Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's the season of giving

Tis the season. Your Pine River Public Library has a Giving Tree with a minimum of a $25.00 donation. All donations will be used to purchase new library materials. A colored ball ornament will be placed on the giving tree with your name on it. The materials that are purchased will take up more of my bedroom space. Think I’m kidding? Every time Muriel gets in more stuff for people she takes up more shelves I can no longer use for my naps. I really don’t mind, though, sort of…

Our Christmas tree has presents for small children under it. These are the very same children who pull my ears and my tail to show their love for me. I thought they should have gifts. Bring them into the library so they can have a present.

And a gift to all of you with digital cameras who take loads of great pictures and not so great pictures and then….

In January Pine River Public Library in association with Kitchigami Regional Library and funded in part by Minnesota Library Legacy Fund is offering a FREE class. This will be digital photography and Photoshop8. The class will be in three parts. You will need your own digital camera. If you have taken holiday pictures and want to process them, so much the better. If not, we will discuss taking better pictures and making existing pictures better.

What to bring:
· Your digital camera
· Your manual if you still have it as all digital cameras are different
· The cable you use to connect your camera to the computer
· Yourself

Call Muriel at the library (218-587-4639) or your instructor, Cora Mitchell (218-692-3501) for further information and to sign up for this class. We have not decided on a day yet because we want to make this work for as many as possible time wise.

Photoshop is a really interesting and fun tool. It can be used simply to process your photos or to make them into more than the original image. Anyone with a basic knowledge of using computer software can do this. With practice you will be amazed what you can do with simple images.

Happy Holidays and happy picture taking,

Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 23 December 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Attend Dec 11, author event at the library

Friends and fellow Minnesotans,

What do coffee, cider, baked goods, and Ojibwe stories have in common? Mark an exclamation point on the date 12-11-10 on your calendar and then come to Pine River Public Library for…Coffee, cider, a bake sale and Anne Dunn, Ojibwe Storyteller. Anne is an Anishinabeg grandmother and elder storyteller. She is author of “When Beaver Was Great”, “Grandmother’s Gift”, and “Winter Thunder: Retold Tales”.

Those of you who are Ojibwe will enjoy stories of your culture. Those of us who are not – that would be me – will truly enjoy stories of a culture that was here long before we were.

Don’t miss this opportunity. I know I won’t - mostly because I live at the library, but I wouldn’t miss it anyway. That would be Saturday, Dec. 11th at 1:00pm at Pine River Public Library.

Once again this event is brought to you by Minnesota Library Legacy and Kitchigami Regional Library.

See you soon.
Browser, the library cat

PS. The bake sale proceeds will be used to help finance our new computer. If you would like to donate baked goods for this sale, please bring them to the library Friday December 10th before 3:00.

Printed in the Pine River Journal - 9 December 2010

Friday, November 26, 2010

I am so thankful

I am thankful for my fine friends.
I am thankful for a warm place to sleep.
I am thankful for enough to eat.
I am thankful for time spent contemplating existence.
I am thankful for the care givers who have helped me through hard times.
I am thankful for the children.
I am thankful for the City of Pine River for allowing me to stay in residence at their Library.
I am thankful for the turkey you didn’t bring me yet, but are planning to bring.

Residents of Pine River and patrons of our wonderful Pine River Public Library, Thanksgiving is fast approaching. For what are you thankful? Many of our friends and neighbors don’t have enough to eat or enough warm clothing to help them through the winter. If each of us would remember one other person on Thanksgiving and throughout the year, imagine how much good we could do. Each community in our area has a Food Shelf. If you have no idea what to give, give a few dollars. The Food Shelf can use your gifts of money to buy in bulk and much more cheaply than you, yourselves, can. Many of our local organizations collect warm clothing for those in need. If you have good clothing that you aren’t using, donate it. Contact a Lion’s Club or social services organization in your town. They can direct you to a place where you can leave your items.

I am thankful for all who read my articles.

Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 25th November 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Boo! Haunted Maze to benefit library

Who ever decided that “boo” is what ghosts say? I've watched quite a bit of television lately and I haven’t found one single paranormal investigator record a single “boo” on his or her EMF recorder. Not one. They seem to say lots of other stuff, but not “boo”.

As a cat, I find this interesting on a whole different level. I have known very few cats that say anything close to “meow”! But I digress.

Halloween is upon us and “boo” or not, our Pine River Public Library is hosting Haunted Maze at the Wildwedge Mystery Maze next to AmericInn in Jenkins on October 29th, 30th and 31st, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 6:30PM to 8:30PM on Friday and Saturday. We’ll have a Special time on Sunday for the wee ones: 4:00 pm to 6:00pm. Then for the older kids: 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Entrance fee is $3.00 for all ages. All proceeds will go toward repaying the cost of the new library roof.

Halloween is not the end of the world, however, and on November 6th at 3:00PM at The Warehouse in Pine River, Kitchigami Regional Libraries and Pine River Public Library welcomes another renowned author through the Minnesota Legacy Authors program. Anton Treuer, on a reprise visit, “…explores the murder of the controversial Ojibwe chief who led his people through the first difficult years of dispossession by white invaders… “Chief Hole in the Day is a local historical figure. Don’t miss this talk. It is part of our local heritage.

I remain,

Browser, the library cat.

“Meow” to you.

Printed in part in the Pine River Journal 28th October 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Free genealogy program is Oct. 22

Welcome, friends all:

As a feline, unless one has a pedigree, a family tree is nonexistent. I, for one, consider Muriel my family. I have lived at the library and, on rare occasions, at the home of friends since I was very young. I was adopted by the library. I take this for granted. People, it seems, are much more interested in their roots.

One of my human friends was recently united with her birth family. This was a big deal for her. For me it wouldn’t matter at all. With all this in mind, and because our library, though my home, was put in place for humans, Pine River Public Library is presenting a program on Genealogy. Entitled “Beginning Genealogy at Your Library” This program will take place Friday, October 22nd at 3:30PM. It is Ancestry Detectives 101. Finding your family roots is the thrust of this program. The project is funded in part or whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund. Pre-registration is required, since there is limited computer seating. I tend to occupy one of the computer chairs but will give it up for this program.

Looking ahead to my favorite holiday, Halloween, our Friends of the Pine River Library has a rare treat this year. They are sponsoring a Haunted Maze at the Wildwedge Mystery Maze next to AmericInn in Jenkins. The dates for this fun time are October 29th, 30th and 31st, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Entrance fee is $3.00. All proceeds will go toward repaying the cost of the new library roof.

If you need more information about the Haunted Maze, or if you need to sign up for the Genealogy session, please call the library at 218-587-4639.

I remain, your friend,

Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 14th October 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

A timeless treasure to be shared October 5th

Hello, my lovely readers all,

The State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Grant has another terrific program for you coming up on Tuesday, Oct. 5th at 6:00 PM at The Warehouse in Pine River. This time it is a portrayal of Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980), a well know Minnesota author, as interpreted by Laurie Johnson from the Minnesota Historical Society.

Vera Neville, author of the “Princess Diary” series says of Ms. Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series, “Slipping into a Betsy book is like slipping into a favorite pair of well-worn slippers. It’s always a pleasure to live in Betsy’s world for a little while…” The Betsy-Tacy series of books begins with children’s books as Betsy enters school and continues on to the end of high school years. These books, written in the 1940’s, are timeless. [They’d better be. That’s a couple of generations back for most of you and a whole lot of generations for a lowly feline like myself. ] The books are loosely autobiographical. Here’s a quote from

“In 1938 Maud began writing Betsy-Tacy, inspired by the oft-repeated stories about her childhood that she told Merian [her daughter] at bedtime. The book was wildly successful, and the rest of the series followed at a steady pace. The only pause came after Betsy and Joe, when Maud wasn't sure what to do next. Having not completed college herself, she didn't feel comfortable sending Betsy—but she could send Carney! And then after writing Emily of Deep Valley, Maud came to believe that a trip to Europe was surely as educational as going to college, so the next two books followed without a hitch. For Betsy's Wedding, Maud was especially delighted to be writing about Delos [her husband] over a period of time when she actually knew him.”

