enfrdeitptrues

Monday, 20 May, 2019

420 N. POKEGAMA AVENUE

The River@yourlibrary

By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director

At the end of the week the library is hosting a program called Explore Nature. The program will be on Thursday and Saturday. Activities will take place outside so attendees can enjoy the natural surroundings around the library. If you’ve been to the library, you know it’s situated on the north shore of the Mississippi River. As an employee I feel super fortunate to have my work place located in such a beautiful setting. I thought I would focus my column on fiction and nonfiction materials we have about the Mississippi River.

 

Nonfiction  

“My Kind of River Journey” by Susan Hauser. The book chronicles her travels from St. Paul to the Gulf of Mexico. “Schoolcraft’s Narrative Journal of Travels”. Chronicles his travels through the northwestern regions of the U.S. extending from Detroit through the great chain of American lakes to the sources of the Mississippi River, in the year 1820. “Tales of the Mississippi” by Ray Samuel/. “Headwaters Region Guide” by Dean Klinkenberg. The book explores the area in depth, from the Ojibwe communities to cities along the river like Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Aitkin, Brainerd, and St. Cloud. “Ka-Ka-Ska-Ska” by Jim Lewis. The book details the author’s 49 day kayak trip. It took 3 years to complete the journey.

 

Fiction

“Mississippi Jack” by L.A. Meyer. In 1806 the exploits of Jacky Faber continue as she heads west to avoid capture by the British and discovers adventure aboard a keelboat on the Mississippi River. “The River is Dark” by Joe Hart. Local author Joe hart sets his thriller in a town on the banks of the Mississippi. “Mike Fink: A Tall Tale” by Stephen Kellogg. Relates the extraordinary deeds of the frontiersman who became King of the Keelboatmen on the river.

 

Upcoming Programs @yourlibrary

Tuesday, May 14, 6:00 p.m: Luffarslojd. Artist Faith Clover teaches attendees about the traditional Scandinavian art of wire-working, called Luffarslöjd. Learn its history and make a basic hook or two to take home! Ages 14 and up—please register at the Reference Desk. This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 

Wednesday, May 15, 5:00 p.m.: Wednesday Writing Group.

 

Thursday, May 16, 3:30 p.m.: Explore Nature. We are closing the book on Rapids Reads 2019 with outdoor fun for the whole family! Dress for the weather and enjoy activity stations sure to get everyone excited about nature.

 

Saturday, May 18: 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.

Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m.: Explore Nature. We are closing the book on Rapids Reads 2019 with outdoor fun for the whole family! Dress for the weather and enjoy activity stations sure to get everyone excited about nature.