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Paul Ericsson: eBooks proving popular at the library

The Bemidji Public Library and all of the branches of the Kitchigami Regional Library System (KRLS) are celebrating the first anniversary of providing eBooks for checkout through the 3M Cloud Library.

The service has grown exponentially since it was introduced in September 2012. From children’s picture books to mysteries for adults to cookbooks and self-help titles, there is an eBook for everyone at the tap of a screen or click of a mouse. In addition to eBooks, eAudiobooks and eBooks for children, KRLS has recently added digital magazines from Zinio to its collection of online resources. Library patrons can download the latest issues of 75 popular titles directly to their tablet, computer or smartphone and keep the eMagazine as long as they choose. To utilize these download services as well as accessing the many online databases that the library provides, a resident simply needs to have a KRL library card.

The very popular Minnesota author and comedian Lorna Landvik will be coming back to visit the Bemidji Public Library  at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Landvik is the author of eight novels, including the best-selling “Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons,” “Oh My Stars” and “The View From Mt. Joy.” Her most recent book and the focus of her tour is “Mayor of the Universe.” Readers of Landvik’s books have come to expect heart and humor and a big dash of the unexpected. “Mayor of the Universe” will not disappoint her readers, and this visit will be a good time, as well.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 24, Mike Schneider will entertain and educate us with a history of accordions and polka music. Schneider also takes an in-depth look at the three main polka styles during this anything-but-boring presentation. Enjoy the sounds of some of the most famous polka songs ever played. The audience will even be invited to take part in an interactive video quiz on the German, Polish, and Slovenian styles of polka music. This event will be hosted at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts at 519 Minnesota Ave.

“The Gift of Eagles” a Geocaching Quest co-sponsored by the Bemidji Public Library and Lake Bemidji State Park is a great way to take a walk and enjoy the fall colors out at the Park. If you are not familiar with how to use a GPS device, there are introductory sessions available at the State Park and this Geocaching Quest is a great way to practice your skills. For those that do know how to use a GPS, this quest is a fun way to explore the State Park. Free passes to Lake Bemidji State Park are available at the Library and GPS devices are available for loan at the State Park. This geocaching program is available through Oct. 31.

Of course, all of these events are free of charge and appropriate for all ages.

Looking ahead to November, on Nov. 14, Jeff Falkingham (aka: Dr. John Watson) will present “Holmes & Watson in Minnesota.” Jeff has authored “Sherlock Holmes and the County Courthouse Caper” and “Sherlock Holmes in Search of the Source,” both now available in ebook form. We also are planning another of our very popular Poetry Slams to be held in November — watch for announcements of date and location.

And if you are able to commit to regularly attending meetings and/or assisting with hosting events, we are looking for new members for our Book Festival and Legacy Event Planning Committee. Simply contact me at the Library (in person or 751-3963) for more information about how you can help us with our events.

In addition to all of these free special events, our schedule of regular events includes:

— Weekly storytime events for 3-5 year olds on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., with the weekly lapsit programs for 2-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.

— Our monthly book discussion will look at “Orphan Train” written by Christina Baker Kline at noon Monday and 7 p.m. Tuesday. In November, we will be discussing Lee Stringer’s “Grand Central Winter” and featuring this as a lead-in to National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

— The next session our monthly B.A.R.C. reading and literacy program for school-age children is 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 19. Please call 751-3963 to make a reservation. Parent permission form required.

— The next Senior Surf computer training class is 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 15. Advance registration is required.

We hope to see you often in the Library, checking out books for reading, movies for entertainment, and attending many of these free-of-charge wonderful events.

PAUL ERICSSON is the Branch Manager of the Bemidji Public Library Bemidji