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Book Festival over, but not the fun at the Library

I hope you haven't been worrying that after the blitz of events at the library's successful Book Festival in June -- that we had run out of steam.

Please know we are anything but done for the summer. About the only downtime I see on our schedule is when we were closed for the Fourth. Apart from the holiday -- we have a great lineup of special services and activities for all ages during the remainder of the summer.

On Wednesday, from 7 to 8 p.m., the library will co-sponsor "Fostering Wellness through Participatory Art Making." Join Kairos Alive! founder and director Maria Genné and her intergenerational artist team for a lively interactive introduction to the power of participatory dance, music and story making to positively impact wellbeing. Kairos Alive! will also hold several other events in Bemidji during the week so be sure to read additional information at their Facebook page --

Incentive prizes, activities and events continue for the children's summer reading program. Even though registration began in early June, children can still sign up in July and be eligible for incentive prizes during the last four weeks, right up to Aug. 2. Our goal is to help children sustain reading through the summer and prevent any drop-off in their reading skills when they return to school in September. When children report their time reading, they are eligible for incentive prizes. Families can take advantage of our online tools to track reading, sign up for the special workshops, submit online book reviews, and other engaging online features --

Special events for the remainder of the summer reading program include:

• At 2 p.m. Tuesday, art teacher Nina Lubarski invites elementary school children to the library to read "Pete the Cat" with her and then do a fun drawing or water color art project to go along with the book.

• At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Lubarski will be back at the library teaching middle school and high school teens how to make a sketchbook and also learn about different sketching ideas.

• At 10:30 a.m. Friday, the library features "Animals in Action." Learn how animals move and groove and meet some real animal ambassadors from the Lake Superior ZooMobile. This event is appropriate for all ages.

• At 10:30 a.m. July 14, there will be a music concert for the family with Conductor Jack of the Zinghoppers. Fun, fresh and fully interactive, this show encourages audience participation and kids will be dancing, singing and zinghopping along — right there in the library's Main Reading Room. No "Shush-Quiet" at the library that morning.

• At 2 and 3:15 p.m. July 15, there will be a presentation by "Red Lake Rosie's Animal Rescue." The 2 p.m. event is geared for elementary school age students and the 3:15 p.m. presentation for middle & high school age teens.

• At 10:30 a.m. July 22, singer and songwriter Paul Spring will perform some of his great original songs. This concert is for all ages.Spring will be back at 2 p.m. to lead a creative songwriting workshop for older elementary through middle school students. Kids will learn how to write songs about their favorite animal friends. Paul was at the library last summer and the kids had a blast writing a song about Paul Bunyan and this summer's workshop promises to be even more fun. Advance sign-up for limited seating.

• On July 29 at 2 p.m., our favorite magicians, Robert and Lynn Halbrook, return with "Professor Marvel's Amazing Aussie Adventure" celebrating our PAWS For Reading summer program series. This magic event is also for all ages.

• And at 7 p.m., July 31, we will have another showing of the movie "Frozen." Free, advance tickets required for limited seating.

Ongoing programs

In addition to all of these free special events and services, our ongoing 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.

The next session for our monthly B.A.R.C. reading and literacy program for school-age children is on 10 a.m. to noon July 21. Please call 751-3963 to make a reservation. Parent permission form required.

Senior Surf computer training classes offered three times a month. Advance registration is required.

Our monthly book discussion series will next meet at noon Monday and also at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The discussion program will run for approximately an hour. At these two sessions in July, the book for discussion will be "The Answer To Your Question" by Paulette Bates Alden, who was one of the Book Festival authors and workshop leaders.

The Art Wall during July will feature artwork created by children that participated in the SummerKids program at the Bemidji School District in 2013. There will be a reception for the student artists from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday in the library's Main Reading Room.

Upcoming events

• Our local author series "Bemidji Writes" continues on at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 with Jeanette Lukowski, writer of "Tarnished Dreams" and "Hart Scars." These books are her memoir of parenting a teen runaway and about tough love.

• Also mark your August calendar for 7 p.m. Aug. 11, when Christina Baker Kline, the bestselling author of "Orphan Train" will give a presentation about this powerful book. Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, "Orphan Train" is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

• The library's annual book sale will be at the 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 20-21 at the National Guard Armory. From 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 19, members of the Friends of the Library are able to attend an early-bird sale. Registration to join the Friends for a modest fee can be done anytime at the Red Door Bookstore in the library, or that night at the Book Sale.

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. And don't forget that we offer a range of downloadable materials from our web site at