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Deb Halverson


I was thinking of quitting for the summer so I could participate in the SRP program and have a chance to win some of the cool stuff,  then get re-hired after July... but Fearless Director looked so pleased at the prospect of me quitting,  and mumbled something about a “hiring freeze”, I figured there might be consequences I’m not quite ready to deal with. George and Ashley seemed just a bit too happy at that prospect also. George offered to write my resignation letter for me, in triplicate; and Ashley was heard to say there might be some “Real reason to celebrate if Deb goes for the prizes”. I noticed she didn’t say “wins the prizes”. So, please remember to bring your minutes in  on the 19th, and keep on reading ‘til the last possible minute! We have, as grand prize for our competition read, a Visa debit card for $25.00 , and similar cards for 2nd and 3rd prizes. Plus, if you haven’t checked out the reward prizes for the read-by-minute program, please do: they are displayed upstairs on the west wall . I hope they get claimed quickly, so I don’t have to drool over them too long.

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The Crazy French Lady, along with her charming pup, Brutus (pronounced bru-TOOS by her-and you wonder why we call her crazy?), want to thank Darlene, Emmett, and Emerson for stepping in at the 4th of July parade for her. She had exhaust troubles, then ended up at the Leon exit off the freeway with a blown head gasket in the Wildebeast (her name for her now-deceased vehicle. Are you still asking why we call her crazy?). With no time to spare, with all good will and  aplomb, that worthy trio of fine folk stepped in so the library would be represented with class. Thanks, Darlene, Emerson, and Emmet!

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Our end of program party is the 22nd at Harvey Park. Everyone is invited, no matter if you took part in the Summer Reading Program or not. Think of it... Potluck! I love a potluck, especially here, where there are so many great dishes always brought! So, please bring your favorite potluck offering. It might be my favorite too, but I promise to leave some for others. The Crazy French Lady and her sane, if very quiet, companion will be there, also, so I better let her know she needs to wear her “pork out on great food”  (i.e. expandable) clothes. There will be hot dogs, DYI ice cream, games. We even get to do a pinata!  Ashley has put together a great party for everyone, so please come on down from 4-6:00 that afternoon, and help us go out with a bang! If we chance to get ourselves rain,  as if we haven’t had enough already, we’ll do it on the 29th; same bat-time, same bat-location!

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We’ve had some great things come out of the Creative Writing sessions. We certainly have young folk who have  wonderful things to say and great ways to say them. Everyone truly does have a story. It’s our job to share our stories, and let others benefit from them: whether the benefit is a life lesson, a different perspective they may not have considered previously, or just a good chuckle. Some are being posted on the bulletin boards at the bottom of the stairwell to the Children’s Library. Check them out!

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After the Summer Reading Program is over, we are working on continuing with more good programs for kids and adults. The Preschool Activity Time returns this fall, the dates, times, and location will be announced. Deb is also hoping to get  regular book discussions going, with books from our most popular authors. I am wide open to suggestions of both authors, and specific books (or book series) you would like for the book talks. Just call me at the library, email me at deb@mail.leon.lib.ia.us, leave a note in the suggestion box, or holler at me when you see me out and about. As I’ve said before, I’d love to get hollered at for something fun, as opposed to the hollerings I  usually get for my more boneheaded  shenanigans.

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Out of time. AARRGGHH. Will be back with info of who has won prizes, stats on the SRP,  news of what’s coming up later- and whether or not FD, George, Ashley and Brutus will allow me to keep coming back. In the meantime, I remain proud and pleased to tell the Library Story. Thanks for your time.