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Paul Ericsson: Upcoming events at the library

At noon Monday, and then at another session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday our monthly Book Discussion series we will be taking a look at Lee Stringer’s “Grand Central Winter.”

We are featuring this book discussion as a lead-in to National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which is Nov. 16-24.

You will find that many agencies in our community will have events and learning opportunities this month to raise awareness and to serve those people who are experiencing homelessness. I encourage you to participate in these events and service opportunities.

Jeff Falkingham (aka Dr. John Watson) will present “Holmes & Watson in Minnesota” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Library.  

Jeff has authored “Sherlock Holmes and the County Courthouse Caper” and “Sherlock Holmes in Search of the Source,” both now available in e-book form.

His book talks have drawn rave reviews from historical societies, school groups, libraries, book and social clubs throughout Minnesota and its neighboring states.

The program will include a costumed skit in which Holmes and Dr. Watson discuss their creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

There will also be additional slide presentations sandwiched around a segment in which the author illustrates “10 Key Elements of a Good Story” by reading excerpts from selected Sherlockian tales.

The presentation concludes with a discussion of the challenges and joys of writing historical fiction. This event is appropriate for all ages and funded by the State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment.

Our very popular Poetry Slam series returns at 7 p.m. Thursday. Again hosted at the American Legion, this series has drawn rave reviews from our adult audiences. Poets that wish to participate in the Slam may sign up at the Library beginning Thursday through Nov. 19. Contestants should prepare three readings (in case they make it all the way to the third round) of original poetry in any style, each reading limited to three minutes or less.

Twelve first-round poets compete to make the seven places in round two; three poets from that round advance to the final round.

Five judges will rate the poets on content and performance. Prize money for the top three Slam poets is $100, $75 and $50 for the three finalists. The audience should be aware the Poetry Slam will likely contain adult themes and language.

Work is underway by the library to offer a regular local author series. If you are interested in serving on the planning process or hosting/moderating an event, please contact me in person at the Library or by calling 218-751-3963. Our next planning meeting is at 4 p.m.  Dec. 3. This work is not limited to local authors. And then for those local authors that are interested in giving a presentation about their writing, we will separately be issuing a “Call for Authors” probably later in December or January. The series of local author presentations will begin in January 2014.

We are looking for new members for our Book Festival and Legacy Event Planning Committee. If you are interested in shaping the schedule of authors and workshops at the Festival – then you are welcome to join us in the planning. Our committee will next meet at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 and then about once a month through the winter. When we get closer to the Festival will meet twice a month. Simply contact me at the Library (in person or 751-3963) for more information about how you can serve on our Festival. The Bemidji Library Book Festival is scheduled for the week of June 16–21, 2014.

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

—  Weekly storytime events for 3- to 5-year- olds on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Saturday’s at 10:30 a.m. with the weekly lapsit programs for 2- year-olds at 10:30 on Thursdays.

—  The next session our monthly B.A.R.C. reading and literacy program for school age children is from 2 – 4 p.m. on Nov. 16. Please call 751-3963 to make a reservation. Parent permission form required.

—  The next Senior Surf computer training classes are from 5 – 7 p.m.,  on Nov. 7 and then from 8 – 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 and Nov. 19  Advance registration is required.

— Our monthly book discussion series will read in November “The Soul of All Living Creatures” written by Vint Verga and then discuss this book at noon on Dec. 2 and again at 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

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.

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