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LIBRARY CORNER: Things heat up at the library in February

Cyndi L. Fenske

February at the Bemidji Public Library promises programs for all ages I know you will love!

The Snow Time to Read program, for older teens and adults, continues into its second month. Patrons 16 and older can participate by logging all Young Adult and Adult books read Jan.1 to 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. I peeked at the prizes after last month's Library Board meeting, and let me tell you, they are spiffy! You might find it difficult to decide between a mug and a glass water bottle. When I shared last month's Library Corner column to my personal social media profile, I received feedback from a friend I'd like to share with you. My friend said, "I love this program! It gave me a much needed boost in my reading life last year and I am excited to do it again. It was a huge eye-opener because when I was telling my son about it he said, 'But you don't read your own books, only ones for us.' Now I make sure my kids see me reading for fun and tell them little things about what I'm reading! Go, library!" I enjoyed reading her comment, and wanted to share it because I know there is a lot of focus on early literacy (of course there is a good reason for this), however, it shouldn't be forgotten that reading is beneficial for all age groups.

The Bemidji Public Library offers three different book clubs. The Monthly Book Discussion Group for adults meets at noon Monday, Feb. 12. This month the group will discuss "Olive Kitteridge" by Elizabeth Strout. The Young Adult Book Discussion group (for anyone who enjoys reading YA books) meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20; the book for February is "Moxie" by Jennifer Mathieu. At 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Kids' Book Club meets for ages 10-13. This month the group will be discussing "Masterminds" by Gordon Korman.

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 February include: "Chirpy Charlie's Teeth" (Feb. 6-10), "Love Bugs" (13-17), "The Napping House" (20-24) and "All About Me" (Feb. 27-Mar. 3).

The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) are stopping by the Children's Area on Saturday, Feb., 17, 10 a.m. to noon. 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, Feb. 8, at 3:45 p.m. In this feature, a lightning fast red car tries to get back into the racing circuit. (This film is rated G and is approximately 103 minutes in length.)

Finally, Minnesotan musician Robin Anders will be at the library at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at to present "Drums and Percussion of the World." Anders will be demonstrating and discussing several different drums and percussion instruments from all over the world including cultures in Africa, North and South America, Asia, India and the Middle East. Anders has toured these countries performing, teaching, and providing workshops for more than 45 years. These experiences have given him stories to share that are both entertaining and educational. This program ends with an audience participation segment where everyone is invited to play together on percussion instruments and experience the drums first hand.

Don't forget, the library will be closed Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of President's Day.

Cyndi L. Fenske is a Library Board member.