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A new year, a new beginning.... We at the library are hoping to ring in more new technology for the library. The internet stations need to be upgraded. We hope to add a media projector to the meeting room, and more digital content will be purchased in the form of online resources and databases. These upgrades would not be possible without funding from the Viking Library Systems, the Friends of the Morris Public Library, grants which we will seek out, and community sponsorship and support.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights begins Jan. 11 and continues through Feb. 28. This is an annual adult reading program to chase away those winter blues. Adults are encouraged to track what they read for drawings and prizes throughout this timeframe. There will be coffee mugs and book bags to give away in weekly drawings, so pick out a book today to start your list. Don't know what to read? We can help you find just the right book to suit your reading pleasure. Be open to the possibility of the magic of books.

Technology Talks occur in the library on the third Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m.

Jan. 16 will feature Philip Drown giving a program on the basics of digital cameras. Philip is a local business consultant who specializes in project management, professional writing, multi-media production, and graphic art design. If you just received a camera for Christmas or want to learn more about the one you already have, stop by the library early Saturday morning, on the 16th.

TREC (Tutoring, Reading, and Enabling Children) Storytime continues at the library Thursday mornings beginning Jan. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. University students plan and coordinate these events under the direction of Pam Solvie, and in conjunction with Sharon Ehlers, children's librarian. These sessions engage the imagination of preschool children and result in a lively reading experience. Come and join the fun each Thursday morning!

The Poetry Workshop group continues to meet. They met Jan. 7 where four poems written by Athena Kildegaard were presented. The poems were written for the PRCA and are available for purchase there. The Friends of the Morris Public Library had them framed and they will be on display in the library: Geese, Rapture, Swallow's Proof, and Translation.

Winter Reads of Note:

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy. Classic love triangle.

Atonement, by Ian McEwan - 2002 - coming of age story.

Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett, 2001 - suspenseful terrorist activity involving opera - music is the operative word.

Cold Mountain, by Charles Frasier - 1997. Historical fiction of the Civil War.

Coldest War: America and the Korean War, by David Halberstam - 2007. Voted best 2007 history book by Booklist editors.

East of the Mountains, by David Gutterson - 1999. A doctor is diagnosed with cancer. This is the story of his journey to come to terms with his illness.

Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson - 2004 - a pastor's musings of his life in a small town, for his son.

Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman - 1996. A children's fantasy adventure, turned into a movie.

Shipping News, by Annie Proulx - 1993. Icelandic love story, also turned into a movie.

"Should old acquaintance be forgot?"

Happy New Year!