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Nov. 17, 2016

Anne Hennen Barber
Morris Public Library Director

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”

I have thought about this quote from Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn several times in the last few weeks.  During out election period I thought often of what the library can do to support our community through our programming and our book collection.   

During this time the 2016 Caldecott Winners were announced.  The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year’s most distinguished American picture books for children and has been doing so since 1937.  Available at the Morris Public Library and displayed in the children’s area are this year’s winners:

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, illustrated by  Sophie Blackall, written by Lindsay Mattick

Trombone Shorty, pictures by Bryan Collier and words by Troy Andrews

Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes

Voice of Freedom:  Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Peña

There is a good representation of people and stories in these books.  By no means do these books represent us all.   However,  there is diversity here that we all can see.  Furthermore, these are wonderful books with history, engrossing narratives, and fantastic drawings.  Check out our display at the library and read more about We Need Diverse Books, The Caldecott Medal, and Jacqueline Woodson on-line or in your local library.

A display in the works is our “Deep Cuts –books out of storage and on the shelves”.  I am busily examining the books the library has been holding in our storage room for many years.  Some of the books are damaged and will either need to be deleted or repaired by Mary Ann.  Other books, and many are classics, will be given some fresh air in the main part of library.  Stop by and take a look!  There may be books that you will want to check out.

Carolyn and I set up a display that highlights books that have been made into movies.  There are tons and our display showcases a selection of DVDs paired with its book mate.  A duo I enjoyed was The Martian by Andy Weir and the movie it inspired, The Martian by Ridley Scott.

A Computer Basics class will be taught by Angie from Briggs Library on Tuesday, November 22 from 7:00-8:00pm.  You can call the library at 589-1634 to register but drop-ins are also welcome.

Thank you for your patronage!  I hope to see you soon at the library!

“He wondered how his nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look.”
Matt de la Pena, Last Stop on Market Street

Check This Out!

Oct. 19, 2016


Anne Barber

Morris Public Library Director


Some of you know about the annual Minnesota history project that is assigned to Morris sixth graders.  Either you know about the research project because you helped a child with their project or you were intimately involved because you were once a six grader who was assigned this project, like me! I remember toiling over the task of constructing a miniature birch bark canoe with lots of help from my woodworker father.  I don’t remember if it was exactly smooth sailing but I do remember doing it and it’s one of many memories I will always have of working with my dad.  So here I am, back in Morris after all these years, and I think of the phrase You Can’t Go Home Again (inspired by the titled book by Thomas Wolfe) But rather, I will quote Jon Bon Jovi, “Who Says You Can't Go Home?”. Recently I was invited to the elementary school to give a presentation on what Minnesota resources the library has to offer.  Also presenting were Stevens County Historical Museum Curator/Researcher, Hannah King and Briggs Library Reference Coordinator, Peter Bremer. 


Because of the Morris Library we all have access to the library’s catalog and access to web searching from a variety of sources.  6th graders (and all interested people) can search for books about Minnesota history (and any other subject) on our Classic Catalog or via the nifty Enterprise Catalog. There is also MNLINK, which is a statewide virtual library that electronically links you to Minnesota's library resources. Possibly a lesser known resource is ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota) which gives Minnesota residents online access to magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, and ebooks. 

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Oct. 6, 2016