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      Happy birthday, Tobias Wolff

      Author Tobias Wolff celebrates his sixty-ninth birthday today. One of the few writers of equally compelling fiction and non-fiction work, the website Biographile ( describes his style as "at once matter of fact and urgent."  

      If his name sounds familiar, you may have seen the film version of his memoir, This Boy's Life.  Other books written by him include:


      In Pharoahs Army: Memories of the Lost War - Wolff fought in the Vietnam War; this is his memoir of that time.

      Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories

      The Night in Question: Stories 

      Back in the World: Stories

      The Barracks Thief (a novel)

      Old School (a novel)

      In the Garden of the North American Martyrs (short stories)

      Celebrate his birthday by reading one of his books!

      April 27th - May 3rd is Preservation Week

      Most of us are creators and collectors of something we value or enjoy, such as family papers, photographs, cookbooks, or postcards. They are a big part of who we are and what we do. We think about passing these collections on to our families, even our communities.


      Bring in to the library your 35mm slides, audio cassettes, and VHS tapes and use the digital media lab to digitize and preserve your media. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a librarian to learn how to digitize your items click hereHere are additional resources to help you preserve your family treasures and learn what to do when disaster strikes



      35mm Slide (left) digitized in Highland Park Public Library Digital Media Lab courtesy Isadore Kaplan



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