30 a.m. – Southworth Library Association


For the first meeting in our new ‘Let’s Talk Dryden’ discussion series, we’ll read Surgeon General Dr Vivek H. Murthy’s Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. This non-fiction reading was published in April 2020 and encourages us to reach out and build a more connected community. We’ll be meeting via Zoom this month, but are planning in-person (outdoor) chats for June!

Call the library at 844-4782 or email for more information or to reserve your copy of the book. As always, you can use the curbside pickup or you can walk into the library and connect with one of our friendly staff!

This program is provided with support from Transforming Communities Libraries: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

Here are the discussion questions to think about as you read:

  1. What do you think of Murthy’s analysis of the problem of loneliness?
  2. How do you see its impact in our community, especially as we live in a pandemic and post-pandemic world?
  3. What barriers do you see in our community that increase social isolation?
  4. What do you think would help create a social bond for adults in Dryden?
  5. What changes or recommendations would you give to organizations, agencies or the community at large?
  6. What events, programs or activities would bring people together? What skills or expertise would you like to share? What would you like to learn or do?

Learn more about the book:

The book we need NOW to avoid a social recession, Murthy’s premonitory message is about the importance of the human connection, the hidden impact of loneliness on our health and the social power of community.

Humans are social creatures: in this simple and obvious fact lies both the problem and the solution to the present crisis of loneliness. In his groundbreaking book, the 19th and 21st U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, argues for loneliness as a public health problem: a root cause and contributor to many epidemics sweeping the world today. from alcohol and drug dependence violence to depression and anxiety.

But, at the center of our loneliness is our innate desire to connect. We have evolved to participate in the community, to forge lasting bonds with others, to help each other, and share life experiences. We are, quite simply, better together. Together offers inspiring and supportive stories of individuals and communities making great strides in helping us understand that we are not alone.

Told with great compassion and hope, Dr Murthy presents a powerful and compelling argument for why we can and should build a more connected world.

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