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Lori Sturdevant, author of Rosalie Wahl biography, to speak
Lori Sturdevant will speak at the Lake Elmo Public Library about her new book, Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement, on Thursday, May 1st at 6:30 p.m.

The book, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, was released on March 18, 2014. It pairs Wahl’s story with other Minnesota women’s rights pioneers, including Joan Growe, Emily Staples, and Arvonne Skelton Fraser. “While there is no single hero of the Minnesota women’s movement, Rosalie Wahl, the first woman on the Minnesota Supreme Court, changed the way her fellow judges saw displaced homemakers, women abused by their partners, and other disadvantaged people. She was a champion of both women’s rights and civil rights.”—MHSP press release

“Rosalie Wahl was a long-time resident of Lake Elmo. We are eager to hear more about her career from such a respected writer as Lori Sturdevant,” said Library Director Linda Orsted. “The library is delighted to host Lori’s presentation right here in Judge Wahl’s hometown.”

Lori Sturdevant is a columnist and editorial writer for the Star Tribune and has written several books of Minnesota history, including The Pillsburys of Minnesota. She was the 2010 winner of the David Graven Award for lifetime achievement in journalistic excellence.

Because space is limited, pre-registration is requested. Call the library at (651) 773-4926 to sign up.
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.
"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

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.

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

Wednesday, May 7: Can the length and cost of political campaigns be reduced? Has the length and cost of campaigns trickled down to more local elections (congressional representative, state legislature, city/county races)?

Wednesday, May 14: What is the harm of income disparity? 

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

East Metro Writing Room Meets on Mondays at 10 am 

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 May 14, 2014. Board Archive

(published on 04/23/2014)

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