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Saturday, Apr 25, approximately 5-9:00 p.m.
due to a planned upgrade
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  • Book Club
  • Cambridge Public Library
  • Thursday, April 30 - 6:30 pm

           Join us at the library to discuss the book, The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt.  Sponsored
           by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.

  • Legacy Event
  • Looney Lutherans
    • Cambridge Public Library - Monday, April 27 - 6:30 pm
    • Pine City Public Library - Tuesday, April 28 - 6:30 pm
    • IREC (Isle Recreation and Education Center) - Isle - Wednesday, April 29 - 1:00 pm

          If you're a fan of the Church Basement Ladies, you'll love The Looney Lutherans.  They are a team
          of professional actresses that started in 2006 wh;en the founding members were appearing in the cast
          of the hit musical Church Basement Ladies.  Using music, comedy and help from the audience, these gals
          will share some age-old wisdom for living a long and healthy life the Lutheran way.  Funds for the event are
          provided by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

  • Once Upon a Reader Legacy Event
  • Old MacDonald Had a Banjo
    • Chisago Lakes Area Library - Wednesday, April 1 - 10:30 am
    • Princeton Area Library - Wednesday, April 8 - 10:45 am
    • Mille Lacs Lake Community Library - Tuesday, April 14 - 10:30 am
    • Sandstone Public Library - Wednesday, April 15 - 10:00 am
    • Rush City Public Library - Wednesday, April 15 - 2:00 pm
    • Milaca Community Library - Thursday, April 16 - 10:30 am
    • McGregor Public Library - Saturday, April 18 - 10:30 am
    • Wyoming Area Library - Tuesday, April 21 - 10:30 am
    • Hinckley Public Library - Tuesday, April 21 - 2:00 pm
    • Pine City Public Library - Wednesday, April 29 - 10:15 am

           A program full of songs bursting out entertaining, educating, and involving the audience as
           musician, Paul Imholte, plays the part of Old MacDonald as he sings original and classic children's songs.
           Old MacDonald Had a Banjo is part of Once Upon a Reader, a statewide literacy initiative that celebrates
           the joy of stories, literacy and song.  The event is sponsored by ECRL and funded with money from
           Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • Tech Talks
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
    • April 23 - Twitter
    • May 7 - Digital Photography (Flickr, Snapfish, Shutterly, iPhoto)

          Pre-register for these one hour sessions covering various technology topics.  Call the library at 651-462-9001
          or stop by.  Class is limited to 10!

  • Legacy Event
  • Paul Bunyan:  Loggin', Legends and Lore
  • Rush City Public Library
  • Wednesday, April 22 - 4:00 pm

          Fast, fun and fact filled, exciting and outrageous tales from the Paul Bunyan legend presented by actor David
          Ward.  Stop by and enjoy the fun as  he recreates characters from Paul's ear such as "Ole the Big Swede" and more.

  • Gardening Series
  • Aitkin Public Library
  • Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 21 - Straw Bale Gardening
    • April 28 - Enabled Gardening and International Gardening Methods
    • May 5 - Vertical Gardening
    • May 12 - Wetland Wildflowers
    • May 19 - Perennial foods:  Asparagus, rhubarb, winter onions, chives, and horseradish

           Taught by University of MN Master Gardeners of Aitkin County

  • 3rd Tuesday Book Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Tuesday, April 21 - 7:00 pm

          This month's selection is The Last Letter Home by Vilhem Moberg.  Come join the discussion. 

  • Beginning Greeting Card Making Class
  • Sunday, April 19 - 2:00 pm
  • Wyoming Area Library

           Learn how to make beautiful cards for those special occasions at this special class for ADULTS.
           Limited space, so reservations are required by calling the library at 651-462-9001 or stopping by.

  • Recycle Mania Contest
  • Rush City Public Library
  • Saturday, April 18 - 10:30 am

          Teams of 3-5 people (kids and adults) must register at the library by 6:00 pm, April 16.
           Arrive at the library by 10:30 am and create for one hour!  Recyclables will be provided.
           Prizes will be awarded in various categories.  Sponsored the by the Friends of the Rush City
           Public Library.

  • Evening Book Club
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Thursday, April 16 - 7:00 pm

          Stop by the library and join the discussion of Two Old Women:  an Alaskan Legend of Betrayal, Courage,
          and Survival by Velma Wallis. 

  • 3rd Thursday Book Club
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Thursday, April 16 - 6:30 pm

          Please join us for a discussion of Tracy Chevalier's The Last Runaway.

  • 3rd Thursday Book Club
  • Pine City Public Library
  • Thursday, April 16 - 10:00 am

           Join us as we discuss The Last Letter Home by Vilhem Moberg. 

  • Wednesdays@Wyoming
  • Don't Let Thinking Ruin Your Life
  • Wednesday - April 15 - 7:00 pm

           Join us for this one hour session presented by Mary Jo Meadow, Ph.D. Professor Emerita from MN State
           University at Mankato.  Registration required.  Call 651-462-9001 or stop by the library.

  • Legacy Event
  • William Kent Krueger
  • Wyoming Area Library
  • Tuesday, April 14 - 7:00 pm

          Join us as the New York Times bestselling and MN author, William Kent Krueger,
          stops by the library to talk about his books.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota's
          Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • Wyoming Afternoon Book Club
  • Tuesday, April 14 - 2:00 pm

           Join us as we discuss The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

  • Spring Storytime & Craft Time
  • Chisago Lakes Area Library
  • Mondays, 4:15-5:15 am
    • April 13 - Rain makers
    • May 11 - Flowers

          Elementary age children are invited to join us as we read stories and do crafts.

  • Legacy Event
  • Como Zoo - Bug-A-Wocky Storytime
  • Wyoming Area Library - Saturday, April 11 - 1:00 pm

           Join us as we venture into the amazing world of bugs.  Children will be thrilled by "buggy"
           tales about a tricky spider and a magical rock.  Finally, meet some real, live, bug visitors.  The event
           is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • Library Legos @ the Rush City Public Library
  • Saturdays -April 11 - 10:30-11:30 am
          Kids in grades 1-4 are welcome to join us as we build, create and share our Lego
          projects.  Legos are supplied by the library.  Please do NOT bring your personal
          Legos as we do not want to get them mixed up. 

  • Spring Book Sale
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Saturday, April 11 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

          Join us for our spring book sale sponsored by the Friends of the North
          Branch Area Library.  Something for everyone!

  • Legacy Event
  • Bev Proulx - Quilts for Little Folk
  • North Branch Area Library
  • Tuesday, April 7 - 6:30 pm

          Using the doll, cradle, crib and youth quilts from Bev's antique and contemporary
          collection, we will look at the styles, quilt makers and techniques through time. 




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