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Cyndi Fenske: December is a busy month at the Bemidji Public Library

It's hard to believe we are coming to the close of another year! December is a busy month at the library -- including several special holiday treats. Santa himself will be here on Saturday for two special Storytimes events in the Children's Area ...

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It’s hard to believe we are coming to the close of another year! December is a busy month at the library - including several special holiday treats. Santa himself will be here on Saturday for two special Storytimes events in the Children’s Area at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Here is your children’s and grandchildren’s chance to meet the celebrity and listen to him read stories.
Robert the Magician will be back to amaze with a Magic of the Holidays magic show on Dec. 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the Main Reading Room. (This event is for all ages.)
There will also be a Holiday Treat Swap on Dec. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information on this event, and to pre-register, please visit bemidji.evanced.info/signup or call the library at (218) 751-3963.
Just a reminder, the library will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas, and will be closing at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 for New Year’s Eve.
Regular Storytimes for 2-5 year olds are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. The Storytimes program includes two-to-three stories followed by a short craft.
No registration is required, but children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Festive themes for Storytimes for the month of December include: Moose on the Loose, Deck the Walls, The Little Tree and New Year’s Folly. Please note there will be no Storytimes program offered the week of Dec. 21-27.
The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) will be back at the library on Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Children’s Area. This program partners with certified trainers to give children the opportunity to read to therapy dogs. The program is free of charge, but a sign-up is required and a permission form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
The library will host Senior Surf computer classes on Tuesday from 8 to 10 a.m., Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 from 8 to 10 a.m.
Those interested in this introduction to computers class can call the library at (218) 751-3963 for more information and to register.
The book discussion program will take place on Dec. 14 at noon in the Library’s front meeting room.
This month’s discussion will feature “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry,” a work of fiction by Gabrielle Zevin. New faces are always welcome. Please join us for a lively discussion about this novel.
The library will host a Craft Night on Dec. 14 from 5 to 7 p.m.
This program is a chance for people to bring their portable crafts to the library and to work as a group. The goal is for participants to work together to improve their craft skills and inspire each other to try new crafts. The Library also has adult coloring pages and colored pencils for anyone who is interested in trying out this stress-relieving trend.
Finally, how is everyone doing on their 2015 Reading Challenges? I have to admit, I have quite a few books to read this month to finish mine.
There are just too many great books to read and I’ve gotten a little side-tracked. I know the challenge is supposed to get me to read materials I may not have chosen before, but I have been busy reading my favorites (such as the illustrated version of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).
Currently, I’m reading “Dumplin’” a Young Adult novel by Julie Murphy and it is so wonderful. It is soon becoming my new favorite Young Adult book, up there with the works of Rainbow Rowell and John Green. (And it is also, a great book for discussion!)
Looking ahead, there will be a new Reading Challenge for 2016 and of course the Winter Reading Program for adults will begin on Jan. 1 and run until March 31.
Sign up for the Winter Reading Program will start on Jan. 1 at https://wandooreader.com/bemidji/winter-reading-program-2016 .
Did you know the library has an active Facebook presence? This page is a great source of information on upcoming events, contests, and all things related to book culture.
Until next year…
Cyndi Fenske volunteers to write this column for the Bemidji Public Library.

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