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With August approaching, the county fair is not far behind. The library will join in the fun this year with a booth in the commercial exhibit area. It will be an opportunity for us to reach out to people who don't usually visit the library and to greet regular users in a new and fun way. Registration forms for a library card will be on hand and a drawing for prizes will be awarded daily. Be sure to stop by for some fun give-a-ways and take a brief survey.

Prairie Pioneer Days was great fun, the book sale was most successful and brought in over $2,000 for the Friends of the Library. A framed copy of the Morris grain elevator, painted by Victor Perlbachs is proudly displayed in the library, and Monica Ferris was well received as a Minnesota author of mystery books. We are working on getting more authors to visit Morris (and the Friends of the Library have been good about helping out with these expenses). Word has gotten out that William Kent Krueger will be here this fall (no, he was not here for Prairie Pioneer Days). Save the date, he will be here Thursday evening, Oct. 29.

A new collection of Graphic Novels is being created in the library (suggested by the Friends group for teens) and a special bookcase was purchased. Some titles follow, below. Tuesday, Aug. 11 marks the 70th anniversary of the Marvel Comics and John's Total Entertainment is celebrating the occasion with a variety of promotions at the store. Be there for some exciting give-aways.

Did you know that back issues of Bookends can be found on our Web site? So, if you missed a column, or want to refer back to an older one, you will find it under the Director's column on the "About the Library" tab.

Graphic Novels for Young Adults (and more to follow)

All-Star Superman, by Morrison

Atomic Robo

Cairo, by G Willow Wilson

Incognegro, a graphic mystery by Mat Johnson

Insiders Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels, by Schmidt

Marvel- Astonishing X-Men

Marvel - Runaways

Sand Chronicles series, by Hinako Ashihara

Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

Seed of Destruction, by Nignola

See you at the fair!