Local author Jon Steffes will be at the library on Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm.  Jon will talk about his latest book 45 DAYS.  This book is the prequel to WINGS IN THE WIND.  Refreshments will be served, compliments of the Friends of the Library.


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Have Your Voice Heard!

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The City of La Crescent is updating its Comprehensive Plan, a document that will guide growth and change over the next 10-20 years.  As part of this process we are conducting three surveys for community residents and other stakeholders.

The first survey, focused on Housing, Economic Development and Downtown Revitalization.  It is available now.  TAKE THE SURVEY and will remain open through Wednesday, November 18.

Who should take the survey?  Anyone who lives and works in the City of La Crescent or in La Crescent Township.  Also Hokah and Dresbach, please take this survey.

We need your help to ensure a strong response to the survey –please forward this email today to other people you know  live or work in La Crescent.  We want people to receive this email more than once and from different sources.

Hard copies of the survey are available at the La Crescent City Hall and at the La Crescent Public Library.  The data from this survey will inform the work of committees currently meeting to discuss these topics.  There will be two more surveys on other topics in early 2016 and a public meeting in late spring to share a draft plan. The final outcome will be a Comprehensive Plan which creates a vision for 10 to 20 years into the future and a roadmap for achievement.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas for the future of the La Crescent community!





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AARP TaxAARP and the Friends of the LaCrescent Public Library will be providing free income tax assistance for 2015 tax returns for individuals and families with income under $54,000 and people over 55.  Services will include preparing the Federal return, State return and the MN Property Tax Refund for Renters and Homestead Credit Refund.  Tax preparation will begin February 3, 2016 and continue through April 15, 2016.

Watch for future information on how to schedule an appointment.

Services made available through a grant provided by the State of Minnesota.

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Quilt Raffle

LaCrescent Public Library is having a quilt raffle to fund our book budget!  Tickets are only 2$ and you need not be present to win this beautiful queen sized quilt (92″x 93″).    The quilt is made from 100% cotton fabrics.

Tickets are available at the library during business hours or from any library board member.  Please help us make this a successful fund raiser for your library.  Purchase your ticket(s) today!

Drawing will be on Friday, December 4th @ the library.2015 quilt 002

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Local Author Here!

travels with DavidLocal author Fran Rybarik will be at the LaCrescent Public Library on Thursday September 24th at 7pm.
Reelling from the shock of finding his body, Fran Rybarik never imagined the unusual path her life would take, starting with her sons’ belief that their dad’s adventures weren’t over.
Ten years, 41,000 miles and 27 film canisters of David’s ashes later, she chronicles the effects of her husband’s post-life travels with an ever-growing circle of family and friends.  As David’s adventures continue, Fran learns to remember him with joy, and eventually she begins to pursue her own pilgrimages.
This is not a “how to grieve in a year” book, but rather an inspirational story of  loss without letting go.  Using snippets of grief theory from her bereavement background, along with poetry, honesty and humor, Fran weaves her parallel journey of healing within the stories of Travels with David.
This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  Fran will have books available for purchase.


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Weekly Events for Young People

Mondays—Pokemon 3:30-5pm

pokemonThis trading and card game club is being hosted by two boys going into eighth grade. Kids going into seventh through tenth grade are invited to participate, but must bring their own cards.


Tuesday Story Times–join us at 10:15 am every Tuesday for stories, songs, crafts and its story timeactivities.  We’ll have fun as we sneak in a little socializing and pre-reading skills.  Primarily designed for 3- and 4-year-olds, all ages are invited.  Parents are encouraged to participate.  Parents/Caregivers must stay with the youngest among us.  All parents/caregivers must stay on the premises.


Wednesdays—Chapter Club—4-5pm with Mr. Petersilie.  Join Mr. Petersilie every week at the library as he reads award winning chapter books.  Snacks!

Thursday Craft Afternoons 4:30 – 5:30pm—Arts and crafts to make and take home or maybe to decorate the library.  Apes 4 and up.

Saturday Story Times—every Saturday at 10:15am is a fun bonding time for you and your children.  Teresa’s program will be similar to the Tuesday Story Times; on alternate Saturdays, Kacie will have new ones.  All ages are welcome.


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Knitting Club Open House This Saturday

The Knitting Club at the LaCrescent Public library is hosting an open house on Saturday, August 22nd from 10am to noon.  If you have ever thought that you might like to participate in this group but were not sure you had the expertise, you need to come and check it out.  Prefer to crochet?  All are welcome.  Stitchers range in experience levels, skills and age.  The group has donated over 500 hats and scarves to local charities.  Currently the group is working on blankets for either the hospitals or LaCrescent Animal Rescue.  The blankets are knit in strips and returned to the library.  Volunteers sew the completed strip into blankets.  The kits contain everything you need to complete a strip including the knitting needles.

Are you working on your own project and trying to find time to just sit and knit or crochet?  Bring your own project and enjoy the conversation with people who share your passion.

This group truly has something to offer for any crafter who would like to volunteer their time and talents.  You can join the group every second and forth Saturday of the month; you can check out the materials and work on them at home; or you can drop off completed projects to be donated.

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School bells are ringing!

As you get ready to head back to school this fall don’t forget the most important supply – library cardyour public library card!

This little card can access a world of information.  Do you know about the research databases available?

ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota)
gives Minnesota residents online access to magazine, journal, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles, eBooks (online books), and other information resources.

ELM provides information on a vast array of topics, including consumer information, arts and humanities, current events, health, science, social science, politics, business, and more.

Want to know more?  Ask a librarian for help.


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Get Your Reading Logs In!

Friday, July 24th is the absolute last day of stamping for the summer reading program 2015.  The drawing for the teen prizes will be Friday morning.

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