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The end of summer is here, but isn't the Stevens County Fair a great way to end the summer? We learned a lot from being at the fair this year and hope to return next year (with bigger and better ideas). Thank you to everyone who stopped by. Books and canvas bags were given away to 30 people. Many thanks to those of you who also filled out a survey! It is always good to get feedback and learn more about user's interests and perceptions.

The canvas book bags were well-received at the fair and thanks to the Friend's group, there are many more available for purchase. Stop by today and purchase your very own bag. They are a sturdy white canvas with blue straps and an outside pocket, sure to last for many years.

New at the library is a children's listening center which consists of an audio cassette/CD player, earphones and books to follow along; all on a bright yellow table in the back of the children's area. The Friends were instrumental in acquiring this collection for us. More book/CDs will be purchased from donations from Corrine Stein memorials. Many of these titles will be available to check-out, but there will always be a few set aside to listen to while in the library.

Memorial funds have also been received to honor Dr. Eide from the Stevens Community Medical Center and individuals. Some 40 books on healthcare and medical issues will be displayed separately.

Just in time for the start of the school year: new leaf identification books, a series on the presidents of the United States and a series on the states.

A sampling of children's books with CD:

Ant Plays Bear

Chester's Way

Diary of a Fly


Houndsley and Catina

If the Dinosaurs Came Back

Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken

Paper John

Vera's First Day at School

We have noticed an increase for library cards lately - welcome back UMM students.

The library will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!