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National Library Week kicks off Monday with the theme of “Welcome to Your Library.”
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.
Landscape painter Christel Gutelius is Wabash Valley Art Guild’s March artist of the month featured in a Vigo County Public Library YouTube video at https://youtu.be/URLasPGVUa8
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.’’
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.