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.
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.
Thursday evening, April 24, the Eden Valley Area Library hosted a World Book Night event. Thirty-seven books had been donated by their authors for the world-wide celebration of books and reading, and everyone who attended the Eden Valley event received one of the three books chosen for that site: Free copies of Garrison Keillor’s Pontoon, Peter Geye’s The Lighthouse Road, and Diane Ackerman’s The Zookeeper’s Wife are still available at the Eden Valley Area Library during regular hours. Stop in to pick up your copy, if you haven’t already.
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.