Libraries plan for busy 2018

FAIRMONT — The new year is upon us, and area libraries have plans to get the community involved in 2018.

Blue Earth Community Library director Eva Gaydon said the library has programming all year long. Coming up is a partnership with Blue Earth Area Schools, the Muir Library in Winnebago and the Elmore Public Library called, “Blue Earth Area Reads.”

“One Book, One Community” also will soon start again, with events in April related to the book being read.

Library Lego Club, which began about two months ago, will continue into 2018. Once per month, said Gaydon, children are welcome to come into the library after school to build things with Legos based on different themes.

The library is also planning for the summer reading program that will begin in June. Gaydon said the theme for this year will be “Libraries Rock.”

In upcoming weeks, Gaydon said, the Friends of the Blue Earth Community Library will start a photo negative project that will be displayed in the library. When a long-time resident passed away, his daughter found about 4,000 photo negatives of people in the community that were taken in the photo studio in town, including photos of weddings, confirmations, families and events through the church and school. The photo negatives were donated to the library. The Friends group has been cataloging the photos.

“It’s just a wealth of memorabilia that they didn’t want to throw away,” Gaydon said.

For information on upcoming events, visit or the library’s Facebook page.

At the Muir Library in Winnebago, programs initiated in 2017 will continue to flourish.

“Pushing the Limits” is series of events started by a grant through the National Science Foundation. The program focuses on topics such as survival, connection, nature and knowledge. The next “Pushing the Limits” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 5.

The library also will continue with the “Conversations in Women’s Health” program that began earlier in 2017. Through this program, Dr. Joseph Montanaro, an OB/GYN at United Hospital District, speaks about different topics pertaining to women’s health. The event is held quarterly, with the next one scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 11. The topic will be birth control.

For upcoming events, visit or the library’s Facebook page.

Amber Sternitzke said the Martin County Library in Fairmont is planning events and program for all ages.

January and February will kick off the adult winter reading program, which will include a number of events, including “gentle yoga” for adults. A series of events for adults will continue into March.

In February, there will be a Valentine’s Day party for teens, as well as a “Family Cabin Fever Bingo and Hot Chocolate Bar.”

For ages 7-12, the library is planning a coding club.

Sternitzke said that while participation in 2017 has been good, she expects an increase in 2018.

“In the winter, it seems like people are always looking for things to do,” she said. “The library’s a good place to connect and learn new things.”

For more information on the upcoming events for Martin County Library, visit the library’s Facebook page or website: visit