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Nancy's Notes - March 5, 2015

"Prodigal Son" by Danielle Steele.

Last week we closed the library early when six inches of snow was dropped on the Clarion area. You might want to call ahead during bad weather and check out our hours. I hope this is the last time this season that we need to adjust our hours.
        The April 8, 1908 issue of the Wright County Monitor informed readers that the doors to the new library would open with twelve hundred volumes on the shelves. People residing within the corporate limits of the town of Clarion were entitled to “draw” books from the library after filing an application and complying with the rules of the library. They were allowed to check out only one book at a time for a two week period. Renewals were allowed for that same period. A fine of 2 cents per day was imposed for each book not returned according to the rules. Anyone living outside the Clarion city limits could obtain a card by paying $1 per year. You can compare that to a collection that now includes 22,708 physical volumes with 8,200 electronic books available as well as many other formats not available at that time.
        Danielle Steel’s latest, “Prodigal Son”, is now in. Twin boys grow up in the same family, in the same town. Dramatically different, they become bitter enemies, even as children.  Now an adult, Peter McDowell loses everything he has worked so hard for, his wealth, his property, and his career as a successful investment banker. All this causes a rift in his marriage that he cannot repair. Stripped of everything, he has only one place to retreat: a lakeside cottage he inherited from his parents, who left most of their modest estate to Peter’s twin. With no other choice, the prodigal son goes home. His twin is now a popular small-town doctor, a devoted family man, and a pillar of his community. Michael McDowell serves others without regard to personal gain. Only Peter knows how Michael manipulated their parents when the boys were young, ultimately driving Peter away.
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