The Local Economy Solution

How Innovative, Self-Financing "Pollinator" Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity

By Michael Shuman: Growing evidence has proven that economic development's current cornerstone — incentives to attract large businesses — is a dead end. This book suggests an alternative approach: nurture a new generation of enterprises that help local... 248 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The Nurture Effect

How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World

By Anthony Biglan PhD: A fascinating look at how nurturing environments can increase people’s well-being in virtually every aspect of our society — from early childhood education to corporate practices. The author, a research psychologist in Oregon, is one of... 252 pages. ©2015. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The Purpose of Boys

Helping Our Sons Find Meaning, Significance, and Direction in Their Lives

By Michael Gurian: Gurian reveals how important purpose is for the success and happiness of boys and explains how a boy’s core personality, nature and genetic predisposition function to create both strengths and weaknesses in his ... 264 pages. ©2010. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The Read-Aloud Handbook

By Jim Trelease: Effective early childhood development is an essential component in raising successful kids, and teaching young children to love reading is a great way to start. Get practical suggestions to help you integrate reading... 358 pages. ©2019. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The Small-Mart Revolution

How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition

By Michael Shuman: The author makes an engaging case for why supporting small business makes good economic sense and is the only real long-term solution for the health of our communities and our nation. 285 pages. ©2007. | Available formats: Book, Kindle eBook

The Tipping Point

How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

By Malcolm Gladwell: This best-seller explores the little changes that can have big effects. The author explains how one imaginative person applying a wellplaced lever can move the world. 301 pages. ©2002. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook, Spanish

The Town That Food Saved

How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food

By Ben Hewitt: For a group of young agri-businessmen in a small Vermont town, buying local could be a ticket to economic stability. The book describes their efforts to nurture a healthy local food system, which has drawn national... 256 pages. ©2010. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook

Toward One Oregon

Rural-Urban Interdependence and the Evolution of a State

By Michael Hibbard, et al.: The evolution of Oregon’s economy has followed two distinct tracks—the rural path and the urban one. A series of essays examines this history from varying viewpoints. 175 pages. ©2011. | Available formats: Book

Trauma Stewardship

An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others

By Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky: A practical book that addresses compassion fatigue. The author, a trauma social worker and educator, helps others who work in the trauma field find balance and ways to sustain themselves. Readers are gently guided along a path of... 264 pages. ©2009. | Available formats: Book, Audio CD, Kindle eBook

What Do You Stand For? For Kids

A Guide to Building Character

By Barbara A. Lewis: A self-help book that encourages kids to recognize the importance of values in everyday life. Each chapter contains activities to help cultivate positive character traits. For Grades 2-6. 165 pages. ©2005. | Available formats: Book