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Ever since public libraries have been around, the overdue library book—and the fines incurred—have been the bane of borrowers, and sometimes a punchline. But San Luis Obipso County library branches are adopting a new policy, aimed at removing a barrier to borrowing. 

[Sound clip from the television sitcom Seinfeld: Mr. Bookman: You took this book out in 1971...Seinfeld: yes, and I returned it in 1971...Mr. Bookman: yeah, 1971, that was my first year on the job.]

The human struggle--especially for young girls--to fit in and to embrace one's unique gifts is very real. Local author Eldonna Edwards explores this struggle in her new book, This I Know. Issues and Ideas host Brian Reynolds talks with Eldonna Edwards this month about her novel that is garnering a buzz in the literary world, including a June book club selection by syndicated radio host Delilah. Set in a small Midwest town in the late 1960s and helmed by an unforgettable young protagonist, This I Know is a luminous coming-of-age story from an astonishing new voice.

Thomas Ogren

Thomas Ogren considers himself a life-long plant geek. He's been gardening since age five, and by age seven, he began grafting trees.

The San Luis Obispo resident continued with his passion for horticulture as a professor for more than 20 years.

When Orgen and his wife moved to the Central Coast, he says he wanted to make their yard allergy-friendly, to help with her allergies. His many years of research on that front eventually led to his new book The Allergy-Fighting Garden.