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March 03, 2014


So much is happening at the library!  New books, coffee service, puzzles, and the big one--we are doing an inventory.  Our thoughts always are on how we can better serve our readers and bring in even more of them.  The thought is that if you can go on line and see what we have available in the library, perhaps that will cause you to stop by and check us out.  We think that the large majority of people in Finley and Steele County have either never been in the library or haven't been in in the last four or five years.  All we  can think is that you are so missing out!!!!  Remember we are already on Facebook--be sure to like us there at Finley Public Library, and check out all the new things going on.  However, we are hoping that having our book inventory online will be a real boon for those of you who have computer/Smartphone access.  If you don't have online availability, come by, write us a letter (@ Box 453, Finley, ND, 58230).  Maybe some arrangements can be made that way as well.  Remember it all starts with checking us out!  (More on the inventory as we progress.)

Here's a couple reviews:

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wrobleski.  (HC/RP)  Right away I would like to go on record saying this a very good book.  At 561 pages it is long, but so worth the time. Edgar's family raises dogs--Sawtelle Dogs and the dogs are easy to find a family to love them, and want them, even at a higher price than one might think.  Why that is so is something the reader will have to determine for themselves and I think each reader will come away with a different view on it.  Though we meet Edgar when he is 14 or so, we do get a historical perspective on the family through the author.  His father--more  interested in the breeding lines--and his mother--more interested in the training aspects--are both very good trainers, and Edgar is learning to be as well.  Their lives are full--and happy.  Then the brother of Edgar's father, Claude, comes into the picture and things change.  Edgar realizes--as we read on--so  many new things about his father, his grandfather, his mother, his life, the dogs, his uncle and himself, even as we, the reader, learn as well, although the reader may have come to their own conclusions earlier in the book.  I would like to compare this to David Baldacci's Wish You Well.  Whether, after you read it you agree or not, this one is not to be missed.
Vertical Run by Joseph R. Garber.  (HC/LP) (NDSL)  Another one of those "grab you by the throat and not let you go until the end" novels, Vertical Run tells of Dave Elliott and what happened when he went to work one day.  (All the action takes place in just a couple days.)  His boss--who is also one of his best friends, meets Dave with gun in hand intent on quickly taking him prisoner or killing him.  Naturally, Dave and the reader have no idea what is going on, but the story s-l-o-w-l-y  comes out with flashbacks in Dave's thought processes.  The boss and all the other guys at the office have been friends--even good friends, but suddenly they all want Dave dead.  Read and find out why they think he needs to be dead, how he strives to save himself and why he ends up dying alone in the desert--or does he?  Keeps you going--big time!

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