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Missouri Warrior Writers Project at Library; Grant Gives Kids Access to E-readers; Friends of the Library Cookbook Sale August 9-10

Are you, or someone you know, an active military or combat veteran? There’s probably a story to tell from the experience, and the library wants to help.

The Missouri Warrior Writers Project is a workshop series planned at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, July 11- Aug. 15, at the Library Center. This free project is sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council. Sessions are limited to 20 attendees and registration is required; call 882-0714.

The project started in 2007 and has since hosted workshops in more than 60 U.S. cities. No writing experience is necessary, and laptops will be provided.

The idea is to provide a safe haven for discussing veterans’ experiences, and lead them to use creative writing to express themselves. The 90-minute sessions will include three weeks focusing on creative nonfiction and three weeks of poetry using the “Proud to Be” anthology as a reference text and Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” and Bruce Turner’s “Here, Bullet.”

A local writer will facilitate the sessions, and a staff person from the Missouri Warrior Writers Project will conduct sessions via Skype.
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About 240 youths attending the Boys & Girls Clubs this summer will get to learn how to use e-readers while sharpening their reading, thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The goal is to narrow the technology gap for youths who may not have access to the latest technology, and provide a new way to enjoy books.

The grant will fund six e-readers loaded with 24 different books geared for young readers. The devices will be rotated among the three clubs through June and July. Print copies will also be available to check out from the clubs. A library outreach assistant will teach them how to use the e-readers and lead book discussions.
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Mark your calendars! The Friends of the Library has received an unexpected bounty of specialized books, so the group plans a one-time, Friends Summer Cookbook Sale on Aug. 9 and 10 at the Library Center.

The sale is possible through the donation of a 2,000-book, private collection, and more donated cookbooks will be added. Books will be $1, $3 and individually priced. Proceeds will benefit the Brentwood Branch Renovation Project.

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