Tricounty News

June 9: Summer Reading Program begins at GRRL


Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will begin its annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens ages 0-18 Monday, June 9, continuing through Saturday, Aug.

9. Two programs are offered.




Experiment with Reading


The program for children from birth through age 12 is entitled “Experiment with Reading.” It has two age groups: children from birth to age 5, and children from age 3


through sixth grade. Children ages 3 to 5 may choose which group to join. Children in both groups will be given a game-style sheet on which to mark their reading


activities. The sheet for the younger age group encourages parents to do activities with their children that help build reading readiness. To be eligible for prize drawings,

sheets must be turned in at the library by Saturday, Aug. 16.






Book Notes for June

A column about your Eden Valley Area Library

With D-Day and Flag Day both falling in June, it is a good time to remember all things military starting with information about our flag. Flag etiquette is often misunderstood or forgotten. We see signs of the American Flag in advertisements, on T-shirts or hats and seldom think about the rules set down in the flag code. Did you know that the flag should not be flown in bad weather unless it is designated for inclement weather use? If flown at night, it should be illuminated. And if your flag becomes tattered, it needs to be mended or retired. For other rules regarding flag etiquette or for proper disposal of that tattered flag, turn to the American Legion. Eden Valley Post 381 of the American Legion takes flags at any time and offers proper disposal services. Contact Jim Haag at (320) 453-2107, or (320) 320-5836, for more information.

It may come as a surprise the number of remarkable books our library has on U.S. history and the armed forces. Check out Mary Chestnut’s Civil War for a glimpse of the Civil War from the viewpoint of a Southern aristocrat. In Steven Ambrose’s D-Day, June 6, 1944: the Climactic Battle of World War II, the title says it all. 12, 20 and 5: A Doctor’s Year in Vietnam by John A. Parrish, is a candid memoir of a young doctor who reluctantly accepts a commission and spends a year behind the front lines of the Vietnam War.

Fiction books can make the historical aspects of war come alive. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer tells of the German occupation of the Guernsey Islands and how the residents chose to handle it. This puts a whole new slant on book clubs. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rodney goes from 1942 to present day when an American journalist in Paris sets out to solve an old mystery. If you have never read the classic Civil War novel, Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, it is worth checking out.

For young adults, don’t miss The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Made into a great movie, the book is even better. Death is the narrator in this World War II book about a young German girl’s struggle to understand the world around her. Soldier’s Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers by Gary Paulsen tells of a 15 year-old who enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers because he “didn’t want to miss out on a great adventure.”

For beginning readers, check out Civil War on Sunday from the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. And for a little older audience there is the gripping Stones in Water by Donna Jo Napoli. It tells the World War II story of two Italian boys who start out one afternoon to go the movies and end up in a Nazi labor camp.

We have some outstanding picture books that will help young readers understand the effects of war. Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki tells of the infamous time in U.S. history when innocent Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during World War II. Animal lovers might find it difficult to read Faithful Elephant by Yukio Tsuchiya, a true story of the elephants at the Tokyo Zoo during the Second World War. Those of you who served in Vietnam might find it beneficial to share The Wall by Eve Bunting with your family. Finally, to help young children understand the military and what it means to serve, check out H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian.

Of course our selection of DVDs wouldn’t be complete without some notable war stories. Bridge on the River Kwai is a classic war drama starring William Holden and Alec Guinness concerning prisoners in a Japanese POW camp. While Saving Private Ryan with Tom Hanks and Matt Damon tells the story of a group of US soldiers going behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Our new book selections include some exciting young adults titles. We have Fade to Silver by Catherine Converse. It’s the second book of the In-Between Series. For those who enjoyed Divergent or The Hunger Games, we have the third book in the Maze Runner Series, The Death Cure by James Dashner and the finale to Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy, Champion. Ask our staff how to locate any of the new books or other titles mentioned.

Check out what our library has to offer at, or call (320) 453-4434. Our hours are: 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.-12 noon.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s message to the troops on D-Day, June 6, 1944:

“The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

May 22: World Book Night Review

Your World Book Night Review will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Eden Valley Area Library. This is an opportunity to connect with others that chose one of the World Book Night Selections: The Lighthouse Road, Zookeeper’s Wife, and
Pontoon, and to perhaps exchange your book for another. 

Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.!


Eden Valley Area Library Book Notes

Welcome to the first issue of Book Notes, a column about your Eden Valley Area Library. We hope to provide our readers with information about new books, some of our many classics as well as outstanding non-fiction on our shelves. For those who have lived in this area from years past, we are honored to have original Eden Valley Journal newspapers starting from 1951, and Eden Valley High School Year Books dating from 1990.

We have survived the winter of 2013-14, and it’s time to focus on the upcoming months of Minnesota’s great season of spring. When it comes to creating a landscape plan, the most difficult thing is often the starting point. Use grid paper to draw a blueprint, analyze your yard of existing trees and plants, and assess your needs and desires for the outdoor living area, including the addition of privacy features such as hedges or fences. Your outdoor space has many functions, whether it’s a place to unwind and relax or to hold that large family gathering. 


Eden Valley Area Library & Event Center May schedule

Friends of the Library–May 5, 6-7 p.m.

Knitting Gathering–May 7, noon

Book Club (Olive Kitteridge)–May 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Story Hour–May 9 & 23, 9:30-11 a.m.

Healthy Communities Partnership Mtg.–May 14, 6:30 p.m.

Eden Valley Area Library Board Meeting–May 24, noon-2 p.m.

Brenda Brown Elliot, (author from Willmar area), Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m.