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This section contains specifics as to special services to readers that the Pioneer Library System provides through the hometown libraries.

Also includes regular articles highlighting the collections as well as book reviews written by staff and patrons.


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F. Scott Fitzgerald's Birthday

F. Scott Fitzgerald was an American novelist in the early twentieth century, and his works have continued to be popular to this day. He was born on September 24, 1896. To celebrate the anniversary of his birth, check out some of his work. We've provided a selection below. Happy reading!

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published on April 10, 1925, it is set in Long Island's North Shore and New York City during the summer of 1922. The novel chronicles an era that Fitzgerald himself dubbed the "Jazz Age." Following the shock and chaos of World War I, American society enjoyed unprecedented levels of prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers and led to an increase in organized crime.

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Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day! This American pioneer was responsible for introducing apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and the northern part of West Virginia. He became an American legend for his kindness, generosity, leadership, and appreciation for nature. Help us commemorate his birth on September 26, 1774, and crack open a great read!

a tall tale book jacketJohnny Appleseed: a tall tale by Steven Kellogg

Presents the larger-than-life story of true American hero John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, describing his love of nature, his kindness to animals, and his physical fortitude. John Chapman, born in Massachusetts in 1774, loved animals and nature so much that he left home to live in the wilderness. Wherever he roamed, he cleared the land to plant apple trees. He gave the trees to settlers who followed, thus earning the fond name "Johnny Appleseed."

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