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News from the Morris Public Library

The Viking Library System (VLS) has upgraded the online catalog with a new search page. This new overlay page, Enterprise, makes searching the catalog more like a Google search. It is more forgiving than the traditional search page and may be helpful to most people. The traditional catalog is still available as the “Classic Catalog,” with a link on the upper right of the screen. One caveat: when requesting a book, please indicate the library to which you would like it delivered. We welcome your comments about this new search feature.

Thank you to everyone who made National Library Week and our Food for Fines event a success. Almost $90.00 in fines was waived for nearly 100 pounds of food, plus $51.00 in cash that went to the Stevens County Food Shelf. We thank you!

The Morris Public Library Foundation Advisory Committee is making progress in raising money for a building assessment from an architecture firm. In the meantime, our roof is leaking and the front doors do not work properly. Funds have been set aside in this year’s budget ($80,000) to make roof repairs. This work should begin shortly.

Children’s Book Week is May 12 to 17. In honor of this event, Sharon Ehlers has coordinated with the community a special Story Time for Thursday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. Pete the Cat books will be read and an appearance made by Pete the Cat in costume. That evening activities will feature more stories, games, arts and crafts and another appearance by Pete the Cat from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. All are welcome to this fun, family event.

UMM Professor Michael Lackey will talk at the Morris Public Library about his new book, Truthful Fictions: Conversations with American Biographical Novelists. He interviewed sixteen prominent biographical novelists in order to determine why this genre of fiction came into being and what it is able to do. At this event, he will share some of his discoveries about the biographical novel, which skillfully blends fact and fiction. Join us Wednesday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room.

The next Computer Basics class is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 with Jayne Blodgett.  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.

Our display case for May showcases Barbie Dolls belonging to Vicky Dosdall. 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 Monday, May 26 for the Memorial Day holiday.

A selection of biographical novels follows:

• Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant, 2013 (Borgia Family)

• The Aviator’s Wife by Marlene Benjamin, 2013 (Charles & Anne Lindbergh)

• Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, 2011(Wampanoaq Indians)

• Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland,  2011 (Clara Driscoll)

• Illuminations by Mary Sharatt, 2012 (St Hildegard von Bingen)

• Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, 2009 (Mexican Americans)

• The Last Station by Jay Parini, 2009 (Leo Tolstoy)

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

• The Women by T Boyle, 2009 (Frank Lloyd Wright)

• Z: A novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler, 2013