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by Abigail Van Buren

Complaint About Sliced Lemons Makes Some Readers Pucker

DEAR ABBY: Ever since you printed the letter from the lady who said that reading sexy books had improved her sex life, romance and sexy books have been flying off the shelves, according to the Friends of the Library bookstore here in Hot Springs, Ark.

There used to be a glut of these books in the store, but now the managers are begging for more books to be donated to fill the shelves again. What a novel way to promote literacy. -- FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY VOLUNTEER

DEAR FRIENDS VOLUNTEER: If it's getting the job done, then I'm all for it. I have always encouraged people to read, read, read. Read for information and read for pleasure. Our libraries are filled with knowledge and joy, and it's all there, free for the taking.