Read to the Touching Moments Book Hounds!

The Touching Moments Book Hounds will be at the La Crescent Public Library on Thursday, August 31st from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  Registration is required.

By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. Children relax, pet the attentive dog, and focus on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.  Reading becomes fun.

Sign up is for 15 minute slots.  Come and read to one of the three dogs.



Charlie will be at the library from 4:00 – 5:00pm





Cha Cha will be here from 5:00-6:00pm                      Thecla will be here from 6:00-6:30pm

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WHEN:        Thursday, August 3rd – 6:30 – 7:30 pm

WHERE:      Old Hickory Park, 550 Hickory Lane, La Crescent

COST:            Free – Free – Free – Free

For Charlie Maguire, growing up in upstate New York, the die was cast early on: When a friend’s brother joined the Navy and left a guitar behind, a teen-age Charlie borrowed the instrument, paid $2.95 for a book entitled Play the Guitar in 30 Minutes, and unceremoniously commenced what would become his life’s work. By the mid-’60s, he was hanging around the folk centers in New York City and Boston, learning from pioneers of the folk music revival–people like Pete Seeger and Lee Hays–and from the new breed of folk performer–the likes of Arlo Guthrie and Holly Near.


Charlie has also been honored with many grants and awards, including a Bush Artist Fellowship and the New York Film and Television Festival Gold Award. He has been named a “Humanities Scholar” by the Minnesota Humanities Commission. He lectures throughout the region on the role of women in environmental history; and he is an adjunct professor of Language Arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, teaching a course on songwriting. He has written for the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), and for All Things Considered and Options in Education, both on National Public Radio.

A lot of Charlie’s music centers on the underdogs in history.  There is Mary H. Gibbs, the first ever woman park ranger or Clara Wagner, the first woman to be issued a motorcycle license

Feel free to bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Come and enjoy music in the park

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.

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Come to La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School on Thursday, July 20th at 1:00pm for an amazing chance to see birds of prey up close and personal. This one-of-a-kind experience will

The Live Birds of Prey Program features a combination of three of four live birds-a red tailed hawk, a barred owl, an American kestrel or a turkey vulture. All of these birds have injuries which prevent them from living in the wild, so they serve their species by being ambassadors.

Eagle Bluff is a private, non-profit residential environmental learning center located near Lanesboro in the beautiful bluff-country of southeast Minnesota. They believe that together we can all make a lasting difference by connecting people to the natural world through experiential learning and positive outdoor experiences.  Eagle Bluff accomplishes their mission through a variety of outdoor, hands-on and/or natural history-based programs.

More information on the Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center can be found on their website at


SELCO, Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, is a regional public library system based in Rochester, Minn. Its members include academic, public, school and special libraries. The member libraries share resources, programs, personnel and technical innovations to achieve common goals and meet the needs of individual communities. For more information, go to

About Library Legacy Funding

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. The ACHF was created in 2008 from the Clean Water, Land & Legacy amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution. Minnesota’s 365 public libraries receive funding distributed through existing formulas to the 12 Minnesota Regional Library Systems to provide programs and services in four areas: arts (visual, performing and media), culture, literary and Minnesota history.

This event is free and open to the public.

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July 13 @ the library

5:30 – 6:30 pm

Ages 10 – 100 (children must be supervised)


To Register:  call us, stop by or go online to our facebook event.

Learn how to construct and decorate handmade cards for any occasion with style and skill.  Supplies provided.  Event is free and open to the public.

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Library Closed on Tuesday July 4th

The Library will be OPEN on Monday July 3rd normal hours: 10am to 6pm.

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Summer Reading Kickoff!

This Thursday!

Register for our Summer Reading program to get your first reader bingo card, appropriate options for all ages (Seriously. All of them.) Register and get a chance to win a free ice cream coupon, drawing at 6:45 pm. We will have lego stations out at 4:00 pm and you can win prizes by joining in for (traditional) bingo at 6:00 pm. Oh, and you need a cookie. Come get a cookie!

Thursday, June 1st from 4-7 pm

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Closed for Memorial Day, Monday May 29th

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Coming to a Park near you!

Thanks to a partnership between the five Houston County public Libraries and a SELCO Legacy grant, 25 Little Free Libraries will be installed throughout Houston County this summer.

The Little Free Libraries will be decorated by local residents and artists in each of the five communities.  In our community, the libraries will be painted by each of our five schools; Crucifixion Grade School, La Crescent-Hokah Elementary School, Middle School, High School and the Montessori Academy.  The completed libraries will be placed in the parks with the help of the City of La Crescent maintenance department.  Each of the structures will be registered with the Little Free Library organization and appear on the national map.

Want to know more about the worldwide Little Free Library project?  Visit

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The White House budget that was released today calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums.  Libraries need your help to ensure that IMLS is saved.

“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”

Ray Bradbury


Here’s what you can do right now:

  • Use the sample messages in this document to contact the offices of your members of Congress
  • Share your photo or story via this form of how support from IMLS has enabled you and your library to help the teens in your community.  YALSA will use this information to advocate against the elimination of IMLS
  • Sign up via this web page to receive updates on the #SaveIMLS effort
  • Add your name to this online petition being circulated by EveryLibrary

Don’t know much about IMLS?  Here’s a quick overview: through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums.  In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000.  In addition, IMLS offers competitive grant opportunities that individual libraries and museums can apply for.  In FY14 they awarded 594 grants (from 1,299 applications) totaling more than $54,700,000.  Visit the IMLS site to see how much funding your state receives from them.

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