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MRRL Librarian is Chair of the 2024 Printz Award Committee

We're excited to share the fantastic news that "The Collectors: Stories," edited by A.S. King and written by the author along with nine other talented writers, and published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, has clinched the prestigious 2024 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature!

A huge congratulations to the entire team behind this collection of stories that has captured the hearts of readers everywhere.

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Your Tax Dollars At Work

It’s that time of year again! Time to make the annual trek to the County Collector’s office to pay taxes. Between the cost of this and Christmas, our bank accounts are lighter at the end of the year. As you take the time to review your bill this month, please note the taxes you pay to support Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL).

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New Parking Available for Patrons

Many of our patrons may remember when the library rented the old Highway Administration building at 209 Adams Street, including the entire parking lot for patron and staff use.

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Meet The New Catalog at the Library!

Whether it be the customer service you receive in person or over the phone, to our programming offerings, or even how you search for a book in our catalog, the patron experience is something I take very seriously as the director of this library.  For many years, the way you search for materials on our catalog website has been the same.

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A Year of Mystery with Fiction at Noon

Since 2006, I've led a book discussion group called Fiction at Noon with my coworker Kathy (now retired). We are lucky to still have most of the original participants and have added new friends along the way.

This year, we proposed a year of mystery to the groups and, as a result, have read the works of several good mystery writers. Two of my favorites this year have been "Magpie Murders" by Anthony Horowitz and "Test of Wills" by Charles Todd.

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Gift Ideas for Readers

With the holidays upon us, it's time to think about buying presents for our people, right? Some of the best gifts you can give a reader are ones related to authors and titles they love.  The following is a list of websites that will help you locate a unique literary or book themed gift idea for the bibliophile in your life. Have fun! Buy a little something for yourself...or perhaps, your favorite librarian?

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What We're Reading: "Flood" by Meslissa Scholes Young

This year’s Capital READ title is by Melissa Scholes Young, a Hannibal native who now lives in Washington, DC, and teaches creative writing at American University. She explores the universal theme of escape and going home again in her first novel, Flood.

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The Community's Living Room

Last year I read the book The Thriving Library: Successful Strategies for Challenging Times. It’s the kind of book library directors read for fun, and it was professionally speaking just the right book at the right time.  There was a quote in this book that has stayed with me for well over a year.

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