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Nancy's Notes 8-23-07

Kick-off for the library fundraising, “The Good Guy” by Dean Koontz, “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson “Splendid Solutions” by Jeffrey Kluger

The kick-off for the library fundraising has begun. We will host informational open houses at the library on Monday, August 27 and Wednesday, September 5th  from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on both days. We encourage the public to attend any of these time slots. Members of the fundraising committee and staff will be on hand to present plans for the library expansion and answer any questions. Come and find out about our plans and enjoy a snack.

            Jeffrey Kluger has written “Splendid Solutions” a true story about Jonas Salk’s development of the polio vaccine.  In 1916 the United States was hit with one of the worst polio epidemics in history. It afflicted tens of thousands of children and left many of them paralyzed while others were killed.  Salk attended medical school when FDR was about to assume the presidency. Roosevelt had been diagnosed with the disease years earlier so the interest in studying polio came into the limelight when he took office. His progress was inhibited by the politics of medicine and a rival researcher who tried to discredit him.  Salk persevered and made history in 1955 with the success of his vaccine.           

            Dean Koontz brings suspense readers a new book entitled “The Good Guy”. The main character is Timothy Carrier who enjoys a beer after work and drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. The man who sits next to him one night mistakes Tim for someone else and passes him an envelope full of cash. The stranger walks out, leaving a photo of a woman marked for death, and her address. Things get worse in a few minutes when another stranger sits next to Tim. This one is a killer who believes Tim is the man who has hired him. Carrier gets a further shock when he discovers the hired killer is a cop.

            A work of non-fiction by Greg Mortenson provides a good read. Entitled “Three Cups of Tea”, it is the story of Mortenson, a mountaineer who drifted into an impoverished Pakistan village in the Karakoram Mountains. Moved by the inhabitants’ kindness, he promised to return and build a school. Over the next decade Mortenson built fifty-five schools, especially for girls. The unusual title comes from a quote by a chief of one of the mountain villages, Haji Ali. He states, “Here, we drink three cups of tea to do business; the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third, you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything-even die.

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