Book Review: Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life

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Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman

The progression of middle-aged Americans into retirement creates a significant social drift transforming the workforce. Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman provides a meaningful guide with concrete steps to find fulfillment beyond midlife careers.

Encore career pioneers provide amazing testimonials and magnificent strategies revitalizing a redistribution of income and value. Freedman presents a “freedom to work” ethic encouraging seniors to refuse to fade away and deem them with a responsibility to enhance their “Golden Years” beyond a traditional scope. One example is Win Craft’s phrase “chasing a dream, not a dollar,” by contributing to humanity and creating a more meaningful world.

Learn how to balance the responsibilities and visions of work by incorporating a mind-shift welcoming new terms and occupational trends. By utilizing personal talents, seniors can positively influence and redesign the world of work. Legendary labor leader, Walter Reuther’s belief, “we are too old to work and too young to die,” focused on the corporate pension as an incentive to allow younger employees to enter the workforce. Established and resourceful “baby boomers are inventing a new phase of work,” infusing past with present and opening doors to the future.

In an era of downsizing, layoffs, personal injury, illness, or early retirement, Americans are encouraged to retool, mentor, and make a choice to become a “pilgrim embarking on a new adventure.” When trailblazer Bill Gates announced his retirement, he created a new trajectory by “reordering my priorities.” Nascent innovative organizations offer myriad opportunities and tremendous potential to connect with new generations supporting the modern labor force.

Encore highlights the stories of career innovators “searching for a calling” to transform the nature of work in America. A University of Kansas Sociologist David Ekerdt stated, “the busy ethic” is an approach to retirement that should include more than a set of golf clubs. “Moral continuity between work and retirement” reflects the potential to support a balanced society. “Activity, recreation, and exercise are key ingredients” in addition to lifelong learning and volunteering. Alleviate the “purpose gap” of keeping busy by substituting with purposeful actions. “These pioneers are not celebrating their freedom from work, but rather their freedom to work” in form of social renewal constituting a phenomenal style of volunteering and exertion. The emerging forces of energy cited in Encore instill hope and happiness and may intrigue readers with the Purpose Prize, Experience Corps, Troops to Teachers, Hope for Generations, and a plethora of inspirational and educational resources.

After being in education for 35 years, I chose to retire. “Someone gave me a chance upon college graduation; now it is my time to offer someone else an opportunity for a job.” Freedman does not promise a “fountain of youth” nor guarantees for success, he offers practical optimism founded on fundamental principles. His goal to “live interested” should appeal to readers of all ages, interests, and abilities.

Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman is available for checkout.

Guest review by Carmaine Ternes: Kansas Librarian, Researcher, Writer, and Presenter

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Graphic Novels in Libraries Month – YA Graphic Novels

July marks the first ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month. We’re celebrating graphic novels in all forms throughout the month – juvenile, young adult, fiction, and non-fiction.

We’re kicking off the celebration with some great young adult graphic novels!

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 Lumberjanes

The Lumberjanes—Jo, Molly, Mal, April, and Ripley—all attend a summer camp for “hard-core lady-types,” where they encounter more than badges and campfire songs: old women who turn into bears, three-eyed foxes, kittens, talking statues, and mysteries to solve.

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Black Butler

Set in Victorian London, the young Earl Phantomhive seeks revenge on those who wronged him with the help of his otherworldly loyal butler, Sebastion. Black Butler is a series of suspenseful, thrilling manga!

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Through the Woods

Five mysterious and unsettling stories follow those who venture into and out of the woods and what happens when you linger there.

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 I Was Their American Dream

A memoir of growing up in a multi-ethnic home where Malaka grows up as the daughter of Filipino and Egyptian parents with unfulfilled dreams.

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Moonstruck

Julie, a werewolf barista, and her new girlfriend try to save their friend Chet from a magician who cast a horrible spell. Will they save Chet before it’s too late?

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Bloom

 After graduating high school, Ari is dying to leave his father’s bakery and move to the big city with his band. While interviewing candidates for his replacement, he meets Hector who loves baking.

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 Orange

 On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future, which tells about a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, and begs her to watch over him. Who is Kakeru and what terrible future awaits him?

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A Girl Called Echo

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day turns extraordinary, and Echo’s life will never be the same. Echo finds herself transported to another time and place—a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie—and back again to the present.

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The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

June 6, 2019, marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

At 6:30 am on June 6, 1944, 156,000 American, British, and Canadian forces stormed five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of Normandy, resulting in one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history. The Battle of Normandy concluded in August 1944, with the liberation of Paris and the retreat of German forces to northwestern France. Less than a year later, on May 8, 1945, Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered and the war was won.

Read more about D-Day: From the History Channel here and here. From the Eisenhower Archives here. Hear first-hand recordings from WWII vets here from the Library of Congress. Learn about D-Day at the National D-Day Memorial.

The following library materials are about WWII and D-Day:

Biggest Brother: The Life of Major D. Winters, the Man Who Led the Band Of Brothers, 940.54 ALEXANDER, LARRY

The Bedford Boys: One American Town’s Ultimate D-Day Sacrifice, 940.53 KERSHAW, ALEX

The True Glory, DVD 940.54

Abundance of Valor: Resistance, Survival, and Liberation, 1944-1945, 940.54 IRWIN, WILL

Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies, 940.54 MACINTYRE, BEN

What Was D-Day?, J 940.54 DEMUTH, PATRICIA

Victory at Sea, DVD 940.54

Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won On D-Day, 940.54 MILTON, GILES

The First Wave: The D-Day Warriors Who Led the Way to Victory in World War II, 940.54 KERSHAW, ALEX

Six Days: The Incredible Story of D-Day’s Lost Chapter, GN VENDITTI, ROBERT

Memoir ’44, GAMES MEMOIR ’44

Fly Girls: The Daring American Women Pilots Who Helped Win WWII, J 940.54 PEARSON, P. O’CONNELL

Stories of World War II, 940.53 PARR, ANN

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