“Google” Maud Hart Lovelace and learn all about this extraordinary woman and her times. Then, come live for a while in the not so distant past and “speak” with an author well loved and long remembered.

Happy Reading!

Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 30 Sept 2010

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Fall means back to school, musical performance

Welcome to Minnesota’s perfect season, friends and neighbors. Fall colors are just around the corner. Those of you who love to grow things are harvesting the results of your summer’s hard work. School is beginning. “School” as defined by is “…any situation, set of circumstances, or experience through which one gains knowledge, training, or discipline…” This one of many definitions of the word would seem to include programs presented by our wonderful Pine River Public Library and the Kitchigami Regional Library System. On Tuesday, September 21st at 6:00PM at The Warehouse in Pine River, Loretta Simonet and Curtis Teague will present just such a “schooling”.

It is a program of traditional songs, period instruments and 1800’s costumes depicting the history of our Minnesota. A history lesson, as it was, presented in such a way as to make our past history come alive in a really entertaining manner.

History, after all, is about all of us. About our pasts. Sometimes, however, it can be presented in such a dry way that the eyes close and the earmuffs formerly used to keep us warm act as insulation against an endless parade of facts and dates. This is way more fun! Since School [note the capital “S”] has begun for our young people, and since many of our teenagers will soon be asked to write about our state of Minnesota, why not bring them to this program? It is a testament to the premise that history lessons can be fun.

As an aside, remember that our library has numerous books on the history of Minnesota as well as use of computers for research. Please call in advance to reserve your computer time. It will make things simpler for you and for your librarians. Your young people will need a library card in order to take books home for research and reading. This is easy. Just come with them to the library and sign them up! We are a public library. There is no fee for a card.

I remain,

Browser, the library cat

PS Free tickets for the Curtis & Loretta performance are available at the Pine River Public Library

Printed in the Pine River Journal 9 September 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Free orchestra concert is August 13th

Friends and music lovers, all:

Our next feature brought to us by the State Of Minnesota Legacy Program is a free concert by Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Friday, August 13th at 7:00PM at the **First Lutheran Church in Pine River. This will be preceded by a free workshop at the Pine River Library at 2:00PM the same day. The concert will present two pieces: “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copeland and a new piece, “Quiet Landscape” by Minnesota composer Joseph Adams. Mr. Adams will be attending the workshop. Mr. Copeland will only be attending in spirit as he died December 2, 1990. Dr. Beverly Everett, the conductor will be giving the workshop.

This brings to mind a couple of questions. Why is classical music called “classical”? It can’t be because it doesn’t involve lyrics because opera is considered classical and it has words. And what of orchestras? How are they different from bands? Number of instruments? I don’t think so, since during the “Big Band Era” bands were really big. Let us check this out in and see what they have to say…

Classical music is the art music produced in, or rooted in, the traditions of Western liturgical and secular music, encompassing a broad period from roughly the 9th century to present times. The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, which is known as the common practice period.

Pop music (a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of "popular") is usually understood to be commercially recorded music, often oriented towards a youth market, usually consisting of relatively short, simple love songs utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes. Pop music has absorbed influences from most other forms of popular music, but as a genre is particularly associated with the rock and roll and later rock style.

Well, that seems to sort explain that difference, so on with the “orchestra” versus “band”...

An orchestra is a sizable instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The term orchestra derives from the Greek ορχήστρα, the name for the area in front of an ancient Greek stage reserved for the Greek chorus. The orchestra grew by accretion throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but changed very little in composition during the course of the twentieth century.

A musical ensemble is a group of two or more musicians who perform instrumental or vocal music. In each musical style different norms have developed for the sizes and composition of different ensembles, and for the repertoire of songs or musical works that these ensembles perform.

