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E-books are now available to Bemidi Public Library users. Anyone with a valid Kitchigami Library card will have access to a wide variety of e-books for e-readers and smartphones.

Books from more than 70 publishers will be available from the 3M Cloud. You can get started by going to the home page of the Kitchigami Regional Library system: You’ll use your library card and PIN number to sign up for the Cloud Library, find directions for various devices and see the other great downloadable and streaming options that Kitchigami has to offer.

If you run into any problems, you can always stop by the library, where the staff can help with any e-book issues. We’ll be learning the nuances of this new system at the same time you are, but your questions are very welcome, and important to us.

On Oct. 8, we’ll have an open house at the Bemidji Public Library for you to bring in your device, and we’ll walk through the steps with you. Watch for our announcement about the specific schedule of events for that afternoon.  

Here are special events coming up at the library in the next few weeks:

— If you’re intrigued by tracing your family genealogy, here’s a workshop for you. At 10 a.m. Oct. 5, “Ancestry Detectives 101” will provide an overview of the genealogical process and review the resources that are available online at the library using the using Ancestry Library Edition and other resources. Those who register for the workshop should have a basic knowledge of library computer use and how to access the Internet. If you need a library computer orientation session, a 30-minute session will be held at 9:15 a.m.

Registration is required, and space is limited. Call the library at 751-3963 to register. Please indicate if you want to attend the computer orientation session. You’re welcome to bring your own laptop to the workshop.

— Three outstanding Minnesota musicians will be at the library at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Pop Wagner, Charlie Maguire and Tony Glover will present “Woody Reflected — 100 years of Woody Guthrie.” The late Studs Terkel described Guthrie as “One of a handful of the world’s greatest all-time balladeers.” Wagner, Maguire and Glover will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s birth in this very special musical tribute to great songwriter.

— Prudence Johnson and Dan Choinard will be back in Bemidji at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 for a review of the music of the 1960s. This multimedia show, “Tiptoe Through the 60’s,” features pianist Choinard and vocalist Johnson presenting music, photos, dialogue and more at Bemidji High School. You won’t want to miss it. This free program is another in the amazing lineup of programs being presented around the state through the Legacy Amendment approved by the voters of Minnesota.

— Four after-school programs for kids this fall will focus on the important theme “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Games, art, crafts, and, of course, reading will all be featured. The programs will be held Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. from Oct. 4 through Nov. 1 with a break Oct. 18. There is limited seating for each session, so registration is required in advance. Call 751-3963. If there’s space available, drop-ins will be accommodated. There is no charge, as the series is funded through the Legacy Amendment. The series is presented by Happy Dancing Turtle, an educational organization from Pine River.

Weekly themes are:

Oct. 4: “Upcycled Quilt,” focusing on the three R’s (reusing, reducing and recycling). Age level: K-grade 3 or homeschool equivalent.

Oct. 11: “Upcycled Craft,” again with the focus on the three R’s. Age level: grades 2-4.

Oct. 25: “Freddie the Fish and Pollution” will focus on water quality. Age level: grades 3-6.

Nov. 1:  “Incredible Journey” will again focus on water cycle. Age level: K-grade 2.

We hope to see you 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 at the Bemidji Public Library.