Straw Bale Gardening Workshop

StrawBaleLogoFINALMonday, May 4th

Free Event brought to you by the Plainview Public Library

Spring is on its way!  Join us and learn about Straw Bale Gardening from expert Joel Karsten, author of Straw Bale Gardens Complete.  This simple gardening method requires no soil and no weeding.

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New Library Hours

openEffective April 1, 2015, the library’s open hours will be:

Monday 9:00-8:00
Tuesday 9:00-6:00
Wednesday 9:00-8:00
Thursday 9:00-5:00
Friday 9:00-6:00
Saturday 9:00-12:00*

*Closed on Saturdays from Memorial Day through Labor Day

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Announcing Zinio Downloadable Magazines!

Through a collaboration with Rushford Public Library, we are pleased to announce the addition of downloadable magazines to our collection.  To get started, go to the River Roads Digital Services page and “Browse Magazines” to check out over 30 available titles.


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Midwinter Used Book Sale

The libra"EAG-L-BOOKSALE"ry will host its annual Midwinter Used Book Sale from Monday, February 23-Friday, February 27 during regular open hours. The public is invited to donate books, videos, and audio materials to be included in the sale. All proceeds will be put towards a book covering system to better protect the library’s books.

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Pajama Time Storytime

7689043636_6a54abd337Pajama Time “Achoo! Storytime” will be held Thursday, Feb. 5 at 6:30-7pm  instead of this Thursday, Jan. 29. This time of year we all know someone who isn’t feeling well. This storytime will remind us to wash our hands and take care of each other when we aren’t feeling well.

Storytimes are an excellent opportunity for families to reconnect at the end of a busy day. Toddlers, preschoolers, and their families are invited to join Miss Meg for stories and songs. Kiddos are invited to wear their jammies or regular clothes whichever is easiest for Mom and Dad or Grandma and Grandpa.

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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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