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The Morris Library Board is considering the benefits of creating a library foundation and will be planning community discussions about our vision for the library of the future. If you are interested in serving on a library foundation board, please contact a board member or contact the library at (320) 589-1634.

The library is also looking at forming a strong volunteer program of dedicated community members. The last couple of years we were fortunate to have a 40-hour position funded through a federally funded Workforce program. We no longer have those hours funded and could use some help getting materials put back on the shelves (or any of a number of other library-related activities). The library board is seeking input about our library hours. Library hour surveys are available in the library, if you would like to fill one out.

Our next author event is with Bill Jamerson who will give a program, "A Musical Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps." Jamerson is the author of Big Shoulders, a novel that follows the life of a 17-year-old boy who enlists in the CCC in 1937. Please join us Thursday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room. This project was funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is sponsored by the Morris Public Library, Viking Library System and the Morris Senior Center. Refreshments will be provided by the Morris Senior Center members.

The Morris and Hancock libraries are taking a bus tour to the History Museum in St. Paul. Funding is made available through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Program. This event is sponsored by Viking Library System. The bus trip is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13. Exhibits include the Dakota/Sioux Uprising. If you are interested in joining us, please contact one of the libraries - Morris Library: (320) 589-1634 or Hancock Library: (320) 392-5666. Seating is limited and we will fill the bus on a first come, first served basis. It is an all day trip leaving at 7 a.m. and returning that evening around 7:30 p.m.

The Science Kits that we featured during Summer Reading Program activities are available for check-out for educational purposes to groups. There is a special policy for their use, however please feel free to take advantage of them. Science kits include: Two sets of Lego blocks for building structures, several electronic circuit board sets for experiments with electricity, a straw rocket launcher, and a Van de Graaf Generator and wand.

Our display case features Dutch Delftware on loan from Carol Zimny. If you have an interesting collection of objects you would like to display in future months, please call the library to schedule an exhibit, 320-589-1634.

A selection of biographical novels in recent years:

• Clara & Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland, 2011 (of Tiffany glass fame)

• Girl in a Blue Dress by Gaynor Arnold, 2009 (wife of Charles Dickens)

• A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano, 2011 (Flannery O'Connor)

• Good Things I Wish for You by A. Manette Ansy, 2009 (Clara Schumann)

• Last Station: a novel of Tolstoy's Last Year by Jay Parini, 2009

• Loving Frank by Nancy Horan, 2007 (Frank Lloyd Wright)

• Paris Wife by Paula McLain, 2011 (Ernest Hemingway)

• Passages of H.M. by Jay Parini, 2010 (Herman Melville)

• Twelve Rooms on the Nile by Enid Shomer, 2012 (Florence Nightingale & Gustave Flaubert)

• Winter Palace: a novel of Catherine the Great by Eva Stachniek, 2011