Tracy Kampa

I was sitting at my desk when April handed me an Amazon package. Scanning my brain for what I had ordered, I came up blank. (A more common occurrence for me lately!)

I opened the padded envelope and pulled out a beautiful hardcover copy of “The 21 Balloons” by William Pene du Bois. For those of you not familiar, this book is a Newbery award winning book first published in 1947. We used to have the book on our shelves, of course, but our last copy, a paperback version, had been returned damaged a few years ago. We did not replace it at the time, because very few of our patrons were actively looking for it, and we knew that we could request a copy from another library if we needed it. (That is the wonder of libraries in Minnesota; we have access to each other’s holdings.)

Amongst the packaging I found a note: “When I visited your Library recently, I realized you were missing a copy of this book I loved as a child. I hope you will put it into circulation for your young readers. Thank you.” The note was signed by someone I didn’t recognize. I sat there for a minute, re-reading the note and thinking of this wonderful thing that had happened.

Imagine! This woman came to the library, seeking a book that she had once loved. When she realized we did not have it, she neither complained nor asked to request it. Rather, she bought it for us. This book is now ready to enchant a new generation of readers. Thank you for sharing a piece of something you loved with our young patrons. And thank you for reminding me of not only the power of books, but of the power of kindness as well.

This week at your library:

Monday, July 15, at 10 a.m., it’s time for Summer Monday Book Time! Join Tracy in the Story Circle for stories, songs, rhymes, scarves, shakers, and flannel board fun. Then move to the Community Room for a snack and a craft.

Monday, July 15, at 1 p.m., it’s time for Storybook Theater! Calling all Theater Kids! In coordination with our Summer Reading theme, “It’s Showtime at Your Library,” the incomparable Katie Smith will host three theater workshops this summer. Come and learn how to develop a show, and be ready to perform when it’s pick-up time. Open to all area kids age six and up. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call today; 218-327-8823.

Tuesday, July 16, at 10:30 a.m., it’s time for Lego Club! Are you a kid who likes to build? Join us for our next Lego Club. Lego Club is open to everybody, and Lego creations are displayed in the Children’s Library between programs. We supply the Legos; you supply the imagination!

Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m., join us for Old MacDonald Had a Banjo! Folk musician Paul Imholte plays the part of Old MacDonald as he sings original and classic children’s songs. During the show, Paul will play fiddle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, cello, harmonica, spoons, jaw harp, and, of course, banjo. Children and adults alike will leave the show singing and enjoying this energetic program. This show will take place in the KAXE/Rotary tent, so bring your chair or blanket!

Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m., join us at the Reif Center for the next installment of the Indie film series, “The Third Murder.” Tomoaki Shigemori is a lawyer tasked with defending a client (Misumi), who faces the death penalty if found guilty, in a murder trial. Misumi has previous convictions for murder and has confessed to the crime, but evidence in the case leads to Shigemori having doubts about what really happened. Films in this series are intended for mature audiences.

Wednesday, July 17, at 6 p.m., it’s time for Painting Rocks! Have you ever seen a mandala stone? Come and learn how to paint these complex designs on a rock! Ms. Amanda will provide all the supplies and will teach you the art of the mandala. Open to kids ages eight and up. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the Children’s Desk at 218-327-8823 to register.

Thursday, July 18, at 12:30 p.m., it’s time for Artastic Animals! Join Ms. Amanda to create art based on animals found in our backyard. Frogs, toads, and turtles will all make an appearance, along with a mystery animal or two! Following our animal observations, we will create art centered on our animal of the week. Open to all ages; children under six must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call the Children’s Desk at 218-327-8823 to register.

Saturday, July 20, at 9 a.m., it’s time for Summer Yoga on the Lawn! Start the morning with a gentle flow yoga class. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and a water bottle. All ages welcome!

Saturday, July 20, at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., it’s time for Saturday Story Time! Join ECFE teachers in the Story Circle for books and songs, then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending this Story Time.

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