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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

By Sheri Fink

Pulitzer Prize-winning medical journalist/investigator Fink submits a sophisticated, detailed recounting of what happened at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina.


This book has been chosen as the Allegheny County One Book One Community selection for 2015.  Join us in a discussion of the book on March 13 at 12 pm. And join us at the libary for a medical ethics panel discussion that will be held at the libary on April 22 at 7 pm.

Here's a description of the book:

"After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.
"Five Days at Memorial," the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.
In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters--and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, "Five Days at Memorial" radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.
 

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The Accidental Highwayman: Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, a Mysterious Princess and Sundry Magical Persons Besides

By Ben Tripp

"The Accidental Highwayman" is the first swashbuckling adventure for young adults by talented author and illustrator, Ben Tripp.

In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher "Kit" Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man's riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.

Bound by magical law, Kit takes up his master's quest to rescue a rebellious fairy princess from an arranged marriage to King George III of England. But his task is not an easy one, for Kit must contend with the feisty Princess Morgana, gobling attacks, and a magical map that portends his destiny: as a hanged man upon the gallows....

Fans of classic fairy-tale fantasies will find much to love in this irresistible YA debut by Ben Tripp, the son of one of America's most beloved illustrators, Wallace Tripp ("Amelia Bedelia"). Following in his father's footsteps, Ben has woven illustrations throughout the story.

 

 

 

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Rain reign

By Ann M. Martin

Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She's thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose's rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose's obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different - not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.
When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose's father shouldn't have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.
Hearts will break and spirits will soar for this powerful story, brilliantly told from Rose's point of view.
 

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Events & Classes

Check out our classes, discussion groups, craft groups, and storytimes for everyone.

Thu, Mar 5, 2015
Toddler Story Time at 10:30 AM

This storytime is for toddlers ages 24 to 36 months. It will last about 30 to 45 minutes. Limited to 12 toddlers. Registration is required.



Location: Lauri Ann West Children's Room

Thu, Mar 5, 2015
Meditation with A Monk: Bhante Punna from the Buddhist Cultural Center at 6:30 PM

The library will present a meditation series designed for beginners. The instructor is a Buddhist monk, but the meditation techniques that will be taught are secular and are appropriate for all adults regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations.



Location: Reading Room

Fri, Mar 6, 2015
Fitness with Elena at 10:30 AM

This one-hour class will improve your fitness with a mix of stretching, Yoga and Pilates. Drop in on Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays. The first class is free. The cost for ongoing classes is $10 per class. Bring your own mat. The instructor is Elena Borisova, who has experience as a fitness instructor and personal trainer at a number of fitness centers in the area.



Location: Program Room

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