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June Events & Programs at The Brainerd Public Library

**taken from the Brainerd Public Library website


Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Program at the Brainerd Public LibraryCalendar of Events – We will explore to the core this summer. Readers from birth through teens will celebrate our theme: Dig Into Reading! We’ll burrow into books and dig up fun with related stories, crafts, music and more. Mark this part of your summer plans! Sign up begins June 3rd.

“Paws” to read with Lulu the Dog – Lulu is a Reading Education Assistance Dog. She is very patient and calm and a great listener. Whether you’re a strong or struggling reader Lulu loves to hear kids read stories. Want to read her a story? Lulu will be at the library on Monday, June 3, 10 & 17 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at (218) 829-5574.

Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Author Events:
Click here for brochure and brief author biographies

  • June 3, 12:00pm Author William Souder- On a Farther Shore


  • June 10, 12:00pm Author Peg Meier- Through No Fault of My Own


  • June 17, 12:00pm Author Dave Wellstone- Becoming Wellstone


  • June 24, 12:00pm Author Jim Heynen- The Fall of Alice K.

Children’s Ojibwe Shoulder Bag Art and History – Wednesday June 5th @ 2:00pm* – Cheryl Minnema, Waabaanakwadookwe, has been practicing beadwork all her life. A member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Minnema learned to bead from her family. She is very interested in preserving the traditions of her people, but she also brings to her craft a contemporary viewpoint as well. Families welcome.

Adult Ojibwe Beading Work Art & History – Wednesday, June 5 from 5:00pm-7:00pm with Cheryl Minnema Cheryl will be discussing the history and cultural importance of Ojibwe beading. Through this program attendees will start on a beading project that they will be able to take home with them. Register by calling 218-829-5574.

Author Patrick Mader – Wednesday June 19th @ 2:00pm* – Children’s picture book author, Patrick Mader, is an author of heartwarming, inspirational, and intergenerational stories. He’ll talk about his children’s books including Big Brother has Wheels and Oma finds a Miracle.

City Chickens: Keeping a Backyard Flock – Tuesday, June 11 @ 12:00pm with Master Gardener JoAnn Weaver. A flock of hens can be fun and productive. They’ll eat bugs, produce top-notch fertilizer, and lay eggs. This presentation will cover the basics of getting started with chicken keeping such as city codes, housing, coop care, breeds, resources, feeding, watering, and daily care. Please register by calling 829-5574

Regular Brainerd 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 @ 2pm

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

A Look Back at The Olde Depot JunkTion

I know I am a bit late on getting this post up, but I wanted to share my thoughts and pictures from a VERY fun (and first time) event over the Memorial Day Weekend in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

The Olde Depot JunkTion: In a nutshell, if you like magazines like Country Living, Where Women Create, or Flea Market Style….you would LOVE The Olde Depot JunkTion


If you love shows like Junk Gypsies or American Pickers…you would LOVE the Olde Depot Junktion.


I had the privilege of attending the Junk Bonanza in Shakopee last Fall and THAT event is the MacDaddy of junker’s paradise. The Olde Depot JunkTion was on a smaller scale, but just as good and VERY well done.



This fun event was held a the old Burlington Northern Railroad Campus and I don’t think there could have been a better backdrop. Food and beverages were supplied by Prairie Bay and the yummy stylings of founders Pam Massie and PJ Overvold could be seen everywhere. My dear friend Kris Binsfield from Cherish Designs came with her to-die-for jewelry creations as well.

Olde Depot JunkTion



Tickets for the Olde Depot JunkTion were $8 a day and well worth the price. I spent the extra $$ and got the Early Bird ticket which allowed me to get into the show a full two hours ahead (8:00 a.m on both Saturday and Sunday) of the normal open time of 10:00. I would do it again in a heartbeat and encourage others to do the same next year. I was so happy to be able to see all the amazing, mind-blowing, one-of-a-kind items that were there before they were sold in those first two hours.



My absolute favorite was the “monster” creations from Limited Primitives

Limited Primitives

Limited Primitives


I have heard that The Olde JunkTion Depot event was a huge success and I totally agree. I also have heard the founders have agreed to this event again next year. SO, watch for information and updates about tickets and be sure and mark it on your calendar as a “must Do” in 2014!

Creative Writing Bootcamp at The Crossings Arts Alliance

I was off on a new adventure this last Saturday.

It wasn’t my much-anticipated trip to the Junk Bonanza in Shakopee either. Mother Nature took care of that with a surprise snowstorm on April 19 that had even Brainerd Schools closing for the day. Not that I minded. I was more excited for what was to come the following day.

Local author Candace Simar (Abercrombie Trail and Blooming Prairie) along with her author/editor sister Angela Foster teamed up with Krista Soukup from Blue Cottage Agency and The Crossing Arts Alliance for a day of creative writing know-how also known as Creative Writing Bootcamp.

creative writing bootcamp

We discussed some of the components of story, creating a setting, creating strong characters, the difference in the writing points-of-view, and how to create great beginnings and solid endings.  I have to admit much of this information was brand new to me once again reinforcing  the fact that writing and blogging are not always the same thing.

The day absolutely FLEW by which was a testament to me how good the workshop was. You know it’s good when you are engrossed in what’s being said so much that you look at the clock, an hour has gone by in the blink of an eye.


Here’s some of the tips that stuck with me the most:

  • Don’t be enslaved by the “ly” words in your dialogue: I know I am exceptionally bad at this one (“Don’t go there,” he said sternly) . But what I learned is that most times a simple “he said” or “she said” suffices just fine and tends to disappear nicely on the page.
  • When creating people/characters, focus on the unique and unusual.
  • No one is 100% “one way.”  Your “good guy” (protagonist) needs to be 51% good and 49% not-so-much. The same with the “bad guy” (antagonist). They need to be 51% bad and 49% good.
  • Don’t be afraid of the “Sh*tty First Draft.” All writers work to get the story on paper first, the fine-tuning comes later.
  • The first page of your story is what pulls readers in and helps then decide whether they want to keep reading or not.  Short declarative sentences are sometimes enough to engage ypur reader and make them want to keep reading.
  • Rewrites may be a pain, but it’s how your story gets better.

Days later my brain is still humming with information, thoughts, and ideas. My buddy Nicole from Hiking is For Hippies went with me and later wrote on Facebook: “I had such a great time and learned so much from this class. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to become a better writer!! Thank you to Blue Cottage Agency and the wonderful ladies who shared some of their best ways to become a successful author!”

It was a day well spent.

Where-o-Where Has My Little Dog Gone? Brainerd Lakes Lost and Found Pets


TODAY, I would like to take a moment to shine the spotlight on, and give props to, a local business who is providing a great service to the Brainerd Lakes Area.
 Brainerd Lakes Lost and Found Pets: A free service provided by Red Oaks Pet Inn to help reunite lost pets with their families. Most of know the heartbreak of a pet that goes missing..and the rest of us hope we never find out that feeling first hand.

Red Oaks Pet Inn took this needs and created a Facebook Page where people can post Lost, or Found Pets with the ultimate goal of reuniting critters and owners.

Please take a moment to visit this Facebook Page, Like it, and the Share to on your own wall. By supporting each, together, we are all awesome!

Writer, blogger, social media fiend, and proud mama, Becky Flansburg writes for a variety of places including Her Voice Magazine, Franticmommy, and BizEase Support Solutions. When not creating typos and brain lint here, she can be found spending waayyy too much time on Facebook. Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

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