Legacy Events

Arrowhead Legacy Events and Tickets

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Thanks to funding from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, the Arrowhead Library System provides FREE art, history and cultural  programs at our public libraries and free arts access through our Event Tickets Program.  See below for programs scheduled at your library and tickets available at library check-out.

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Brahms Double Concerto in A Minor
Featuring Duluthians and LSCO musicians Paul Bagley, violin and
Aleksander Tengesdal, cello.

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra performance of Brahms Double Concerto in A Minor at the Mitchell Hall at the College of St. Scholastica, on Thursday, July 16th at 7:30 p.m. This performance features Duluthians and LSCO musicians Paul Bagley, violin and Aleksander Tengesdal, cello.

Pick up your tickets at the public libraries in these communities: Babbitt, Carlton, Chisholm, Cloquet, Duluth, Eveleth, Gilbert, Grand Marais, Hibbing, Moose Lake, Silver Bay, Two Harbors, and Virginia. At the last minute, tickets may still be available at the Duluth Public Library.

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.




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All the Aprils of the World
A Tribute to Ann Gerturde McNair



The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the County Seat Theater Company production of All the Aprils of the World, A Tribute to Ann Gertrude McNair at the Encore! Performing Arts Center & Gallery in Cloquet on July 31st, August 1-2, 2015. Tickets are available at your local library!

Ann Gertrude McNair was the daughter of William Kelsey an executive of the Northwest Paper Company in Cloquet in the 1920s and 30s. Kelsey often traveled internationally and always returned home with dolls from around the world for his wheelchair bound daughter.  All the Aprils of the World tells of William’s promise to bring Ann all the Aprils of the world, the most precious dolls in every town he saw. After her death at a young age, her collection was donated to the Cloquet Public Library and is still on display.

Pick up your tickets at the public libraries in Aurora, Carlton, Cloquet, Duluth, Gilbert, and Moose Lake, then call to reserve your seat.  At the last minute, free tickets may still be available at the Cloquet Public Library.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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Free Tickets to Lehar’s The Merry Widow

Presented by the 

Northern Lights Music Festival



 

  The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Northern Lights Music Festival production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow at 3:00 p.m. July 12, 2015, at the Chisholm High School and 7:00 p.m. July 13, 2015, at the Washington Auditorium in Ely.

Concert pianist and Aurora native Veda Zuponcic founded Northern Lights Music Festival (NLMF) twelve years ago and it has become one of Minnesota’s largest music festivals! Northern Lights brings together award winning students and internationally known performers and teachers in a unique program that includes daily lessons, chamber music coachings, masterclasses and numerous performance opportunities.

The NLMF has grown to three weeks of opera, solo recitals, chamber and orchestra concerts presented by an international roster of guest artists, performing faculty and prize-winning student performers. The year, The Northern Lights Festival Opera will present Franz Lehar's romantic operetta The Merry Widow. Sung in English with supertitles, The Merry Widow will feature established international stars, as well as young and emerging artists from across Minnesota including several local singers performing in the chorus.

Franz Lehar's The Merry Widow, composed in 1905, is the definitive romantic Viennese operetta.  Filled with enchanting waltzes, exhilarating can-cans and lush, dreamy melodies, The Merry Widow follows the beguiling and fabulously wealthy young widow, Hanna Glawari, and the attempts by Baron Zeta to find her the "right" husband in order to keep her money in his beloved and near-bankrupt country of Pontevedro.

Pick up your tickets at the public libraries in these communities: Aurora, Babbitt, Buhl, Chisholm, Cook, Ely, Eveleth, Gilbert, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Keewatin, Mountain Iron, and Virginia.

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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CHILDREN’S STORIES FROM INDIA

World of Magic and Imagination



Enter a world of magic and imagination! Listen as Zaraawar Mistry and Greg Herriges share the myths, legends, and traditional music of India. And learn about the culture, wildlife, food and history of India at a free program at your library:

Monday, July 13, 2015
10:30 a.m. West Duluth Branch Library
3:30 p.m. Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
9:30 a.m. Babbitt Public Library
1:30 p.m. Mt. Iron Public Library

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
10:30 a.m. Cloquet Public Library
3:30 p.m. Gilbert Public Library

Thursday, July 16, 2015
10:30 a.m. Virginia Public Library
3:30 p.m. International Falls Public Library

Friday, July 17, 2015
1:00 p.m. Baudette Public Library

Monday, July 20, 2015
10:30 a.m Carlton Public Library
6:00 p.m. Mt. Royal Branch Library

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
10:30 a.m. Grand Marais Public Library
3:30 p.m. Silver Bay Public Library
6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
10:30 a.m. Cook Public Library
1:00 p.m. Eveleth Public Library
3:30 p.m. Buhl Public Library

Thursday, July 23, 2015
1:00 p.m. Hibbing Public Library
3:30 p.m. Aurora Community Center
7:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Area Library

Friday, July 24, 2015
10:30 a.m. Ely Public Library
3:30 p.m. Moose Lake Public Library

Enter a world of magic and imagination with COMPAS artists, Indian-born actor and storyteller Zaraawar Mistry and vocalist and instrumentalist Greg Herriges. Zaraawar tells a mix of classic myths, historical stories and animal fables from India with Herriges joining him with traditional music on guitar and bouzouki, a Greek lute.

Born and raised in India, Zaraawar Mistry is an actor, writer, director, teacher and producer based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife own and operate Dreamland Arts, a 40-seat theater attached to their home in St. Paul, where they present theater, music, puppetry and educational programs for audiences of all ages.

Greg Herriges is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and award-winning composer based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He creates an eclectic mix of original and traditional music with an innovative approach honed by his study of Asian and other international styles. He is also the author of music books, including the internationally published, World Guitar.

Join us for an interactive program with popular and entertaining tales from Hindu mythology, humorous classics from the Panchatantra and anecdotes about Emperor Akbar and his witty counselor Bribal. Elementary school age children will enjoy and learn about Indian culture, wildlife, food and history in Children’s Stories from India.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System and COMPAS, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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ANANSI THE SPIDER

Crawling into a library near you!




The Climb Theater is returning to the Arrowhead Library System to present Anansi the Spider, a free interactive children’s play at the following locations:

Monday, June 8, 2015
10:30 a.m.
Carlton Public Library
1:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library
6:30 p.m. Mount Royal Branch Library

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
10:30 a.m. Hibbing Public Library
1:00 p.m. Babbitt Public Library
3:30 p.m. Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. Cook Public
1:00 p.m. Buhl Public Library
3:30 p.m. Gilbert Public Library

Thursday, June 11, 2015
10:30 a.m. International Falls Public Library
3:30 p.m. Baudette Public Library

Friday, June 12, 2015
10:30 a.m. Taconite School (sponsored by the Coleraine Public Library)
1:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Area Library

Monday, June 29, 2015
10:30 a.m. Calumet Public Library
1:30 p.m. Mountain Iron Public Library
6:30 p.m. Duluth Public Library

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
10:30 a.m. Grand Marais Public Library
1:00 p.m. Silver Bay Public Library
6:00 p.m. West Duluth Branch Library

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
10:30 a.m. Moose Lake Public Library
1:00 p.m. Cloquet Public Library
4:30 p.m. Eveleth Public Library

Thursday, July 2, 2015
10:30 a.m. Virginia Public Library
1:00 p.m. Ely Public Library
3:30 p.m. Aurora Public Library

Friday, July 3, 2015
3:30 p.m. Keewatin Community Pavilion
(Sponsored by the 
Keewatin Public Library)

Anansi the Spider is a master of trickery! Using a rock that has magical powers, Anansi tricks all the animals in the forest out of their suppers. But when Anansi tries to trick the clever Spotted Deer, the tables are turned and Anansi is left with no supper.

CLIMB Theater’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes, and other creative works that inspire and propel people - especially young people. Anansi the Spider is an imaginative, and kid friendly opportunity for children to experience live theatre, while building literacy and reading readiness. 

Join us for an interactive play geared for children ages 3-8 followed by a fun activity session.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Teen Songwriting Workshops

Listen, Learn, Write!


Teen Songwriting Workshops
Listen, Learn, Write!

Mountain Iron, MN, May 27, 2015Twin Cities poet-songwriter Brian Laidlaw will present free songwriting workshops for young adults at the following Arrowhead Library System libraries:

Monday, June 8, 2015
6:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Area Library

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
1:00 p.m.
International Falls Public Library
6:00 p.m. Baudette Public Library

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
1:00 p.m. Mt. Iron Public Library
3:30 p.m. Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Thursday, June 11, 2015
1:00 p.m. Buhl Public Library
3:30 p.m. Gilbert Public Library

Friday, June 12, 2015
1:00 p.m. Silver Bay Public Library

Monday, June 15, 2015
1:00 p.m. Cloquet Public Library
6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
1:00 p.m. Moose Lake Public Library
6:00 p.m. Eveleth Public Library

Thursday, June 18, 2015
1:00 p.m. Hibbing Public Library
3:30 p.m. at the Virginia Public Library

Friday, June 19, 2015
10:30 a.m. Grand Marais Public Library
3:30 p.m. Duluth Public Library Green Room

Brian Laidlaw is a poet, songwriter and educator from San Francisco, currently living in Minneapolis. He studied Creative Writing as an undergraduate at Stanford University, where he first began setting his poems to music. Laidlaw is currently a member of the Composition and Songwriting Faculty at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul and is a frequent guest professor at the St Paul School of Rock.
A dedicated wordsmith and instrumentalist, Laidlaw collaborates and co-writes with ensembles from coast to coast, and performs regularly in the Twin Cities and greater Midwest. He also had poems in the Arcadia Project anthology, song lyrics in American Songwriter Magazine, and has a Songwriting Consultant credit on the Grammy Award-Winning album Can You Canoe? by the Okee Dokee Brothers.
In this lyric-writing workshop, Brian will begin to answer the question "Where do songs come from?" and continue with the different ways to gather musical inspiration from our day-to-day lives. The workshop will include time for supervised writing of new material, feedback on students’ existing work, and a Q&A about songwriting practice and craft.
Listen to Brian perform his own music as an introduction to the workshop and experience the excitement and challenge of developing a fledgling song idea into a fully formed song! This will be fun workshop for high school age poets and songwriters who are just starting out or would like to build on their writing skills.
This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Native Mojo, Marriage and Murder

With Author Tim Jollymore


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to presents author Tim Jollymore’s dramatic readings and writing tips as we explore the struggles of identity in multicultural society as depicted in his book Listener in the Snow. This free program is offered at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Moose Lake Public Library

Monday, April 20, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Duluth Public Library

Monday, May 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Babbitt Public Library

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 1:30 p.m. at the International Falls Public Library
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Baudette Public Library

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at the Cook Public Library
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Cloquet Public Library

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at the Buhl Public Library
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library

Thursday, May 14, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the West Duluth Branch Library

Friday, May 15, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library

Jollymore, a native of Cloquet, grew up next to the swamps, forests, and Indian reservations of northern Minnesota. This personal experience shaped the setting of his first novel Listener in the Snow. He earned his English degree at UMD, spent his working life as a tree planter, pulp peeler, local historian, traveling salesman, corporate manager, and professor. Tim builds on this experience to guide you through his book, examining the Windigo and Ojibwe culture, looking at the Scandinavian legend and characters, and the role of the monstrous snowstorm that sets the plot of the book in motion.

Join us for a discussion of the stories and lore of Mi’kmaq and Ojibwa culture while exploring the concept of plot development with a cultural focus. Jollymore will also share his tips for developing dialog and explain how conversation in fiction is different from our everyday communication. Plus, get a sneak peak at his next book Observation Hill set in post World War II Duluth.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


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POETRY ROCKS!

A celebration of reading
and poetry at your library!


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Poetry Rocks workshop with Minnesota Book Award winner Laura Purdie Salas, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:
Monday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Duluth Mount Royal Branch Library

Tuesday, April 21, at 10:00 a.m. Hibbing Public Library
Tuesday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. Mt. Iron Public Library
Tuesday, April 21, at 6:00 p.m. Buhl Public Library

Wednesday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m. International Falls Public Library
Wednesday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m. Cook Public

Monday, April 27, at 1:00 p.m. William Kelley High School Library,  Silver Bay
Monday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library

Tuesday, April 28, 3:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Area Library

Wednesday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. Virginia Public Library
Wednesday, April 29, 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library

Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Duluth Public Library


Growing up, Laura Purdie Salas believed books were magic, conjured up to entertain her, keep her company, and show her the whole world before disappearing into the library return drop as if they had never existed! It never occurred to her that real people actually wrote those books.

Later, while working as a freelance writer and an 8th-grade teacher, she rediscovered her love for children’s literature. All the things she wanted to do when she grew up—studying animals; traveling to exotic places; figuring out people's minds; answering all the questions that occurred to her, like Where do mountains come from?—are now wrapped up in her writing.

Laura Purdie Salas combines her teaching background with poetry to write fanciful yet factual non-fiction. In Why-ku, Poems of Wonder about the World, she writes, “Why Don’t we Float Away? Earth asks us to stay, invites us with gravity. We can not say no.” She compares her writing style to jumping off the high dive: You close your eyes, hold your breath, and jump. Then you take the words that have splashed out and mess around with them until they sparkle in the best possible design. 

JJoin us for an interactive celebration of reading and poetry! Laura’s program focuses on engaging Pre-K through 4th grade children in reading and writing poetry; yet all ages are welcome to attend to learn more about writing poetry for children.


This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

   
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Straw Bale Gardens 

Breaking New Ground! 

