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Library offers help getting the most out of digital devices

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Two workshops in January at the Wood County District Public Library (251 N. Main St., Bowling Green) will help demystify your tablets, smart phones, and other devices as well as get you ready to borrow free digital content. Kristin Wetzel, who works closely with the library’s digital content providers, will lead both workshops.  The first is Wednesday, January 17 at 10 a.m.  and the second workshop is Monday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m. Both workshops will take place in the second floor meeting room.  “We are offering the workshop at two times so people who are not available during the day can also take advantage of the training and get the most from their devices” said Wetzel.  “There is so much wonderful, free material to download from your library,” said Wetzel. “I have helped people who came straight to the library from the store with their devices still in a box.  When they leave the library they are ready to read, listen, or watch whatever they like,” she said.  Reservations are not required to attend the workshops. Additional personalized help with your technology and computer questions is available Monday through Friday by appointment.  To take advantage of this service, simply call ahead to 419-352-5050 for an appointment with library staff. “We have been asked when the next class on using computers will be offered, but we have found that computer classes leave a lot of people in the dark because the class doesn’t relate to people’s specific needs,” said Michele Raine, Assistant Director at WCDPL. “The appointments allow us to focus on exactly what people would like to learn during their appointment.” Appointments can cover everything from how to format a Microsoft Word document, how to set up basic commands in an Excel spreadsheet, or how to create contacts in your smart phone. For more information on either the workshops or the personal assistance appointments, contact WCDPL’s Information Services Department at 419-352-5050.


‘Little Free Library’ makes books available 24/7

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   A new library opened in Bowling Green on Tuesday. No library cards are necessary. And there is no closing time. A “Little Free Library” was christened at Kenwood Elementary School by students reading their personal odes to books. The tiny library sits on the front porch of the elementary, and is open round the clock to children or neighbors of all ages. “It’s open 24/7. They can come up anytime and take a book. It’s free,” said Shannon Lentz, a first grade teacher at Kenwood Elementary. “Maybe kids who don’t have access to books all the time can use them.” Lentz hopes to add a journal to the library, so readers can record their feelings about the borrowed book when they return it.   The library “building” was donated by Bowling Green State University students in the Service Learning program. Similar libraries were donated to each of the Bowling Green elementary schools. “The goal is to inspire reading,” Lentz said. “It’s not just for our students. It’s for the neighborhood as well.” The library operation is simple, she said. “If you take a book, you leave a book,” Lentz said. The “Little Free Library” program is international – with more than 60,000 of the lending libraries registered in 80 countries. Christine Englebrecht and her daughter Frances Chavez, who were present at Kenwood Tuesday for the ribbon cutting, are familiar with the tiny libraries in Colorado where they lived before coming to Bowling Green. “They were everywhere, in front of every public space,” Englebrecht said. “I’d love to see one in City Park here.” Frances said she was excited about having a Little Free Library in Bowling Green. “The best part is, it’s a library for everyone.” “Anything that provides books for kids and puts books in the hands of kids is great,” Englebrecht said. At the grand opening of the little library, Kenwood students professed their love for books with readings. Tess Challu, who always has a book in her hands, wrote a poem for the new library. Aurora Martinez read aloud her ode to books. “I am excited to donate some books for others to read,” she said. Kenwood Principal Kathleen Daney said teachers on the literacy committee took hold of the library idea. The library “building” was painted by the art teacher. And school maintenance staff built a stand for…


