TED Talks

Our Favorite TED Talks

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. They believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. We asked our staff to share their favorite TED Talks and paired them a few books that may help you expand your understanding on the topic. This is what they came up with. (Click on the book covers to find the books in our catalog)


Matt Walker: Why Sleep Matters Now More Than Ever


Wim Hof: Standing the Ice with Our Minds


Amy Tan: Where Does Creativity Hide


Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion


Dr. Mark Holder: Three Words That Will Change Your Life


Pamela Meyer: How to Spot a Liar


Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds


Other TED Talks We Like (With Dewey Locations of Books on Similar Topics)

  1. Michael Sandel: What’s the Right Thing to do? / 172.2 and 301.417 and 320
  2. Mariana Atencio: What makes you special? / 155.4 and 158
  3. Simon Sinek : How great leaders inspire action / 303.34 and 658.4
  4. Brené Brown : The power of vulnerability / 158
  5. Tim Urban : Inside the mind of a master procrastinator / 155.2
  6. Julian Treasure : How to speak so that people will listen / 658.45 and 808.51
  7. Robert Waldinger : What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness / 158.1 and 170.44
  8. Chimamanda Adichie : The danger of a single story / 305.8 and 372.21
  9. Angela Lee Duckworth : Grit: The power of passion and perseverance / 179.9, 155.4 and 158.1
  10. Elif Shafak : The revolutionary power of diverse thought / 321.8 and 331.4133

January Staff Picks: Tsundoku

Tsundoku (積ん読): A Japanese word and characters that translate as “pile up” + “read”. We asked our staff what has been piling up on their to-be-read list. Here are their answers.


Nonfiction


Tunnel 29: The True Story of an Extraordinary Escape Beneath the Berlin Wall
By Helena Merriman

It’s summer, 1962, and Joachim Rudolph, a student, is digging a tunnel under the Berlin Wall. Waiting on the other side in East Berlin – dozens of men, women and children; all willing to risk everything to escape.
Book


Hallucinations
by Oliver Sacks

Have you ever seen something that wasn’t really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing?
Book/Audiobook CD/Overdrive eBook


Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside
by Nick Offerman

A humorous and rousing tour of America’s nature spots as well as a mission statement about loving, protecting, and truly experiencing the outdoors, inspired by three journeys undertaken by actor, humorist, and New York Times bestselling author Nick Offerman
Book/Overdrive eBook/Overdrive Audiobook


Fiction


Under the Whispering Door
by TJ Klune

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.
Book/Overdrive eBook/Overdrive Audiobook


Get a Life, Chloe Brown
by Talia Hibbert

Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with seven directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?
Book/Overdrive eBook/Hoopla eBook/Hoopla Audiobook


The Library of the Dead
by T.L. Huchu

When a child goes missing in Edinburgh’s darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She’ll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?
Books


One Last Stop
by Casey McQuiston

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.
Overdrive eBook


Walk on Earth a Stranger
by Rae Carson

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.
Book/Hoopla eBook/Hoopla Audiobook


Light from Uncommon Stars
by Ryka Aoki

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She has already delivered six.
Book


Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood–and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Book/Audiobook CD/Overdrive eBook/Overdrive Audiobook


War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy

In Russia’s struggle with Napoleon, Tolstoy saw a tragedy that involved all mankind. Greater than a historical chronicle, War and Peace is an affirmation of life itself, `a complete picture’, as a contemporary reviewer put it, `of everything in which people find their happiness and greatness, their grief and humiliation’.
Book/Audiobook CD/Overdrive eBook/Hoopla eBook/Hoopla Audiobook


1Q84
by Haruki Murakami

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 —“Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.
Book/Audiobook CD/Overdrive eBook


Les Miserables
by Victor Hugo

A thrilling tale of narrow escapes, romance in the midst of a revolution, and battlefield heroism, Victor Hugo’s sprawling 1862 novel focuses on the Parisian underworld.
Book/Overdrive eBook/Hoopla eBook/Hoopla Audiobook


Young Adult


We are Inevitable
by Gayle Forman

While his friends have gone to college and moved on with their lives, Aaron’s been left behind in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, running a failing bookshop with his dad, Ira. What he needs is a lucky break, the good kind of inevitable.

