Linda Orsted

Lake Elmo Lirary Directory


New Ideas for a New Year

It’s January in Minnesota. Winter sports enthusiasts are thrilled that it’s cold enough to ice skate, ski and snowmobile. Readers love the long, cozy sessions with a great novel or other entertaining book when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing and drifting. There is no reason to leave the house—or is there? While cocooning at home is fun, it is still important to get out and socialize with our fellow Minnesotans. The Lake Elmo Public Library is hosting some enticing programs this month, so mark your calendars.



Two years ago, in October 2011, the Friends of Lake Elmo Library announced ‘Operation Bookstrap,” a project to collect donated materials for the community’s future Lake Elmo Public Library. The response was overwhelming. Thousands of books, DVDs and audiobooks poured in! One volunteer estimated that 30,000 to 50,000 books came in during the first year. The library, in its current location at 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. North, has a maximum capacity of 15,000 volumes, so the Friends of Lake Elmo Library have instituted an ongoing used book sale in the library and have been shipping many boxes of donated books Better World Books, a used-book retailer. The Friends receive a small commission from Better World on the sales.


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Ah, the angst of middle school. While we remember the fun we had with friends and the excitement of meeting students who went to other grade schools, I’ll bet most of us filter out the memories of dealing with raging hormones, bullies, popularity problems, etc, etc. Guess what? As I said in last month’s column, ‘there’s nothing new under the sun!” Today’s ‘tweens are facing the same issues.


Book review: “Hadrian’s Wall,”

Book review: “Hadrian’s Wall,” by William Dietrich
There’s nothing new under the sun. Stories about ethnic unrest, political intrigue, romance and sexual tension between supposed enemies abound in today’s news, movies, and novels, but the themes are as old as human history.

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