The Family Fang is a very difficult book to describe. Author Ann Patchett called it “genius.” While I agree with her, I think “gloriously quirky” is a more helpful way to characterize it. It’s a tragedy of sorts, but very often funny; it’s a story about growing up, but also about what it means to relate to your parents as a fellow adult.
Making traditional toys will transport you to another time and place. Join Kent Scheer of Wadena, toy maker extraordinaire, in creating your own toys of another time. Come at on Saturday, December 3rd 10am for a discussion on traditional toys with an exhibit of some of Kent’s favorite traditional toys. Call the library at 218-829-5574, to register to make your own toy at 11:00am. Everyone is welcome to join the workshop. We ask that children are accompanied with an adult. This is a great workshop for grandparents and their grandchildren.
Charlotte Wolf, musher and veterinary technician, will be speaking about the history of Minnesota dog sledding and demonstrate how the sled dogs are harnessed on Friday, January 20 at 10:00am at the Brainerd Public Library. Wolf is a big supporter of the few dog sled races that run around the country, like the Iditarod in Alaska and the John Beargrease race along the north shore of Lake Superior here in Minnesota. Her dreams have been realized and she is as passionate as ever about her dogs, mushing and caring for other sled dogs wherever she goes.
It’s time for a theater treat that is sure to delight all ages with unique puppets made from scratch and stories that come from many Indigenous cultures. Coyote Stories will offer you many stories with many lessons. The puppets come alive on Saturday, January 28th at 10:00am at the Brainerd Public library.
Join us for Creating Comics with Blake Hoena on Wednesday, February 8th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. In Hoena’s workshop, teens ages 10-18, will take characters of their own creation and develop a funny, bizarre or scary situation to place them into. Participants will be creating a short comic while learning the important elements of creating comics. Darcy Dwyer, Brainerd Public Library’s Youth Librarian, said, “Kids love reading comics and this workshop is a great way to guide young authors on how to make their own comics.
We don't have much snow outside so it's time to make our own. Come to story time at the Brainerd Public library on Monday Feb 13th at 6:30 pm to make your own snow globe. Come hear some fun snow stories first and then make your own snow globe. All ages are welcome. Let it snow!
Lakeland Public Television is proud to present Lakeland Kids Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 3rd.
The event will be held in the Westgate Mall in Brainerd. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. families will have a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog, a popular Lakeland Kids character. Parents should bring their own cameras for photo opportunities with Clifford.
In an effort to encourage reading amongst families, Brainerd Public Library staff will be providing several story time breaks throughout the morning. There will also be prize drawings.
New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger will be visiting the Brainerd Public Library on Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00pm. Krueger has found his niche in writing Minnesota mysteries and his readers are always enthralled. His presentations entertain and delight his audiences. Please plan on attending this free presentation and reading.
Please note that William Kent Krueger's visit has been canceled due to the impending winter storm. Krueger will NOT be visiting the Brainerd Public Library on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. We hope to reschedule his visit soon.