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Paul Ericsson: Marching through May on the way to summer

The month of May is a transitional month at the Bemidji Public Library, as we get ready for all the special summer events.

But before we look summer events, there still are some great things happening in May.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, we will present “The Gift of Eagles,” a Geocaching Quest co-sponsored by the library and Lake Bemidji State Park.

It is an introduction to the geocaching program, which will run the entire summer at the park.

There will be another introductory session at noon June 11 at the library.

Free passes to the state park are available at the library and GPS devices are available on loan at the park.

The popular gardening series hosted by the Friends of the Library and presented by the Beltrami County Master Gardeners continues with the final session at noon May 23. The topic will be “Did you know?”

The final Poetry Slam of this year’s four-event series is June 17 at the American Legion. A musical performance by Julie Johnson and the No-Accounts will be part of the event.

Poets will be able to sign up beginning June 1.

The event is free and open to all adults, and is funded by the Legacy Amendment and local donors. And given the success of the Poetry Slam series this season, you can be assured we will be continuing the series in the July 2013–June 2014 program year.

The first day of the 2013 Bemidji Library Book Festival also starts June 17.

During the week, the library will host presentations by a children’s book author every morning at 10:30, and every afternoon, there will be a creative writing or illustration workshop.

Evening events will feature an author of adult literature talking about their writing, with events hosted at various venues in downtown Bemidji.

A schedule of events is available now at the library, and will be featured in greater detail in the next Library Corner column.

There will also be a complete program insert in The Bemidji Pioneer the week before the Festival. A special feature at the Festival is the Area Author Showcase from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. June 20.

This is our first “Call for Authors” announcement for the showcase.

The library will provide a table and two chairs for each author. Set up is from 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Following the showcase, there will be presentations by mystery writers William Kent Krueger and Brian Freeman.

Both the showcase, as well as the “Evening With Mystery Writers” will be hosted next door at Calvary Chapel. There are a limited number of tables available for the showcase, so we encourage area authors to contact the library right away at 751-3963.

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

— There is an abbreviated schedule during May of weekly storytime events for 3-5 year olds on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. We will resume the full schedule of storytimes and lapsit programs in June.

— Our June book discussion series will be on “Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community” by Brenda Child. Child will also be at the Book Festival on June 18.

— The B.A.R.C. reading and literacy program for school-age children will be 2 to 4 p.m. May 18. Call 751-3963 to make a reservation. A parent permission form is required.

— Senior Surf computer training classes are set for 8 to 10 a.m. May 21. Advance registration at 751-3963 is required.

We hope to see you often in the library in 2013, checking out books for reading, movies for entertainment and attending many of the free, wonderful events.

— Paul Ericsson is branch manager of the Bemidji Public Library.