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Dr. Paula Donson will be at Valley Community Library, 739 River St. in Peckville on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. to discuss her book, “This Kind of Courage,” written about her grandmother, Anna Donson.

Although Anna was a wonderful grandmother — loving, supportive and indulgent to her extended family — her story of escape from the Trans-Carpathian Mountains is dramatic. The story of escape from a forced marriage, hiding in a monastery to evade her searchers and finally gaining the support of a parish priest who helped her in her quest to come to America.

In the book, Dr. Donson tells the story of her grandmother’s life in the mid-valley area in the early 1900s. Anna was an early pioneer, and later a bride, a mother and a hard-working emigre from Eastern Slovakia. Like so many others who came at that time, she was looking for an opportunity for a better life. She was in search of a chance to start her own family, to use her talents and industry to build a home and a community that would provide for herself, her husband and children in a way that she did not see possible in her native village.

No registration is required for this free event. For more information, call the library at 570-489-1765, or visit