WHAT: La Crescent Area Historical Society presents, Geographer / Photographer Tobias Walther-Antonia will give a narrative & visual presentation.
WHEN: SUNDAY, AUGUST 21 – 2:00PM @ Corky’s in downtown La Crescent
Since I-90 was built, Highway 16 has seen significant changes in population, travel-related businesses – accommodations, fuel, and eateries – and regional development. All of this has impacted communities such as La Crescent. This presentation will illustrate the changes with aerial imagery, data graphs, comparative photography, maps, historical details, and geographical facts.
Goodwill donation – Guests may order from the menu
WHAT: Author Mary Beth Springer ; I Have Cerebral Palsy
WHEN: Saturday, August 13th – noon
WHERE: La Crescent Public Library
Mary Beth Springer, a La Crosse resident, has written the children’s book “I Have Cerebral Palsy.”
Working on her first book that featured a La Crosse woman who had cerebral pasy, Springer wanted to know more about cerebral palsy. She started asking children if they knew what cerebral palsy was. When they were unable to tell her, she decided to write the children’s book.
Springer wrote from the point of view of Sydney, a girl La Crescent who was willing to share her story as a child with the condition.
“It was written to increase the understanding for both children and adults of what cerebral palsy is,” Springer said, “and enhance the meaningful interaction between physically challenged and non-physically challenged children.”
After tabling the completed manuscript for several years, Springer contacted Star Bright Books, a publisher of special needs books, in 2010. The finished book, which includes photos of Sydney, is being released this month.
Throughout the pages, Sydney is shown participating in recreational activities, sometimes using adaptive equipment. While cerebral palsy can affect mobility, making basic activities such as eating difficult, the book emphasizes that a disability doesn’t prevent children from enjoying life and playing sports. A facts and resources section on adaptive technology and the Miracle League organization is included.
Springer will be at the La Crescent Public Library on Saturday, August 13th at noon to talk about her book. She will also have copies available for purchase.
Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Pick up a card at the circulation desk. Bring the card with you each time you check out books from August 1st to October 30th and we will stamp it. Earn a bonus stamp if you also attend a library event during this time.
WHEN: TUESDAY, JULY 19TH @ 1:30PM
WHERE: LA CRESCENT HOKAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SMALL GYM
LaCrescent Public Library is thrilled to welcome Faribault’s own queen of the hula hoop, Adrienne Lee! She will delight us with a 20-minute hula hoop performance set to music on Tuesday, July 19 at 1:30pm.
Stay after the performance to ask questions, get demos, and try out a hula hoop for yourself! Adrienne also makes custom hula hoops and will be taking orders if you are interested in purchasing a hoop to call your very own!
La Crescent Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4th. We will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, July 5th.
MEET THE AUTHORS JUNE 22 AT HERITAGE HOUSE
“Meet the Authors,” a reception to highlight local authors and authors of local history, kicks off the visitor season at Heritage House, the home of the La Crescent Area Historical Society at 328 South Third Street in La Crescent. The event takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, and is open to the public.
The evening gives guests an opportunity to not only talk with seven different book authors and see their work, but also tour the historical society’s museum displays. “There are many authors living in this area and researching La Crescent history,” explains Don Thesing, the historical society president. “We want to showcase their creative talents and acknowledge the ambition it takes to write a book, while also honoring our rich history.”
The guest authors include Jon Steffes (Dirty Hands, Wings in the Winds: the Asmistice Day Storm of 1940, and Drawing Trouble), LaVern Cass (I Was There: Short Stories, Book One and Book Two), Dick Walter (Ghost Hollow), Jack Welch (Up from Ashes), and Sara Slayton (Three Boomer Broads: Remembering While We Still Can with Terry Visger and Lynn Wing.
Also expected is historian Ron Harris, who wrote With Good Grit: The Story of Emma Eastman (“Virgin Em”) about the controversial wife of Peter Cameron, founder of La Crescent. Donna Huegel is the author of Stealing the Mississippi River…Fascinating History of La Crescent and also Many a Grove and Orchard: the Story of John S. Harris. Dick Walter will also represent Ron Levendoski, who compiled Houston County Veterans Memorial.
Copies of books may be available for purchase, and refreshments will be served. There is no event charge, but guests may make goodwill donations.
When: Monday, June 13th @ 2pm
Where: LaCrescent-Hokah Small Gym
Registration is required – space is limited to 40 participants. Please register at the library circulation desk.