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We all dream about our future whether it’s about the gathering you have coming up next weekend with friends and neighbors, the time when your kids are ready to start school or when said kids grow up and graduate from high school. Maybe you dream about buying a home or turning your fixer-upper into your dream home. Maybe you dream about pursuing your dream job or starting a business. Maybe it’s sledding down snowy hills or camping outdoors under the stars.

Whatever your dreams may be, chances are many of them involve the people and places in your community.

Turn up your dream switch for your community with these 12+ resources from the Ord Township Library. Books about everything from agruculture to urban planning. Nebraska agriculture to Sandhills recipes. Shopping local to placemaking.

We all play a role when it comes to creating the community we want to live in. These books may offer a little inspiration and new ideas for all of us to do so.

#1 The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods by John McKnight & Peter Block
McKnight and Block showcase that communities have the capacity to find real and sustainable satisfaction right here at home rather than relying on others or outside resources.

#2 A Culinary History of the Nebraska Sand Hills: Recipes & Recollections from Prairie Kitchens by Christianna Reinhardt
Food writer and Central Nebraska native, Christianna Reinhardt, dishes up the unique and tasty history of the Nebraska Sand Hills.

#3 A History of Nebraska Agriculture: A Life Worth Living by Jody L. Lamp & Melody Dobson
Celebrating and sharing the Cornhusker State’s forgotten and untold agricultural history, highlighting more than a century and a half of agricultural industry, inventions and innovation.

#4 The Localist by Carrie Rollwagen
Rollwagen’s story of giving up corporate shopping with a commitment to buy local and how she saved money, connected with her community and leaned to love small businesses rather than big box stores she shopped at all her life.

#5 Love Where You Live: How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home by Shauna Pilgreen
Whether you are a recent newcomer or have lived right here your entire life, Pilgreen reassures that God has a plan and a purpose for where you are.

#6 Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities by David Sobel
Combining research, examples and strategies from classrooms throughout the United States in celebration of an approach to teaching that emphasizes connections among school, community and environment.

#7 Playborhood: Turn Your Neighborhood Into a Place for Play by Mike Lanza
Inspiring stories of communities that have reduced kids’ screen-time, shifted neighborhood cultures and created vibrant places to play.

#8 Roots & Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons by Christie Purifoy
Finally able to grasp the thing we all long for – home – the author reveals the themes and lessons she’s discovered throughout each season. A must-read for anyone who has felt a longing for home.

#9 Shop Local: A Practical Pain-Free Guide to Shopping with Purpose by Heidi Butzine
Enlightening stories and a transformational guide that will change the way you shop forever. Discover the importance and the rewards of shopping local and how it impacts the world around you.

#10 This is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever Your Are by Melody Warnick
Warnick, a regular relocator, shares her story of intentionally falling in love with her community after move #6. She chronicles her “love where you live” experiments and shares important insights around the idea of placemaking.

#11 Who’s Your City? How the Creative Economy is Making Where You Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life by Richard Florida
Florida shares his research on how people choose where they live and what those choices mean for their lives and their communities. A great read for everyone from city officials to recent graduates.

#12 Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck
The author details a key factor in what makes communities thrive – walkability – and how communities can take steps to improve this aspect.

Learn more about the Ord Township Library from their website and Facebook page.

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