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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Off the Shelf


Books always make a difference

I am just back from delivering books to the DuPage PADS shelter in Downers Grove, in honor of the first U.S. World Book Night. I was given 20 copies of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot to pass out to individuals who may not have the opportunity to read on a regular basis. Since my son, Kevin, and I have enjoyed helping out at the DuPage PADS location in Naperville, I chose that organization to be the recipients of my box of books. Thank you to the PADS volunteers who greeted me so warmly and to the many individuals who graciously received the new book.

At the last moment, I decided to bring along a copy of the children’s book, Wild About Books, by Judy Sierra, to the PADS location. I am hoping the small girl I saw that night, fast asleep on her mat, will be as excited about her new book as the animals are in the story.

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A favorite event of mine in May is the Naperville Memorial Day Parade. Sponsored by the Judd Kendall VFW Post #3873, American Legion Post #43, and the City of Naperville with the Naperville Municipal Band, the Memorial Day Parade is a “moving” homage to the many veterans who served our country.

George Banas, a local author and member of American Legion Post #43, donates $1.00 from every sale of his book, Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure – In My Brother’s Place, to the American Legion Post #43 programs. One book reviewer, Debra Dudek, describes Banas’ book as “equal parts spy thriller, action exploit, and treasure hunt.”

Banas’ book can be found in the local author section at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville.

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Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan
Mary Corrigan is a Naperville resident, wife, mother of five, and acknowledged bookaholic. Contact her at mary_corrigan@sbcglobal.net.


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