by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
Our library system is looking for local artists to design our adult winter reading program artwork for next year. Every year we have a winter reading program for adults beginning in January. When you sign up for the program at our library, you get a book bag. When you turn in your book reviews, you get a coffee mug. This year the items we give participants will feature a design by an artist who lives within the Pioneerland or Plum Creek library systems, since the two systems have begun collaborating on the program.
The slogan is Book Your Winter Getaway. We plan to continue using this slogan for years to come but feature different artwork each year. The slogan needs to be incorporated into the artwork, along with “Winter Reading Program”.
The artist whose design is chosen will receive a $500 prize, and his or her design will be used on our posters, bookmarks, reading logs, and incentives throughout southwestern Minnesota. The winner will be chosen by a committee. The deadline for submission is October 20. You can pick up a copy of the guidelines and submission instructions at our library or follow this link: http://www.plumcreeklibrary.org/Online%20Docs/Art_Work_design_solicitation_2014.pdf
We are bringing Minnesota mystery author David Housewright to the area with Legacy funding this fall. He will be speaking at the Dassel History Center on Saturday, October 11, at 2 pm. Housewright won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel for Penance in 1996. This is a national award from the Mystery Writers of America. He also won three Minnesota Book Awards, for Practice to Deceive, Jelly’s Gold and Curse of the Jade Lily in 1998, 2010, and 2013. The Devil May Care is his latest novel.
Housewright will be speaking on the third floor of the Dassel History Center & Ergot Museum. This event is free to attend and you don’t need to sign up to attend. The Friends of the Dassel Library will be serving light refreshments.
New library cards
Our patrons have been asking for key-fob library cards. These mini duplicate cards are like those you get from businesses that have rewards cards, a small version you can attach to your key chain. I am pleased to tell you we now have them available. Those who are getting their first library card will have the choice of a regular card or one with a key-fob card to go with it. If you already have a card and you want to get the new style, we will have to charge you $3 for a replacement card like we would when your card is lost. But you do have that option to make the change even if your card isn’t lost.
This should be convenient for someone who uses their library card at home on the computer for ordering materials and leaves it on their desk, or for those who don’t bring their wallets or purses everywhere they go. We do require the patron’s library card when you pick up their requested materials, so this may make dividing up family errand running easier for some. How you use the new style of library card is up to you, but we hope it will make using your library card more convenient.
All of these things are happening at the library because someone had a great idea. When you have an idea about what would make the library better, let us know. Maybe we’ll be able to make it a reality, too!