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 (www.thepriceofsand.com).  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 www.dreameryruralartsinitiative.org.

New Chromebooks available for use in the library

This week three new special items became available for check out at the Zumbrota Public Library.  They’re called Chromebooks, and they are lightweight laptop computers designed exclusively for online activity.  Patrons can check out a Chromebook for use within the library as an alternative to using one of the stationary personal computers.  This provides the option of sitting anywhere within the library for greater comfort, convenience, and privacy.  For instance, parents might like the option of using a Chromebook at a table in the children’s area while their kids read, play with toys, or use a kids’ computer.  Or someone studying or filling out applications might like to take a Chromebook to one of the study carrels along the back walls of the library. 


The Chromebooks will only be available for use within the library; they cannot be taken home or outside.  Patrons will be asked to leave their driver’s license at the front desk while they are using a Chromebook.  The funds for purchasing the Chromebooks were graciously provided by a grant from the Community Trust. 

New Monthly Evening Lego Club


We are starting a lego club that will meet the 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30-7:30 pm.  On Thurs, Feb. 20 we will have a lego club kick-off party with contests, games, and prizes.  All ages are welcome to be in the lego club…even adults.

We will also be starting a monthly email newsletter to keep everyone updated on upcoming programs.  Stop by or email us if you want to receive the email newsletter.