Library News: Week of Jan. 16, 2022

The libraries will be closed Monday in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Library, 407 12th St., Worthington, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The Adrian Branch Library, 214 Maine Ave., Adrian, is open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Author Visits: Kate Towle will visit the Nobles County Library in Worthington at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Towle is the author of “Sweet Burden of Crossing,” a book detailing the story of two college students in the 1980s as they share a journey of father loss that binds them together and stretches their bond in deep, surprising ways. Towle will lead an interactive presentation and discussion. Reading the book is not required. Please mark it on your calendars and join us.

Also, author Allen Eskens will be at the Nobles County Library at 6:30 p.m. March 3. Eskens earned his journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. After law school he studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University Mankato. Eskens now lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota where he recently retired after practicing criminal law for 25 years. Please join us and learn how Eskens started his career, how his writing process works and his latest titles.

Winter Reading Program: The Winter Reading Program begins Jan. 3, and ends March 31. Come in to either library branch starting Jan. 3 to sign up and get your punch card. Read 12 books (or audio books/e-books) and bring your punch card back to choose your prize! All participants are entered into the grand prize drawing at the end of the program. (Must be at least 16 years old to participate.)

Friends of the Library Book Club: The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 31, to discuss “LaRose” by Minnesota author Louise Erdich. All are welcome to join! Contact the library to participate.


Book Clubs: The Nobles County libraries in Adrian and Worthington would like to work with book clubs throughout the county to get information out regarding upcoming programs, author visits and more. Please contact us with your information at 295-5340 or e-mail . We look forward to hearing from you and working together!

Science Fiction/Fantasy Monthly Book Club: Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. We'll discuss how each of our books connects to the theme of the month and what we liked/disliked about the book. Call 295-5340 or e-mail to sign up.

Screen-Free Saturdays: The Adrian Branch library hosts Screen-Free Saturdays every Saturday through May 21 (excluding holiday weekends). Students in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited to get out of the house and come play games from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the library. Bring your favorite board game or play one available at the library.

New at the Library

New Books for Adults: “Reminders of Him” by Colleen Hoover, “One Step Too Far” by Lisa Gardner, “Lightning in a Mirror” by Jayne Ann Krentz, “Our Kind of People” by Carol Wallace and “How High We Go in the Dark” by Sequoia Nagamatsu.

New Books for Children: “Opal Lee and What it Means to be Free” by Alice Faye Duncan, “The Berenstain Bears: Gifts of the Spirit Love” by Mike Berenstain, “Volcanoes” by Gail Gibbons.

Quote: “A little reading is all the therapy a person needs sometimes.”

Youth programming

Registration requested at the library or by calling 295-5340. Students are responsible for their own ride to and from the library, and should be picked up by 5 p.m.

  • Wednesday: Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: After-School Program (grades K-5), after school until 4:45 p.m.
  • Monday: Just Gurlz for girls in grades 5-9, after school until 4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: After-School Program (grades K-5), after school until 4:45 p.m.
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