Evening Book Group
Monday, October 13th, 6:30 pm

The evening book group is continuing to discuss books from the early 20th century. Kokoro is a novel published in Japan in 1914 as a serial in a newspaper, and it has become a classic of Japanese Literature read by many high school students. The story follows a young man telling of his life going to the university, befriending an older man, and later returning to his hometown. The last section of the book is in the form of a long letter from his older friend, describing some of his life. Themes of the book include changes taking place as Japan modernizes and has more influence from Western culture and the tension between loyalty to society and expression of individuality. As in many Japanese novels, plot is less emphasized than the exploration of feelings.

Copies of Kokoro by Natsume Sōseki are available at the front desk for check out. Anyone is welcome to join the group.


New Book List




Young Adult:

History and Music of the Accordion
Saturday, October 11th, 1:00 pm

Join us as Maestro Mario Cianflone performs a variety of classical, French, Italian, and Latin American styles with this historical instrument. All ages will enjoy the unexpected music Maestro Mario creates as well as the wealth of history, design, and special effects such as the “musette” sound that are possible on the accordion. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Mario moved from Amato, Italy to Canada as a young child and then moved to the U.S. to study the accordion at the University of Minnesota with the famous Larry Malmberg. Mario, went on to complete a M.A. in Music Theory and Composition at the University of Minnesota along with his Ph.D.

In Mario’s 20’s he created and arranged for a 24 voice – all accordion orchestra in Canada. Mario has become a specialist in Argentinian Tango and Parisian music as well as classical and Italian styles. Cianflone has become a brilliant composer and arranger and most recently has arranged historical Italian literature for Dino Dilaberti.Legacy Logo ColorFinal

Kids’ Movie Day: Frankenweenie
Friday, October 10th, 2:30 pm

For October, we are showing a spooky movie every Friday to celebrate Halloween!

This film is a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

(Walt Disney Pictures; PG; 90 minutes; 2012)

Permission to publicly show this movie was provided by Movie Licensing USA.


North Shore Poets
Wednesday, October 8th, 6:00 pm

This month the North Shore Poets will be showing the group how to make a Submission Tracker to organize poems submitted for publication or contests.

Also this month they will show how to organize an alphabetical list of poems which includes the first line, date written, prizes won, publication, etc. This table of contents helps with finding a poem if you do not know the title anymore and keeping track of publication.

After that there will be a critique session. Bring a poem or two to share with the group and then get feedback from a friendly group of poets!

Hope to see you there!poetry

Library Board Meeting
Tuesday, October 7th, 5:00 pm

All library board meetings are open to the public, so if you would like to learn more about how the library is run, then this is your chance!meeting_room

Grant “Fats” Johnson’s family donation to the library

When Grant “Fats” Johnson was growing up in Two Harbors in the 1920’s and early 30’s, the library was an important part of life for him, and he always made a point of supporting libraries.  He gave the Two Harbors Public Library two computers and other donations over the years he was making annual trips to Two Harbors for Heritage Days, and came for a book signing when his columns for the Chronicle were collected as “Good Ole Days.”  Before he died on July 1 this year at age 98, he had been talking about wanting to give the library another computer, so his family brought a donation check to replace one of the older computers, and some extra for other library needs.  (Maybe toward replacing the TV in the meeting room.)  The family gathered in the area to spend some time in their Dad’s old hometown and made a presentation of a scholarship fund for high school athletes.







Three of Grant Johnson’s daughters and his son:  Kathe (Johnson) Schaffler, Candyce (Johnson) Coons,   Robbin Kelly Johnson,  Jeff Johnson.  (Jennifer (Johnson) Marcouiller was not able to come.)

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Becky Norlien, Library Staff, and Katie Sundstrom, Library Director, receive donation check from Johnson family.

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Johnson family with some of the grandchildren, looking at copies of Grant’s book “Good Ole Days.”


Becky holds a picture of Grant Johnson and Katie holds an Edna G picture that he donated to the library (usually in the meeting room.)

Teens’ Movie Day: Godzilla
Saturday, October 4th, 12:00 pm

Stop by and watch a newly released movie!

The king of all monsters returns in this Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures production helmed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). As the story opens in Japan, we find dedicated nuclear power-plant manager Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) so caught up in his work that he forgets it’s his birthday. Sending his young son Ford off to school before reporting to the plant with his wife Sandra (Juliette Binoche), who works in the reactor, Joe begins to suspect that some suspiciously patterned seismic activity may be something more sinister than shifting tectonic plates He’s right, too, because when the plant goes into meltdown mode and Sandra gets caught on the wrong side of the containment door, a massive cover-up ensues.  Author: Jason Buchanan

(Warner Bros.; PG-13; 123 minutes; 2014)

Permission to publicly show this movie was provided by Movie Licensing USA.

Kids’ Movie Day: Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
Friday, October 3rd, 2:30 pm

For October, we are showing a spooky movie every Friday to celebrate Halloween!

The latest arrival at the Hundred Acre Woods celebrates Halloween with Winnie the Pooh (voice of Jim Cummings) and his friends in this direct-to-video animated adventure. Lumpy the Heffalump (voice of Kyle Stanger) is looking forward to trick-or-treating with his pal Roo (voice of Nikita Hopkins) until Tigger (voice of Jim Cummings) tells them all about the Gobloon, a creature which can turn unsuspecting victims into Jaggedy Lanterns. However, Tigger also tells them that if they can capture the critter, it will grant them a wish, so Roo and Lumpy gather their courage and try to catch the monster. Meanwhile, Pooh is tempted by his friends’ stash of Halloween candy, but his eyes prove bigger than his stomach when he eats it all. Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie was the follow-up to the theatrical feature Pooh’s Heffalump Movie.

(Walt Disney Pictures; G; 67 minutes; 2005)

Permission to publicly show this movie was provided by Movie Licensing USA.

Outreach Volunteers Honored

The Outreach Program of Two Harbors Public Library brings batches of books every 6-8 weeks to Harbor Point, Bayview, and Ecumen Scenic Shores Assisted Living and
the Care Center, to help people keep enjoying reading.
Kay Hensgens has been volunteering as the coordinator of the Outreach Collection
since 2007 and and Mike Tonder has been the delivery driver since 2005.  This summer they helped Barb and Bob Liukkonen get started as the new team.
Recently the two teams met to recognize the long service of Kay and Mike, with certificates of appreciation from the library, gift certificates to favorite lunch spots from the Friends of the Library, and cards signed by some of the people at the residences served by the Outreach service.  Mary Booth is also ending as a volunteer assisting with preparation of books for the Outreach Collection; Marianne Buske will continue to assist.
The Outreach Program has been possible because of the volunteers who keep it going.  Grants from the Two Harbors Area Fund helped build the initial collection, and grants from the Lions Club helped buy additional large print books, along with support from the Friends of the Library.  Books that have been retired from the Arrowhead Library System large print collection have been a great source of new titles.
Barb and Kay look at new books
Barb Liukkonen and Kay Hensgens look at the new infusion of large print Westerns.
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Kay Hensgens, Mike Tonder, Bob Liukkonen, Barb Liukkonen.
 Certificates of Appreciation






Certificates of Appreciation for Kay and Mike, presented by Becky Norlien of the Library staff.

Bob and Barb Liukkonen





Bob and Barb ready to head out with a delivery.  (Beer cases are just the right size and sturdy!)