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LIBRARY CORNER: No slowing down in October at the library

Welcome to October at the Bemidji Public Library!

There will be a Legacy Program at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The Everett Smithson Band will be back to perform about an hour of "Music on the Mississippi." Their style includes, "Zydeco (swamp rock), Blues, and funky roots of all kinds. This band has a soulful creole flavor that will bring a party atmosphere to any show they play," according to their website. Following the performance, there will be 20-30 minutes of harmonica lessons with free harmonicas, songs, diagrams, and literature on harmonicas. Kitchigami Regional Library's Legacy Fund Events are funded by the statewide Legacy Amendment, which dedicates monies to preserve Minnesota arts and cultural heritage.

Former Blackduck resident Brandon Ferdig will give a special presentation on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. called, "Voices of the Pacific Northwest." According to Ferdig's Facebook page, this presentation includes "from homeless people to hippie farmers; from hitchhikers to entrepreneurs—I got to know a cross section of life from this corner of our continent...I'll be sharing the stories (as well as photos and footages) from my recent interactions throughout the Pacific Northwest." Ferdig's book "Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity from China" will also be available for purchase.

The Monthly Book Discussion will feature Kate Atkinson's novel, "Life After Life." This discussion is set for noon, Monday, Oct. 9, in the Front Meeting Room. "Life After Life" poses the question, "What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?" According to Goodreads, "On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can - will she?" New faces are always welcome. Come join the fun!

BPL's YA Book Club will be discussing "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" by Holly Black. This month's discussion will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. (Note the move from the third Tuesday to the fourth for this one month only.) In Black's novel, "Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing" (Goodreads).

On Thursday, Oct. 19, at 3:45 p.m., the library will show a children's movie in the Front Meeting Room to kick off the Education Minnesota long weekend. October's movie features a dog and his four friends solving spooky mysteries.

The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) are stopping by the Children's Area on Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to noon. This program gives children the opportunity to enhance their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs. Space is limited, so sign up is required as well as a signed permission form from a parent or legal guardian.

Storytimes for pre-school aged children and their families is at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Area on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The program consists of three to four stories, followed by a short craft. Themes for October include: "Whoo-Hoo-Owls" (Oct. 3-7), "Leaves! Leaves! Leaves!" (Oct. 10-14), "Busy Little Squirrels" (Oct. 17-21), "It's Pumpkin Time" (Oct. 24-28), and "Too Much Trick or Treat" (Oct. 31-Nov. 4).

What have you been reading lately? I'm finding myself surprisingly immersed in "The Lunar Chronicles" by Marissa Meyer. I would have never guessed I'd be interested in a book that features Cinderella as a cyborg in a futuristic universe, but my friend recommended it to me and I can't put it down.