E-Newsletter of the Lake Benton Public Library MARCH 2021


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Hi! I’m your friendly library bookworm. I love to help the Library Ladies choose books, movies, and audiobooks to put out each month. Watch for my section later in this newsletter. It will tell you about some of my favorite titles coming out this month. See you soon.

In This Issue: Friday Morning Fun Happy spring! Spring Ahead Outreach Bookworm picks

Adult book club

Fiber Guild Hours , address, email Masks FOL Happy Easter Library is more then books we got you covered


covered at the


We all know that libraries are AMAZING, but did you know they have more than books and movies for patrons to borrow?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Check out one of our specialized cakepans and make a spe-cial cake for someone spespe-cial. At Lake Benton Public Library, we have a flower, a playful puppy, a bear, a butterfly and many

more. How about a special bunny cake for Easter? Make a cake shaped like an open Bible for a baptism or Confirmation. You might be surprised by what you can find in the Plum Creek

cakepan collection.

Do you need temporary internet service? Check out one of our wireless hotspots for a week and take the internet with you. Our hotspots are serviced by Sprint and have a wide

cov-erage area. There is no deposit, but there are late fees of $5 per day and only one device at a time can be attached to an adult’s card number. Patrons under the age of 18 years are not

eligible to check out a hotspot.

Do you like jigsaw puzzles, but you don’t have the space to store them once you are finished? Order one through our li-brary today! While Lake Benton Public Lili-brary doesn’t have the

space to store them either, several Plum Creek libraries do of-fer jigsaw puzzles for checkout.

Did you know many Plum Creek Libraries offer art prints? See Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Blue Morning Glories” for yourself or experience the beauty of “Windsong” by Diane Romanello. Use

our artwork to enhance your home for a special occasion or see the artwork up close to gain a better understanding of the

piece. This is a great option for homeschooling families who study art in their curriculum.

Are you a fix-it person? Do you like to repair your car or home yourself? Plum Creek libraries offer a number of DIY op-tions, from “Chilton” manuals to step-by-step home repair and



“Dolly Parton, Songteller” My L:fe in Lyrics by Dolly Parton

“Baseball in Minnesota” The Definitive History by Stew Thornley

“Fifty Years-Fifty Heroes” A Celebration of Minnesota Sports by

Ross Bernstein Foreword by Bud Grant and Afterword by Kent Hrbek

Fantastic Adult Fiction:

“The Robin’s Greeting” Amish Greehouse Mystery #3 by Wanda E


“Fast Ice” The Numa Files by Clive Cussler

“The Affair” by Danielle Steel Large Print

“Dark Sky” by C. J. Box

Hot reads for teens and ‘tweens:

“Hilo” The Great Big Box Books 1-6 by Judd Winick

“Dragon Breath” Collection 1-8 by Vernon Ursula

“Love is a Revolution” by Rene`e Watson

“Unlocked” Book 8.5 Keeper of Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

CHildren’s CHoiCes:

“Zen Pig” The Art of Gratitude

“Fiona Flamingo” by Rachael Urrutia Chu

“Hello, Little Dreamer” by Kathie Lee Gifford

Digital Delights:

“Dolly Parton” Songteller by Dolly Parton Audiobook

“News of the World” Paul Greengrass DVD

“Meant to Be” by Jude Deveraux Audiobook

“Let Him Go” Dianne Lane DVD


Lake Benton Public Library

Outreach Program

Reading opens the door to the world outside,

so the Lake Benton Public Library offers an outreach

program for homebound patrons living in the Lake

Benton community.

Twice a month, a library volunteer will deliver books

and/or audiobooks right to the front doors of

home-bound patrons. Homehome-bound patrons can order

spe-cific titles, authors and/or genres by calling the

li-brary to speak to a librarian or giving a list to the

vol-unteer delivery person. Delivery/pickup will be the

first and third Wednesdays of every month.

Signing up for this program is easy. Simply call the



The next meeting is March 1st , 2021

at 10:00A.M.

The book to be discussed will be

The Other Einstein”

by Marie Benedict

“The next book is “Say Goodbye for Now”

by Catherine Ryan Hyde will be discussed


~Befriend the library in MARCH~

Would you like to have input on your local library? Would you like to help in the planning and implementation of programming, collection development and other library matters? Befriend the Lake Benton Public Library by joining the Lake Benton Friends of the Library


The Lake Benton FOL was established in 2008 by a group of people interested in provid-ing additional support to the library beyond what the city and county could provide. Their goals are 1) to establish the library as a vibrant cultural meeting place, 2) to provide sup-port to library events and programming, and 3) to fill needs which lay outside the library’s

regular budget.

