Beef up on foreign policy with Great Decisions

  • Friday, December 27, 2013

What shall we eat tonight? What color are we going to paint the room that is recently vacated by my oldest son? How are we going to pay for a new car? What to do with all my Dutch books?

Decisions, decisions, they have to be made.

It doesn’t matter how big or small they are or what impact they will have on our lives, making up your mind about something is unavoidable. Some people will procrastinate and others make decisions in the blink of an eye, but in the end we all have to make them.

If we don’t, nothing will happen, nothing will change.

In the big scheme of things our choices are minor; they won’t impact peace talks between nations or achieve certain political goals by exerting sanctions.

Although our decisions won’t affect these policies, these policies will affect us. It is therefore important to be aware of these choices and why they are made.

There are multiple ways to become an informed citizen. The media is working hard, of course, to present their views of national and international policy-making.

Reading different sources and listening to and watching different news channels is usually very informative.

One other very enlightening way is participating in discussion groups.

The library will therefore offer, their recurrent program “Great Decisions.”

The focal point of this discussion group is foreign policy. “Great Decisions” is a national, civic-education program organized by the nonprofit Foreign Policy Association. For 2014, the Foreign Policy Association selected the following topics: Defense Technology; Israel and the U.S.; Turkey’s Challenges; Islamic Awakening; Energy Independence; Food and Climate; China’s Foreign Policy; and U.S. Trade Policy. The briefing book with articles related to each topic can be purchased, or you may use the library’s copy to read the appropriate chapter before the discussion.

For more information, please visit the Reference Desk at Mount Pleasant Regional Library or call 843-849-6161.

This year the library offers two series of meetings:

Group I – Will meet on eight consecutive Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning Jan. 23 and concluding March 13.

Group II – Will meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays, February through May, from 4 to 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 12 and concluding May 28.

You are welcome to come to any or all meetings.

Library programs

Movie and a “Dog” for Teens (grades 6-12)

Thursday, Jan. 2 at 3 p.m.

Watch “After Earth” and snack on a hot dog. Rated PG-13; 100 minutes.

Do-It-Yourself Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace

Saturday, Jan. 4 from 1:30-3 p.m.

Being crafty and creative is easier than you think with Ms. Grace’s help.

Stretching with Dr. Erikka for Parents and Tots (all ages)

Monday, Jan. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Parents and children of all ages are welcome to join Dr. Erikka Curia, Chiropractor at ChiroLife, for a brief morning session of stretching for good health.

Reel Club: Book/Movie Discussion Group (adults)

Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m.

Read the book, watch the movie and then participate in a lively discussion. Book: “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis. Movie: “The Blind Side.” Rated PG-13; 128 minutes.

Savvy Social Security Seminar (adults)

Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn strategies to maximize your Social Security benefits during an informative presentation from financial planner John Williams.

Second Saturday Writing Critique Group (ages 16 and older)

Saturday, Jan. 11 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Open to all writers. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 849-6161 or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Monday Book Discussion (adults)

Monday, Jan. 13 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield

Mirjam Veldkamp is the Young Adult Specialist at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch (1133 Mathis Ferry Road, 843-849-6161, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org, like us on Facebook). Email MtpReference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the programs being held each month at Mount Pleasant Regional.

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