Journey Down the Mississippi: Part III

From the river city of St. Paul ride along with kayaker Doug Ohman as he completes the entire Mississippi River to the Iowa border.  This stretch of nearly 200 miles of river takes us into some of the most picturesque scenery on our trip so far.  We will also experience some of the most charming river towns in the state, such as Red Wing and Wabasha.  When we finally get to the Iowa border, we will have traveled approximately 720 miles of this incredible American river.

This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Journey Down the Mississippi: Part II

Continue Kayaking with Doug Ohman through the heart of Minnesota from Little Falls to St. Paul.  This 130 miles of river is sure to entertain and educate as we travel through some larger urban centers such as St. Cloud and Minneapolis.  We will experience going through three river locks on this stretch.  Doug will also share more historical information about two very important explorers of the Mississippi River.

This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Journey Down the Mississippi: Part I

Many of you will remember Doug Ohman, who was in the area last year to do a series of programs in the Plum Creek Library System. In Tracy, he did a program on barns, which was co-hosted by Prairie View Senior Living. He also has several books featuring his photography.

This summer, we are happy to present a virtual program that Doug has created. In a series of three videos, he shares his journey by kayak on the Mighty Mississippi River.

In Part I, Doug will take you from the river’s headwaters at Lake Itasca to the central Minnesota town of Little Falls. Along the way you will experience wilderness, large lakes and interesting towns in this 400 mile journey. Doug will share Minnesota history and stories that relate to this upper section of river.

Join us tomorrow for Part II!

This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Story Time To-Go

Here at Tracy Public Library, hosting Story Time is one of our favorite parts of summer. Having all the kids come and show me their projects is always the highlight of my day!

We won’t be doing our regular Story Times this year, but we wanted to come up with something for our families anyway. We have created Story Time To-Go bags that will be available for the next seven weeks. Each bag contains a book, a craft, and a coloring page. A different kit will be available each week.

Families with multiple children can receive one bag per child. There is a limited number of bags available per week, so it’s a good idea to call and reserve the number of bags you need to ensure everyone in your family gets one.

While we know this won’t be the same as coming in for crafts and stories at the library, we hope that this will give families a fun activity to do each week.

We have next week’s bags available now, so call the library at (507) 629-5548 to reserve some for your family, or stop in and pick them up any time during regular hours.

Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover

Our annual Summer Reading Program for children and teens will start Monday, June 15. We’ve got some exciting changes this year!

When kids sign up for the program, they will receive a library bag, pencil, and bookmark. We are giving out nicer bags this year in place of the smaller prizes we usually give out for completing the challenge.

We also have three larger prizes: a magnetic tile set, a Harry Potter Lego set, and a Kindle Fire. These prizes are sponsored by Minnwest Bank of Tracy.

The larger prizes will be given away in a drawing at the end of the summer. For every 200 pages read, participants will have their name entered into the drawing for the prize for their age group. We will also have a way to earn some bonus entries into the drawing, so stay tuned!

We will also have two ways to track reading this year. You can sign up at the library as usual and use a paper reading log, or take advantage of our new online sign-up and reading tracker by clicking the link below:

Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover

If you sign up and track online, be sure to ask for your library bag the next time you stop in!

We have lots of awesome books ready to check out (remember, ebooks count, too!), and reading is most definitely NOT canceled this summer! We look forward to seeing you soon.