November is a busy month. Library events going on this month include:
Lunch Bunch (at noon) and Movie Matinee, Thursday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
Writer's Workshop with Kiese Laymon as a preview for the 2012 Prairie Gates Literary Festival, Saturday Nov. 12 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Computer Basics class Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. with Peter Bremer.
In honor of our 125th anniversary celebration this month, the library will participate in National Gaming Day, Saturday, Nov. 12 and continue to share our games with you through Nov. 19. We will have a variety of board games, card games and puzzles to use in the library. You may also bring in your own games.
Please note on your calendars that the library is closed three days in November: Friday, Nov. 11 for Veterans' Day and Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Our display this month showcases Japanese items that Diane Nelson brought back from Japan. Diane was part of a delegation of teachers from the United States who toured the Japanese educational system in 1997. The items she brought back represent the Japanese culture. Do you have something you would like to showcase? Schedule a time for the display case by calling the library at 320-589-1634.
Mario Vargas Llosa, from Peru, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010. In his Nobel Lecture, In Praise of Reading and Fiction: a tribute to the power of literature, he writes, "I learned to read at the age of five...It is the most important thing that has ever happened to me." The library has a copy of the complete text, if you would like to read more. Thank you to Fernando Oldenburg, a library user, for bringing this book to our attention.
A new program we are working on is providing home delivery of library materials to those people who have a tough time getting to the library. Whether that is because of a temporary health issue, weather-related ice concerns, or simply having difficulty getting out, a volunteer will deliver books to you. We will take advantage of the Morris Transit services and are in need of volunteers. So, there are two ways you can help us out: volunteer to deliver books, or donate a transit pass ($25.00) to the library. The pass is good for 11 round trip visits. If you are interested in having books delivered to your doorstep, give us a call, 320-589-1634.
Books on display for November include books to celebrate our American Indian Heritage:
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C Mann, 2005
Black Elk's Story: Distinguishing It's Lakota Purpose, by Julian Rice, 1991.
Four Souls, a novel, by Louise Erdrich, 2004.
Lakotas and the Black Hills, by Jeffrey Ostler, 2010.
Red Earth, White Earth, a novel by Will Weaver, 1986.
Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past, by Diane Wilson, 2006.
Toughest Indian in the World, by Sherman Alexie, 2000.
Wolf at Twilight: an Indian Elder's Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows, by Kent Nerburn, 2009.
Wisdom of the Native American, edited by Kent Nerburn, 1999.
Women of the Earth Lodges: Tribal Life on the Plains, by Virginia Bergman Peters, 1995.