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Nancy's Notes - August 18, 2016

“Night” by Elie Wiesel, “Heroes of the Frontier”

        We’ve been busy this summer as over 3,000 people came through the doors during the month of July. Not everyone who showed up is reading as some are going to events in the basement or seeking services such as faxing, copies, or printing. We’re no longer just a place to check-out books.
        This week the staff attended a webinar about BRIDGES, the consortium we belong to that makes e-books and audios books available for download. For a cost of only $.09 per capita you are able to have access to both formats which include 31,919 different titles.
        Elie Wiesel, the author of “Night” recently passed away. At the time of his death they talked about him on several television shows, which peaked the interest of our readers.  We have now purchased a copy which reflects on the time his family spent in Auschwitz concentration camp. Born in Transylvania, Wiesel was a teenager in 1944 when he and his family were taken from their home. Later moved to Buchenwald, the story is a record of the memories of the death of his family. The author tells what happened in the camps and leaves readers with a message that we must never allow this tragedy to occur again.
        On a lighter note, the fictional novel “Heroes of the Frontier” is filled with adventure. Josie and her children’s father have split up, she’s been sued by a former patient and lost her dental practice, and she’s grieving the death of a young man senselessly killed. When her ex asks to take the children to meet his new fiancée’s family, Josie makes a run for it, figuring Alaska is about as far as she can get without a passport. Josie and her kids, Paul and Ana, rent a rattling old RV named the Chateau, and at first their trip feels like a vacation: They see bears and bison, they eat hot dogs cooked on a bonfire, and they spend nights parked along icy cold rivers in dark forests. But as they drive, pushed north by the wildfires, Josie is chased by enemies both real and imagined.
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