This explanation isn’t quite as clear. I think perhaps the major difference between “orchestra” and “band” is that the one plays classical music while the other plays primarily pop music. Even this isn’t exact because I am relatively certain there are orchestral versions of, for example, Beatles music. Perhaps it hinges on orchestras playing an infinite variety of pieces while a band generally plays a particular repertoire???

Think about it and perhaps if you attend the workshop you could ask Mr. Adams or Dr. Everett. They might know.

**At the last minute the Concert had to be moved to the Mildred Bible Chapel, 4 Miles N of Pine River on HWY 371. Still @ 7 pm. If you do come to the First Lutheran church there will be a charter bus @ 6:45 to take anyone to Mildred.

Questions please call the library at 587-4639.

Happy trails.
Browser, the library cat.

Printed in the Pine River Journal August 12th 2010 without update about the concert location change.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

A small town story about kindness

Stories of good and evil appear throughout history. In this age of extreme evil, however, comes a little story that could only happen in small town America. It is not so much a story of good and evil as a story of sadness and joy.

A few weeks ago in our Pine River Library there was a large Peace Lily plant, resplendent with blooms. It was looked upon with pride and joy by all who visited our library and especially by Muriel, our Branch Manager. It seems, however, that these flowers were not loved by all. On a weekend a couple of weeks ago, all the flowers mysteriously disappeared. Mystified and somewhat miffed, Muriel began asking everyone she encountered who would whack off all those lovely blooms. The answer did eventually come, but the plant remained naked of its blooms.

Time passed and on a sunny afternoon last week Muriel began receiving at the library silk Peace Lily flowers. Each was labeled with the phrase “Please Return to the Pine River Library”.

Curious, Muriel began asking the delivery persons about their offerings. A story developed. It seems that a young woman, apparently with two small children in tow, was walking about Pine River carrying two bags, each marked with “Help Cheer Up Muriel”.

In these bags were many silk Peace Lily flowers, each with their label.

The woman handed these blooms to individuals on the street.

When she at last became tired she placed her offerings in flower boxes and other places of high visibility about our small town. She was giving back where someone else took away. Her identity is not known. She has brought a smile to our faces.

We give a heartfelt THANK YOU!

By Browser the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 8 July 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Author Jim Proebstle at Pine River Public Library June 19

Welcome Readers.

We have another thrilling author visit scheduled for this month thanks to Kitchigami Regional Library made possible by the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage. This time it is author Jim Proebstle, visiting our Pine River Public Library on June 19th at 11:00AM. Seating will be limited for this author talk, so please call our library at 218-587-4639 for availability.

Proebstle’s first novel set in northern Minnesota, “Absence of Honor” and published August 1, 2008, received a five star rating by reader reviews on “Jim Proebstle has experienced northern Minnesota his entire life. He and his wife, Carole, now call it home for the warmer months. His love for the wilderness setting, fascination with Native American reservation life and continued corruption amid escalating casino profits fueled his imagination for In the Absence of Honor. Jim draws on his knowledge of the area and its history to weave a page-turning story with origins dating back 200 years and outcomes that could appear in tomorrow's newspaper.” ( biography)

He has recently completed his second novel, this time about his uncle who was a pilot during WWII.

Speaking of books, our book sale is scheduled for June 25, 26 and 27. We are, as always, looking for volunteers to help with the sale. It is, friends and neighbors, a swell way to have an inside track on the books in the sale. Also, the Library Board will be having an ice cream social on Saturday June 26th at the library to help raise matching funds for the Gates computer grant. I plan to attend. So should you.

Until next time I remain,
Browser, the library cat.

Printed in the Pine River Journal 17 June 2010

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Summer reading program starting up at library

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1797-98:
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.

And why, you may ask, do I quote Coleridge? Notice this theme:

1. Life Jackets are again available for check-out at the Pine River Public Library

2. Summer reading program for 5 – 12 year olds = Make a Splash at your library

3. Teen summer reading program = Make Waves at your Library.

4. Kick off of this program is “A Splash of Magic” performed by Robert Holbrook on Friday, June 11 at 1:00PM. This is also open to the public but we encourage children to sign up.

