Food for Fines!

Food for Fines!  November 4-8, 2014

fiber-clipart-McLLLxjKi Have library overdue fees you would like to get rid of?  The Lonsdale Public Library is offering a week-long “Food for Fines” event.  During the week of November 4-8 support  the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf by donating items or money at the library and have your fines forgiven.  Non-perishable foods and personal care items welcomed, only non-expired items please.  For any size donation, the library will waive up to $10 in latLonsdale Food Shelfe fees per card or $25 per family.  Please note that we can only waive late fees, not lost item fees, and only for fines imposed by Lonsdale Public Library.  Any size donation is welcome and will help your friends and neighbors!

Minnesota History Player Harriet Bishop

What:  Minnesota History Player Harriet Bishop
When:  Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Where: Lonsdale Public Library


St. Paul’s first schoolteacher

In 1847, Harriet Bishop became St Paul’s first public school teacher when she moved from Vermont to what would become the territory and eventually the state of Minnesota. As a devout Baptist committed to social reform, she helped establish many charitable societies in St Paul and promoted the causes of temperance and woman suffrage. She played a vital role in the congregation of St Paul’s First Baptist Church and opened the first Sunday school in St Paul upon her arrival.



She will discuss:

  • The role of women in American frontier education
  • The differences and similarities between school in the 19th and 21st centuries
  • The diverse peoples who lived in St. Paul during Minnesota’s territorial years
  • The mid-19th century experience of leaving one’s home behind to move to a new territory

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.