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Well we just celebrated one of the most famous and solemn holidays on 11 November. I hope everyone thanked a Veteran. Without them we wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedoms that we take for granted. The holiday makes for a short week for me but I am catching up from not being here on Tuesday. I will be on vacation next week! My 39th wedding anniversary is on 22 November and we already have the room reserved. Guess I'll be instate working on a few things around the house. Yes there will be the chips eating, t.v. watching scenario added in there too.


I got ready to come to work on my scooter the 1st but changed my mind when I saw the wind blowing. The Halloween parade was a scary one, mostly cause I had to fight traffic to get to the bank by 5:30. Had five minutes to spare! Whoo! Anyway the big news today, election day, is that Adam Putnam is going to have a shindig on the steps of the History Center. They will await election returns. The streets have been blocked off all day so I apologize if you have not been able to make it in to see us. The rest of the week will be easier.


This has been a really emotional month for me but I am keeping up. I am working on the third floor to sort and put up microfilm. Yes we still have some. has been a boon in genealogy research but there is still something to be said for cranking the old film machine as far as I am concerned. I can make copies from the film if you like and remember we have lots of the old Polk county newspapers on film. The Bartow Halloween parade is today at 4 p.m. so come check that out. I watch with envy from the windows as the kids scoop up all the candy. Ha!


I have gotten a little more rest over the weekend so feel some better. Made it through my sister's birthday which was 16 October and tomorrow (23rd) is her wedding anniversary. I didn't post anything yesterday even though I decided to do something every week. We were very busy yesterday. In addition to the Lunch and Learn program over in the 1926 courtroom I had a lot of patrons. Just what I like to see! Squeezing in some time today to get this post done. I am now official I have business cards!!! They have my name on them and everything.


Well last week started out o.k. until my daughter called to tell me my sister had died in tx. on 7 October. It was a whirlwind trip and totally unexpected. I want to thank the volunteers who helped cover for me, Connie, Jeanne and Karen. You are much appreciated. Also thanks to Stephanie and Shelley who helped hold down the fort too. My recovery will take time but with all the help and good thoughts coming my way I will survive, though I will miss her always. Dorinda


Greetings all! I was invited to the reopening of the Frostproof Historical Museum and Library down in Frostproof this past Saturday (4 October). Bea Reifeis is the new director, she and volunteers have worked diligently to upgrade both the building and the collection. I must say the building is a lot brighter than it used to be. There is new paint and a tile floor and all repairs were made as they went along. The exhibits are really informational and well done. If you get the chance go down for a visit. It is at 210 South Scenic Highway, Frostproof. Phone 863-635-7865.


Is anyone as surprised as I am to wake up and find out that it is already going to be October? I can't believe that Christmas is so close. I am back for another week, I know everyone is thrilled. Please hold your applause. Some of our winter visitors are back in town and coming to see us. Still sorting and moving stuff so please ask if you can't find what you are looking for. I work a couple of hours moving books and then take a breather. Some of those older books are heavy. Be sure and check out Polk Today on Fridays.

I'm Baaaaack!

Had a great vacation and want to give a big shout out to Lois and Jeanne for filling in for me as I traveled to the great state of Arizona. I was busy the first of the week taking care of emails and phone requests. Always glad to help so keep those emails and calls coming. I am moving around a few books so if you come in and see an empty shelf or two don't panic. It is slow going and keeps me busy and out of trouble. Come by and see us. Maybe we can find some family members for you.


Hi everyone! I will be going on vacation from 13 to 19 September. The library will be open and the museum people will be available to help you. I am going to Arizona and will be back on the job on 23 September. I am doing a little moving and straightening of our resources. No major changes. When you come in and if you can't find what you are looking for just ask. If you need help with history or newspaper lookups be sure and send an email to me at If it is next week I will get to you as soon as I return. Have a great week and stay dry!


It has been ages since an entry has been made and we have gone through some changes here in the library. In December of 2013 Dorothy Manley, one of our Library assistants had surgery. She was unable to return to work and is now in full medical retirement. She is doing a lot better healthwise, but we miss her. Recently we also lost Gail Seger to retirement on 1 September. She will be missed a lot too. The library carries on and we plan to keep providing the same service the public has become accustomed to.