Nancy Notes - June 4, 2015
I was looking through the folder where my little gems of history are stored and found an undated, very old pamphlet, “Public Library Laws of Iowa”. Included in the pamphlet were a number of interesting quotes by well-known men regarding why a public library is important. I will offer only a sentence or two from each man’s quote. Theodore Roosevelt stated: “After the church and the school, the free public library is the most effective influence for good in America.” William Jennings Bryant agreed but added the statement: “The system of free public libraries now being established in this country is the most important development of modern times.” William McKinley added: “The opening of a free public library is a most important event in any town. There is no way in which a community can more benefit itself than in the establishment of a library which shall be free to all citizens.” Andrew Carnegie, who financed many public libraries stated: “The most imperative duty of the state is the universal education of the masses….I choose free libraries as the best agencies for improving the masses of the people, because they give nothing for nothing….Besides this, I believe good fiction one of the most beneficial reliefs to the monotonous lives of the poor.” The quotes show the effect of libraries on the lives of many powerful people.
Bill Riley has been busy publishing books in the past couple of years. His newest is, “Legends & Lies”: the Real West”. A patron brought our copy back this week and mentioned how much they enjoyed it. The book answers such questions as: How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the West's most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made.
Anyone interested in a light, crazy read might enjoy, I Take You, by Eliza Kennedy. Lily’s fiancé, Will, is a brilliant, handsome archaeologist. Lily is sassy, impulsive, fond of a good drink and has no business getting married. Lily likes Will, but does she love him? Will loves Lily, but does he know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights of drinking, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.
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