MN Historical Society Workshop November 10th


Looking to make an attractive but affordable holiday decoration or gift this season?  On Monday, November 10, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Minnesota Historical Society will present a workshop at the library on paper mini-wreaths.   This two hour workshop will include the historical context of paper crafts along with an opportunity for all participants to create a wreath from paper and other inexpensive materials.

The history of paper is traced back to China around 100 A.D.  In the fourth century China began cutting paper for decorative purposes and patterns.  By the end of the seventeenth century paper cutting spread through the trade route to Europe.  A popular and intricate form of paper folk craft in Germany and Switzerland was Scherenschnitte, which literally means “scissor cuts.”  This and other related hobbies are still enjoyed today.  Many popular crafts incorporate paper and recycled materials as both an inexpensive and environmental friendly way to create decorative items.

If you would like to participate in this workshop, there is a sign-up sheet at the library.  The workshop is free but limited to the first twenty participants.  All supplies will be provided and light refreshments served.  Hope to see you soon at the library!

Pioneerland Library has some great resources for both adults and children on inexpensive paper and other crafts.  Just a few include:

Simply super paper : over 50 projects to cut, curl, twist and tease from paper / Sandra Lounsbury Foic,

Trash to treasure : [the year's best creative crafts].

Trash to treasure : a kid’s upcycling guide to crafts : fun, easy projects with paper, plastic, glass  

Recipe and craft guide to China / Joanne Mattern.

101 crafts under $10 : easy-to-make ideas for gifts and home / from the editors at Butterick.

Easy-to-do holiday crafts from everyday household items / [edited by Sharon Dunn Umnik].


Artists of Minnesota Show at Library This Month


You won’t want to miss the traveling mini art show sponsored by the Artists of Minnesota now at the Hutchinson Library through October.  There are close to 25 works exhibited in or around the display case.  The traveling show was in Hastings in July and August and will be in St. Cloud November through December.

The Artists of Minnesota is a diverse group with all levels of experience who gather together from around Minnesota to share ideas and experiences.  More information about this group may be found on their website at

The displayed works, most of which are framed, are for sale and range in price from $33.00 to $96.00.  They would make great holiday gifts!  If you see one you would like to purchase, just talk to a librarian and she can assist you.  If you have any questions about the exhibit, feel free to contact Joyce Young of Hutchinson who is the local coordinator or Carol Eurele, state mini show coordinator, at 320-249-7270 or

We also have some great newer books on the subject of art including, Saving Italy : The Race To Rescue A Nation’s Treasures From The Nazis by Robert Edsel; The Art Forger : A Novel by Barbara Shapiro; The Painter by Peter Heller; The Heist by Daniel Silva; The Long Way Home by Louise Penny; Michelangelo : A Life In Six Masterpieces by Miles Unger; Selling Russia’s Treasures : The Soviet Trade In Nationalized Art, 1917-1938 from the M. T. Abraham Center for the Visual Arts Foundation;  I always loved you : a story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas  by Robin Oliveira.  To learn more about these books, click on the links above to take you to the Pioneerland Library Catalog.  Hope to see you at the library!

New Non-Fiction Book Club in Hutchinson


Like to read history, biography or books on timely issues ?

The library will host the first meeting of a Non-Fiction Book Club on Monday, October 6th from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting Room.  Come and join like-minded readers for a time of sharing and discussion.

The Great War


World War I was known as “The Great War” or sometimes “The War to End All Wars”

If only it were true . . .

This past summer marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.  Through a series of war declarations beginning on July 28, 1914, several European and Asian countries became embroiled in a bloody, often stalemated conflict that did not see the entry of the United States until April 1917.  The official date of the end of World War I was November 11, 1918 “Veteran’s Day”.

Marking this centennial observance are several new books at our library.  No doubt more are yet to come.  Here are just a few of them:

The First of July by Elizabeth Speller (fiction)

On July 1, 1914 four men from four very different worlds collide on the battle field.  The catastrophic day that follows includes thousands of Allied casualties, changing the lives of the men forever.  A mystery with a Dickensian flavor.

Alamo Doughboy:  Marching into the Heart of Kaiser’s Germany During WW I by Jennifer Klett (940.4 Kle)

Minnesotan George Knott’s experiences in the 90th Army Infantry Division during World War I.

The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 by Bele Zombory-Moldovan and Peter Zombory-Moldovan (940.4134 Zom)

Just first published, this is the translated memoirs of a young Hungarian artist who was called up to serve and sent to the Russian front.  Badly wounded, he returned to normal life which was unspeakably strange and never to be fully reclaimed.

The Canal Bridge: A Novel of Ireland, Love, and the First World War by Tom Phelan (fiction)

While touring the world, two young Irish friends are called into battle as stretcher bearers and witness the horrors of the French battlefields.

The Care and Management of Lies:  A Novel of the Great War by Jacqueline Winspear (fiction)

Set in an English village, this is story of love and friendship strained by the pain of separation and the brutal chaos of war.

Catastrophe 1914:  Europe Goes to War (audio book) by Max Hastings (940.311 Has)

The first year is re-created from the diplomatic crisis to the fighting in Belgium and France on the western front and Serbia and Galicia to the east. Vivid accounts of the battles and frank assessments of generals and political leaders are given which show why it was inevitable that this first war among modern industrial nations could not produce a decisive victory.

Enduring Courage: Ace Pilot Eddie Rickenbacker and the Dawn of the Age of Speed by John F. Ross (940.44973092 Ros)

The story of a poor German-speaking Swiss immigrant who overcame much, including accusations of being a German spy, to become the American ace of aces in World War I and a Medal of Honor recipient.

The Last of the Doughboys by Richard Rubin  (940.412730922 Rub)

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, Rubin located dozens of American veterans of World War I, aged 101 to 113, and interviewed them.  Humble and stoic, they kept their stories to themselves for a lifetime, and then shared them at the last possible moment so the world might know and remember.

Poetry of the First World War edited by Tim Kendall  (821 Poe)

Includes works from Thomas Hardy, Yeats, Kipling, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen and many others; also includes music hall and trench songs.

Wilfred Owen by Guy Cuthbertson  (821.912 Cut)

The story of one of Britain’s best-known and most loved poets.  Killed at age 25 on one of the last days of the First World War, he acted heroically as soldier and officer despite his great misgivings about the war’s rationale and conduct.

Look-A-Like Contest


Look-A-Like Contest!!
In honor of our new statue in Library Square, we held a
contest! Recreate this situation (statue) in real life

with yourself/friends/animals, then photograph it!


Library Statue


Winning Entry

Look Alike 2c

Second and Third Place

Statue contest 2c

Statue contest !c

New Teen Book Club

 teenbookclub Hutchinson Teen Book Club!

2nd Tuesday

7 pm

Are you interested in meeting other teens who like to talk about books, have fun and lively discussions, and enjoy beverages and snacks?

Please come & meet Hutchinson’s new young adult librarian,

Kris Jones!

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