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By LeAnn Kunz | Jul 21, 2014

Taking a plane, train, or automobile on a trip this summer? Or are you spending time at a lake camping, lounging on a beach, or swimming at the pool? One of the best ways to enjoy lengthy travel or to fully relax on a summer day is to have a good book to read. However, many people are wary of taking a library book with them in case they accidentally misplace it on their trip or damage the book. There is nothing worse than a wet library book that has been accidentally dropped in the pool! However, the library can still help you with this dilemma.

ReBook, the library’s used book store located in the lower level of the library is open all hours that the library is open. You are welcome to browse whenever you are in to visit us. The Teen Advisory Board, which runs the book store, simply asks that you leave a donation for the books that you decide to buy and there is a handy drop box in the book store for all those donations. All proceeds from sales go toward programming at the library. In fact, the Chasing 4 Life program on weather safety that was presented in June was partially paid for by book sales! We always have a wide selection of adult fiction and nonfiction, as well as some children’s books and teen books in ReBook. New inventory is added to the store monthly, if not weekly.

Come in and stock up on inexpensive books that you can enjoy without worry of loss or damage during your summer adventures. And if you happen to leave that novel on the train, the next passenger might even benefit!

The following new materials are available.

Gifts & Memorials

The Care and Management of Lies (large print) by Jacqueline Winspear given in memory of Merlin Zwicki by Gail & Sharon Niffenegger

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine, Through the Ever Night & Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, & Curveball by Jordan Sonnenblick given in memory of longtime jr. high librarian Joy Batterson by Al & Lorna Olson

Adult Fiction

The Cinderella Killer by Simon Brett, Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke, A Kiss from Maddalena by Christopher Castellani, Eden in Winter by Richard North Patterson, Last Orders by Harry Turtledove

Adult Nonfiction

The Public Library by Robert Dawson, Keep Calm & Parent On by Emma Jenner


Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Jul 28, 2014 14:29

James David Robenalt, the author of “The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage during the Great War.”

President Harding had a long term affair with a lady who not only blackmailed him but was also a spy for Germany.

Warren Harding is typically remembered as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history. But a soon-to-be-released trove of love letters between the 29th president and his longtime mistress also reveal that he may have been one of the most passionate.
“Some of them are truly beautiful -- about what does it mean to be in love,” said James David Robenalt, the author of “The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage during the Great War.” “‘This is the big love,’ he says, ‘This is the surpassing love.’”
Some of the letters include soaring poetry and lurid sexual fantasies.
“Three weeks ago [this robe] touched and covered your beautiful form, and that made it hallowed to me, and I wanted contact with it, to make me seem nearer to you,” Warren wrote to his mistress Carrie Fulton Phillips in one letter. “And I wanted to sit before the fire afterward, in freedom of dress, and dream of you and of loving you, intimately.”
“It gets very explicit in there,” said Robenalt, who went on to put the passage into context.
“They went to Montreal. She wore that bathrobe. So he's, three weeks later, remembering and reveling in the whole thing,” he said. “And the thing I tell people is, ‘A hundred years ago, our ancestors did have sexual fantasies, and if they didn't, we wouldn't be here today.’”
But Robenalt, the only person aside from Harding’s mistress to have read the more than 900 pages worth of love letters that will be made public by the Library of Congress on July 29, also told “Politics Confidential” that he believes the letters reveal a progressive and thoughtful political leader.
Many of the letters, written over the course of the decade before Harding became president, show then-Sen. Harding’s inner-most thoughts on the question of whether the United States should get involved in World War I.
Robenalt said there is “strong evidence” that Phillips went on to become a spy for Germany during World War I, and that in the lead-up to the United States’ entry into the war, she tried to influence Harding to oppose the war.
“She tried to, but he eventually writes to her, ‘I know that it will ruin our relationship, but I'm going to do my duty and vote for war. I'm voting as my conscience tells me I must do,’” Robenalt said.
In voting for the war, Harding not only made a break from Phillips; Robenalt points out that he also made a break from then-President Woodrow Wilson in his reasoning for submitting to war.
“Woodrow Wilson said, ‘We're going to make the world safe for democracy,’” Robenalt said. “Harding got up that night and said, ‘[It’s] none of our business to tell another government what form of government they should have.’ … And that's lost in all the ‘Warren Harding was the worst president ever’ and the love letters and so forth -- that's a big message that needs to come out.”
Harding’s affair with Phillips ultimately came to an end during Harding’s presidential campaign. Phillips blackmailed Harding and threatened to make their affair public. Harding wrote to Phillips offering to pay $5,000 a year in exchange for her silence while he stayed in public office.

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