Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

raymieWhat’s a girl to do when she is suffering from the great tragedy of her father running off with a dental hygienist?  Enter the Little Miss Florida Tire 1975 contest and get her picture in the paper when she wins.  When her father sees her in the paper, he will come home.  Without the dental hygienist.

All Raymie needs to do to make this happen is learn how to twirl the baton and do some good deeds to complete her application.

At her first baton lesson, Raymie meets Louisiana Elefante, whose parents were the Flying Elefantes before they drowned in a tragic accident, and Beverly Tapinski, whose mother is a former pageant winner and whose father is a cop.  Louisiana needs to win the contest so she will have enough money to retrieve Archie, the King of the Cats, from the Very Friendly Animal Center, and Beverly isn’t interested in winning – she is interested in sabotage.  You might think this would be a recipe for friendship disaster, but Louisiana isn’t going to let that happen.  Instead, she declares them the Three Rancheros, and a friendship is born, regardless of missing fathers, cats, or sabotage.

It’s a summer of baton twirling (well, not really), cat rescue, good deeds, ghosts in the lake, new friends, a little sabotage, and finding family in the places you least expect them to be.

Winner of two Newbery medals and an honor for Flora & UlyssesThe Tale of Despereaux, and Because of Winn-Dixie, Minnesota author Kate DiCamillo has written another story that will make you laugh, cry, and then smile through your tears – and that’s just in the first four pages.  I love how true and real and straightforward her books are and how I always feel like my heart is full up when I’ve turned the last page.  Don’t miss this gem of a novel at the library this summer!

Bye Bye Bags

Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide.
That’s over one million plastic bags used per minute. -Wall Street Journal

Plastic bags are something of a pandemic in our world; we all love the convenience of them but their ecological impact is undeniably dreadful.   To lessen our environmental footprint, SELCO will no longer be providing plastic bags for its libraries.  We are using up our current supply, but once they’re gone, they’ll be gone for good.  Alternatively, you can get a free reusable cloth bag if you sign up for the adult or children’s summer reading programs, or bring in your own bags to bring your books home in.  Help us give the world a hug; it’s a small sacrifice that can make a big impact.

Minnesota Author Julie Klassen Coming to the Library

Dear Friend,

Welcome to my official web home. If you love romance, British accents, Jane Eyre, or anything by Jane Austen, then you and I are soul sisters and I write for you!

This is the greeting you will find on Minnesota author, Julie Klassen’s, web site.  These two sentences sum up so much about her and her writing style.  Both will pull you in, make you feel an instant kinship, and teach you something while entirely entertaining you.  Klassen is a master of the Regency era novel, as her numerous Christy awards, Minnesota Book, RITA, and Midwest Book awards attest to.  Come join her at the Library on Saturday, May 21st at 10 am in the Foot Room.  She’ll share everything from her writing and research process (lots of trips to England!), publishing journey and life as a historical fiction writer.  As a resident of the St. Paul area, she’s practically a neighbor; stop in and say hello!


Trivia Time

We know you’re a smart cookie.  You’re reading the Library’s blog; that’s proof enough of your cleverness, but now through May 31st you can win something for it!  Stop in and pick up one of our Minnesota Authors Trivia forms.  A mere six questions can prove your genius and get you entered to win an autographed, advanced, uncorrected proof of William Kent Krueger’s latest book, Manitou Canyon. People, you can’t even buy this book until September!  Talk about a sweet prize!  A Minnesota author himself, Krueger’s last five books all skyrocketed to the New York Times Bestseller list and Manitou Canyon is slated to do the same. It’s #15 in his famous Cork O’Connor series, all set in our own beautiful state.

Put your thinking caps on; this prize is worth it!