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FEBRUARY 20, 2012
Get Organized…Stay Organized

Lori Firsdon, owner of Forte Organizers, will present “Get Organized…Stay Organized” at Wright Memorial Public Library on Sunday, March 4th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Plan to join professional organizer, Lori Firsdon, for this fun and informative class.  You’ll learn how to take control of your paperwork, better manage your to-do list, organize any room in your home and get answers to your organizing questions.  Ms. Firsdon will share tips and techniques to help you become more efficient in your home and more productive in your life.  

Ms. Firsdon works with individuals and families at home, as well as business people at work and in group settings.  Raising five children and balancing a career while teaching others how to be organized has given her valuable insight on what organizational challenges most people face.

The program is free and will be held in the Library Meeting Room.  Advance registration is required and is limited to the first 65 people.  Contact the Reference Department at (937) 294-7171 or by email to register.

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FEBRUARY 13, 2012
African American History Month
February is African American History Month.  Here is a list of resources for any student of history.  Included are timelines, biographies, essays, videos, and primary source material.

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FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Library Sale - Videos, Books on Cassette, CD-ROMs

Beginning today, Friday, February 10, Wright Library will be selling off our collections of VHS videotapes, books on cassette, and CD-ROM computer programs.  The sale will take place out of the AV Room and will run during library hours through March 4th.
Prices Reduced!
VHS tapes - 25 cents
Books on Cassette - 50 cents
CD-ROMs - 50 cents

All items are sold "as is," and all sales are final.

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FEBRUARY 8, 2012
Winesburg, Ohio
We’ll take a trip along Ohio back roads this month at the On-the-Road at Starbucks Book Club.  Join us on Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Starbucks in Oakwood to discuss Winesburg, Ohio.   Sherwood Anderson’s tales of life in a small Ohio town are considered an American classic and have been included on the Modern Library List of the Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century.
 
In the years 1915 to 1916, Anderson crafted Winesburg, Ohio, his most important work, from short stories.  These tales about a town and the young reporter coming of age were unique.  Influenced by Sigmund Freud, Anderson created a new kind of novel that gave voice to the hidden longings, loneliness, and small epiphanies of the townsfolk.  Plot took a backseat to these inner revelations, allowing the birth of a new type of realism.  Writers influenced by Anderson include Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Henry Miller, HP Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury and Philip Roth.
 
To learn more about Winesburg, Ohio, check out the Study Guide courtesy of GradeSaver.com.  You might want to see the Wikipedia article about the book.
There are also reviews by Dan Geddes of the Satirist and Will Jameson for the American Studies Resource Center.
 
Anyone with a computer, e-reader or mp3 player should be able to find a free copy of the book to download.   Here are a few of the web sites that make the book available:
 
 
For information about the author, Sherwood Anderson, take a look at the Brief Biography from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, or consult the library’s database Biography in Context.  More information about the author’s life in Ohio is available at Ohioana Authors.  Try the Chronology for a list of the author’s published works and check out the Ohio Reading Road Trip for general criticism of these works.
 
Several of Sherwood Anderson’s other works are available free online.  Click the titles below to get the link for downloading.
 
 
If you want to take a road trip to Winesburg, you’d better make sure you travel to the right town.   There is a Winesburg in Ohio, but it’s not the town Anderson wrote about.  The author lived in Clyde, OhioThe people of Clyde, after a number of years, have forgiven their native son who wrote so openly about the town.  Check out the Clyde Blog and the Clyde Heritage League for more information for your trip.
 
And we hope you enjoy the book!          

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