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It was In the 90’s that the popular Stuart Smalley spoof on Saturday Night Live brought “Deep Thoughts” to viewers to ponder.  A jest at the self-help movement, we could all chuckle at the mantra…“You're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!”  The last few decades have seen a huge growth in the digital world. Information technology is evolving so rapidly, that we are able to access and process information so quickly that at times the opportunity for “deep thoughts” might pass us by if it’s not an app on our mobile device. Enter TED Talks….

Not unlike Smalley’s daily affirmations, TED will make you laugh. TED will also inspire you to contemplate deep thoughts on social, poltical and global issues.  TED is a non-profit organization that began as a global conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.  The scope of TED has broadened over the years to encompass many different subject areas.  Since TED Talks began to offer video clips from their conferences--they have attracted a global audience in the billions.

At the heart of TED and their talks is the moniker, “ideas worth spreading” and to accomplish this the organization has assembled… “[the] world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).”  Today there are over 1500 TED Talks included the most eclectically random collection from  “Why Do We Sleep?“ to “Ingenuity and Elegance in Ancient African Alphabets” and  “Our Shared Condition -- Consciousness.” All intriguing topics and most likely books we’d purchase for you at the library and you’d grab off the shelf!

We like sharing ideas and opinions at the library. The library is a place to learn something new, share knowledge and to engage with each other as a community to grow.  Starting in September, the NBPL is going to moderate TED Talk discussions on the Monday afternoons of the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 3:00-4:30 in the NBPL Conference Room. The format is informal and when we meet,  we will select from the TED Talks being offered and view them together… once the talk is complete, we will discuss and then repeat. We may get through 1 TED Talk or 6, but that depends on how engaged we get on the topic at hand. 

Together we can share our own deep thoughts and engage in great discussion to make us rich because the way we see it at the library….”You’re good enough, you’re smart enough and doggone it...we like you!”

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