Friday, May 9, 2014

Events at the Pleasant Hill Library--revised

Music and Tea at the Library

     As part of Dakota County Libraries' Silver Tea Series, the Pleasant Hill Library will host popular local folksingers Curtis and Loretta on Thursday May 15. The performance will begin at 1 p.m. Curtis & Loretta's music comes straight from the heart. The husband and wife duo's extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs, and carefully chosen traditional pieces from the British Isles, America, and beyond.  Their current menagerie includes Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, clawhammer banjo, and National steel ukulele, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica, and shakers. Curtis' down-home sense of humor and Loretta's theater background engage the audience in an experience that runs the gamut of rolling with laughter to holding back tears, with plenty of side-trips in between.   After the performance, the library will provide a tea reception in the rotunda of the library. There is no charge for the performance and no reservations are needed.  Space is limited.

Kids Invited to Read to a Dog at the Library

     Children age 5-10 years old are invited to the Pleasant Hill Library on Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. to read to Kippy, the Dachshund, and Duchess, the Labrador Retriever.  Both dogs are certified therapy dogs.  Parents are encouraged to bring their kids to this program, called Waggin Tales,  not only because it is fun, but because it helps develop reading skills and fluency.  Children may bring a book from home, or choose one from the library collection.

National Author Speaks at Pleasant Hill Library

     Nationally noted author Carolyn Quinn will speak at the Pleasant Hill Library on Monday, May 19 at 6 p.m. to discuss her book, MAMA ROSE'S TURN: The True Story of America's Most Notorious Stage Mother.  This book tells the rest of the story behind the legends of the colorful woman who led a troupe of performing children on a tour of the country's theaters during the days of 1920's Jazz Age Vaudeville and 1930's Burlesque. Enter the glittering world of a mother and daughters who thrived and bloomed during the era of the Pantages and Orpheum Circuits, Bathtub gin, Prohibition, girlie shows, raids on Burlesque theaters, which led to ultimate stardom for Gypsy and June. Before toddlers ever wore tiaras, there was Rose Hovick!   Carolyn wrote the book after extensively researching the life of Rose Thompson Hovick, whose colorful and unorthodox parenting style inspired the musical Gypsy.

     There is no charge for the presentation, and no registration is required.


Free Computer Class at the Library

     So you took Computer Basics and you've mastered the mouse, but now you need to know more. Like files, folders, printing, and where the heck did that document go? Come to the Pleasant Hill Library on Wednesday, May 14th, from 2-3pm for Beyond Computer Basics. Space is limited and registration is required, so call the library at 651-438-0200.


Library Looking for Summer Volunteens – teen volunteers!

     Pleasant Hill Library is looking for teen volunteers for the summer. Applicants must be at least 12 years old by June 1st of 2014 and no older than 18.  Volunteers are needed throughout the summer to help at the summer reading registration table and for various programs.  You must be able to work at least 12 hours  total over the summer and be able to attend the training on June 5th from 3:30 to 4:30 after school.  Sign up with your friends and help make the library summer reading program a great success!  Call 651-438-0200 or stop by the library at 1496 Frontage Road, Hastings, with any questions.

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