Library’s Holiday Cookie Bake-Off is a winner for all involved

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News A recipe that has traveled over the ocean and through the generations was the favorite bite Monday at the Holiday Cookie Bake-Off at the Wood County District Public Library. Jennie Whiteside won for her German Sour Cream Twists. The recipe, she said, has been passed down through many generations in her husband’s family. The winners were selected by a vote of the more than 60 people in attendance. Each attendee received six tickets to distribute as they choose, and each baker had a paper bag where the voters could deposit one or more ballots. Whiteside is living in Bowling Green while her son’s family is temporarily located here. He works for an engineering firm doing pipeline work. Whiteside said she’s been baking the cookies since 1979. The recipe has traveled with her family from Pennsylvania to South Dakota and now here. At first, the recipe she got wasn’t quite right. Then she figured out what was missing and has been making the winning recipe since. This is the first time, though, that she’s shared it outside the family. (See recipes below). Whiteside said her daughter-in-law, Jamie Whiteside, will be learning the recipe, so it will pass down to another generation. “It’s something to live up to,” Jamie Whiteside said. Her mother-in-law said part of the reason for participating in the bake-off was to show support for the library, which has done so much for her family since they’ve been in Bowling Green. “This has been a huge resource for us to get out of the house,” Jamie Whiteside said. The second-place winner was Janet Griffith, of Bowling Green. Though Griffith has been baking since she was a child, her Magic Peanut Butter Cookies are a recent addition to her repertoire. She found the recipe in the “Gooseberry Patch: Dinners on a Dime” last year. The cookies are gluten-free, but that wasn’t a concern for Griffith. She and her daughter wondered how so simple a recipe – one part peanut butter, one part sugar, one egg – would come out. Well, those attending the bake-off thought they came out just fine. Griffith was confident of the quality of the cookie though she wasn’t sure they were good enough to win a prize. Griffith is a former pre-K teacher. Last year she decided to start baking full time. She now works at the Carillon Place Dining…


Library hosting Holiday Cookie Bake-Off

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY The Wood County District Public Library  invites home cooks and baking enthusiasts to bring their best recipes to the library for a community Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. “With the popularity of television shows such as the Great British Baking Show, we thought it would be fun to offer our local bakers an opportunity to get in on the action,” said Michele Raine, WCDPL Assistant Director.  “Winners get bragging right, a prize package, and their recipe is featured in ‘Cooks Corner’ in the Sentinel-Tribune.”  The event takes place in the library’s atrium on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 pm.  Previous winning bakers are Char Rehklau and Isabella Nardone. “The winning recipe is determined by popular vote that night, so we need both tasters and bakers,” said Raine. To participate, bring at least two dozen cookies to the library.  “The last couple of years, some of the bakers have run out of cookies, so we feel like having at least 2 dozen is pretty important,” said Raine.  Bakers can bring more than one recipe, but should have 2 dozen of each cookie for the tasters.  After all the cookies have been tasted and the votes counted, Mrs. Claus will award the prize to the winning cookie. The event also features live music from students in Vicki Hoehner’s piano studio. For more information about the Holiday Cookie Bake-Off, please call the Wood County District Public Library’s Adult Services department at 419-352-5050.


Library trustees close the book on 2017

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Wood County District Pubic Library Board ended its year with a peek ahead toward next year’s business. Library Director Michael Penrod said that students in Shannon Orr’s public policy class are “frantically” compiling the result of the community survey that was sent out. The survey is intended to gather data to help the board in formulating a new strategic plan. Board president Brian Paskvan said those discussions on the plan will start in early spring. The date, he said, will be determined based on when the most board members can attend. Penrod said that Orr has reported that response to the survey was good, and the one take away she could share was: “People love the library.” Penrod also said that the library’s “grand experiment” in ending fines seems to be going well, though, the staff will need to wait to see how it plays out next year before declaring it a success. Penrod also said he has presented a memorandum of understanding to the Village of Walbridge about the mowing lawns and clearing snow at the Walbridge branch. Penrod said the village has been doing the work, but with the renovation of the library, the facility now has more parking lot to plow and more lawn to mow. The library will compensate the village $1,800 if the village council approves the memorandum. Penrod said the library’s budget is on track to run a slight surplus. As of the end of November with 91.6 percent of the year, the library has spent or allocated 90.9 percent of its budget. The board held its annual organizational meeting at the beginning of Wednesday’s session. Paskvan was re-elected president, a post he’s held since January, 2009. Becky Bhaer will continue to serve as vice president, and Nancy Buchanan was elected secretary. The board will continue to meet the third Monday of each month at 11 a.m. That includes Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day, both days when the library will be open. The January meeting will be held only if needed. The board convenes in the meeting room of the Bowling Green library except in April and September when it meets in Walbridge. Before the meeting, the library’s annual volunteer appreciation breakfast was held. Former board member Jane Robb received the The Legacy of 1875 Award, which goes “to a person who exemplifies the…