 


 The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present
Straw Bale Gardens – Breaking New Ground! 
 a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, April 28, 10:30 a.m. at the Gilbert Public Library
Tuesday, April 28, 1:00 p.m. at the Babbitt Public Library
Tuesday, April 28, 6:00 p.m. at the Mesabi East School Board Room (Door 1), Aurora

Wednesday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library
Wednesday, April 29, 3:30 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library
Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library

Thursday, April 30, Noon at the Virginia Public Library
Thursday, April 30, 3:30 p.m. at the Calumet Public Library
Thursday, April 30, 6:00 p.m. at the Nashwauk School Library, 400 2nd St

Friday, May 1, 11:00 a.m. at the Two Harbors Public Library
Friday, May 1, 3:30 p.m. at the Cloquet Public Library
Friday, May 1, 6:00 p.m. at the Moose Lake Public Library

Grow a garden without WEEDING, without the “heavy lifting” and without getting down on your hands and knees.  If you thought the only place to grow healthy vegetable crops was in black dirt, you must attend this presentation. 

Learn to grow a bountiful garden without using herbicides or insecticides.  Learn to plant a wide variety of vegetables, root crops, vine crops, and even beautiful flowers, directly into your “conditioned” straw bales.  Any backyard, concrete patio, rooftop or driveway, can become a productive garden space.  Learn this revolutionary and easy NEW gardening method to create a beautiful and productive garden, without lifting a shovel and without using soil. 

Gardening is in his blood!  Karsten is the author of two best-selling books on Straw Bale Gardening which sprouted from seeds planted by his Grandma Josephine when he was only knee high.  The New York Times called his method “revolutionary” in a full page feature article that has sparked over 600 media appearances and launched “Straw Bale Gardens” his latest book to the best seller list internationally. 
Karsten’s methods have already inspired publishers in 12 foreign languages to translate the book for sale all over the world.  He has appeared at several international gardening events around the world and is passionate about sharing his methods with gardeners everywhere.   Karsten is a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota in Horticulture Science, and is a member of the Certified Nursery Professionals through the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association. 

Join us for a fun, educational, and inspiring gardening program! Karsten will encourage you to try new concepts, ideas, and techniques; washing away any hesitation you have ever had about vegetable gardening! 

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.




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The Boogers Are Back!

The Adventures of a Rock Named Sticky


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present a Duluth Playhouse production of The adventures of a Rock Named Sticky by the Boogers, a free program being offered  following dates and locations:

Monday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.  Gilbert Public Library
Monday, March 30, 1:00 p.m.  Northeast Range School

Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 a.m.  Hibbing Public Library
Tuesday, March 31, 3:30 p.m.  Ely Public Library

Wednesday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.  International Falls Public Library
Wednesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m.  Baudette Public Library

Thursday, April 2, 6:00 p.m.  Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Friday, April 3, 10:30 a.m.  Cook Public
Friday, April 3, 3:30 p.m.  Eveleth Public Library

Saturday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.  Grand Rapids Area Library
Saturday, April 4, 1:00 p.m.  Buhl Public Library
Saturday, April 4, 3:30 p.m.  Mt. Iron Public Library

Monday, April 13, 6:00 p.m.  Carlton Public Library

Tuesday, April 14, 4:00 p.m.  Duluth Public Library Green Room

Wednesday, April 15, 6:00 p.m.  Two Harbors Public Library

Thursday, April 16, 6:30 p.m.  West Duluth Branch Library

Friday, April 17, 10:30 a.m.  Silver Bay Public
Friday, April 17, 3:30 p.m.  Cloquet Public Library
Friday, April 17, 6:00 p.m.  Moose Lake Public Library 
 The Boogers are a group of rascally performers dedicated to creating original interactive theatrical experiences that celebrate educational topics. Fresh off their first project, the critically acclaimed The Yard Bizarre, they now bring you The Adventures of a Rock Named Sticky.

This popular Northland area children's theatre troupe, aims to delight all audiences, but particularly the Pre K age group. Shows are interactive and silly, keeping kids and families enthralled and involved for 40 minutes to an hour and is a perfect way to spend time at the library.
Join the adventure as the Stevenson siblings and their annoying cousin travel through time to explore the history of their pet rock named Sticky. Their time machine is ready and their imaginations are charged for adventure! Are you ready to join the adventure?
Join us for another imaginative Duluth Playhouse production that includes puppetry, mime, dance, games, physical comedy and wit that kids, brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents will love.
This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 


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Soudan Mine – Then & Now

History, Science, and Bats!

 

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present
 Soudan Mine – Then & Now,
a free program being offered  on the following dates and locations:

March 23, 3:30 p.m.  Cloquet Public Library
March 23, 6:00 p.m.  Moose Lake Public Library

March 24, 3:30 p.m.  Eveleth Public Library

March 26, 3:30 p.m.  Cook Public Library

March 31, 1:00 p.m.  Buhl Public Library
March 31, 6:00 p.m.  Mt. Iron Public Library

April 1, 3:30 p.m.  Chisholm Public Library
April 1, 6:00 p.m.  Nashwauk School Library

April 2, Noon Virginia Public Library
April 2, 6:00 p.m.  Duluth Public Library

April 7, 6:00 p.m.  International Falls Public Library

April 8, 4:00 p.m.  Two Harbors Public Library
April 8, 6:30 p.m.  Silver Bay Public Library

April 9, 1:00 p.m.  Ely Public Library
April 9, 6:00 p.m.  West Duluth Branch Library

April 10, 3:30 p.m.  Babbitt Public Library

The Soudan Mine began as an iron ore mine, but today it is a Minnesota State Park, bat hibernacula, world-renowned particle physics lab, and national historic landmark.  Join James Pointer, Interpretive Supervisor at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, and Al Lipke, Outreach Education Coordinator at Soudan Underground Physics Lab, as they take us from the opening of the mine in 1882 to the current search for exotic neutrino particles and dark matter.

Pointer will share the story of the mining operations and the role the state has played in fostering other research. The mine provides a unique habitat for bats, so Pointer will also discuss current happenings with their bat population.

An unexpected benefit of maintaining the underground mine is the cutting edge research facility it now houses. Lipke will explain why the mine is the perfect location for the physics lab that takes advantage of the depth of overhead rock, low background radiation levels, and constant environmental conditions. Lipke will talk about how scientists from around the world travel 2,341 feet below the surface at the Soudan Underground Laboratory to answer questions about the universe we live in.

After learning about the mine, the lab and the resident bats, you can complete your experience this summer with a trip ½ mile underground on a mine or lab tour at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Celtic Music Enlivens the Mid-Winter Season



The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Northern Gael, a Celtic music group performing a free program of Irish and Scottish music on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, March 17, 3:30 p.m. Buhl Public Library
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 p.m. Cloquet Public Library

Wednesday, March 18, Noon Virginia Public Library
Wednesday, March 18, 6:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Area Library

Thursday, March 19, 1:00 p.m. International Falls Public Library
Thursday, March 19, 4:00 p.m. Baudette Public Library

Friday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. Northeast Range School
Friday, March 20, 6:00 p.m. Gilbert Public Library

Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. Duluth Public Library
Saturday, March 21, 1:30 p.m. Moose Lake Public Library

In performance, Northern Gael weaves together the vibrant traditions of Ireland and Scotland. This dynamic trio performs a variety of music from ballads to vigorous sets of dance tunes. Northern Gael presents a lively program of an authentic Celtic repertoire.

Northern Gael is composed of three musicians: Ross Sutter (voice, guitar, bodhrán, button accordion) and Laura MacKenzie (wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, various bagpipes, and voice) have performed together for many years as Ross & MacKenzie. They are now joined by fiddler/step dancer Danielle Enblom, and perform as Northern Gael.

Northern Gael will perform at regional libraries celebrating the culture, poetry, and music of Scotland and Ireland.  Join us for a powerful blast of traditional music and dance!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Minnesota’s Civil War Experience


Presented by Arn Kind of Historical Experiences

Minnesota’s Civil War Experience, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at the Baudette Public Library
Monday, March 2, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the International Falls Public Library

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at the Buhl Public Library

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at the Virginia Public Library
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library

Friday, March 6, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library
Friday, March 6, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:30 a.m. at the Duluth Public Library
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 3:30 p.m. at the Moose Lake Public Library

Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Two Harbors Public Library

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 3:30 p.m. at the Eveleth Public Library

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. at the Northeast Range School in Babbitt

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 9:00 a.m. at the Greenway High School

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 3:30 p.m. at the Ely Public Library

This year is the final year of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Mr. Arn Kind, will be visiting libraries across the Arrowhead region to share information about the events that threatened to break up this great nation of ours. The American Civil War was America’s bloodiest conflict.  620,000 American’s would lose their lives over the four years of the struggle.  What caused this horrific conflict?  What events led to the war?  What motivated young men to sign up and fight as soldiers for the Union?  Was it just patriotism or were there other, more selfish motivations for enlisting?  What was the everyday soldier’s experience?  What were his uniform, equipment, weapons, and food like?  What were his chances of surviving his 3-year term of enlistment?

Through drama, role-playing and living history experiences, Mr. Kind’s presentation will give participants an understanding of this turbulent time and bring history alive. Arn dresses in the uniform of a Union soldier and goes through the uniform, equipment, and weapons used by soldiers in the American Civil War.

A very important part of Arn's presentations are the artifacts, uniforms and equipment that participants observe, handle, and interact with as part of this hands-on history experience. At the end, audience members may choose to play an active role in historical events by becoming recruits in the Union Army as they are sworn in and learn some of the rudiments of Hardee’s Light Infantry Tactics Drill Manual while handling wooden replicas of Civil War muskets.  

Arn is a member of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment; a reenactment group based out of Fort Snelling. Because this group is noted for its authenticity, they have appeared in many documentaries and historical feature films such as The Blue and the Gray, North & South, Glory, Gettysburg, Dances With Wolves, and Gods and Generals. Arn brings this authenticity to his presentations.
This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 


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Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley!
At the Myles Reif Center in Grand Rapids

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Dallas Children’s Theater Company production of the Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley at the Myles Reif Performing Art Center in Grand Rapids, on Friday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else. That's the problem. For Stanley, life is TOO normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, and see something no one has ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls - right on top of Stanley!

The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat...really, REALLY flat! So flat, he can mail himself around the world! Stanley—the ultimate exchange student—scours the globe, visiting Paris, Los Angeles, Hawaii, and more!
In this whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley - the ultimate exchange student - explores the globe and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.  Join Stanley in this heartwarming musical adventure, recommended for Grades K-4th, as he learns there is no place like home!

Based on the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown - Celebrating 50 years!
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Lyrics by Timothy Allen McDonald, Jonathan K. Waller
Music by David Weinstein, Jonathan K. Waller, Timothy Allen McDonald and Stephen Gabriel

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  

Tickets for this event and others are available at the following public libraries:
Aurora, Babbitt, Bovey, Buhl, Calumet, Chisholm, Coleraine, Ely, Eveleth, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Keewatin, Marble, Mountain Iron, Silver Bay, Virginia, and the Book Mobile and Mail-A-Book.

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Prepare to be Wailed!

The Harmonious Wail is no ordinary band. 




The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Mesaba Concert Association presentation of Harmonious Wail at the Hibbing High School Auditorium, on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Smoldering vocals laced among the jazzy mandolin and guitar; an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, gypsy music and melodic vocals …  how DOES one describe the sound of Harmonious Wail?

Drawing from the rich influence of the European gypsy musicians, most notably Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli (creators of the gypsy swing genre), the Wail bursts through the normal boundaries of that genre with their intoxicating vocals as displayed by Maggie Delaney-Potthoff. The enticing arrangements and sheer joy the Wail brings to every performance is downright addictive!

Winners of multiple MAMA awards ranging from Best Jazz CD, Best Ensemble Vocalists of the Year, Favorite Jazz Band, Best World Artist and Best World Song, to Best Instrumentalist, HARMONIOUS WAIL has caught numerous listeners by total surprise during its more than 20-year history. The Wail has caught numerous listeners by total surprise during its more than 20-year history.

This multi award-winning trio has traveled nationally and internationally sharing their music to enthusiastic crowds everywhere they perform. A Gypsy swinging, torch singing, death-defying love note. This is no ordinary band. Prepare to be Wailed!

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  

Tickets for this event and others are available at the following public libraries: 
Aurora, Babbitt, Bovey, Buhl, Chisholm, Eveleth, Gilbert, Hibbing, Keewatin, Mt. Iron, Silver Bay, Virginia, and the Book Mobile and Mail-A-Book.
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Todd Oliver & Friends
 The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer  free event tickets to Todd Oliver & Friends at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls, on Monday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Nationally known for his amazing real-life talking dogs and hilarious comedy, Todd Oliver & Friends presents an all-new show with his canine companions Irving and Lucy, plus a "real" cast of characters like Pops and Miss Lilly, and his outstanding Smiling Eyes Band.  A major draw for many years in Branson, Missouri, now they are bringing their brand of family fun to towns across America.

Todd Oliver grew up loving dogs, ventriloquism, and rock n’ roll music. As a young boy, he studied piano, guitar, voice, and ventriloquism. Along the way he created some wooden headed characters and performed around the world. So, if you ever wondered how a dog looks at life, Irving & Lucy are going to give it to you straight from the dog’s mouth. They won’t mince words, and if they do it’s Todds’ fault anyway (remember he is the ventriloquist)!

So sit back and enjoy or get ready for some audience participation, either way you’re going to enjoy some doggone, rockin fun music and good clean comedy with Todd Oliver and Friends!

The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Tickets for this event and others are available through at the following public libraries: Baudette, Buhl, Cook, Hibbing, International Falls, Mountain Iron, Virginia, the Book Mobile and Mail-A-Book.


