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1st Woman & 1st African-American Librarian of Congress

On Sept 14th Carla Hayden was sworn in as the fourteenth Librarian of Congress. She took her oath over the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used in his first inauguration.

Submitted by Terry Parker: She will serve as the head librarian of the largest library in the world, with a collection of more than 162 million items. Ms. Hayden’s appointment is also historic as she is the first woman and African American to serve as the nation’s top librarian.  She had this to say about her appointment:

Remembering Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder— the inimitable actor, writer, and comedian who charmed audiences in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and made us roar with laughter in The Young Frankenstein (1974), Blazing Saddles (1974), and The Producers (1967)— died August 29th at the age of 83 from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. Read more...

Remembering Elie Wiesel (September 30, 1928 – July 2, 2016)

Elie Wiesel, best known for his autobiographical novel Night, passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016. With his death, the world has lost not only a compelling author and an unwavering advocate for peace and tolerance, but also a "living memorial" who spoke of the unspeakable, recalling the atrocities of the Holocaust and rendering them indelible in the public conscience. Read more...

Fairy Tale Theatre: Our Annual Summer Play

Every summer, our local teens put on a play for children and families. This year's production is Alice in Wonderland, based on the beloved children's classic by Lewis Carroll and adapted for the stage by Michele L. Vacca. Those finishing grades 6 - 12 auditioned last Thursday, May 26th at 6 pm. Over the years, Fairy Tale Theatre has impacted the lives of numerous teens, their families, and the overall community. We asked our teens (past and present) and their parents about the lasting effects of participating in this library program. Read More

Civil War Artifacts

Local Civil War history buff, Dan Michalak, has shared some artifacts from his collection.

Come check them out next time you stop in at the library. You can find them in the display case near the Checkout Desk.

Remembering Prince


Prince, described by The New York Times as "a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop" and "a unifier of dualities," passed away Thursday, at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota.

The multi-talented artist transcended the boundaries between music, fashion, and activism, and left an indelible mark each. Despite his talent and fame, Prince was a quiet, unassuming, and fiercely private individual and remained a dedicated, lifelong resident of Minnesota. His achievements include seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award, but Prince's activism is perhaps the most touching part of his legacy.



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