Greetings from the Park Rapids Area Library!

We've spent months planning special activities and events to make summer even better for our residents and guests, and we want to make sure people know about all the amazing things that are happening at our library this summer.

Currently, there are 426 patrons (ages 2-18) registered for the summer reading program. We extend our gratitude to the 24 area businesses and organizations that are sponsoring the program. People have come to the library for movies, book discussions, Make & Take Arts & Crafts Classes, a presentation on loons by a park naturalist, and some high-energy story times. There is much in store for the remaining summer months.

You may have picked up a schedule at the library, discovered us on social media, read about our upcoming events in the local newspaper or seen posters of our events around town. We're excited to announce yet another tool you can use to keep informed. We have created an e-newsletter! Designed simply, the newsletter consists largely of graphics with minimal text, and includes links for additional information. If you'd like us to add your email address to the list of recipients, send a note to

In the meantime, I want to highlight a couple of our July events. Both events are free, but require pre-registration is required.

"Camp Limberjack" on Tuesday, July 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m is a chance for children 9 or older to build and learn to play a limberjack, a folk toy which is a cross between a puppet and a rhythm instrument.

Ross Sutter has been doing limberjack workshops for over 30 years in schools and communities all over the Midwest and in Europe. In 2011, he received the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Education.

Ross will bring kits that children will construct into a wooden doll that dances to whatever music you choose. Participants work with lots of old technology using sandpaper, needle nose pliers and hammers.

Spend an afternoon with storyteller Zaraawar Mistry and musician Greg Herriges for a storytelling workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19. This workshop is designed for participants ages 8 to 15. They will demonstrate their skills and help you discover and develop your unique storytelling style. Mistry and Herriges will share tips to help you tap into your own sense of humor and personality to bring your characters and story to life.

At the end of the session, there will be time to perform your story for friends and family if you choose. You will also be invited to perform at library story time 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20.

In preparation for the workshop, choose a short story or fable. I've set aside several books at the library for anyone who needs ideas.

Our visit from Zaraawar and Greg is made possible by a 3M CRC grant to the Park Rapids Area Library. In addition to the workshop, we have arranged a separate public performance by Zaraawar and Greg at Nemeth Art Center at 6 p.m. Friday, July 20.

In this program, entitled, "Immigrant Stories," Mistry will share popular tales, myths and fables he heard during his childhood in India, and tell of his journey as an immigrant to America. Herriges will accompany him, playing live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute). Though all ages are welcome, these stories may be most enjoyed by older children and adults. The program is free to the public, and no ticket or registration is required.

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