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2012-07-23: Information Station Column

Did you know that the library can help you if you are remodeling?  Not only do we have books you can check out to help answer your questions, we also have subscribed to the Home Improvement Reference Center, that will help you to prepare for the big projects.  We have also added the auto repair reference center which contains repair and maintenance information on most domestic and imported vehicles.  We purchased this one because keeping up the Chilton’s car repair manuals is next to impossible!  If you are working on a car and need some extra advice – this database will be a great place to start!  We already have access to many other great reference centers, but these two new ones will really add to your searching capabilities.  Just go to our webpage http://www.siouxcenter.lib.ia.us/research-links/ebsco  and start searching the databases!  If you have not been on these databases before and need log in info – just give us a call and we’ll set you right up.

One more fun tidbit from the library this month – we have added a picnic table to our front patio for your enjoyment.  You may sit outside and read or sit and eat your lunch while reading magazines out on our front patio!  I don’t blame you if you want to wait for an 80 degree day, instead of these 100 degree temps, but whenever you do – our front patio is ready for you!

 

Book Review:

When I say Gary Schmidt - I hope you smile!! If you are clueless, then I say - GET ON BOARD!  He is a fabulous author that has captured me with every book he has written! I pass them along to my boys and they love him as well. DO NOT MISS THIS AUTHOR!!! (I would say it louder if I could, but this will have to do!)

 

His latest title, Okay for Now, kept me laughing and crying - he really is quite an author! This is the story of Doug Swieteck, who we first saw in The Wednesday Wars. You certainly do not have to read Wednesday Wars to know what is going on in this book - they are both stand-alones. (But if you do not read Wednesday Wars in your lifetime - that would be a terrible loss!   Doug's life is not an easy one - his father is a total loser - he is abusive and mean. His mom tries hard to be a tender mom, but she seems powerless in the face of his father. And then his brother seems to be taking after his father - mean and abusive as well. And another brother that is in Vietnam fighting and returns home - to teach us all the realities of what happened to many of our vets when they returned home, scarred and sad.

 

So that leaves Doug on his own, trying to get through school with some teachers that are even against him. His bright spots seem to be Lil, his adorable girlfriend that is just the sweetest character in this novel, and the customers that he delivers food to each Saturday - yes, even dear Mrs. Windmere! I could go on and on with this one - I will just say - it resounds with readers - you find yourself laughing along, shaking your head "yes" - because you just "get it." OH, and I almost forgot - I loved the WONDERFUL bird-theme in this one as well!! I love everything about it and I will sing Schmidt's praises until I rest in my grave - he is a master storyteller!!