Local History Comes to Life

Cover image for Women of Mayo Clinic : the founding generation / Virginia M. Wright-Peterson.We are in a unique position in that we live so close to the Mayo Clinic.  It’s touched most of our lives in some way, whether through a medical journey of ourselves or loved ones, employment or empowerment.  Known around the world, the Mayo Clinic has become a source of hope for hundreds of thousands of people, but how did it get to be that way?  Would it surprise you to know that women played an integral role?

Virginia Wright-Peterson, Ph.D., will talk about her book, the Women of Mayo: The Founding Generation at the Red Wing Public Library on Sat., July 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  With surprising stories, photographs, and insights, Wright-Peterson will show you the faces behind the Mayo Clinic story that you didn’t know.   An inspiring woman herself, Wright-Peterson earned a Fulbright Scholarship and was appointed to a military base in Algeria.  After that she worked for the Red Cross in Iraq.  Now a writing teacher at the University of Minnesota-Rochester, Wright-Peterson has delved into untold history of Mayo’s founding women and has brought their contributions to life in an arresting way.  Come listen, learn, and be inspired!

This program is free to all and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Summer Reading Finale; It’s Going To Be Magical!

The youths of Red Wing have been busy reading this summer.  Participation in our reading program has been excellent, and attendance at our programming has been even higher than last year.  This flurry of activity has made the time fly by.  The end of July will herald the end of the program, but not to worry; we’ve saved one of the best for last.  The Magic of Isaiah will be presented at the library on Tuesday, July 26th, at 10:30 am in the Foot Room.

Isaiah Foster is a skilled magician, but he is also a gifted entertainer; one who knows how to make an audience laugh, gasp, and delight all through his show.  With over 1,000 performances under his belt, Isaiah is in high demand for events of all kinds and we couldn’t be happier than to have him here at the library to bring our magical summer to a close.  Load the family into the car and join us on July 26th!

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Harry Potter Trivia Contest

harry-potter-play-jk-rowlingPotterheads, Harry heads, Potterphiles; we know who we are!  The entire Harry Potter fandom has been breathlessly awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and it’s almost here!  J.K. Rowling wrote the story as a play to be performed on stage.  Its world premiere is in London’s West End on July 30th.  Not able to hop the pond and go see it?  No worries, the library has got you covered.  Enter our Harry Potter Trivia Contest and you can win one of two copies of the script!  Open to kids in grades 2-12, fill out the form online or pick one up the next time you’re at the library.  Here’s a peek at the story line to get you motivated:

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Sounds awesome, right?  Then fill out your form for a chance to win today!

David Housewright To Speak

housewrightMark this one on your calendars; David Housewright is coming to the library on Saturday, July 16th, at 10 am in the Foot Room.

Haven’t heard of David Housewright?  Then you are in the mystery-reading minority!  Former President of the Private Eye Writers of America, Housewright is a Minnesota author of crime fiction whose work has won an Edgar Award as well as three Minnesota Book Awards.  He is the bestselling author of the Mac McKenzie series as well as many other tales of mayhem in the Midwest.  With 18 books and counting under his belt, Housewright knows the ins and outs of publishing and will share his insights on how to get started, find inspiration, and weave dastardly tales that keep readers coming back.  Join us for an intriguing hour with one of the mystery writing best!

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