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Bookends 5-11-13

News from the Morris Public Library

Children’s Book Week is May 13-19. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the national celebration of books for young people encouraging the joy of reading. Children are invited to stop in at the library that week to sign-up to win books.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Clifford, the big red dog character. The library will celebrate these events with a party Thursday, May 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. There will be birthday treats, crafts, face-painting, book bingo with prizes, and best of all, pictures taken with Clifford! Several community members, including Mayor Sheldon Giese, Police Deputy Graham Holtberg and his K-9 companion, Rico; Sue Dieter from the Morris Sun Tribune, and Paul McDonald from the local radio station, KMRS/KKOK will be participating in a special story time. This event is sponsored by the Morris Public Library, Friends of the Morris Public Library, Stevens County Child Care Association and the Morris Women of Today.

The library received funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund to showcase the textile art of Mee Lee of Herman, Minn. Mee Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and became interested in textile art from her mother, who had a degree in fashion design. During the month of May, her art will be displayed in the library meeting room. On Saturday, May 18, Mee Lee will offer two workshops on card-making with origami techniques. The first workshop will be in the morning from 10:30 a.m. until noon and another in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. These workshops are free and open to the public. Parents are welcome to bring their children but should plan to stay to help children seven and younger. All materials will be provided. A reception for Mee Lee will follow at 4 p.m.

Due to weather issues last month, our author event with Frederick Blanch was cancelled. It is rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. Also on that Thursday, and the following Saturday, plans are being made for a special Tolkien/Hobbit event to celebrate Bilbo’s and Frodo’s birthday. Stay tuned for more details.

Our display case this month features the vinyl record albums and jackets from the 1960s collection of Brian Williams. The display case is booked through August, but if you have a collection you would like to share, contact the library to schedule a month to display it – 320-589-1634.

The library flooring project is scheduled to take place the last two weeks in May. There may be some disruptions to normal library activities, please bear with us during this time.

The library is closed Monday, May 27 in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.

Newer children’s titles added to our collection include:

• The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sit Still, by Sharon Lester – rhyming text

• Clifford Collection (original six titles), by Norman Bridwell

• Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?, by Eve Bunting

• Hero of Little Street, by Gregory Rogers

• Dr. Proctor’s Fart Powder, by Jo Nesbo

• In a Glass Grimmly, by Adam Grimwitz

I Spy on the Farm, by Edward Gibbs

• Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth, by Jane O’Connor

 Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot, by Anna Branford

• Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher – a young adult novel