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LIBRARY CORNER: Spring warms up at the Library

Cyndi L. Fenske

There are so many events going on at the Library in March! You'll have to rearrange your schedule because you won't want to miss any of them: gardening lectures, women's history and culture lectures, a Minnesota history presentation, book clubs and reading events.

At 6 p.m., March 14, Arn Kind will be at the library presenting a Minnesota history lecture. Kitchigami Regional Library's Legacy Fund Events are funded by the Legacy Amendment which dedicates monies to preserve Minnesota arts and cultural heritage.

The Gardening 101 series presented by the Friends of the Library and the Beltrami County Master Gardeners takes place Thursdays in March at noon.

• March 1: Wally Peck—"Garden Soils: Soil types, chemistry, nutrients and structure of soil with tips on improving garden soils."

• March 8: Becky Livermore and Onen Markeson—"Squash: Growing and harvesting winter and summer squash from Acorn to Zuccini."

• March 15: Cathy Peck—"Cutting Gardens: Want to have enough flowers for your home or a special event? Here is a class on getting started in raising a cutting garden."

• March 22: Wally Peck—"Growing Greens: Sources, planting, and growing greens for healthy salads and sides."

• March 31: (Bonus Saturday session at 10 a.m.) Mary Lee Ouditt—"Summer Flowering Bulbs: Tender bulbs can provide color and cut flowers. We'll talk about Glads, Calla Lilies and some you may not have heard of."

• April 14: (Bonus Saturday session at 10 a.m.) Becky Livermore and Onen Markeson—"Squash: Growing and harvesting winter and summer squash from Acorn to Zuccini."

Another special treat for March includes the Beltrami County Historical Society Legacy Series, which will be "Women's History Month Lecture Series." These lectures take place Mondays at 6 p.m.

• March 5: Cecelia Wattles McKeig—"Dr. Mary Ghostley and the Lake Julia Sanatorium."

• March 12: Carla Norris Raynbird—"Gender and Women's Studies Programs in the U.S."

• March 19: Carol Ann Russell—"The Work of Poet Meridel Le Sueur."

• March 26: John Ellis—"Feminism and American Religion in the Revolution's Wake."

The library offers three different book clubs. The Monthly Book Club for adults meets at noon, Monday, March 12. This month, the group will discuss "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult. The Young Adult Book Club (for anyone who enjoys reading YA books) meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The book for March is "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon. On Tuesday, March 20, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. the Kids' Book Club meets for ages 10-13. This month, the group will be discussing "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick.

Storytimes for preschool aged children and their families is at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Area on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The program consists of three to four stories, followed by a short craft. Themes for March include: "Wacky Wednesday" (Mar. 6-10), "5 Little Leprechauns" (13-17), "On the Move" (20-24), and "An Easter Parade" (27-31).

The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) are stopping by the Children's Area from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 17. This program gives children the opportunity to enhance their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy dogs. Space is limited, so sign up is required as well as a signed permission form from a parent or legal guardian.

There will be an afternoon movie shown for kids and their families on Thursday, March 8, at 3:45 p.m. In this feature, when a squirrel and his animal friends find out that their beloved park will be bulldozed, he and his ragtag group of friends, band together to save their home. (This film is rated PG.)

Finally, the Snow Time to Read program, for older teens and adults, continues into its third month. Patrons 16 and older can participate by logging all Young Adult and Adult books read between Jan. 1 and March 31. Those who complete the 15 book challenge win a prize and will have their name entered into a drawing for additional prizes. It's easy! Just go to to register and log books.

You can pick up your prize any time after you've completed the challenge.

Cyndi L. Fenske is a Library Board Member.