Historian Melanie Stringer will present her first-person living history program, Meet Laura Ingalls Wilder. This presentation features an interactive “visit” with an adult, but not-yet-famous, Mrs. Wilder. It’s 1898, and Laura, Almanzo, and their 11-year-old daughter Rose have recently settled in the tranquil Missouri Ozarks. The family is working hard to build up a new farm; times are tough and money is scarce, but better days are coming. Though she has not yet considered a writing career, Mrs. Wilder has already lived through many of the events that she will one day recount in her famous Little House books. Visitors are encouraged to join the conversation and questions are welcome in this lively, all-ages program.
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She will be appearing at numerous locations around the Pioneerland Library System, so if one of the times at our Meeker County Libraries doesn’t work for you, ask a librarian to see her full schedule.
Ever wanted to learn the art of needle felting? We have three opportunities for you across our libraries in Meeker County. Be sure to sign up by calling the libraries listed above. Classes are expected to fill quickly, so be sure to get your name on the list!
Summer is drawing to a close and, with it, this year’s summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. This year in Dassel, we had 171 kids signed up to participate.
To participate in the reading program, kids played a game that involved earning spots on a board by spending time reading and by doing other activities like attending library programs and playing outside. When they reached each spot on the board, they got to choose a prize. Everything from books to certificates for pizza to small toys were available to choose from.
Teens had a simpler version of the reading log that was all about hours spent reading over the summer.
We couldn’t have given out all of those incentives without our generous local sponsors. I’d like to thank all of the businesses and organizations that gave prizes and donations for the summer reading program:
Dassel Friends of the Library
Dassel Community Chest
Cokato-Dassel Lions Club
Jimmy’s Pizza, Dassel
Red Rooster Foods
I’d like to say a special thank you to the Cokato-Dassel Lions Club for sponsoring Dassel Library’s afternoon for kids at the Xtratyme Tecknocenter, which was full to capacity. This was a great opportunities for kids in our community to have an enriching experience without having to pay admission, and families were very grateful.
I hope that kids in our communities have continued to read throughout the summer, whether they participated in our summer reading program or not. Best wishes to all of the students and teachers as they begin the new school year!
Join us for our next adult book club at 1 pm on Wednesday, October 24th in the library. Our book this month is 1st to Die by James Patterson. Copies of this month’s book selection are available to check out at the library.