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June 09, 2014


Thanks so much to those of you that took a few minutes (or an hour!)  to come by and help us celebrate our 25th year at 302 Broadway and to help Joyce celebrate her 25 years on the Finley Library Board!  It was a great day for all of us!  We sold some books and had lots of people guess how many books we have in Finley Library.  The winner will be announced in next week's issue of The Press.  Yesterday was a successful day for us because YOU, our readers, made it a point to come by!  Again, THANK YOU!
Dennis Kubischta, the Steele County Veteran's Service Officer, came into the library last Friday with a nice surprise donation that he and we want everyone to know about.  Last year on July 27, 2013, the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War was celebrated.  To commemorate what is often called "The Forgotten War," the South Korean government also published a pictorial book that year.  Within the book the Republic of Korea has shown not only the terrible conditions suffered by all (especially the soldiers) during the war, but also praises the soldiers of the United States.  Perhaps the main thrust of this book is a grateful nation showing that the war brought them out of the middle ages and into the 20th century.  The promise of all the soldiers to free this small nation is now being fulfilled by their prosperity, development and International importance.  Though thousands of copies were made each Veteran Service Office only received a certain number, which Kubischta says has now been depleted.  He wanted to put one of his few remaining copies in a place where the most veterans and other interested parties could read/see/use it.  Finley Library is very blessed to have received one of those last copies.  It will be placed--with honor--with our selection of Korean War books in our reference room.  We hope that seeing it will bring back some good memories and remind the public in general of the gigantic sacrifices made there by our veterans during the years of active warfare.  Thank you, Steele county Veteran Services.
Here's a review
These is my Words:  the diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901--Arizona Territories by Nancy E. Turner.  (HC/RP)  (Sarah Prine series #1)  Well, here is a book--as a reader--I didn't want to see end!  Now I know that there are two more in the series and Finley Library has both of them!  The only downer about the series is that it was not printed in large print.  This is the first of the series (and the author's first book) and finds Sarah in her prime--ages fourteen to about twenty-eight.  The story begins as she and her family embark from their home to the Arizona Territories and ends with a death in the family.    In fourteen years a lot of living and dying happens just like in any other family, except that these folks were pioneers living in the time of the Indian uprisings when treaties with Indians were broken and promises were not kept.  This book and the two others in the trilogy are based on the diary writings of the author's grandmother. A review says, Part romance, part western, and part personal history, These is my Words is rich in authentic daily details and amazing characters."  I think most readers would enjoy this book.

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