Quilt Raffle

Quilt Raffle to benefit the LaCrescent Public Library.  The 78×64″ quilt is made from organic cotton and features a Lorax theme.  Included with the quilt are two matching pillow cases and a copy of The Lorax.  Tickets are just $2 each and are available at the library.  Drawing will be held on Monday October 6th and you need not be present to win.  Help support the library!

library quilt lorax 001

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Brian Freeman here on Monday!

This Monday, September 8th @ 7:00pm.  Event is free and open to the public thanks to funding from the Minnesota’s Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment.


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Brian Freeman will be appearing at the LaCrescent Public Library on Monday September 8, 2014 at 7:00pm.

Brian Freeman is an international bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. His settings in the frozen landscape of Duluth, Minnesota, and his deeply complex characters, have drawn comparisons to Scandinavian noir.

His seventh novel SPILLED BLOOD won the prestigious award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry Awards. It was named International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world, a distinction shared with authors such as Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter, and Lisa Unger.

Freeman’s newest novel is THE COLD NOWHERE, the latest in his Jonathan Stride series. Publishers Weekly called the book “masterfully plotted” in its starred review. Book Page said it “begs to be read in one sitting.”

His books include: IMMORAL, STRIPPED, STALKED, IN THE DARK (also called THE WATCHER overseas), THE BURYING PLACE, THE BONE HOUSE (the first book in his new Cab Bolton series), SPILLED BLOOD, and THE COLD NOWHERE. He also has two bonus stories in his Jonathan Stride series, the short story “Spitting Devil” and the novella TURN TO STONE.

This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

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LaCrescent Public Library Closed for Labor Day

LaCrescent Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 1st in observance of Labor Day.  labor-day-parade

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Seeing StarsSeeing Stars presented by Paul Kinzer, Starlab Director and author of the book STARGAZING BASICS will be held at the LaCrescent Elementary School small gym on Tuesday, July 22nd at 1pm and again at 2:30pm.  The Starlab is a portable planetarium 18 feet by 21 feet across and 11 feet high.  It can seat 30 people at one time.  In the center of the dome, a projector projects a rotating image onto the inner surface of the dome.  Come and learn about our night sky!  This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is required due to space limitations.  Funding was provided by the Friends of the LaCrescent Public Library.

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Fizz, Boom, Read!

The summer reading program is underway!  Special events coming up:

rad zoo

RAD ZOO – Wednesday July 9th 1:00pm @ the Elementary School small gym

R.A.D. Zoo is a traveling wildlife program.  You will be offered an opportunity to touch some of the animals included in the show of 10-15 different kinds of fascinating reptiles and amphibians.  This event is free and open to the public.  No registration is required.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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Celebrate World Book Night – April 23rd


world book night

LaCrescent Public Library will be celebrating World Book Night April 23, 2014 from 6-7pm at the library.  World Book Night occurs on Shakespeare’s birthday and is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free paperbacks to light or non-readers.  Kris Paul, is LaCrescent’s volunteer book giver and she will be handing out free copies of the book The ZooKeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman.  World Book Night is in its third year in the U.S. More information about WBN can be found on their website:www.us.worldbooknight.org

zookeepers wife

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Pint Size Polkas to Perform Saturday April 5th

Pint Size Polkas will be performing at 10:30am, Saturday at the Annual Family Fair and Business Expo.

pint size polkas

The event is hosted by La Crescent-Hokah Early Childhood and the La Crescent Area Chamber of Commerce.  The event goes from 9:30 – noon in the La Crescent-Hokah Middle School Gym.  Bring the whole family for fun activities and to meet our local businesses and organizations, as well as the Pint Size Polka performance at 10:30.


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New Library Catalog launches on April 1st – No foolin’

SELCO Libraries are pleased to announce the launch of a new library catalog on April 1, 2014!

After conducting usability tests with the public and applying two months worth of staff feedback, we believe that the new catalog will offer you, our patrons, greater features both functional and fun. You now have the option to view your account right within the same web page where you still are able to see what items you have requested and checked out, but now you can also pay any outstanding fines right online! Our search capabilities have been beefed up and now allow you to get very specific in what you might be looking for.

Enhanced features such as book cover art similar to the previous catalog get an extra boost with imbedded reviews from trusted sources and a new Home Room feature on the main page has already been set up with different Rooms to help you find all your favorites in a particular area. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your library staff.

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Update on library hours

Until further notice the library hours will be:spring thaw

10:00am – 6:00pm Monday through Friday

10:00am – 2:00pm Saturday

After 5:00pm during the week and all day on Saturday there will be NO water at the library.  NO water = NO bathrooms.  Please plan your library trip accordingly.

Tuesday morning Coffee & Conversation from 8:30am – 10:00am will continue to meet.

Chapter Club with Mr. Petersilie 4:00 – 5:00 will continue to meet

Thursday afternoon craft time and Saturday morning story & craft time will NOT meet until we have water.

The library igloo has found a new home.  Thanks to all who inquired.


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