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I was a fugitive…

Our library has a website where you can check to see which books are available and request books that you would like. When I went to the site to reserve a book recently I was informed that because I had a 50 cent fine I could not use this service. I had no idea that I had committed this offense! I often return books in the drop box in the parking lot and I do strive to return them by the due date. I'm not sure if I truly did return the book late or if there was an error in the processing, but I decided to go ahead and pay the fine and clear my name and reputation. 🙂

On my way into the library I stopped to peruse the new book section and found a wonderful new book: Always Put in a Recipe and Other Tips for Living by Evelyn Birkby. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Evelyn was from Iowa and had a newspaper column and later a radio program for homemakers beginning in 1949. She has written other books and you can also find a great deal of information about her on-line. This particular book is a compilation of many of her favorite newspaper columns and she has arranged them topically. She is a delightful writer who gives wonderful glimpses of farm and family life over the course of her adult life.

I know there are at least two of my readers who have lived in Iowa. I'm wondering if any of you have ever heard of Evelyn, read her columns or listened to her on the radio? I'll be interested to hear your comments.


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7 Comments on “I was a fugitive…”

  1. #1 Jan
    on Jun 4th, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Yes! I’ve read Up a Country Lane by Evelyn Birkby and enjoyed that. Sounds like I’ll have to read her new book too. When we got married 20 years ago, we mainly listened to KMA because it was a farm station from southwestern Iowa. In the morning they featured a radio homemaker who usually gave a recipe. We haven’t listened to that station in a long time, but your post brings back happy memories. A few years ago, Iowa Public Television had a special program about KMA’s radio homemakers that was very interesting.

  2. #2 Mary
    on Jun 4th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    I like to read about your book recommendations. Thanks for posting.

  3. #3 Becka
    on Jun 4th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I received this comment from another reader who lived in Iowa:

    I enjoyed so much your information about the lady my Iowa Grama regularly listened to on the radio. Grama also subscribed to the “Kitchen Klatter” magazine (more like a newspaper), and I think she kept every copy.

    A year ago I fell heir to the box of “Kitchen Klatter” copies that had wound up in my sister’s basement, which traveled to SC with us Then I enjoyed going thru them for recipes and a few articles I chose to save. I remembered how various members of their family were mentioned on the radio, as well as in the paper. I believe Ms Birkby even quoted from some of their letters on the air. And I agree with you that there was certainly some delightful writing therein.

    Thanks for mentioning Evelyn Birkby’s books. Sounds like some enjoyable reading ahead.

  4. #4 Deb
    on Jun 7th, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Becka, it sounds like I’ve really missed out. I’ve not heard of this lady or her writings.
    p.s. your library sounds a little strict. We have “can the fine” twice a year at our library, and we can let our fines “ride” and pay with a can of food for the Food Bank for each item overdue whenever it’s time to Can-It. Somehow i don’t mind doing that even though a can could cost more than my fine; I know someone is benefitting.

  5. #5 Carrie
    on Jun 9th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Sorry about your fine! I recently was falsely accused by my library, paid $4.50 in fines, and renewed the books to look for them at home. The next week I found the books on the shelf at the library and got my money back. Last week I got a reminder e-mail that two of the books were due! Twice they had been reshelved without being checked in. The lady was not as apologetic as I would have anticipated. (It’s so hard to find good help these days.)

    I think I’ll see if our library has any of Mrs. Birkby’s books. They sound like fun.

  6. #6 Marilyn
    on Jun 13th, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I am so glad our local library system has stopped issuing fine! You check an unlimited number of books out for a month at a time and renew any number over and over (until the strays are found).

  7. #7 Marilyn
    on Jun 13th, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Oops – make that plural: “fines.”

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