LIBRARY CORNER: The Library can supply your spring, summer fun

Spring is finally here and summer is very close behind--if you need to find new materials for your beach or backyard reading, stop on in to the library.


Spring is finally here and summer is very close behind-if you need to find new materials for your beach or backyard reading, stop on in to the library.

There will always be an excuse to come into the library, which is always expanding its fiction, nonfiction, audio and DVD collections. With so many 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.

There are many monthly programs that are for any age. Currently, we have a new set of events happening at the library called Bemidji Speaks.

Bemidji Speaks is 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 Bemidji Speaks is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. We also will have author David Housewright to discuss his books and writing at 5:30 p.m., Monday, May 6.

"Pages to Pints" is 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. Pages to Pints next meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Bemidji Brewing, 211 America Ave. NW.


The Book Discussion for adults (18 and older) meets at noon on Monday, April. 8. They will be discussing Garth Stein's "Art of Racing in the Rain." The Kids' Book Club (ages 9-13) will meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, to discuss Kate DiCamillo's "The Tale of Despereaux." The following Tuesday, May 21, the Young Adult Book Club (for any and all who enjoy reading young adult books) meets at 5:30 p.m. to discuss Kristin Cashore's "Graceling." 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 After School Movie at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28. Bernard and Bianca trace a kidnapped boy in Australia. This film is rated G and has a running time of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) will be at the library from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 18. 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 reading three to four stories and a small craft project. Themes for May include: (April 30-May 2) "Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from a Star Wars Little Golden Book;" (May 7-9) "My Mom has X-Ray Vision;" (May 14-16) "Humphrey Albert and the Flying Machine;" (May 21-23) "The Tiny Seed;" (May 28-30) "Augustus and His Smile."

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

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