Library concert offers great piano music from BGSU studios

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Some of the greatest music written for piano will be performed in the atrium of the Wood County Library, Monday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Performing on the library’s Steinway concert grand will be piano students from the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts. Masterworks from German and French composers, from J.S. Bach to Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy will be the focus of the program. The performance continues a series of recitals by BGSU piano students, who hail from around the world. “It has been such a pleasure to have our beautiful piano in use,” said Michele Raine, the library’s assistant director. “The students give excellent performances, and I appreciate that they are so willing to share their talents with the community.” Thomas Rosenkranz of the BGSU faculty coordinates the programs. “These kind of community concerts are important for our piano majors because it allows them to get out of campus and share their music with people who might not normally be exposed to classical music,” he said. “Too often in academia, things are quite insulated and these kind of concerts allow for a more real life experience for our piano majors.” The concert will feature 10 pianists performing music by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy and Ravel. College of Musical Arts attracts musicians from around the world. Among those performing on Monday will be Mengqian Lin, from China. Lin is working on a one-year piano performance certificate from BGSU. In selecting a piece to perform at the library, she reflected on hearing a friend play at the venue. She decided to play the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata, Opus 109. Considering the library’s “beautiful structure” and the piano, she decided “a simple melody line is better than complicated harmony.” She also felt that an audience of community members would “prefer a more beautiful, singable melody. It’s easier to understand it.” Lin came to BGSU this fall after completing a master’s in piano performance at Syracuse University. She’s planning to pursue a doctorate at another school next year, but felt she wanted another year of preparation for her auditions. Lin selected Bowling Green because it seemed such “a calm, small town, very peaceful, very good for practicing and studying,” which is her focus this year. Her teachers at Syracuse also know Rosenkranz from his time there, and highly recommended him. Lin, 25, has been playing…


Santa collection revives magic of Christmas past

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   All year long, Dale Schmidt is surrounded by the spirit Santa Claus – more specifically by 700 Kris Kringles at last count. Schmidt, a retired art teacher who lives in Bowling Green, started out as an accidental collector about 40 years ago. “I think it just kind of occurred,” he said. “I had a couple things and I realized – I have a collection.” A small portion of that collection is on display in the windowed showcase at the front entrance of Wood County District Public Library, at 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green. The Santas will remain on display there until Dec. 18. Schmidt has tried to go cold turkey in his quest for Santa Clauses. But who can resist the kindly faces, the flowing white beards – and great bargains. “There have been times I’ve stopped and then started again,” he said. “Once you’re a collector, always a collector.” Schmidt’s and his wife, Donna, married after he already had his collection underway. So she knew what she was getting into – kind of, he said. Does she share his love of Santa Claus? “Well, yes and no,” Schmidt conceded. She wouldn’t mind cutting back on the collecting and regaining some of the couple’s storage space at home. “I’ve got stack and stacks of bins of Santas in the storeroom,” Schmidt said, not to mention the four display cases in their home. “That’s been a major bone of contention with my wife.” She has even remarked that “they look the same,” Schmidt said. That’s close to blasphemy for a true collector. Besides, how can Schmidt resist the jolly old man himself – at a reasonable price. “If I see a bargain, I’m lured into it.” Schmidt can’t exactly pinpoint why Santa Clauses caught his attention, but he suspects it was because of the magical feeling that came with Christmas when he was growing up in East Cleveland. “When I was a kid, Christmas was rather important,” he recalled. One of the few holiday treasures he remembers was a paper mache Santa with his sleigh made in the 1930s, that sat in the family’s fireplace. He can still picture the stunning holiday displays in department store windows in downtown Cleveland. And he remembers the three-story tall Christmas tree that would be decorated at the Sterling Linder Davis department store every December. It…


