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News from the Morris Public Library

The Friends of the Library group has had another successful year in raising funds to support the collections and programming of the library. Thank you to everyone who contributes to their success through volunteering time, donating money, and/or purchasing books at their annual book sale. Recently, the Friends have helped with several purchases of a paper shredder, coat rack in the meeting room and adding to our science fiction collection (see a partial list of titles, below). We are grateful for their support.

For those of you who have been in the library recently, you may have noticed a new face. A.J. Wentler has been working with us since July through a federally funded program, Experience Works. A.J. is a Navy veteran who served in the 1980s during the Reagan years. We are happy to have his help.

With the weather turning cold and icy, remember that we offer a home delivery service for those who have a difficult time getting out in the winter. Call the library at 320-589-1634 for more details.

University of Minnesota, Morris students, under the direction of Jayne Blodgett (university librarian), offered two computer basics classes for individual instruction on computer use in November. These Saturday morning classes will continue to be offered once a month by Jayne Blodgett or Peter Bremer. So, if you have a computer technology question and could use some help getting started, contact the library for the next session.

Our display case in December will have a holiday theme; stay tuned. If you have a collection you would like to share, contact the library for display information.

Although the library offers “free” services and resources, it is not free to operate. The library is tax supported through the city, as well as with county taxes, with an annual budget of over $300,000. It is governed by a nine member Library Board which consists of community members who set the direction and policies for the library, hire the director, and oversee the finances. Meetings are generally once a month for about an hour and a term is for three years. There is a limit of three consecutive terms. Currently there is an opening on the board. If you are interested in contributing to the future direction of the library and would like to serve on the board, please contact Morris City Hall at 320-589-3141.

The library is closed Wednesday, Dec. 25 for Christmas and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us at the library: Mary Ann, Roxane, Sharon, Tammy, AJ, and Melissa.

A selection of new science fiction titles include:

Against All Things Ending by Stephen Donaldson, 2011

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher, 2010

Dresden Files 2: Fool Man by Jim Butcher, 2013

Inkdeath by Cornelia C Funke, 2008

Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, 2012

Long War by Terry Prachett, 2013

Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn, 2013

Stardust by Neil Gaiman, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, 2012