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Happy Spring, this time for sure!

A library is so much more than books. Busy libraries can be found in thriving communities and are the heart of the community. Public libraries offer, internet access, programs and events, storytime for children, and meeting room space. Libraries host events, authors and book group discussions. They provide on-line training and resources. Although books make up a good portion of the library's resources, books have evolved over the years. There are now audio books, large print books, picture books, early readers, graphic novel/comic books, and e-books, among other formats (videos, newspapers, magazines, etc.). The Viking Library System is getting ready to launch a downloadable e-book/audio book program. Stay tuned as this option develops.

Since 1958, the second week in April has been designated as National Library Week. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. This year is an especially significant year for us in Morris as we celebrate 125 years of library service. This year's National Library Week theme is, "Create Your Own Story at Your Library". You are invited to share a story about what you remember about the Morris Library as a child, or a special library experience. Write it down and submit it. In May we will have a celebration and highlight some of these stories. By the end of the year we hope to have printed a book on the history of the Morris Public Library. Help us to re-live the story.

A Computer Basics class is held monthly. The next class is Saturday, April 9, at 9 am. Peter Bremer works with people one-on-one where they are with their computer skills. So, if you need some help, stop by the library.

The library is closed Friday, April 22.

April is Financial Literacy Month, a time to increase our knowledge about personal financial management. April is a perfect time for parents to begin teaching their children about finances. The University of Minnesota Extension has developed a website to help get the conversations going with age-appropriate resources:

On display are books about money management and financial planning, including:

9 Steps to Financial Freedom, by Suze Orman

Beardstown Ladies' Guide to Smart Spending for Big Savings

Charles Schwab's Guide to Financial Independence

Road to Wealth

And for the kids:

Earning Money

First Bank Account and First Investments Smarts

First Budget Smarts

First Credit Cards Smarts

Learning About Coins