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Nancy notes - April 16, 2015

Library history, “Do You Believe?” by Travis Thrasher, “Mercy’s Rain” by Cindy Sproles.

         In 1962 the Clarion Public Library entered into an agreement with the Mason City Extension program, with funds from the State of Iowa to share a traveling collection of books, records, and other services.  This provided the library with an additional 500 to 500 books per year. The first telephone was installed in 1963. It was not until 1966 that a contract was signed between the county librarians and the board of supervisors to provide services to rural residents. Our technology has evolved immensely since that time. Instead of a traveling library we now have joined a consortium of libraries to provide thousands of audio and e-books on-line. Also available to our public are: public computers, wireless, fax and copier services, as well as on-line databases which include the Wright County Monitor in digital format.
        Last night I attended the movie, “Do You Believe?” at our local theater. I had just purchased the book the day before. Whether you attended the movie or not you might enjoy the novel. It is the story of a pastor who encounters a homeless man, carrying a cross, as he is driving through the city in the middle of the night. The man asks him if he believes in Jesus. This sets off a series of life-changing events for several dejected people. They include a couple struggling to make ends meet, a soldier trying to reenter society, a pregnant and homeless teenager, as well as a couple grieving the loss of their only child  who are brought together on one fateful night.
        Another title, “Mercy’s Rain”, was recently purchased for our section of inspirational fiction. Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie: there has never been any mercy in her life. Raised by an abusive father who called himself the Pastor, she was abandoned by the church community that should have stood together to protect her from him. Her mother, consumed by her own fear, won't stand her ground to save Mercy either. Not a single person seems capable of standing up to the Pastor's unrestrained evil. So Mercy takes matters into her own hands. She just didn't realize the retribution she thought would save her, might turn her into the very thing she hated most.
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