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*ANNOUNCEMENTS
*LIBRARY FINE AMNESTY

*STUDENT EDUCATIONAL & ADULT/STUDENT ART PACKETS
*VOICES AND VISIONS RESULTS

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:  From Lori Haas, Director
IMPORTANT NOTICES AND UPDATES
OF LIBRARY SERVICES

The library is now open to patrons (no appointments needed) and returning to regular hours. We will still have a few rules / laws that we have to follow: masks have to be worn inside, 6 foot social distancing must be maintained, you will be asked a few simple health screen questions and have your temperature read at the door, you will be given gloves to wear, visits are limited to 30 minutes, capacity inside the library will be limited to maintain social distancing. But the happy news is that computers are open to the public and no more appointments will be needed to use computers or come inside. We will be open Saturdays again (9am - 12 pm) and until 6 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you prefer you can still place your holds online and have them brought to you curbside.
Library Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10am - 6pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 12pm, Sunday closed
Atlanta Public Library – 989-785-3941

Hillman – Wright Public Library – 989-742-4021
Lewiston Public Library – 989-786-2985

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LISTED BELOW IS INFORMATION FOR THIS YEAR'S
LIBRARY FINE AMNESTY 

November 2 – December 23, 2020
If you have overdue books or overdue fees at any of the Montmorency County Public Library branches you can get them forgiven and help out a local family in need for the holidays.  Simply bring in any of the items off the list below and your overdue fees will be forgiven.  All late items must be returned.  (This offer is not good for missing, lost or damaged items.)
For overdue fees of $8 and under bring in one of the following items and for fees over $8 bring in two of the following items:
1 can of canned pasta – like spagettios
1 box of macaroni and cheese
1 can of  ready to eat soup
1 box of granola bars
1 box of pop tarts
1 package of individually wrapped snacks
1 box of sugary cereal
1 can of tuna fish or Spam
1 box of stuffing mix
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 new matchbox car
1 bag of wrapped candy
1 box of Candy canes
1 boxed complete meal kit
1 boxed pizza kit
1 pair of children’s winter gloves
1 children’s winter hat
1 box of Little Debbie’s Snacks
1 small stocking stuffer toy

Only items from the list above will be accepted in place of fines!
Goods received from commodity / food program giveaways, expired or late dated items will not be accepted.
All of the items received will be donated to Montmorency County organizations and distributed to help local families in need this Thanksgiving and Christmas season.  We will also be accepting donations from anyone just wanting to help, even if you don’t have overdue materials.  Join your local libraries in making this Christmas special for everyone.

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Student Educational & Adult / Student Art Packets

The Student Educational & Adult / Student Art Packets are finally ready. Here's the schedule of when all our take away program packets will be available. They must be picked up inside the library during library hours (meaning they won't be left outside in bins, since the library is now open.) However, we'd be happy to arrange curbside pickup for you if you call ahead. The student packets have suggested grade levels noted to help you know what ages they are geared to. However, if you would like to help your child and / or feel a different level is appropriate you are welcome to choose whatever levels you like. Also families with special needs students are of course welcome to choose whatever educational packets fit their family's needs. Craft projects listed as adult only projects will not be given to young students. These projects are intended for adults and high school students only.

