Soccer: The International Sport

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Think about the popularity of FIFA the next time you see a 10-year old wearing the jersey of a team that plays in Spain. The billions of dollars in endorsements, the world-famous players it produces and the rabid passion of its fans have sustained the power of an organization that has produced the highest-paid team Athlete (Christiano Ronaldo, $80 million dollars: via Forbes) and the highest valued team (Real Madrid, $3.4 billion dollars: Via Forbes). The next World Cup, held in Qatar, will cost approximately $200 billion dollars. Many have asked: How does such a small country, with no soccer culture to speak of, get awarded a World Cup? As a country with no press freedom and lax worker protections, reporters believe that one laborer dies every two days as a result of World Cup Construction (Washington Post: The Human Toll of FIFA’s Corruption).

Soccer is a widely popular sport with fans in almost every continent. It’s beauty lies in its simplicity: A round ball and a few players formed into two teams. Played in dusty alleyways, concrete playgrounds, deserts that can be imagined as a pitch, expansive fields and indoors, soccer can be played anywhere. With hard work and talent, it can be a way to immense richness for anyone alive. As its popularity grows in the United States, our understanding of how organizations work can go a little further with the following books and DVDs. If you are interested in international organizations, sports, the developing world and international relations, pick up these books and DVDs from the Library:

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Otaku Fest hosting crafts, cosplay workshop at library Saturday

Patchogue-Medford Library's sign. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

Patchogue-Medford Library’s sign. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino

A crafts and cosplay workshop is being hosted by Otaku Fest at the Patchogue-Medford Library Saturday afternoon from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

The event, which is listed on the Meetup page for 20’s and 30’s Rec crew of Suffolk County, is for anyone ages 16 and up with either their own personal projects that want help and feedback on them, or for those who would like to participate in three provided crafts.

Projects open for anyone include fleece Dango and Pokéball plushies, Link hats and magazine collages.

Supplies will be available for the three provided crafts as well as for drawing. Participants are encouraged to bring in any of their own supplies to use as well as for sharing with others.

The workshop is scheduled to take place in the library’s board room.

Ellis Island fire topic of free webinar

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Novel Brews: Damned

Novel Brews is a book club that  meets next on June 18th, 2015 at Hoptron Brewtique on main st.. We will be discussing the novel "Damned". Grab a flight or pint, and then join us for a night of camaraderie. Novel Brews is a monthly book club program … [Continue reading]

Digital PML: 100 Items Milestone

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Three free webinars available today

Today is a great day to expand your genealogy horizons. Three free webinars will take place, one in the afternoon and two in the evening. Legacy Family Tree Webinars will present "Martha Benshura - Enemy Alien" at 2 p.m. Not all of our ancestors … [Continue reading]