Library News: Upsala

Here in Minnesota, it's a fact: we live with wolves. Some of us fear them, some like them. In either case, we need to understand them. Cassi Camara, Outreach Educator at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN, will be making a special stop at the Upsala Public Library to talk about all things wolves - their ranges, populations, pack structure, pups, prey, public safety, livestock depredation, non-lethal predator control techniques and more.   "During the past year or so,...
Three young people wrote 32-word stories after viewing the photographic writing prompt in December.  Winners at GRRL~Upsala received a prize from the Friends of the Upsala Public Library for their efforts.  Pictured are Josie and Tucker Hollermann. Not pictured is Isabelle Leners.  Congratulations!
The "Snappy Elmdalers" visited the Upsala Library recently to proudly hang their 4-H club banner! This annual event showcases club members' design talents.  Snappy Elmdalers members include, L-R: Back row, standing: Anna Blonigen, Allie Thelen, Lucy Thelen Front row, kneeling: Josie Roerick, Bryce Roerick, Eli Thelen   Thanks, Elmdalers!
Giddy Up(sala)! Flash and his owner, Chantelle, rode into Upsala to run errands on Wednesday, Sept. 27.  One of those errands involved picking up books at the library.   Horse training titles, perhaps?    
Ruby (pictured) is definitely not the only Upsalian who enjoyed the 6th Annual "Summer Concert in the Park!" In fact, she was one of over 200 community members who turned up on Friday, Aug. 11.  Organized by musician Paul Jensen, the concert showcased young area musicians and families. 15 musicians played and sang along, assisted by a professional sound technician who helped the music sound even better!  Friends of the Upsala Public Library, ElmDale Creamery and CentraSota...
Friends of the Upsala Public Library have graciously funded three book kits for Great River Regional Library. The kits are Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin, The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.     Breaking Stalin’s Nose follows a young boy growing up in Stalinist Russia who learns what Communism means to his family, his neighbors and his country. The Girl From the Train tells a story from World War II in which a man...
In honor of Short Story Writing Month, 22 local 'authors' gave us their best short, short story based on the picture prompt.  GRRL is made up of 32 libraries, so 32 seemed the perfect number of words to give the best take on the picture prompt!  Teens and adults and even published well-known authors submitted short, short stories.  Here is a sampling of the stories we received: Stinky socks, William's muscles ached. Three dollars earned today, enough for the mortician....
Each November, the Snappy Elmdalers 4H Club hangs its club banner at the Upsala Public Library. This year’s banner highlights the theme, “Believe In Yourself.”  The members designed and crafted the banner. Snappy Elmdalers pictured L to R (front) Daniel Gunderson and Eli Thielen, (middle) Jacob Gunderson, Anna Blonigen and Alli Thielen, (back) Annika Gunderson, Shelby Krebs, and Lucy Thelen.
There is always a program going on at the Upsala Public Library! Artists, authors, speakers and programs for kids are scheduled throughout the month, and passive or do-it-yourself programs are also available. Try your hand at a craft project or Guess The Shredded Book. The first week of both January and February 2017, you'll find a shredded book in a large plastic jar at the library. Patrons are invited to shake the shreds, read them and try to guess the book title. Can you guess the book...
According to the Alzheimer's Association, "Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed." Every family has been touched in one way or another by this debilitating disease. GRRL~Upsala will host experts from the St. Benedict's Senior Living Community for two presentations desgned to help us understand dementia, Alzheimer's and aging. "Help! I think I...