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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The acclaimed author, naturalist and musician Douglas Wood will be at the Blackduck School Media Center Apr. 7 at 9:30 a.m.

Wood is the acclaimed author of many children's books including award winners such as the perennial best seller Old Turtle and the New York Times best-selling can't do series. He has also published books for adults including Minnesota; the Spirit of the Land and Paddle Whispers.

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Among his many honors and awards have been the Christopher Medal, ABBY Award, International Reading Association Book of the Year, Minnesota Book Award, Midwest Publishers Association Book of the Year, Parent's Choice Award, Barnes and Noble Star of the North, and Story Telling World Award.

Wood's musical CDs include Deep Woods, Deep Waters and Alive and Pickin' featuring the Wild Spirit Band. His stories, poetry and music speak of his love of the natural world and respect for the many lessons that it teaches us. Wood composes all of the music featured on his cds and for his live performances.

A versatile and classically trained musician, Wood sings, plays six and 12 string guitars, dobro, banjo, mandolin and keyboards. Wood also has been very active in the Ernest Oberholzer Foundation, serving on the board of directors for many years and also serving as the board president.

Wednesday's program will explore Wood's writers path and encourage everyone to find and follow their own path. All seventh grade students will be attending this workshop and it will also be open to the public. Because of limited seating, any members of the public wishing to attend must pick up free tickets at the Blackduck Community Library. For this program, tickets will be necessary to gain entrance to the school. This event is hosted by the Blackduck Community Library with legacy funds approved by Minnesota voters for our arts and cultural heritage.

This program is presented by Kitchigami Regional Library System with legacy funds approved by Minnesota voters for our arts and cultural heritage.

On April 24, the Blackduck Community Library will be serving afternoon tea at the Blackduck Senior Center. This event will be the spring fund-raising activity for the library and all proceeds will be used for the library. Area businesses and organizations have donated filled baskets to be raffled off during the tea. Each person will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and then use them to bid on the basket of their choice.

One winning ticket will be drawn for each basket. Tri Sigma will be donating a picnic basket and Northwoods Lumber will be donating a handyman's basket. Other baskets will be provided by the Blackduck Garden Club, Gladys Meade and several others.

The tables for the tea will also be decorated by area businesses and organizations, all using a book for their theme. Moon Drug, Anderson Fabrics, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #372 and the Blackduck Garden Club are some of those providing the table themes. Everyone is invited to attend this fun event, which will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the senior center. The cost of the tea is $5 per person which includes beverage, finger sandwiches and desserts.

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