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At the Library

By Jenisa Hanson, Washington Public Library | Apr 29, 2013

We are excited to add a new member to our library family. Drew Kirk has joined our team and is working as a high school page. I asked him to write a few paragraphs about himself so we could get to know him better. This is what he said:

"There are a lot of interesting things that happen in my life, from where I go to school to the people I hang out with, to all the jobs that I work. One of the most interesting things about me is that I love to write. So that is probably why I am so interested in working in the library. It seems like an adventure every day as I forge through all the authors’ names and titles of books as I put them away.

"I am a high school student, a junior at Highland High School to be exact. I take many classes and though I might not be the best student in the world, I try my best. Hanging out with friends is one thing that I love to do. And writing when I have nothing else to do.

"I am a very busy person with four jobs now. I work at the library, working at KFC/Taco Bell, delivering a route for the local paper, and mowing lawns during the summer. I don’t really have time for any after-school activities, but when I do have some time left in my day, I make sure to use the time to the advantage of myself and others.

"Basically that is my life at the moment, in a nutshell. I do a lot of things. Yet at the end of the day there is nothing better than knowing that my hard work paid off. The stress of having multiple jobs was worth it. I am excited to be a part of the library team."

So, make sure you come in and meet Drew, the newest member of our team.

Mark your calendars on May 1. You are able to register your children for this year’s Summer Reading! Grades kindergarten through fifth-grade are welcome to attend. Please register your children at the front desk of the library starting May 1. Registration ends May 27. We are excited to “Dig into Reading”!

The following new materials are available at the library.

Gifts & Memorials

Aunt Dimity & the Lost Prince by Nancy Atherton & Fly Away by Kristin Hannah given in memory of Barb Woods by her family & friends

Adult Fiction

The Hit by David Baldacci, The Pieces of Summer by Wanda E. Brunstetter, The Plain Death by Amanda Flower, Jennifer by Dee Henderson, Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella, The Famous & the Dead by T. Jefferson Parker, The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick, Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren, The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall

Large Print Fiction

The Hit by David Baldacci

Adult Nonfiction

The Complete Guide to Chakras by Betsy Rippentrop, Until I Say Good-bye by Susan Spencer Wendel, John Deere Tractors by Scott Webb

Audio CDs

The Innocent by David Baldacci, Black Dawn by Rachel Caine, The Burning by Jane Casey, Gypped by Carol Higgins Clark, The Bandera Trail by Ralph Compton, The Twelve by Justin Cronin, Bad Religion by Ross Douthat, Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham, The Berets by W.E.B. Griffin, Running Wild by Linda Howard, What Doesn't Kill You by Iris Johansen, A Natural Woman by Carole King, The Janson Command by Robert Ludlum, Any Sunday by Debbie Macomber, Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery, The Alphabet Sisters by Monica McInerney, NYPD Red by James Patterson, Dorchester Terrace by Anne Perry, Vertical by Rex Pickett, The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts, Did You Miss Me? by Karen Rose, The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson, The Fate of Mercy Alban by Wendy Webb, Dead of Night by Randy Wayne White

 

Comments (4)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jun 06, 2013 14:05

The seven other baseball players seen in the cornfield were banned in the 1919 Black Sox scandal. The club owner was Charles Comiskey who had developed a reputation for underpaying his players for years. My roommate in New York was Frank Comiskey, Charles Comiskey's grandson. When his father came over, he would talk about the players as if it all happened last year.  
 



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jun 03, 2013 16:31

The great last line of "Ball Four" is, "You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." Jim Bouton was one of the boys of summer, forever young and forever in love with the game, the camaraderie, the quest for meaning and purpose, the enthusiasm for life--the spirit of youth. I think it's very true that people will endeavor to do something or try something, and they think they understand the reasons for doing it at the time, but after they do it, they discover there were other factors that they didn't know of at the time. "With "Ball Four," I thought I was just keeping a diary and sharing the fun of baseball. In the end, it turns out I was doing something else, and I didn't even realize it at the time. The recognition I got from it was unintended. I was doing one thing, but something else was actually happening."
 



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | May 06, 2013 19:19

As some of you may know, Charlie Bear from Washington, Iowa, was Chairman of the Baseball Commission in 1984 when Peter Ueberroth became Commissioner of Major League Baseball. I worked with Charlie at Time-Warner, Inc. in New York. We continued to stay in contact. George Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ principal owner, cooperated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on several cases. Steinbrenner agreed to help “without hesitation”, during the course of the three-year investigation. Steinbrenner had originally stepped in to cover sporting bets several of his players had made with organized crime. His lawyer wrote in 1987: “Mr. Steinbrenner knows that he placed the lives of his family and himself in jeopardy through being involved." As Steinbrenner later told "60 Minutes", "The FBI can't protect the President, how are they going to protect me?" He was worried for sure. Just so history knows, Charlie Bear was the good guy in the story. He had been brought in to clean up the mess.

 

For all of you sport fans, I would recommend Ball Four a book written by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Bouton in 1970. In it Bouton recounts much of his baseball career, spent mainly with the New York Yankees. Despite its controversy at the time, labeled detrimental to the sport, it is considered to be one of the most important sports books ever written and the only sports-themed book to make the New York Public Library's 1996 list of Books of the Century. It also is listed in Time Magazine's 100 greatest non-fiction books of all time. It is a "tell all" book about the politics, sex, and corruption, at the time at least, in the sport. I was at the filming of the first episode of the his short lived CBS T-V sit-com by the same name. He tried.

 



Posted by: Glen Peiffer | May 02, 2013 17:07

I use to hang out at the Italian restaurant, Il Vagabondo, on the Upper East Side of New York and play bocce. That is where I first met Mario Puzo. He invited me to his home on Long Island one day to meet his family. Mr. Puzo gave me a signed copy first edition of his book which I still have.



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