Progress being made on the Harmony Public Library’s Murals!

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Nick K Adams Coming to the Harmony Public Library

Nick K Adams is the author of the book “My Dear Wife and Children.

He will be at the HNick-K.-Adamsarmony Public Library on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

About the Book

What does a father write to his wife and young children when he’s gone to war? Does My dear wifehe explain why he left them? How does he answer their constant questions about his return? Which of his experiences does he relate, and which does he pass over? Should he describe his feelings of separation and loneliness?

These questions are as relevant today as they were over 150 years ago, when David Brainard Griffin, a corporal in Company F of the 2nd Minnesota Regiment of Volunteers, wrote to those he left behind on the family’s Minnesota prairie homestead while he fought to preserve the Union.

His letters cover the period from his enlistment at Minnesota’s Fort Snelling in September 1861, to his death in Georgia during the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863. One hundred of them were preserved and passed down in his family. They, along with one from his daughter as she asked the next generation to read her father’s words, have been carefully transcribed and annotated by a great-great-grandson, Nick K. Adams, allowing further generations to experience Griffin’s answers to these questions.

Filled with poignant images of his daily activities, his fears and exhilarations in military conflict, and his thoughts and emotions as the Civil War kept him apart from his family, these letters offer a fascinating insight into the personal experiences of a common soldier in the American Civil War.

About the Author

Nick K. Adams is a retired elementary school teacher and an avid Civil War re-enactor and historical speaker who lives in Washington State.

 

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Harmony Public Library’s Mural Project Moving Forward!

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West wall is primed and ready!

Two of the three walls have been primed for painting.  There is still time if you want to help.  Please let Stephanie Silvers know if you would like to help paint the mural on the walls.  Keep checking our website for further information.  Thank You.

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New Author, James Rains Coming to the Harmony Public Library!

James RainJames Rain, author of an Apocalyptic Bio-Medical thriller, “Afognak” will be at the Harmony Public Library on Saturday, July 25th, 2015 at 10:00am.

James Rains tells the story of Kodiak, Alaska, and the dark secret it  has been harboring for centuries in his new book, Afognak:

Minneapolis, MN — Run.  Fight.  Die.  Those are  your options.  In James Rains new thriller, Afognak the town of Kodiak, Alaska, is under attack from an unknown and deadly force.  The citizens must decide on a plan of attack to survive.  Rains writing style will mesmerize the reader while his research will make them want to discover more about Alaska and its fascinating history.

“This book is fun and the reader will invest in the characters because they come from all different walks of life, but everyone can relate to them,” said Rains.afognak

Readers are loving this unique story.

“If you’re a fan of zombie or biomedical thrillers, then you have to check this book out,” said Amazon reviewer Terrence Longbrake.

About James Rains:

James Rains is an avid storyteller.  For almost two decades he has been writing and telling stories that captivate audiences of all ages.  Rains has a love of knowledge and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in religion, a Master’s Degree in education, and an Education Specialist Degree.  He works in education and he spends his free time writing and reading and hanging out with his wife, Sarah and their dog, Horace.  Afognak is his first book.

 

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Harmony Public Library’s Mural Project Moving Forward!

The Library now has 2 Local Artists working on a design for the murals to be painted on these walls.  Keep Checking back for updates on this wonderful project!!

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Come in and check out our new books for tween girls:

Come in and check out our new books for tween girls:

The Red Blazer Girls – Michael D. Beil (mystery)

No Cream Puffs – Karen Day

Lynn Visible – Julia DeVillers

Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies – Erin Dionne

The Home School Liberation League – Lucy Frank

Cinderella Cleaners – Scheme Spirit  series of books 1 to 6

My Life in Pink & Green and/ Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes

– Lisa Greenwald

The Cupcake Queen – Heather Hepler

Goys are Dogs and/ Girls Acting Catty – Leslie Margolis

Heaven Is Paved With Oreos – Catherine Gilbert Murdock

 

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Invitation to Local Artists to Help Design and Paint Wall Murals for the Harmony Public Library’s Patio

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MURALS TO BE CREATED FOR LIBRARY PATIO

Artists Sought to Contribute to Centennial Project

Rochester, MN – Harmony Public Library has been awarded a Legacy Community Collaboration grant from SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating). The library is partnering with the City of Harmony Arts Board and the Fillmore Central High School Arts Department to design and create murals surrounding the library’s patio. A local artisan is also creating furniture to be placed in the patio area.

The murals and furniture will create a relaxing, visually pleasing space for patrons. Library Director Stephanie Silvers says, “We are thrilled to be able to take currently unused space and make it inviting using the talents of local artists in time to kick off our centennial celebration in August 2015.”

Applications are selected based on the quality of the partnerships, innovation and the benefits to local libraries. These collaborations are unique opportunities to bring organizations together, build community and expand the wide array of projects and services local libraries provide.

For information about SELCO’s Community Collaboration program, please contact the SELCO representatives listed below. Additional information on individual projects will be in upcoming press releases. For specific project details, contact the awardees directly.

About SELCO

SELCO, Southeastern Libraries Cooperating, is a regional library system based in Rochester, Minn. Its members include academic, public, school and special libraries. The member libraries share resources, programs, personnel and technical innovations to achieve common goals and meet the needs of individual communities. For more information, go to www.selco.info

About Library Legacy Funding

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF) and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. The ACHF was created in 2008 from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution. Minnesota’s 365 public libraries receive funding distributed through existing formulas to the 12 Minnesota Regional Library Systems to provide programs and services in four areas: arts (visual, performing and media), culture, literary and Minnesota history.

About Community Collaboration grants

Community Collaboration is one of SELCO’s Library Legacy initiatives. The SELCO Legacy Review Committee awards funds to local libraries and community partners for arts and cultural projects, programs and events. SELCO acts as the fiscal agent for all Community Collaboration programs.

Contact:

Stephanie Silvers, Library Director

507.886.8133    ssilvers@selco.info

Amy Nelson, Legacy Project Coordinator

507.288.5513    anelson@selco.info

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Everyone Has Fun @ the Harmony Public Library!

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“Sweet Harmony” Author coming to Harmony Public Library

Author Carol Pearce Bjorlie is coming to the Harmony Public Library on Saturday April 18, 2015 @ 11:00am.  

She will have books to sell.  ALL PROCEEDS from the sale of her books on this day will go to the Harmony Public Library’s 100th Celebration in 2016!  

 

In 1937, Iridownloads Andersen turns 13. Along with her parents and her sisters Merry Columbine, 9, and Martha Rose, 3, Iris finds herself moving from Richmond, Virginia, to the farming community of Harmony, Minnesota. This move takes her farther from and ironically closer to the idea of home. She and her family are drawn into the world of an Ojibway healing woman and other Native Americans. Severe weather, serious illness and the loss of distant loved ones present obstacles the Andersens must endure. The biggest surprise comes when the family decides to return to south.

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Mark Your Calendars for Thursday, March 5, 2015 @ 7:00pm and come to the Jem Theater for a Taste of Hawaiian Music!!

 The HGeorgearmony Public Library and the Harmony Arts Board in collaboration with Riverside Concerts, Arts Midwest, the Mayo Clinic and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council present Traditional Hawaiian music from Hawaiian slack key guitar virtuoso GEORGE KAHUMOKU, JR. and his acclaimed ukulele wielding duo DA UKULELE BOYZ on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7 PM at the JEM Theatre in Harmony, MN. Admission is free.

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