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Uncommon pair help others find acceptance, and surpass what others expect of them

Random happening #1: a British author (Gavin Hill) who was expected to die 42 years ago, and a Litchfield woman (Rosie Hartwig) who was expected to die 18 years ago, were guests at the Eden Valley Area Library last week, twice.W-IMG 2135


Random happening #2: Said author wrote a play, a musical, for children and eight Eden Valley youngsters performed that play Wednesday of last week, at the library.

The play, “William Gray and the Family Next Door,” is about a brown field mouse being chased by an angry cat into a church full of gray church mice, and being rejected for being different. In the end, of course, they realize they have so much more in common, and that uniting is much better than discriminating.


Upcoming programs at Annandale Library July 25 and 26


The Annandale Public Library is offering the following programs

Charcoal Drawing Class –
July 25

Teens and adults are invited to a basic Charcoal Drawing class at the Annandale Public Library 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 25. Artist Shayann Hoffer will provide instruction in basic charcoal drawing techniques including line, blending, composition, and scale, rendering from a traditional artist still life. The attendance limit is 20 and registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Dazzling Dave, Yo-Yo Master show and workshop – July 26

Yo-yo master Dazzling Dave will present a show and workshop at the Annandale Farmers Market
9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26. Dazzling Dave has been a professional yo-yo performer since 1998. He has held several yo-yo world records and he is a former masters world champion and Minnesota champion. After showcasing his skills with a presentation of astounding tricks, he will present a workshop for ages 8 and up. The attendance limit is 30. Registration will take place on-site. This event is sponsored by the Annandale Public Library and funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. In case of rain the event will move into the library.


Book Notes from the Eden Valley Area Library

A column about your Eden Valley Area Library

It might come as a surprise how many outstanding authors we have from Minnesota. Most of you are familiar with our favorite, William Kent Krueger. And we’d like to salute Vince Flynn, a St. Paul native who passed away in 2013. Thankfully, he left behind a remarkable collection of political thrillers. Another Minnesota author on our shelves is Stillwater native Nicole Helget with “The Turtle Catcher”. It’s a haunting love story with a heinous crime at the core, taking place during World War I in rural Minnesota.

For the younger set, don’t miss the opportunity to read or listen to “The Tale of Despereaux”. It is an enchanting tale of Despereaux Tillings, a small mouse with unusual talents and the princess he loves. The author is the award-winning Kate DiCamillo, who currently lives in Minneapolis.


July 26: Meet and greet at EV Area Library

Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m. the Eden Valley Area Library will hold a meet and greet with British author Gavin Hill. Also featured is Rosie W-Gavin-Hill-and-Rosie-HartwigHartwig for a motivational speaking engagement on discovering a positive approach to life’s struggles combined with artistic style on the wings of photo and verse. The public is invited at no charge.

Annandale Public Library offers programs

Kids Steampunk Class – July 18

Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to a Kids Steampunk Class at the Annandale Public Library
10-11 a.m. Friday, July 18. Children will make a fun necklace using all recycled items such as miniature toys, beads, and much more. Each necklace will be unique. The attendance limit is 12 and registration is required. This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.