Tricounty News

World Book Night – Eden Valley Area Library

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.


Library brings back Read Down Fines Week April 14-19

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.


April 12: Celebrate spring with harp music at Annandale Library

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. 


Area libraries conducting online impact survey in April

Central Minnesota library users are being given an opportunity to help shape the future of how library technology will affect their lives and their community.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will conduct an online technology impact survey during April to find out how patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection, and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives.

“The survey will help us to understand how patrons use the library’s technology, and that information will help us to improve our technology services in ways that are valuable to the community,” said Karen Pundsack, the library’s associate director of patron services.


Dance lessons offered Tuesdays

Swing dance lessons will be offered at the Eden Valley Public Library from 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, Tuesday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 15. Michael Klein, who has taught at many of the local community education programs for the past 15 years, will be the instructor. If you have a school dance, wedding, or just looking at doing something new, this is your chance. Bring your partner or friend and have some fun. Pricing for the class is $25 per couple for all three sessions, or $10 per couple for each class. All the proceeds will go to the library.