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My Library Story: Candi Eichholz

"I realized that a book could take you anywhere."

In her own words...

When I was in 8th grade (during the late 50s) and had the mumps, my Mom went to the library (on Main St. then) to get some books for me to read to help pass the time. I read the book ʺMrs. Mikeʺ. For the first time, I realized that a book could take you anywhere. They were not just for ʺschool workʺ. I mark that time, that book as the beginning of being a life long reader. If the library had not been available to start this process, I would have missed SO MUCH!


According to Goodreads, Mrs. Mike by Benedict & Nancy Freedman, was originally published in 1947 and is still available in print and digital formats.. Unfortunately it is no longer in the Library's collection, but it's easy to see how this story would inspire Candi to be a "life-long reader."
Mrs. Mike' is a love story, a true story; the story of Katherine Mary O’Fallon, a sixteen year-old Irish girl from Boston, and Sergeant Mike Flannigan of the Canadian Mounted Police who meet at her uncle’s ranch in Alberta, Canada where she is sent to recover from pleurisy. They meet, they court, they marry and, following Mike’s orders, move to Hudson’s Hope far into the interior of Alberta.
But it is more than a love story between two people: it is also a love story of the land and animals, of the beavers and the ice, the northern lights and the fires, of whooping cough and whiskey running. It is a love story of the First Peoples and their struggles, the immigrants and their hopes and all the people who came and went through Mike and Kathy’s lives.

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