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Nancy's Notes - May 20, 2010

Summer reading plans, The Autism Cookbook: 101 Gluten-free and Dairy-free recipes", "Allergy-Free Desserts" by Elizabeth Gordon, "Stay a Little Longer" by Dorothy Garlock.

We received about 80 new fiction and nonfiction books this past week. Many are processed and ready to go, so stop in and see what's new! We are open Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

Summer reading will be coming up before we know it. This summer's theme is "Make a Splash at Your Library". We will meet the first four Thursdays in July at 10:15 am. July 1 will be our kick-off date. Wonderweavers, a storytelling group out of Minnesota, will be here with "Wild, Wet, and Wacky" stories. Blank Park Zoo will bring three critters to join the group on July 15. There will be art projects and other fun activities on July 8 and July 22. 

Autism has received a lot of publicity in the past few years. One of the treatments to lessen symptoms is diet. We now have "The Autism Cookbook: 101 Gluten-free and Dairy-free recipes". The book includes a guide to reading food labels, how to go organic, food substitutions, and why to eat raw foods. 

You may also want to check out "Allergy-Free Desserts" by Elizabeth Gordon. Gordon is professional baker who was diagnosed with food allergies after the birth of her first child. She decided to take her favorite childhhood treats and convert them to foods that are safe for allergy sufferers. There are baking tips and tricks for those with celiac disease or any other condition that requires dietary guidelines. 

Author Dorothy Garlock is a Clear Lake native. The Iowa author is back with,"Stay a Little Longer". The tale begins as World War I has ended. Rachel Watkins is struggling to run her family's Minnesota boardinghouse, raise her defiant young niece, and keep her shattered family together. She realizes she can trust no one when the most powerful man in town is tries to take her property away. Then a shell-shocked stranger takes refuge with the Watkins family as he tries to heal and salvage what he can from his once privileged life. Rachel and the loner will risk everything to believe in each other.