We realize that “life happens,” as the saying goes, and sometimes you may have overdue library books.

We realize that “life happens,” as the saying goes, and sometimes you may have overdue library books. 

Through Dec. 31, the library will offer a “food for fines” amnesty. 

The library will forgive $1, in fines up to $20, for every can or box of donated food. We’ll donate all collected food to Crestview’s Sharing and Caring program. Verify that all food donations do not have expired dates.

Now is a great time to check all family members’ library cards for late books or unpaid fines. You may go online to check your account for overdue items and bills owed. See www.cityofcrestview.org/library.php, and click on the “Check your account, renew items, or place holds” link. Type in your 14-digit library barcode number (with no spaces) and your PIN (which may be CHANGEME if you have never set one yourself). Log in and go to “Review My Account.”

Call us at 682-4432 if you have questions. 

2013 art exhibit space available

Have you noticed the varied and talented art exhibits displayed in the library?

Paintings hang on the north exhibit wall and three-dimensional works and collections appear in the lobby display cases. This month, the cases feature works on local railroading including the Yellow River Railroad.

If you are a north Okaloosa county artist who would like to be considered for our 2013 schedule, please contact me at 682-4432 for a time to bring in portfolio samples.

End of the Year Tax-deductible Donations

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of the Crestview Library before the New Year.

Write “book fund donation” on the check’s memo line, and it will be used exclusively for new library books.

Bring your check to the library any time or mail it to the Friends at P.O. Box 1972, Crestview, FL  32536.



“Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Katherine Boo, has garnered much award attention this year, including Library Journal’s Top Ten.

In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, based on three years of uncompromising reporting, a bewildering age of global change and inequality become human.

Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees "a fortune beyond counting" in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a one-legged woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternative route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter — Annawadi’s "most-everything girl" — will soon beco

me its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a 15-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe they’re inching closer to the good lives and good times they call "the full enjoy."

Then Abdul is falsely accused of driving his neighbor to suicide in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal.

With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another in an era of tumultuous change, these characters are impossible to forget.

Sandra Dreaden is the Crestview Public Library’s reference librarian.