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Annandale Public Library offering programs

Sunshine Storytime – Aug. 5

Children ages 3 to 8 are invited to Sunshine Storytime at the Annandale Public Library
10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. Attendance is limited and registration is required. This storytime is sponsored by the Annandale Friends of the Library.

Music In The Library – Aug. 6

Classical guitarist Jeff Bianchi will perform at the Annandale Public Library 3:30-4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6. People of all ages are invited to enjoy the beauty of the classical guitar. Bianchi began performing as a classical musician in his teens. From 2005 to 2007 he toured nationally as a guitar player with country music acts before returning to his roots as a classical musician. His 2014 concert schedule includes performances in Alabama, Mississippi, Wyoming and other states. He will play a variety of compositions including music from the 17th century as well as pieces for guitar by contemporary composers. This concert is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Eden Valley Area Library & Event Center August schedule


Knitting Gathering – Wednesday, Aug. 6, noon

Writer’s Circle & Fine Arts Activity – Wednesday, Aug. 13, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Contact Larry (320) 453-7413

Eden Valley Area Library Board Meeting – Saturday, Aug. 9, noon-2 p.m.

Summer Reading Program – Wednesday, Aug. 13 (Buffalo Farmer, Bee Keeper, etc.) and Saturday, Aug. 23 (Fun Day, games, etc.),  9:30-11 a.m.

Mid Summer Blast – Saturday, Aug. 16, Music starts at 7 p.m.

Friends of the Library Mtg. – Monday, Aug. 25, 6-7 p.m.

Save the date Sunday, Sept. 14, Dino’s Eden Lakeside Club, 5 p.m. social hour, dinner, entertainment, live and silent auctions, more details to come. Eden Valley Area Library Fall Fundraiser. 

Everyone is welcome at all events.


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.