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ANNOUNCEMENTS:  From Lori Haas, Director

UPDATE - SADLY THE LIBRARIES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OPEN UNTIL AT LEAST JUNE 12TH DUE TO THE EXTENSION OF THE STAY AT HOME ORDER. However, we are currently making plan for reopening as soon as it allowed and safe.

Exciting News .... the library is offering free Victory Garden Seed Kits. Each kit has 10 or more different varieties of seeds to plant and grow. They are non gmo and mostly organic seeds. There are heirloom, fun and interesting varieties. These free seeds will be available to pick up in front of each Montmorency Library Branch. We ask that you only take one bag per family and do not pick up bags for other families unless they are shut ins. Quantities are very limited. Please don’t take more than your share.

We hope to have all branches of the libraries open on Friday, June 12th for curbside pick up; provided the Governor’s plan continues to allow us to. Please watch for details on how curbside/porch service will work and be patient as work through the bugs.
•Free public WiFi will still be available at every branch and can be used in the parking lot from your own car.
•Check the library Facebook page - Montmorency Co Pub Libraries as we will post challenges and fun activities for your family every few days!

Please stay healthy and positive! Help your neighbor if you can! Do some extra reading and make some memories with your family!


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Voices and Visions Virtual Art Competition 2020

With the current closing of Montmorency County Public Libraries the Voices & Visions Program will now be known as Voices and Visions Virtual Art Competition.  This is the 15th annual art show & competition originally named Voices and Visions.  Children in kindergarten through 12th grade and adults are invited to enter.  All Guidelines will be adhered to.  It is important that you check here on the webpage or on the Library's Facebook Page (Montmorency Co Pub Library) for updates and times when entries can be dropped off.  Each person is allowed only one entry for each of the categories: art and photography / computer generated images.  To enter you must be a resident of Montmorency County or live within one of the three school districts within the Montmorency County.  So, keep working on your entries, and watch for future details to be announced.

See links to the guidelines below.  Click on each to read, download or print.
 Voices & Visions Virtual Art Competition Guidelines
 Voices & Visions Virtual Art Competition Entry Form



with Lori Haas, Director of Libraries
and Art Instructor

Born: 1966 (Omaho, NE) Matt Sesow lives in Washington, D.C. He's a self taught artist who developed his talents to deal with a childhood trauma after schooling in software engineering. More information: When Matt was young, he had his arm severed by a landing airplane near his Nebraska home.

Matt Sesow inspired oil pastel sea creatures by
Hillman Elementary 4th and 5th graders




Born in 1958, Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter working primarily with acrylic on canvas and occasionally drawings and paintings on paper and recently, ceramic sculpture.  Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa his early interest in art was nurtured by student classes at the Des Moines Art Center and in particular by their Artist in Residence, Frank Limone.  It was clear upon high school graduation he would continue to study art in college.  

A study of Kevin Sloan. Color pencil drawings by Lewiston 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Their art really shows Sloan’s style of magical realism and his beautiful imagery with allegory and whimsy. (It was also a big vocabulary day!) Two of the three Sloan pictures we used for inspiration are pictured first followed by the student’s amazing artwork.





Chris Uphues... painter, street artist and designer living in Brooklyn, NY. Uphues’ pictoral language encompasses a range of ebullient and sinister creatures drawn from comic books, Japanese animation and design. He got his Bachelor of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994.
Chris Uphues style pop art mini murals made by Hillman 4th and 5th graders.
 Born, January 21, 1955 in York, Pennsylvania, Jeffrey L. Koons is an American artist recognized for his work dealing with popular culture and his sculptures depicting everyday objects, including balloon animals

Jeff Koons inspired balloon dog chalk pastel drawings by Hillman Elementary School 4 and 5th graders. We have some talented young artist in Hillman.
A little Christmas ornament painting fun with the
Johannesburg Lewiston Middle Schoolers.
 Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley was the first known photographer of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimated. Wikipedia
BornFebruary 9, 1865, Jericho, VT
DiedDecember 23, 1931, Jericho, VT

A lesson on William “Snowflake” Bentley - water color with salt and tape resist paintings of snowflakes and birch trees in frosty air, by Atlanta Elementary School 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.
Today's lesson on Wassily Kandinsky; a Russian painter and art theorist. Kandinsky is generally credited as the pioneer of abstract art.
BornDecember 16, 1866, Moscow, Russia
DiedDecember 13, 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

“Color Study of Squares with Concentric Circles” inspired wood coasters. Each student painted an individual wood square with acrylic paints, put felt dots on the back and sealed it with Mod Podge. These were made by Lewiston 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and will be ready to go home just in time for Christmas!
Kandisky at Atlanta Community Schools 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Displayed together by class they look just like Kandinsky’s painting!
Pablo Ruiz Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright.
BornOctober 25, 1881, Málaga, Spain
DiedApril 8, 1973, Mougins, France

Pablo Picasso style portraits - crayon watercolor resists, by Atlanta Schools 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. There are some super talented artists in Atlanta!

Paul Klee was a Swiss-born artist. His highly individual style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. Wikipedia
BornDecember 18, 1879, Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
DiedJune 29, 1940, Muralto, Switzerland

Paul Klee line art lesson with Lewiston Elementary School 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.

Alexander Gardner (Oct 17, 1821 – Dec 10, 1882) 
Was a Scottish photographer who immigrated to the United States in 1856, where he began to work full-time in that profession. He is best known for his photographs of the 
American Civil WarU.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln's assassination.

Pencil portraits of Abraham Lincoln inspired by the photography of Alexander Gardner. These masterpieces were created by Atlanta Community Schools 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders.
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Toddler Story Hours for each branch
Atlanta story hour will be at 10:30am the First Tuesday of every month
Hillman story hour will be at 10:30am the Third Wednesday of every month
Lewiston story hour will be at 10:30am the Third Wednesday of every month

To sign up stop in at your local branch or call
Atlanta 785-3941
Hillman 742-4021
Lewiston 786-2985

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