As the library's part of the Pequot Lakes holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 9, magician Bob, along with Santa and Mrs. Claus, will entertain children starting at 3 p.m. at the Cole Memorial Building (next to the Bobber water tower) in Pequot Lakes. And Jingles the Elf will be there, of course, making balloon animals. Kids, you do not want to miss this! Speaking of kids ...
Bemidji children's book author Susan Kedzie will visit the Pequot Lakes Library at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, to give a presentation of her book "A Thousand Purring Cats." This program is for everyone, but children ages 3-8 will especially be open to its light-hearted prose and cheerful images, which soothe and reassure its readers while offering suggestions for coping with the bumps of life.
Join Robert and Lynn Halbrook in an engaging program featuring Minnesota's most renowned haunted places. It will be presented at our library at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27. Experience strange phenomena these places seem to share with artifacts that have been retrieved from their sites. The presentation is recommended for ages 10 and up. 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 arts and cultural heritage.
Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar will celebrate the release of her seventh book, "Dear Homefolks," with a reading and book talk at the Pequot Lakes Library on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 1-3 p.m. "Dear Homefolks" is a collection of short stories using research from her popular novels. Simar says, "Some tidbits were just too good to waste and readers keep asking for more." The stories are set both in frontier Minnesota and modern times. It contains a little more of Tolga Township for those anxious for a "Shelterbelts" sequel.
We were delighted to make $3,500 this year at our book sale, the best ever. Thanks to so many for help setting up, manning (I should say womaning) the store and of course to all of our patrons who donated their used books and other materials. As always, thanks to all of our volunteers. We'd be nothing without each of you. Notes about this and that • Display table for August will feature Pequot Lakes area resorts of yesteryear, set up by Kevin Olson and sponsored by the Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society.
Robert and Lynn Hallbrook, along with this library, will present "The Magic of the Holidays" at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. This fun-filled magic show featuring Robert the Magician will take place at the Cole Memorial Building (on the west side of Highway 371 behind the post office) and is free to all. Mark your calendars. What a magical way to bring in the holiday season. Extended Saturday hours The library will now be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., instead of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is another way in which we try to accommodate the public.
As always, thanks to each one of our volunteers. We wouldn't be here without you! We give special thanks to the original SuperAmerica for all the ice they generously donated each week this summer to the library's popcorn wagon. Much appreciated! The library is looking forward to another Legacy program during the first week of November. Read next month's column for date and subject. It'll be good, I can promise you that. Dates to note
Our next Legacy Program is entitled Native Pride Arts. This event will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12. Unlike our usual Legacy programs that take place in the library, this presentation will be at the Cole Memorial Building, which is the white building on the west side of Highway 371 behind the post office and Wells Fargo bank. Native Pride Arts celebrates the spirit and beauty of indigenous peoples, honoring the uniqueness and history of First Nations Peoples. The program will include a dance performance, as well as education about culture and history.
Our annual book sale is upon us! Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., you may come in to the library and stock up on reading materials. No early sales, as usual, but the doors open at 8 a.m. sharp. Don't miss this once-a-year extravaganza. Thanks to the volunteers who work to get everything set up and thanks to all of you who've brought in donations of books for us to sell. This is a major fundraiser for the library. Children's Stories from India
Minnesota author Brian Freeman will join us at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 27. He is the author of 10 psychological thrillers with his newest, "Goodbye to the Dead," released in March. His books have won many awards and have been praised by critics and bestselling authors alike, including Michael Connelly, Lisa Gardner and Nelson DeMille. Freeman will give a talk about his works. A book signing will follow with books available for purchase.