>TO: Lanesboro Community
FROM: Library Staff
DATE: December 27, 2005
RE: World War I Film Series and Community Book Discussion

As you may know, the Library has received a grant to host a free six-part film series “The World War I Years: America Becomes a World Power” on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 from February 12th to March 19th.

The Library is scheduling one community-wide book discussion – facilitated by special guest Dr. Mary Ann McNeilus – for Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Lanesboro Community Center. The title we have selected for this discussion is The Great Influenza: the epic story of the deadliest plague in history, by John M. Barry. We believe that this choice is particularly timely and relevant, given current warnings of a bird flu pandemic plus the fact that the 1918 influenza strain was recently recreated.

There are currently 14 copies of The Great Influenza available for you to order from SELCO at this time. Here are some additional options.
1) You can order copies through MNlink (the statewide network). This does take longer and there is no way to check if an item is on its way.
2) You can share.
3) You can purchase your own copies (the revised paperback ISBN = 0143036491 and lists for $16.00).

4) Library staff can purchase paperback copies through Baker & Taylor and pass along the discount to you. We need an exact number accompanied by pre-payment of $10.00 per book payable to Lanesboro Public Library by January 27th at the latest. Please sign up and pay at the Library; signups unaccompanied by pre-payment cannot be accepted.

We are excited about this possibility and thank you very much for your consideration!

PS – Check the official WWI website for further information or reading suggestions ( http://www.nvr.org/ww1films/ – click on “About the Series” and “Additional Information,” then choose Nonfiction or Fiction. Copy and paste excerpts to a word document for printing).