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Nancy's Notes - April 9, 2015

History of Library room rental, “The Nightingale” by Kristen Hannah, “The Last Time We Say Goodbye” by Cynthia Hand.

        The library has served the community over the years by offering room rental in our basement.  Our rooms are currently reserved around 200 times a year. Looking back to earlier times, I found mention of basement rental as early as the 1930’s. With so few taxes being paid at that time, the library budget was severely cut. They were able to keep functioning with a trust fund left to them by the Garth family and fees being charged for room rental. During that period the school used the basement area for one of the primary grades, the Clarion Commercial Club met there, and the Red Cross used the basement from time to time. In 1938 they began a storytime program in the lower level. The Lutheran Church also rented the basement for $300 for one year where they met once a week on Saturday mornings. In November of 1939, the basement was rented to the “school for delinquent children”. I’m not sure exactly what this was, but I guess it shows the variety of people served.
        I am currently reading, “The Nightingale”, by Kristen Hannah. I always enjoy her writing and this story of historical fiction has been enjoyed by all who have read it so far. The story revolves around two sisters who live in France in 1939.  Living in the village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France until droves of German soldiers take over the town and a German captain requisitions Vianne's home. She and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose. She joins the Resistance risking her life time and again to save others.
        New to the shelves is, “The Last Time We Say Goodbye”, by Cynthia Hand. Since her brother, Tyler, committed suicide, Lex has been dealing with her grief, trying to  forget about what happened that night. But as she starts putting her life, her family, and her friendships back together, Lex is haunted by a secret she hasn't told anyone about a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.
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