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Nancy's Notes - February 5, 2015

“History of Wright County Iowa” by The Honorable B.P. Birdsall, “It Was Me All Along” a memoir by Andie Mitchell, “Saint Odd” by Dean Koontz.

        With our centennial coming up in June, I wanted to start giving some history on our library. The first information I came across is taken from “History of Wright County Iowa” by The Honorable B.P. Birdsall. The book informs readers that the first record of interest taken in library work was found in an 1878 Monitor article. There were seventy public libraries in Iowa that year, with eight of them located in Wright County. At that time the county was contributing $2,000 per year to the county libraries. Clarion had a small circulating collection at that time but it was “of little magnitude or real value”, so interest in the facility lagged. It was in 1907 that the city voted through their council, to accept the offer of Morgan Everets, a California resident formerly of Webster City, to raise a fund of $5,000, after which Everets would donate $10,000. The building was to be known as the Morgan Everets Library.
        One of our latest biographies is, “It Was Me All Along” a memoir by Andie Mitchell. All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, and it provided a refuge from her dysfunctional family. When she stepped on the scale on her twentieth birthday and it registered 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food or her life was at stake.
        Number seven in Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series is now available at the library. Entitled “Saint Odd”, the series concludes as the character is brought back to where it all started. Since Odd Thomas left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places that are wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. In the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them. He’s witnessed humanity’s greatest good and darkest evil. Now he returns home, where those he cares for most surround him, the memory of his tragically lost true love haunts him, and one last challenge awaits him.
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