And then he meets Hannah. Incredible Hannah
Book


In the Wild Light
by Jeff Zentner

Life in a small Appalachian town is not easy. Cash lost his mother to an opioid addiction and his Papaw is dying slowly from emphysema. Dodging drug dealers and watching out for his best friend, Delaney, is second nature. He’s been spending his summer mowing lawns while she works at Dairy Queen.

But when Delaney manages to secure both of them full rides to an elite prep school in Connecticut, Cash will have to grapple with his need to protect and love Delaney, and his love for the grandparents who saved him and the town he would have to leave behind.
Book


Juvenile Fiction


The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. 

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known
Book/Overdrive eBook/Overdrive Audiobook/Hoopla eBook/Hoopla Audiobook


The Amelia Six
by Kristin L. Gray

Amelia Earhart’s famous aviator goggles go missing and eleven-year-old Millie has to find them before the night is over
Book


The Beatryce Prophecy
Kate DiCamillo

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall comes a fantastical meditation on fate, love, and the power of words to spell the world.
Book/Overdrive eBook

National Hobby Month: Books, Books, Books

Books for Your New Hobby

Tired of being online? Want to cozy up with a book in your hand to learn a new hobby? Or get more info on a favorite pastime you already have? We’ve gathered some book suggestions for you. Whether you enjoy painting, photography, collecting, building, or crafting, the library has books for you!


The Encyclopedia of Jewelry-making Techniques by Jinks McGrath

Book


Scrapbooking Techniques for Beginners by Rebekah Meier

Book


Watercolor is for Everyone:  Simple Lessons to Make Your Creative Practice a Daily Habit by Kateri Ewing

Book


Filmmaking for Dummies by Bryan Stoller

Book


iPhone Photography by Mark Hemmings

Book


Digital Photography by Julie Adair King

Book


Hand Lettering 101:  An Introduction to the Art of Creative Lettering by Chalkfulloflove

Book


Rosie O’Donnell’s Crafty U:  100 Easy Projects the Whole Family Can Enjoy All Year Long by Rosie O’Donnell

Book


Generation T:  108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt by Megan Nicolay

Book


Home Made, Best Made:  Hundreds of Ways to Make All Kinds of Useful Things by Reader’s Digest

Book


The Complete Guide to Drones:  Build & Choose & Fly & Photograph by Adam Juniper

Book


Playing with Trains:  a Passion Beyond Scale by Sam Posey

Book


Guitar All-in-One by Jon Chappell

Book


How to Bake Everything: Simple Recipes for the Best Baking by Mark Bittman

Book


Rocks and Minerals by Chris Pellant

Book


Would you prefer EBooks or Audio books?

The library has Overdrive (also known as Libby) for eBooks and audiobooks, and Hoopla which offers both eBooks and audiobooks, as well as streaming movies and television shows. So there’s always something to choose from wherever there’s internet access or when transporting a physical book is not possible. Look for these logos in your app store.

National Hobby Month on Hoopla

There are tons of streaming options available for all sorts of hobbies. Check out these which we found on Hoopla or look for some on your own!


Candle Making: From Beginner to Business by Rachel Larsen

Stream or download this eBook


A To Z How To Make Wine At Home For Total Beginners by Lisa Bond

Stream this eBook


The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making by Tammy Powley

Stream this eBook


Beginner’s Guide To Making Mosaics by Delphine Lescuyer

Stream this eBook


Leathercraft As A Hobby by Clifford Pyle

Stream this eBook


Hobby Boss: Turn Your Passion Into Profits Online by Steve Mastroianni

Stream this eBook


Sketching as a Hobby by Arthur L. Guptill

Stream ebook


Hobby Farming for Dummies by Theresa Husarik

Stream Audio Book


Easy WordPress Blogging for Beginners by Rawee M.

