Jean Patrick led a lively discussion at the library Tuesday night for our Community Read (One Book South Dakota) event. She was a great leader and artfully encouraged us to speak both negatively and positively about the book "Dakota" by Kathleen Norris. We determined that the author had an interesting viewpoint and agreed with some of her descriptions of rural South Dakota life, but as a whole, we found that each of us has a personal viewpoint of life in rural South Dakota. Jean challenged us to "write our own story," even if only a paragraph, because we all have a unique tale to tell.
It definitely was time to take a break. I believe I was becoming...hmmm...I think the word is "testy". Too many hours at work and not enough time taken to smell the roses...or anything else!
So we took off, my husband and I, to visit any place that had the slightest connection to my husband's love of trains. We started out at the huge train yard in North Platte, NE and then spent the rest of our time in the gorgeous Black Hills and, of course, rode the 1880s train..
But the trip would not have been complete without enjoying my favorite hobby as well, so we stopped to visit several friends from Library Institute and tour their libraries. I didn't get to see Jane in Piedmont, but did get to Custer, Hot Springs and Hill City. Thanks for your hospitality! (I also spent time in bookstores buying books and puzzles for the library's collection.) We both had a great time!