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LIBRARY CORNER: Authors abound at Library in April

Cyndi Fenske

I am happy to share there are several legacy events going on as well as regularly scheduled programming at the Bemidji Public Library in April.

On Thursday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m., Minnesota Book Award winner Allen Eskens will be giving a book talk on "The Heavens May Fall" (winner of the 2017 Minnesota Book award for Best Genre Fiction). The following day, Friday, April 6, Allen Eskens will return for a writing workshop titled, "Three Prompts to Get Your Novel to the Next Level." This is set for 10 a.m. Space is limited; please register at the library or call (218) 751-3963.

Minnesota authors Julie Klassen and Michelle Griep will be at the library from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 7, for a writing workshop "How to Write Historical Christian Fiction." In this workshop, participants will learn the keys to writing compelling historical Christian fiction. Topics include: creating satisfying plots, bringing characters to life, weaving in spiritual themes, researching, editing, how to get published and more. Registration is also required for attendance; please contact your librarian! At 2 p.m., Griep and Klassen will give a book talk open to the public.

At 6 p.m., Monday, April 16, "Legends of the Wilderness" is coming to the Library. Experience the wilderness through reenactment of the 1800s with French Canadian Voyageur Jacques La Christian. See Indian beadwork, flintlock rifles and pistols, and furs of various types that were used in the fur trade in the U.S. and Canada. Jacques's expertise in balancing humor, history and meaning brings a program you will not forget.

All three special presentations are Legacy Fund Events and are funded by the Legacy Amendment, which dedicates monies to preserve Minnesota arts and cultural heritage.

Gardening 101 will wrap up with a special Saturday session at 10 a.m., April 14. Master Gardeners Becky Livermore and Onen Markeson present an encore of: "Squash: Growing and harvesting winter and summer squash from Acorn to Zucchini." These lectures have been sponsored by The Friends of the Bemidji Public Library and put on by the Beltrami County Master Gardeners.

The Bemidji Public Library offers three book clubs. The Monthly Book Club for adults meets at noon, Monday, April. This month the group will discuss "The Opposite of Everyone" by Joshilyn Jackson. The Young Adult Book Club (for anyone who enjoys reading YA books) meets on Tuesday, April 17, at 5:30 p.m., discussing "This One Summer" by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki. On Tuesday, April 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m. the Kids' Book Club meets for ages 10-13. This month the group will be discussing "Turtle in Paradise" by Jennifer Holm.

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 April include: "Cookie's Week" (April 3-7), "Let's Do Lunch" (10-14), "Buttons! Buttons! Buttons!" (17-21), and "It's for the Birds!" (24-28).

There will be an afternoon movie shown for kids and their families on Thursday, April 12, at 3:45 p.m. In this feature, a boy is magically transformed into a bear and must learn about life. With the help of his loyal friends, the boy/bear embarks on a series of crazy and often hilarious adventures. (This film is rated G.)

The Bemidji Area Reading Canines (B.A.R.C.) are stopping by the Children's Area on Saturday, April 21, 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.

That's all for this month! If you haven't picked up your Winter Reading Program prizes yet, please do so at the circulation desk. And don't forget the American Library Association's National Library Week is April 8-14. National Library Workers Day is Tuesday, April 10, which might be an excellent day to thank the wonderful staff at the Bemidji Public Library for everything they do! I know I'm grateful for them!

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