Upcoming Events @ BPL | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota

Upcoming Events @ BPL

THE CELTIC BAND, NORTHWIND CROSSING* - March 17th at 7 pm in the Chalberg Theater at CLC (Tickets are free from the library)
Continuing the celebration of all things Irish, the Celtic Band Northwind Crossing will perform concerts in Kitchigami communities during February and March. They will perform a St. Patrick's Day concert in Brainerd on March 17th at 7 pm in the Chalberg Theater at CLC. Please get your tickets in advance at the library

The Kitchigami Regional Library System is sponsoring field trips to the Science Museum King Tut Exhibition. The field trips are free for Kitchigami Regional Library patrons, and include admission to the Science Museum. There are a limited number of tickets and registration is required. Contact your local library.

Remember to sign up for the Snow Time to Read, Winter Reading Program to win prizes until the end of March!


BABE AND KRIS WINKELMAN'S GUIDE TO MINNESOTA HUNTING AND FISHING* - Saturday, April 2nd at 2:00pm in the Forestview Middle School -

Brainerd Public Library presents outdoor enthusiasts Babe & Kris Winkelman. Babe will discuss fishing and hunting in Minnesota.  Kris Winkelman will then give tips on cooking with native Minnesota fish and game.  Followed by a Q&A session with the audience and autograph signing.

Wednesday, April 12 at 2:00pm Brainerd Public Library Book Club - We will be discussing

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand By Helen Simonson

POET CHARMAINE PAPPAS DONOVAN to speak at Brainerd Public Library

In celebration of April Poetry Month, Charmaine Pappas Donovan will read fromTumbled Dry, her newly published collection of poems at Brainerd Public Library on Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 pm.  Tumbled Dry includes narrative poems about growing up in a small town, Crosby-Ironton, during the 1960s. 


TODD GREEN*- Saturday, April 16th at 7:00pm Forestview Middle School-

Todd will perform concerts in Kitchigami communities during March and April. Todd is a uniquely talented multi-instrumentalist whose music is an eclectic blend of classical, jazz, new age, and world music. His concert in Brainerd will be on Saturday, April 16th. Todd's concerts are a blend of familiar and unfamiliar, and always an unforgettable experience!

ANGELA FOSTER* will return to four Kitchigami communities for memoir writing workshops in April & May. Do you have a story to tell but need a nudge to get it on paper? Or are you ready to revise some of the work you have already written? In this four-week class, students will study some of the elements of writing an engaging memoir--character development, setting, dialogue, tense, story and the use of scene, summary and reflection. In addition to lectures and in-class writing exercises, each student will have an opportunity to meet privately with the instructor and receive feedback on his or her work.

 She will offer her class at the Brainerd Public Library on Saturdays (May 7, 14, 21, and June 4) with classes scheduled from 10 am to 12 pm, followed by "office hours" from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

Tuesday, May 3 AT 6:30PM DENNIS WARNER* Entertaining us Friday evening is Dennis Warner, a respected Minnesota songwriter, folk musician, host of Jammin' with Dennis Warner (on NPR radio affiliates), and guest on numerous TV and radio shows. His unique blend of music and humor brings him to well over 100 cities each year. One of his songs, Beads on One String, became a children's book and is now in its second printing. The song teaches about the negative effects of bullying and the positive effects of recognizing our "connectedness" in the world.

SATURDAY, MAY 14TH GEOCACHING A MINNESOTA MYSTERY It is your mission to solve the Crow Wing State Park Mystery* this summer! The mystery begins at Brainerd Public Library starting May 14th.   At the library you will receive the information you need: The mystery - a Free Crow Wing State Park Day Pass-and you can even borrow a GPS unit from the Brainerd Public Library or Crow Wing State Park.

            Once you have the mystery from the library, you will then go to Crow Wing State Park to find the geocaches and solve the end of the story. The coordinates at the end of the mystery will lead you throughout the park and to the end of the story. 

Want help using a GPS unit?Join us for GPS & Geocaching for Beginners Have fun learning how to use a GPS (Global Positioning System) unit and get an introduction to the great sport of geocaching.  This class is designed for beginners!  Bring your own GPS unit or use one of ours. Meet at the Brainerd Public Library on: Saturday, May 14 at 2:00pm and Thursday, June 2 at 5:30pm


AUTHOR/PERFORMANCE ARTIST KEVIN KLING* will tour four Kitchigami communities for performances during May. He will present "An Evening with Kevin Kling" in Brainerd on Thursday, May 19th, at 7 pm at the Chalberg Theater. Kevin Kling is a well-known Minnesota playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR's All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world.

Monday, May 23rd 10:30am Edgewood Vista & 5:30pm at the Brainerd Public Library ACCIDENTAL HERO PATRICK DEWANE* tells the story of his grandfather, a man whose seemingly goofy CB radio-handle during the 1970s -"The Accidental Hero"- was really a clue to his incredible story as a WWII Czech-American soldier fighting in the forests of his family's ancient homeland.  Dewane's grandfather, Matt Konop, rarely talked about the war, but years after his death Dewane was handed a pile of typewritten pages that a family member had discovered in a box in a basement. "The Accidental Hero" is an astonishing one-man play about history, the reality of war and the mystery of heroes.


*Kitchigami Legacy programs are made possible with funding from the State of Minnesota with Legacy Amendment funds to preserve arts and cultural heritage.