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Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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Hello Linda!

The Lake Elmo Library Board and City of Lake Elmo are pleased to announce the hiring of Linda Orsted to the position of Library Director. Linda stood out in a field of qualified candidates with her many years of directing successful public libraries. Please stop by and welcome Linda to our community!
Library Milestones Reached in July
The cataloging team recently added the 10,000th item to the collection! The library has also issued over 1,000 patron cards to date. In addition, over 1,000 visitors came to the library during the month of June.

Lake Elmo Library opened in September, 2012 with just 3,000 items in the collection. We continue to add 800-1,000 items each month.
Lake Elmo Summer Reading Saturday Winners
Each Saturday a summer reader who has been at the Lake Elmo Library the previous week is randomly selected for a gift card donated by the Target Corporation. Charlie Sandquist and Dani were two of the recent lucky winners. They enjoy reading and hope to reach a goal of at least 20 hours of reading before school starts this fall. Teachers, parents, and librarians all want to prevent "summer reading loss" and feel this program helps.
Theatre and Drama at Lake Elmo Library Wednesday, July 17
The Lake Elmo Library welcomes theatre artist Danette Olsen to the summer reading program on Wednesday, July 17th for a 3:30 pm special event. Olsen will use the tale of Saint George and the Dragon for a “From the Page to the Stage” creative drama workshop. Participants will enjoy a variety of theatre games and activities using the storyline and characters found upon the pages of the famous legend of St. George. This playful, imaginative way of experiencing a story is also a great tool for exploring storytelling and thinking about stories from many different perspectives.

“I love working with intergenerational audiences,” said Olsen, who founded the Youth & Family Theatre program at St. Croix Festival Theatre in 2008. “Adult-Child acting partners are lively, inventive, and fun. We’re hoping to have an excellent mix of youth and the adults in their lives present for the Lake Elmo Library program!”

Olsen has been an artist in residence at schools and in community settings since the mid-1990’s when she lived in River Falls, Wisconsin. Her travels brought her to Ohio where she served as Director of Arts Education at the Arts Council Lake Erie West, back to the Twin Cities where she was a Producer with with CLIMB Theatre, and then to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin (close to her hometown of Luck) where she served as the Executive Director of Festival Theatre, a small professional theatre company. Olsen now works independently as an organizational consultant, artist in residence, and as a Celebrant.
Poetry at the Picnic Table

Have you ever secretly written a few lines of poetry?

Have you dreamed of sharing your poems with other writers?

Lake Elmo Library will host three informal readings by local writers this summer. We will gather on the side lawn of the library (weather permitting) to share your poems and support local writers.

Open to all!

Come to the library this summer for an evening of creative fun!

Tuesdays -- July 9th, August 13, and September 10 from 6 to 8 pm.

"Chomp" the Carrot and "Elmo" the Elephant Visit Lake Elmo Library

"Chomp" from PowerUp 4 Kids and "Elmo" from the Lake Elmo Bank visited the Lake Elmo Library on June 26 as part of the summer reading program. Participants enjoyed games, activities, and tasting healthy vegetables. Zoe Jensen won the donated prize from PowerUp and Justin Fretag was the lucky winner of a gift certificate so he could start his new savings account at the Lake Elmo Bank.
Congratulations, Audrey!

First Lake Elmo Library Summer Reader to read for five hours and receive a certificate for a free ice cream cone from Gorman’s : Audrey Tenpas, Lake Elmo. She reported reading for five hours on the first day, and she was already up to 8.5 hours coming close to her first 10 hours. At 10 hours readers receive a free electronic bookmark or Gizmo from Pinz.
Bestsellers Available

Other Popular Items

Books: Unbroken, Killing Lincoln, Heaven is For Real, Killing Kennedy, A Dance with Dragons, Fifty Shades of Grey, The Black Box, Stolen Prey, Guilty Wives, The Best of Me, A Game of Thrones, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

DVDs: Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Argo, Skyfall, Lincoln, Life of Pi

Children's: Dear Dumb Diary, Stallion by Starlight, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Berenstain Bears

Summer Library Events

June 10-15: Medallion hunt, clues posted 10 am each day at the library

June 19, 6:30pm: Bonnie Juran and Kris Trott, “Save the Monarch Butterflies”

June 26, 3:30 pm: PowerUp 4 for Kids, activities and games

June 26, 7:00 pm: Learn to Knit

July 10, 6:30 pm: Gary Bancroft’s “Betsy’s Day at the Game” -- includes baseball scoring clinic

July 17: St. Croix Festival Theatre, Storytelling, Art Making and Creative Dramatics

July 24, 3:30 pm: PowerUp 4 Kids, games, Kendama challenge with Mayor Mike Pearson

August 7, 6:30 pm: Cathy Cowen, “Tales of Foo-La-La”, an interactive story

August 14: Cheryl Sawyer, Storyteller, Balloon Artist and Magician

Storytime expands to every Friday, 10:30 am, throughout the summer months
Getting Fired Up for Summer Reading in Lake Elmo

Lake Elmo Public Library’s summer reading program for elementary through junior high students will run from June 10 to August 17. It will be filled with games, programs, prizes, author visits, and reading from over 8,000 library books. Starting on Monday, June 10, register at the library to track your reading time to be eligible to win prizes. Every week on Saturday a name for a Target gift card will be drawn. The more visits to the library, the more chances to win.

It all begins with a medallion hunt on Monday, June 10, with the first clue posted at the library at 10 am. The medallion will be hidden in or near the library and clues will be posted every day at 10 am with the prize of two passes for Joe Park Golf @ Country Air Wedge Course to be given at the end of the hunt on Saturday, June 15.

Gorman’s Restaurant will be awarding an ice cream cone to anyone completing five hours of reading time. After ten hours PINZ will award a digital bookmark (Gizmo), and the reader will also receive one dollar of PINZ (Z card) time for every additional hour of reading completed up to 20 hours or a total of 20 PINZ dollars of play time.

Come to the library on Wednesday, June 26 and July 24 for “PowerUp 4 Kids” and game days. Challenge Lake Elmo Mayor, Mike Pearson, with your Kendama tricks on July 24. All programs will take place on Wednesdays, concluding with special presenter “Aah-Some Storyteller/Magician Extraordinaire” on August 14. Details on additional programs and author visits will be posted on the library web page.

Come to the library at 3537 Lake Elmo Avenue; get a card and reading log. Get fired up to read and win some prizes!
East Metro Writing Room Meets on Mondays
Writers looking for a quiet space, free coffee, craft conversation, and inspiration are invited to Lake Elmo Public Library on Monday mornings from 8:30 to noon.

Membership is free and open to any writer seeking motivation and heads-down drafting time. In addition to the quiet room, the “procrastination station” will be open for coffee breaks and lively chat with other authors. A smaller breakout room is available for discussion on topics ranging from passive voice to marketing kindle books.

(published on 07/16/2013)

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