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First National Bank Bemidji donates to Book Festival

First National Bank Bemidji Foundation has given a grant of $3,000 to help support the Bemidji Public Library Book Festival, which was held in June. The grant was used specifically to support the honorariums and other costs of the children's auth...

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First National Bank Foundation President Paul Welle and Secretary-Treasurer Sue Engel present a $3,000 donation to Bemidji Library Branch Manager Paul Ericsson in support of the Bemidji Public Library Book Festival. Submitted Photo

First National Bank Bemidji Foundation has given a grant of $3,000 to help support the Bemidji Public Library Book Festival, which was held in June.

The grant was used specifically to support the honorariums and other costs of the children's authors who were a part of the weeklong event. With the exception of the keynote speaker, the children's sessions garnished the highest number of attendees. Children and their families enjoyed six different programs.

The Bemidji Public Library Book Festival committee members considered the children's sessions a key reason for the success of the event.

They look forward to growing the event in coming years so more community members will experience one-on-one sessions with published authors.

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