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WORTHINGTON — On the heels of its annual Winter Reading Program, the Nobles County Library is sprinting into a busy spring schedule with an author visit, antique appraisal event, its colossal spring book sale and soon-to-be expanded hours.

The flurry of activities begins with National Library Week next week. The Worthington library, 407 12th St., will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11 to recognize the importance and impact of public libraries. Refreshments will be served, library tours will be offered and staff will be on hand to talk about available services. People who haven’t yet registered for a free library card may do so during the open house, or at any other time during the year.

Book sale

Bursting at the seams with library materials, Library Director Clint Wolthuizen said staff have weeded a number of items from the collection. The public will be the benefactors of cheap books during the spring book sale, April 16-21, in the lower level of the War Memorial Building.

“We have the most books and items we’ve ever had to sell,” Wolthuizen said, adding that the public has donated a considerable number of books for the sale as well.

While books of all genres will be available during the sale, shoppers will also find DVDs, audio books, music CDs and even some cake pans.

The sale is open during regular library hours that week, and is staffed by library workers and RSVP volunteers. Toward the end of the week, patrons can fill a bag with books for $2.

Proceeds from the sale are used to purchase new library materials.

Mystery-suspense writer Freeman to visit

Award-winning Minnesota author Brian Freeman will be in Nobles County in mid-April to talk about his writing, including the May 1 release of his newest psychological suspense novel, “Alter Ego,” the next in a series of Jonathan Stride novels.

Freeman will speak at Adrian Elementary School at 7 p.m. April 17, and the Worthington library has partnered with Minnesota West Community & Technical College to host an evening with Freeman at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Minnesota West Fine Arts Theater.

“In November, several library directors talked about partnering to get some of these authors down to this part of the state,” Wolthuizen said. The group was awarded a Minnesota legacy grant to fund Freeman’s talks.

In addition to his Adrian and Worthington visits, he also has stops in Westbrook, Windom, Fulda, Luverne and Pipestone.

“It spreads out the cost and we can do more legacy programs when we can coordinate these visits,” Wolthuizen added.

Freeman has authored 18 books, translated in 20 languages and sold in 46 countries, that take readers through a web of suspense as they follow characters Jonathan Stride, Cab Bolton, Frost Easton and Serena Dials in the different series.

His seventh novel, “Spilled Blood,” won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards by the International Thriller Writers organization. His fifth novel, “The Burying Place,” was a finalist for the same award.

Learn more about Freeman at

Antiques appraiser Moran plans May event

Whether you’re the recipient of family treasures or dabble in antiques or unique items, you may have wondered if your treasures have more than a sentimental value.

Antiques appraiser Mark Moran may be able to tell you.

The Iola, Wis., antique appraiser will visit Worthington’s War Memorial Building for an appraising event from 5 to 8 p.m. May 17. Coordinated by the Nobles County Library, Moran will be set up in the county’s historical society museum in the building’s lower level.

Nobles County Library patrons will be allowed one appraisal each, and just 40 slots exist. Advanced sign-up is required, with slots filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If slots remain, the event will be opened to those who live outside of Nobles County. To register, call the library at 295-5340.

Moran, a guest speaker on “Antiques Roadshow,” specializes in appraisal of fine arts, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, old advertising, folk art, toys, clocks, costume jewelry, musical instruments, sporting memorabilia and books. He does not appraise weapons, traps, Nazi memorabilia, money or Beanie Babies.

Moran’s visit is also funded by a Minnesota legacy grant, and he’s already visited some southwest Minnesota communities in recent weeks.

If you have questions about the item you plan to bring to the appraisal, please email Moran in advance at He’s available — for a fee — to make a personal visit to a home to appraise larger items.

May brings expanded hours, summer program sign-ups

Starting May 1, the Worthington library will increase its hours to better meet the needs of the public. Doors will open at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with extended evening hours until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The library will close at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

In addition, the library will be open Saturdays year-round. Previously, the library was closed on Saturdays during the summer months.

Wolthuizen said two part-time employees were hired to cover the additional hours, and library staff look forward to the new schedule.

“(The change) came from hearing from the community,” Wolthuizen said. “They’d like us to be open in the evenings, and they also wanted Saturday hours during the summer.

“We hope to see a lot more usage out of the library,” he added.

With spring events just getting started, Wolthuizen said summer programming at the library will include a variety of educational events.

“Jackie (Van Horsen), the children’s librarian, is in full swing planning for another awesome summer,” Wolthuizen said, noting that STEM projects, unique programs and crafts will be worked into the summer schedule. Watch for sign-up details soon at the library.

“We’re doing just a portion of what we could be doing with the space that we have,” Wolthuizen added. “We really appreciate being able to partner with others. We do look forward to the day that we can offer even more with a collaborative facility or a new library.”

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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