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Library reaches for the stars

Article Date: 
14 September, 2012 (All day)

The Morgan County Library is a great place for people to expand their minds, encourage creativity and explore places.  This kind of knowledge and growth should not be limited to the youth or the more mature, everyone should take advantage of this remarkable resource.
A great way to start experiencing the library is through Family Fun Nights.  The library will be hosting a “Star Party” to be held Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.  
Morgan County Librarian, Valerie Hancock said, “The evening will start inside with Valeri Hoopes, Morgan High School science teacher.   Hoopes will teach about stars, planets and constellations and then we will divide up into groups.  We will have video clips of the Hubble telescope and the Apollo 11 lunar landing.” 
The younger children can make their own Hubble telescope and their own alien space ship and then a space walk.  The evening will conclude with star gazing at 8 p.m.  Hancock explained, “This family fun night will be a little later to get a better view of the stars, we hope to be finish by 8:30 p.m.  There will be a little treat at the conclusion.”
 The library is also going to establish a Lego club. Hancock explained that as soon as the library receives enough Lego sets through donations, they will start this after school activity. The Lego club will meet on Wednesdays.  If you have Legos you no longer need or want, please consider donating them to the library. Any donations are greatly appreciated. 
 The library is also a place to connect with people in-person or online. Katelyn Braithwaite, MHS student went to dosomething.org and found projects for kids to get involve in like “Staples for Students.” This organization encourages young people up to age 25-years-old to collect school supplies and then enter contests to win prizes or scholarships. Katelyn setup this service project with a drop-off box at the library, but time is running out.   All school supplies that are donated need to be turned in by Saturday, Sept. 15, to the nearest Staples store. 
In addition to pencils, pens, glue, pencil boxes, crayons, and notebooks, Katelyn is also collecting children’s books and hygiene kits for Ghana orphanages.  She plans to travel to Ghana next June to deliver the books and kits personally.
There are a few online services that are available to library patrons as well.  Patrons have the ability to renew your library items and place holds online.  You can also download e-books and e-audios to your iPad, iPod, Nook, Kindle, PC desktop/laptop, etc.
 For more information for these and other services, check out the library online at library.morgan-county.net