Nick K Adams is the author of the book “My Dear Wife and Children.
He will be at the Harmony 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 he 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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
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.
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.
Stephanie Silvers, Library Director
Amy Nelson, Legacy Project Coordinator
In 1937, Iris 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.