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In honor of Prairie Pioneer Days, the library will conduct a fine forgiveness week, July 2-9, with the presentation of a Prairie Pioneer Days button. Fines are forgiven on Morris items only and do not include lost or damaged fees.

The Friends of the Library annual book sale will take place during Prairie Pioneer Days, July 8-9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be plenty of books to choose from, so make time to attend. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library and help with library programming and materials.

In conjunction with the book sale this year and to celebrate our 125th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the West Central Initiative, the library will host an ice cream social; compliments of the West Central Initiative staff, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., July 8.

Our Summer Reading Program is going strong. There are still plenty of ways to participate... Storytime is on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m., movies are shown on Fridays at 2 p.m., George of the Juggle will be here July 14, and Brian Richards' Magic Show is July 21. 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 took over 100 people on two buses to St Paul to view the King Tut Exhibit at the Science Museum. This event was funded through the Legacy Arts monies of Minnesota and sponsored by the Viking Library System, Hancock and Morris public libraries. It was a fun-filled day and well received by those who attended. A book of the exhibit was purchased for the library's collection, so if you were unable to attend, you can view the artifacts and learn about the exhibit.

The library is closed Monday, July 4 for Independence Day. Enjoy the summer and PPD parade!

A few good books for summer reading include:

Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler

Beach Music, by Pat Conroy

Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

Bossy Pants, by Tina Fey

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Mary Ann Shaffer

Dune, by Frank Herbert

Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society, by Rebecca Wells

Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurty

No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, McCall Smith, Alexander

One Day, by David Michols

One For the Money, by Janet Evanovich

Under the Tuscan Sun, byFrances Mayes