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When the weather is cold, it’s time to find a hot read and join Virginia Public Library’s annual “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” reading program. This is the 20th year that “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” is being sponsored by the Friends of Virginia Public Library. Area residents over 18 are invited to register in the library or online to participate. To register online, click on this link.

This program is designed to promote reading for adults, since reading is equally important for all ages. Each book read during the program will earn one entry in a big giveaway on March 2nd. Participants must visit the library to check out library books and submit their entries.

Hot Reads TuesdayHot Reads Tuesdays will continue on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-12:00. Each week, members of the Friends of the Library will provide coffee and bakery to area readers. This is a great time to find out about new books and visit with your neighbors.

The Hot Reads celebration continues with a discussion of the historical furnishings of Minnesota’s capitol building on January 4th at noon.  Capitol Furnishings presenter Natalie Image of FurnishingsHeneghan found that over 1,600 pieces of furniture have contributed to the building, its occupants, and its design.  Warm up with us and enjoy the stories of these objects found throughout Minnesota.  This program was funded in part or in whole by a grant from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

Metal Tooling ImageRelease your inner artist at our Metal Tooling workshop, from the Duluth Art Institute.  Create a unique, colorful, and textured piece of art by tracing designs onto thin metal sheeting.  Then, watch your design emerge as you color it with permanent markers.  This program was funded in part or in whole by a grant from Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

The neCook the Book Flyerw year’s first Cook the Book offering is Heart Healthy Ingredients.  The potluck is on January 25th, with registration running through the 24th.  How does it work?  Come to the Reference desk to sign up and to choose your recipe from the library resources we have chosen to use.  Whip up your creation at home and bring it to the library to share with other participants.  The library will provide participants with copies of the selected recipes.  Please note:  Registration for this program is required.

Photo by Mary ObrienThe 9th annual Book Lover’s Tea, at noon on February 15th, continues the food theme with Minnesota chef and Star-Tribune columnist Beth Dooley.  By sharing stories from her book In Winter’s Kitchen, as well as recent work with the University of Minnesota, Beth will showcase successful efforts to create a more sustainable and accessible food system.  Please note: Advanced registration for the tea is essential! Reservations must be made by February 8th.  Book Lover’s Tea is supported by the Friends of the Virginia Public Library.

Image of ApronJoin us for another program courtesy of Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund at noon on Thursday, February 22nd.  Vintage Aprons is a review and explanation of both vintage and new age aprons with historical details of styles, types, and embellishments.  Patrons are invited to bring their own aprons and share stories and details about them.  Vintage aprons bring out a lot of fond memories and stories of women from the past, often relatives and grandmothers. Aprons tell women’s history through a homespun, common cover-up.

Photo of Allen EskensHot Reads for Cold Nights programming continues with our second annual Queen City Reads.  The first event, in the library auditorium at noon on Tuesday, February 27th, is a discussion of The Deep Dark Descending, by Allen Eskens.  There will be discussion questions to help guide participants, but any questions relating to the book and author are welcome.  The author will not be at this event.

The second QCR event, featuring award winning Minnesota author Allen Eskens, will be at noon on Thursday, March 1st.  Allen will be available to talk about his life in publishing, his work,and The Deep Dark Descending.   These programs are supported by the Friends of the Virginia Public Library.

For more information on these events and more, call 748-7525.–-Susan Hoppe, Public Services Librarian