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The Hunt for Holiday Gifts

I like presents, but confess I am a horrible wrapper. No matter how much care I take in positioning the gift, getting the folds just right, even finding a bow that matches, it’s a disaster. The edges don’t line up, the tape bunches up, the corner rips through the paper, I’m still 1/8 of an inch short — trust me, it’s not a pretty sight.

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Take and Make Craft: Infinity Cubes

Make your own infinity cube! 

Supplies Needed:
-48 square pieces of paper (we went with 3x3 inches); the infinity cube is composed of 8 blocks that use 6 pieces of paper each. You could do it all in one color, have each box be a different color (6 squares each of 8 different colors), or have multi-colored cubes as we do in the video (8 squares each of 6 different colors). You could even come up with your own combinations, so long as your total number of squares is 48. 
-scotch tape

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What We're Reading: "Rejected Princesses" by Jason Porath

World history has a gaping hole. There exist few well-known women in a world of documents, literature, and bardic traditions that placed men in the forefront of action, science, and renown. The women who did make their way into the history books are known to different degrees depending on how much fame they received over time.

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Sensory Play I Spy Bottles

Supplies Needed: Small bottle filled with a cup of colored rice, beans & rice, corn, or birdseed. Small baggie with letter beads, wooden beads, colored beads, and buttons.

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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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Voting in the Age of Covid-19

The deadline to register for the August 4th election has passed, but if you have registered, all of the information you might need for voting in the age of Covid-19 is below from Of course, this information will apply to the election on November 3rd as well, and you can register for that election until October 7th. 

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How To Handle Being Bullied

I grew up in a small Kansas town and on the surface, my childhood seemed normal. However, it wasn’t even close to normal. Starting when I was in second grade, I was bullied by students from the high school. My father was the principal in charge of discipline, and when kids got into trouble, they took it out on me. This lasted through my middle school years.

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Summer Reading Kicks Off for All Ages

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri River Regional Library summer reading program is being simplified, and the reading log is moving online, via READsquared. Online registration and logging on READsquared is a simple process, and is accessible via web browser, Apple app, or Android app.

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MRRL To Begin to Reopen Buildings

Missouri River Regional Library will begin the process of reopening physical locations over the next 3 weeks. The Library staff and board will continue to monitor the situation and adjust dates as needed moving forward. As of May 13, 2020, the reopening plan is as follows:

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Tips for Better Mental Health During Covid-19

Anytime there is a crisis, it can be hard on everyone, but it is especially hard on individuals with a mental illness.  Here are a few ideas for those living with a mental illness, but that could also be valuable to anyone.

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