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Oscar Wilde wrote that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” But in the case of the 2021 NEA Big Read selection — “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel — art is imitating life, in a hauntingly familiar way.

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Ed Howard wasn’t beheaded. He and his U.S. Navy comrades, who had been taken prisoner in Guam a few days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in late 1941, would spend the rest of World War II — nearly four years — in a series of horrible POW camps in Japan. As a Japanese general told them, “It is Japan’s aim to give its prisoners of war as much pain as humanity will allow.’’

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The Vigo County Public Library is once again open to the public after closing its doors for nearly 3 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Monday, the Vigo County Public Library will reopen its facilities in downtown Terre Haute and West Terre Haute. Before the COVID-19 health emergency, VCPL facilities averaged more than 1,000 guests a day. So, library leadership said in an email, they cannot safely fling open our doors and return to past behaviors.

Marshall Public Library at 612 Archer Ave. in Marshall, Illinois re-opened with limited capacity on Monday, June 1. The library will still offer free WiFi from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT every day, as well as curbside service, according to a recent press release. The Illinois Heartland Library delivery system remains suspended until mid-July.