Gearing up for fall
International Falls Public Library
September is just around the corner and that means we are gearing up for fall and our school year programming. Kids can still turn in the hours they read this summer for free books if they recorded 15 or 25 hours read. We will give out free books for summer reading until Saturday, September 6th.
Wednesday, September 3rd from 6 – 8 pm we are hosting cartoonist Bill Barnes for a two hour cartooning fest. Come spend an hour covering everything you need to know to create your own comic strip, spend a second hour covering the technology and business of cartooning. The first hour is for middle-school students to adults, while the second hour is more focused on the mature teen and adult. Come for one or both hours, just come if you have ever wondered if you could create your own comic strip and get paid for it. Bring your ideas, your enthusiasm and geek out on cartooning.
Storytime will begin on Thursday morning, September 11th at 10:30am. Join us for 20 – 30 minutes of stories, rhymes and songs that explore families. Preschool children of all ages are welcome to bring a caregiver for this time of exploration and discovery of libraries, books and language. Immediately following storytime each week, a variety of early learning toys are put out for “Stay and Play” a thirty minute session in which young children can explore and learn early science and math skills. Storytime and Stay and Play will continue each Thursday morning at 10:30. We’ll explore friends on September 18th and fall on September 25th.
Monday, September 22 at 6:30pm the library and Arrowhead Library System sponsor Sara Pajunen, violinist and vocalist. Sara combines live violin and vocals and invites attendees to immerse themselves in archival text and recorded audio from Northern Minnesota’s Finnish immigrant history. This program is funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The program is for teens and adults. Geek out!
The Friends of the Library monthly book sale will be Tuesday, September 23 from 1 – 3 pm. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Library support of library programming.
The library’s documentary movie night is back at the library. Join us Monday, September 29th at 6:30 pm for a showing of the movie ‘People of a Feather.’ This film about survival in a changing Arctic takes us through time into the world of the Inuit in the northern reaches of Canada. The film is also a call to action to encourage implementation of energy solutions that work with nature.
The library will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. Fall hours begin on Saturday, September 6th when we will again be open on Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. Library hours are Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm. The Junior room is open Monday, Wednesday – Friday from 10am – 6pm, Tuesday 10am – 8pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm.
Pictures and Pens
"Pictures and Pens – Year 3!" The library’s program to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft. Each month we will post a theme for writers and photographers to work with. Writings of less than 1,000 words and 8x10 photographs will be accepted up to the last day of each month the library is open. A winning writing and photograph that best capture the theme will be selected with each winning entry receiving a $50 prize. After we have selected twelve photos and stories we will print them together in a small book. Everyone is eligible to enter these contests (although if you win one month, you are not eligible the next month). For more information, visit the library blog, or contact Diane at the library.
The September theme is "School."