Wood County Library trustees approve raises all around

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Library employees from bottom to the top will have a bit extra to be thankful for this week. The Wood County District Library Board of Trustees Monday voted to give 2.5-percent raises to Library Director Michael Penrod and Treasurer Linda Joseph and to increase the amount of money for salaries by 3 percent. Penrod and Joseph also each received a one-time $500 bonus for their work on seeing the Walbridge Library renovation to completion. Penrod’s raise brings his salary to $86,275 a year. Board member Nathan Eikost said of Penrod: “Your heart is in this community, and it really shows.” The raise, he noted, puts Penrod closer to where he as an individual, and where the library director’s position, needs to be in comparison to peers statewide. Board President Brian Paskvan said the library survey found that the average salary for a public library director is $87,212.  That figure has been adjusted to minimize the impact of several highly paid “outliers.” While this raise doesn’t get Penrod the average, it is a step, Paskvan said. Joseph’s pay will increase to $28.20 an hour from $27.51. “What you get done in your part-time hours is what most people get done in full-time plus,” Paskvan said. He noted that the library had with the year winding down only spent 84 percent of its 2017 budget. As an attorney, Marcin works for a number of municipalities and it is unheard of to have such clean audits so consistently. Trustee John Fawcett said that Joseph helped him as a new trustee understand “the very convoluted financial policy” that governs libraries. Penrod noted that increasing the salary pool by 3 percent over what was appropriated last year does not mean uniform 3-percent raises. That money will be used to address the increase in the minimum wage, and then adjusting salaries above that. The pool also includes the money for his and Joseph’s increases. Employees who get health insurance will be paying more. The trustees voted to continue getting coverage from Paramount. The library’s cost of the coverage will go up 9.7 percent. Employees’ share for coverage will increase to $49 a pay period, or $1,274 a year, from $45 a pay period, $1,170 a year, just under 9 percent more. The plan calls for $1,000 deductible, but the library will reimburse employees for anything over $300 they spend. Employees…


Bowling Green turns on the lights of a new tree

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green celebrated the lighting of a new Christmas tree Friday night and got help from some friends from afar to do it. Gone is the 50-foot Colorado blue spruce, and in its place is a less towering 12-foot specimen. Still Wood County Library Director Michael Penrod, who had to make the recommendation to cut down the old tree, said he was pleased with the new tree. “Our new baby is alive and well and is awesome,” he said. “It’s exciting to be here on the beginning of a new tradition.” He hopes the tree will last 30 years like the previous tree. This is the third community tree on the library lawn, though the first one only lasted a year. For such a momentous change, it’s taken a long time for some people to notice. A patron came in a couple weeks ago, Penrod said, and asked what happened to the tree. “Wasn’t it bigger?” In honor of International Week on the Bowling Green State University campus, foreign students were invited to participate in the tradition. Foreign students on campus made decorations representing their countries, and the tree was topped with flags representing some of the 80 countries from which students come to BGSU. Edwards invited three BGSU students to join him in flipping the switch to light the tree. Hannah Lechner, from Austria, Crystal Lau, Hong Kong, and Caroline Flaesgarten, an American student who studied in Strasbourg, France, last year. “It made me feel like a little girl,” Lau said, after the tree was lit. Flaesgarten agreed, especially having the chance to drive to the event in the fire engine with the mayor. “I’m so thankful for this opportunity because all the people who are here,” Lechner said. This made the students feel more connected to the community. Erin Klessner came with her children as they have for the last five or so years. “It’s just a fun family event to kick off the holidays.” She said it was “a bummer” that the old tree was gone. But she’s looking forward to seeing this tree grow over the years. “It’s exciting to be here on the beginning of a new tradition,” Penrod said.        


