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April is Poetry Month
We are celebrating this all month long. Stop by the library and pick up a different poem each week from the special display.

Poem-a-Day 2014
Poem in your Pocket Day 2014
The ‘J Team”, Library Volunteers
by Linda Orsted

If you stop by the Lake Elmo Public Library any Monday, Wednesday, or Friday morning, you will find Joyce Murray and Julene Swenson working the desk, presenting preschool story times, preparing library materials for use, creating interesting displays, or brainstorming about future programs. On the second and fourth Wednesdays, they are joined by Jeanne Mattson, who also helps with special events at the library. These three creative women are the library’s ‘J Team.’ All three love being in the library and helping patrons find the information they need. Thanks to the library’s volunteers, the Lake Elmo Public Library was able to offer expanded public service beginning in 2013.
The public is invited to meet the library volunteers at a Volunteer Recognition Open House on Wednesday, April 16th from 2 to 4 p.m. in the library.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead (1901-1978)
American Cultural Anthropologist
‘Can the Clutter’ with Organizational Expert, Jan Lehman
Do you wonder how all the ‘stuff’ accumulated in your house? What do you really need, and how can you find it when you need it? Jan Lehman, the founder and president of Can the Clutter®, will make sense of it all in her presentation at the Lake Elmo Public Library on Monday, April 21st at 10:30 a.m. The one-hour program will be followed by an optional Dutch-treat luncheon at the Lake Elmo Inn. Space is limited, so reserve your seat by calling the library at (651) 773-4926 today. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 17th.

Jan spent 17 years working in corporate America helping companies streamline and optimize their business operations and daily work processes. Today, she is a wife, mother, and professional organizer and efficiency coach. She listens, she explains, she cares. Jan understands the importance of organized spaces in home and work spaces, and how this adds to physical and mental wellbeing. Her knowledge and proficiency with systems management, operations, and work processes enable her to easily identify what is most troublesome and most useful in your space.

Lake Elmo novelist, Stephanie Landsem to speak April 21st
Novelist Stephanie Landsem, the author of The Well, and The Thief, will speak on Monday, April 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of Christ Lutheran Church, 11194 36th St N, Lake Elmo, MN. Stephanie will talk about her research and writing process for the first two books in her Living Waters Series, published by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. The Well (2013) deals with the Biblical story of the Samaritan woman who meets a Jewish teacher named Jesus at a well, and The Thief (2014) tells about the blind man Jesus healed just before Good Friday, and a Roman centurion who is caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. The third book in the series, The Tomb, will be released in February of 2015. The public is invited to come hear this talented author talk about writing Biblical fiction. Read more about Stephanie on her website,

Refreshments will be served and books will be available for purchase. The event is jointly sponsored by the Christ Lutheran Church Book Club and the Lake Elmo Public Library. For more information, contact the library at 651.773.4926 or the church at 651.777.2881.

Under Construction

Steve DeLapp works on Lake Elmo Library's latest expansion!

Space on the front of the building is being renovated to expand collection and improve services.

Lake Elmo Public Library Offers New eBook Service

(January 21, 2014) Lake Elmo Public Library has joined the growing group of libraries throughout North America that offer the innovative Freading™ eBook Service.

This service allows the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to tens of thousands of books, none of which require the patron to wait in line to download. Registered card holders of the Lake Elmo Public Library can download a select number of books each week at no direct cost. The library pays the cost of the downloads.

Freading™has its own apps for the iPad® and iPhone®, and its own apps for Android™ tablets and phones. It is also compatible with the Kindle Fire, the Nook devices, and Kobo devices.

Click to view a video on using the Freading ebook service.


Lake Elmo Public Library Offers TumbleBooks Premium Service!
Sponsored by Lake Elmo Bank and Friends of Lake Elmo Library

TumbleBooks Premium is a collection of TumbleBooks (animated, talking picture books) with fiction, non-fiction and foreign language titles, Math Stories, Read-Alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration but no animation), Videos (from National Geographics), TumbleTV which consists of pre-set playlists of a sequence of books and Tumble Puzzles & Games. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books which are licensed from children's book publishers and converted to the TumbleBook format.

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Café Philo Meets on Wednesdays at Lake Elmo Public Library

Café Philo meets every Wednesday from 10:15 to 11:45 am. The Café does not serve dessert, but rather will meet weekly to talk about world, national, and local issues. The participants will learn from each other by sharing information and insightful discussion. The group decides the topic to be discussed each week.

Topics for the next meetings:

Wednesday, April 16 : As the years have gone by what has been your favorite book?  For example, Harry Potter as a teenager, Atlas Shrugged in your 20s, The Evolution of God in your 50s, etc.  A second question, what is the most influential book you’ve read?  


Wednesday, April 23: In the culture wars, is fundamentalism doomed to lose its battle with secularism?

Wednesday, April 30: Are labor unions obsolete? Should public sector employees be allowed to unionize? Should professional workers form unions?

Storytime for Preschoolers
Storytime is held at 10:30 am every Friday.

East Metro Writing Room Meets on Mondays at 10 am 

Writing Room on sabbatical: The Writing Room won't meet for 4 weeks starting March 24th. Meetings will resume April 21st.

The Writing Room meets at Lake Elmo Public Library every Monday, from 10 to noon. Membership is free and open to any writer seeking motivation and heads-down drafting time in the writing room. 


The Lake Elmo Public Library Board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6 pm
in the library's conference room. Meetings are open to the public; the next meeting will be held
on April 9, 2014. Board Archive

(published on 04/09/2014)

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