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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Chione's Coming!!!

By Jan Pease

According to Greek mythology and Wikipedia, Chione was the daughter of Boreas, the god of the north wind and Orithyia a daughter of Erechtheus, king of Athens.  According to a late, though generally accepted tradition, Chione was the mother of Poseidon’s son Eumolpus.  She threw him into the ocean because of her fear of her father’s reaction.  Fortunately, Eumolpus was rescued and raised by Poseidon, god of the sea, earthquakes, and horses. 

On Wednesday, April 25th, at 10:00, Chione will visit Litchfield library.  Our Chione is much nicer than their namesake, and I’m looking forward to the visit.  Chione is a musical quintet representing the Mankato Symphony.  They visited Dassel library last week and Elisabeth said it was a marvelous program with lots of fun for everyone.  Story Time with Chione is made                                                                   possible with a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Elementary school teachers are already registering their class field trips to the library.  We reserve the last part of May for these visits. I’m excited that our summer reading theme is “Reading Takes you Everywhere!”   Our weather is  uncertain this year, so having me visit the school is a good solution to the weather situation.  Please call the library at 693-2483 to reserve your time for a class visit.

Class visits mean that story times are winding down.  Toddler Time and Preschool Story Time will temporarily end May 12.  Beginner Book Club and Brickheads will both continue through May.  Then everything will start up again with the Summer Reading Kick off on June 1st.  Toddler Time and Preschool Story Time will begin June 6 and 8.   As I write these words, we’re waiting to see if we get snow this weekend, so it’s difficult for me to think that summer events are so soon.

On Thursday night the Brickheads thought they had struck gold.  Thanks to the Friends of the Litchfield Library, there were cookies, juice, and coffee in the lobby.  The Friends invited local authors to bring their books to the library.  Nine local authors came and enjoyed meeting and greeting old and new fans.  I don’t know how many books were sold, but I saw people leaving with small stacks of beautiful new books.  Thanks, authors, for sharing your works with us!

Our head librarian, Beth Cronk, put up a display called MN Writes MN Reads.  This is a project which is designed to encourage local authors to publish books independently, and   to put readers in touch with local writers.  The website for the project is  and the website to search for independent authors is   Both websites are worth a look. 

Happy Spring! (Borrowed from a friend's FB page 4/14/18)