Fall Children’s Programs

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This fall will see a bit of the new and a bit of the familiar with children’s programs at the library.  The exciting new feature is Super Saturdays- story times, special visitors, and fun activities on the second Saturday of every month.  The first Super Saturday will be October 11 at 10am, and the special visitors will be the Zumbrota Fire Department.  The firefighters are looking forward to bringing their truck, reading some stories, and sharing some fire prevention tips.  On November 8 at 10am, the Super Saturday special visitors will be Quarry Hill Nature Center.  They will teach all about Creepy Crawly Bugs, and even bring along a few live critters to look at and learn from.

LEGO club is still going strong at the library on the third Thursday of every month.  A recent donation has doubled the size of the library’s LEGO collection, expanding the building possibilities.  Upcoming dates for LEGO club are September 18, October 16, November 20, and December 18, all at 6:30pm.

Weekly story time continues on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.  Story times at the library focus on building early literacy skills for 0-5 year olds through favorite books, songs, rhymes, and activities.


Author Visit & Memoir Writing Workshop

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We are pleased to announce that author Rachael Hanel will be visiting us at 1:30pm on Saturday, October 4.  Hanel will speak about her latest book, We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter, as well as provide some memoir writing tips.

We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down (a 2014 Minnesota Book Award finalist) presents the unique, moving perspective of a gravedigger’s daughter and her lifelong relationship with death. It is also a masterful meditation on the living elements of our cemeteries: our neighbors, friends, and families and how these things come together in the eyes of a young girl whose childhood is suffused with death and the wonder of the living.

Rachael Hanel is a fiscal year 2014 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Summer Program Highlights

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It’s been a fantastic summer of story times, special visitors, workshops, reading to dogs, contests, programs, and events!  These photos are only a small sample, for more visit our facebook page.

We will continue to accept reading and activity logs through the month of August, and there will still be story times and LEGO club this month.

Harry Potter Birthday Party! and other program details

This is the final week for summer reading program events!  We are getting really excited about the Harry Potter Birthday Party this Thursday, July 31 (of course!) at 6:30 pm!  Kids are invited to come in costume if they feel so inspired.  This event is for all ages.

We are also pleased to announce that Midnight the dog has added one more day of appointments to his schedule!  He will be at the library Saturday morning, August 2.  Stop by the library or call 507-732-5211 to make an appointment to read with Midnight.

Young Adult activity logs are due this Saturday, August 2.  The drawing for prizes will happen on Monday, August 4.  All other activity and reading logs we will continue to accept through the month of August.

We will continue to have story time and LEGO club in August, but there will be no other special programming.  We’ll keep you posted on upcoming fall programs.