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Bookends: August 2013

Our Summer Reading Program, "Dig into Reading," has ended after a seven week run. Thank you to everyone who participated and thank you to all of our sponsors and volunteers including area businesses: Common Cup, Dairy Queen, Johns Total Entertainment, Friends of the Morris Library, Morris Community Ed, Pizza Hut, Pizza Ranch, Regional Fitness Center, Alan Saugstad with Thrivent Financial, Thrifty White Drug, Willies SuperValu, Viking Library System, and Minnesota's Art and Cultural Fund.

A total of 304 children (159 girls and 145 boys) signed up for the program and 125 of those children turned in 196 completed reading logs - 54 from younger children and 71 from older children. Way to go! Five books were given away each week for a total of 35 books given away in weekly drawings. Eight special events were organized: Minnesota Zoomobile, Okee Dokee Brothers, STAR Michaelina Magician, Comic Book Workshop, Lunch Bunch, Book Bunch), Mad Scientist Club, and Friday Flicks. Attendance for all of these events was 1,007 people (783 children and 224 adults). Many, many thanks to our volunteers. Special thanks go to Sharon Ehlers for coordinating the events along with Roxane Malland and Tammy Smith.

The Friends of the Library annual book sale once again was a success with over $2,300 raised for the library. Already donations have come in for next year's sale. Remember, the Friends group is selling books year-round on their own bookshelf near the entrance of the library. Books are $1.00 and $.50. Thank you for your donations.

Our display case in August features a hippo figurine collection of John Inman. If you have a collection you would like to share, contact the library to schedule a month to display it - 320-589-1634.

There is a vacancy on the Library Board with a term through January 2016. The Board meets the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30. At the Aug. 14 meeting Peg Werner, from Viking Library Systems will address the board in her annual visit. Please contact city hall or the library, if interested in being on the board.

Looking ahead, the library will be closed Monday, Sept. 2 for the Labor Day holiday.

There have been a number of requests for audio books, lately. Some new titles include:

  • BFG by Roald Dahl, - children's fiction
  • Leaving Home by Jodi Picoult - adult fiction
  • Longest Road by Philip Caputo - nonfiction travel
  • Man Called Noon by Louis L'Amour - western
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl - children's fiction
  • Night Road by Kristin Hannah - Christian fiction
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman - adult fiction
  • • Open Heart, An by Harry Lee Kraus - thriller
  • Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel - adult fiction
  • War of the Worlds by H.G Wells adapted by Howard Koch - science fiction