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 EVENT CALENDAR

ONGOING EVENTS FOR CHILDREN

Join Katy for stories, songs, and fun on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
SPECIAL EVENTS
LET'S TALK ABOUT IT: MUSLIM JOURNEYS

Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM.
New Ulm Public Library received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to host a five-part reading and discussion series titled “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys.” The library is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils across the country selected to participate in the project, which seeks to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.

Dr. Brett Wilson, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Macalester College, is the project scholar and will facilitate the program. The final discussion will explore "Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood" by Fatima Mernissi. Register for this program by calling 507-359-8334 or e-mailing kwiley@tds.lib.mn.us.

FREE MOVIE TUESDAY

Tuesday, April 22, 3:30 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

The entire family is invited to a free, family friendly movie sponsored by the Optimist Club of New Ulm. The film is rated PG and runs 108 minutes. Call the library at 507-359-8331 for the title.

WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 6 p.m.
Adult Fiction Area

Join us in a celebration of reading and books at our third annual World Book Night party. We'll read stories, share our favorite books, and give away books.

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  Each year on April 23 – Shakespeare’s birthday tens of thousands of people in the U.S. go out into their communities and give a total of half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. Click here for more information about World Book Night, including the 2014 books and how you can become a giver.

AUTHOR GARRETT EBLING

Thursday, April 24
2 p.m. - Orchard Hill, 1223 Karl Dr., New Ulm
6 p.m. - Library Meeting Room

Author Garrett Ebling will share his amazing story of survival after the I-35W Bridge collapse. From his Web site: When his car took a hundred-foot nosedive, former journalist Garrett Ebling was left with brain trauma, many broken bones, and a shattered face. Though he made a miraculous physical recovery, his relationships and emotional stability disintegrated. He clung to hope, and slowly but surely, he pulled himself back from the brink of despair and discovered a new spirit: the spirit of a fighter.

Ebling tells the story that has been missing from the investigations and the political debates—the story of the survivors. Beyond the media clips, we learn firsthand of their triumphs and setbacks, from their hellish moments trapped underwater in cars and their PTSD flashbacks, to the long, slow march back from fear and pain to joy and life. Click here for more information about the author and his book.

MYSTERY BOOK GROUP

Monday, April 28, 6:30 p.m.
Adult Fiction Area

Join us this month for a discussion of "The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts" by Lilian Jackson Braun. From Publishers Weekly: Jackson's 10th entry in the series featuring middle-aged, curmudgeonly reporter Jim Qwilleran pits the independently wealthy citizen of the remote town of Pickax City against malevolent spirits, of either this world or another. Stop by the Service Center to place a hold on a copy of the book today.

FAMILY PROGRAM: CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY BASH

Tuesday, April 29, 6 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Local author Deanna Sjogren will share her children’s book “It’s a Birthday!” published by Dreamland Books. Named a 2012 Book of the Year Finalist in Foreword Magazine, Sjogren’s book teaches children the days of the week and counting skills. Following Deanna's storytime presentation, children will have a chance to decorate their own birthday cake card to take home.

This event is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Monday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.
Adult Fiction Area

Join us for a discussion of "House of Daughters," a novel by Sarah-Kate Lynch that is set in France. Stop by the Service Center to pick up a copy.

NEW ADULT BOOK GROUP

Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

All adults are invited to join this group. "New Adult" is an emerging genre that often features college-aged women handling mature situations. This month's discussion book is "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green. Stop by the Service Center to place a hold on a copy.

AUTHOR RENEE WENDINGER: LAST TRAIN HOME

Thursday, May 8, 6 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Local author Renee Wendinger has just published her first historical novel, "Last Train Home," and she's joining us to talk about the book and sign copies. "Last Train Home" is a companion book to Wendinger's nonfiction book, "Extra! Extra! The Orphan Trains and Newsboys of New York." It is the fictional story of orphans Johnny and Sophia and is based on the lives of local orphan train riders, including Wendinger's mother.

MUSLIM JOURNEYS FILM: ISLAMIC ART: MIRROR OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD

Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

This 90-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and more than 1,400 years of history. It explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.

This program is part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys awarded by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Bookshelf program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
MYSTERY BOOK GROUP: LITTLE WOLVES WITH SPECIAL GUEST AUTHOR THOMAS MALTMAN

Monday, May 19, 6:30 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Join us for a visit with special guest Thomas Maltman, who will discuss his newest book, "Little Wolves." From the publisher: Set on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980s during a drought season that’s pushing family farms to the brink, "Little Wolves" features the intertwining stories of a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder and a pastor’s wife (and washed-out scholar of early Anglo-Saxon literature) who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own. Stop by the Service Center to place a hold on a copy of the book today.

This event is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

HISTORY BOOK GROUP

Tuesday, May 20, 12 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

From the publisher: In this landmark, Pulitzer Prize–winning account, renowned historian Barbara W. Tuchman re-creates the first month of World War I: thirty days in the summer of 1914 that determined the course of the conflict, the century, and ultimately our present world. Stop by the Service Center to place a hold on a copy. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE: FEMALE SOLDIERS

Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Independent historian Dr. Tara L. Harl will discuss the women who took up arms during the Civil War. Her presentation will cover the Victorian society’s views of these “freaks of nature, ” how it was possible for women to hide their gender (while having an eagle-eye ability to spot each other when men often couldn’t), the toll it took upon them, and the men who supported their choices even after being discovered as women. Contact mnvcwrt@yahoo.com for more information.

