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By Lindsey Travis
Sweetwater County Library System 

Learn football at the library

 


OK, I’ll admit it. I’m not well versed in the sport of football. But it’s hard not to get into the spirit of the game this time of the year. I like the community spirit that comes along with football games and the lessons of teamwork that the sport teaches. I also enjoy how families and friends come together to support their teams.

So, to go along with football season, and since it is Homecoming week here in Green River, I’m going to talk a little bit about football as it relates to libraries.

What, you don’t think they’re related? Well, they are. The library is a great source for all things football.

A search of the Sweetwater County Library System’s catalog for the word “football” brings up hundreds of results. So we have tons of information and stories for football fans.

Let’s take quick look at some of the options available, starting with our juvenile fiction section. If you have a reluctant young reader at home who loves football, bring them to the library and we’ll help him (or her) find a great book that has a football theme. For example, author Tim Green has many football-themed books including “Unstoppable,” which is the story of a young foster child who has dreams of playing in the NFL. Green, who is a former NFL player, also wrote the “Football Genius” series of books that focus on character Troy White who can predict any football play before it happens.

Wander over to the juvenile nonfiction section and you’ll find “Samantha Gordon’s Winning Season,” a biography of Samantha Gordon, a 10-year-old girl who was the best player in a league full of boys. We also have the story of almost every NFL team, and “Through My Eyes: A Quarterback’s Journey” by Tim Tebow.

For adults, or more advanced younger readers, we have many biographies and memoirs of football players and coaches. Some options include “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi,” which looks at the life of the legendary Green Bay Packers coach, and “Called to Coach,” a biography of iconic college coach Bobby Bowden.

For those interested in coaching, stop in for “A Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Football.” And for those who need some help understanding the game, we have “Football for Dummies.” I may just have to check that one out myself.

You can also check out DVDs that have football themes. For example, we have the TV series “Friday Night Lights” available. We also have the movies “Leatherheads,” “Touchback,” and more.

So, whether you are going to watch the Green River Wolves play on Friday nights, heading to Laramie to see the Cowboys play, or catching a Broncos game on Sundays, make sure to check out a football-themed book, movie or TV series to complement the spirit of the season. You might just learn something about the sport. I know I will.

When you’re not focused on football this month, make sure to stop by one of the library’s programs. On Sept. 17, anthropologist and geologist Charlie Love will present his program “Snaggle-Tooth Sal: Who Was That Lady?” He will bring his bone collection and delve into forensic anthropology. Also, on Sept. 23, join Bridgette Nielsen as she teaches us about super savings and couponing. Her program starts at 6:30.

For the kids, we have a lot of Lego-themed programs coming up. On Saturday, we have our first Super Saturday of the fall and it will be a Lego Party. School-age kids are invited to stop by between 1 and 3 p.m. for an afternoon of fun with Legos.

On Sept. 20, the Lego Man Curtis Mork will be joining us at 10:30 a.m. to lead kids through a Lego workshop.

 

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