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LIBRARY CORNER: Still plenty of time for winter reading

Supposedly the first day of spring takes place in mid-March, but the snow isn't going anywhere soon. There's still some time to squeeze in some winter reading!

The library is always expanding its fiction, nonfiction, audio and DVD collections. With the multitude of subjects to choose from and the many staff to help you with your research or to help you find the materials you require, and did I mention this is all free? There's no excuse not to stop by and check out all there is available to you.

Tax season is still upon us and the library has both federal and state tax forms ready for use and the library staff will help you locate other forms if they're not readily available. Printing out tax forms is free as long as they're blank forms and not already filled out. The library staff will try its best to make this year's taxes as smooth as possible.

There are also the many events that take place at the library. Snow Time to Read is well underway, but it ends at the end of March, so get in your reading while you can! The program is for young adults/adults, ages 16 and up can participate by logging all Young Adult and Adult books read between Jan. 1 to March 31. Those who read 15 books win a prize and will have their name entered into a drawing for additional prizes. Head to https://wandooreader.com/bemidji/snowtime-to-read-2019 to register and log books or if you don't have access to a computer, there are also physical paper log sheets at the library information desk.

There are also the monthly programs for any age. We have a new set of events happening at the library called "Bemidji Speaks," a local lecture series that is 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 discussion will be on Metamorphosis at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.

Pages to Pints, is a new kind of book club for the non-committed. If you're 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, Mar 28.

The Book Discussion (18 and older) for adults meets at noon Monday, March 11. They will be discussing Bemidji author Wendell Affield's "Muddy Jungle Rivers." The Kids' Book Club (ages 9-13) will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 to discuss Jennifer Chambliss Bertman's "Book Scavenger." The following Tuesday, March 19, the Young Adult Book Club (any and all who enjoy reading young adult books) meets at 5:30 p.m., where they will be discussing Brittany Cavallaro's "A Study in Charlotte." For each of the meetings, participants gather to share their thoughts on the book of the month, so it is recommended the book is read beforehand. If you just want to come and observe, that is 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.

Magic: The Gathering Club meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 14. All levels of players are welcome. Card decks are provided and you can bring your own decks. If you're curious about the game and want to give it a try, come and join up.

There is also the After School Movie at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker. This film is rated "G" and has a running time of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) will be at the library Saturday, March 16 at 10 a.m. until noon. This 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 February include: (5-7) Dr. Seuss Day, (12-14) Green Shamrock's, (19-21) And Then It's Spring, (26-28) ABC Doctor.

Alayna Nestberg is a library assistant with the Bemidji Public Library.

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