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Hot Reads for Cold Nights

Hot-Reads-2014-poster-croppedWINTER READING PROGRAM

FOR ADULTS AND TEENS

December 21 – March 19

Curl up with a book during the cold winter evenings.  Choose a treat from our basket when you’ve finished three.

There are weekly and monthly drawings for mugs, book bags, blankets, and gift certificates.

For an extra challenge, play Book BINGO.

Author Visit: November 19th, 7:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

7:00 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Come along with 14-year-old Shawn Buckner on a quest for his first wild turkey with a bow.  Set in the bluffs and valleys of southeastern Minnesota’s Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, Spring Turkey Chronicles combines hunting ethics with an engaging story.

Cory Pedersen is a St. Charles native.  He lives in Rochester with his family.

Author Visit: July 31st, 1:30 p.m.

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Amanda Huneke

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

1:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Join author Amanda Huneke for a special story time as she reads from her new “Monster on the Loose” book series.

Amanda grew up the oldest of four children in the rural farming community of Goodhue, Minnesota, and graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with degrees in Anthropology and Psychology. She began writing children’s stories during her husband’s first deployment, when her young son at times turned into a “monster on the loose.”

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Shakespeare Program: June 3rd, 6:30 p.m.

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GREAT RIVER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

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Monday, June 3, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

 

Calling all Shakespeare fans!

Interested in learning more about the Great River Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 productions Henry V and Twelfth Night? Join GRSF staff for a discussion of the stories, the historical contexts, the process of producing a play by the Bard, and the company’s unique approach to these two pieces. The workshop will spend about half of the hour-long session on each play. Participants will have plenty of time to ask questions about the plays, the season, and the company.

Copies of the two plays will be available for checkout. A limited number of free theater passes will be available after June 15th.

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

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Rescheduled: Whitewater P.O.W. Camp, May 22nd, 7:00 p.m.

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PRISONER OF WAR CAMP AT THE STATE PARK 1944–45

Dr. Rick Musser

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

7:00 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

 

Soldiers from Hitler’s Afrika Korps spent the summers of 1944 and 1945 in Minnesota. They were put to work in fields, woods and canning plants across Minnesota. Whitewater State Park was the site of one of their POW camps. Dr. Rick Musser, a retired journalism professor, will present pictures and stories of the captured German men and boys, some as young as 16, who lived and worked in southeastern Minnesota.

 

Author Visit: April 25th, 6:30 p.m.

Salas_BS_thumbnailLaura Purdie Salas

Thursday, April 25, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for children and teens, including 2012 Minnesota Book Award Winner BookSpeak! Poems about Books, and Minnesota Book Award Finalists A Leaf Can Be…. (2013) and Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School (2010). She loves to introduce kids to poetry and help them find poems they can relate to, no matter what their age, mood, and personality. She has also written numerous nonfiction books. See more about Laura and her work at http://laurasalas.com/

This visit, part of the Southeastern Libraries Cooperating 2013 Poets at the Library Tour, is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Author Visit: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

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Mystery Author Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

D.A. Lampi is a transplanted New Yorker living in southeastern Minnesota with her husband, children and a sheltie named Scout. Her first mystery novel, Shadow Play, debuts in June 2013. Repercussions, a literary novel about the choices we make, will be published in summer 2013. She lives in Rochester.

Author Visit: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

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Mystery Author Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Mickie Turk has worked independently and commercially in film, photography, and journalism for the past 20 years. She wrote, directed, and produced several films, both short and feature-length narratives and documentaries. Wayward Girls, which appeared in festivals and on PBS, can be found in libraries across the United States and Canada. Between 1992 and 2004, Mickie traveled extensively to photograph and film—to New Orleans and the south, to Cuba, and to Russia and Ukraine. In the past eight years, Mickie completed three novels, four feature-length screenplays, a variety of short stories and memoirs, and has begun a suspense series. She also serves on the organizing committee for the Edina Music and Film Festival. One of Mickie’s favorite activities is keeping up with her globetrotting daughter, whose travels have included Peace Corps service in Bulgaria and teaching English in South Korea.

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After a long absence, Dr. Dominique Doucette returns to her hometown to open a reform prison for violent male offenders. Immediately, bullying by a local sheriff and a backlash of community resentment threaten to shut down the facility. But when a series of assaults occur in nearby New Orleans, Dominique is forced to confront twin devils: the evil lurking inside the walls of the antebellum institution, and the disturbing secret that haunts her own past.

Author Visit: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

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Colin T. Nelson

Mystery Author Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Colin T. Nelson grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota. He has worked as both a prosecutor and public defender for over thirty years where he’s seen cases that could never be used on reality TV—they’re too real; no one would believe them! His books are page turners, and he wants to teach readers something new in every book that they didn’t know before. In addition to a pair of thrillers Fallout (nominated for the Minnesota Book Awards) and Reprisal, he’s written a financial handbook called, When Can I Tell My Boss, I Quit! Colin also plays a tenor sax in a jazz group called BlueMood.

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Zehra Hassan, Minneapolis lawyer, gets wind through a client of a plot to blow up the nuclear power station in Monticello, Minnesota. Her effort to thwart the terrorists eventually involves several agencies, a trip to Northern Minnesota in the midst of a blizzard, and delving into the world of fundamental Christian end-of-days cults.

Author Visit: April 9th, 6:30 p.m.

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Christine Husom

Mystery Author Panel

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library

Christine Husom, a lifelong Minnesota resident, is a former corrections officer, mental health practitioner, and deputy sheriff. She holds an undergraduate degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, and a law enforcement certificate from Metropolitan State. Husom feels called to solving mysteries, and she loves the stories of other mystery writers who know how to make fiction as strange as real life. She is the author of the Winnebago County mystery series: Murder in Winnebago County (2008), Buried in Wolf Lake (2009), An Altar by the River (2010), and The Noding Field Mystery (2012).

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When a man’s naked body is found staked out in a farmer’s soybean field, Sergeant Corinne Aleckson and Detective Elton Dawes are called to the scene. The cause of death is not apparent, and the significance of why he was placed there is a mystery. As Aleckson, Dawes, and the rest of their Winnebago Sheriff’s Department team gather evidence and look for suspects and motive, they hit one dead end after another. What will it take to solve the case?