Monday, October 02, 2017

Music of the Minnesota Legacy Program

Friends and Neighbors!

We are so lucky to be living in Minnesota, land of the Legacy Programs, funded in part or whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota November 4, 2008. This means that we can experience marvelous arts and cultural events for free.


The next Legacy Program is “Music of the Mississippi” with the Everett Smithson Band. As always, it is free. I won’t be able to attend since the venue is the Pine River Depot, but those of you who do attend, please come into our library and tell me all about it. The date of this program is Monday, October 16th at 6:00 PM. It is, of course, open to everyone (except me). Band members are Phil Schmid on guitar, Jeremy Johnson on drums, the ubiquitous Bill Black on standup bass, and Everett and Kathy Smithson. If the concert isn’t enough, hang around afterwards. There will be a free, all ages, harmonica lesson given by Everett Smithson and sponsored by the Minnesota Blues Society. It’s pretty doubtful I could learn to play the harmonica, but perhaps you could!


For a complete schedule of Legacy funded events at Kitchigami Libraries, visit the Kitchigami Regional Library website: and click on Legacy Events.


Here’s hoping you are enjoying your fall.


Browser, the library cat.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Library Building Foundation Memebers needed

Friends and neighbors,

In my dotage I am called upon to reach out to our community in many ways. Some are simply announcements. Others are calls for help.
This one is a call for help. Muriel has alerted me that we have a shortage of humans to help with our Pine River Library Building Foundation. Muriel writes:
“The Pine River Library Building Foundation is looking for 3 volunteer officers to serve on their board. The board meets 3 to 6 times a year.
Board members help with organizing fund raisers and volunteer for activities the Foundation sponsors. If interested contact Muriel Erickson at the Pine River Public Library. 218-587-4839.”
Here is an explanation of what, exactly, the Building Foundation is:

The Pine River Library Building Foundation is a non-profit 501[c]3. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 7 members. The Foundation supports the Pine River Library Building, making sure that our library continues to provide a comfortable, functional, and safe environment. The Foundation holds several events throughout the year to fund building maintenance and improvements. It was formed in 1996 to raise funds for the new library building and received a generous donation of the Pine River State Bank building in January of 1999 for library use.

Thanks to funds raised by the Building Foundation, renovations to the donated building were completed in July 2002. A new metal roof to the building was installed in spring of 2009. The old and damaged flooring was replaced with new tile in March of 2014.

Without these upgrades, my home, the Pine River Library, would be in serious disrepair. Thank you Building Foundation. And the good works continue as the Foundation holds fundraising events and applies for grant monies.


Join us! We need you. I need you.

Browser, the library cat

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Minnesota's part in WWI topic of program

Friends and neighbors!

 Attention history buffs! We begin the month of May with a program about Minnesota’s part in WWI.

 The month of May offers more Legacy Programs. These free programs are funded in part or whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

 On Friday, May 5th at the Lifehouse Coffee Shop on Barclay Ave at 4:00 PM, Arn Kind will present a riveting program on the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I. Our participation in WWI only lasted 19 months but involved more than 100,000 men from Minnesota. What an astonishing number!

 These men served in the Army, Navy, Marine Corp, and Medical Corp.  Arn Kind will dress the part for this exciting living history program as you learn about the causes of the war, why Americans got involved, strategies used to win the war, the role women played, and the life of a typical Minnesota soldier.

 I certainly hope you can attend. I would if I could.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Well, friends and neighbors,

The winter reading program is fast coming to a close. Are you a procrastinator? If so, are you a speed reader?

Friday, March 31 is the final day. Bring you lists of 15 books you have read during these three months to the Pine River Public Library and receive you mug and my person thank you for enjoying our free public library.

The end of the winter reading program marks the beginning vestiges of spring. The weather is warming somewhat, and though we may still have snow there is hope just over the horizon for balmy weather.

It is the time of year for baby plants, baby animals, and Peeps. In case you didn’t know, “Peeps are marshmallow candies, sold in the United States and Canada, that are shaped into chicks, bunnies, and other animals. There are also different shapes used for various holidays.” Wikipedia

It’s entirely possible that you assumed I’d write some tome about the meaning of Easter. Not so this year. Peeps epitomizes the season for me. You are, perhaps, more of a chocolate bunny person, or maybe a Cadbury egg fan. The stores are full of these treats. Buy them, hide them, find them, eat them. What an interesting tradition!

I am a purist. I insist on yellow sugar dipped marshmallow chickens. Those are real Peeps. All others are imposters. This year there is a flavor they call “surprise”. I don’t want to be surprised by my Peeps. I like them just the way they are.

Better still, the older they get the more tasty. Keep them until the 4th of July. The outside becomes crunchy while the inside is tantalizingly chewy.

Spring! A time for Peeps.


I remain, my sugar coated little friends,

Browser, the library cat

Thursday, February 09, 2017

February is date month

Friends and neighbors,

It is February, the short month. Stuffed into this seemingly non-descript month is Valentines Day and President’s Day, the latter of which is a closed day for your library, Pine River Public Library. Chances are good that I will be taking a short vacation at my country home. I look forward to that.

February is also “I love to read” month. Very fitting for myself, since I live at a library. It is also the second month of our adult reading program. Do you have your sign-up sheet yet? 15 books and you get a great mug.

During Valentines week we have a special feature at our library. We are calling it “Blind Date with a book”. We have several books wrapped in red which we will be checking out to you. You will have no idea what is in this package until you open it at home. Read the book and return it with a review. Rate your date with a book! How fun is that? I love surprises.

I hope you find this chilly month filled with good reading and good friends.

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