Eden Valley Area Library is now a year old. To celebrate, they held an art show Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17.
Even road construction and only a partial sidewalk didn’t keep people away. Neither did the dreary weather.
A number of artists brought their works to share; some demonstrated their art as well. Kathy Loch, the P.E.N. writing group, PJ Connors, Donna Rech,
Theresa Lambert, Pat Schultz, Sandy Millerbernd, Chris Gustafson and Laura Tollefson, Deb and Jerry Schulz, Jan Sheets, Marsha and Cal Davidson, Kathy Egen, Trisha Field, and Misty Aho shared their artwork. Art completed by EV-W elementary and high school students lined the walls of the event center too.
Author Dean Urdahl spoke about his latest book, Conspiracy. He talked about the local connections to the assassination of President Lincoln and to various conspiracy theories surrounding that tragedy. Conspiracy follows Uprising, Retribution, Pursuit, and The Collar and the Gun. A long-time high school history teacher, and current State Representative, Urdahl’s talks are always lively and packed with interesting historic facts.
The event, complete with a specially decorated cake to commemorate it, marks the one-year anniversary of the library. Started by volunteers as an independent library, this is both an amazing and momentous thing to celebrate.
There are now three computers available in the library for use by the public, and Wi-Fi throughout the building. A new handicap-accessible bathroom has been built.
There are 349 library cards now in circulation.
Judy Thielen and Marilyn Peterson held a series of Story Hours and a Summer Reading Program. There were as many as 60 children attending each event.
The library has a number of “extra” programs that have been started this year: the knitting group, P.E.N. Writers’ Group, an adult book club, story hour, book delivery to area daycare centers, and books and magazines delivered to home-bound patrons.
The library is now an official “drop off” for the Eden Valley Food Shelf.
“Friends of the Library” has hosted a number of special events including author presentations, book sales, and a Spring Extravaganza.
The Event Center is host to many community meetings and events each week. Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., will be a book and Christmas décor sale.
Dec. 15 starting at 6 p.m., will be the annual Community Holiday Gathering, with music and food (before the Holiday Train passes through later that evening).
A big congratulations to the Library Board and all the volunteers who helped to make the library not only possible, but a whopping success.
As of Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Eden Valley Library is again open regular hours (Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays 12-3 p.m., Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., Fridays, 5:30-
8 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon. Their website is www.evec22.org.
Sandy Millerbernd (seated, second from left) demonstrated spinning, and brought various yarn crafts to the first Eden Valley Library Art Show Sunday afternoon, Nov. 17. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Artwork from both the EV-W elementary and high schools covered the south wall of the library Sunday, Nov. 17, at the first art show. The event also marked the first
anniversary of the library.
Artists Laura Tollefson and Chris Gustafson recently graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She is a poet and painter, he is a sculptor. The couple collaborated on the blue steel sculpture shown here. Along the back wall are dozens of drawings by EV-W students
Author, historian, and State Representative Dean Urdahl spoke about his latest book, Conspiracy.