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"Ellie the Elephant and the Silly Shades Brigade," an original children's production by the Duluth Playhouse, will be presented at West Duluth Branch Library (5830 Grand Ave.) on Wednesday, May 15 at 2:30 pm. This free performance is intended for children through grade 3. The previously scheduled performance in April was canceled due to a snowstorm.
The Silly Shades Brigade is the coolest gang in town. Traveling the world in their signature stylish sunglasses, they love to explore and discover new things using all their senses except their sight. But when they meet Ellie, they have a problem agreeing on what kind of creature she is. How can an animal have a nose like a long spout, big floppy ears, strong feet, and a tail like a wire brush and skin like old leather all at the same time? Will the Silly Shades Brigade let their disagreement break up their gang? Or will they be able to take off the shades and see Ellie for who she really is?
This original adaptation of the fable of the elephant and the blind men was written by Sarah Ruth Diener of the Duluth Playhouse.
The event is sponsored by the
Duluth Public Library and the Arrowhead Library System, and funded
by money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
(May 6, 2013)
Minnesota author Sarah Stonich will be speaking in the Duluth Public Library Green Room on Monday, May 13 at 6 pm. The program is part of her northern Minnesota tour to promote her new novel, Vacationland. Copies of Vacationland will be available for purchase and autographing following the talk.
At the heart of Vacationland is Naledi Lodge, inspired by those rustic Mom & Pop resorts now disappearing along with their big fish, bad mattresses, wood docks, flashlight trots to the outhouse, bear-fear, and bonfires. Up north vacations might not always live up to the brochures versions of canoe paddling under pine-scented skies; in the fine print of rusted beer cans on the trail or a barbed hook through a thumb lies a more realistic picture of Vacationland. Vacationland is published by The University of Minnesota Press.
Stonich's first novel, These Granite Islands, was translated into eight languages, won numerous awards and was Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick. The author is originally from Duluth but now makes her home in Minneapolis with her husband Jon and spends summers on a small lake in Northern St. Louis County.
This event is sponsored by the Duluth Public Library and the Arrowhead Library System, and is funded by money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
For more information, call the
library's Community Services office at 730-4236.
(May 1, 2013)
The Duluth Public Library will be presenting free matinee movie screenings on Friday afternoons. Movies will be shown at 2:00 in the Main Library Green Room (520 W. Superior St.). The schedule for movies is:
April 26 Lincoln
May 3 Here Comes the Boom
May 10 The Guilt Trip
May 24 Jack Reacher
For more information, call the
library's Fiction & Media desk at 730-4200/option 6.
(April 18, 2013)
The Duluth Public Library is looking
for library lovers who have not been able to physically come to
the library. Home Library Service, a free program that will deliver
up to 15 books or other library materials to an individual's home
each month, is being launched later this month. The service will
be available to residents living inside the Duluth city limits.
The library used to offer home delivery service but had to discontinue it in 2008, due to budget and staffing cuts. The revised program now will rely on volunteers to select and deliver bags of books on a monthly basis.
People interested in receiving Home Library Service should call the Duluth Public Library's Fiction/Media desk at 730-4200/option 6. An application and a reading interest form will be mailed. Once those are returned to the library, people will be matched with volunteers and the delivery schedules developed.
For more information, call the library's Fiction/Media desk at 730-4200/option 6.
(April 9, 2013)
Art historian Julie L'Enfant will explore the impressive development of the arts in Minnesota in a free presentation titled "Pioneer Women Artists of Minnesota" at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20 in the Duluth Public Library Green Room.
The program is part of the Duluth Public Library's One Book, One Community program. This year's reading selection, "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" is a book about a woman artist who worked for Louis Comfort Tiffany creating stained glass art. Professor L'Enfant will discuss the lives and works of Elsa Laubach Jemne, Clara Mairs, Jo Lutz Rollins and Evelyn Raymond, who were Minnesota artists in the 20th century.
Friends of the Duluth Public Library, Duluth Public Library Foundation, Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund are primary funders of the 2013 One Book, One Community project in partnership with the Duluth Public Library, the Cloquet Public Library, Friends of the Cloquet Public Library, Arrowhead Library System, Arrowhead Reading Council, The Bookstore at Fitger's, Duluth Public Schools, Fitger's Inn, Virginia Public Library and Friends of the Virginia Public Library.
Updated information about One
Book, One Community events are listed on the library's
(April 5, 2013)
Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN 55802