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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.

Playaway "books" available at library 12.01.2010

Written by David Green.

ereader.front.jpgMorenci’s Stair Public Library offers a new option for “reading” a book. Actually, it’s a new way to listen to a book, using the Playaway portable book.

The Playaway fits in the hand—smaller than a deck of cards—and can hold an entire book, with up to 60 hours of playing time.

Each of the library’s Playaways comes with a triple-A battery and a set of earphones.

Controls on the back make it easy to move from chapter to chapter, and an automatic bookmark features holds your place between listening sessions. In addition, users can adjust the speed of the narrator’s voice.

The sound quality is described as equal or better than other digital downloads, and many of the newer Playaways are using high-definition audio.

The Playaway was designed to operate with cassette adapter and FM transmitters used in vehicles.

At this time the library owns 11 classic books:

• “1984” by George Orwell;

• “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain;

• “Animal Farm” by George Orwell;

• “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller;

• “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury;

• “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare;

• “Macbeth” by William Shakespeare;

• “My Antonia” by Willa Cather;

• “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne;

• “The Great Gatsby” by F Scott Fitzgerald;

• “Fantasy in Death” by J.D. Robb.

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