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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Kick Off Events for Hastings Reads 2013 at the Pleasant Hill Library.

Area residents are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, February 2, starting at 11 a.m. for a day of fun filled events to kick off the Hastings Reads 2013 program. The theme for this year's events is "It's a Dog's Life." Books chosen for this year include: Emmy of Whistling Well Farm, by Charlie Johnson; On the Road, by Lucy Nolan; Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein; and The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. Beginning at 11 a.m., children and adults will be able to meet the local sled dog team, The Hastings Huskies. These friendly dogs will be available for photos with children, who may ask the handlers questions about the sport of sled dog racing. At 11:30 a.m., people are invited to meet author Charlie Johnson. Johnson wrote the book Emmy of Whistling Well Farm. Johnson will be accompanied by the motivation for his story; his dog Emmy.

Later in the afternoon, beginning at about 12:30 p.m., older children can stay for a special presentation of the Disney movie, Snow Dogs. There is no charge for any of the kick off events, and no registration is required. For a complete listing of all the Hastings Reads 2013 programs, visit the official website at www.hastingsreads.com. Hastings Reads is a community-wide reading program that seeks to encourage reading and discussion of books and the ways in which they can help us understand the lives and experiences of ourselves and others. It is sponsored by the Dakota County Library, Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings Ruth and George Doffing Charitable Gift Foundation, SEAS School, United Way of Hastings, and countless volunteers.

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