Friday, January 11, 2013

Hastings Reads goes to the dogs: Community book chosen for 2013

Hastings Reads is a program that encourages readers—preschoolers to adult—to read and share ideas about books with one theme. This year the theme is "It's a dog's life."
Read one of the books—The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (adults), Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein (teens), On the Road by Lucy Nolan (kids) or Emmy of Whistling Well Farm by Charlie Johnson (preschool).  Celebrate the books with special programs, book discussions and a visit by author Garth Stein.
Hastings Huskies
Meet real sled dogs and learn about mushing on Saturday, Feb. 2, 11–11:30 a.m. 
Feature Film: Snow Dogs
When Miami dentist Ted Brooks finds out that he has been named in a will, he travels to Alaska during the Arctic Challenge Sled Dog Race.  The movie is rated PG. Saturday, Feb. 2, 12:30–2:30 p.m. This program is funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
A Dog's Point of View
Write a short story or poem with an animal as the narrator. Submissions accepted from Feb. 4–19. For complete details, go to
Author Garth Stein
Meet the author of The Art of Racing in the Rain and hear him talk about his books and his writing process. Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Hastings Middle School, 1000 11th Street W., Hastings on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30–8 p.m.
Search and Rescue Dog Demonstration
Watch a live demonstration of a search and rescue dog and presentation about what the Minnesota Search and Rescue Dog Association does. Tuesday, March 5, 6–7 p.m.
Programs held at Pleasant Hill Library, 1490 S. Frontage Rd., Hastings unless noted otherwise. For more information visit the library, call 651-438-0200 or go to

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