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! 

 

 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Learn the story of Pine River past


Friends and neighbors,
Most of us know Charles Dickens’ story of Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas past. Well, it isn’t Christmas and it isn’t Charles Dickens. It is the story of Pine River past.

Minnesota Legacy has put together a trip back in time. This is exciting stuff. There will be rides in a horse drawn conveyance where you will talk to the ghost of George Angus Barclay.

There will be ghosts of loggers at the dam telling of their exploits. Ammarrilla Barclay, the first Caucasian woman in Cass County will be on hand at our Pine River Library to talk to you about her times.

You’ll be able to explore the Pine River Depot and learn its history. Ghostly, yes, but not the least bit scary. This tour begins at the Depot where you can board a horse drawn stage coach or a covered wagon and ends with a walk to our library where I will await you.

Don’t miss this. I wish I could meet all the ghosts, but at least Ammarrilla will be hanging out at the library.

The times and dates for this wonderful tour are Fridays, June 20, July 11 and 25, August 1, 15,and 22 and September 5 from 11:00 AM to1:00 PM.
 
Ghosts in the day time. Unusual.

After the tour you might want to saunter on down to Pine River Market Square. That opens at 2:00.

 
Your friend,
Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The new Miss Pine River comes to visit me at the Library

Danielle Butcher the 2014 Miss Pine River, stopped in at
the Pine River Library to have her picture taken with me.
 
Once a year I help the Miss Pine River pageant by being a sponsor.
This year I was able to sponsor Danielle Butcher.
 
In all the years of my sponsoring this is the second time one of my girls won the title of Miss Pine River
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Expand your horizons with a good book


Greetings, friends and neighbors. Welcome to spring.
There are plenty of rainy days when you can make time for a good book, so let us talk literature.  I have read two books recently that are “period pieces”.

 The first, called “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, is about a time in American History when hungry homeless children roamed the streets of New York City. It was not a pretty time.
 
I understand homelessness, since it is in my history as well. Social Welfare Agencies rounded up these children, packed them in trains, and delivered them to families mostly in the mid western states.
 
Our state of Minnesota received many of these children. They were lined up and handed over to families who wanted them, many to work as laborers on farms and so forth.
 
This book is factually based and follows an Irish girl who was ill received because of her red hair. This is a compelling read.

 The second, “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd, is a chronicle based on the lives of the Grimke sisters from South Carolina.
 
This missive dates to the early 1800’s when “...by law, a slave was three-fifths of a person.” Women were not allowed to have an opinion and certainly not allowed to vote.
 
It follows the journey of these real life sisters, girls and then women of gentry in the South, on their mission to right social wrongs. It is historically interesting. It is hugely depressing in part. The treatment of slaves in the south was utterly appalling.
 
Still, it is beautifully written, and well worth your time.

Expand your horizons with a good book.

Browser, the library cat