The celebration of the library’s quasquicentennial continues in the form of the Fourth Street Book Club and other special programs. All are invited to participate.
The Fourth Street Book Club
You’ll have to hurry, but if you haven’t yet signed up as an individual, family, club/organization or group of friends, you can still register for the Fourth Street Book Club as part of the library’s quasquicentennial celebration. Clear Lake’s Fourth Street was the location of an early library and is also the library’s current site. The goal for participants is to read and/or listen to 125 books from now until Dec. 15. Participants who reach this goal will be honored at a special reception and receive a certificate of recognition. Families, clubs/organizations and friends may form reading teams to read/listen to 125 books in total with each individual team member selecting his or her own reading material. Visit the library or contact 357-6133 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register as an individual or team.
William Kent Krueger visit
The Clear Lake Public Library is privileged to have award winning author William Kent Krueger visit on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Krueger, a Minnesota author, writes the New York Times bestselling Cork O’Connor Mystery Series. His acclaimed novel, “Ordinary Grace,” has won the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, the Dilys, the Squid and, most recently, the Edgar Award, as well as nominations for the upcoming Macavity Award, Barry Award and Anthony Award. This spring, his book “Tamarack County” received both the Minnesota Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. Krueger’s latest in the Cork O’Connor series, “Windigo Island,” will be released on Aug. 19.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Clear Lake Public Library recently spearheaded the fund drive to place the “Stories are Forever” sculpture in the library’s front lawn as part of the quasquicentennial celebration. The Friends are an ongoing support to the library funding the Summer Reading Program, various activities and guests for the quasquicentennial, computer hardware, online resources, the Little Free Library and added help to the Clear Lake Public Library Foundation for the Iowa Storytelling Festival.
The Friends of the Library will have its annual meeting at 6 p.m. before William Kent Krueger’s appearance on Tuesday, Sept. 9. All Friends members and anyone interested in membership are welcome.
The Clear Lake Public Library offers storytime for children age 5 and younger on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is not required. The storytimes are free. Parents and their children younger than 3 enjoy their own storytime, while the parents and preschoolers (age 3-5) enjoy stories and a craft in another room. If you have questions, please phone 357-0315.