Books-Sandwiched-In Slated for March at Shaw Library

CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold the 2014 Books-Sandwiched-In series at the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library on Wednesdays throughout March.

Books-Sandwiched-In features several book reviews from local book lovers and authors. The annual program includes a meal prepared by event organizers.

Books-Sandwiched-In 2014 will begin March 5 at 12 p.m.  Mary Jane Rowles will discuss “Taylor’s Gift: A Courageous Story of Giving Life and Renewing Hope” by Tara and Todd Storch.

According to the description of the book, when 13-year-old Taylor Storch’s life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident, her grieving family made the life-changing decision to donate her organs. Taylor’s parents, Tara and Todd Storch, connected with several of the recipients of Taylor’s gift.

The authors share their story, shining a light at the end of the tunnel for those suffering from the loss of a loved one. Through the stories of the donor recipients, readers will discover hope in the midst of pain. The Storches are changing the conversation that organ donation is not about death–it’s about life.
On March 12 at 12 p.m., “Warm Hearts for Cold Noses: Unusual Tails of a Young Veterinarian” will be presented by the author, Edward Dionne Jr., VMD. Dionne tells his story of graduating from veterinary school and beginning his professional career.

In the book description, he realizes that education is only the beginning as he begins to work with a variety of animals. Dionne’s book chronicles his often hilarious adventures as a young veterinarian with a series of unexpected cases and lovable creatures, such as Eggbert, who is a turtle with a cracked shell; Clarence, the duck that was too sick to fly south; and Rachel, the raccoon escape artist. “Warm Hearts for Cold Noses” offers the humorous and unpredictability of learning through experience in the veterinary field.

Kenneth Womack will conduct a book review on his book, “The Restaurant at the end of the World” on March 19 at 7 p.m. According to a description of the book, on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, in the North Tower of the World Trade Center, the staff of Windows on the World restaurant prepares for the chaos of their daily routine.

From cooks and housekeepers to food runners and managers, they share stories about challenges and frustrations, hopes and dreams. From a hostess searching for a guest, a banquet captain with memories about a colleague who died in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and an assistant general manager who finds herself in the middle of kitchen pranks, regular people set out to do their job on what was supposed to be a normal day.

The Restaurant at the End of the World is an extensively researched book, based upon the actual people who worked at Windows on the World.

The series will conclude on March 26 at 12 p.m. with a review by Peg Barton on the book “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary: a Maggie Hope Mystery” by Susan Elia MacNeal. The book description features the story of a college graduate named Maggie Hope.

Set in the World War II era, Maggie’s gender limits her to a position as the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street, although she graduated at the top of her class and her skills rival those of even the highest men in government. With air-raid sirens sending people underground, Maggie’s access to the War Rooms exposes her to the conspiracies of a threatening group determined to change the course of history at any cost.

Maggie finds herself involved in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, and when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.

The lunch provided during the presentations by Rowles, Dionne and Barton will be a donation of $4.  The evening presentation by Womack features desserts and will be a donation of $3.  The proceeds from all four reviews fund projects sponsored by AAUW.

Reservations for the AAUW: Books-Sandwiched-In 2014 series may be placed by contacting Shaw Public Library at 814-765-3271 during regular business hours.  Shaw Public Library is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Fridays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.  Additional information may also be found on Shaw Public Library’s Web site at

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