Librarians at Prairie Community Library have been busy lately as there are many new arrivals. We have been on a campaign to get books from local authors. Recently arrived books are "Imprisoned in Paradise" and "Ripples of a Lie."
"Imprisoned in Paradise" is an account of the Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp. Between mid-1943 and mid-1945 the Kooskia camp held an all-male contingent of 265 so called "enemy aliens" of Japanese ancestry. They volunteered to be moved here and received wages for helping to construct the Lewis-Clark Highway, now called Highway 12. The author, Priscilla Wegars, is a volunteer curator of the University of Idaho's Asian American Comparative Collection which is a resource for better understanding of their history, culture, and archaeology. She also wrote "Polly Bemis: "A Chinese American Pioneer" which was acquired at the Region II Spring Conference for the Idaho Library Association at Moscow, Idaho on Friday May 6th.
“Ripples of a Lie" was written by Esther Barnett Goffinet who lives in Lewiston. She wrote her book to get out the truth about her father, Eugene Barnett, who was framed in the controversial Centralia Massacre. He spent 12 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Her book is available at And Books Too, 918 6th Street, Clarkston, Washington or by contacting Esther Goffinet at P.O.Box 414, Lewiston, Idaho.
If you are interested in either of these books you may get on a waiting list to check them out at the library. There are many more books that you may find interesting in our new arrival section or the local authors section.
Library workers are preparing for the town wide yard sale on May 21 from 8:00am until 2:00pm in the basement of the community hall. We will have lots of used and new books for sale, as well as other merchandise. Anyone wishing to donate items may contact Donna Wassmuth at 962-3561.