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Nancy's Notes - March 17, 2016

“A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy” by Sue Klebold, “Flash” by Rachel Anne Ridge.

So many of our patrons have gone South for the winter. Many more will take trips in the coming months. When you are on the road and want something to read, remember you can check out e-books and audio books from our web site. If you have an I-phone or a smart phone you can use those devices to read or listen to books. Go our website at www. clarion.lib.ia.us and click on Bridges. You must have the overdrive ap on your device to download materials. To log in type in Clarion Library and it will ask for your patron number, then use the last five digits on your card. You can look by genre, items available, author or title. When you check-out materials remember, if you download the book you can read it anywhere without internet. If you choose read as your option, you will need internet access.
        Sadly, school shootings are becoming common place. It is a tragedy for the students, their families and also the family of the shooter. Sue Klebold, the mother of one of the Columbine shooters, has recently written, “A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy”. On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? She chronicles her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress.
        On perhaps a lighter note is, “Flash”, by Rachel Anne Ridge. Ridge was at the end of her rope. The economy had crashed, taking her formerly thriving business along with it. How would her family pay their bills? What would the future hold? If only God would somehow let them know that everything was going to be all right, and then Flash the donkey showed up. The local sheriff dismissed Flash as “worthless.” But Rachel didn’t believe that, and she couldn’t turn him away. She brought Flash into her struggling family during their darkest hour and he turned out to be the very thing they needed most.
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