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The library has received six (6) Toshiba laptop computers from the Blandin /SCEIC Broadband Initiative contract. These computers are now ready for use in the library! We hope you find them useful and extend our offerings of computing technology. They include basic word processing software, internet access, and Atomic Learning software for learning new skills. Give them a try.

Story time is in full swing on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers from the UMM TREC program help with this activity during the school year. Sharon Ehlers has arranged for fun activities and a movie matinee on those days when school is not in session, Oct. 20, Nov. 10, and Dec. 23.

Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. we have an author event with John Salls from Ortonville. He is a retired teacher and has written a book, First Year, a novel about the teaching escapades of a fictitious high school teacher in the fictional town of Blue Lake. It has received good reviews.

Our display this month is on the Russian craft of Matryoshke (nesting) Dolls. This is a type of folk art where hollow, wooden forms have been painted like dolls in bright colors and 'nest' within one another.

In honor of our 125th anniversary celebration this month, we will be serving hot cider and offering treats to the children for Halloween, Monday Oct. 31. Feel free to dress up and visit us at the library. It is not too late to share stories and memories of your library experience through the years.

Books on display for Halloween include:

Bride Collector, by Ted Dekker Carrie, by Stephen King

Dracula, by Bram Stoker Dracula the Undead, by Dacre Stoker

Everville, by Clive Barker Heavenstone Secrets, by V C Andrews

In the Dark of the Night, by John Saul Magic Terror, by Peter Straub

Vittorio the Vampire, by Anne Rice

Ultimate Frankenstein, edited by Brian Aldiss