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