The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Fayette library receives grant 1.14.09

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette children’s library Denise Jensen didn’t think a foundation 2,400 miles away might care about a small-town library in northwest Ohio.

The Libri Foundation did care and Jensen is glad they did. Initially she was pleased simply because of all the work needed for the grant application. Now she has 63 new hardcover children’s books to add to the library’s collection.

The sole purpose of the Libri Foundation, based in Eugene, Ore., is to help small, rural libraries acquire quality children’s books that they probably wouldn’t be able to buy on their own.

Libri lists as its philosophy the belief that “children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. In order to develop a love of reading, children must have access to books which stretch their imaginations, touch their emotions, expand their horizons.”

For many children, the local library is the primary source of reading material. At the same time, libraries are facing increasing financial difficulties.

Jensen learned about the foundation through the state library and decided to give it a try. She used $350 from the summer reading program funding for a matching grant.

With the donors’ approval, she used $250 from TRW and $100 from Lowell Beaverson for the match. Libri uses a two-for-one formula, resulting in a total of $1,062 worth of new books.

“These books are just incredible,” Jensen said. “They’re all hardcover books and many of them are award-winners.”

The books range from fiction for young teens to board books for the Wee Read program.

She’s especially pleased with the non-fiction selection since budget-cuts forced a hold on buying them.

Jensen learned last May that Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library was chosen to receive a grant and she made her choices over the summer from the reading list provided by Libri.

“I’m really looking forward to the kids getting these books,” she said. “They’re all books that kids are going to pick up and read.”

• The Libri Foundation has donated more than $3.5 million worth of books since its founding in 1990.

In 2008, three libraries from Ohio were chosen for grants and eight from Michigan.

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