Summer Reading at JML begins June 1! Cardholders will be receiving an email with details about the program and events we have planned. Also watch the Minden Courier and Facebook for updates.
Our Reading Challenge can be done online through ReaderZone or on paper. Our challenge is to read 1000 minutes between June 1 and July 31! Earn a FREE book when you reach 500 minutes and be entered for drawing prizes when you reach 1000 minutes. Unfortunately we can’t have in-person programs but there will be recorded Storytime with take-home bags, Activity Packs, Take and Make Crafts for kids & teens, and Adult Crafts – all of which you will be able to “order” to take home! We’ll also have virtual Minecraft, a virtual performance by Crane River Theater, Online Trivia, and other live virtual events!
Enjoy a variety of audiobooks this summer made available by SYNC, a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+ (but anyone can sign up!). For 13 weeks beginning April 30th, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week. The full schedule of titles is below. Go to https://www.audiobooksync.com/ to register and follow the instructions to access the titles! This will require downloading the Sora app.
On Tuesday, November 12, Minden’s Jensen Memorial Library will welcome Nebraska State Poet, Matt Mason. Mason will do a reading of some of his poetry and take part in a question and answer session with attendees. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the library, located at 443 N. Kearney Avenue in Minden.
In January 2019, Mason was named the Nebraska State Poet by Governor Pete Ricketts. The selection was led by the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Library Commission, and a group of state agencies and organizations that presented finalists to the governor for consideration.
Based in Omaha, he is also the Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective and he runs poetry programming for the State Department, working in Nepal, Romania, Botswana and Belarus.
Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for his poem “Notes For My Daughter Against Chasing Storms” and his work can be found in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. The author of Things We Don’t Know We Don’t Know and The Baby That Ate Cincinnati.
More information about Mason, his works, and his adventures as the Nebraska State Poet is available at his website: http://matt.midverse.com/.