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Nancy's Notes - June 11, 2015

“In the Unlikely Event” by Judy Blume, “Be Safe, Love Mom” by Elaine Lowry Brye,

   I found a couple of interesting facts for this week’s history lesson. The first was printed on April 24, 1907. It states: “M.A. Mickelson was engaged in the past week collecting pledges to the new library. He met with a liberal response from all and consequently over half of the amount pledged is now in the hands of the library trustees. The total amount pledged is $4500.” It went on to talk about the contributions of Morgan Everts, $5000 or half of his pledge would be paid by the first of May with the other half being paid at a later date. A May 1, 1907 first mentions that the letting of bids for the erection of the new library were now being taken.  
        Judy Blume is well-known as an author of junior fiction. She has now written, “In the Unlikely Event”, which is an adult fictional novel. In 1987, Miri Ammerman returns to her hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. Thirty-five years earlier, when Miri was fifteen, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving a community reeling. Based on actual events that Blume experienced in the early 1950s, she tells the tale that weaves together three generations of families and friends.
        If non-fiction is more your style, “Be Safe, Love Mom” by Elaine Lowry Brye may be of interest. Brye, is a former “Army brat”, who later found herself a military wife and the mother of four military officers. She knows that when you enlist in the United States military, you don't just sign up for duty; you also commit your loved ones to lives of service all their own.  For more than a decade she's endured countless  goodbyes, empty chairs at Thanksgiving dinners, and sleepless hours waiting for phone calls in the night. She's felt a mixture of emotions that are part of life as a military mother. She weaves together her own personal experiences with those of other parents she's met along the way.
        We will be hosting library tours on Friday, June 12 as part of the 150th celebration. Come in and join us anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  If that date and time won’t work for you stop in: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.