Community Read 2019
Community Read choice for 2019!
Shelterbelts by Candace Simar
Shelterbelts is the story of a rural MN community at the close of WWII.
In June the Community Read committee will hold a variety of events related to this year's book selection.
We have purchased 50 copies of the book from the author. These have been distributed for free with the hopes that they will be returned so more people have a chance to read the book before the events. You can check in at the Friends Used Book Store located within the library entrance to see if there is a copy available.
This year's events:
Author Event -Thursday, June 6 at 5:30pm at the Douglas County Library Meeting Room. Candace will give a short reading and speak about her research and writing.
Companion Film -Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00pm at the Douglas County Library Meeting Room OR Monday, June 17 at 4:00pm at Grand Arbor. Come view and discuss the film Sweet Land. This companion film is set in 1920 when Inge, a German national travels from Norway to rural MN for her arranged marriage to Olaf, a Norwegian farmer; bureaucracy and prejudice cause major complications.
Book Discussion - Monday, June 24 at 6:30pm in the Douglas County Library Meeting Room. Join the Friends of the Library Book Club for a discussion of Shelterbelts.
Master Gardeners Brown Bag Lunch - Tuesday, June 25 at noon in the Douglas County Library Meeting Room. This discussion will tie in with plants native to rural MN.
Coffee Break in the Gardens - Wednesday June 26 at 2:00pm at the Legacy of the Lakes Gardens and Boathouse. A presentation on a time after WWII when the sugar rations were over and egg coffee was served with great backed goods! Cost is $7, please preregister through Community Ed.
Community partners: Douglas County Library, DCL Friends of the Library, Alexandria Community Education, Legacy of the Lakes Museum, and MN Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds