearly as important as cutting cholesterol levels.

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Best Environmental TED Talks — mindbodygreen — 
 The environmental movement in particular, with its colorful heroes, varied issues, and pressing urgency, has been the focus of some of the most powerful TED Talks of all time. Here are a few.

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How To Recycle EVERYTHING — mindbodygreen — 
 Earlier this week, I spent two minutes staring at our office trash can. In my hand, a manila folder lined with plastic Bubble Wrap sat ready to be discarded. But where?


Will Harvey Be As Bad As Katrina? — The Atlantic — 
 Experts don’t know exactly how many people died when Hurricane Katrina plowed through New Orleans in 2005, but they do know it was a staggering number.


Has California ever been hit by a hurricane? — SFGate — 
 As news of dramatic flooding in the Houston area caused by Hurricane Harvey makes headlines, you might be wondering whether California has ever been pummeled by a similarly epic storm.

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How to Create Deep Intimacy in Imperfect Relationships — — 
 Arielle Ford is a leading presence in the personal growth and contemporary spiritualitymovement. She is the bestselling author of eight books including Wabi Sabi Love.

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7 Laws of Karma that Will Completely Change Your Life — 
 We all have a general understanding as to what good and bad karma can bring to us in life.

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Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part | TED Talk — 
 Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions?

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