Saturday, 23 March, 2019


Rapids Reads @yourlibrary

By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director

March 3, 2019


It’s the first week of March! That means the library is gearing up for Rapids Reads 2019. Rapids Reads strives to connect the community through reading a common book. Related programs encourage meaningful dialog and reflection. The title this year is “Nature Fix” by Florence Williams. Synopsis of the book: Uncover the science behind nature’s positive effect on the brain. Discover why a connection to nature is so important to our physical and mental wellbeing.In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is, in fact, essential to our humanity. The majority of the programs centered around Rapids Reads are at the end of March and into April and May. In the upcoming programs section below you will see the March programs.


Ukuleles at the library. Jeremy Messersmith and the Minnesota State Arts Board donated 6 ukuleles to the library and they are available for checkout. The loan period is 4 weeks. Stop in and check one out!


Upcoming Programs @the library

Monday, March 4, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.: Book Time.  At 9:30 and 10:30 it’s Book Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and all other sorts of fun! Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit.


Saturday, March 9: Saturday Story Time. At 10:15 and 11:15 it’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books and songs, then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending this Story Time.


Thursday, March 21, 6:00 p.m., Community Room: Nature’s Classroom. Calling all educators, early childhood specialists, and anyone interested in the effect of nature-play on children: the preschool director from Hartley Nature Center in Duluth will join us to discuss how they incorporate nature into everyday learning—and why it is so important for lifelong health.


Thursday, March 28, 6:00 p.m, Community Room.: Woodcarving Basics. Join Belva Shelhamer, artist and woodcarving instructor at MacRostie Art Center, as she discusses the basics of woodcarving. See a project in several stages of completion and discover the tools needed for the many different kinds of carving work that can be done. This program is instructive—but is not hands-on. Bring questions and learn from this expert!