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Suchon Wind Quintet




The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Arrowhead Concert Association performance by the Suchon Wind Quintet with Michiko Otaki at the Goodman Auditorium in Virginia, on Tuesday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Formed in the 1960s, this wind quintet continues to consist of the leading wind players of the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina, one of the best-known professional orchestras in Eastern Europe. In 1998, the quintet became known as the Suchon Qunitet in honor of Slovakia's most important twentieth century composers, Eugen Suchoň (1908–1993), the founder of Slovak National Modernism. The wind quintet has performed many concerts throughout Slovakia, as well as abroad, has given concerts for children and young people, at gallery exhibitions, and has been heard throughout the world on radio recordings.

While touring the United States, the Suchon Qunitet consists of Jan Figura, flute; Josef Kovacik, oboe; Bibiana Bienikova, clarinet; Jan Mazan, bassoon and Stefan Ladovsky, French horn and is joined by world-renowned pianist Michiko Otaki. Born in Japan, Michiko studied at the San Francisco Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, and received her performing doctorate from the University of Miami. Her unique association with the Warsaw Wind Quintet included numerous extensive tours of the U.S. and Europe and she created a world premiere recording of the seldom-heard Sextet of Hans Huber with the Swiss Wind Quintet.

This highly virtuosic group of performers will thrill you with their superb playing that includes classical composers such as Poulenc, Mozart, Beethoven and Thuille.


The Arrowhead Library System sponsors this program by providing free concert tickets, with funding in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Tickets for this event and others are available at the following public libraries: Aurora, Babbitt, Buhl, Chisholm, Cook, Ely, Eveleth, Gilbert, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Mountain Iron, Virginia, the Book Mobile and Mail-A-Book


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Duluth Playhouse Presents Willy Wonka JR.



The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Duluth Playhouse production of Willy Wonka JR. at the Duluth Marshall School's Fregeau Auditorium, on January 22-25, 2015. Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, featuring the songs from the classic family film.

Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory--or suffer the consequences.

Willy Wonka JR is a scrumdidilyumptious delight to everyone's sweet tooth!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Tickets for this event and others are available at the following public libraries: Aurora, Buhl, Calumet, Carlton, Chisholm, Cloquet, Duluth, Gilbert, Grand Marais, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Moose Lake, Silver Bay, and Two Harbors.

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Rhythmic Circus Dances into Hibbing!



The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! at the Hibbing High School Auditorium, on Thursday, January 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at local libraries.

Rhythmic Circus performs in Hibbing at the beginning their third national tour of FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! This dynamic tap and music performance mixes high-energy percussive dance with a live rock band and human beatbox that guarantees to enthrall audiences of all ages with its medley of positivity and infectious rhythm. It is a wildly creative take on tap dance and music that will inspire the audience to follow their dreams!

Three guys and a gal combine rapid-fire tap-dancing talent with the funky styling and original lyrics of a seven-piece band with a big, brass sound.  Add to the mix the vocal percussionist Aaron “Heatbox” Heaton, the human beatbox, and it’s easy to see why this show earned a 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Spirit of the Fringe Award! This show is for anyone who has ever danced, sung a song or taken a leap of faith.  The show is appropriate for children ages 5 to 85 years old.

FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! premiered in August 2008 at the Ritz Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and went on to tour both nationally and internationally, including a recent six-week tour throughout China and 25 show run in New York City at the New Victory Theatre. The ensemble was awarded in two categories of the Minnesota SAGE Awards for Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Ensemble and was also named the “Best Dance Performance” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages.

FEET DON’T FAIL ME KNOW! is sponsored by the Hibbing Community College Concert Series and the Hibbing Foundation. The ticket program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Tickets for this event and others are available at the following public libraries: Aurora, Babbitt, Buhl, Claumet, Chisholm, Coleraine, Eveleth, Gilbert, Hibbing, Keewatin, Marble Mountain Iron, and Virginia. 

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April Verch
 Fiddler, Step Dancer and Singer-Songwriter  



The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to folk musician April Verch at the Myles Reif Performing Art Center in Grand Rapids, on Tuesday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m. 

Ferried to dance-filled old-time gatherings and country & western jamborees by her music-loving parents, April Verch followed her older sister into step dancing at age 3, and picked up the fiddle at age 6. By the time Verch graduated high school; she’d won the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and released a pair of albums.  

April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. With the release of her ninth album, Bright Like Gold, Verch has fleshed out her identity as a folk musician and transitioned from prodigy to enduring artist with grace and grit to spare. 

The April Verch Band—rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory—is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing—and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.

Among her many honors, Verch was the first woman to win both the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition. She also represented Canada in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Tickets for this event and others are available at the following public libraries: Aurora, Bovey, Calumet, Coleraine, Eveleth, Gilbert Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Keewatin, Marble and Virginia. 



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“Painting” with Wool:
Needle Felting Fun

The Arrowhead Library System presents “Painting” with Wool: Needle Felting Fun, a free family workshop using colorful sheep’s wool to create landscapes or colorful abstract art. Family workshops for elementary students to seniors are being offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, January 5, 3:30 p.m. Cloquet Public Library
Monday, January 5, 6:30 p.m. Duluth Public Library, 520 West Superior St

Tuesday, January 6, 3:30 p.m. Virginia Public Library
Tuesday, January 6, 6:00 p.m. Eveleth Public Library

Wednesday, January 7, 3:00 p.m. Nashwauk Community Library
Wednesday, January 7, 6:00 p.m. Gilbert Public Library

Thursday, January 8, 3:30 p.m. Marble Public Library
Thursday, January 8, 6:00 p.m. Calumet Public Library

Friday, January 9, 10:30 a.m. Coleraine Public Library
Friday, January 9, 3:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Area Library

Saturday, January 10, 10:30 a.m. Hoyt Lakes Public Library
Saturday, January 10, 1:30 p.m. Buhl Public Library

Monday, January 12, 6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library

Tuesday, January 13, 6:00 p.m. West Duluth Branch Library, 5830 Grand Avenue

Wednesday, January 14, 3:30 p.m. Ely Public Library

Thursday, January 15, 10:30 a.m. Babbitt Public Library
Thursday, January 15, 3:30 p.m. International Falls Public Library

Friday, January 16, 1:00 p.m. Silver Bay Public Library
Friday, January 16, 4:00 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library

Saturday, January 17, 10:30 a.m. Moose Lake Public Library
Saturday, January 17, 3:30 p.m. Carlton Public Library

Shannon Cousino from the Duluth Art Institute (DAI) will lead these workshops based on the DAI belief that art is about the process –not the product.  Shannon encourages art students to become actively engaged and create your own work in this hands-on workshop.

Artists of all ages and skill will learn the beautiful and fun art of needle felting using colorful sheep's wool. The process starts with soapy water and ends after "painting" a picture with your felting needle. Create a detailed landscape or a colorful abstract work of art. No experience necessary. Ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult and adults are welcome to join in the fun!

Our partner, the Duluth Art Institute has been providing visual arts programming to the region through exhibitions and education for over 100 years! The DAI is a hub of creativity, new ideas and community engagement for people of all ages, ability, economic and skill levels.  Through outreach partnerships like this, DAI enriches the daily life of Minnesotans with dynamic, innovative visual arts programming that promotes active community participation. 

The Duluth Art Institute believes there is an artist in everyone and sometimes that means getting a little bit messy!   So, join us for this hands-on creative workshop because art is for everybody!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Henna BodyArt
Art ~ History ~ Hands-On Workshop


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Art and History of Henna Body Art with Kristy Johnson. This free program will include the history and culture of henna through the ages as well as how to mix and apply pure, natural henna. Programs will be offered at the following dates and locations:

Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library
Friday, December 19, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Two Harbors Public Library
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Eveleth Public Library
Monday, December 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the International Falls Public Library
Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Baudette Public Library
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library

Monday, December 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library
Monday, December 29, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Calumet Public Library,
Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Nashwauk School Library
Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Virginia Public Library
Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library
Tuesday, December 30, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Marble Public Library
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Chisholm Public Library

Friday, January 2, 2015, 10:30 a.m. at the Aurora Public Library
Friday, January 2, 2015, 1:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Public Library
Friday, January 2, 2015, 3:30 p.m. at the Buhl Public Library
Saturday, January 3, 2015, 3:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library

Monday, January 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the Babbitt Public Library
Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 10:30 a.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library
Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 3:30 p.m. at the Cloquet Public Library

Kristy Johnson has a passion for Henna and has been studying and sharing her art at festivals and events across the Duluth - Superior area since 1995. As a self taught artist she has become well versed in the history and the beautiful art form of Henna that has been around since nearly the beginning of time.

In this workshop, Kristy will share the history, cultural traditions and science of henna, in a fun relaxed atmosphere packed with hands-on education and experience.  Learn how to prepare the perfect batch of pure natural henna paste, application techniques, and the importance of choosing natural henna, as well as an opportunity to create and practice traditional designs on paper, yourself and other brave students in the workshop!

Join us and learn the art of henna in this free workshop using only 100% certified pure natural henna mixed from lemon juice, sugar and essential oils.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 


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Big Time Jazz Orchestra
Northern Lakes County Arts Board

The Big Time Jazz Orchestra calls Duluth, Minnesota its home base but will be making a special trip up to Silver Bay to perform at the William Kelly High School, on Saturday, November 1st, at 7:30 p.m.  The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to this diverse big band jazz concert that will include music from such greats as Ellington, Miles, Thad, Coltrane, Radiohead and Randy Brecker.

The mission of the Big Time Jazz Orchestra is to promote and advocate big band jazz music through regional performances by premiere musicians in the Duluth, Superior and surrounding areas.  This Silver Bay concert provides the perfect opportunity to include pieces written by local composers and arrangers performed by small group ensemble members to create a diverse big band jazz program specifically for the Silver Bay area. 

Free tickets will be available soon at these local libraries:  Babbitt, Cloquet, Grand Marais, Hibbing, Silver Bay, and Duluth.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Henry Boucha
Author of Native American Olympian




The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Henry Boucha, author of Henry Boucha, Ojibwa-Native American Olympian in a free program about his life growing up in Warroad, becoming an Olympic and NHL hockey player and how his Ojibwa roots have helped him persevere through the challenges and tragedies to become a leader in raising awareness of Native Americans athletes today.  The program, including a display of Olympic & NHL hockey memorabilia, will be offered at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Baudette Public Library

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the International Falls Public Library

Friday, November 7, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Two Harbors Public Library

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Eveleth Public Library

Thursday, November 13, 2014, Noon at the Virginia Public Library

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Memorial Building Arena, Little Theater

Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Aurora Public Library

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Duluth Public Library

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the Cloquet Public Library

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Babbitt Public Library

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Greenway High School, Coleraine

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Moose Lake Public Library

Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library

Monday, November 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library

Henry Boucha is a retired Native American professional ice hockey centerman who played 6 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota North Stars, Kansas City Scouts and Colorado Rockies. Henry’s promising hockey career was tragically brief, cut short by an eye injury that forced him to hang up his skates at the age of 26. However, his impact on the game continues to this day, thanks to his work with an NHL/USA Hockey Diversity Task Force Program in his hometown of Warroad, Minn.

While raising his family in Warroad, Minnesota Henry tried but was unable to find someone interested in developing a series about Native American Olympians. In 2011, he formed Boucha Films to share the tragedies and successes of these sports figures to motivate our Native Youth, Families and our Nations of Indigenous People through these inspirational stories.

Join us as Henry shares his journey from high school hockey star to the Olympic and NHL hockey arena and the triumphs and tragedies along the way to become a successful advocate for Native American athletes.  

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Mario Cianflone!
History & Music of the Accordion


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the History and Music of the Accordion with Mario Cianflone, in a free program on the following dates:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Babbitt Public Library
Friday, October 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Buhl Public Library
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Cloquet Public Library

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Chisholm Public Library
Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library
Friday, October 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Two Harbors Public Library

Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Eveleth Public Library
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library
Friday, October 17, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Public Library
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library

Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Cook Public Library
Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library
Friday, October, 31, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Virginia Public Library

Mario moved from Amato, Italy to Canada as a young child and then moved to the U.S. to study the accordion at the University of Minnesota with the famous Larry Malmberg.  Mario, went on to complete a M.A. in Music Theory and Composition at the University of Minnesota along with his Ph.D.

In Mario's 20's he created and arranged for a 24 voice - all accordion orchestra in Canada. Mario has become a specialist in Argentinian Tango and Parisian music as well as classical and Italian styles. Cianflone has become a brilliant composer and arranger and most recently has arranged historical Italian literature for Dino Dilaberti. 


Join us as Maestro Mario shares the history of the accordion, special musical effects such as the "musette" sound and performs a variety of musical styles demonstrating the versatility and rich sound of the accordion. We may even be graced with his performance of Rossini's "William Tell Overature"!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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Cartooning! @ Your Library With 321 Art Studio

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Cartooning with 321 Art Studio, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Carlton Public Library
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Cloquet Public Library
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the West Duluth Branch Library

Friday, October 17, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the International Falls Public Library
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Gilbert Public Library

Monday, October 20, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Virginia Public Library
Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the Duluth Public Library
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Chisholm Public Library
Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Eveleth Public Library
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Buhl Public Library

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Marble Public Library

Monday, November 3, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library
Monday, November 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Calumet Public Library
Monday, November 3, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at Nashwauk School Library

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Two Harbors Public Library
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at the Moose Lake Public Library


Do you love to doodle? Then take it to the next step! Local artists from the 321 Art Studio will guide young artists through the step-by-step process of using simple shapes to create characters, add facial expressions, and begin drawing a simple comic strip based on your imagination.

This family program is designed for students in grade K-6. However, younger kids will enjoy it with the help of a parent or grandparent while those older will enjoy the opportunity to learn basic drawing and get tips for practicing and completing their comic strip.

