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Hope everyone is enjoying this lovely holiday season!

We have had some wonderful Legacy Amendment events the past few months and I want to thank all those people who take the time to enjoy the free offerings. Some of the opportunities most recently have been Curtis and Loretta; "The Singing Ranger," Charlie Maguire; "The Golden Age of Radio" by Prudence Johnson and Dan Chouinard; Native American Story Teller, Anne Dunn; and most recently Minnesota Author Candace Simar with her new book: "Pomme de Terre."

We will continue to bring great programs to the library for all to enjoy. Some in the planning process include: Northwind Crossing, Todd Green (Man of 100 Instruments), Kevin Kling, The Wonderweavers, Minnesota History Alive: John Beargrease, Authors - Jim Proebstle, Barbara Sommers, Mary Casanova, Erin Hart, Brian Freeman, Alison McGee, David Housewrite and Will Weaver. So keep an eye and ear open for the announcements of these entertaining events.

One of the databases on our library website is gaining a lot of popularity lately and therefore we've taken the steps necessary to make it even better for you. The database I'm referring to is called NetLibrary. NetLibrary allows patrons to download books to their home computer to either read on the screen (referred to as an eBook) or to listen to on the computer or from a mp3 player (referred to as an audio book).

We have increased the number of titles to choose from by more than 2,000! These will also be updated with current popular titles throughout the year.

Patrons can access NetLibrary through the Library website:, and have your up to date library card handy as you will need you barcode and PIN number. NetLibrary does require you to set up your account from an OPAC terminal at the library initially, but then you may access it from any computer after that. Checkout times are limited to two weeks per title and will remove themselves from your computer all by themselves. Remember you can always ask a staff member to help you with any questions you may have.

It's Friends of the Library Giving Tree time. For every monetary donation given to by a new book for the Library in 2011 the Friends of the Library will match the gift. We will also hang an ornament on our giving tree on your behalf.

Thank you to everyone for your patronage and support in 2010. Keep watching for the fun Legacy Programs, new books, new databases, and a few more computers this year to accommodate the high demand we have. See you at the library!