Winter Reading Bingo

2014-12-15 12.14.04Registration is now open for Winter Reading Bingo! Kids are invited to register and pickup a bingo card from the library front desk. Bring back your completed card by February 28 to receive a fun prize. For every child who completes a Winter Reading Bingo card, an anonymous donor will give a can of soup to the Plainview-Elgin Area Food Shelf. Reading for a reason!


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Backyard Birding 101

birdwatcher1Tuesday, December 16, 2014
6:00-7:00 pm

Join a Whitewater State Park naturalist to learn how your family can participate in the upcoming Christmas Bird Count and the Great Backyard Bird Count later in February.  Bird watching basics and common birds found in your neighborhood will be covered.  This event is for the whole family!

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Amanda Farmer Author Signing

farmerLocal author, Amanda Farmer, will be signing books at the Plainview Library on Saturday, December 6th from 9am until noon and at the Jon Hassler Theater bookstore from 5-8pm. Her first published memoir, If You Leave This Farm, is a story of family loyalty, finding one’s purpose, and the pursuit of dreams. Amanda worked on her family’s southeastern Minnesota farm until the age of twenty-nine.  From there, she pursued a career as a Nurse Anesthetist, traveled the globe, and served others with her nursing skills.  Hers is a tale of a family’s relationship that despite its profound flaws gave her the steadfast determination to chart her own path and make a difference in the world.

Books will be available for purchase at the library.  They are also available at, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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What’s It Worth?

clock1Mark Moran, antique appraiser from Iola, Wisconsin and the author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, will be at the Library on Friday, October 24, 2014, starting at 4 pm.  Each pre-registered adult will be allowed to bring 1 item for appraisal.  Early sign-up is recommended as the first 40 items will be appraised at no charge.  After that, additional items will be appraised at the rate of $15 each. Please call the library at 507-534-3425 to schedule an appraisal.  The event is open to the public, but pre-registration is required to have an item appraised.  Enjoy a treat and some free entertainment. Seating will be available.

Objects eligible for appraisal include fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, advertising, folk art, toys, metalware, clocks, costume jewelry, musical instruments.  Ineligible items include any weapons (with the exception of folding knives with advertising), Nazi memorabilia, coins and paper money, fine jewelry (including precious gems), and Beanie Babies.

Questions about other objects can be submitted to Mr. Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. Suggested categories for advance inquiry include tribal objects, ancient artifacts, fossils and minerals, books, automotive items, nautical and military-related objects, sports memorabilia, records, antique tools, and technological objects (such as typewriters, cameras, sextants, telescopes, microscopes).

Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.

For more information, contact:
Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art

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Hugs and Mugs Coffee Break

mother-with-baby-hiMost Wednesday mornings from 9:30-10:15 am in the Plainview Public Library’s Children’s Room starting Wednesday, Sept. 10 

A special time for caregivers to enjoy grown-up conversation while their babies play. The library will provide a variety of warm beverages and some simple toys. All you need to bring is yourself, your baby, and a blanket for tummy time.

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Data Security Program

Data security issues are on the rise in Wabasha County. Join us on Wednesday, September 10 from 6:30-7:30pm when Foresight Bank, Peoples State Bank, and Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) discuss measures people can take to protect their information from unscrupulous individuals. Mary Schneider, of Foresight Bank, will discuss credit and debit card security. Marlene Young, of Peoples State Bank, will discuss identity theft. Michael Flores, User Technology Manager of SELCO, will present information about securing a personal computer or device. All are welcome to attend the Data Security Program at the Plainview Public Library. There will be snacks, prizes, and thought-provoking information about how to keep your information safe.

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Chess club is back!

chess_set_on_boardThe first fall Chess Club will meet Thursday, September 4 at 3:30-4:15pm in the Plainview Public Library’s children’s room. Test your wits against your peers! All children who know how to play chess independently are invited.

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Library to Close for Carpet Replacement

The Plainview Library will be closed from Wednesday, August 20th through Sunday, August 24th for carpet replacement on the adult side of the building.

During this time:

*Item renewals and requests can be done via our online catalog using your 13-digit library card number and PIN (typically the last 4 digits of your phone number)

*Online services such as OverDrive and Mango will be available

*Items can be returned through the book drop on the back of our building

The Library will re-open on Monday, August 25th with its regularly scheduled hours.

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2nd annual birthday party for Harry Potter

You’re invited to Harry Potter’s birthday party on July 30th from 8-10pm at the Plainview Public Library. Please dress as your favorite character (or creature) and join us for food and activities to celebrate our favorite kid wizard. This is an exclusive event for students entering 4th-8th grades.24312_204107389749859_1535506133_n

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Fizz Boom Read! Summer Reading Program

Wholegroup Summer Reading signup has begun! Children may register for science based programs, book clubs, and the hands-on MakerSpace sessions. This summer we have programming and reading challenges for readers birth-12 grade. Parents are asked to register children ages birth-6th grade. Readers 7th grade and up may register themselves. If you have questions, please call the library (534-3425) or email Meg Curtiss (

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