Curse of the Jade Lily

curse of the jade lilyThe book group has chosen our first book.  It will be Curse of the Jade Lily by David Housewright.  The book is the ninth to feature Twin Cities private investigator Rushmore “Mac” McKenzie.   When a fabulous gem is stolen from a local museum, the thieves demand that Mac deliver the ransom.  Complications ensue, including the involvement of the State Department and  a mysterious woman.  Curse of the Jade Lily won the 2013 Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction.

Intrigued?  Stop by to pick up your book starting tomorrow (September 26th) and plan to join our meeting on Wednesday, October 22nd at 1 pm or 5 pm.  (Or if you really have a lot to say, come to both!)

We will be loaning out library copies of  the book, so there’s no charge to join.  Coffee and treats will be provided at the discussion.

Book club update

Due to popular demand, we are adding a second organizational session on Wednesday, September 24th at 5:00 pm.  If you are available at either 1:00 or 5:00 that day, stop by.  If you are not available but still interested come by the library or send an email to Marguerite,

We are starting up a book club for adults.  Our first get-to-know-you meeting will be Wednesday, September 24th at 1:00 pm in the library.   Drop by and introduce yourself!

Spotlight on back-to-school resources

As ktumblr_nb1uqtIxbr1st5lhmo1_1280ids head back to school, let me take the opportunity to remind you that we have several useful databases for research projects, which can be found under “Online Resources.”  Want to learn more about the big issues in the news?  Check out Global Issues in Context and Opposing Viewpoints in Context.  Need scholarly articles to cite?  Visit the Electronic Library for Minnesota.  All you need is a library card and you can be researching like a pro.

Brian Freeman author visit

Minnesota author Brian Freeman will be appearing at the Lonsdale Public Library on Tuesday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm.

Brian Frebrian-freeman-hi-res-cropeman is an international bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. His settings in the frozen landscape of Duluth, Minnesota, and his deeply complex characters, have drawn comparisons to Scandinavian noir.

His seventh novel SPILLED BLOOD won the prestigious award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry Awards. It was named International Book of the Month by book clubs around the world, a distinction shared with authors such as Harlan Coben, Karin Slaughter, and Lisa Unger.

Freeman’s newest novel is THE COLD NOWHERE, the latest in his Jonathan Stride series. Publishers Weekly called the book “masterfully plotted” in its starred review. Book Page said it “begs to be read in one sitting.”

Top bestselling authors recommend Freeman’s novels. Lisa Gardner calls him “a master of psychological suspense.” Michael Connelly says, “This guy can tell a story.”

The drama in Brian’s books is driven by the emotions and secrets of the characters. “My goal is to write books with haunting characters and a lightning-fast pace,” he says. “My stories are about the hidden intimate motives that draw people across some terrible lines. The twists and turns keep you turning the pages, and each piece in the puzzle gives you new insight into the heroes, victims, and villains.”

This event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Shelver wanted


The Lonsdale Public Library Board is accepting applications for a part-time (10-12 hours per week) Library Shelver to shelve materials, process materials in preparation for circulation, shelf read & assist staff.  Minimum qualifications: High School diploma or student and familiarity with libraries or any combination of education &/or experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills & abilities. A flexible schedule is a plus. Library hours are: Sun. & Mon., closed; Tues., 12p-8p; Wed. & Thur. 12p-6p, Fri., 10a-6p; Sat., 8am-12p.

Starting salary: $8.24/hour. Insurance benefits not included.

A completed job application, cover letter & résumé must be submitted to Marguerite Moran, Library Director, no later than 6 pm on Friday, September 5, 2014.  Download application or pick up print version  at Lonsdale Public Library or City Hall.  For questions, contact Lonsdale Public Library at 507-744-3977 or City Hall at 507-744-2327.  For questions, contact   Faxed applications not accepted.


KidZone boats

The Lonsdale Public Library is playing host to the Montgomery KidZone and Lonsdale KidZone Subway sailboats.  For the next two weeks stop in and vote for boat A or boat B to see who tops this year’s Subway sailboat showdown between the two sites.  Results should be known by September 2nd!  One vote per person!

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Paws to Read Final Statistics

Big thanks to everyone who made our summer reading program a success!  This means you kids, parents, staff and volunteers!

Here are the final stats:
Total kids registered = 331
Preschoolers = 129
Gradeschoolers = 179
Teens = 23

125 kids finished all five levels and got a Certificate of Accomplishment up on the wall.

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Congratulations to all of you!  Great work and keep on reading!

Paws to Read Pet Talk

What: Pet Talk
When:  Thursday, July 17 at 1:00 pm
Where: Lonsdale Public Library meeting room

Toni Maat, from Windmill Animal Rescue, will be visiting to talk ab800px-Bunny_in_zoo_croppedout proper care of pets and  what her organization does to find abandoned animals new homes.  She will be bringing some of her fuzzy friends!  This is the last major event for this year’s summer reading program.  Don’t miss out!