Goodbye 2011. Hello 2012!

Another year has come and gone. 2011 marked the 125th anniversary of the Morris Public Library. Each month we’ve had a small celebration in honor of the anniversary. Coming soon will be a book, written by Ruth Roquitte, on the history of the library. The book starts with the first meeting of the library board in a law office in 1886 to the present. More details about it’s publication will be available soon.

We started 2011 off with a deluge of excitement…literally. After being closed for a long New Years weekend, staff came back to work to flooding within our stacks. The abundance of snow on the roof had caused a leak in the ceiling. We kept the library closed for a day so we could set up fans around the building to dry out the carpet and books. The roof now has a new gutter system to drain any water that may be trapped up there; hopefully this will prevent water issues in the future.

Thanks to Tammy, the Business and Career area is a new resource addition to the library. There is a bookshelf with a selection of materials including resume/cover letter help, how to start a business, and financial aid for college. There is also a wiki that you can use www.morrislibrary.pbworks.com.

In the spring the Friends of the Library purchased a glass display case for the library. An exhibit of the library’s history was the first display shown in May. Since then we have had: Sherlock Holmes, Prairie Pioneers State and County Fairs, Scandinavian Culture, Russian Nesting Dolls, Japanese Culture, and Civil Rights sculptures. If you have a collection you’d like to share with the community, contact Melissa at the library.

We are trying our best to stay up to date in this ever changing 21st century. In May, the Viking Library System launched a collection of ebooks and downloadable audio books. It has been a learning process on how each brand of reader works and the steps it takes to download our books. In December, we used some funds from SCEIC/Blandin contract to purchase a Kindle, a NOOK, and also an iPad. They have been instrumental in teaching staff how to operate a reader, and also in showing patrons the difference between the machines. Lisa has typed up step by step instructions to make the downloading process as easy as possible. If you’ve recently purchased an e-reader, or thinking about it, stop by the library with any questions you have. On Wednesdays at 2 o’clock there will be a staff member available in the meeting room to answer your questions.

Every so often the library puts on events for the community to attend. Usually they include authors and other entertainers coming to Morris. This summer we did something different. In June, with Legacy Funding money, we, along with the Hancock library brought 2 buses of people to the Science Museum in St. Paul to view the King Tut exhibition. The trip included the bus ride down, the cost of entry into the museum and exhibit, and also a ticket to view a film about mummies in the Omnitheatre. It went over very well and everyone seemed to have a great time.

October was a busy month around here. We received 6 laptops through the SCEIC/Blandin contract for people to use in the library. We also started Lunch Bunch/Movie Matinee for kids when they have a day off of school. This is a free activity sponsored by the Friends of the Library, we ask that you pre-register by signing up at the desk or calling.

All of us at the library would like to thank those who have helped us serve the community: our volunteers (Amelia, Kelly, Laura, Lindsay, Minette, Penny, and Raelene), Brad and the city crew, the Friends of the Library, the library board, and everyone else that has contributed to the library throughout the year. Thank You!

2011 has been a wonderful year and we look forward to seeing everyone some more in 2012. Have a happy new year!

2011’s popular books:

  • Bossypants – Tina Fey
  • The Confession – John Grisham
  • Heaven is for Real – Todd Burpo
  • The Help – Kathryn Stockett
  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
  • In the Garden of Beasts – Erik Larson
  • Sarah’s Key – Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Stolen Life – Jaycee Dugard
  • Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  • Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen
  • anything by James Patterson

 

- Lisa

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