Change Through Reading By Franco Vitella Changes is more than a David Bowie song. It’s all around us, it’s the only constant, and if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. So embrace change. Be the change. Become the change you want to be. Take all those platitudes and realize that hey, something has to change around here. As a librarian, I recommend you start your change journey with a little bit of reading. State Change: End Anxiety, Beat Burnout, and Ignite a New Baseline of Energy and Flow by Robin Berzin Pandemic got you anxious and burned out? Setting a New Year’s resolution to change that? Dr. Robin Berzin lays out a 30 day plan based on research and through her experience with thousands of patients to achieve new levels of energy, clarity, and calm through the mind-body connection. How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Katy Milkman Wharton professor and host of the Choiceology podcast Katy Milkman delivers a prove path for change in How to Change. Focused on the traditional change methods of setting goals, creating habits, and generating social support, Milkman also adds in strategizing as an agent for change, with the realization that everybody has to fi gure out the actual obstacles preventing you from making the changes you want. For example: hate exercising because it’s boring? What if you could fi nd a way to make it fun? No matter who you are, if you’re looking to make a change, Milkman has a toolkit for you to make it happen. How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other by Naomi Klein I’m not sure if you’ve look around lately…but not everything is going so great. Sure, there’s plenty of hope and optimism to be had, but young people face an unknown future with man uncertainties, and some of our status quo systems of doing things don’t really work anymore. If you’re a young person eager for change (what young person isn’t?), Naomi Klein provides stories and a roadmap to shake things up, with a focus on climate justice. How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos by David Pogue According to NASA’s Vital Signs of the Planet webpage (https://climate. nasa.gov/evidence/) “direct observations made on and above Earth’s surface show the planet’s climate is signifi cantly changing. Human activities are the primary driver of those changes.” A global temperature rise, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, increasing sea levels, and extreme weather events all pose signifi cant threats to the human way of life. David Pogue’s How to Prepare for Climate Change offers tips to mitigate those threats, from suggestions on where to live to preparing for societal breakdown. Change: How to Make Big Things Happen by Damon Centola Damon Centola, Professor in the Annenberg School of Communication and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania looks at change with science-based approach, avoiding the “change” often amplifi ed through viral movements and infl uencers. Instead, Centola looks at the core of individual beliefs and behaviors: how our social networks infl uence us. Wallet Activism: How to Use Every Page 7 Dollar You Spend, Earn, and Save as a Force for Change by Tanja Hester One way to make change is through money (pun intended), and Tanja Hester provides a manual for making the greatest impact with your hard earned dollars in our era of late stage capitalism. Less of a do’s and don’ts guide, Wallet Activism examines how fi nancial decisions have an impact on society and the environment, provides tips on creating a values-based personal spending philosophy, and takes a deep dive into the ethics of money. The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change by Pauline Boss Many people have experienced loss during the pandemic: loss of a loved one, their job, trust in the world…the list is endless. Therapist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Pauline Boss argues that looking for closure in the wake of the pandemic leads nowhere, and instead those of us who are experiencing loss can search for meaning. Mental Health Cards Available at Art & Soul ( Located at the Main Library, Toledo) Instead an ace of spades, imagine pulling instructions for a breathing technique out of the next deck of cards you encounter. It’s a reality with the Mindfulness Deck. Jenn McCullough, a local yoga and mindfulness instructor, partnered with fellow yoga instructor and illustrator Sarah Kear to create the new tool that aims to assist users of all ages with reaching a state of calm. The cards have been available through the creators since August.

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