Stream this eBook


Write That Book Tips for New Authors by Michelle G. Cameron

Stream this eBook


National Hobby Month

National Hobby Month

January is National Hobby month! Looking for new ideas for your hobby or planning to try a new one? The library has many resources for you!

Check out some of our favorite eBooks and eMagazines from OverDrive covering all sorts of hobbies, or links for fun stuff like How to be a Comedy Writer available when streaming on Hoopla. Plus, there we’ve gathered links right here for hardcover books and great crafting sites for ideas as well as step-by-step instructions. There is something for everyone!


Astronomy for Beginners 4th Edition

eMagazine


How to Cook Everything – Completely Revised Twentieth Anniversary Edition: Simple Recipes for Great Food by Mark Bittman

eBook


The Runner’s Bible by Mark Bloom

eBook


Spanish for Dummies by Jessica Langemeier

eBook


1000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies, & Cakes by Sandra Salamony

eBook


Don’t see a hobby you would like to try from our staff-picked OverDrive selections? Check out Hoopla for more e-options or to stream movies. Or scroll for books and crafting sites.


Better Homes & Gardens 365 30-minute Meals

eBook


How to Paint and Draw

eMagazine


Minecraft Secrets

eMagazine


Got screen fatigue? Prefer a book you can hold?


3D Printing for Dummies by Kalani Kirk Hausman

eBook


Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening by Deborah Martin

eBook


Get Started with a Craft

  • Hobsess find a new hobby, revisit an old hobby from your past, or even learn how to turn your hobby into a profitable business.
  • Discoverhobby  – online directory of hobbies listed by categories such as collecting, arts and crafts, games, model and electronic, food and drinks, sports and outdoors, and spiritual and mental.
  • eHow – extensive site covering about 30 different how-to categories, chock full of articles and tutorials.
  • APL library catalog – our online catalog will take you to a plethora of materials such as books, magazines, and DVDs, including in electronic format about your favorite things to do or make!


Holiday Staff Picks

Holiday Staff Picks

The holidays are almost here so check out our staff’s favorite books and movies that have to do with the holidays and family. Also check out what holiday movies are available for Streaming on Hoopla.


Happily This Christmas
by Susan Mallery

Book/Hoopla eBook/Hoopla Audiobook


Merry and Bright
by Debbie Macomber

Book/Audiobook/Overdrive eBook


His Christmas Wish
by Melissa McClone

Hoopla eBook


Miracle : and other Christmas stories
by Connie Willis

Book


My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Stories
by Stephanie Perkins and other authors

Book


Franny and Zooey
by J.D. Salinger

Book


One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

Book


The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Book/Overdrive eBook/Hoopla eBook/Hoopla Audiobook


The Crippled Lamb
by Max Lucado

Book


Penguin’s Christmas Wish
by Salina Yoon

Book


Santa Bruce
by Ryan Higgins

Book/Hoopla eBook


Bear Stays Up for Christmas
by Karma Wilson

Book/Hoopla Audiobook


Santa’s Underwear
by Marty Figley

Book/Hoopla eBook

Movies

Home for the Holidays

DVD


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

DVD


Love Actually

DVD


Christmas with the Kranks

DVD/Hoopla Movie


Fatman

DVD


Fred Claus

DVD


How The Grinch Stole Christmas

DVD


Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas

DVD


Mickey’s Christmas Carol

DVD


Jingle All the Way

DVD


The Muppet Christmas Carol

DVD


Santa Claus is Coming to Town

DVD

October Reads

Creepy Reads-October Staff Picks

Our staff decided to share some books that gave us the willies. Check them out.

