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Nancy's Notes - February 26, 2015

Local Library History, “My Name is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliveira.

 If you have overdue materials or your fines have piled up, come in anytime this month and we will delete those fines. Stop at the front desk and ask us to settle up your account, as long as the materials have been returned all fines are forgiven.
    Now for this week’s Clarion Library history lesson. The building was opened in 1908 and with the help of the donation  from Morgan Everets, a janitor was hired for $15.00 per month and a librarian for $25.00 per month. A lack of funds was common throughout the years. In 1909 three bills on assessed tax evaluation were passed. This was the funding source for the library. At times the library was open only three days a week. In 1919 the library closed because of the high cost of coal for heating. It reopened in January of 1920 when Pytamid Lumber Co. donated $24.00 worth of coal. Funds were cut in the early 1930’s but a trust fund from the Garth family helped to keep the library open. Fees from the rental of the basement also brought in income. Several clubs met there and it was even rented by the school for the primary grade class at one time.
    This year’s title for the annual “All Iowa Reads” program is, “My Name is Mary Sutter” by Robin Oliveira. Our library's Noon Book Club (open to all) will be discussing the book on April 23rd. In a time when women were not encouraged to work outside the home, Mary Sutter is a young midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Eager to run away from recent heartbreak, Mary travels to Washington, D.C., to help tend to the Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of two surgeons and resisting her mother's pleas to return home to help with the birth of her sister's baby, Mary pursues her medical career against all odds. 
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