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Head to library to learn about survival skills?


There is a scene in one of the “Mission Impossible” movies where Tom Cruise’s character is falling off a building, only to be stopped by someone grabbing his belt. The friend I was watching it with turned to me and said “And that’s why you always wear a belt!”

It got me thinking that it would probably be a good idea to brush up on, or, more specifically, begin to learn about survival skills. Where else to head, but the library? I know that is the place to find the information I need to survive everything from falling off a building to surviving a zombie apocalypse.

Joshua Piven has a useful and fun series called “The Worst-case Scenario Survival Handbook.” While there are different editions of the book focusing on various aspects of life including work, holidays, parenting, and the paranormal (probably the one most useful for zombie attacks — a particular fear of mine), I was able to look at the travel edition. It is a treasure of good advice for perilous situations while traveling, including how to jump from a moving train, how to survive a riot, and how to navigate a minefield. The best advice I culled from this book would be not to travel with this Mr. Piven, as he seems to encounter a lot of issues in this travels! “Deep Survival : Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why” by Laurence Gonzales recounts really amazing survival stories. A main theme of the book is that those who survive do not necessarily have the necessary equipment and gadgets, but what they do control is their emotions. For instance, as simple as it sounds, those who survive shipwrecks, plane crashes, and various other disasters think positive. Their minds are not clouded by panic or negative thoughts. Good advice for dangerous situations as well as regular life in general!

Now, to find information about how to survive when a zombie horde attacks you is not as easy as one might think. There is “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks, but not a lot of other practical resources. Therefore, like the belt tidbit from Mr. Cruise, perhaps movies and shows can not only be entertaining, but also educational.

“The Walking Dead” is a compelling series where the human survivors are far more terrifying than the undead. Well, both are pretty scary, actually! We’ve got all three seasons of this TV program available at the library on DVD if you’re interested. Come into the library to grab any of these resources—I promise, we’re not scary!

Top books

1. “Missing You” by Harlan Coben

2. “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd

3. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

4. “NYPD Red 2” by James Patterson

5. “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson

6. “The Target” by David Baldacci

7. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark

8. “The Collector” by Nora Roberts

9. “Still Life with Bread Crumbs” by Anna Quindlen

10. “Private L.A.” by James Patterson

Top Videos

1. Philomena

2. American Hustle

3. 12 Years a Slave

4. The Wolf of Wall Street

5. Saving Mr. Banks

6. Dallas Buyers Club

7. Frozen

8. The Book Thief

9. August: Osage County

10. Game of Thrones, Season 3

Top Billing

TUESDAY—1 p.m., our Tuesday movie! This week’s selection is “Much Ado About Nothing” (Rated PG-13, 2013, 107 minutes)-- Joss Whedon’s sexy and contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s classic comedy about the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a sensual, tragic and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

TUESDAY EVENING—6 p.m., our weekly Chess Club gathers! All experience levels are welcome.

WEDNESDAY—Our Spring Book Sale starts! Hosted by our Friends of the Library & Wilcox Park. Hours will be 9 am--8:30 pm.

THURSDAY—Spring Book Sale! 9 am—4:30 pm.

FRIDAY—Spring Book Sale! Hours will be 9 am—4:30 pm.

SATURDAY—Spring Book Sale! Hours will be 9 am—3:30 pm.

Caroline Badowski is a reference librarian at the Westerly Library.



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