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Check it out @ the Library July 25th

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullogh. For the Love of Books: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More by Graham Tarrant.

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The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.  Navigating the many pitfalls of the Jim Crow era South is a challenge for Elwood Curtis.  Even though his grandmother did her best to keep him out of trouble, an innocent mistake derails his college plans and sends Elwood to the Nickel Academy juvenile reformatory.  Claiming to provide ‘physical, intellectual, and moral training’, the academy is in reality a chamber of horrors for the students sentenced there.  Devastated by his situation, Elwood hold onto the words of Dr. King, ‘Throw us in jail and we will still love you.’  In contrast, his friend Turner feels that the world is crooked by nature and the only recourse is to be even better at cheating the world.  Brought together by circumstance and divided by ideology, the decisions and actions of these two young men will have lasting consequences for more than just Elwood and Turner. 

The Pionneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough.  In addition to recognizing the United States of America, part of the Treaty of Paris had Great Britain ceding the Northwest Territory to the fledgling nation.  A massive stretch of wilderness containing the future states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, the territory was seen as the perfect area to settle Revolutionary War veterans and their families.  Defining the laws of this new territory was the Northwest Ordinance, which expressed three interesting conditions: freedom of religion, free universal education, and the prohibition of slavery.  The first group of pioneers set out from New England in 1788 under the leadership of war veteran General Rufus Putnam.  The Pioneers, documents the story of this group and others involved in the initial push west to the Northwest Territory.

For the Love of Boks: Stories of Literary Lives, Banned Books, Author Feuds, Extraordinary Characters, and More by Graham Tarrant.  Book lovers tend to love a good bit of trivia as well, and this trove of facts, anecdotes, and characters has that and more.  Which author died of caffeine poisoning?  Why was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland banned in China? What superstitions did Truman Capote keep when writing?  Spanning banned books and author feuds, literary felons and rejected masterpieces this book covers your favorite authors and novels and some you never even knew existed.

Happening @ the Library

Summer Story time Monday July 29th from 4:30-5:30 pm.  Bring the little ones for stories and fun at the library!

Summer Reading wrap up pizza party Monday July 29th from 5:30-6:30 pm.  We will be wrapping up our summer reading program with pizza and prizes.  Join us as we pick the winners of the telescopes and other prizes and cap off Summer Reading for the year.

The Hanson Family Tuesday July 30th at 5:00 pm.  The Hanson Family returns for bit of fun for all ages!

Come visit us at the library Monday from 10 am to 8 pm, Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 9 am to noon. You can also visit our Facebook page-Clarion Iowa Public Library or our website www.clarion.lib.ia.us

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