Connie Lounsbury, a Minnesota author and speaker, will be speaking at the Eden Valley Library Thursday, April 24, World Book Day. She has many ties to this area. Her husband David grew up near Manannah and has siblings and many nieces and nephews in the Eden Valley, Paynesville and Litchfield areas. Lounsbury and her husband lived in rural Paynesville for a short time in the early 1960s.
Lounsbury, whose writing career began in 1993, has earned numerous writing awards, including first place in the inspirational category of the 2001 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and winner of the 1998 Guideposts’ Writer’s Contest. She is the author of six books and 30 short stories. Her latest book, “Kathleen Creek,” is an historical novel based on a true story set in Annandale, Minn. “Thrift Store Shoes,” her memoir, is about growing up in poverty.
People are being encouraged to make a connection with their local public library during National Library Week, April 13 to 19. The week’s theme, chosen by the American Library Association, is “Lives Change @ Your Library.”
“If you aren’t a regular library user, just stop by one day,” said Karen Pundsack, Great River Regional Library’s associate director for patron services. “Pick up a magazine, flip through the music CDs, ask what programs are being offered. Tell the staff what your hobbies are and challenge them to find a book you’d enjoy!”
Throughout April, Great River Regional Library is conducting an online Technology Impact Survey. The purpose is to find out how people are using library computers and technology across its 32 library locations in Central Minnesota. Finding out how technology is being used and how it affects people’s lives will help the library create a map for further development. The survey is available at griver.org/impact.
The Eden Valley Area Library is pleased to announce that we will be hosting World Book Night Thursday, April 24, beginning at 6 p.m. at the library.
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading person to person. Each year, April 23, (Shakespeare’s birthday) thousands of people in the United States and around the world go out into their communities to give a half a million free “World Book Night” paperback books. (Ours will be held Thursday, April 24) The goal of World Book Night is to seek out adult readers- wherever they are.
Our library committee members each applied for 20 free books. We had to answer these three questions: “Where do you intend to give out the books”? “To whom do you intend to give books”? and “Why do you want to participate in World Book Night”? A total of 100 FREE books will be given out at our event.
Following the success of Read Down Your Fines weeks in 2013, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will repeat the effort April 14-19 in recognition of National Library Week.
During Read Down Your Fines Week, teens and juveniles who have accumulated fines on their library accounts may read at the library to reduce the amount they owe. Fifteen minutes of reading wipes out $1 in fines. The first Read Down Your Fines week took place in June 2013, when 173 minor cardholders took part. Another 145 took part during a second Read Down Your Fines week in October.
Local musician Katherine Strand will play a variety of music on her Celtic harp at the Annandale Public Library 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 12. Enjoy the music as you browse the shelves or sit and listen. Her performance, suitable for adults, teens and children, is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. (320) 274-8448.