Bill Jamerson CCC program: Dollar-a-Day Boys

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Michigan based author/songwriter Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the Civilian Conservation Corps at the Zumbrota Public Library on Monday, October 3 at 7 pm.  The presentation includes telling stories, reading excerpts from his novel, showing a video clip from his PBS film and performing original songs with his guitar.  He has presented at CCC reunions around the country and at dozens of state and national parks. The program is as entertaining as it is important; as honest as it is fun. It is about people both ordinary and extraordinary, with stories of strength, wit and charm.

Jamerson has produced eleven PBS films on Michigan history including, CAMP FORGOTTEN – the CCC in Michigan which aired on Minnesota Public Television in 1994.  He produced a CD of original songs and has authored several articles on the corps.  A question and answer period and book signing will follow his hour-long presentation. Former CCC members and their families are encouraged to attend and bring photo albums and memorabilia.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

New Book Clubs for Adults and Kids

Two new library book clubs are starting this month, one for adults and one for kids.  The first meeting of the adult book club will be 7pm, Thursday, September 22.  Pre-registration is requested but not required.  This group will meet once a month, and books will be selected by the group at the first meeting.

The kids book club is for 3rd-6th graders, and will also meet once a month.  The first meeting of the kids book club will be 7pm, Monday, September 26.  No registration is required.  Books for this book club will also be selected by the group at the first meeting.

Please contact the library if you have any questions or are interested in joining a book club but unable to make it to the first meeting.

New Programs for Families of Young Children

For families with younger children, the library now offers a special time called “Hugs & Mugs”.  This is a drop-in playgroup that will meet at the library every other Friday morning, as well as one Wednesday evening a month.  The first meeting of this group will be at 10:30am on Friday, September 16.  The first Wednesday evening meeting will be at 6:30pm on September 21.  Coffee, toys, and play space will be provided.

Parents of young children are also encouraged to participate in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, sponsored by United Way. Stop by the library any time to register your children and receive a free tote bag.  When you register, you will get a reading log to use for tracking the books you read together.  Bring your log to the library to receive stickers for every 100 books you read.  Reading together regularly is a wonderful way to spend time with your children while also building early literacy and school readiness skills.