"A smidge to the left...okay, a teeny bit higher..." This is what patrons might have heard me whispering to Kevin Flicker as we hung his gorgeous wood fired porcelain tube vases on the wall at the library this morning. When I was in school studying to become an artist we called it "artist math" and it usually works like a charm. It certainly seems like it worked this time because this local artist's work looks amazing on our library wall. Our community is so lucky to have people like Kevin that create art, share it, teach it, and talk about it.

Another local artist, Athena Kildegaard's newest book of poetry, "Course", has become a part of our library collection. Course is Kildegaard's fifth book of poetry and explores her mother's life and death, the course of grief, and the course of a river. Four-time Minnesota Book Award winner Jim Moore says: "Tenderness toward existence' is the phrase that came to me again and again as I read Course, Kildegaard's marvelous new book of poems in which grief and joy course together through time and to the end of time. 'Any tender place a place for death,' Kildegaard writes. You can look for her book on the new nonfiction shelf at the library. We hope to have Kildegaard do a reading from her book at the library later this year.

A selection of upcoming events at the Morris Public Library:

Hands-on Animation for Kids. April 5, 6. Film Director Cable Hardin will be teaching a workshop on simple animation at the library. Mr. Hardin will teach students (9-17) the principals of movement and introduce basic techniques of stop motion animation. Call the library for more information. Spaces are limited. This project was funded in part or in whole with monies from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This program is sponsored by Morris Public Library and Viking Library System.

Rising UP~Visualizing and Listening to Women's Activists and Their Stories. From 7 to 8 p.m. on April 11. UMM Professor of Sociology Jennifer Rothchild will introduce authors and photographers Jennifer Fish and Eric Miller to share their work listening to and documenting women activists' stories. They will share some stories from both the domestic worker movement and the grandmother's project (GAPA-Grandmother's Against Poverty and AIDS).

Family Concert with Leo and Kathy Lara~Latin American Folkloric Music: Musica, Lengua, y Cultura". At 7 p.m. on April 16. This musical duo brings a wide variety of instruments and saythat the event is great for all ages. This project was funded in part or in whole with monies from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This program is sponsored by Morris Public Library and Viking Library System.

Photographer: Doug Ohman~Heart of the Farm: Barns of Minnesota. From 7 to 8 p.m. on April 23. Doug Ohman is presenting his photographic work on Barns of Minnesota for the Minnesota Book Awards series in Viking Library System. This project was funded in part or in whole with monies from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This program is sponsored by Morris Public Library and Viking Library System.

University of MN, Morris Orchestra~Featuring Violin Soloists. 7:30 p.m. on April 25. Open to all ages.

Join us at the library for these activities, quiet reading, children's story time, ancestry research and more! We hope to see you soon!

"To build up a library is to create a life. It's never just a random collection of books." -Carlos María Domínguez