Recs and Reads
By Anne McKay Garris
If you haven't yet visited our brand new Beach Library at the east end of Bay Esplanade, you should stop by and take a look. It really is a quality facility and we should all be proud of it. Better yet, we should all make use of it to demonstrate to our city officials that it is really needed.
My recommendation for some delightful and light end-of-summer reading is The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. He writes about Precious Ramotswe, proud citizen of Botswana, who operates her detective agency with a mixture of intuition and compassion. She accepts the fact that men will be men, and bemoans the lack of adherence to the old morality among the young. Still, she has a positive outlook on life, and, as we observe her solving the riddles brought to her by her clients, we gain insight into the gentle rhythm of life in her beloved country.
The best thing about meeting Precious Ramotswe and her friends is that we meet them again in the sequels to The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, all of which are available at the Clearwater Beach Library.
I'm pleased to report we have added a fifth computer for you to use at the Beach Library, and we are expecting the addition of a Friends of The Clearwater Library book sales shelf in the near future.
With a good book from the Beach Library in your hand, you can sit in an air- conditioned room and travel to Botswana or any other place in the world -- or beyond. I recommend it.
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