The children’s and teens’ reading programs begin June 14 and run through August 7th. Sign up begins June 7th. Information packets are available at our library at that time. Additionally, activities days will be held from 1 – 2:30 on certain days during the week and advance sign-up is required. All this information will be given out when the young people register.

And then there is the book sale. It will be scheduled for the end of June. We are looking for donations. We are only moderately selective. Everything except “Readers Digest Condensed Books”, old text books, and encyclopedias will be accepted with open arms and cheers of thanks. Well, maybe not this last, but we could certainly use your donations.

Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 3 June 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hello Legacy fans. Browser here.
Our wonderful state of Minnesota in conjunction with Kitchigami Regional Library is once again bringing you a program you won’t want to miss. “What is the subject this time?” you ask. “Ojibwe in Minnesota” published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

I’ve always wondered about the Ojibwe people. Many of their ancestors still live in our area.

Our streets and lakes are named with words from their language.

Who are these people? Find out Monday May 24th at 6:30PM at the Life Center on Barclay Ave in Pine River.

The author, Anton Treuer, has been studying and writing about the Ojibwe people for many years. Here is his educational background in Minnesota:

Education: University of Minnesota
Ph.D. : History, September 1997
Dissertation: The Assassination of Hole in the Day
M.A. : History, July 1994
Thesis: Ojibwe-Dakota Relations:Diplomacy, War and Social Union, 1679-1862
GPA: 4.0/4.0
Fields: Ojibwe, Native American, United States, Canadian, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Fellowships: MacArthur, Institute for the Study of World Politics, Experienced Faculty Development
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

We are told that this man of letters is a very good speaker. His topic is pertinent to us all. I think you would be cheating yourself if you did not attend. It’s a question of knowing your neighbors!

Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal May 20th, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Two exciting events coming to Library

Welcome Readers,

Because there is a lot of ground to cover [excuse the pun], I will briefly touch on each topic and leave it to you to search further. ..

Earth Day is April 22. The evolution of this event, which began in 1970 appears in an article written by Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day. See for Senator Nelson’s article. This year is the 40th anniversary for those of you who aren’t solid in math. The purpose? Making our earth a better place for all of us by preserving our planet. I, for one contribute on a daily basis by depositing only bio-degradable products on the ground. Something that simple is so important in making our planet a better place, returning it to its pristine form prior to you guys – people. A local girl scout troop will have a display at our Pine River Public Library which will focus on recycled materials. It will be displayed until the end of April.

The next program sponsored by Kitchigami Regional Library made possible by the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage, will be Saturday May 1st at 3:00 PM at The Warehouse in Pine River. So far I don’t think any of us have been disappointed by any of these programs. This one promises to be hugely interesting. Barbara W. Sommer, a Minnesota native and oral historian for more than 30 years ( will speak to us about her book, “Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota” This is hugely timely. It is about a time in our history when jobs were scarce and people were going hungry and what one state – our state - did to help its people. Don’t miss this program. The CCC provided more than 77,000 people with jobs during the dark days at the height of The Great Depression.

Keep on keeping on.
Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 22 April 2010

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Library Fund Raiser and Free Concert coming to Pine River


Which of these items is not like the others?

The answer is e)! Pine River Public Library's Friends of the Library Foundation is once again having their annual Wine and Beer tasting Fund Raiser! This means an evening of tasting wines and beers brought to you by Ultimate Liquors in Pine River and wonderful Hors d' oeuvres provided by Lakes Latte' in Pequot Lakes.

This is being held once again at AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Jenkins.
The date is Saturday, March 13th from 6 - 8 PM.

AmericInn is offering special room rates for this event, so stay afterwards and enjoy a mini-vacation. (Let them know you are attending the Library
Wine Tasting when booking.)

There will also be a Silent Auction, which is always fun. Currently we are still accepting offerings for this auction. Your business card will be displayed with your item.

