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Library Column: June 20, 2013

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BY CLAIRE NAGEL

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It’s a time you all wait for — our wonderful book sale is scheduled for Friday, July 5, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, July 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As always, we have a huge number of books and other materials for sale. Don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on reading material!

Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party for kids and their families

The next Kitchigami Regional Library Legacy Program will soon visit the library. Monkey Mind Pirates Family Yoga Party presented by Z Puppets Rosenschnoz of Minneapolis will be here Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m., for children ages 2 and older, including families.

This is known as “the world’s only puppet, rock, yoga adventure for families in search of calm.”

Get the whole family moving with this mix of puppets, music and yoga fun. Help Captain Fitz navigate the stormy seas of stress and tame the unruly Monkey Mind Pirates. Join the Quest for Calm with catchy, original songs, simple yoga poses and a playful approach to mindfulness. Turn your family’s “arrghs” into “Oms” with this award-winning musical performance, winner of Creative Child Magazine’s Award of Excellence.

Z Puppets Rosenschnoz delights children and adults with feats of imagination, mixing handcrafted puppetry and quirky comedy with live music. Z Puppets artists Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith have earned many awards, including support from the Jim Henson Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Puppeteers of America and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Creative directors Aronson and Griffith have served as arts education specialists for the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Children’s Theatre Company and the Educational Theater Association.

This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.

Local writer Candace Simar, her sister, Angela Foster, to present program

If you learned to swear in Norwegian or shared a two-holer outhouse with your cousin, you’ll enjoy the poetry and prose of these sisters.

From memories of Norwegian ancestors and growing up on a Minnesota dairy farm to dreams of Oprah’s couch and rapping with Eminem, “Farm Girls” will take you back to the days of rural schools, moon light, star light, hope to see a ghost tonight and the auction of the family farm.

Candace Simar and her sister, Angela F. Foster, co-authors of “Farm Girls,” will present a reading and book signing at the library on Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m.

“Farm Girls,” published in January by RiverPlace Press, is a book of stories and reflections of two sisters growing up on a family farm. Simar, a writer and poet from Pequot Lakes, carries a passion for Minnesota history and her Scandinavian heritage. She is the author of the “Abercrombie Trail” series novels, including “Birdie,” winner of the 2012 Western Writers of America Spur Award.

Foster, a poet and memoirist, teaches creative writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and is a freelance editor. She lives on a farm in rural Pine City.

This presentation is free and light refreshments will be served.

Kids’ summer reading program well under way

It’s not too late to register for the kids’ summer reading program. Just come in during our open hours and a volunteer will help you get started. Things are hoppin’!

To all of our volunteers

You rock! Thanks!

Quote for the month

“Be awesome! Be a book nut!” — Dr. Seuss

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