Summer Reading Library Acyvities

We have quite a few events this week (July 11-15th) and next week (July 18-22nd) for those of you in the summer reading program.

This week on Tuesday (July 12th), ND Extension Service will present to us from 1-2pm.  Come and learn about all they do.

On Wednesday the 13th we will host the Grant County Sheriff’s Department at 2pm, and learn all about Stranger Danger.

Friday from 1-2pm come in and learn how to make butter!  It really does taste better fresh.

Next week, we have Carrie Ravinius from Jacobson Memorial Hospital dropping by on Monday (July 18th), she is always a treat. And last but not least, come join us for an hour of crafts on Thursday the 21st, from 1-2pm.

Hope to see you all!

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Calling all crafters!

Warm up those fingers and get those brain cells ready to receive instruction in a new crafting skill.  We have THREE craft classes coming up.

  1. HAND quilting: Is on April 13th (that is this Wednesday) at 1pm.  Bring your thimble and $8.00 for supplies.  Yes, your thimble, even if you always say “I NEVER use my thimble”.  If you signed up at the library, you should have received a note in the mail last week.
  2. How to knit: This begins on April 20th (next week) from 1pm – 3pm.  A set of #8 needles, a tapestry needle (large eye and blunt tip), and a skein (in other words, hank, ball, etc.) of Red Heart acrylic yarn should be brought to the class. See previous post for what is being taught.  If you signed up at the library, you should receive a note in the mail this week.
  3. How to crochet: This begins on April 20th (next week) from 3pm – 5pm. A 5.5mm, or “I” size crochet needle, a tapestry needle (large eye and blunt tip),  and a skein (in other words, hank, ball, etc.) of Red Heart acrylic yarn should be brought with you to the class . See previous post for what is being taught.  If you signed up at the library, you should receive a note in the mail this week.
So come all, let’s get our craft on!

Calling all would be knitters and/or crocheters.

Beginner classes in both crafts will soon get under way – by soon, I mean a couple weeks.  If you have signed up at the library, you will be contacted next week with day/time. While the classes are free, you will need to bring your own supplies. These classes will cover the basics on how to knit and/or crochet.

In knitting, we will learn – cast-on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and bind-off. Supplies needed are:  A set of #8 needles, a tapestry needle (large eye and blunt tip), and a skein (in other words, hank, ball, etc.) of Red Heart acrylic yarn.

In crochet, we will learn – chain, single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, increase, decrease, and finishing. Supplies needed are: A 5.5mm, or “I” size crochet needle, a tapestry needle (large eye and blunt tip),  and a skein (in other words, hank, ball, etc.) of Red Heart acrylic yarn.

This will be interesting! See you all soon.

What does Patricia Cornwall, Margaret Jensen, and Lee Child have in common?

They all have a newly arrived book at our library!  “The Sun is Shining on the Other Side” (Barbara Jensen) is a collection of heartwarming stories about life as it is.  This book can be found in our non-fiction section. “The Bone Bed”, by the talented Patricia Cornwall, has all the murder, intelligence, and introspection we’ve come to expect from the Scarpetta novels.  Finally, we have “Never Go Back” (Lee Child) for all those Jack Reacher fans. A difference being, Jack Reacher actually begins to question his ‘on the road’ lifestyle!  So come on in and check these out.

Age 75 and want to be young again? Join the Colonial Defense Forces!

And thus begins the first book of John Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” trilogy which was recently (and kindly) donated to our shelves.  So if you’ve been hankering for some  good science fiction (soon to be fact?), we have the full trilogy available.  In book one (“Old Man’s War”), we meet John Perry, who is BRIEFLY 75 physical years old.. as well as being introduced to both the CDF and the Colonial Union (CU) – which is pretty much aggressive towards the other 412+ known races in our neck of the universe.  In book two (“The Ghost Brigade”), we find out just how ‘special’ the Special Forces of the CU are by following the mission of the six year old soldier  – Jane Sagen – built out of the DNA of Kathy, John’s long dead wife. In the final book (“The Last Colony”), John, Jane, and a very special teenager are unknowing pawns as the CU and the Conclave of alien races go head to head to decide the future of humanity.  But from what we know of John and Jane, they will not sit idly by and just accept the options offered to them by the authorities. So stop on by and take a trip away from earth and out to where all the action is.

Get Set, Get Ready, Read!!!

This is the Theme for the summer reading program this year and we have all ready started to plan.  We are hoping to have a summer Olympics day or 2 right here in Elgin.  So get ready.  This year as part of the reading program the children will have to read at least 1 book that has do do with sports of some type whether it is about the Olympics or a specific person in sports or about a specific sport, as our theme is not just to stimulate the brain but to get the kids moving to become healthier and not just sit and watch TV or play video games.