November 7: Meinders Library will be open all day despite the PAS MS/HS Virtual Learning Day to accommodate voting.
November 11: We will also be open on Veteran’s Day.
In fact, we have a program that day with Minnesota journalist and publisher, Adam Wahlberg, from Think Piece Publishing.
Mr. Wahlberg will present a publisher’s perspective on the creation of our Community Read book. How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People, is a nonfiction account of everyday people’s struggles to survive the curve balls life throws their way. Written by Minnesota author, Andy Steiner, many of the stories in this compilation come from our native state.
Please join us at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 11, for the culmination of our 2017 Community Read program.
~This program is brought to you by funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation, as well as the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. As such, it is free and open to the public.~
Monday, October 30
Everyone is welcome to join a community-wide discussion on Andy Steiner’s “How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People”.
Steiner is a Minnesota author and joins a cadre of other successful writers at Think Piece Publishing.
If you have read some or all of How to Survive, you are invited to stop by the library at 6:00pm and share your thoughts, experiences, or tips on overcoming adversity and how this book helps put life into perspective.
The publisher, Adam Wahlberg, will visit Meinders Library on Saturday, November 11, for more insight into this book in particular and publishing in general. Beginning at 2:00pm, you will hear the unique perspective of a journalist, author and publisher as he shares his passion for helping others become the best they can be.
How to Survive is also the book pick for Meinders two book clubs. If tonight doesn’t work for you, consider stopping by at 8:30am on Tuesday, November 21 for our Early Bird Book discussion.
Yes, I know, grammar and punctuation is always the thing. And despite the title of this post sounding a bit strange, it conveys exactly what I want it to.
As it is written, I’d like to tell you a bit about community reads and how to survive them.
- Community Reads encourage the masses to read the same book, thus providing a common experience and a nice platform for discussion with anyone who partook in the read–regardless of age, gender, stage of life, or general interests. This book is for everyone. It is universal in our attempts to live our daily lives with grace, courage and dignity.
- Reading a book outside your typical genre sometimes isn’t easy. However, it is worth it to broaden your literary experiences. The nice thing about Andy Steiner’s How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People is that she tells the story of courage and triumph in bite-sized pieces. It’s easy to find a story that speaks to you.
- As we know time is short, we try to pick community read books that are quick and easy. This allows readers to spend minimal personal time while still being able to participate. So, I would say, don’t be afraid to cut your teeth on this book. Take a chance that you will find a sliver of time to read at least one story of survival.
- Sharing is caring. Sometimes we fall in love with literature and are reluctant to pass it along to others in case the pages get crumpled or someone might love a story with their morning coffee. The beauty of a community read is that these books are meant to be shared. The more widely read they are, the more successful our endeavor becomes. Read, share and discuss. Pass along the book to others who are going through tough times and who might need a bit of encouragement, or who enjoys similar writing as you do.
- Attend a book discussion. Yes, I know that is uncomfortable sometimes. But listening is also participating. Nobody expects to hear and speak with authority on the topics presented in Steiner’s book. Rather, everyone is encouraged to simply absorb the book as a community, listening to others and yourself about how a story touched you personally.
- Lastly, community reads are a no-cost endeavor. Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Cultural and Heritage Foundation, Meinders Library has 30 free copies of How to Survive for your reading pleasure. Simply stop in and nab a book.
How To Survive Events
Monday October 30 @ 6:00pm: Community Book Discussion
Friday November 10 @ 6:30pm Books-n-Brew Book Club
Saturday November 11 @ 2:00pm Publisher’s Presentation on How to Survive with Adam Wahlberg
Tuesday November 21 @ 8:30am Early Bird Book Club