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April 08, 2014


Since we received no thoughts or guesses on the Trivia Question of the Week from last week, 4-4-14, either the question must have been too hard OR no one reads these library articles!!!  So, we are making a few changes.  They re:  1) The questions will be easier; 2) The questions will be in the Press and on our Facebook page; 3) Prizes will be given each week.  4) The contest will be open from Friday through the following Thursday;  5)  If there are multiple winners all names will be put into a hat and a single winner drawn;  6) Winners will be notified by phone if you add your number with your name; 8) Winners may pick up their prize during Friday library hours (2-5) at the library; 7) Due to the deadlines for the Press, the winner will be announced two weeks after the Trivia question first appears in the paper.
Trivia question for the week of 4-11-14:  What is the best-selling book of all time?

Thanks to those of you that have been donating newer, clean books to the library.  We always appreciate book donations. 

Three new HC/LP books just arrived:  Missing You by Harlan Coben, Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber, and The Mid-wife of Hope River by Patricia Harmon.  Come in and check them out!

Here's a review:

The Wizard of Loneliness by John Nichols. (PB)  In the year leading to the end of WWII, eleven year-old Wendall Oler is sent to live with his grandparents in Vermont while his father is in the Marine Corps.  He had been a lonely boy, unwanted by his mother.  His father seemed to love his mother far more than he loved Wendall, so when she went away, Fred joined the Marines and Wendall went from California to Vermont.  Considered too smart for his age Wendall was also considered a trouble-maker, but was also somewhat bullied.  In reality Wendall had very little love in his life and hated just about everything and everybody--until he was moved to Vermont.  He was ready to hate everyone, to make them all feel as badly as he did, but he soon found that he couldn't.  But as we all know, when one dares to love, one opens their heart to further hurt and that happened to Wendall.  He was hurt in the loss of those he loved, hurt from the realization that he regretted many of his actions, and hurt because he couldn't seem to explain to anyone--including himself--how he felt.  This is a bittersweet story with a poignant message by the author of The Sterile Cuckoo.  Also it very graphically explains what the weather, the left-over emotions and consequences of the depression, and the circumstances of the war do to the folks in a small town in Vermont--a microcosm of the United States.

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