Schedule for Educational & Art Project Packets

• 10/19 – Screaming Balloon Experiment – Students (all grade levels)
• 10/31 – Halloween Distribution – 5 – 7:30pm - candy bars and free books for children only
• 11/1 – 11/7 – Native American Projects – Students (suggested grade levels Pre K – 4th Grade) – Model teepee kit, birch bark box project and Native American Dwellings worksheet
• 11/16 – 11/21 – Students / one kit per family - Potato Light (suggested grade level 4th grade – high school)
• 11/30 – 12/5 – Adults – Pick-up Truck Wood Sign
• 12/7 – 12/12 – Students – Spies, Espionage and Codes Lesson – (suggested grade level 2nd grade up) – worksheets about Harriet Tubman, disguises, detective skills and civil war spies. Also includes decoder pen with light, mustache and magnifying glass
• 1/4 – 1/9 – Adults & Children – Family Craft – Paint and decorate a chunky wood shape
• 1/18 – 1/23 – Students (suggested grade level ages 5 and up)
The Tickle Me / Mimosa Pudica Plant
• 2/1 – 2/6 – Adults & Children – Winter Gnome acrylic on canvas painting project
• 2/15 – 2/20 – Students (suggested grade level – all) – The Unbreakable Balloon Experiment
• 3/1 – 3/6 – Students (suggested grade level all with adult supervision) - Ivory Soap Soufflé Experiment
• 3/15 – 3/20 – Students (suggested grade level 3rd – 6th grade) – Space Lesson – First woman in space, first moon landing and solar system worksheets & Make a bouncy planet kit
• 4/5 – 4/10 – Adults – Round Wood Pallet Greeting Sign Project
• 4/11 – 4/17 - Students (suggested grade level 3rd – 8th) – Rocks, Minerals & Fossils – fossil excavation kit, Petoskey Stone information, Rocks and minerals worksheets
(Some of the projects are pictured)
  
  
  
November 16th Week:  This week’s fun free educational packet at Montmorency County Public Libraries is making a potato battery that lights up a tiny light bulb. Stop at your local library branch in Atlanta, Hillman or Lewiston and pick up a free packet while supplies last. (Pictured - Wyatt Collins from Atlanta assembles his kit.)
   

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VOICES AND VISIONS RESULTS

The Library is very proud to announce the winners of Voices & Visions 2019. As you know this past year has been very different and has brought many challenges. Due to the abrupt end of the school year and the Covid crisis we were not able to hold our annual art show or even collect all the art as we usually do. However we had many students that had already submitted art through the Library's Art Outreach Program at the local schools. We wanted to be sure that the students' artwork was still judged and displayed. So we have created a virtual art show. Below is a list of the winners that were chosen. Although all the artists are amazing and truly winners. Art work (for all entrants) and trophies (if you won one) will be available for pick up at your home library branch beginning Tuesday, November 11th.
Art work can be viewed by clicking on the following links -
Atlanta Student Art:
Hillman Student Art:
Lewiston Student Art:
I huge thank you to Susie Mathewson of Signature by Susie for photographing all the art.
THE WINNERS ARE:
Best of Show Melodee Hartzell Hillman
Best of Show Reserve Cambria Walters Atlanta
Second Grade
1st Place Braelyn Rogers Atlanta
2nd Place Drake Stevens Atlanta
3rd Place Colton Goldie Atlanta
Honorable Mention Bailynne Ergene Atlanta
Honorable Mention Selena Roach Atlanta
Third Grade
1st Place Cambria Walters Atlanta
2nd Place Tyler Offerman Atlanta
3rd Place Nattilee Lindbert Lewiston
Honorable Mention Sophia Pica Lewiston
Honorable Mention Ella Switalski Atlanta
Fourth Grade
1st Place Mateo Vega Hillman
2nd Place Kendall Ball Lewiston
3rd Place Alise Godfrey Lewiston
3rd Place Mason Hunt Hilllman
Honorable Mention Marshall Villenueve Atlanta
Honorable Mention Peytyn Cotie Hillman
Fifth Grade
1st Place Melodee Hartzell Hillman
2nd Place Austyn Cotie Hillman
2nd Place Ashton Weaver Atlanta
3rd Place Danielle Agren Lewiston
3rd Place Juelyonna Cameron Hillman
Honorable Mention Harlie Fox Lewiston
Honorable Mention Eddie Steinhebel Lewiston
High School
1st Place Austin Nicholas Atlanta

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STORY HOURS AND ACTIVITIES WILL RESUME WHEN THE SCHOOLS AND LIBRARY
ARE ABLE TO SCHEDULE
Please stay healthy and positive!  To help everyone keep reading and learning throughout the year we have some wonderful educational packets that we will start handing out in September. Check with your local branch of the Library to see these extra activities. 

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