Artist gets to the heart of Jerome Library with sculpture

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News In celebrating the largest piece of art on the Bowling Green State University campus, Jerome Library welcomed a new piece to its collection. The wood, Plexiglas, and LED artwork by Vince Koloski pays tribute to the towering murals that decorate the east and west facing walls of Jerome Library. As with the murals, though, what’s inside the new work is what’s important, Koloski said. From the interior unfold five panels with phrases that praise libraries and books. “It’s a nice building,” Koloski said, “but what’s important is what’s in the building, the knowledge, the content.” That’s what those panels represent. The quotations were collected by the other important element in his view, the librarians. Those librarians, retired and active staff, together with the campus and Bowling Green community gathered Friday afternoon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Jerome Library. Library Dean Sara Bushong said this was 50 years to the day that the ceremonies marking the dedication of the library in 1967 began. The formal dedication was held the next day on Nov. 4. In her talk on the history of the Donald Drumm murals, Librarian Amy Fry noted that the building was not intended to have the murals. But BGSU President William T. Jerome was “keenly interested in beautifying the campus.” To that end, Fry said, he invited Donald Drumm to serve as an artist in residence. His first project was creating a cast aluminum sculpture for the lobby of the administration building. The original design for the university library did not have any decoration on it, so Jerome asked Drumm to design murals for the two faces. He sandblasted those onto the walls and put in stainless steel pins that protruded three inches from the face. The play of shadow and light was supposed to bring the design to life. But, Fry said, Jerome and Drumm were disappointed with the subdued effect. So some areas of the mural were painted brown, and the artistic landmark visible from I-75 took final shape. The work was done over the summer of 1966 and when students returned their reactions, Fry said, ranged from “fantastic” to “grotesque” and “inappropriate,” or “better than a blank wall.” One suggested shrubs would have been a better way to beautify campus. For his part, Jerome took the reaction as a sign that the murals were doing their…


Horror of Hiroshima leads survivors to push for nuclear disarmament

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Hiroshima bombing survivor Keiko Ogura punctuated her account of the day the nuclear bomb destroyed her city and killed 80,000 instantly, with a simple phrase: “It happened.” It was as if on a beautiful autumn day in Bowling Green, the horrors of another beautiful day, Aug. 6, 1945, would be so unbelievable and needed confirmation. “It happened.” Bodies washed out to sea coming back. Pregnant women who went to the city to seek their husbands, gave birth to deformed infants months later. In a small park near her home, her father created 700 bodies. A sudden flash, silence, darkness descending and a charcoal rain. “It happened,” Ogura said Ogura, an educator at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and Setsuko Thurlow, also a Hiroshima survivor and nuclear disarmament advocate, spoke at the Wood County Library’s Carter House on Thursday. Their presentation was part of “Seeking Peace in the Nuclear Age: A Peace Symposium” presented at Bowling Green State University. Akiko Jones, who organized the symposium, credited Dr. Marc Simon, a colleague in the Peace and Conflict Studies program, with suggesting hosting an event in the community as well as on campus. After the two survivors had spoken, Simon said that all his university students have learned about the bombing of Hiroshima and later Nagasaki was that it shortened the war. While the Holocaust is taught in detail and rightfully sparks moral outrage, little thought is given to the horrors of nuclear war. Simon said he felt that was because the United States is seen as on the side of good in liberating concentration camps while they were the perpetrators of the atom bomb. Local resident Sue Moore said she never understood how the suffering in Hiroshima could be justified. Thurlow and Ogura detailed that suffering. Ogura illustrated her talk with paintings inspired by her story done by high school students. It took some students a year to complete their paintings because of the emotional impact of her story. Ogura was 8 at the time while Thurlow was 13. In the weeks before the attack “we were living in fear and anxiety,” Thurlow said. The United States had started a campaign of carpet bombing Japanese cities, yet Hiroshima, the 10th largest, had been spared, she said. Ogura said months before the attack, her father had moved the family out of the city to the nearby countryside. He…


Library surveys in the mail

The Wood County District Public Library has sent out surveys to 2,000 community members to collect their views about the library and its services. The surveys are part of the library’s process of developing a five-year strategic plan. Graduate students studying public administration with Dr, Shannon Orr at Bowling Green State Uniersity developed the surveys with input from the library’s staff and board. For further information see this BG Independent story.  


