Thursday, 17 August, 2017


Swashbuckling pirates turn used books into treasure @ your Library

Will Richter, Reference Librarian


Kudos to everyone who helped make the Tall Timber Days used book sale a huge success!  100+ volunteers and over 550 boxes of boxes of books were sorted, boxed, and hauled from the library to Central Square Mall!  Proceeds of over $8,000 were split by the Friends of the Grand Rapids Area Library and Grand Rapids Area Library Foundation – both organizations are full of library champions working hard to benefit the community with generous gifts of time and money.

Susan Hayes and Barb Meyers deserve accolades for tremendous coordination of all the sale details. Barb and her husband Chuck stepped in whenever and wherever extra hands and a pick-up truck came in handy!  Both women made dozens of phone calls to line up tables, volunteers, work crews, etc.  Dave Hayes was in charge of boxes and posters, collecting empty boxes for sorters to fill and haulers to cart from the library to the mall. He made sure posters were up all over the county to attract visitors to the sale. 

Susan made sure that there were not only volunteers, but team captains and shift managers to take responsibility for running a smooth sale.  The library is grateful for the tremendous support of the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation.  Both organizations put forth great effort to make the sale successful.

Some volunteers can’t work the actual sale, but support it in other ways:  Janet Coy baked many dozen cookies to fortify sale volunteers;  Mary Erickson called volunteers enlisting their help; Jim Nardone, Mike McGinnis, Chuck Meyers, and Dave Hayes hauled books; others sorted and boxed donations.  Itasca County Jail Sentence to Serve Work Crew helped with set up and take down for the sale.  Nathan Mariano gave an amazing performance of guitar instrumentals at First Friday during an event hosted by the Library Foundation.

We can’t forget the pirates, Susan Hayes and Biz Peterson, who promoted the sale handing out coupons and bookmarks at many community events prior to the sale.

Upcoming programs – mark your calendar!

Anime Club!  Tuesday, August 15 at 2:00 P.M.

Watch Anime, eat snacks!

(for teens 12-18)

Income Opportunities from the Northwoods.  Thursday, August 17 at 6:00 P.M.

Presenter: Julie Miedtke

Minnesota forests provide abundant resources for “specialty forest products” (SFP’s) that  generate income producing hobbies or businesses---blueberries for pies, art pieces carved from wood, maple syrup and holiday wreaths to name a few. Discuss opportunities and challenges to supplement income or start a cottage business. Learn important harvest considerations, market opportunities for raw materials and specialty products.

Yoga on the Lawn.  Saturday, August 19 at 9:00 AM  

Instructor: Heidi Henriksen Amouta

Enjoy Saturday morning yoga on the library lawn. This class is for anyone - new or old to yoga. Bring a mat or a beach towel and stretch and strengthen your body in the morning sunshine. (In case of rain, class moves into the community room.)

Saturday Story Time!  Saturday, August 19 at 10:15&11:15

At 10:15 and 11:15, it’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the story circle for stories, rhymes and songs.  Then move to the community room for a snack and a craft.  Open to all ages. No registration required.  Story Time attendees earn one Baby Steps coupon per family per Saturday.

Family Lego Night!  Monday, August 21 at 5:30  

You know how much fun Lego Club is during the day, now it’s time to grab the whole family and come for an evening of building! All creations will be displayed in the Children’s Library for all to admire. All ages welcome; no registration required. Questions? Call the Children’s Desk (218) 327-8823

Ready for School?  Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 PM

Dr. Janice Rourk, MD, Pediatrician; Kristin Klinefelter, Dietician; & Tracy Kampa, Children’s Librarian

Supervised care in the library for school-aged children

You’ve purchased new crayons, sneakers and a backpack, but are there still questions, fears and challenges about a new school year beginning? Three specialists zero in on topics helpful to preparing your children to return to the classroom.  Adults learn how a child’s sleep, nutrition and stress management factor into school success, and how to support students reading and book selection. Bring questions and concerns. School-aged children can participate in supervised library fun while moms, dads and caregivers attend the program. Check kids into the closed library starting at 6:45 and pick them up at program’s end.