Here are a few Hanukkah and Christmas websites to check out:
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Holiday Travel Deals
Fall Additions to our DVD collection
Note: New titles are frequently checked out. You may ask to be put on the waiting list for any title you do not see on the shelves.
Anything is Possible
Barbie Mariposa & the Fairy Princess
Behind the Candelabra
The Day Kennedy Died
Enemy at the Gates
Geronimo Stilton Operation Shufongfong
Girl Most Likely
Grown Ups 2
Home Alone The Holiday Heist
The Horses of McBride
The Hot Flashes
Iron Man 3
The JFK Collection
The Korean War
Last of the Mohicans
Legendary White Stallions
Leisa Hart’s Fitmama Prenatal Workout
Leverage/The Final Season
The Lords of Salem
Love is All You Need
Mark Twain Original Family Classics
The Men Who Built America
Mystery of the Hope Diamond
National Geographic 125th Anniversary Photos That Amaze
Now You See Me
Only God Forgives
An Ordinary Hero
Pain & Gain
Person of Interest/Complete Second Season
The Real Vikings Collection
Scooby Doo! And the Snow Creatures
Secrets of War: Espionage
Secrets of War: Vietnam a War Unwanted
Secrets of War: Shadows of the Third Reich
Shrek the Halls
Shrek the Musical
Star Trek Into Darkness
Stuck in Love
The Town Christmas Forgot
The Way Way Back
White House Down
World War Z
Several UMM students will be teaching two drop-in sessions at the Morris Public Library for seniors interested in learning basic computer skills. The sessions will be held on Saturdays at 9AM on November 9th and 16th.
Check out these new fiction titles at Morris Public Libary:
Accused by Lisa Scottoline
Beloved Enemy by Eric Lustbader
Candlelight Xmas by Susan Wiggs
Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier
Creeps by John Connolly
Cross My Heart by James Patterson
Deadline by Sandra Brown
Doing Hard Time by Stuart Woods
Double by George Pelecanos
Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
Dust by Patricia Cornwell
Final Cut by Catherine Coulter
Guilt Trip by Laura Childs
Gone by James Patterson
Identical by Scott Turow
Just 1 Evil Act by Elizabeth George
King & Maxwell by David Baldacci
Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
Mirage by Clive Cussler
No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendell
October List by Jeffery Deaver
Outlaw by Ted Dekker
Police by Jo Nesbo
Robert B. Parker’s Damned If You Do: a Jesse Stone novel by Michael Brandman
Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis
Silencing Eve by Iris Johansen
Silent Night by Robert B. Parker
Something Borrowed Someone Dead by M.C. Beaton
Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
Storm Front by John Sanford
Survivor by Vince Flynn
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Takedown 20 by Janet Evanovich
Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb
Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling
Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
White Fire by Douglas Preston
Winners by Danielle Steel
Wolves of Midwinter by Anne Rice
15 Minutes by Karen Kingsbury
2nd Watch by J.A. Jance
The PRCA (Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance) is sponsoring a musical event by
!Viva Mexico! on Saturday, October 5th. This is a free event, open to the public. At 3:00 p.m. in the library meeting room, there will be a workshop on music and storytelling for all ages. That evening, outside the back door of the PRCA Art Gallery, 630 Atlantic Ave, there will be a Mexican dinner provided and prepared by our local Lazos group with live music of !Viva Mexico!, a mariachi band. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Noted Minnesota photographer, Doug Ohman is returning to Morris with a presentation of Minnesota cemeteries on Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the library. This event is sponsored by Viking Library System with funding from the Minnesota Arts & Heritage Legacy Fund. Join us, just in time for Halloween.
During the MEA (Minnesota Educators Association) break, the library will be hosting a movie matinee for children of all ages, Thursday, October 17th at 2:00 p.m. Popcorn and water will be provided. This event is sponsored by Alan Saugstad and the Friends of the Morris Public Library.
The library has added a few new magazine subscriptions to our collection: Family Tree (genealogy), Hobby Farms, Love of Quilting, Travel 50+; and for the children: American Girl, Kids Discovery, Scooby Doo, and ZooBooks (baby animals). Another new exciting subscription for us is an online resume building database from Cypress Press. There is a link on our webpage, in the Business & Career section and icons will be on our public computers. We hope you find these additional resources helpful.
Our display case in October features pop-up books belonging to Barbara McGinnis. Previous displays have been: turtles, birds, cats, hippos, delftware, vinyl record covers, teapots, and music boxes. If you have a collection you would like to share, contact the library to schedule a month to display it – 320-589-1634.