Make this a family adventure and explore creative ways to express yourself in the world of cartooning!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  


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The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to Elephant Man at the Encore Performing Arts Center in Cloquet, on September 26-28 and October 2-5.  Performances are at 7:00 p.m. except for Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London's prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.

The Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery has been the home of the County Seat Theater Company since 2008.  This is Community Theater at its BEST!

A limited number of free event tickets are available at the following libraries: Aurora, Carlton, Cloquet, Eveleth, Gilbert, Hibbing, Moose Lake, Silver Bay and Virginia.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.



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FUN!!damentals of Photography with Brian Rauvola


FUN!!damentals of Photography with Brian Rauvola, from the Duluth Photography Institute, a free program being offered at regional libraries the following dates and locations:

Friday, September 26, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.
Silver Bay Public Library (218-226-4331)

Saturday, September 27, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. 
Calumet Public Library (218-247-3108)

Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. 
Hoyt Lakes Public Library (218-225-2412) 
(in partnership with the Gilbert and Aurora Public Libraries)  

Friday, October 10, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.
West Duluth Branch Library (218-730-4280)

Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Noon
Buhl Public Library (218-258-3391)

Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Noon 
Virginia Public Library (218-748-7525)

Friday, October 17, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. 
Hibbing Public Library (218-362-5959)

Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. 
Mt. Iron Public Library (218-735-8625)

Friday, November 7, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. 
Grand Marais Public Library (218-387-1140)

Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 12:30 p.m.
Two Harbors Public Library (218-834-3148)


Saturday, February 7, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.
Cloquet Public Library (218-879-1532)

Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Duluth Public Library (218-730-4200)



Brian will present a three hour hands-on beginning photography workshop about using your digital camera and editing your photos. Bring your camera (compact or dSLR), camera manual, a tripod (if you have one) and other accessories to learn how to use your camera’s features to improve the pictures you take.  Make sure your batteries are charged and you have plenty of memory because the group is going to explore the library inside and outside (weather permitting) to practice taking photos while also learning to use light effectively and other artistic elements, such as composition, leading lines, rule of 3rds, etc. to improve your images.

The last part of the workshop will be about downloading pictures, organizing your files, and using software to optimize and resize images. Brian’s favorite program to use is Photoshop CS6, but other free or inexpensive computer programs with which you can start will also be demonstrated, such as GIMP (free, www.gimp.org) and Photoshop Elements (around $100, www.adobe.com.) Brian will show you how to edit your pictures to get better photos and have fun doing it!

Brian Rauvola has been a semi-professional photographer in the Duluth/North Shore area for nearly 20 years.  He owns and operates the Duluth Photography Institute, which began October of 2010, and offers workshops, gallery space, and a fully equipped lighting studio for photographers to use. He operated HBR Studios in Two Harbors from 1995-2006, a wedding/portrait studio as well as photojournalism for the Lake County Chronicle. At that point, he closed the studio to move into freelance photography. Using the latest in digital SLR equipment up to an 11x14 large format film camera, Brian is partial to techniques including night photography, pinhole, black and white, studio still life images, abstracts, fashion portraits, and more. His work has appeared in a number of exhibits at the DPI and the Duluth Art Institute, Capture Minnesota books I and III, the Duluth/Superior Magazine, Duluth News Tribune, the Lake County Chronicle, and other area publications and exhibits.

Join us for a workshop to learn to use your digital camera and computer to create picture perfect photos! Pre-registration is required for this workshop so call the library to register early!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Classical Pianist and Composer Peter Arnstein


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer  free event tickets to Classical Pianist and Composer Peter Arnstein at the William Kelly High School in Silver Bay, on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Arnstein, a winner of international composition and piano competitions, returns to the William Kelly High School for an encore performance!  Arnstein has toured the Midwest as pianist and composer-in-residence for the Sylmar Chamber Ensemble, was a frequent pianist with the Macalester Trio, and is currently an active composer and arranger.

He has performed numerous times at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, as both piano soloist and harpsichord soloist, as accompanist for violinist Michael Antonello, and as part of the piano trio, Trio di Vita, which premiered his Trio Jazzico Nostalgico and Scottish Fantasy.

Please join the Arrowhead Library System and the Northern Lake County Arts Board in Silver Bay to hear Dr. Arnstein perform his original compositions as well as selections by Chopin, Bach, Liszt, & Scriabin on the William Kelly High School Steinway piano.

Tickets will be available at the following public libraries:

Aurora, Babbitt, Buhl, Cloquet, Grand Marais, Hibbing, Silver Bay, and Two Harbors

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Sara Pajunen
Laatikko/Box



   The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present artist and musician Sara Pajunen. In her Laatikko/Box project, she brings a sampling of the University of Minnesota’s Finnish-American archives to the public. Using violin and voice, she weaves Finnish folk song with both archival audio recordings and conversations with her own Finnish-American family members. During the presentation, participants can view pictures, letters, and other material from Finnish-Americans. This free program is being offered at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 3:30 p.m. at the Ely Public Library

Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Two Harbors Public Library

Monday, September 15, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Duluth Public Library

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Babbitt Public Library

Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library
Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Eveleth Public Library

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the West Duluth Branch Library

Friday, September 19, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m. at the Cloquet Public Library

Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the International Falls Public Library

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Chisholm Public Library
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Buhl Public Library

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library

Thursday, September 25, 2014, Noon at the Virginia Public Library
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Nashwauk School Library,

Friday, September 26, 2014, 5:00 p.m. at the Gilbert Public Library


Laatikko/Box is a project about immigration. Our ancestors left a security in culture and language - a place where they knew themselves. People leave spaces all the time: relational spaces, home spaces, habitual spaces. Why do we leave? How long does change take? Is home a physical place? Laatikko/Box provides a space to contemplate these questions from both immigrant and personal perspectives, considering universal human experiences of unknowing, change, discomfort, difference.

The Cedar Cultural Center (Minneapolis) commissioned the first presentation of Laatikko/Box (February 2014) as part of its 416 Club Commissions series. For the work, Sara immersed herself in the Finnish-American Collection of the Immigration History Research Center at Elmer Anderson Library (University of Minnesota Twin Cities). She explored boxes and audiotapes of spoken words, melodies, and written history with the intention to give them new life. Much like the stages of immigration, Laatikko/Box is a constantly evolving piece. At select Arrowhead Libraries this fall, Sara will record participants’ verbal reactions to the work to be included in future installments of Laatikko/Box.

Sara Pajunen is a Minneapolis-based musician and artist whose recent work is inspired by her Finnish ancestry. Join us for her thought provoking program that combines Finnish Folk music and our continued migration through life.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

             
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Sounds of Science!

The DSSO Music to You – Flute & Violin Duet

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra program “Sounds of Science” with their duet of Betty Braunstein, flute and Steve Highland, violin. A free program being offered at the following libraries:

Wednesday, August 27th at 3:00 p.m. at the Ely Public Library
Wednesday, August 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the Babbitt Public Library
Thursday, August 28th at noon at the Cloquet Public Library

Betty Braunstein, flute and Steve Highland, violin will explore the connection between sound and science with items like a tuning fork, slinky, and a beaker of water! Their “Sounds of Science” hands-on demonstrations, computer animations, and live music will show you why music to your ears is also music to your brain.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Thanks for the Memories!
The DSSO Music to You – String Quartet 

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra program “Thanks for the Memories” with their String Quartet Nicole Craycraft, Laurie Bastian, Kevin Hoeschen and Rebecca Peterson a free program being offered at the following libraries:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at the Grand Marais Public Library
104 2nd Ave W,
 Grand Marais, MN 55604

Friday, August 22, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Hoyt Lakes Public Library
206
 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750

Music is much more than just notes! Just as a photo or a particular smell can elicit vivid memories, music can connect us with special times from our past. The DSSO Music To You string quartet explores the connection between music and memory in a decade-by-decade journey through American music. With music ranging from the ragtime of Scott Joplin through the more contemporary music of the Beatles and Coldplay, this ensemble is sure to bring back memories!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute


More Dates Added!

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Music to You program Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute, a free program being offered at the following locations:

Friday, July 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library
2020 5th Ave East, Hibbing, MN 55746

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Chisholm Public Library
300 West Lake StChisholm, MN 55719


Monday, August 18, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library
9 Davis Dr,
 Silver Bay, MN 55614 



Monday, August 18, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Duluth Public Library520 West Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802, (Renee, 218-730-4200/4240)



Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Eveleth Public Library

614 Pierce, St, Eveleth,  MN 55734



Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the West Duluth Branch Library

5830 Grand Avenue, Duluth, MN 55807

Janell Lemire and Betty Braunstein play two of the world's most beloved instruments, the flute and the harp. The ancestors of these two instruments are amongst the oldest in the world. Janell and Betty will play both modern instruments as well as many older versions of the instruments to bring music to life at the library. Combine that with images from the past and music written specifically for the harp and flute these talented musicians explore the question of why human beings have been music-makers since the beginning of time.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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Briand Morrison – Solo Jazz Guitarist


  

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Briand Morrison – Solo Jazz Guitar. Enjoy smooth, warm, and innovative music that will appeal to both jazz aficionados and anyone who loves good guitar! Free programs will be offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, August 18, 2014
10:30a at the Buhl Public Library
6:30p at the Cloquet Public Library

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
1:00p at the International Falls Public Library
6:00p at the Baudette Public Library

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
1:00p at the Babbitt Public Library
6:00p at the Bovey Public Library

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Noon at the Virginia Public Library
3:30p at the Gilbert Public Library
6:00p at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Monday, August 25, 2014
6:00p at the Duluth Public Library (Green Room)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
1:00p at the Silver Bay Public Library
6:00p at the Two Harbors Public Library

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
6:00p at the Grand Marais Public Library

Thursday, August 28, 2014
6:00p at the West Duluth Branch Library

Briand has been playing guitar since he was seven years old, in sixth grade he was part of his first band playing piano, bass and guitar, and at sixteen he was hired by the West Bank School of Music as a rock guitar teacher!

Playing in a band and having the ability to play popular and rock tunes on guitar was a true joy to Briand, but thinking of music as an art form and being able to create a sound that was altogether original was an early dream.

Then Briand found a new challenge, jazz improvisation. A feeling of composing on the fly satisfied within his own mind his father’s notion that composing was a higher art form than playing. 

To Briand, jazz was more interesting because it was so much richer in every way: harmonically, rhythmically and melodically. This gave rise to more expression and color when playing and soloing. So much so that it continues to be tightly woven within his music interests and still shapes what he plays and listens to.

Join us for a Solo Jazz Guitar program with this multi-talented musician and experience his music, song writing style, and maybe even learn some guitar playing tips!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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Thomas the Train
A Day out with Thomas at the Duluth Depot!

 The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to a Day out with Thomas at the Duluth Depot on August 1-3 and 8-10, 2014. Tickets are available at your local library!


Fun for the whole family! “Day out with Thomas” provides an opportunity for kids to take a ride in their favorite tank engine, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in Imagination Station, and much more at the Duluth Depot, the best place to see Thomas in Minnesota!

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The Grand Marais Public Library is seeking proposals for their Public Art Project.  Read all of the details at:
Grand Marais Public Art


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Explore the Music and Culture of Latin America

Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra presents the Music to You program "Explore the Music and Culture of Latin America", a free program being offered at the following locations and dates:

·       Grand Rapids Area Library - Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.
·       Baudette Public Library - Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Noon
·       International Falls Public Library - Thursday, August 21, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.

Take a tour through Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba and Venezuela. In this interactive program, audience members learn traditional Latin rhythms, play various folk percussion instruments and even get the chance to try out their dancing feet with styles like the Argentinian Tango, Columbian Cumbia, and Brazilian Samba!




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Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will be touring the Arrowhead Library System presenting  “The Secret Life of Puppets”!  Children will learn the tricks to turning sticks, cloth, string and even their own hands into lively characters.  As a thorough hands-on exploration with our workshop puppets, each participant will experiment with the formula:

Imagination + Technique = Magic!

This program is designed for 1st graders and up. Participants will watch a brief demonstration of puppet characters and styles and then participate in hands on puppet exploration!  

The Full Schedule:

Monday, August 4, 2014
10:30 am Cloquet Public Library
 3:30 pm Duluth Public Library

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
10:30 am Virginia Public Library
3:30 pm Aurora Public Library

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
10:30 am Coleraine Public Library
3:30 pm Keewatin Public Library
6:30 pm Mt. Iron Public Library

Thursday, August 7, 2014
10:30 am Calumet Public Library
3:30 pm Hibbing Public Library
6:30 pm Marble Public Library

Friday, August 8, 2014
10:30 am Silver Bay Public Library,
3:00 pm Grand Marais Public Library

Monday, August 11, 2014
10:30 am  West Duluth Branch Library
3:30 pm Two Harbors Public Library

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
10:30 am Grand Rapids Area Library
3:30 pm Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
1:00 pm International Falls Public Library
6:00 pm Baudette Public Library

Thursday, August 14, 2014
12:30 pm Eveleth Public Library
4:00 pm Babbitt Public Library

Friday, August 15, 2014
12:30 pm Gilbert Public Library
4:00 pm Cook Public Library

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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 Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Music to You program Timeless Beauty of Harp and Flute, a free program being offered at the following locations:

Friday, July 25, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library,
2020 5th Ave East, Hibbing, MN 55746

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Chisholm Public Library,
300 West Lake St, Chisholm, MN 55719

Janell Lemire and Betty Braunstein play two of the world's most beloved instruments, the flute and the harp. The ancestors of these two instruments are amongst the oldest in the world. Janell and Betty will play both modern instruments as well as many older versions of the instruments to bring music to life at the library. Combine that with images from the past and music written specifically for the harp and flute these talented musicians explore the question of why human beings have been music-makers since the beginning of time.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

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The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to Jeffrey Madison’s performance as part of the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra 2014 season at the Weber Music Hall at UMD, on Thursday, July 31st at 7:30 p.m.

