A column about your Eden Valley Area Library
Summer has many glorious aspects, but a special one for readers of all ages is that it offers a unique chance to read. Escaping routine through books has long been a special summertime pleasure and it’s still a good time to catch up on some classic literature. So, grab a good book, stretch out on that hammock and enjoy.
Transporting you from the ocean to the wild West to the outer limits of the galaxy are Life of Pi by Yann Martel; the biography, Will Pickett, Wild West Cowboy; and Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card. Check out American Poems: A Passion for Books for a treasury of poetry, stories and essays. And if you’re just searching for a good mystery from a local author, try The Taking of Libbie, SD by David Housewright, three-time winner of the Minnesota Book Awards.
For the sports enthusiasts, there’s Hiking & Backpacking by Victoria Logue. If golf is your game, improve it by reading My 55 Ways to Lower Your Golf Score by the Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus. And especially important for area anglers, find out how to catch a whopper with River Smallmouth Bass by Dan D. Gapen, Sr. or Fishing: Details for Locating and Catching Fish by Jerry Carlson.
Enjoy your downtime this summer with a list of some of our favorite reads. For our littlest patrons, we have Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose or “Buzz,” said the Bee by Wendy Cheyette Lewison. For younger readers there is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney or Junie B., First Grader. Aloha-Ha-Ha by Barbara Park. Both offer a glimpse of summer vacation hijinks.
Older readers might enjoy By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder with Laura going from Plum Creek, Minn. to De Smet, South Dakota or the classic, Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle and travel to dark planet of Camazotz. Just looking for a great dog story? Try Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
Terry Pratchett will transport young adult readers to a magical place in A Hat Full of Sky. It’s a rip roaring adventure with 11-year-old Tiffany Aching, a young witch-in-training, battling a disembodied monster with assistance from the Wee Free Men and Mistress Weatherwax. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II offer inspiring stories to help master the game called life.
If you find you’re unable to go off on your dream vacation, you can at least enjoy a good movie. How about a set of eight B-grade horror films including Haunted From Within, Doll Graveyard and Zombie Dearest? That should be good for a laugh.
Those of you familiar with our library know that we are a library of donated books and an all-volunteer staff. If you’d care to volunteer, or just stop in, the hours are:
Tuesdays – 3 to 6 p.m.;
Wednesdays – 12 noon to 3 p.m.;
Thursdays – 3 to 6 p.m.;
Fridays – 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays – 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Visit www.evac22.org, to see what else we have to offer.
“Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer’s year — It brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul.”
Thursday, June 26
Family Fun Night – Valley Daze Kick Off – 5-8 p.m. Water Tower Park
Friday, June 27
Library open - 5-9 p.m.
Used Book Sale – 5-9 p.m.
Ice Cream Bar sale (Dilly Bars/Orange Push-Ups) – 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, June 28
Library open – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rolls, coffee & water for sale (while supplies last)
Bake Sale – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Book Sale – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ice Cream Bar sale (Dilly Bars/Orange Push-Ups) 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Raffle Tickets for sale - 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Julie Tagney, Stearns County Dairy Princess Maria Donnay, and Mike Howard (new library aid in Kimball and Annandale) were on hand to serve up ice cream at the Kimball Public Library’s summer reading program kick-off and ice cream social Monday, June 9, at Willow Creek Park in Kimball.
Professor Marvel’s Fizz Bang Boom Science and Magic Show entranced preschoolers and children through grade 5 at Willow Creek Park shelter Monday, June 9. The children were given an experience in the wonder-filled world of very cool science experiments. All this took place at the Kimball Library’s summer reading program kick-off and ice cream social. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.
Eden Valley Area Library is hosting a fundraising bake sale 9 a.m. Saturday morning, June 28. We are asking for contributions of any baked goods, wrapped and ready to sell (and priced if you wish). Please drop all baked goods off at the library between 5-9 p.m. Friday night, June 27, 306 State Street North. Anything you contribute will be very much appreciated.