A selection of spooky and/or horror books for Halloween include:
- A Good Night for Ghosts, by Mary Pope Osborne, 2009. J Osb
- Halloween, by Amy Margaret, 2002. J 394.2646 Mar
- Halloween Crafts, by Fay Robinson, 2001. J 745.594 Rob
- Haunted – ghost stories, 2006. J Hau
- Let’s Throw a Halloween Party, by Rachel Lynette, 2012. J 793.2 Lyn
- Scary Stories to Read when its Dark, by Arnold Lobel, 2000. J Lob
- Campfire Thrillers, short stories edited by Rebecca Rizzo, 1994. 808.83 C15
- Ghost at Work, by Carolyn Hart (mystery), 2008. M Har
- Ghostly Tales of Minnesota, by Ruth Hein, 1992. 133.1 Hei
- Midnight Voices, by John Saul, 2002 Sa8
- Winter Haunting, Dan Simmons, 2002 Si4
- Women and Ghosts, by Alison Lurie, 1994 (short stories) L97
Welcome back students…..we hope you make the library a regular part of your studies and we look forward to your visits, whether for ‘business or pleasure’. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go”. Dr. Seuss
After a hiatus in August, our story time resumes again on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 5th. During the school year, our story time is provided by the UMM students involved in the TREC (Tutoring, Reading, Enabling Children) Program. Sharon Ehlers is our children’s librarian and coordinates children’s activities. Thank you to everyone who makes our children’s programming successful.
Banned Books Week (September 22 – 28) is an annual celebration of books and our freedom to read. Watch for our display. You may be surprised at some of the titles.
Our display case in September features doll furniture provided by Carol Zimny. If you have a collection you would like to share, contact the library to schedule a month to display it –
Three big events are scheduled for September. Our first event is Minnesota author, Frederick Blanch who was initially scheduled to speak in April, but his event had to be re-scheduled due to inclement weather. He will speak Thursday, September 19th at 2:00 p.m. at the Morris Library about his book, Last Words: Frederick’s Bionary. The book received a nomination for a 2011 Minnesota Book Award. Bionary is a book format combining biography and dictionary. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Morris Senior Center women will provide refreshments.
Our second two events are also sponsored by the Friends of the Library group. For all of you Tolkien fans who celebrate Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthdays on September 22nd, we will have a birthday party on Saturday, September 21st. But first, on Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. Professor Brooke Miller will talk about the background to the Lord of the Rings books to give some perspective. On Saturday, then from 1 – 3 we will have an outdoor birthday party (weather permitting, indoors if not). Please feel free to arrive in costume. After the party, we will have an opportunity to watch the movie, The Hobbit in the library meeting room.
Books that have been banned in recent years:
- Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie – award winning YA book
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison – award winning book
- Child Called It, by Dave Pelzer – required reading in some schools
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card – science fiction
- Fifty Shades of Gray, by E.L. James - many, many requests for this title
- Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls – memoir
- Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood – science fiction
- In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote – true crime
- Kite Runner, by Khailed Hosseini – made into a popular movie
- Nickel & Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenerich – nonfiction about (not) living on minimum wage
- Robopocalypsa, by David Wilson – science fiction
- Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen – made into a popular movie
Note: new titles are frequently checked out. You may ask to be put on the waiting list for any title you do not see on the shelves.
Rated G or Animated
Adventures in Zambezia
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That! Show and Tell Sure is Swell!
The Land Before Time IX/Journey to Big Water
Lilo & Stitch
Madeline at the North Pole
Saige Paints the Sky: An American girl movie
Epic (animated) – A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world — and ours.
Escape from Planet Earth – animated feature film
The Magic of Belle Isle – a famous novelist takes a cabin for the summer and befriends the family next door who help him find inspiration once again.
Maverick (PG)/Wild, Wild West (PG-13)
Oz the Great and Powerful – The adventures of Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics.
Return to Nim’s Island – Nim and her father protect their island from poachers and developers.
42: The Jackie Robinson Story
Admission – a romantic comedy about college students
Broken Bridges – crime thriller
City Slickers – a comedy about three male mid-life crises
Emperor – Immediately after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender, General MacArthur suddenly finds himself the de factor ruler of a foreign nation.
GI Joe Retaliation – a special ops unit is set up to take the fall for a crime they didn’t commit.
Guilt Trip – Mother and son drama
Honeymoon in Vegas – a man finally agrees to marry his long-time girlfriend. They fly to Vegas where he “loses” her in a game of poker.
The Host – based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer
Jack the Giant Slayer – An ancient war is reignited when a farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants.
