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Book discussion: Blessings

Blessings by Anna Quindlen

Our next book for discussion will be an emotional dramatic novel - Blessings by Anna Quindlen. Join us for a pair of conversations on Monday, February 27:

• at NOON where you're invited to bring along a sack lunch for a daytime conversation,
• and again at 7 pm for those who prefer an after-work or post-dinner evening conversation.

Late at night a teenage couple drives up and leaves behind a box; in this instant the world is changed forever. Blessings explores how the secrets of the past affect decisions and lives in the present; what makes a person - a life - legitimate or illegitimate, and who decides; the unique resources people find in themselves and in a community. This is a powerful novel of love, redemption, and personal change by a Pulitzer Prize–winning writer.

We brought in books for IMMEDIATE CHECKOUT - stop in to check one out and take it home today! 

Bluegill dinner fundraiser

a happy fish wielding a spatula

Mark your calendar - the Masons are hosting their annual bluegill dinner fundraiser for the library starting at 5 pm on Friday, March 3 at the Lodi Masonic Lodge!

For $12 you get bluegills, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw, roll, dessert, and beverage - bring along 2 items for the Lodi Food Pantry and save $1 per dinner. Service runs until 7:30 pm (or they sell out), and carryouts are available.

Get a lovely dinner out, and help the library too!

Lodi Reads Leopold activities

Ken Lonnquist's "Earthy Songs", Aldo Leopold

Celebrate Lodi Reads Leopold with a day of family friendly activities Saturday, March 4

Start off with a hike! Let’s take a 2-mile hike on the Lodi marsh segment of the Ice Age Trail. We’ll hike the loop trail on the west side of the marsh, hoping to hear the majestic bugling of cranes.
Meet at the Robertson Trailhead parking lot on Riddle Road starting at 9 am.  

Get a jump on spring with an indoor picnic! Join us for a FREE LUNCH from 11 am to 11:45 am in the conference room at Lodi Public Library. We’ll be serving hot dogs, chips and lemonade. No ants! Come for the picnic, stay for the concert!

At noon in the library program room, we'll host a special FREE family concert by musician Ken Lonnquist. Ken and his Earthy Songs are loved by kids and adults alike. Since 1982 he’s performed as Wisconsin’s “Minstrel for the Environment,” writing fun, imaginative, meaningful songs about the natural world. Ken has performed at Aldo Leopold’s famous “shack” and based songs on chapters from “A Sand County Almanac.” His positive, witty lyrics keep audiences laughing and the intelligence of his lyrical content makes him a hit everywhere. Ken has performed in Lodi in the past and we’re glad to welcome him back for this event!

Lodi Reads Leopold is a team within the Friends of Scenic Lodi Valley and plans events each year in March to heighten awareness of Aldo Leopold and his ideas. Lodi Public Library is proud to annually serve as home to these events.

Business vendors sought for spring garden show

The Friends of the Lodi Public Library is coordinating a Garden Expo for Saturday, May 20, 2017 and they're looking for local businesses interested in filling our vendor mall.

All types of vendors are welcome - garden ornaments, tools, plants, antiques, bakery, decorating, etc. For more information on vending, please visit the Garden Expo 2017 webpage.

We'll have information coming this spring for attendees, with ticketing cost, lecture details and more. We'll post it right here when it's finalized!

Shopping with a benefit!

AmazonSmile logo - you shop, Amazon gives

Before you start shopping, use AmazonSmile to make your purchases go further!

The Friends of the Lodi Public Library now is officially registered as a charitable organization; the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the sale price (excluding shipping, taxes, etc.) from your eligible purchases. To activate the donations, choose the Friends of the Lodi Public Library as your charity and make sure to shop through the smile.amazon.com site. There is no cost to you!

Every time you shop, make sure the black Amazon bar shows you are "Supporting: Friends of The Lodi Public Library" and thank you for your support!

This week's fun library puzzle

Art by Colin Thompson (you can buy this as a jigsaw puzzle!)

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