Reading for the Future by Franco Vitella While nobody can totally predict the future, we can rely on trends, data, and maybe a little bit of speculation to forecast where we might be headed. Of course, the future is also in our hands – the decisions we make can have the greatest impact on what is to come. If you want to learn more about what you can do to be part of what is hopefully a better tomorrow, stop by any Toledo Lucas County Public Library location to check out one of these fascinating, future-focused books. that it never quite arrives. We’re always looking down the road, dreaming about lies ahead. Much how Netfl ix’s TV series Black Mirror conjures up semi-plausible future scenarios, Alexander Weinstein’s collection of short stories Children of the New World imagines a near future that feels vaguely familiar and realistic. The stories deal with disaster, social unease, our reliance on technology…and they’ll haunt your dreams for a little while after you’ve read them. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards This indictment of the current state of feminism (albeit, published 20 years ago), maps a future for the feminist movement, provides examples of what a world with equal rights for all might look like, and argues that passing an Equal Rights Amendment should still be a goal for feminists. Calvin Baker argues that our traditional approaches to solving racial tyranny – desegregation, diversifi cation, and more representation – are no longer enough. Baker instead calls for full integration, participation for all African-Americans, as well as other oppressed groups, in every facet of national life. Baker frames life in the United States as starting with a revolutionary democracy and that the fi nal steps of that revolution, meaningful and actual inclusion and participation, need to happen now. Covid Update for Lucas Toledo Libraries Although all Library locations are currently closed to walk-in traffi c during the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department stay-at-home advisory, we are maintaining our regular open hours and have many ways to help you: Activities to Go: Visit any location for contactless pick up of the latest set of Activities to Go. Each envelope has directions and supplies for fun activities at home for preschoolers, kids ages 5 – 10, or teens. Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity by Jamie Metzl Author Jamie Metzl, a geopolitical expert and futurist, explores how genetic engineering will impact our future lives. With gene editing technology like CRISPR and other genetic approaches that stand to change the way we experience disease and even expand our lifespans, there is a trove of information to consider on what genetic engineering means for our future. Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein The fun part about the future is On the Future: Prospects for Humanity by Martin Rees After living through 2020, you may not feel very hopeful about the future. The pandemic and apparent societal divisiveness aren’t necessarily bright spots that bode well. Scientist Martin Rees argues to set aside that pessimism. While humanity faces future challenges, our approach to the future – in harnessing technology to overcome threats – is what will defi ne us, and this book gives some insight into the future that might be awaiting us. Book Bundles: We’ll put together a Book Bundle for children, teens and adults. Choose a category or let us surprise you. Complete a request form or call any location. Computer use by appointment: Call 419-259-5200 or any location to schedule one hour of computer time. Customers age 2 and older are required to wear masks. If you have a medical exemption we ask that you make a computer reservation at one of our locations with an accommodaMore Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration, and the Future of America by Calvin Baker In A More Perfect Reunion, write tion space. Accommodation spaces are available at Heatherdowns, Kent, Main, Mott, Oregon, Reynolds Corners, Sanger, Sylvania, and West Toledo. Page 7

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