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Edna Liggin
The Bernice News-Journal
August 1, 1957

“Excuse My Dust” is the title of a book (by Partridge) as well as a slang expression. But “Excuse our dust” was a apology to make to our readers last week as we made our routes is a parish in need of rain, especially since we had to detour because of a bridge being remodeled between Lockhart and Laran.

While some of our readers check out more books now because of extra time during the summer, we miss quite a few who are away on vacation. Others tell us of revivals. Others tell us of revivals and singing schools in progress

“When I was a child,” a teacher tells us, “Our library books at school were few, ragged and unappealing.” She says she is reading children’s biographies, material that her generation, did not have access to, to get the essential facts about the lives of famous people, as part of her summer reading program. It’s good to know , too, that the interest of children has not slackened in such men as Robert E. Lee, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Fulton, Daniel Boone, Kit Carson, Henry Clay, etc.

In the midst of tense, hurrying times, a bit of philosophy comes to us from young Dick Templeton of Marion, who has been under the misapprehension that be could not check out books while his borrower’s card was misplaced. “It’s all right,” he said, “After all, everybody makes mistakes,” as he happily chose his first books for the summer.

Since our last trip to Ouachita City another potential bookmobile user has arrived. His name is Thomas Melvin Fowler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Fowler. The magazine, “Arizona Highways” is enjoyed by Mrs. Fowler who is a native of Nevada. This magazine would be enjoyed by all lovers of beautiful westerns energy and Indian lore.

The time to choose a career for many of our young people is approaching. To help make this decision based on further knowledge of requirement and award to get detailed background on the job or to learn how it proves out in daily living, many of the teen-age books help fill in this picture.

For the girls who want to teach school there’s “Good Morning, Miss Dover” by Patton; “Susan Cornish” by Caudily; “Passport to Romance” by Cavanne; “Teacher Lady” by Morgan, or “Wilderness Teaches” by Ball. For library work there’s “Miss Library Lady” by Plaonder or “With a High Heart” by Deleeuw. For work in a store there’s “Candle in the Sun” by Friarwood; “Adventure in Store”, by Swift or “Give the Lady What She Wants”, by Wendt. The work of a telephone operator is depicted in “Four Party Line” by Butters; that of an actress in “Marsh-on-Stage” by Walden; and artist in “That Stewart Girl” by Palmer; journalism in “Friday’s Child” by McDonald. The thrills in the life of a girl ham radio operator is portrayed in “Kay Everett, CO” by Eobeaz, while “Happy Landings for Ann” by O’Malley, is about an airplane stewardess.

For the boys “Pine Tree Shield” by Flint points the way to forestry; “By-Line Denney”, to newspaper work: “Hill Doctor” is one of several books on the medical profession. “Tony Sees It Through” by Bailey, tells of a boy’s 4 H club work that leads to the work on dairying; and “Squadron Alert” by Colonel Stanley, is a story of the Civil Air Patrol. For boys interested in the Armed Services there are the Reeder boys on West Point or “Battle Hymn” by Hess or “Battle Hymn” by Hess or “Story of the U.S. Marines” by Hunt.

Sometimes we hear people say that they want to use what time they have to read in Bible study. If so, the bookmobile can service in this area. We read a different version the King James, or a comment the Bible in story form or eyesight is bad, one in print.

Edna Matthews Liggin will always be remembered as the official historian of Union Parish and the Book Mobile Lady. She began writing the Uncle Lige column in The Gazette in 1939. Over the years she wrote many articles about the Union Parish history, the people there and her bottle collection. In her retired years she enjoyed visiting the older people in the Union Parish community.


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