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Freakonomics, by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing—and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics.

Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of . . . well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Klu Klux Klan.

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and—if the right questions are asked—is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking.

Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.

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Friends of the Gurley Library

Friends of the Gurley Library meet to discuss ways to improve our library.

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Lady Crafters

Ladies from the community come together to work on their own crafts and visit.

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Lady Crafters

Ladies from the community come together to work on their own crafts and visit.

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Family Craft Night

Come make a Framed Heart Art picture. All materials supplied. Please call to register 256-776-2102.

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How to Do Things: Inkle Pouch Part 2

Two two-hour classes.
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Maximum number of students: 10.
Open to adults and youth ages 14 and up.

Learn to weave on an inkle loom, which can be used to make narrow bands. In class you will weave a band and can choose to make a bookmark, hatband, strap or small pouch, depending on how much time you want to spend. Begin to learn the language of weaving.

The inkle looms will be ready to use when you arrive, and you’ll learn how to dress an inkle loom. No weaving experience is required.

The leader will bring all the tools and supplies you’ll need to use during the workshop.

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How to Do Things: Jar Basket Part 2

Two two-hour classes with homework.
Supply fee: $3, required at registration.
Maximum number of students: 12.
Open to adults and youth ages 14 and up.

Weave a basket over a jar/bottle with round reed. The jar/bottle stays inside the basket to create a vase for fresh flowers. You’ll learn how to handle basket reed and how to shape a basket. No basket making experience is required.

Bring your own jar/bottle, such as a quart mayonnaise jar.

Basket making is wet work, so wear old clothes and bring a towel. The leader will bring all the tools and other supplies you’ll need to use during the workshop.

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Knittin' at Nine

Join us for a knitting club. No experience necessary. Learning? Just beginning? Come by and we'll learn together!

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Knittin' at Ten

Join us for a knitting club. No experience necessary. Learning? Just beginning? Join us, help provided!

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Knittin' at Nine

Join us for a knitting club. No experience necessary. Learning? Just beginning? Come by and we'll learn together!

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