Baritone Jeffrey Madison has performed a varied repertoire from grand opera, operetta, and musical comedy around the Midwest and at Carnegie Hall debut as the baritone soloist in Neilson's Symphony No. 3 with the Minnesota Orchestra.

During the July 31st concert, Madison will perform Lady Radnor's Suite, by C.H.H. Parry, George Antheil’s Concert for Chamber Orchestra, Old American Songs by Copland and Ibert’s Divertissement and Four Songs of Don Quixote. Mr. Madison is a past Metropolitan Opera National Auditions Council district winner and First Place winner in the Schubert Club Competition graduate division.

Tickets are available at your local library for this Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra summer concert event.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Tickets for this event and others are available at your local library.





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History Player Wanda Gag (1893-1946),
children’s author and artist will present free history programs at the following dates and locations:

July 15, 2014, Tuesday, 1:00 pm at the Eveleth Public Library

Wanda Gag is one of Minnesota history's most interesting people who stepped forward in time to share her story. Some people led ordinary lives, others accomplished extraordinary things, but all faced the challenges of their times in history as best they could. See Wand Gag as she engages you with her memorable life stories and travels to New York City to pursue her art career and the publication of her first book, Millions of Cats.

The Minnesota History Center brings history alive with a variety of history players including author and artist, Wanda Gag.  Learn about how she sold hand-drawn postcards and Valentine's Day cards at the local drugstore in order to buy shoes and school supplies for her six younger siblings and then as a struggling artist in New York City, spent her spare time telling children stories, including one about 'millions and billions and trillions of cats.


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Cuyler Adams, the original Iron Ranger
Bring regional history to life at your library!

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Cuyler Adams, the original Iron Ranger,
 a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, July 7, 2014
1:00 p.m. Eveleth Public Library
3:30 p.m. Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
1:00 p.m. International Falls Public Library
6:00 p.m. Baudette Public Library

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 
1:00 p.m. Babbitt Public Library

Thursday, July 10, 2014
10:30 a.m. Gilbert Public Library
1:00 p.m. Virginia Public Library

Monday, July 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. Duluth Public Library

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
10:30 a.m. Hibbing Public Library
1:00 p.m. Buhl Public Library

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
1:00 p.m. Mt. Iron Public Library
6:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Area Library

Thursday, July 17, 2014
10:30 a.m. Silver Bay Public Library
3:30 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library

Cuyler Adams is one of the original discoverers and promoters of exploration on the Cuyuna Range.  The name Cuyuna is a combination of the names of Adams and his dog, Una, who accompanied him on his prospecting trips.  Thus, "Cuy-Una".

Adams lives on at the Minnesota Discovery Center through songwriter and storyteller Richie Johnson. As he visits libraries he will share information about the lands, the mines, the people and the work that made the iron ore ranges historic and special.  In this program, learn about his life, see and touch real historical logging and mining equipment.


Join us as Cuyler and Una bring Iron Range history to life through stories, songs and games in this fun interactive journey of discovery!



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Sit Down with Stand Up!

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Sit Down with Stand Up, a free comedy writing workshop being offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, July 21, 2014, at 6:00p at the Duluth Public Library

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 10:30a at the Gilbert Public Library
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at 3:30p at the Buhl Public Library

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 1:00p at the Hibbing Public Library
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 6:00p at the Eveleth Public Library

Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 6:00p at the Babbitt Public Library

Monday, July 28, 2014, at 1:00p at the Grand Rapids Area Library
Monday, July 28, 2014, at 6:30p at the Cloquet Public Library

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Noon at the Virginia Public Library
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 6:00p at the International Falls Public Library

Wednesday, July 30, 2104 at 3:30p at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6:00p at the Two Harbors Public Library

Have you been told you are funny?  Have you ever considered becoming a stand-up comedian?  Or thought of writing comedy routines?  Then attend Sit Down with a Stand Up, Scott Novotny’s comedy writing program that incorporates the history and culture of stand-up comedy in Minnesota and its development since the 1970’s. Scott recently celebrated his 30th anniversary of being a full-time professional stand-up comedian. Over that time, Scott has had people laughing from coast to coast with his clean, non-offensive, very funny observations and humor.

Scott guides participants through stand-up comedy, improvisation, and comedy writing as well as live demonstrations of a comedy routine. Workshop participants will stay engaged by using Scott’s comedy writing formula for beginning writers.


Minnesotan born (Rochester) and educated (Gustavus Adolphus College), Scott has written for HBO, Dudley Rigg’s Brave New Workshop, TV commercials, Strange Brew daily comic strip, and Saturday Night Live. Let Scott help you find your comedy style in this writing workshop for teens, young adults, and adults of all ages!



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The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer  free event tickets
 to the following performances of the Northern Lights Music Festival:

Festival Fourth! at 4:00 p.m. on July 4th, at the Mesabi East High School in Aurora

Bizet’s Carmen at 3:00 p.m. on July 13th at the Chisholm High School

Bizet’s Carmen at 7:00 p.m. on July 14th at the Washington Auditorium in Ely

NLMF Orchestra Concert at 7:00 p.m. on July 17th at the Chisholm High School

NLMF Orchestra Concert at 7:00 p.m. on July 18th at the Mesabi East High School in Aurora

Founded eleven years ago by concert pianist and Aurora native Veda Zuponcic, Northern Lights brings together award winning students and internationally known performers and teachers in a unique program that includes daily lessons, chamber music coachings, masterclasses and numerous performance opportunities.

With the addition seven years ago of the Northern Lights Festival Opera, the festival now includes fully staged professional operas featuring internationally known opera stars and a roster of rising young performers.

Tickets will be available soon at local libraries.

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Explore the Music and Culture of Latin America
 with Melanie Sever (Flute) and Nixon Bustos (Bass) 

Take a tour through BrazilColumbiaArgentinaEcuador,Cuba and Venezuela. Learn traditional Latin rhythms, play folk percussion instruments and try out your dancing feet to Argentinean Tangos, Columbian Cumbias, and Brazilian Sambas!  


This program is part of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Music to You program and will be presented at two locations.

The first program will be at the Two Harbors Library on Wednesday, June 18th at 6:30 p.m. 
and then at the Virginia Public Library at Noon on Friday, June 20th
 to kick off the Land of the Loon Festival
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A Superior Love, Songs from the Shores and Oars of Lake Superior
Christina Cotruvo, Celtic Harp music at the Cloquet Public Library



The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Chrisina Cotruvo, a Superior Love, a free program at one more library!

She will be at the Cloquet Public Library on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Noon.

Christina presents her original music celebrating Lake Superior love.  Enjoy Celtic harp instrumental music based in the love songs of the people who have lived and traveled Lake Superior – no sinking ships!

Living on the shore of Lake Superior inspires Christina Cotruvo’s soothing and relaxing harp music.  Learn what inspires her, how she researched the stories behind the songs and hear the beautiful music Christina creates with her Celtic harp.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/. Find us on facebook at “Arrowhead Legacy” or on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy. 

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The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present From Adventure to Publication with Mike Link and Kate Crowley (educators, naturalists, photographers and authors) a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

June 26, 2014, Thursday
10:30 am International Falls Public Library, 740 4th St, International Falls
6:00 pm Babbitt Public Library, 71 South Dr, Babbitt, MN 

June 27, 2014, Friday
10:30 am Gilbert Public Library, 17 N Broadway, Gilbert, MN
3:30 pm Aurora Public Library, 14 West 2nd Ave N, Aurora, MN 

June 28, 2014, Saturday                                     
1:00 pm Carlton Public Library, 213 Chestnut St, Carlton, MN 

June 30, 2014, Monday
1:00 pm Hibbing Public Library, 2020 5th Ave E, Hibbing, MN
6:30 pm Duluth Public Library, 520 West Superior St, Duluth, MN

July 1, 2014, Tuesday
Noon Virginia Public Library, 215 South 5th Ave, Virginia, MN
6:00 pm Moose Lake Public Library, 313 Elm Ave, Moose Lake, MN

July 2, 2014, Wednesday
Noon Grand Rapids Area Library, 140 NE 2nd St, Grand Rapids, MN
 3:30 pm Buhl Public Library, 400 Jones Ave, Buhl, MN 

July 3, 2014, Thursday
Noon Silver Bay Public Library, 9 Davis Dr, Silver Bay, MN 
3:30 pm Grand Marais Public Library, 104 2nd Ave W, Grand Marais, MN
6:30 pm Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN

Are you ready for a 1,555 mile hike around Lake Superior? If not, join Mike and Kate as they describe their shore-hugging journey around the world’s largest freshwater lake. As naturalists, travel writers and grandparents, they chronicle an epic five-month Lake Superior hike through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario in this life-altering experience. 

If you still have some energy left, they will continue the discussion with their next adventure – The Full Length Mississippi. Kate and Mike have already driven the length of the Mississippi and plan to boat along the upper portion of the river and then follow the annual bird migration.

If that isn’t enough to give you the travel bug, Mike and Kate also write a series of books, Places to Go, Wisdom to Share about traveling through Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota with grandchildren. Take an active roll in their lives and share your experience while exploring Minnesota and the Midwest.


Join us for a tour down and around the freshwater treasures of Minnesota.

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Stubby the Elephant

Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the children’s play Stubby the Elephant by the Climb Theater, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

June 9, 2014, Monday
10:00 a.m. Eveleth Public Library, 614 Pierce St, Eveleth, MN 
1:00 p.m. Keewatin Public Library, 125 W 3rd Ave, Keewatin, MN 
3:30 p.m. Buhl Public Library, 400 Jones Ave, Buhl, MN 

June 10, 2014, Tuesday
1:00 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library, 104 2nd Ave W, Grand Marais, MN 
6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN

June 11, 2014, Wednesday
10:00 a.m. Chisholm Public Library, 300 West Lake St, Chisholm, MN 
1:30 p.m. Cloquet Public Library, 320 14th St, Cloquet, MN 
3:30 p.m. West Duluth Branch Library, 5830 Grand Avenue, Duluth, MN

June 12, 2014, Thursday
10:00 a.m. Calumet Public Library, 932 Gary St, Calumet, MN 
3:30 p.m. Virginia Public Library, 215 South 5th Ave, Virginia, MN
6:00 p.m. Aurora Public Library, 14 West 2nd Ave N, Aurora, MN 

June 13, 2014, Friday
10:00 a.m. Hoyt Lakes Public Library, 206 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Hoyt Lakes, MN 
3:30 p.m. Cook Public Library - 103 S River St, Cook, MN 55723

June 16, 2014, Monday
10:00 a.m. Coleraine Public Library, 203 Cole Ave, Coleraine, MN
1:00 p.m. Mt. Iron Public Library, 5742 Mountain Ave. Mt. Iron, MN
3:30 p.m. Babbitt Public Library, 71 South Dr, Babbitt, MN 

June 17, 2014, Tuesday
10:30 a.m. Gilbert Public Library, 17 N Broadway, Gilbert, MN
1:00 p.m. Bovey Public Library, 402 2nd St,  Bovey, MN 
3:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Library, 140 NE 2nd St, Grand Rapids, MN 

June 18, 2014, Wednesday
10:00 a.m. Ely Public Library, 30 South 1st Ave. E, Ely, MN 
6:00 p.m. Baudette Public Library, 110 1st  Ave SW,  Baudette, MN 

June 19, 2014, Thursday
10:00 a.m. Duluth Mt Royal, 105 Mt. Royal Shopping Circle, Duluth, MN
1:30 p.m. Hibbing Public Library, 2020 5th Ave E, Hibbing, MN 55746
3:30 p.m. Marble Public Library, 302 Alice Ave, Marble, MN 

June 20, 2014, Friday
10:00 a.m. Silver Bay Public Library, 9 Davis Dr, Silver Bay, MN 
1:30 p.m. Carlton Public Library, 213 Chestnut St, Carlton, MN 
3:30 p.m. Duluth Main Library, 520 West Superior St, Duluth, MN

Stubby is a little elephant with a little trunk and a lot of curiosity.  He is not afraid to ask anyone his questions. As he journeys through the jungle, Stubby questions many different animals played by the audience, but the answer her gets from the Crocodile changes the “profile” of Elephants forever!

Stubby the Elephant is adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s The Elephant Child and created especially for children age 3-8 years old. Enjoy this interactive play and the activity session that follows with your children and grandchildren as they experience live theatre and build literacy and reading readiness skills.



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The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present The Icebox Radio Theater, will present a free program about the history and potential future of audio storytelling being offered at the following dates and locations: 

Monday, June 2, 2014
10:30a Buhl Public Library, 400 Jones Ave, Buhl, MN 
3:30p Hoyt Lakes Public Library, 206 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Hoyt Lakes, MN 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
10:30a Calumet Public Library, 932 Gary St, Calumet, MN 
 3:30p Aurora Public Library, 14 West 2nd Ave N, Aurora, MN 

Thursday, June 5, 2014
10:30a Virginia Public Library, 215 South 5th Ave, Virginia, MN
6:30p Cloquet Public Library, 320 14th St, Cloquet, MN 

Friday, June 6, 2014
1:00p Silver Bay Public Library, 9 Davis Dr, Silver Bay, MN 
3:30p Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Dr, Two Harbors, MN

Monday, June 9, 2014
10:30a Gilbert Public Library, 17 N Broadway, Gilbert, MN
3:30p Marble Public Library, 302 Alice Ave, Marble, MN 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10:30a Ely Public Library, 30 South 1st Ave. E, Ely, MN 
6:00p Grand Rapids Area Library, 140 NE 2nd St, Grand Rapids, MN 

Thursday, June 12, 2014
10:30a Eveleth Public Library, 614 Pierce St, Eveleth, MN 
1:30p Mt. Iron Public Library, 5742 Mountain Ave. Mt. Iron, MN
6:00p Babbitt Public Library, 71 South Dr, Babbitt, MN 55706

Friday, June 13, 2014
11:00a Hibbing Public Library, 2020 5th Ave E, Hibbing, MN
6:00p Grand Marais Public Library, 104 2nd Ave W, Grand Marais, MN 

Travel through time as the Icebox Radio Theater starts their program with a 1930s and 40s style drama from the golden age of radio. From the music to the sound affects learn how radio dramas were produced while enjoying a segment from “Sergeant Luxo & his Fateful Husky, Prince”.  Listen as Sergeant Luxo and Prince apprehend the dastardly bandit Red Jones!

