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Library Corner: April programming at the Bemidji Public Library

My guess is that you are like me – you are glad that the daylight is longer, that the sun is stronger, and that the ice and snow are finally melting.

We are not sure if there will be floods along the Red River in Fargo or in Grand Forks. But we’ve opened a floodgate of programming in April here at the Bemidji Public Library

We are offering two showings of the documentary “Bemidji The Middle Years: 1941-1961,” in collaboration the Beltrami County Historical Society. Showings will be at noon Tuesday 7 p.m. Thursday. Both will be at the Bemidji Public Library.

This documentary covers the time of the Pearl Harbor bombing to John F. Kennedy’s election, and features interviews, motion picture footage, original music and photographs that tell the story of Beltrami County residents during this tumultuous and fascinating time period.

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, we will hold another session of F.R.E.D. We think that Fathers Reading Every Day is a great program series, which encourages adult men to read to the young children in their lives. Dads, Grandpas, and big brothers are invited to the library with your wee one (ages 3-6) to spend some time learning tips about effective ways to read to kids, and how important it is to be a role model with reading in your own life. We do an art project together, then we will have a snack, I will read some stories to the kids, and give you a few books to take home. All in less than an hour.

For us, Saturday is a doubleheader with another great event at 4 p.m. Chad Lewis will present “Minnesota’s Gangster Hot Spots” at the Bemidji Public Library. Chad is a well-known Minnesota researcher and author who has traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history, but some of the best tales come right from our own state. This presentation is appropriate for all ages.

We also will be wrapping up the adult Winter Reading Program at this event. We are thankful to the Friends of the Library for so many things that they do for the Library – in this instance they have sponsored the 2103 Winter Reading Program as well as the Chad Lewis presentation.

Suitcase Science is a community-inspired theatre piece and exhibit from the Science Museum of Minnesota that will be at the library at 3:30 p.m. April 12. This event is appropriate for all ages, highlights many scientific disciplines: anthropology, geology, chemistry, sociology, and more. If you cannot make the event, call the Headwaters Science Center to find out about their Suitcase Science event April 13.

Jon Romer will give a presentation at 10:30 a.m. April 13 at the Library on the history and creation of native flutes. He will also perform Native American music on a variety of the instruments he’s made based on the teachings of the elders. Some of the songs will include a Gathering Song, a Love Song, a Farewell Song and a Cherokee Lullaby. This Legacy event is appropriate for all ages.

On April 20, there will be a creative songwriting workshop for all ages from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. Songwriter Larry Long will lead the workshop. This is another event in the Legacy “Story and Song” series. Musical training is not required as Larry will write the music. The workshop attendees will create the lyrics for the song based on their stories. Then following a break, from 4-5 p.m., Larry will give a free concert for the community. The concert, appropriate for all ages, includes the piece that was created during the writing workshop. Both the workshop and the concert for the public will be held at Headwaters School of Music. We suggest workshop attendees pre-register at the Library by calling 751-3963. The previously schedule creative songwriting events with Paul Spring will be rescheduled for May or June.

The popular gardening series hosted by the Friends of the Library and presented by the Beltrami County Master Gardeners is full swing. Events in the series will be at noon April 11, April 25, May 9 and May 23.

The next Poetry Slam event will be April 26 at the Blue Ox restaurant. Gary Lee Joyner will also provide music at this event. Watch for announcements about registering to present your poetry, and details about the evening’s schedule. This event is free, open to all adults, and is funded by the Legacy Amendment.

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

— The regular story time schedule for 3-5 year olds continues at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. The lapsit program for 2 year olds will continue at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

— Our monthly book discussion series is reading “The Other Wes Moore ; one name, two fates” by Wes Moore. Our discussion sessions are at noon Monday and an alternate session at 7 p.m.  Tuesday. The book for May will be “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel.

— B.A.R.C. reading and literacy program for school age children is from 2-4 p.m. April 20. Please call 751-3963 to make a reservation. Parent permission form required.

— Senior Surf computer training classes will be 8-10 a.m. Tuesday and April 16, or 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Advance registration 751-3963 required.

We hope to see you often in the library in 2013, 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.