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Nancy's Notes - June 25, 2015

I would like to make a correction to the article from last week. We didn’t have the Wright County Genealogy written on our calendar during the summer months, so I told you they took a break for those months. They do meet throughout the summer so feel free to join them any fourth Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

My centennial display of pictures and memorabilia are still set up in the library. Stop in anytime this month to take a look and reminisce.

Our summer reading program will begin July 8 at 1:00 p.m. This year the theme is “Every Hero Has a Story”.   Blank Park Zoo will be here the first week to entertain participants. Other programs will include: July 15, local heroes; July 22 Grout Museum from Waterloo; and for the finale I will host a superhero party. There is no pre-registration or cost for any of the programs. It is open to children through fifth grade. We ask that preschoolers be accompanied by a responsible party.

Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim home, obediently following her parents’ orders to practice the rituals of Islam. Her story, “Hiding in the Light” begins in 2009. Rifqa. a sixteen-year-old, runs away from home claiming that her father, an observant Muslim, had abused and threatened to kill her because of her Christian faith. Her story is about the sacrifice for faith and asks readers to consider how far they would go to live out what we believe.

We have several mystery readers who prefer less graphic stories than those written by many of our authors. I have ordered some lighter mysteries recently hoping that they leave more to the imagination and describe in less detail. Alyssa Maxwell’s “Murder at Beechwood” is one of those titles.  It takes place among Newport, Rhode Island’s high society, the summer of 1896. Having turned down the proposal of Derrick Andrews, Emma Cross has no immediate plans for matrimony or motherhood. But when she discovers an infant left on her doorstep, she takes the child into her care. Using her influence as a cousin to the Vanderbilts and a society page reporter for the Newport Observer, Emma launches a discreet search for the baby’s mother. One of her first stops is a lawn party at Beechwood estate. The beautiful summer day is soon clouded by tragedy. During a sailboat race, textile magnate Virgil Monroe falls overboard. There are accusations of foul play and even Derrick Andrews falls under suspicion. Deepening the intrigue, a telltale slip of lace may link the abandoned child to the drowned man. Emma will need to watch her step to ensure that no one lowers the boom on her.

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