February is a Month of Reading Related Activities

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February is a month filled with super-fun book/reading related activities for kids. Here’s some picks and highlights of local and on-line book festivities:
Family Book Festival at Jump Into a Book! Jump Into a Book is committed to banishing the winter doldrums by asking children’s book authors and bloggers what their favorite books are with related kid-friendly activities. Check out the fun HERE.


 Feb 14 is International Book Giving Day

Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day!

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.

Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.

2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.

Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.

3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa.
For more details this special day-go HERE.
February Brainerd Public Library Events

February is “I Love to Read Month!”  Stop in the children’s area to register to win a basket of children’s books.

February 14, Thursday 11:15am Special Valentine’s Day Baby Story Time

Starting on Feb 14 Family Movies will begin playing on Thursdays at 3:30pm – We will be watching “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown”

February 16, Saturday 9:30am & 11:00am Sing, Play, Learn with MacPhail Center for Music
* –Preschool musical story time -registration required
Join MacPhail Center for Music’s early childhood music specialists as we explore the magic of music and play. Through hands-on musical play activities, families will experience music’s impact on learning and reading readiness.  Together we will sing, rhyme, read, move and create! Suitable for children, birth to age 5. Register by calling 829-5574.

February 16, Professional Early Literacy Training Workshop for individuals that work with preschoolers from 1-4pm Learn new ways to enhance your story times with the addition of music. Call 829-5574 to register—Free!

February 23, Saturday at 3pm – Peonies of Minnesota* presented by Harvey Buchite
Experience a colorful slideshow that allows time for questions from the audience.  Learn a bit of Minnesota’s role in the history of peonies and the rich history of developing ever more hardy peonies.

March 9, Saturday from 1:00pm to 4:30pm The Write Basics—Writers’ Conference* at the Arrowwood Lodge

– Register by call 829-5574
Crime writer and former newspaper man, David Housewright will present a 90-minute workshop on the Basics of Writing a Novel, and Holly Day, author and instructor, will present on the Basics of Publishing.

Regular Brainerd Public Library Events

Family Story Time-Every Monday @ 6:30pm
Family Story Time-Every Tuesday @ 10:15am
Baby Story Time-Every Thursday @ 11:15am
Basic Computer Help-Every Thursday @ 2:30pm
Family Movies-Every Thursday @ 3:30pm
Brainerd Adult Book Club-Second Wednesday of every month @ 2:00pm.

For more information call the Brainerd Public Library @ (218) 829-5574 or visit

* These free programs are made possible with funding from Kitchigami Regional Library through the State of Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment funds to preserve arts and cultural heritage.

If you know of any other fun book-related activities in February, please share!

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