One last month of summer is here, still enough time to get some beach reading done! The Summer Reading Program is over, but there’s still time to get your prizes. We’ll be giving everyone about a month to come and claim their prizes for this year.
There are many monthly programs for any age at the Bemidji Public Library. We have a new set of events happening at the library called “Bemidji Speaks,” a local lecture series set up similar to a Ted Talk, but on a smaller scale. Instead of spending resources outside the community, Bemidji Speaks looks to draw on the immense level of local talent in Bemidji and the surrounding area to inform and educate our community. This monthly lecture series will bring local authors, historians, and members of the community to our library to inform, educate and enlighten our population. The next Bemidji Speaks is set for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Pages to Pints, a new kind of book club for the non-committed. If your tired of reading the same book as everyone else, come join us at Bemidji Brewing for something different. Read a book on any topic that you like and tell the group about it! Get new ideas, share knowledge and drink beer! This new book club will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.
The Book Discussion (18 and older) for adults will be talking about Nathan Jorgenson’s “Waiting for White Horses” and will meet at noon Tuesday, Aug. 12. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Young Adult Book Club (any and all who enjoy reading young adult books) meets at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Sherri Smith’s “Flygirl.” For each of the meetings, participants gather to share their thoughts on the book of the month, so it is recommended that the book is read beforehand. If you just want to come and observe, that is very welcome as well just be prepared for spoilers. The next month’s book will also be announced during the meeting. All book clubs are held in the library’s Front Meeting Room unless stated otherwise.
There is also the Family Movie at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27. A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine. This film is rated PG and has a running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) will be at the library Monday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon. The program gives children the opportunity to enhance their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs, space is limited, so sign-up! A signed permission form from a parent or legal guardian is also required.
There are various Storytimes throughout the weeks for preschool-aged children and families. They are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Storytime consists of telling three to four stories and a small craft at the end. Themes for May include: (Aug. 6-8) "Billy and Goat at the State Fair," (Aug. 13-15) "Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar," (Aug. 20-22) "At the Market," (Aug. 27-29) "Camping Day."
Alayna Nestberg is a library assistant at the Bemidji Public Library.