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Author Derek Munson with the students of Stanely School.

After three years of fruitlessly searching for someone to build us a display case, we finally have a beautiful handmade case thanks to Alva Mitchell of Vale, Oregon. Alva is the father of former board member Julie Rember, and he volunteered to build us a case. He came to the library and took some measurements, we visited about what we had in mind, and Alva drew a rough drawing before heading home to Vale to tackle the project. Earlier this month Alva and his wife Margery drove to Stanley to deliver the case. It is exactly what we had in mind, and the quality is extraordinary. We are beyond grateful to have this beautiful piece of craftsmanship in our library. We are now looking for people with collections or memorabilia of any kind to display in the case. If you have a collection of any kind and would like share it with the community, please contact the library. We’ll share a photo of the case when we have a collection to display.

The library sponsored an all-day author visit for the students of the Stanley School last week. Derek Munson, author of Enemy Pie and Bad Dad spent the day at the Stanley School on April 13. It’s uncertain who enjoyed the day more, the students or Derek! Derek talked to the kids about how the idea of Enemy Pie came to be, about the process of publishing and the inevitability of rejection letters, working with illustrators and big ideas. The kids worked on writing choose-your-own-adventure stories and were definitely fired up about writing. They didn’t even want to go out for recess! The library and the Stanley School Parent’s Association purchased copies of Derek’s books for each student. It was a fantastic experience for all involved.

We will be having a meeting on Wednesday, April 26, at 4:30 to plan for summer programming. If you have great ideas for library programs, please join us at the library for the meeting. If you are unable to attend, you may also call the library.

Anyone who is working on the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge is welcome to join us Thursday, April 27, at the Sluice at 6 p.m. If you have not started the challenge and are interested in learning more, please join the discussion! We will be sharing titles of what we have read so far and the challenges involved with meeting all the requirements.

Library hours are Monday, 12-6; Tuesday and Wednesday, 12-4; Thursday, 12-6; and Friday and Saturday, 10-6. Library phone number is 774-2470; email address is Check out our website at and find us on Facebook.

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