Then learn about the opportunities available in the modern world of internet based audio programming.  Performances will be streamed live over the internet at libraries with wireless services or recorded as podcasts to be posted later.  Learn about internet radio, podcasts and how you can record your own programs to share online.

And if watching and listening isn’t enough for you, audience members can become cast and crew in the creation of another segment of the Sergeant Luxo series. Or if you prefer to wait until the program is “off the air” time will be available to experiment with sound affects equipment and microphones.


Join us for a historical and modern program about radio, internet broadcasting and the art of storytelling at a library near you.

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History Player Wanda Gag (1893-1946),
children’s author and artist will present free history programs at the following dates and locations:

June 11, 2014, Wednesday, 11:00 am at the Buhl Public Library

July 15, 2014, Tuesday, 1:00 pm at the Eveleth Public Library

Wanda Gag is one of Minnesota history's most interesting people who stepped forward in time to share her story. Some people led ordinary lives, others accomplished extraordinary things, but all faced the challenges of their times in history as best they could. See Wand Gag as she engages you with her memorable life stories and travels to New York City to pursue her art career and the publication of her first book, Millions of Cats.


The Minnesota History Center brings history alive with a variety of history players including author and artist, Wanda Gag.  Learn about how she sold hand-drawn postcards and Valentine's Day cards at the local drugstore in order to buy shoes and school supplies for her six younger siblings and then as a struggling artist in New York City, spent her spare time telling children stories, including one about 'millions and billions and trillions of cats.

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The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present History Player Joseph Farr (1832-1910), Station Master on the Underground Railroad in a free history program offered at the Hibbing Public Library at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Joseph Farr is one of Minnesota history's most interesting people who stepped forward in time to share her story. Some people led ordinary lives, others accomplished extraordinary things, but all faced the challenges of their times in history as best they could. See Joseph Farr as he describes what it was like to be a slave, to seek freedom and to set others free!

The Minnesota History Center brings history alive with a variety of history players including Underground Railroad Station Master, Joseph Farr.  Learn about how people attempted to escape slavery, what motivated President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, and the future of race relations in Minnesota and the nation.

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Legacy Projects are not just programs and tickets, public art at our area libraries is also an important part. Check out the progress on the Moose Lake Public Library project:


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The Katha Dance Theatre, the Dancing Storytellers of India, will perform
a free program at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
 Noon at the Virginia Public Library,
3:30 p.m. at the Hibbing Public Library

Katha Dance Theatre performs an interdisciplinary, percussive dance of Kathak along with storytelling, poetry, mime, and theater that makes it a dynamic multimedia presentation. Founded in 1987 by Artistic Director Rita Mustaphi, Katha Dance Theatre (KDT) is rooted in classical Kathak dance of north India and is the only organization of its kind, size, and scope in the Midwest United States keeping alive the tradition of Kathak and expanding upon its forms.


Join us for a beautiful expression of the history and culture of India through music and dance. The Katha Dance Theatre brings the sights, the sounds, the colors and the tastes of this magical land of India, a land where 5,000 year-old past mingles with a thoroughly modernized present. 

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No more snow and ice please!  Charley has already been rescheduled twice!  Hopefully it won't happen on our new date May 14th at 1:30p.m. in Cloquet!




The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Minnesota History Center-History Player, Charley Goddard, a free program being offered at the Cloquet Public Library on Tuesday, May 14, 2014, at 1:30 p.m.

What was it like to be a teenage soldier during the Civil War? Charley will tell you about his life growing up in the frontier town of Winona and the tensions leading up to the start of the Civil War in 1861.



Charley was mustered into Company K of the 1st Minnesota Regiment on April 19, 1861, at the age of 16 years old.  Learn about his experiences on and off the battlefield including discharges, promotions, wounds and death. Charley wrote over eighty letters home that are now on file with the Minnesota Historical Society and they are brought to life through this Minnesota History Player performance.







The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Minnesota History Player Frederick Mckinley Jones (1892-1961), a free program being offered
Monday, May 19, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Silver Bay Public Library.

Frederick Mckinley Jones is one of Minnesota history's most interesting people who stepped forward in time to share his story. Some people led ordinary lives, others accomplished extraordinary things, but all faced the challenges of their time in history as best they could. Learn about Frederick’s life as a self taught engineer and inventor in the early 1900s.

The Minnesota History Center brings history alive with a variety of history players including Frederick Mckinley Jones, who was an orphan who grew up into an inventor holding more than 60 patents. In 1938 he came up with the idea of a self-contained, automatic-starting cooling unit for trucks, which not only led to the formation of the Thermo King Corporation but also dramatically changed the food industry.


Join us as Frederick Mckinley Jones shares what it was like to grow up when cars, radios, and movies were first being invented.

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© by Frederick Blanch

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Jungle Portraits, Photography with Frederick Blanch, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

May 12, 2014, Monday
3:30 p.m. Ely Public Library
6:00 p.m. Babbitt Public Library

            May 13, 2014, Tuesday
1:00 p.m. at the Baudette Public Library
6:00 p.m. at the International Falls Public Library

            May 14, 2014, Wednesday
3:30 p.m. at the Gilbert Public Library
6:00 p.m. at the Aurora Public Library

            May 15, 2014, Thursday
Noon at the Virginia Public Library
7:00 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Public Library

            May 16, 2014, Friday
1:00 p.m. at the Silver Bay Public Library

            May 17, 2014, Saturday
10:30 a.m. at the Marble Public Library
1:30 p.m. at the Buhl Public Library

            May 19, 2014, Monday
1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Iron Public Library
6:00 p.m. at the Calument Public Library

            May 20, 2014, Tuesday
Noon at the Cloquet Public Library
6:00 p.m. at the Moose Lake Public Library

            May 21, 2014, Wednesday
Noon at the Hibbing Public Library
3:30 p.m. at the Chisholm Public Library
6:00 p.m. at the Nashwauk Public Library

            May 22, 2014, Thursday
1:00 p.m. at the US Forest Service Visitor Center on Hwy 53 in Cook
6:00 p.m. at the Duluth Public Library Green Room

Breathtaking and beautiful: the photography of exotic birds, flowers, and scenes from around the world plus hints on turning your photos into artistic masterpieces.  Questions are encouraged during a fascinating program exploring the capture of nature with a camera, presented by writer/photographer, Frederick Blanch.

Frederick will take you through his exotic photographs from Ecuadorian sword-billed Hummingbirds to colorful Puerto Rican Palms, to the tranquil setting of a Japanese reflecting garden. His collection represents many years of travel, through gardens, prairies, jungles, cloud forests and mountain regions throughout the world.

Join us as Frederick explains how his photographs are refined by incorporating the distinctive Jungle Portrait texture and, in some, inherent, but obscure colors are enhanced. The final picture is imprinted on high quality, white artist’s canvas by the giclée method and “gallery-wrapped” or traditionally framed beneath glass.

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The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to Les Trompettes at the Backus Auditorium in International Falls, on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 7:30 pm. 

The "Trompettes de Lyon" instrumental ensemble was born in 1989 from the meeting of five musicians trained in the academies of music and universities of Lyon. Today, the very same musicians still compose that quite unique music group, whose main originality resides in the wide range of instruments they play: depending on which sonorities they wish to get, they can run the gamut from the piccolo to the bass trumpet. 

Such eclecticism has made them the welcome guests of various prestigious festivals of classical as well as baroque music. Don’t miss these five prodigiously competent trumpet masters, in no way starchy, as they guide you with lightness, smartness and brilliance through all ages, forms and tones of their instruments!

Tickets are available from the Virginia, Baudette, and International Falls Public Libraries.

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There has been a change to the Arrowhead Concert Association performance on April 10th.  Due to issues beyond the concert association's control, Voca People will NOT be performing.  Hudson Shad will be performing in their place. 

For more information about the performance see their website at:  http://www.hudsonshad.org/  It is still a Capella performance but more of a classical style than the themed contemporary performance the Voca People would have been.

No changes will be made to the tickets, patrons will use the tickets that were distributed.  More information will be in the Mesabi Daily News Tuesday and Sunday.


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The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Virginia Mae Hope (1921-1944), World War II Women Airforce Service Pilot in a free history program offered at the following dates and locations:

April 25, 2014, Friday, 1:00 pm at the Grand Marais Public Library

May 8, 2014, Thursday, 3:30 pm at the Gilbert Public Library

May 15, 2014, Thursday, 6:00 at the Cook Public Library

June 19, 2014, Thursday, 7:00 at the Grand Rapids Area Library 

Virginia Mae Hope is one of Minnesota history's most interesting people who stepped forward in time to share her story. Some people led ordinary lives, others accomplished extraordinary things, but all faced the challenges of their times in history as best they could. See Virginia Mae Hope as she engages you with her memorable life stories as a female World War II pilot.

The Minnesota History Center brings history alive with a variety of history players including female World War II fighter pilot, Virginia Mae Hope. Learn about growing up during the Great Depression, how Pearl Harbor affected the nation and what it was like for her to serve as an Airforce Service Pilot during WWII.

Listen to an interview with Virginia Mae Hope:
WTIP - North Shore Community Radio

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Fiddler on the Roof 
A production of the Lake Superior Community Theatre

Event passes are available at local libraries.
Fiddler on the Roof is based in Tsarist Russia in 1905 on a book by Joseph Stein with Jerry Bock music and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. A musical favorite about a father trying to maintain his family and their Jewish  traditions.
Tevye must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters as each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith.

Hear musical favorites “If I were a rich man”, “Any day now”, “Tradition” and more!

Performances are April 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 at 7:00 p.m.
and a matinee on April 6th at 2:00 p.m. at the Two Harbors High School Auditorium.

Pick up your tickets at your library and call 218-220-0682 to reserve your seat.

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A Superior Love, Songs from the Shores and Oars of Lake Superior
Christina Cotruvo, Celtic Harp music at your library



The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Chrisina Cotruvo, a Superior Love, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

April 28, 2014, Monday
 3:00 p.m. Buhl Public Library

April 29, 2014, Tuesday
 1:00 p.m. Hibbing Public Library
 6:30 p.m. Cloquet Public Library

April 30, 2014, Wednesday
1:00 p.m. Silver Bay Public Library
6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library

May 1, 2014, Thursday
3:30 p.m. Hoyt Lakes Public Library
6:00 p.m. Gilbert Public Library

May 2, 2014, Friday
2:00 p.m. Grand Marais Public Library

May 3, 2014, Saturday
1:00 p.m. Duluth Public Library
3:30 p.m. Carlton Public Library

May 5, 2014, Monday
1:00 p.m. Mt. Iron Public Library
6:00 p.m. Moose Lake Public Library

May 6, 2014, Tuesday
3:30 p.m. Aurora Public Library
6:00 p.m. Babbitt Public Library

May 7, 2014, Wednesday
12:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Library

May 8, 2014, Thursday
 Noon Virginia Public Library
6:00 p.m. West Duluth Branch Library

Christina presents her original music celebrating Lake Superior love.  Enjoy Celtic harp instrumental music based in the love songs of the people who have lived and traveled Lake Superior – no sinking ships!

Living on the shore of Lake Superior inspires Christina Cotruvo’s soothing and relaxing harp music.  Learn what inspires her, how she researched the stories behind the songs and hear the beautiful music Christina creates with her Celtic harp.


This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/. Find us on facebook at “Arrowhead Legacy” or on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy. 


  


Susan Hawkinson 
Poetry Programs at your Library

Susan recently published her book, Tina Christina Sestina, and will be visiting area libraries to read her poetry, writing experience and participants will spend some time writing their own Sestina poetry.

Puzzle of a Poem with Susan Hawkinson,
a free poetry program for 5th graders and older is being offered at the following dates and locations:

Thursday, April 17, 2014
6:00 p.m. Duluth Main Library

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
6:00 p.m. Two Harbors Public Library

Thursday, April 24, 2014
3:30 p.m. Grand Rapids Public Library

In the book, Tina Christina Sestina, the fame-game girls want to trade their scarves and pearls for Tina Christina’s crawfish claws, snails, and turtle shell. Tina Christina refuses. Instead she takes them to meet her clairvoyant Aunt Tina at her summer camp on Big Lake Water. When Aunt Tina realizes that the three girls, asleep by the fire, are dreaming the same dream, she awakens them, saying, “You must go and find your dream creek.” Leaving camp, the three set out on the first of many bold adventures!

How did the author take events from her life to tell this tale? Where does the truth end and fantasy begin? How did the poetic form called the sestina influence the telling of the story? Author Susan Hawkinson will read sections of the story as she addresses these questions and yours. Middle school students, teens and adults will all enjoy learning about and writing the Sestina format with Susan Hawkinson!