Adult Books



Fever Dream
by Samanta Schweblin

book/Overdrive ebook/Overdrive audiobook


The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson

book/Overdrive ebook


Ghost Stories of M.R. James
by M.R. James

book/Overdrive/Hoopla


The Dreams in the Witch House and Other Weird Stories
by H.P. Lovecraft

book


House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski

book


The Prestige
by Christopher Priest

book


The Phantom of the Opera
by Gaston Leroux

book/Overdrive ebook/Hoopla ebook/Hoopla audiobook


Stories
by Edgar Allan Poe

book/Overdrive/Hoopla




The Turn of the Screw
by Henry James

book/audiobook CD/Overdrive ebook/Hoopla ebook/Hoopla audiobook


Young Adult Books


The Dead House
by Dawn Kurtagich

book


My Best Friend’s Exorcism
by Grady Hendrix

book/Overdrive ebook/Overdrive audiobook


Children’s Book


Deep and Dark and Dangerous
by Mary Downing Han

book/Hoopla ebook/Hoopla audiobook


Small Spaces
by Katherine Arden

book/Overdrive audiobook


Cookie Boo
by Ruth Paul

book

Café Wrap: Left Brain vs. Right Brain

Our first Socrates Café meet up of the season is on the books! <—  See what we did there?

The Big Q: Which serves you better: being right-brained (visual/intuitive) or left-brained (analytical/methodical)?

True to form, after our group decided on this question of the day, one participant sought to clarify: is the “you” the personal you, or the collective one? Well, it could be either so we allowed answers to either version.

One of the first considerations came from one who had spent his career as a salesman being methodical and linear in his approach. Later he realized that to better connect with his potential customers required certain creativity. This idea led another participant to cite Leonardo da Vinci.

Da Vinci is an example of one person who gained notoriety in his time as a genius in the fields of art, architecture, anatomy and science, presumably utilizing both the right and left sides of his brain remarkably well.

Want to know how Da Vinci did it, and how you can too?

If so, there are two books in our collection that cover harnessing the power of both sides of your brain that you’ll find interesting. The first, by Michael J. Gelb, entitled How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci : Seven Steps to Genius Everyday, offers the reader thinking exercises. The flyleaf summarizes this book this way.  

“Drawing on Da Vinci’s notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb, introduces seven Da Vincian principles, the essential elements of genius, from curiosita, the insatiably curious approach to life, to connessione, the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. With Da Vinci as their inspiration, readers will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking.”

Another book suggested by a participant is [The New] Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Our copy of this book, originally published in 1979, is a 20th anniversary re-issue having sold 2.5 million copies of the former. With 50 percent more material than the original issue, it is not only a book about drawing but it is also a book about freeing your mind to draw.

Care to narrow your reading solely to the left and right brain thing? Check out Chapter 3; Your Brain: The Right and Left of It.

Conversation about this book led us to consider a well-known perception exercise where the subject uses a picture that is oriented upside down as a guide. The person then attempts to recreate a drawing of the picture. This exercise helps to train the person to draw what she sees rather than what she thinks she sees or what the picture “should” look like.

As is often the case at the Socrates Café, the dissection of an idea occasionally veers a little left or right in other ways.

We covered such topics as the power of dominant hands, and why some people who have brain-affecting diagnoses like ADHD or autism tend to do less well on IQ tests (which are designed for left-brain thinking.)

In a study under the NIH, IQ in children with autism spectrum disorders: data from the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP), researchers concluded, “ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder] was less strongly associated with intellectual disability than traditionally held and there was only limited evidence of a distinctive IQ profile.” This study suggests that “different” thinking methodology does not presume a lack of intelligence.

If this assertion holds as a general baseline for most people who are diagnosed with ASD, we might consider that those so diagnosed have the ability to use the right side of the brain in ways others do not. A patron (whose particular form of autism is associated with left side thinking) cited her abilities as an example, and said that she felt odd knowing that while she is a left-brained thinker, she is also very creative. She believes that being left-brained, for example, helps her in her position as a stage manager because she can see small details in ways that others do not.

Every month we cover a new question chosen by the participants and we attempt to answer that question both based on our experiences and by listening to others’ points of view. We look forward to next month’s Socrates Café meetup. We meet monthly (on Zoom for now). Register now and we’ll send you a Reminder Link to access the meetup the day beforehand. See you then!

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