The cost of admission is $15.00 in advance at the Pine River Library, Ultimate Liquors and Lottsa Stuff Store in Pine River. Tickets at the door will be $17.00 and Friends of the Library will receive $2.00 off the ticket price.

And as if that wasn't enough, Kitchigami Regional Library System in conjunction with a Legacy Grant from the State of Minnesota is presenting system-wide concerts by Elsa Korenne. She will appear in Pine River a the Life Center on Barclay Ave on Monday evening March 8th at 6:30. Ms, Korenne was originally Commissioned by Minnesota to perform in the State's 150th birthday celebration, Minnesota's Ordinarily Unsung.

"Elisa Korenne now lives in New York Mills but has been performing her original songs at concerts and festivals around the world for over 10 years..."

Thank you, my library, for making our town a better place to live.

Browser, the library cat

Friday, February 26, 2010

READ THIS ! It's good for you

Having attended some of the elucidating programs sponsored by Kitchigami Regional Library made possible by the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage, I was utterly stunned to discover that no one in the group who attended had read about the program in the paper. This can mean only one of two things. Either no one is reading this column, in which case what’s the point, or no one who reads the column is taking advantage of this incredible opportunity to visit with writers and other talents from here in Minnesota . Do you honestly think all other states and communities offer this kind of privilege? Not so much.

The next program being offered is a meeting and presentation by Bemidji author Kent Nerburn, author of twelve books on spirituality and Native themes, especially Native Americans of the northern plains tribes. This program will be presented in Pine River at The Warehouse Saturday, February 27th at 3:00 PM. This author is extremely popular and well known. Having glimpsed his ratings on, I found nearly all were five stars. Don’t miss this program. I don’t think you’ll be sorry. Besides, it’s winter. Go forth and learn stuff. Cabin fever is bad for you.

As an aside, I will be giving out Valentines for the whole month to those from whom I receive these cherished offerings of affection. My Valentine box is sitting on the front desk for all to see. Also, there will be some remodeling taking place in my home at the Pine River Public Library. Once again The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be granting our library some new computers – three to be exact – for public use. They will arrive in March. A grant is not the same as a gift. Well, it is in a way. It is like the Valentines.

I’ll give you one and you give me one. The only difference, other than the obvious, is that all benefits stay in our library. I give you one, you give you one. We must give ourselves the same amount that the foundation is giving us. We are still seeking donations to match the foundation’s offering. Give generously. We are the ones who benefit.

Browser, the library cat

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A Taste of History comes to Pine River

Welcome, mes amis!

Today we are excited to announce that a Minnesota History Player program is being presented here in our beautiful Pine River. This program is being brought to Kitchigami Regional Library residents through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant funds. What a marvelous thing!

A fur trader from the beginning of the nineteenth century will be visiting with us. No, he is not speaking from the grave, nor is he really old. This will be a presentation of the life and times of George Nelson enacted by a history player using props, artifacts and costumes. It will be as if you are visiting with George, himself. How amazing is that?

“On May 3 in the town of Lachine near Montreal, Canada, George climbed into a 36-foot, 600-pound canoe loaded with trade goods, food, and other supplies. He watched a dozen men called voyageurs take their places in the big Montreal canoes—five paddlers on each side, a steersman standing in the stern, another man at the bow to guide the canoe. George's fellow passengers most likely included a Scottish clerk and fur-company agents from London or Montreal.

"George's canoe and five others pushed off for Lake Superior. Ashore, people waved and called out goodbyes. Then the travelers heard only the splash and spray of the paddles and the silent forests along the Ottawa River.

"Meanwhile, in the wilderness to the west, fur traders at trading posts bundled the pelts they had acquired during the winter and loaded them into birch-bark canoes. Then the traders and their voyageurs pushed their 25-foot, 300-pound canoes into ice-cold streams and set out for Lake Superior. Ojibwe Indians also traveled to the big lake, which they called Gichi Gami, where they traded furs and canoes for goods. All the travelers were bound for the same meeting place—Grand Portage—for a summer rendezvous.” Thus begins George’s amazing adventure. George was fifteen at the time.

