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Nancy's Notes - October 1, 2015

Toddler Time, “37 Seconds” by Stephanie Arnold, “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough.

         October 1 we will be starting our Toddlertime program. This is for children age three and under. Participants will enjoy a short story or two, a fingerplay, some singing, and often an activity. A parent or caretaker must be in attendance as it is a time of interaction with the child. We begin at 9:30 a.m. and are busy for approximately 20 minutes. The children then spend some time looking at books and puzzles and also checkout materials. To register call the library at 532-3673.

The afterlife holds an interest for many people. If this is something that intrigues you, “37 Seconds”, might be something you would enjoy. When she was pregnant with her second child, Stephanie Arnold had an overwhelming premonition that she would die during the delivery. Though she tried to tell the medical team and her family what was going to happen, neither the doctors nor her family gave her warnings credibility. Finding no physical indications that anything was wrong, they attributed her apprehension to hormones and anxiety. One member of the medical team did take her concerns seriously enough, and made the decision to order extra units of blood “just in case.” Then, during the delivery, Stephanie suffered a rare Amniotic Fluid Embolism. She went into cardiac arrest and flat-lined for 37 seconds. She died. Using the supplementary blood, the medical team revived her, and she remained unconscious for more than six days. After months of recovery, Stephanie began to remember details of her experience, details she knew because she had witnessed the entire dramatic event, including her death, from outside her body.

Receiving good reviews is, “The Wright Brothers”, by David McCullough. On a winter day in 1903, in North Carolina, two brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe they had constructed a powered machine carrying a pilot. The brothers, Orville and Wilber, were a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who were men of courage and determination with ceaseless curiosities. Much of this they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were plenty of books. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was a genius and Orville had mechanical ingenuity. They had no more than a public high school education, little money and no contacts in high places, but they never stopped their “mission” to take to the air.
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