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Lifestyle & Society

Patty Hirst

Special to the Citizen

The Dublin Public Library offers a wealth of information to a very wide variety of needs. For anyone preparing for the GED, the library has all the tools needed.

An acronym for General Education Diploma, the exam measures skill levels in math, science, language arts and social studies. The library has four preparation manuals in Spanish and three in English that are excellent.

By using the TexasShare database available through the library, there is online help also waiting for patrons. Without a high school diploma or GED, folks looking for a job are locked out of many positions.

The GED was created in the early 1940s to serve the military as they returned from WWII. This program made it possible for veterans to complete interrupted school and allow them to go on to college if desired. Approximately 20 million people have obtained their GED since it started.

There are many reasons why school gets interrupted, and then circumstances often prevent a return to the classroom. The opportunity to get this certification is available through the resources at the library and are free. Manuals are often very costly.

The Erath County Genealogy Society will meet in the Clay Room at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Everyone is welcome and there is always intriguing information about local history and families, as well as interaction among the members. Come early and peruse the genealogy room. “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles is the topic of the book club meeting at 1 p.m. on Oct.

27. A first novel by this author, it is so cleverly written the reader can almost smell the musty attic room of the count.

Set in 1922 Russia, the storyline is very unique. A man of grand privilege is reduced to minimal circumstances, yet leads the reader on a merry chase as he reinvents himself while under house arrest.

This book will yield excellent discussion.

For the Western reader, “Blood Ties” by James J. Griffin begins a new saga for Texas Ranger Will Kirkpatrick. When the ranger brings a young outlaw in for trial, the judge turns the tables and entrusts the young man into Kirkpatrick’s care for a year rather than send him to prison. Two lives are changed forever — for the better.

Susan Mallery puts a completely new spin on the blended family in “When We Found Home.” In this contemporary novel, a grandfather brings together two adults and a twelve-year-old he never knew existed but were fathered by his now deceased son. A lot of family drama but a good read.

There is much offered by the Dublin Public Library.

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