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Of Interest to Readers
This page will be devoted to sharing information that may be of interest to you if
you describe yourself as a READER. They come from many sources and will
mostly be presented as links to other web pages or PDF documents. We hope
they enrich your reading experience.
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2013  is a very useful fiction site. It provides a
brief bio of authors and lists their titles by publication date and organizes
titles by series. The series information is especially helpful for patrons
who want to read an author's works in order. Some authors have more
that one series going on at the same time!
Read about another library on
the other side of the country
that is in similar financial
circumstances in this
Times article
        Library Lines column by Julia Larke in The Redwood Coast Review, Vol. 14, No. 3, Summer 2012

Mendocino County Library is currently participating in California Reads, a new program of Cal Humanities developed in partnership with the
California Center for the Book and the California State Library. Cal Humanities’ mission is to promote humanities by helping to create “a state
of open mind” and to “inspire Californians to learn more, dig deeper, and start conversations that matter.” This year’s California Reads
program is part of a statewide initiative, Searching for Democracy, which is designed to lead into the 2012 elections and invites people to
think about and talk about democracy and civic values and about the future of democracy.  

Libraries and other institutions participating in California Reads chose from five books selected from a pool of over 300 titles.  Mendocino
County Public Library is reading A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster by Rebecca Solnit. Other
titles are The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution, Farewell to Manzanar, It Can’t Happen Here, and Lost City Radio. Discussion
guides for all of the titles are available at

Rebecca Solnit is a California writer, historian, and activist whose works include Wanderlust: A History of Walking and A Field Guide to
Getting Lost.  A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster is a thought-provoking account of disasters
(earthquakes, a bombing, 911, a major storm) viewed with the premise that positive, socially beneficial emotions surface among citizens in
response to a disaster.  She speaks of purposefulness and connectedness that bring joy even amidst the chaos and fear of extreme crisis. To
quote from the California Reads website, Solnit “reaches some surprising conclusions about our need for community and common purpose,
which she argues are fundamental to democratic forms of social and political life.”

Melanie Lightbody, Mendocino County Librarian, who was instrumental in the county’s participation in California Reads, says that “programs
developed around A Paradise Built in Hell will engage people in discussion about the meaning of community and democracy.”  She encourages
people to attend “art exhibits, poetry readings, and book discussions throughout the county to be hosted by libraries in collaboration with arts
and cultural organizations.” At each branch, a local coordinator is leading discussions of the book and organizing other Searching for
Democracy events. At Coast Branch, Pearl Watts, a longtime community supporter and library volunteer, is the person to contact.      

Eliza Wingate, Ukiah Branch Librarian, who has developed various discourses and events on democracy for the Ukiah Branch, has added a
Searching for Democracy tab to the County Library’s webpage with postings from the five branches -
us/library/democracy.htm As part of California Reads, Rebecca Solnit will discuss A Paradise Built in Hell on Saturday, October 21 at 1:00 pm
in Ukiah at the Saturday Afternoon Club House.     
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