NOON TUNES FEATURING ANDREA LYN WITH DICK KIMMEL

Wednesday, May 28, 12 p.m.
Adult Fiction Area

Since she was a little girl, Andrea Lyn has been writing and performing her music for audiences across the state. Playing venues such as the Minnesota State Fair and New Ulm’s Grand Kabaret as well as opening for the Marshall Tucker Band at Rockwoods Jam Fest, Andrea enjoys music of all types and loves to bring her lyrics and melodies to fans. With influences ranging from Shawn Colvin and the Indigo Girls to Bonnie Raitt and many others, Andrea Lyn shows passion and love for music in each song.

She'll be joined by Minnesota Music Hall of Famer Dick Kimmel, a bluegrass music legend and a great friend of the library.

SCIENCE FICTION BOOK GROUP

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.
Adult Fiction Area

All are invited to join our newest book group. The first discussion with cover the sci-fi classic "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells. Stop by the Service Center to place a hold on a copy.

AUTHOR DR. PETER MANSOOR

Thursday, May 29, 6 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

New Ulm native Dr. Peter Mansoor will discuss his newest book, "Surge:  My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War." Dr. Mansoor is the General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair of Military History, Ohio State University, and a retired U.S. Army colonel. During the surge of 2007-8, he served as executive officer to General David Petraeus, the Commanding General of Multi-National Force-Iraq.

This event is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Monday, June 2, 6:30 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Join us for a discussion of "Little Wolves," a novel by Minnesota author Thomas Maltman. Stop by the Service Center to place a hold on a copy.
NEW ADULT BOOK GROUP

Tuesday, June 3, 6:30 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

All adults are invited to join this group. "New Adult" is an emerging genre that often features college-aged women handling mature situations. This month's discussion book is "Connected" by Kim Karr.

Stop by the Service Center to place a hold on a copy.
U.S.-DAKOTA WAR SERIES: RETURN TO MILFORD

Thursday, June 5, 6 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Local historians John LaBatte and Rich Runck will share new information about the Dakota Reservation line in Milford Township. The Brown County Historical Society is a partner on this project.

BLUEGRASS MUSIC IN THE MODERN AGE

Wednesday, June 11, 6 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Bluegrass music legends Dick Kimmel, Adam Granger, and Alan Munde will discuss writing bluegrass music and share their original work. Munde is long regarded as one of the world's foremost 5-string banjo players. His early creative work with Sam Bush in Poor Richard's Almanac and his traditional bluegrass apprenticeship with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys set the stage for his long and productive career in bluegrass music. The Alan Munde Trio includes two of Minnesota’s top bluegrass musicians: flatpick guitar guru and Prairie Home Companion alumnus Adam Granger and Minnesota Music Hall of Fame traditional mandolin legend Dick Kimmel.

The trio also will perform at Hanska Community Library on Thursday, June 12 at 2 p.m. and Gaylord Public Library on Friday, June 13 at 4 p.m.

These events are made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and were funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

IRISH DANCE CLASS

Wednesday, June 25, 3 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Children ages 7 and up are invited to put on their dancing shoes! Join in the fun of learning some traditional Irish dances, including the Bonfire Dance. Adults are welcome, too!

DNR PROGRAM: ANIMAL TRACKS AND SIGNS

Wednesday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Library Meeting Room

DNR Naturalist Scott Kudelka will share his knowledge of Minnesota’s wildlife in this free program for kids of all ages. Animals of all sizes and shapes live around us and for the most part we know this only from the signs they leave behind. Tracks are usually the clue we pick up, especially when there is fresh mud, wet dirt, snow, etc. Other signs of an animal can be a feather, piece of fur, a bone, scat or even something as simple as a hole dug into the ground.  Participants will learn to identify a wide range of animal signs and tracks along with the chance to make their own tracks.

MONDAY NIGHT CONCERT IN THE PARK: THE LITTLE PRAIRIE PICKERS

Monday, July 21, 7 p.m.
German Park

Local bluegrass and folk band The Little Prairie Pickers will play an all-ages concert in German Park as part of the Monday Night Concert in the Park Series co-sponsored by New Ulm Park & Recreation and KNUJ.

This event is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

YOUNG ADULT AUTHOR GEOFF HERBACH

Thursday, July 24, 6 p.m.
Library Meeting Room

Join us for a visit with special guest Geoff Herbach, who will speak about his latest young adult book, "Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders." Copies of the book will be available for patrons after it is published in early June. Herbach, author of the award-winning Stupid Fast series, teaches creative writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

This event is made possible by the Friends of the New Ulm Public Library and a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

HISTORIAN ARN KIND'S FUR TRADE EXPERIENCE

Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.
Library Meeting Room

Historian and re-enactor Arn Kind, a former schoolteacher from Mankato, will present a two-hour, interactive session on the fur trade. This program is targeted to school-age children, although adults are welcome to attend.

This event is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 
CONTACT

Kris Wiley is our assistant library director and programming specialist. Please contact her if you have questions about scheduled events, or ideas for future ones.

Email: kwiley@tds.lib.mn.us
Phone: 507-359-8334


Last updated: April 16, 2014