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[SEPT. 29, 2004]  The Lincoln Public Library District answers many different requests for information every month. Here are some new titles that have helped us over the past several weeks:

"The Care and Display of the American Flag.", editors, Stewart, Tabori, and Chang, 2004, 136 pages.

The American flag is generally considered to be the most recognizable symbol of our country. In the new book "The Care and Display of the American Flag," the editors of the website explain the dos and don'ts for the proper etiquette and display of our flag. The book contains chapters on the history and meaning of the flag, how it became a part of American life, how to care for and properly display the flag, and the improper use or abuse of the flag. Taking citations directly from the U.S. Flag Code, the book illustrates the proper respect that should be accorded the flag and dispels many misconceptions about the appropriate use of the flag. A common misuse of the flag occurred after the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy in New York when individuals placed a black mourning ribbon on their flag. According the Flag Code, nothing should be added to or placed upon the flag.

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"The Everything Groom Book." Shelly Hagen, Adams Media, 2004, 271 pages.

When it comes to marriage, women have a wealth of available information to help them make the right decisions. Author Shelly Hagen has written a book that contains the information men need to help them participate in the planning of their wedding. "The Everything Groom Book" has sensible advice on every aspect of the engagement, wedding and honeymoon. Asking a woman for her hand in matrimony can be a complicated matter. What kind of ring should you buy? How do you ask her? How do you ask her dad? Things don't get easier after she has said yes. The engagement duties and all of the groom's responsibilities can be overwhelming. There's the matter of the guest list, flowers, chapel, reception, attendants, clothes and honeymoon. Hagen covers every aspect of the wedding process in a step-by-step manner. There's even a chapter called "The Happily Ever After Part," in which she discusses moving in together after the wedding and how to adjust to living with your new bride.


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"The Worried Child." Paul Foxman, Ph.D., Hunter House, 2004, 292 pages.

All children face different levels of worry and fear in their young lives. In his new book, "The Worried Child," Dr. Paul Foxman shows parents how they can identify anxiety and fear in their children and the remedies to reduce this problem. Anxiety is a condition that can develop in children at virtually any age. If left untreated, childhood anxiety disorders can affect behavior, personality or development. Foxman has laid out a three-part plan for parents to help determine whether a child is a candidate for this condition. Part one recognizes whether the anxiety is a normal part of the child's growth or a potential disorder. Part two identifies different sources of anxiety in children and how to counteract them. Part three explains the different methods available to treat anxiety in children. An excellent appendix on what schools can do to reduce anxiety concludes this timely book.

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"What's Right With Islam." Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Harper San Francisco, 2004, 314 pages.

Calling his new book "a new vision for Muslims and the West," Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of New York City has written an important work analyzing what went wrong in the relationship between Muslims and the West and how both sides can return to a common ground of mutual respect and understanding. Drawing on historical events and personalities as far back as the biblical patriarch Abraham, Imam Rauf argues in "What's Right With Islam" that today's crisis has less to do with Islam itself and more with what went wrong in the relationship in the Muslim world and the Western world. Using common philosophical roots and religious values shared by both cultures, Imam Rauf explains the reasons for the common distrust between the two societies and offers a plan by which both sides can regain a sense of peace, prosperity and cohabitation with one another.

[Richard Sumrall, Lincoln Public Library District

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