Fiddle music in library

The SEMYO Fiddlers will present a program of Celtic, Scottish and Old Thyme Music on March 22 at 1:30 PM at the Zumbrota Public Library.  The group, consisting of students from the Southeastern Minnesota Youth Orchestras, will briefly discuss the role that fiddle tunes played in community life and demonstrate the similarities and differences between each type.  The program will be about an hour long.  This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Call for volunteers

As you all know, the library is a great place to go to learn new things, and we’d like to pack this summer full of educational opportunities.  If you have a skill or hobby that others might be interested to learn, we’d love it if you could volunteer your time and skills and lead a 1-2 hour workshop.  You can set the parameters- how many can attend and what age range they should be- and we’ll take care of the promotion and sign up.  We prefer activities that require not many materials, but that can also be negotiated.

So…gardeners, coders, crafters, writers, tinkerers, scientists, nature lovers, actors, photographers, hobbyists, and all others…the sky’s the limit!  Give us a call at 507-732-5211 or stop by sometime to let us know if you can help.  Let’s make this summer awesome!

Zumbrota Reads 2014…books available now!

Free copies of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee are now available for pick up at the library.  A $5 donation in exchange for the book is suggested by not required.  This is our Zumbrota Reads title for 2014.

Zumbrota Reads events will take place the last week of March.  On Thursday, March 27 there will be a book discussion at the library.  On Friday, March 28 there will be a presentation by the Diversity Council of Rochester at the State Theatre, followed by a showing of the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird starring Gregory Peck.  The Diversity Council will also be doing assemblies for the 10th graders at ZM High School on that day; they have been reading the book as part of their English curriculum.

All events are free and open to the public.  This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Additional funding was provided by a generous donation from Z-Theater. 

Performance and Discussion of Frac-Sand Mining Issues

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative of Wykoff in collaboration with Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre of Minneapolis presents a public tour of Let’s Talk About Sand, a performance event encouraging discussion about the frac-sand mining industry.  They will be performing at the Zumbrota Public Library at 4pm, Monday, February 24.  This event is free and open to the public.

            Let’s Talk About Sand features a fun, 15-min performance of “What the Frack?”, a “Cantastoria” performance using hand-painted imagery and live music.  The show is both informational and poetic, and includes time for audience input.  Performers are Spring Valley/Wykoff residents and Heart of the Beast veterans.

            Let’s Talk About Sand also includes a screening of excerpts from the documentary The Price of Sand, by Jim Tittle (  Focusing on community actions in the Mississippi River Valley in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, regions contending with recent frac-sand mining ventures, The Price of Sand exposes many of the human and environmental issues the industry raises.

            The event winds up with an open forum discussion during which participants will be invited to express views on or ask questions about the issues raised in the performance and the film.  This is a family-friendly event lasting 60-90 minutes.

For more information, please contact the Zumbrota Public Library.  The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and expanding arts experiences in rural Fillmore County.  Visit the website at