Guest authors: They're a treat for a small town 2012.04.25

Written by David Green.

The list of published authors who have visited Stair Public Library in recent years is impressive. Sometimes the visitors arrive by way of the Michigan Notable Book tour; other times the resourcefulness of the staff and board members comes into play.

Stair has the reputation of serving up a lively and engaging audience and that brings a continuing stream of Michigan Notable Book authors such as Steve Amick, Steve Luxenberg, Michael Rosenberg, Steve Lehto and Tyree Guyton. Library board president Sally Kruger played a key role in bringing young adult authors Ned Vizzini and Patrick Jones to Morenci.

An offer of fresh tomatoes helped library director Colleen Leddy lure Elizabeth Berg to town. After Jeff Yeager spoke here, he decided that Morenci must be the “author gateway” to Michigan through which so many writers must pass.

Paul Many, Tom Springer, Lois Duncan, Glenn Stout—the list will continue to grow this Sunday when Dr. Anthony Youn pays a visit.

It’s a special treat to have writers visit Morenci and talk about their lives and their books. This Sunday will be no exception. Dr. Youn just might result in the best presentation yet.

Set your reminder, then head for the library at 4 p.m. Sunday. The program should produce an excellent page in your own small-town history.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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