Since 2008, the FOL has raised more than $15,000. They have provided some funding for the 2012 library addition, added sidewalks, a bicycle rack and patio equipment to the back of the library, contributed to additions to the collection and sponsored shelving and

space solutions. They are always looking for new ideas, energy and hands to help meet their goals.

The FOL meets at the library at 5:30 p.m. seven months of the year. They are inviting any-one who is interested in supporting the Lake Benton Public Library to join them for their next meeting, Monday, March 8th to learn more about them. For more information, speak

to one of the librarians or leave your contact information at the circulation desk and a Friend will

contact you.



Fiber Guild

When: Tuesdays 2-4PM

Where: Lake Benton Public


Bring your own project

Or work on our ongoing


to any patron age 16 and older who have a current library card. Read as many

books, audiobooks and/or e-books as you want to and earn prizes. As a

spe-cial incentive, we will be giving away two beautiful hand-made quilts.

Participation is easy! Simply sign up at the Lake Benton Public Library and

get a punch card or reading log to record the number of books read. Readers

are encouraged to read as many titles as they choose, however in order for

their punch card or reading log to be counted or to be entered into the

draw-ing for the grand-prize quilts, a minimum of 12 books read is required. Small

prizes will be given for every 3 books read.

Typically, the reading program has a theme; however, this year, we wanted to

focus on the positive things about libraries. Instead of a tagline, the Plum

Creek system chose a wordcloud graphic to share with patrons.

We hope you will join us for our 2021 reading program.

Contact Janine or Corinne with any questions at 507-368-4641, ext. 3

or email Janine at lbdirector@plumcreeklibrary.net. See you soon!



To subscribe to this newsletter, email the library at lbdirector@plumcreeklibrary.net

Just a friendly reminder we mandate that you PLEASE wear a mask

while visiting our library.

We encourage hand washing or hand sanitizing & social distancing.

We are still offering curbside pickup service by calling

507-368-4641 Ext. 3 or Emailing lbdirector@plumcreeklibrary.net

Thank you!



We have two computers and two Chromebooks available for patrons to

use. We also have four wireless hotspots available for check out. Don’t

forget to check out our digital books and audiobooks as well.

We have opened two computers for patrons to use. We also offer two

Chromebooks, which can be checked out or used in the library. In order

to keep both our patrons and our staff as safe as possible, we have

im-plemented the following protocols for computer users.

~Please sign in at the front desk. Please include your name and time


~Please limit your use to 30 minutes, with a maximum of one hour.

This allows everyone to use the computer safely and in a timely


~Desktop computers have direct printing ability. See library staff to

print from a Chromebook or other digital device in the library.

~We also offer free WiFi on our back patio. Stop in for a refreshing

drink (coffee, cocoa or tea) and sit on our back patio while you

surf the web.

Hotspots allow patrons to use the internet anywhere AT&T wireless

ser-vice is available. Take the internet with you wherever you go, whether it

is camping or to a hotel. Hotspots are available for adult patrons and

can only be checked out for one week. See one of us for complete

de-tails on the hotspots.

Let us help you get back on the

internet. See you soon!


Every Friday,

10-11 A.M.


March 5th


March 12th

st. PatriCk’s day

March 19th


March 26th




While we will probably see more cold weather before this winter is

over, we can celebrate knowing the Spring is just around the corner.

Preschoolers are invited to help us celebrate by joining Lake Benton

Public Library for Friday Morning Fun programs each week from 10

until 11 a.m.

Friday Morning Fun programs are one hour long and are open to

ag-es three through seven. We ask that a parent, adult or caregiver

stays with children under the age of three during the program.

Themed story time is followed by fun songs, poems and crafts.

Dur-ing the programs, children build literacy and motor skills.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss with us this Friday, where we will read stories by

Dr. Seuss and make bookmarks. Every child who participates will

re-ceive a free book to keep! Our program schedule for March will be

Manners on March 5, St. Patrick Day on March 12, Spring on March

19 and Easter on March 26. We will not have a program on Friday,

April 2 because of Easter break.

For our big kids, those age 16 to 99 and beyond, we have a fun

pro-gram too. There is still time to sign up for the 2021 Winter Reading

Program. Read to earn incentives and be entered into our drawing

for one of two handmade quilts. For more information or to sign up,

stop by the circulation desk.





Friday 10:00A.M.-5:30P.M.

Saturday 9:00A.M.-12:00P.M.

Director: Janine Schaap

Assistant: Corinne Crowe

(507)361-4641 Ext. 3


PO Box 377 110 East Benton St.



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