Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Addition for the Pine River Library


Oh my, friends and neighbors!


The people at my home here at the Pine River Public Library are working on a project to expand my world. I can hardly believe it. I will be able to sit in the sunshine most of the year. Let me explain.

The Pine River Building Foundation voted unanimously (whatever that means) to build me a three season reading porch with sliding storm windows, no less. You, friends and neighbors, are welcome to share. The project will cost a meager $18,000. I am certainly worth it. The porch will be an estimated 225 square feet. That’s plenty big for me and a few of my closest friends.


The funds for this project are coming from a number of sources. Pine River Lions Club, which I have not encountered in perambulations or I would certainly remember them, has donated $200 to the project. John Stranne, president of the Lions, is shown presenting the check to Steve Hansen, Library Building Foundation board chair. Okay, I have to interject here. I see no lions in this picture, nor do I think Mr. Steve looks anything like a chair.





News release item: Fundraising will continue, and grant opportunities are being considered. The Foundation will take over the Pie on Park Avenue fundraiser, previously run by the Riverview Tabernacle Church. Proceeds from this event will go towards the reading porch project. A Rotary Club matching grant is also a possible funding source for this project.


I am hugely excited. For more information, call the library (218-587-4639), email the foundation at prfoundation@krls.org or if you wish to send donations, send them to PO Box 14, Pine River, MN, 56474.



Thank you one and all in advance for my new room.
I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Bake Sale is December 13.


Okay, friends and neighbors,

It’s time to get out a pencil and some paper and make that all important grocery list. Thanksgiving is late this year which means that Christmas is just over the horizon.
 
Baking! That’s what I’m talking about. If your grandma didn’t leave you her best cookie recipes, run into our library and check out a cookbook.
 
Our Pine River Library is counting on you. The annual Holiday Bake Sale fund raiser is Saturday, December 13, the same day as the Pine River Parade of Lights.
 
If you want, you can always come into the library and go online for some great suggestions from www.epicurious.com or sign in to www.pinterest.com. Remember to schedule your computer time.
 
You’ll need to bring your list making materials with you for your trip to the grocery.
 
Not a baker? Don’t even own an oven or a cookie sheet? Don’t be embarrassed. I don’t bake either, but I do love cookies. Stop by the bake sale and take something home with you.
 
The sale is from 10:00 AM to 1:00pm. The Parade starts at 5:00 PM. This year our library is providing specialty coffee and hot chocolate for sale as well.
 
Could it be any better? Well, as a feline I would hope for some cream and tuna, but that’s just me.

 As an aside, Pine River Public Library will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 so our staff and you can spend quality time with friends and family.

 Have a wonderful holiday season.

I remain,
Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Pine River Library to host Illustrated History event


Dear friends and neighbors:

For those of us more simple souls who do not know what the Minnesota Legacy Program is, I will attempt to edify. Though the various programs presented by Pine River Public Library [my home] and Kitchigami Regional Library are “free” to the public, you and others have already paid for them.

The Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund receives 19.75 percent of the sales tax revenue resulting from the Legacy amendment to support arts, arts education and arts access, and to preserve Minnesota's history and cultural heritage.  Based on current sales tax revenue, Minnesotans will invest more than $1.2 billion in arts and cultural heritage fund projects and programs over the 25 year life of the tax."

A portion of the dollars appropriated from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund are being made available through grant programs.” [www.legacy.leg.mn/funds/arts-culture-heritage-fund.]

This program was voted into action in 2008 by the people of Minnesota. You voted for this. Having voted and paid, it would be foolish not to partake. It would be like buying groceries and not eating them. There are many and varied events offered to you, friends and neighbors. For a list, visit www.krls.org and click on Legacy Events.

 
Here is the next program!:

 
On November 15th at 2:00 PM at the Pine River Library, Steve Stark will make art and history come alive for you. “Steve Stark’s unique Illustrated History presentations bring history, art and presentation to entertaining life as Steve, in historical costume tells true history stories while actually drawing with skill and speed them before your eyes” Why would you want to miss this? It’s blustery outside. Come inside.

See you here at Pine River Library. Don’t forget to visit me anytime except for the following days when the library will be closed: November 11 for Veterans Day, early close Wednesday, November 26th at 5:00 PM, and November 27th for Thanksgiving. (Turkey Day! I am hugely fond of that day and will spend it in the country, no doubt.)

I remain,
Browser, the library cat

 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Pine River Library offers two treats - music, haunted house


Trick or treat? This is no trick. It is a treat.
 
Actually, we have two treats, the first of which is a visit from the Everett Smithson Band, coming back to Pine River on Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 at the Warehouse.
 
In Minnesota winter comes earlier than we might like, so enjoy the moment. Come hear this eclectic band, playing everything from Zydeco to Hillbilly Music. To prevent musical chairs, come into the library for your free tickets so we know how many chairs we need!
 
 
This is yet another Minnesota Legacy Program. Thank you, Minnesota, for being so good to us.

Our second treat is our Halloween Fund Raiser Haunted House. It will be open Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 at 209 Park Avenue, behind the library.
 
Entry fee is $4.00, but… if you wear a costume it is only $3.00. I’m coming dressed as a person. Guess which one I am.

Thank you, everyone, for being so careful of our new sidewalk. I tried to leave my prints, but apparently I would have to gain a few pounds. I was a ghost that day. No foot prints.

 
We also have enjoyed our 4th Graders for coming to the library. I always love it when the children come to visit. They are my favorites.

As always, I remain,

Browser, the library cat, King of Books

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Musician Shannon Murray to be in Pine River!


Friends and neighbors, rejoice!

Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment is sending us in Pine River music! Shannon Murray will bring us Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World. Shannon is a local songwriter, singer and guitarist. She will be sharing her music with us Thursday, September 4th at 7:30 PM at The Warehouse. Timely, is it not. We have just had Labor Day. Shannon will also be sharing some of her research of the history of WWI. Join us, won’t you, for this free program. We look forward to seeing you there.
 
 

Browser, the library cat

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cupcake Wars participants needed


To blatantly alter an old saying, Let them bake cupcakes! Marie Antoinette would probably agree.

Friends and neighbors,

The cupcake wars are just around the corner [August 2] and not very many of you have signed up to have fun with food. Spend a little quality time with a friend, neighbor, granddaughter, husband, etc. Build some fun cupcakes. Good times will have been had by all. In the end you’ll have desert!

Make them big, make them small,

Ice them well or no icing at all.

Make them green, make them blue

Make them almost any hue.

Call Muriel at the Pine River Library and let her know you rethought it and want to join in. 587-4639. Judging for this is at 11:00 AM at the Warehouse in Pine River. Don’t be outdone by a Girl Scout…

I remain, yours in food,

Browser, the library cat

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cupcake War Fund Raiser for the Pine River Library

The Pine River Public Library is having their
Second Annual Cupcake Wars!!
 
Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 at The Warehouse in Pine River
Setup is at 10:00am and judging starts a 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.
You are the Judge!
Vote as many times as you want!  Remember we are raising money...
 
Best Display/ Appearance
 

 
Cupcake Taste


 
 
Purchase voting tickets at the door! Each ticket costs .25cents
Pay and vote for your taste sample using your tickets at each cupcake display
Tickets will be used to pay for cupcakes.
Cupcake prices are set by the contestant!
Winner gets name on the Cupcake Plaque and bragging rights!
 
All proceeds go to the Pine River Public Library for updating computers!