Finley Public Library

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August 04, 2014

Thanks again to those that have donated books to the library.  Please remember that we prefer newer books and those in good condition.  Also remember that if we already have the title, the book you donate may be sold or given away.  If the condition is poor we recycle them.  Still, we do so appreciate your contributions be it books or monetary.  I wonder if anyone realizes that those that receive a donation of $50 or more when they pass away are given a small plaque that is on display in the hallway in the library.  Sometimes they receive two plaques if the family, for example, gives the library over $50 and then friends of the deceased also give $50 or more.  One plaque would say 'from the family of'  and the other would say 'from friends of.'  This is a lovely way to remember a friend or family member that has passed away.  Birthdays, anniversaries and even births can be remembered in the same way.  We welcome your financial donations as that is what we use to purchase our large print books.  Therefore, your loved one or friend can be remembered not only perpetually, but can give  others the joy of reading a book that is easy to read!  Thank you!

Here's a couple reviews:

The Brave by Nicholas Evans.  (HC/RP)  A young boy, Tommy, is wild about westerns in the days when TV carried many of them and he pretends to be characters from the shows, especially Flint McCollough from "Wagon Train."  He is also a bed-wetter and, of course, feels pressure from his parents to stop.  Born in England, Tommy--at eight--is send off to a boarding school where he suffers--for him--often unbearable acts of brutality and bullying--the worst coming from one or two particular teachers.  Then his sister, a stage actress, gets an offer from Hollywood to do a film. When she decides to go there she takes Tommy with her.  That story line is followed.  There is a parallel story with Tom, the older Tommy, who has lost his wife and son to divorce. The story jumps from one story to the other--sometimes with no chapter or break in the narrative, but once you realize what the author is doing the method is manageable. The story line is a very good reminder to the the reader about how our actions change things and change lives and how we must 'reap what we sow.'
Straight by Dick Francis.  (HC/RP)  Derek, a steeple chase jockey, is recovering from an injury he sustained from a fall from a horse.  Very quickly in the book Derek is notified that his brother, Grenville--who is quite a bit older--has been killed in a freak accident and that he, Derek, is the sole heir of Grenville's semi-precious stones business.  He goes to the office of the small firm and tries to quell the fears of the employees, but soon realizes there is more to the story.  The fact that Derek and Grenville hardly knew each other is a problem, but the larger problem is that Grenville was very security-minded due to his business, and therefore, that his life/business  is very difficult to make sense of.  And then the break-ins, muggings and fatal accidents begin to happen to Derek and the business.  As always, Francis is informative and a good read.
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