To help our patrons welcome the year 2018 we assembled a book display here in the Social Sciences room at Central Library featuring works about various oracular and divination tools on one side (with a view toward helping discern The Future), and on the reverse, books to assist with setting a new year’s resolution and/or finding a year-long endeavors to undertake (or just read about).
From tarot to Runes to reading tea leaves, humans have long turned to outside sources for assistance in making decisions and getting insight into the future. Patrons interested in exploring different tools and finding guidance on how to use them should visit (mostly) the #Dewey 133 area at Central or at your neighborhood branch, where you will find guides to reading auras, Palmistry, I Ching and more – and at Central, you can ask one of us to scurry to the stacks for intriguing treasures like the 1931 “Water Diviners and their Methods”. We've compiled this list to serve as a virtual display once these books have been returned to their shelves (it also includes links to information on the Urim and Thummim, Old Testament oracular tools). You could also search the SLPL catalog for "divination"...or perhaps you'd prefer to consult the Tarot cards?
For the more traditional "Happy New Year" display we combined some books on how to be a better person (a perennial new year's theme) and some titles in the “[Do X] for One Year” genre (A Year Without "made in China", Finding My Badass Self, Book Smart & more). We also found several treasures from the stacks to include, among them: “How to Live 365 Days a Year” (1954), “You Can Have a New Life!” (1959), “You are Called to Greatness” (1964), and “God’s Minute – a Book of 365 Daily Prayers Sixty Seconds Long for Home Worship” (1923). Again we've put together a list in the catalog so that our patrons aren't penalized for procrastinating (perhaps an idea for a resolution?) & not catching the display in person.
The good news, of course, there is nothing magical about January 1st, and is it is never too late to start down your path to a better you, or simply resolve to visit your public library more often - we'd love to see you!