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News from the Morris Public Library

Welcome Anne Hennen Barber who joined the library staff March 3. Anne grew up in Morris, attended UMM, went away to Michigan for a time, returned to Morris and is an adjunct professor in the Studio Art discipline on campus. Anne is working for us 20 hours/week, mostly in the evenings and Saturdays. Stop by and say hello.

The Library Board is in the process of working with an architecture firm from Minneapolis, Leo A Daly, to have a building assessment and study made to determine options for future consideration. The study will cost about $20,000 and money for this project will come from the Library Foundation. The Library Foundation was created about a year ago at the suggestion of the Library Board to become an ongoing source of revenue for ongoing technology and building expenses. The West Central Initiative (WCI) serves as the fiduciary agency.  This will be our first fundraising initiative. We will keep you updated on our progress, please stay tuned for updates.

“Read Across America” is a national effort to encourage reading. Rachel Carlson, a UMM student, is organizing a Dr. Seuss event at the library on Saturday, April 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Women of Today group is organizing an Easter Egg Hunt for Tuesday, April 15 on the library grounds at 6:30 p.m. (the event will be indoors if the weather is inclement).

The next Computer Basics class is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 with Peter Bremer. It will be in the computer area of the library at 9 a.m. and will be a good opportunity to have your computer technology questions answered. The library does not open until 10 a.m., so if you plan to attend, be sure to use the side entrance, off the alley.

DILLY of a Day – “Day in the Life of the Library” will again be offered in during National Library Week, April 14 to17 to community members. It is an opportunity to see “behind the scenes” and better understand all that the library has to offer. If interested in a tour, contact us at the library, 320-589-1634.

Our display case for April features a collection of sewing tools from the staff of Helen’s Fabrics. If you have a collection you would like to display for a month in the library, contact us at 320-589-1634.

The library is closed Friday, April 18 (Good Friday) for the Easter holiday.

A sampling of recent debut, or first novels follow:

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger

The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

The Yonahlossee Ride Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani