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  1. Brain Health: You Can Make a Difference
     Thinking Brain

    Are you worried you might have Alzheimer’s when you can’t find your keys?  Are you part of a family experiencing the difficulties of caring for a loved one with dementia?  Want to know more about the different types of brain diseases and what you can do to impact your brain health as you age positively? Then we’re providing an opportunity to answer those questions and more.

    Join us Thursday, October 26th when we’ll host a visit from Judy Wiese, Dementia Care Specialist from Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dodge County.  Judy’s infectious enthusiasm and optimism makes this difficult topic approachable. Learn how to help maintain your brain, understand what is and isn’t normal brain aging, and compare differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Most importantly, learn what resources are available from both the library and local government for sufferers and caregivers in our community.

  1. 4 Reasons to Join a Book Group
     Book Club=

    I was reading an interesting blog piece by Delia Lloyd debating whether she should or shouldn’t belong to a Book Club or Group.  She questioned whether groups were too social losing the intimate nature each reader has with a work or given the variety of types of groups did she know how to choose one because she wasn’t sure just what she was expecting to get out of it.  We’re all different, so it’s natural for each of us to expect something uniquely ours out of our book group experience.  We’ve hesitated to qualify what type our library’s book group is just for that reason.   Delia ended up on the pro group side and her reasons for joining a book group are the same as mine.

    1. You get to meet new people who share new insights into our world and we into theirs.
    2. You read books you’d never be naturally inclined to pick up yourself which means you have an opportunity to grow.
    3. Some topics just need to be discussed.  Our last group spent an hour talking about the horrors and ravages of World War II. Can’t what we learned there be applied to how we think about war now?
    4. Getting off on a tangent is a good thing.  Invariable we each internalize the book we’ve read and lay its messages over our own lives.  It’s impossible not to share. Members become real people to each other, ultimately friends, and community.

    Consider joining a club or group.  The Library’s is always open to new members where you’ll find a warm and welcoming crew.  There’s still time and copies available for our next title, The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. “A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.” Amazon.com  Stop at the book group shelf in the New Books section to pick up a copy.