Sestina Poetry with Susan Hawkinson, a free program
 being offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, April 14, 2014
1:00 p.m. Hibbing Public Library

Friday, April 25, 2014,
4:00 p.m. Cook Public Library

Have you ever heard of the troubadours who traveled from castle to castle to recite poetry? One of them created a poetic form, reminiscent of a puzzle or labyrinth. It’s called a Sestina. Come hear the story of Tina Christina Sestina, a Northwoods girl, who takes her friends on a trip to meet her clairvoyant Aunt on Big Lake Water. Learn to use the Sestina form to create your own wild adventure!

The summer Susan Hawkinson and her girlfriends were 16 years old they lived outdoors, cooking their meals over an open fire, and built their own shelters.  It was her personal experience that summer that made her love the wild outdoor life of the characters in her poetry. Tina Christina Sestina is her first book written for teens through adults.

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Several Arrowhead region staff, trustees, and library directors met with
Legislators on Library Legislative Day - March 5th. Mary Murphy authored
HF 1501, a bill to appropriate $3 million for the 2014-2016 biennium for Public 
Library Accessibility and Improvement grants through the State's
currently authorized matching program. 

As you recall, Mary Murphy was
the Representative who also paved the way for public libraries to
participate in Legacy Arts and Cultural Heritage funding. 
Photo -
Representative Mary Murphy, ALS Legacy Coordinator Chris Magnusson, ALS
Assistant Director Shari Fisher, ALS Board President Marge McPeak, and
Duluth Public Library Director Carla Powers.



The Yard Bizarre!
A fabulously curious poetical spectacle of fun for absolutely everyone!

Mountain Iron, MN, February 28, 2014 - The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present The Yard Bizarre! A fabulously curious poetical spectacle of fun for absolutely everyone! A free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Monday, March 24th
·        3:30 pm Baudette Public Library
·        6:30 pm International Falls Public Library

Tuesday, March 25th
·        10:30 am Hibbing Public Library
·        1:00 pm Chisholm Public Library
·        3:30 pm Mt. Iron Public Library

Wednesday, March 26th
·        3:30 pm Gilbert Public Library
·        6:00 pm Hoyt Lakes Public Library

Thursday, March 27th
·        3:30 pm Calumet Public Library
·        6:00 pm Grand Rapids Public Library

Friday, March 28th
·        10:30 am Cook Public Library
·        3:30 pm Ely Public Library

Saturday, March 29th
·10:30 am Cloquet Public Library
·3:30 pm Duluth Public Library – Green Room at the Main Library
Wednesday, April 2nd
·        1:00 pm Coleraine Public Library

Friday, April 4th
·        11:30 am Two Harbors Public Library
·        2:00 pm Silver Bay Public Library

The Duluth Playhouse and the The Boogers present The Yard Bizarre!  A poetry inspired play based on the Squibly siblings. The three Squibly siblings have come to hide some of their most prized possessions before they get sold off at Nana’s yard sale. But even when they are hiding, they love to sing, dance, and play while sharing their favorite poems in inventive ways. This interactive theatrical event will be like nothing your family has ever experienced.

The Boogers are dedicated to creating professionally performed, fun, original and enriching theatre for the whole family. Our goal is to create an interactive experience where kids can learn and grow through experience.  But we are The Boogers and we are rascals at the end of the day!



This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowheadLegacy or on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy or email cmagnusson@arrowhead.lib.mn.us.

Legacy Event Passes for Musical Postcards are now available!

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer free event tickets to the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra production Musical Postcards at the DECC in Duluth, on March 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Pick up your ticket and then call or visit the DSSO Box Office to reserve your seat by March 21st!

Let the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra ignite your imagination and bring you on a spectacular voyage around the musical world of pops and light classical music.  Maestro Dirk Meyer will spice up the performance with comments about his experiences traveling the world and conducting in concert halls from Toronto to the Czech RepublicBulgariaMadrid, and Vienna.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  Tickets for this event and others are available at your local library. To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/. Find us on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowheadLegacy.


The Creativity Tank is Coming to a Library Near You!

 The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Creativity Tank, a group of teaching artists that provide workshops to develop and express creativity through meaningful hands-on art experiences in drawing, paper-making, fiber arts, book arts and creative writing.

Libraries selected different projects to allow children to create unique felt, paper, or polymer projects based on their own stories, poems and drawings.  Bring your family to one or more of the programs to create, connect, learn, share, and grow through a variety of visual arts projects and processes!


  

 


Monday, February 3, 2014
3:00 pm - Baudette Public Library – Board Book Story Telling

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
3:30 pm - Hoyt Lakes Public Library – Story Book Theater Project
6:00 pm - Aurora Public Library – Story Book Theater Project

Thursday February 6, 2014
10:30 am - Cloquet Public Library - Felting Project 
3:30 pm - Virginia Public Library – Decorative Heart Book

Friday, February 7, 2014
10:30 am - Cook Public Library - Decorative Heart Book
4:00 pm - Gilbert Public Library – Decorative Heart Book

Saturday, February 8, 2014
10:30 am - Mt. Iron Public Library - Decorative Heart Book

Monday, February 10, 2014
4:00 pm - Grand Marais Public Library – Story Book Theater Project

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
10:30 am - Hibbing Public Library- Papermaking Project
6:30 pm - West Duluth Public Library – Polymer Coloring Project

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
4:00 pm - Silver Bay Public Library– Story Book Theater Project
6:30 pm - Two Harbors Public Library – Story Book Theater Project

Thursday, February 13, 2014
3:30 pm - Grand Rapids Public Library - Australian Bush Game Project

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new/. Find us on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy.


Sean Emery  -  Funny Guy Juggling Stuff

 


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Sean Emery - Funny Guy Jugglin’ Stuff, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, February 18            4:00 p.m.         Hoyt Lakes Public Library
                                                7:00 p.m.         Buhl Public Library

Wednesday, February 19       4:00 p.m.         Virginia Public Library
                                                7:00 p.m.         Cook Public Library

Thursday, February 20           1:00 p.m.         Silver Bay Public Library
                                                6:30 p.m.         West Duluth Public Library

Friday, February 21               4:00 p.m.         International Falls, Backus Auditorium

Saturday, February 22           10:30 a.m.       Cloquet Public Library
                                                2:00 p.m.         Moose Lake Public Library

Monday, February 24             4:30 p.m.         Two Harbor Public Library

Tuesday, February 25            4:00 p.m.         Ely Public Library

Wednesday, February 26       10:00 a.m.        Chisholm Public Library
                                                1:00 p.m.         Hibbing Public Library
                                                4:00 p.m.         Marble Public Library

Thursday, February 27           9:00 a.m.         Aurora, Mesabi East School 
4:00 p.m.         Gilbert Public Library            7:00 p.m.         Grand Rapids Public Library

Friday, February 28               4:00 p.m.         Grand Marais Public Library

Saturday, March 1                  Noon               Calumet Public Library                    

No one works a crowd like Sean Emery! Simply put, Sean has a lot of fun, and you will too! With his talent and uncanny ability to read people, Sean will scoop up your audience and embrace them with his circus skills, comedy, and showmanship.  Professionally trained with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey, Sean truly is one of the most in-demand entertainers from county fairs to Radio City Music Hall, festivals, theaters, cabarets, and even the White House! 

Enjoy his sparkling wit, amazing juggling, unicycleing and physical comedy! A master of improve; Sean is a one man comedy and variety show entertaining audiences of all ages!

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  

Douglas Wood - EarthSongs, Earth Stories




The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Douglas Wood – EarthSongs, EarthStories a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, February 5, at 3:30 p.m. Ely Community Center
Thursday, February 6, at Noon at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Author, illustrator, musician, composer, naturalist, and wilderness guide: this is Douglas Wood. Douglas conveys the wonder, beauty, and mystery of the natural world and its relevance to the human spirit. Connecting it all is his passion, to communicate through words and music the inspiration found in Nature–not as a place to visit, but a place to call home.

A program of songs and stories, laughter and painless learning, Douglas Wood’s family program EarthSongs, EarthStories has been performed from coast to coast for tens of thousands of listeners of all ages.

From a Native American legend of how mosquitoes came to be (complete with unexpected audience participation) to songs about frogs and fleas and the signs of rain, to the quiet pondering of our place in the universe, this program takes an audience on a gentle journey.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  


Thank you for the Music – A Modern Tribute to ABBA



The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to offer  free event tickets to Thank you for the Music – A Modern Tribute to ABBA in the Hibbing High School Auditorium, on February 8th at 7:30 p.m.

Thank you for the Music – A Modern Tribute to ABBA is an exciting and dynamic tribute to the Swedish pop super-group ABBA. Powerful harmonies, high-energy dance, big personalities, and the unforgettable hits of ABBA make this contemporary musical tribute one not to be missed.  Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Take a Chance on Me, Fernando and Mamma Mia are only the beginning of this nostalgic musical journey.

Audiences will delight in exciting modern re-interpretations of ABBA classics, as well as a wide array of musical arrangements that pay tribute to ABBA’s original sound.  The cast leads the audience on a journey of ABBA history mixed with a bit of humor. All of this combines with 4 part harmonies and electrifying vocals to create an absolutely unforgettable entertainment experience.

Event tickets will be available at Arrowhead libraries for a limited time starting in early January!

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Romeo & Juliet 


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Classic Theatre Project production of Romeo and Juliet at the Myles Reif Center in Grand Rapids, a free program being offered on January 30th at 7:30 p.m.

Set traditionally in an Elizabethan marketplace and wholly embracing Shakespeare’s vibrant language, the energy, talent and dedication of Classical Theatre Project captures the youthful passion and ultimate tragedy of Shakespeare’s timeless story. 


With sold-out performances across North America, and recognition from the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase and Canada Council for the Arts, CTP’s Romeo & Juliet can rightly be called an international phenomenon.

Event tickets will be available at Arrowhead libraries for a limited time starting in early January!

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Disney’s the Little Mermaid, Jr


The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present free event tickets to the Duluth Playhouse presentation of Disney’s the Little Mermaid, Jr offered at the Marshall School’s Fregeau Auditorium in Duluth on the following dates and time:

January 23-26, 2014
Thursday-Friday: 7:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m
Sunday Matinees: 2:00 p.m.


Dive right into this under-the-sea adventure! In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she’s the girl with the enchanting voice.

Event tickets will be available at Arrowhead libraries for a limited time starting in early January!





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New Locations on our Museum Passes!


Starting January 1st we will have four new locations available on our Museum Passes!  The new additions are:
  • Tweed Museum of Art on the University of Minnesota, Duluth campus,
  • US Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Eveleth,
  • Hibbing Historical Society Museum in the Hibbing Memorial Building Arena, and
  • International Wolf Center in Ely
Tickets will be valid from January 1st to March 31st and will be available at local libraries starting December 31st.

Also on the free passes will be museums listed below:


  • Bois Forte Heritage Center
  • Carlton County Historical Society
  • Duluth Children's Museum
  • Ely-Winton Historical Society
  • Forest History Cemter
  • Glensheen
  • Judy Garland Children's Museum
  • Lake County Historical Society
  • Minnesota Discovery Center
  • Minnesota Museum of Mining
  • North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum

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Free Museum Passes

Arrowhead Legacy Museum tickets are again available at regional libraries!  Tickets are valid through December 31st and can be used at any of the museums listed below:
  • Bois Forte Heritage Center
  • Carlton County Historical Society
  • Duluth Children's Museum
  • Ely-Winton Historical Society
  • Forest History Cemter
  • Glensheen
  • Judy Garland Children's Museum
  • Lake County Historical Society
  • Minnesota Discovery Center
  • Minnesota Museum of Mining
  • North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum
This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.



Youth Metal Tooling Workshops in November

Please join us for a unique art experience! Shannon Cousino, Education Director for the Duluth Art Institute, will be conducting a metal tooling workshop outreach program for children ages 7-12 and up.  Create a picture frame using rolls of soft aluminium and chopsticks as the tool to draw with! The instructor will teach kids how to create texture in the metal with the chopstick and add color to the frame. Kids can also bring a special photo with them from home and crate a frame around it.

All youth should be accompanied by an adult for family time and the program length is 60 minutes. Hope to see you there!

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.  To learn more about other Arrowhead Legacy  Events see our calendar. Find us on Facebook or on Twitter @ArrowheadLegacy.


Preston Gunderson Legacy Event
Performing at the Buhl Public Library
August 5th, 2013


Preston Gunderson, a native from Virginia, Minnesota kicked off his musical tour on Monday at the Buhl Public Library. Preston performed and provided input on writing and recording original music, his processes and his musical experiences as a singer/songwriter.

Preston Gunderson, a casting finalist for this years season of The Voice on NBC was one of only 200 out of over 500,000 auditions to be flown out to Los Angeles! This August he will perform at area libraries songs from his album "While I was Gone," which cracked the top #200 on the iTunes pop charts, and songs from his latest release, "The Recluse -EP,"which was top #25 on the iTunes singer songwriter charts.

Preston Gunderson is currently working on a new album at the famed Terrarium recording studio http://www.the-terrarium.com/index.html in Minneapolis.  You can hear a sample of his music at iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/preston-gunderson/id485158290

The musical performance and songwriters workshop is for both teens and adults!  Feel free to bring a note pad to jot down songwriting tips as Preston shares his personal story of being a songwriter and working in the music business industry.  Preston's musical tour continues through August 15th, 2013.




A Day Out with Thomas

August 2-4 and 9-11, 2013


Vouchers are ONLY valid for rides offered at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. 

Vouchers are now at Arrowhead libraries for a limited time until gone!


Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra Legacy Event
Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Weber Music Hall at UMD
7:30 P.M.

