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Nancy's Notes - July 5, 2012

“The Last Wolf” by Margaret Mayhew, “The Edge of Light” by Ann Kirk Shorey, “The Promise of Morning” by Ann Kirk Shorey.

 Today we had our second Summer Reading program. Daniel Poe from “Creations with a Twist” was here with stories and balloon costumes. Approximately 70 people were on hand to enjoy folk tales told by several of the participants. Those who volunteered received their headdress as a souvenir. It was great fun on a hot day. Our next session will be held on July 11 when children will enjoy a craft day. Activities will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the library’s community room. 
    We have added, “The Last Wolf”, to our large print collection. It begins in the summer of 1936. A teenage boy, Reinhard Richter, is sailing off Scotland. Moored in an island cove, he meets twelve-year-old Stroma Mackay. He persuades her to write to him, and their correspondence continues until the outbreak of World War Two. Reinhard joins the elite U-boat service. When Stroma leaves school, she serves at the Western Approaches HQ in Liverpool where the British convoys are controlled and the battle against the marauding U-boats is fought. It seems impossible that the two will meet again…
    Inspirational readers will enjoy the first two books in the, At Home in Beldon Grove series. The first story, “The Edge of Light”, begins in the summer of 1838 in St. Lawrenceville, Missouri. Molly McGarvie’s life is about to change when her beloved Samuel dies of cholera, leaving her heartbroken and with two small children to raise. When Samuel’s unscrupulous brother takes over the family business and leaves Molly to fend for herself, she knows she must head out on her own. Somehow she must find a way to make a living, restore her family, and fend off overeager suitors.
    The second installment, “The Promise of Morning”, takes place in the 1840s in Beldon Grove Illinois. Despite the love of her husband Matthew, the graves of her three infant children fill Ellie Craig with loneliness. When she uncovers a family secret, Ellie is determined to find the truth. Meanwhile Matthew faces controversy in the church he pastors when a man arrives claiming to be a minister and the son of the town’s founder. Will Matthew need to return to itinerant preaching, leaving Ellie more alone than before?
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