Come to The Life Center on Barclay Avenue, Pine River, Monday February
8th at 6:00PM and meet George and ask him about his amazing adventures.

This program could be great fun for some of my younger friends.

This is a very busy month for our library sponsored programs. It is a wonderful time of year to have something really interesting to do! Here is yet another treat for you:

Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar will visit Pine River at the Warehouse on Saturday, February 13th at 3pm. Candace admits that Minnesota history is one of her passions. A life-long Minnesotan and grandchild of Scandinavian immigrants, she daydreamed growing up about life in the earliest days of Minnesota, and wondered how historic events impacted the lives of ordinary people. While researching family history, she learned about the 1862 Sioux Uprising, and that her great-grand father drove the stagecoach from St. Cloud to Fort Abercrombie in the years after the Uprising. She became entranced with the idea of what he might have experienced had he arrived in Minnesota one year earlier. Her book, Abercrombie Trail, is the story of Evan Jacobson, ­the story that might have been her grandfather’s.

Abercrombie Trail, published by North Star Press in June 2009, is the first novel in a series of three. Candace enjoyed searching museums, poring through newspapers, letters and records, and then weaving family history around what she found. It took her 8 years to research and write her three novels. Candace says that seeing her book in print is like “a dream come true,” and also a lesson in perseverance. Candace is currently working on a collection of poetry with her sister, Angela Foster.

Candace Simar’s author visits are part of the Kitchigami Reads/Kitchigami Writes project, made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage. Free Tickets available at the Pine River Public Library

Happy trails, my fine friends.
Browser, the library cat

Printed in the Pine River Journal 4 February 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Redefine your New Year's resolutions

Welcome, Friends all,

Browser, here. Happy New Year. You have now had time to digest the foolishness of you New Years resolutions. The typical list might be something like this:

1. Read"War and Peace"
2. Lose 25 pounds in the next month
3. Visit a nursing home every Sunday afternoon
4. Go to the gym everyday
5. Be nice to my sister

I have a suggestion...

1. Read one new author in the next year
2. Don't gain any more weight
3. Smile at my neighbor even if you don't especially like him/her
4. Go for a walk or go to the gym once a week
5. Be nice to my sister

My personal list involves more like taking a nap every single day and not biting anybody. Do-able.

How is your reading coming along? It's winter. Time to read. "Snow Time to Read", our adult reading program, is in full swing. You have until March 31 to read 15 books. That is do-able. You'll need to remember to write them down on a sheet provided for you at our Pine River Public Library. Having done that, you will receive a "Snow Time to Read" mug. Drink coffee from it or lemonade or pour wax in it and make a library candle or fill it with M&M's Mugs are good. Reading is also good.

What else are you doing to make winter fun? Fishing? Ice fishing? I personally love fish, though I don't ice fish, but you might. In keeping with this theme, a program is being presented on January 30 at 4:00PM at the Warehouse in Pine River. Greg Breining, Minnesota author of many outdoor books, will be discussing his book "A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It". This book was written in conjunction with photographer Layne Kennedy and was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. Here is what Greg says about his writings:

"My articles and essays about travel, science, and nature have appeared in The New York Times, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, and many other publications. I've traveled to the Gobi Desert to find the Przewalski's horse, the arctic plains of Ellesmere Island to count musk ox and wolves, and the caverns of southern Minnesota where an iconoclastic spelunker uses explosives to discover and explore new caves."

He sounds like a very interesting person and I think all of you, men and women alike, will certainly enjoy visiting with this author. This program is funded by The State of Minnesota Legacy Amendment. Visit Pine River Library and receive two free tickets with your valid library card.

Your library is here for you. Without you there would be no library.

Browser, the library cat.

Printed in the Pine River Journal, 28th January 2010

PS The Author talk has been moved to the Pine River Library, same time and date.