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Sunday
Nov062016

At the Sterling Lord Writers and Readers Festival

What a pleasure it was to spend time with folks at the Sterling Lord Writers and Readers Festival at the Burlington (Iowa) Public Library. See that table behind me? That and others like it were brought to the new library from the old one where four generations of my family borrowed and usually returned books. When I was in high school, I sat at those grand wooden tables and laboriously copied notes from magazines that I located through the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature onto 3 by 5 index cards for my research papers on the population explosion, the Alaska Pipeline, and other hot topics of the time. So much has changed about how we research and write. And yet, those dear, old beautiful tables are still there.