Mud – a man with a questionable past draws bounty hunters and much excitement to town.
Quartet - The drama revolves around Beecham House, a home for retired musicians.
Safe Haven – A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina, where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.
Smile – Lin lives in a world of quiet hardship in China; Katie lives in a world of pampered ease in Malibu. When these two come together, their lives are forever changed.
Snitch – A teenager is wrongly accused of a drug crime which has a mandatory sentence of ten years in prison. His father makes a deal with the U.S. attorney to work as an informant and infiltrate a drug cartel.
Along Came a Spider – Detective Alex Cross searches for a congressman’s kidnapped daughter.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – the title says it all
The Big Wedding – a long-divorced couple is forced to play the role of happy couple to the amusement of those around them.
The Call – When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenager who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.
The Company You Keep – a lawyer and single father has his true identity exposed as a former 1970s antiwar radical wanted for murder.
Dead Man Down – a crime/revenge drama
A Good Day to Die Hard – a NY cop tracks down his estranged son who is imprisoned in Russia. But the mission takes a deadly turn as father and son join forces to thwart a nuclear weapons heist.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – Get ready for a twisted take on the classic tale as Hansel and Gretel have turned pro; coping with the trauma of their childhood captivity by slaying witches for hire.
Identity Thief – While hunting down a con artist, Sandy Paterson goes to extreme measures to clear his name.
Lord of War – Chronicles the rise and fall of Yuri Orlov
Michael Clayton – The firm’s top litigator in a $3 billion case has turned whistleblower. The more Michael tries to undo the damage, the more he’s up against forces that put corporate survival before human life – including Michael’s.
Monty Python’s Life of Brian – comedy satire
Olympus has Fallen – a kidnapping in the White House and all the drama that entails.
Priceless – a romantic comedy with French dialogue; English and Spanish subtitles
Second in Command – The president of an Eastern European nation takes refuge in an American embassy when a local coup d’etat takes place.
Side Effects – a young woman’s world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.
Taking Lives – For twenty years an elusive serial killer has assumed his victim’s identities, but now FBI profiler Illeana Scott is assigned to the case. But somehow the killer knows more about Scott…..
Traffic – drug trade drama
The Bible: TheEpic Mini-Series – eight hours of Old Testament stories
Dog Whisperer/ The Complete First Season
Francis the Talking Mule
The Great American Western volume 12: Savage Guns, The Bushwhackers, The Sundowners, The Gatling Gun
The Great American Western volume 26: Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory, Border Phantom, Skull and Crown, Gunman from Bodie
Great Trains of America Western Railroading
Hitler’s Children – a look at the lives of the descendants of Hitler’s top officials and how they are dealing with the legacy of their notorious relatives. In German, English and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Locomotion: The Amazing World of Trains
Major Crimes/The Complete First Season – a spinoff of The Closer
Monte Walsh – a western about corporate buy-ups of Wyoming land
Night of the Living Dead - 1968 B & W horror zombie film
I Only Want to Get Married Once…how’s that for a catchy book title? It sure caught my eye as I was walking by the new non-fiction bookcase at the library! Chana Levitan’s subtitle, “10 Essential Questions for Getting It Right the First Time,” serves as ten chapter headings. Infatuation is promptly addressed in the Introduction.
I read the book last weekend, thinking ‘if it’s good, I’ll share it with my kids.’ As far as I’m concerned, this author is spot on. In our society, people begin pre-marital counseling when they’re already engaged and their life together is already in progress. This counseling is usually the first serious attention they’ve given to the matter of true compatibility. This book should pre-empt all of that. Levitan’s ten questions are best reflected upon before one enters the dating scene; then kept in mind while one is dating. The topics in this book are meant to come up for discussion long before marriage ever does. Levitan also references several other books worth checking out such as one on self-esteem. As we all know, it’s best if the the individual is whole before he or she partners for life.
Below is a Huffington Post link where you can hear directly from the author.
August 2013 Bookends
Our Summer Reading Program, “Dig into Reading”, has ended after a seven (7) 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 Super Valu, 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 (5) books were given away each week for a total of 35 books given away in weekly drawings.
Eight (8) special events were organized: Minnesota Zoomobile, Okee Dokee Brothers, STAR Michaelina Magician, Comic Book Workshop, Lunch Bunch (4 sessions), Book Bunch (4 sessions), Mad Scientist Club (4 events), and Friday Flicks (3 movies). Attendance for all of these events was 1007 (783 children and 224 adults). Many, many thanks to our volunteers: And 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 $2300 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 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:30. At the August meeting on the 14th 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, September 2nd 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