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.

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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