Wood County Public becomes a fine-free library

By DAVID DUPONT BG independent News The Wood County District Public Library is going fine free. The library board voted unanimously Monday to eliminate fines. Patrons will still be charged if materials are lost or damaged. Library Director Michael Penrod recommended the change. Fines were intended to be a punishment for not returning books, not a source of revenue. Fines bring in $21,000 annually, 0.8 percent of the library’s budget. Libraries that have gone fine-free have seen no drop in return of materials. What the fines do is discourage people from using the library. “I truly believe that fines serve as a barrier to service,” Penrod said. In 2012 when the library reduced its maximum fine per book to $5, more materials were returned. Now the library offers automatic renewal up to four times for material that hasn’t been requested by another patron. Those factors have led to a steadily decreasing amount of revenue for fines. Still for some people getting hit with fines can lead them to decide to forego using the library, library staff said. Children’s Librarian Maria Simon said with the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, some families take out a couple dozen books, and often one gets left behind or they are a day late. This is also true of home-schooling families. At Project Connect, the annual day helps connect low-income residents with services, library staff often hear from people who say they have stopped using the library because of fines accrued, Simon said. This is especially the case with people who lack reliable transportation, said Assistant Director Michele Raine. Penrod said regardless 90 percent of borrowed items are returned within two weeks of the due date. The board voted to end the fines, but it’s up to Penrod and the library staff to determine how to implement the policy. Penrod indicated he would be in favor of forgiving outstanding fines. However, he also is considering cutting to 21 days from 45 days when an item is considered lost and the patron is billed for its replacement. If two weeks pass after that process is initiated and there’s no response, the bill is turned over to a collection agency. As it stands, said board member Chet Marcin, a patron would have had the material for about six months. Penrod said using the collection agency is effective. The library has had former BGSU students return materials after several years…


Library partners on Spanish Civil War, WWI programs

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY Two Wood County Public Library Partnership programs will explore 20th century conflicts. On Thursday, October 12 Bowling Green State University’s Department of History presents a screening of the documentary “Souls Without Borders: The Untold Story of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade” (2006) in the Wood County District Public Library’s 1st Floor Meeting Room starting at 6 .pm. The 53-minute film, part of the History Department’s program “America and World Fascism” seris is shown in partnership with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. ALBA’s work is inspired by the American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, and working to expand such collections, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with scholars Peter Carroll (Standford University) and Sebastiann Faber (Oberlin College). Also on October 12 at 7 p.m., WCDPL’s Michele Raine will be the guest speaker at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum’s (13660 County Home Rd., Bowling Green) October Tea. Her talk, “Home Fires Burning: WWI Fiction,” examines the literature which grew out of the shock and horror of that war’s battlefields, and its depiction of the lives forever changed by the war–both on the home front and in the trenches. The Tea costs $12 for Wood County Historical Society members and $15 for non-member adults. Payments and RSVPs may be through Friday, October 6, either online at http://www.woodcountyhistory.org/event_teas.html or in person at the Museum. More information about the Tea is available from the Museum at 419-352-0967. For more information, contact the Library at 419-352-5104.


Astronaut & author Mark Kelly to speak at BGSU, Oct. 24

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS As part of events commemorating the celebration of Jerome Library’s 50th anniversary, University Libraries will host astronaut and author Mark Kelly as part of its Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories lecture series Oct. 24 with a free presentation at  7 p.m. Lenhart Grand Ballroom | Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Kelly’s talk will be preceded by a VIP reception at 5: p.m. Tockets, which include premium reserved seating for the lecture, are $100. To tickets click here https://commerce.cashnet.com/cashnetg/selfserve/EditItem.aspx?PC=LIB-VIPTIC&ItemCount=1 To register for free lecture click here  https://www.bgsu.edu/library/about/ordinary-people-extraordinary-stories-markkelly/register-for-free-lecture.html With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation and humanity, Kelly has secured his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer and leader of distinction. Together with his identical twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for the future of space exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. Kelly, author of “Gabby: A Story f Courage and Hope,” is known for captivating audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space and on the ground. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, and the recovery and resilience of his wife Gabrielle Giffords, he will reveal what he believes are the foundations for success to accomplish your mission in life and work.