Duluth Native Derek Bromme


Ewazen: Rhapsody for bass trombone and strings

Purcell:  Chacony in G Minor

Diamond:  Rounds

Janacek:  Suite for strings

Mozart:  Eine kleine Nachtmusik


Tickets are available at select libraries.



Kaboom! Thwack! Sharpen your pencil, layout your plot, and
hone your cartoonist skills!  Participants will learn about Minnesota cartoonists
and apply techniques from a professional cartoonist to their very own
mini-comics!  Workshop is ideal for teens. 

Minnesota Historical Society,
Minnesota Comic Workshop is being led by
Todd Balthazor;  an illustrator,
fine artist, muralist and children’s art instructor from St. Paul, MN, who
holds a BFA in illustration from the College of Visual Arts (CVA). 
Samples of his work can be viewed here or check out his online weekly comic strip “It is What it Is!” 

Minnesota
Comic Workshop” is presented by Arrowhead Library System in partnership with
the
Minnesota
Historical Society.  Comic Workshop is free and open to the public.  Space is limited! Sign up today!

Comic Workshop, Todd
Balthazor
Thursday, June 27th,
2013
1:00- 3:00 p.m.  Duluth Public Library

Comic Workshop, Todd Balthazor
Friday, June 28th,
2013
1:00- 3:00 p.m.  Grand Rapids Area Library



County Seat Theater Company proudly presents



May 15-19, 2013 
Shows at 7:30 p.m. except Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Leaving Iowa is a hilarious sentimental comedy about family and family vacations.  It is guaranteed to have you laughing and remembering the childhood vacations you tried to forget!

Tickets available at participating libraries.  
LEGACY EVENT TICKET HOLDERS MUST CALL THE THEATER 

AT (218) 878-0071 
TO MAKE A RESERVATION.

www.countyseattheater.com
Doors open 30 minutes before performance

County Seat Theater Company, Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery 
2035 Hwy 33 South (on frontage road), Cloquet, MN  55720


Tickets for New Odyssey in concert are now available at select libraries.

Click on the link below for more information:


New Odyssey at the Goodman Auditorium in Virginia, April 1 and the E.W. Backus Auditorium in International Falls, April 2


Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Music to You

4 Ensembles will be performing throughout the Arrowhead Region
February 16 - March 28, 2013

The Music and Culture of Latin
America
with Nixon Bustos, Bass and Melanie Sever,
Flute
Explore the
culture and history of Latin America as Melanie and Nixon take you on a tour
through Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Cuba and Venezuela.  In this
interactive program, audience members learn traditional Latin rhythms, play
various folk percussion instruments and even get the chance to try out their
dancing feet with styles like the Argentinian Tango, Colombian Cumbia, and
Brazilian Samba!

The Sound of
Science
 with Betty Braunstein,
Flute and Steve Highland,
Violin


How do the flute and violin make music? Join Betty and Steve as they explore the connection between sound and science with items like a tuning fork, slinky, and beaker of water! Hands on demonstrations, computer animations and live music show why music to your ears is also music to your brain. Audience: All Ages

The Timeless Beauty of
Harp and Flute
 with 
Betty Braunstein, Flute 
and Janell Lemire,
Harp

Betty and Janell play two of
the world’s most beloved instruments, the flute and the harp.  The ancestors of
these two instruments are amongst the oldest in the world.  Using their modern
flute and harp, images from the past, actual instruments from other times and
places, and music for flute and harp, these fine musicians will explore the
question of why human beings have been music-makers since the beginning of
time. 
Audience:  All
ages

Thanks for the
Memories!
 with 
Nicole Craycraft, Laurie
Bastian,
Kevin Hoeschen and Rebecca
Peterson, 
String
Quartet

Music is much more than just
notes! Just as a photo or a particular smell can elicit vivid memories,
music can connect us with special times from our past. 

The string quartet explores the
connection between music and memory in a decade-by-decade journey through
American music.  With music ranging from the ragtime of Scott Joplin through the
more contemporary music of the Beatles and Coldplay, this ensemble is sure to
bring back memories! 

Check our online calendar for dates and locations: ALS Calendar


Campfire Songs with Casey Aro
 "Songs and Stories to Make you Smile"
March 12 - 23, 2013


Tired of winter? Got cabin fever? Bring the kids and join Casey for a good old fashioned "sing around the campfire".

The winds blow cold in Northern Minnesota, but one way to warm up is to spend some time with Casey!




If you haven’t had the pleasure of
attending one of Casey’s performances, this is your opportunity to hear a truly
unique local storyteller and musician. The program is appropriate and fun for
kids of all ages. Fast forward to summer and enjoy the music and humor of Northern Minnesota’s own Casey Aro.

Check our calendar for the dates and locations near you:






The Duluth Playhouse Presents
ELLIE THE ELEPHANT

      April 1-13, 2013


An original adaptation of the fable of the elephant and the blind men by Sarah Ruth Diener


The Silly Shades Brigade is the coolest gang in town. Travelling the world in their signature stylish sunglasses, they love to explore and discover new things using all their senses except their sight. But when they meet Ellie, they have a problem agreeing on what kind of creature she is. How can an animal have a nose like a long spout, big floppy ears, strong feet, a tail like a wire brush and skin like old leather all at the same time? Will the Silly Shades Brigade let their disagreement break up their gang? Or will they be able to take off the shades and see Ellie for who she really is?

An ORIGINAL play best for children through Grade 3. Being performed at 23 locations throughout the Arrowhead Region. See our calendar for the date and time near you:



April is Poetry Month

Join us for the Poetry of Ryan Vine

April 9-20


Local award winning poet, Ryan Vine will share several selections of his work, followed by an interactive discussion focused primarily on the use of metaphor.

Mr. Vine is the author of Distant Engines, a Weldon Kees Award winner and published by Backwaters Press in 2006. His honors include the 2011 Robert Watson Poetry Prize from the Greensboro Review, a Career Development Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council and finalist nods for the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize and the May Swenson Poetry Award from the Utah State University Press. His poems and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Writer's Almanac, and The Minneapolis Star Tribune, among other places. He is the Rose Warner Assistant Professor of English at the College of St. Scholastica.

This program is intended for adults and students high school age or above. Dates and times are on the ALS Calendar: CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Minnesota Historical Society History Players

Costumed history players use props and artifacts from Minnesota's past to bring history to life!


Toni Stone

April 11-19, 2013




(1921-1996) As a pioneer for both women and African-Americans in baseball, this St. Paul native broke many barriers by playing for the first time on men's teams all across the nation. Although she faced a great deal of discrimination, she rose among the ranks of farm town barnstorming teams to become the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro Leagues. Her drive, perseverance and determination transformed her from a Minnesota "tomboy" to the "female Jackie Robinson" of the Negro Leagues.

Harriet Bishop
April 25-26, 2013


(1817-1883) St. Paul's first public school teacher.
In this program you will learn about the role of women in American frontier education, the differences and similarities between school in the 19th and 21st centuries, the diverse peoples who lived in St. Paul during Minnesota's territorial years, and the mid-19th century experience of leaving one's home behind to move to a new territory.





And in May, watch for Author Sarah Stonich touring to discuss the April release of her new book, Vacationland, set at a northern Minnesota resort.


Arrowhead Legacy Events
FREE TICKETS
available at library check-out


Arrowhead Legacy Events provides FREE TICKETS to Arts Events and Museums across the region. Tickets are offered on a limited, first come/first served basis. Check in with your library for tickets to the following locations/events approximately one month prior to the performance.



Rose Ensemble 7th Annual Greater Minnesota Tour, A Musical Journey through Assissi, Florence, and Rome.  Three locations:
     Sunday, October 14, 7 PM - Sychar Lutheran Church, 14 Edison Blvd., Silver Bay
     Monday, October 15, 7 PM - Saint Anthony Catholic Church, 231 E. Camp St., Ely
     Tuesday, October 16, 7 PM - Hibbing High School Auditorium, 800 E. 21st St., Hibbing
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Duluth Children's Museum Storyland Exhibit
     December 1, 2012 through January 20, 2013
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Duluth Playhouse, Disney's Alice in Wonderland JR
     January 24-27, Marshall School's Fregeau Auditorium
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Mesaba Concert Association, Intersection
     March 9, Hibbing High School Auditorium
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Reif Center, Lightwire Theater presentation of the Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & the Hare
     March 10, Reif Center Theater, Grand Rapids
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Arrowhead and Border Concert Associations, New Odyssey
     April 1, Goodman Auditorium, Virginia

     April 2, EW Backus Auditorium, International Falls
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Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, You Had Me At Hello
     April 20, DECC Symphony Hall, Duluth
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Reif Center, James Sewell Balley
     April 20, Reif Center Theater, Grand Rapids
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County Seat Theater, Leaving Iowa
     May 9-12, 15-19, Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery, Cloquet
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Museum passes are available for January-March, 2013

New passes with some NEW museums will be available April 1 - June 30.

Past Programs:

Heebie Jeebie's Family Comedy Music Show
September 24 - October 4, 2012
Get ready to listen, laugh, sing, shout, and dance along with award winning musician Glen Everhart during this high energy, interactive 45 minute show, suitable for all ages.

Songs include: I’ve Got The Heebie Jeebies, Camp Ishy-fishy-stinky-socky-sk
eeter-slappy-toad-a-hoppy-burpa-lotta-woodsa-tickle-ee, Young People Of The World, The 4 Headed 3 Legged 2 Armed 1 Eyed Monster, The Littlest Worm, and many more!




Bhutan - A View from the Top of the World
Presented by Cal Rice, Professional Photographer
October 10 - November 6, 2012
Last October Cal spent two weeks in the Himalayas, in the country of Bhutan.  
He was with IBM for 32 years. Since then he has been a professional photographer and a teacher, mostly in adult education.
Cal tells us, "What I am trying to do in this career is to visit and photograph countries that are in the midst of cultural change.  Then come back to northern MN and share my experience.  This is more a documentary and cultural exchange rather than just a travelogue."
Cal will be bringing his program to 10 locations.

Fleece to Felt: Fiber Art Comes Alive
November 5 - November 17, 2012
The Duluth Art Institute is bringing fiber art to the far reaches of the Northland.  Learn how to transform fluffy, colorful sheep’s wool into a fun, felted butterfly.  All it takes is a little soapy water and a lot of imagination.  It’s a very interactive and accessible art project for all ages.  Let the metamorphosis begin!
The Duluth Art Institute is a non-profit community arts center located in Duluth, Minnesota with a mission to “enrich daily life with dynamic, innovative arts programming that upholds excellence and promotes active community participation.”  

The Holidays in Song
A Stress-Free Hour with Zachary Scot Johnson
December 3-13 
Decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, parties, planning...
sometimes we need a break from our holiday preparations.
Zachary Scot Johnson is a well-known performer from the Twin Cites who has spent the last 10 years touring with artists like Grammy winners Shawn Colvin and Keb' Mo' and movie stars/musicians Kevin Costner, Rita Wilson and others.
For this show, after much digging, Zach has uncovered some lesser known holiday "gems" to mix with songs we know and love.
Treat yourself to this enjoyable hour of music.

Create Slide Shows from your Photos Presented by Mark McCarty January 9-26
We used to have them stored in shoe boxes or drawers with the intention of organizing them "some day". Now our photos are relegated to folders on our computers to be shared with our families and friends "some day". Make that day today! 
With just basic computer skills, you can learn how to create beautiful slide shows using your photos, and then setting the slides to music. Mark will lead you through the process, including a discussion of different software choices, importing / viewing / fixing / tagging and organizing your photos, and adding music to your creation. He will also cover editing the slide show with a variety of ideas. Date and locations can be found here: Event Calendar

Pioneer Photography
Doug Ohman
January 21 - February 6
Travel the state of Minnesota with photographer/public speaker Doug Ohman as he explores many historic sites and structures that are quickly being lost to history.  Doug will share stores and interesting historical information about some of Minnesota’s most treasured buildings.  Doug will also tell his own story on how he took his passion for history and love of photography and combined them into a successful career.
Libraries will be hosting one of seven different programs:
  • Minnesota Byways
  • "Living the Dream" - Historic Homes of Minnesota
  • "Escape to the Lake" - Cabins of Minnesota
  • State Parks of Minnesota
  • "Going to Work" - The New Deal in Minnesota
  • Journey Down the River, Part 1
  • Journey Down the River, Part 2
See our calendar for dates and locations of each programs: Calendar
You can view some of Doug's work on his website: Pioneer Photography

Ragtime to Riches
with Shannon Lee Gunderson
January 11 - 26
Rescheduled programs:
Shannon's programs have been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 15 at 3 PM in Silver Bay and 6 PM in Two Harbors, and on Friday, Feb. 22 at 3 PM at the Evergreen Senior Center in West Duluth.
Many of you have heard Shannon play, either on her own or as part of the group know as the "Divas". For this program, Shannon will include a life line of early ragtime jazz, blues, country and pop music. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of our most talented local artists, who has always said that she is SO blessed to be working at what she loves...music!
Shannon will be performing in 10 locations. Check our calendar for details:

James Wedgwood - Comedy, Ventriloquism & More
"The Most Fun You Can Have Without Moving Your Lips!"
February 18 - March 8
Come see James Wedgwood and his amazing comic ventriloquism. Like a one-man variety show, James makes virtually everything talk, from wooden “associates”, to purses, bottles, and even audience members - yes, they open their mouths and James provides the surprising words! A game show, singing (without moving his lips) and much more are all part of the fun.
With outrageous characters and hilarious audience participation, this is a performance unlike any other and one you will not want to miss!  The show is appropriate for all ages so feel free to bring the whole family.
Details on times and locations can be found on our calendar: Online Calendar


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