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Find the best ways to give through your library

Recently, it seems the news has been filled with a variety of natural disasters. FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) reported 59 disaster declarations in the U.S. in 2009, and 27 so far in 2010. The numbers for world-wide natural disasters in 2009 and 2010 are staggering.

Those natural disasters (2009 and 2010) that made the "worst natural disasters ever" list are: Abruzzo, Italy, April 2009: earthquake, Taiwan, August 2009: typhoon, Sumatra, Indonesia, September 2009: earthquake, Philippines, October 2009: storms, USA, 2009: swine flu, Haiti, January 2010: earthquake and Conception, Chile, February 2010: earthquake. As you can see, there are all kinds of opportunities for giving in our world. The following newer books are a small sample on the topic available through the Detroit Lakes Library.

n The Generosity Plan: Sharing Your Time, Treasure, and Talent to Shape the World, by Kathy LeMay. Many of us have the desire to make a difference. But when it comes down to it, how many really know what steps to take and how to fit philanthropy into our lives.

The Generosity Plan shows readers the unexpected benefits and joys of generosity in our daily lives. This smart, practical guide to philanthropy illuminates the power of giving by helping readers to discover what inspires them, clarify what he or she can afford to give, and direct that generosity toward a better world.

n Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, by Bill Clinton. Here, from Bill Clinton, is a call to action. Giving is an inspiring look at how each of us can change the world. First, it reveals the extraordinary and innovative efforts now being made by companies and organizations--and by individuals -- to solve problems and save lives both "down the street and around the world." Then it urges us to seek out what each of us, "regardless of income, available time, age, and skills," can do to help, to give people a chance to live out their dreams.

n Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope, by Jimmy Carter. This is the story of President Jimmy Carter's post-presidency, the most admired and productive in the nation's history. Through The Carter Center, which he and Rosalynn Carter founded in 1982, he has fought neglected diseases, waged peace in war zones, and built hope among some of the most forgotten and needy people in the world.

n Bono: In Conversation with Michka Assayas, by Michka Assayas. Bono's career is unlike any other in rock history. As the lead singer of U2, Bono has sold 130 million albums, won fourteen Grammys, and played numerous sold-out world tours, but he has also lobbied and worked with world leaders from Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela on debt relief, AIDS, and other critical global issues. He has collaborated with the same musicians for nearly three decades and has been married to his childhood sweetheart since 1982. His life, at all turns, resists the rock star clichés.

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