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.
Kay Mike Bob Barb
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!)


Author Talk: Lanny Martinson September 25


Author Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, September 25, 6:30 p.m.

Lanny Martinson, who grew up in Two Harbors, wrote the book After the Rush as fiction, based on his own experiences in Vietnam and then trying to return to life afterward. He will talk about how he came to write the book, and will also talk about the story that made the news last year when his dog tags were returned to him after being lost in 1968.  There will be copies of the book available to purchase.

New Book List




Young Adult:

Teen Anime Club
Saturday, September 27th, 12:00 pm

We read manga, watch anime, eat Japanese food, and in general have a great time! All teens are welcome to attend, so stop by and give it a try!


Kids’ Movie Day
Friday, September 26th, 2:30 pm

For the month of September, we are celebrating a classic comedian – Robin Williams – by showing some of our favorite children’s films that feature him.


New A/V List


Books on CD:

Kids’ Movie Day
Friday, September 19th, 2:30 pm

For the month of September, we are celebrating a classic comedian – Robin Williams – by showing some of our favorite children’s films that feature him.


Afternoon Book Group
Thursday, September 18th, 1:00 pm

“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson.

“After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop.  The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and one day, he turns 100.  A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption).  So he decides to escape, embarking on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey.

“It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, he has actually played a key role in them.  Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.”

(description from the back cover of the Hyperion 1st edition copy)

Copies of the book are available at the library front desk; everyone is welcome to join in the discussion.


Closed: Labor Day
Monday, September 1st

The library will be closed on Monday, September 1st, in honor of Labor Day.  Have a good holiday weekend!

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Finnish Folk Music
Saturday, September 13th, 1:00 pm

Sara Pajunen plays Finnish folk music on violin and in her Laatikko/Box program uses her violin combined with items she has collected about Finnish immigration to the United States to create a multi-media interactive story about immigration then and how we as individuals are always moving from the known to the unknown as we move through different phases of our lives.

Legacy Logo ColorFinalSara Pajunen grew up in Northern Minnesota where she performed and traveled with the Singing Strings, playing Finnish folk music, American fiddle tunes, and classical repertoire.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed a solo studies degree from Helsinki Conservatory in 2008.  She performs and teaches private lessons in the Twin Cities.  In 2010 she was awarded a Finlandia Foundation grant to bring new Finnish folk music to the area via education and performance. See her website here: http://www.sarapajunen.com/

LEGACY EVENT: This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.