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Gates Foundation computers are coming

Happy springtime weather everyone! March is a busy month, it seems like everyone is coming out of their winter hibernation and ready to join in again with the wonderful weather we've been having. There are many things to take part in too with all the Legacy Amendment programs happening throughout the region.

We had a wonderful time on the evening of March 9 when Elisa Korenne was here to perform her Minnesota's Ordinarily Unsung Concert for us. The audience filled an entire side of the library that evening enjoying her many stories and original songs about some of the people who were involved with the birth of our great state of Minnesota.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Friday, March 26, when the Minnesota Crime Wave visits the Wadena City Library. The Minnesota Crime Wave will be represented by three Minnesota mystery writers: William Kent Krueger, Ellen Hart and Carl Brookins.

Ellen Hart, a trained chef, is author of the Jane Lawless mystery series, which features a culinary detective. Hart has also written novels featuring food critic Sophie Greenway. Both series are set in Minnesota's Twin Cities.

Carl Brookins, a former academic and an avid sailor, is the author of three mystery series. The Tanner-Whitney series features a married pair of sailing sleuths. The Sean Sean series features a very short, very funny, and sometimes very dark private detective with an identical first and last name. And his most recent offering, "Bloody Halls," introduces a series with an academic setting.

William Kent Krueger writes the Cork O'Connor mystery series, which is set in the great Northwoods of Minnesota and features a protagonist who is part Irish and part Ojibwe. His stories often deal with the clash of cultures.

We are so happy to be able to bring all these wonderful programs to the library, and hope there will be many more to come. I would like to stress that we have very limited space and as this type of programming catches on with the public, we want to make sure to have plenty of space for everyone attending, so always remember to come in or call ahead of time and reserve a space or better yet pick up tickets. Not only will this help us for set-up and refreshments but if you have a ticket you will be eligible to win any door prize the performer may offer.

The Snow Time to Read adult reading program will be coming to an end on March 31. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library we will have many wonderful prizes for our drawing this year. The list of winners will be posted at our circulation desk so make sure to stop in and check it out along with your books to see if you are a winner after April 1.

Our first two computers from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant should be coming soon! We will be doing some re-arranging in order to accommodate them so we ask for your patience, but the upswing of that will be two more public access internet stations. These computers will be state of the art with some new software options. Make sure to check them out once they arrive.

Remember the Friends of the Library spring book sale dates. The Friends of the Library have set the spring book sale dates for April 19-23 at Messiah Lutheran Church on Jefferson Street. Donations for the book sale will be accepted April 19 and 20 as well as the morning of April 21. The actual sale will begin the afternoon of April 21 through the 23rd.

Enjoy the lovely weather we are having and don't forget we have all the gardening and outdoor project books you need to start your spring planting and renovations.

Happy reading -- see you at the library!


Sunday: Closed

Monday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon