Best-selling author tells stories at local library

first_imgFacebook New university committee caters to diversity and inclusion Student admissions process changes Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printIt’s been 20 years since Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel, “The Deep End of the Ocean”, was picked as the first selection for Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. At the time she was a young widowed journalist.“My life’s been nothing short of crazy,” she said.Mitchard visited the Southwest Regional Library to share stories and advice with an intimate crowd as a part of the WORDSLINGER series.“For the past two years in the fall, we choose a theme for a series,” said Jennifer Demas, the library’s digital communications specialist. “We try to do events featuring known and unknown writers at four different locations.”“The candidates have opposing stories, some based on what the voter wants to hear,” she said. “If you use a story, you can usually get people on board with you.”She added that her success came from her ability to write a story for the reader.Mitchard talking to a fan at her book signing.“I’m writing the story for you,” she said while looking at a fan in the crowd. “If the reader doesn’t grab the writer’s hand there’s no dance.”Mitchard went on to share three stories about her personal life, one including her interactions with Oprah. She laughed about how she thought her initial calls from Oprah were pranks.“That’s why she’s Oprah Winfrey . . . and I’m not,” she said.This led her to a personal conversation about her recent financial troubles.In 2009, she discovered that a financial advisor, hired by her husband, stole millions of dollars from her personal finances. This left the then 64-year-old mother of nine on food stamps.“All my money was gone,” she said.Mitchard added that she was from a blue-collar family in Chicago so this was not the first time she endured poverty. She just never thought it would happen to her at this point in her life.“It was devastating,” she said. “My husband still apologizes . . . Almost everyday.”Mitchard posing with Oprah. (Photo courtesy of Jacquelyn Michard.)She then added that Oprah was the one to point out that this was a driving force behind her last book, Two if By Sea.“The story is about a man that loses everything,” she said. “I never thought about it in that way until then.”The conversation ended with questions from the crowd and a book signing.For more information on Fort Worth Public Library events, visit their webpage. ReddIt Nia Brookins Nia Brookins Nia Brookins Nia Brookins Linkedin Provost recommends decentralized testing centerscenter_img Tuition to increase 4.9 percent next school year Nia Brookins is a multimedia journalist from Fort Worth, Texas studying writing and journalism. In her free time she likes to make music and write poetry. Linkedin Twitter Twitter + posts ReddIt Previous articleTCU VGP (Ep. 11 – Blizzcon, Mass Effect and more)Next articleTCU Sizzle Reel (Ep. 10 – The Batman, Fantastic Beasts, X-Men reboot and more) Nia Brookins RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Nia Brookins Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Librarians Weigh In On Proposed Legislation

first_imgLibrarians Weigh In On Proposed LegislationMARCH 25TH, 2019 MEGAN DIVENTI INDIANALibraries across the Hoosier state could be feeling the impact of two bills working their way through the State House right now. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare One of those bills, House Bill 1343, would give the fiscal body of a city, town, or county with a library complete oversight of that budget.“And this additional oversight I think is maybe just a little overkill,” says Trista Smith, Newburg Chandler Public Library director. “I think it’s really important to make sure we are being responsible, but I do think we have a lot of stuff in place, a lot of processes in place that already ensure that we are doing what we need to do.”But Tri-State librarians are concerned about the financial impact these bills could have. “We put money in a rainy day fund every year just in case,” says Smith. “You know we have this beautiful building and god forbid the heating and air went out or any kind of large repair, you know we need to have that outside of our operating budget and that’s really important.”But not every library system shares the same concerns.The EVPL released a statement saying in the part-the bill would likely have little to no impact on EVPL branches for a couple of reasons.Among them, there are already several levels of financial oversight in place with both the local government and the state, and the EVPL has a healthy reserve fund in case of emergencies.Senate Bill 64 was authored by local Senator Jim Tomes.It would require libraries to conduct an annual background check on anyone who interacts with children under 14.Senator Tomes said in part because libraries often serve as an extension of school-background checks should be required.But local librarians say performing those checks is costly and there are already safeguards in place.“It’s intention is good you know making sure we have the appropriate people around our children is important, but I think it just steps a little over what’s reasonable to expect from a library,” says Smith.House Bill 1343 is scheduled for another committee hearing Thursday.Comments0 commentslast_img read more

CUInsight Minute with Lauren Culp – November 20, 2020

first_imgWelcome to the CUInsight Minute, sixty seconds from our Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp with our favorite reads from the week.Mentioned:3 fraud trends to watch for this holiday seasonby ASHLEY TOWN, CO-OP FINANCIAL SERVICESExpectations are high that holiday shopping will look quite different this year. Unfortunately, this uncertainty is allowing fraudsters to take advantage of consumers already on edge during a time of unprecedented change and upheaval. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-store shopping at brick and mortar stores will be significantly curtailed. (read more)Everybody wants inclusion … so why are we so polarized?by JILL NOWACKI, HUMANIDEIAs we watch the dust settle on the 2020 Presidential election, I am hyperaware of the extreme polarization that exists in America and in our workplaces. Over the past eight months, I have studied and written on the impact of Covid-19 on inclusive workplaces. It involved looking at the necessity of credit unions to provide remote work options, acknowledging the need for managers to be intentionally inclusive during uncertain times, and exploring how Covid might impact women’s professional gains and what employers could do to help. (read more)Still Undecided on Your Thanksgiving Menu? Here Are 4 Ways to Think Big, but Cook Small for Thanksgiving 2020by FAITH DURAND, THE KITCHNThanksgiving is almost here: Are you still on the fence about how you’re celebrating (or even if you’re celebrating at all?). If so, you’re not alone. We’ve heard from so many people that they feel tentative about the holiday: Should they stay home? Celebrate with a small group? And the food — food is the last thing on our minds. So I’m here to give you a nudge and push you into a place of decision. (read more) ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: Detailslast_img read more