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Nancy's Notes - March 26, 2015

1932-33 Library History “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio “The Judge” Movie

 Today’s history lesson is taken from the April 13, 1933 Wright County Monitor. The headline reads, “Circulation of Library Grows 4,289 in Year”. The circulation was 32,365 for the year 1932-1933. Mrs. Birdsall, who was the librarian during that period, reported that it was a 13% increase over the previous year. A total of 8,716 books were available to borrowers. This was an increase of 214 volumes from the year before. There were 2,000 cards held by Clarion residents which meant an average of 16 circulations per card during the year. The total expense for the library during that period was $2,418.31. Here is the breakdown: Books $264.17, Magazines $79.00, Binding $42.59, Repairs and improvements $75.82, Furniture and fixtures $15.35, Insurance $56.40, Heat $201.35, Lights $124.75, Misc. $104.58, Postage $26.30, Librarian $780.00, Assistant Librarian $300.00, Janitor $384.00.
        The past couple of weeks I have been reading, “Wonder”, a junior fiction book. Don’t let the reading level keep you from the enjoying the book. I thought it was great and plan to get a copy for my granddaughter. It is the story of a young boy entering fifth grade. Horribly disfigured, his parents have home schooled him in an attempt to shield him from the public. When he enrolls in a private middle school he encounters bullying and loneliness. He tells his story in the first person along with chapters narrated by family members and friends. The story is a good lesson, for adults as well as children, on compassion and looking at the inside of the package. Luckily there was a happy ending, which may not happen in the real world, but it leaves the reader with one of those feel good moments.
        For the Downton Abbey fans, we now have season 5 on DVD. If you are looking for another good movie, we recently purchased “The Judge”. It stars Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. How can you go wrong with those actors. Duvall plays a very conservative judge who accidentally hits and kills a pedestrian. His estranged son is then called to defend his father.
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