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Reader's Exchange | by Linda D. Cole and Ingrid L. Kohler

Reader's Exchange: In need of a copy of 'Older But Wilder'

Eleanor Thomson of Largo fell in love with three books she read at the library, a series written by Effie Leland Wilder about life in a retirement home. She found and purchased the first two volumes, Out to Pasture (1995) and Over What Hill (1996), but cannot locate the third, Older But Wilder, and wonders whether a copy might be available in Exchange Land. • The staff went online and discovered that amazon.com has the book you want, Eleanor. So, if our readers don't come through, a friend or relative — or perhaps a reader — who shops online would probably be glad to put in your order. The Web site even had an excerpt from the book, which we read. We feel confident that we aren't giving too much away when we say that in the third book, Hattie, the protagonist, undergoes a second knee transplant. 'Nuff said. Eleanor may be reached at (727) 586-6547.

Cross-stitchers will be interested in the supplies that Gladys Halstead of Clearwater wishes to redistribute. They include a few hoops, needles, crochet needles and about 250 skeins of embroidery floss in assorted colors. Please call (727) 723-1432.

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Tim is trying to round up about 30 (mortar-free, if possible) concrete blocks measuring 16 by 8 by 8 inches. Reach Tim by phone at (727) 393-9640 or by e-mail at crazy diamond4@verizon.net.

Charles Haig would welcome any Sony 8 mm camcorder that's looking for new digs. Please call (352) 597-1210.

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Carol sends out the call for a metal garden arch, any old-time movies and exotic flowers. The definition of exotic flowers may vary, but Carol helps to key in readers by mentioning rose of Sharon specifically. And so in turn, Carol has potted plants and trees to give away. Please call (727) 856-7330.

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Ann of St. Petersburg offers 22 volumes of the World Book Encyclopedia, a 1970s edition, with gilt-edged pages, in excellent condition. Please call (727) 736-6992.

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Instructions alert! Deborah Lynn of Clearwater needs a manual for a 1997 Buick LeSabre Limited. Please call (727) 953-6885, and she will make arrangements to pick it up.

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Pauline Foulkes has 26 old Postal Service postcards, each with 14 cents of postage on them. If you'd like them, call Pauline at (727) 937-0003, and she will mail them to you.

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Two years ago, Dorothy McDade's request for yarn brought a tremendous response, sufficient for her to turn out more than 700 stocking caps for the needy. Now Dorothy and her knitting buddies at the Largo Rec Center, who also knit for charities, need yarn reinforcements. Please call (727) 584-0983; the yarn will have to be delivered to Dorothy, who does not drive.

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Bruce Weiss of Lutz has three boxes of books to give away (mysteries, thrillers, fiction), some in large print. If you want them, you'll need to pick them up. Call (813) 265-3459.

Send requests to Reader's Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg 33731 or e-mail cole@sptimes.com. Requests accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code.

Reader's Exchange: In need of a copy of 'Older But Wilder' 06/20/08 [Last modified: Friday, June 20, 2008 4:30am]

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