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What We're Reading: "Nothing More Dangerous" by Allen Eskens

Hometown boy makes good certainly characterizes Allen Eskens’ careers, both literary and legal. A mid-
Missouri native and graduate of Helias High School, Eskens’ novel, "Nothing More Dangerous", is the
library’s 2021 Capital READ. Eskens has written six books, all of which have garnered critical praise and
earned him multiple prestigious awards and nominations. At the library, reference staff field frequent
requests for his books, and the books rarely languish on the shelves.

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What We're Reading: "The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep" by Allan Wolf

In 1846, a large party of emigrants left Springfield, IL for a new life in California. The first part of their journey went more or less as planned, with few casualties. The farther they went, however, the more perilous their passage became. The routes at the time took groups of settlers over dangerous mountain passes, across raging rivers, and through the dry and deadly salt flats near the Great Salt Lake. Tales of shortcuts passed from party to party, but were largely theoretical and potentially more dangerous than the established routes.

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What We're Reading: "Paper Girls Volume 1" by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Jared K. Fletcher, and Matthew Wilson

The year is 1988. Tween newspaper delivery girl Erin is biking through her tiny Ohio town in the pre-dawn light the morning after Halloween, when she’s accosted by three teen boys who are still wearing costumes and causing trouble in the neighborhood. As the boys surround Erin, making violent and even sexual advances, the rest of the newspaper girls arrive. Mac, Tiffany, and KJ are all old hands at delivering newspapers and confronting dumb teenagers, and, armed with hockey sticks and barbed tongues, they’re able to drive the boys off into the night.

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Summer Activities for Teens at the Library

Summer is finally here and what an awesome time to be a teen! After a year that pushed all the boundaries of patience and stress, you can finally breathe free and roam a bit! Better yet, you can breathe free inside and outside with groups of friends and in public places. It’s time to meet up with friends once again and make some fun plans. But now that you have all this freedom, what are you going to do with yourself?

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New and Improved Osage Branch Building

We did it!  The Osage Branch is alive and well in its new location at 22 Library Lane, Linn, MO.  Although we have had to make adjustments, we are currently providing full library services.

One big change from our old location to our new location is that we are now open on Mondays!  Our new hours are Monday-Friday 9 AM – 6 PM and Saturday 9 AM-1PM.

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Security Tips from STI Technology Solutions

STI Technology Solutions has been a long time event sponsor of the Foundation Mini Golf Fundraiser. They are writing a guest blog here today to share some security tips with you! 

 Be Cautious of Links

  • Be suspicious of any links in emails. These are common ways for criminals to get your personal information

 Vary your Passwords

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Erin Hart Named 2021 Library Ambassador of the Year

As part of National Library Week, Missouri River Regional Library will honor Erin Hart from KAT Country as the 2021 Library Ambassador of the Year.  Hart is an avid library user, and consistently shares about the work the library is doing, both in the community and on social media.

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Missouri River Regional Library Celebrates National Library Week

Missouri River Regional Library will join with libraries across the nation in celebrating National Library Week April 5-10, 2021.  This is the 63rd year that libraries have celebrated NLW. 

“National Library Week is a chance for us to highlight our impact on the community,” says Claudia Cook, Director. “It is also a great time to celebrate our patrons, and welcome back members of the community who haven’t visited us recently.” 

  • All week long:

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Readers Respond—Winter Words Recommendations

More than 100 readers participated in the 2020 Winter Words Adult Reading Club. They read hundreds of books in all fiction genres and nonfiction categories. We asked the participants to name a book they read in 2020 that they’d recommend to other readers. Their recommendations follow: 

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Have you guys canceled my account?

(Spoiler Alert: No)

Many of our phone calls and more than an occasional patron ask variations of the same question:

I was trying to (insert action here) and it said – voice rising questioningly -- my library card had expired?

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