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This month to celebrate our 125 year anniversary, we will have a movie matinee Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. The film stars Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy and takes place in the late 1950's when computers were just being introduced into the workplace. In this case, a corporate library is being automated. This is the time when computers took up the whole room. It is a great film, suitable for the whole family, but not an action-packed movie. Popcorn will be available.

Our Summer Reading Program begins June 13 and continues through the end of July. This year's theme is One World, Many Stories. Sharon Ehlers has planned a variety of events and activities to keep you reading through the summer. Story time will continue Thursday mornings at 10:30 with participation by community leaders. Lunch Bunch will be Wednesdays at Noon. There will be a guessing jar, 'Word of the Week", an activity table and four special events: Toy Theatre, musician/storyteller Ross Sutter; a magic and juggling act by George of the Juggle, and a magic show by Brian Richards. New this year is Book Bunch for children in grades 4 and up. The Book Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Ryan will be read and discussed. Friday Flicks are also new and will feature a different movie every week for children. Book Bingo will wrap up the program, Monday, July 25 in the evening. Be sure to sign up and read for prizes and a chance to win books.

The Morris Public and Hancock libraries will be taking a busload of people to view the King Tut exhibit at the Science Museum in St Paul. Funding for the outing is provided by the Minnesota Legacy Arts monies thru the Viking Library System. Bus transportation, admission tickets to the exhibit, and Omni theater tickets are included. If you have the time Saturday, June 25, call the library and reserve your spot today.

New to the Viking Library System is the capability to download audio books and e-books, through Overdrive. Downloadable audiobooks can be downloaded directly from a computer to your listening device.  Downloadable ebooks are electronic books that can be downloaded directly to your computer or e-reader. Both types of downloadables can be accessed from a public library within Viking Library System or from a remote site.  You do need a Viking Library System card in good standing - no fines and fees over $5.00. You can access them through a local library website, through the VLS website, or through the VLS catalog by searching for and clicking on an electronic resource title.

Wednesday, June 29, Minnesota author, Jeff Falkingham is back in town with an updated presentation of Sherlock Holmes, including: "An Arthur Conan Doyle Primer", "The Many Faces of Mr. Holmes", "The Science of Sherlock Holmes", and "Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota?". He will give two presentations that day, one for students at 3 p.m. and another for adults at 7 p.m. Our new display case will feature Sherlock Holmes memorabilia for the month of June. If you have something to share for the display, please feel free to bring it in.

A few Sherlock Holmes books by a variety of authors

Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of the Crypt, by Donald S Thomas, 2002

The Last Sherlock Holmes Story, by Michael Dibdin, 1978.

Magic Bullet, by Larry Millet, 2011.

Italian Secretary, by Caleb Carr, 2005.

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, by Clive Morrison

Secret Files of Sherlock Holmes, by June Thomson 1993.

Sherlock Holmes and the County Courthouse Caper, by Jeff Falkingham, 2007.

Sherlock Holmes in Portrait and Profile, by Walter Klinefelter, 1975.