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Big Ideas Book Discussion: 13 Ways to Kill Your Community (Webinar)

Begins 08/23/2019
Available capacity: 77

The third book in the 2019 Big Ideas Book Discussion series is 13 Ways to Kill Your Community (2nd edition 2016) by Doug Griffiths.  Canadian author Griffiths has been a teacher, a rancher, and a politician, having served in the Canadian legislature for 13 years.  He now works as a “community therapist,” with local governments looking to lead their communities to success and prosperity.

Griffiths writes with wry humor, but still makes serious points about key factors that lead to a community’s success or failure.  He writes “the town that appears in this book is called Omegatown.  It’s not a real place, but a compilation of numerous towns big and small that really do exist and that have helped inspire 13 Ways…they all have their own strengths and weaknesses, but all were unintentionally killing themselves in one way or another…”

From Amazon: “…The anecdotes and examples are delivered with wit and a little bit of a dishy factor. But underneath all the fun is a clear breadth of experience and a no-nonsense, practical approach to community building, which can be easily grasped. 13 Ways to Kill Your Community offers practical, implementable steps that can be taken to bring a moribund community back to life. This book delivers what it promises, and it does so with wit and warmth…”

In Big Ideas Book Discussions, State Library staff and guest stars facilitate discussions using books outside of library management, but with plenty of application to library management. Choosing books on leadership, civic engagement, customer service, presentation skills, etc. we’ll connect those ideas with public library service.

Big Ideas provides an assortment of titles for nonfiction readers, aiding in collection development and leading to good choices for local book discussion groups. We encourage participants to purchase books used throughout the Big Ideas series for your own collections.  And join us for the next good read: 13 Ways to Kill Your  Community (2nd edition 2016)

Central Time
Date: 08/23/2019
Start Time: 09:30 am
End Time: 11:00 am
Credit Hours: 1.5
Instructor : Bonnie McKewon and Nancy Medema
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