Winter Reading Program Begins on January 5, 2015


With Christmas just a few days away, can the Adult Winter Reading program be far behind?   The theme this year is  “Book Your Winter Getaway.”  Participation in this program is a fun way to enjoy reading and using your library.  Register at the library and get a punch card to record the books you read between Jan.5 and March 13, 2015.  You will receive prizes for every 4 books read.   Prizes include a custom-designed mug or tote bag, small notebooks, note cards, chocolate, packets of tea, hot chocolate, popcorn, and more.  If twelve books are read, participants may choose a quality used book.  Those who complete the program by reading 12 books and filling out the book rating forms will be treated to a dessert buffet at the end of the program.

This year Pioneerland Library System and Plum Creek Library System jointly held a contest to create the theme and design the logo   Andrew Prekker, age 15, of Luverne, MN  is the winner of the 2015 WRP Logo artwork contest.  Andrew’s artwork was selected from 55 art entries from 32 artists.

We sincerely hope you consider participation in this program — reading is a great way to pass the winter months!  For more information, call Pamela Dille at the library at 587-2368.  Library hours are Monday through Thursday 10 am – 9 pm.; Friday and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.

Artwork design:  Andrew Prekker, Luverne MN

©PCLS/PLS “Book Your Winter Getaway” WRP

Funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Legacy fund

Non-Fiction Book Club February 2nd

The next meeting of the non-fiction books club will meet at the library on Monday, February 2, 2015, at 5:15.  The topic for the month is “Love Story” Memoirs.   Please check with the library staff for non-fiction suggestions related to art.

Earbuds and Crematories


For several years the library has offered patrons free headphones to use at the computer stations.  As an option, this month we will begin to offer earbuds for purchase at $2.00/pair.  The earbuds come in a blue cloth case for convenient storage.  We will continue to service our younger patrons with headphones but encourage our older patrons to consider this convenient and hygienic option for receiving audio at the computer stations.  If you wish to purchase a set of earbuds, ask any staff member to help you.


Non-Fiction Book Club

The non-fiction book club met on Monday, December 1st to discuss the topic “Stranger than Fiction or Truth that Makes you Laugh.”  One of the books discussed was Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty.  As a result of an early traumatic experience, this author had a long, deep fascination with death and what happens to the body thereafter.  In her early 20’s she worked as an apprentice to the director of a crematory.   Using irony and gallows humor with her degree in medieval history, she shares research on “The American Way of Death” and practices of other cultures in handling and grieving their dead.   This is truly an eye-opening and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes look which in some ways demystifies death.  Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin Doughty has been interviewed on NPR and hosts the web series:  “Ask a Mortician.”  The non-fiction book club will meet again on January 5th at 5:15 in the library.  January’s topic is “Art-full Non-fiction.”  In addition to the recent popular title The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel, the library has other fascinating titles about famous art heists. One that bears special mention in the “truth  is stranger than fiction” department  is The Map Thief by Michael Blanding.  Ancient and rare maps are both beautiful works of art and practical tools to navigate the world.  The story of  esteemed map collector E. Forbes Smiley’s infamous crime of stealing priceless maps is one you won’t want to miss.

A good  biography recently acquired is The Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce by Sylvia Jukes Morris.  This book is the second and final volume on the life of one of the most talented and charismatic female public figures of the 20th century.  Price of Fame begins with Clare Boothe Luce’s arrival in Washington as the newly elected Republican representative from Connecticut.  She chose not to run for re-election in 1946 and used her articulate, glamorous presence to campaign for Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidential bid.  He awarded her with the ambassadorship to the Italian embassy.  While serving as ambassador, she took a hard stance against Italy’s Communist Party and was later stricken by a mysterious case of poisoning that the CIA kept secret, suspecting a Communist plot.  Sylvia Jukes Morris is the only writer to have had complete access to Ms. Luce’s public and private papers.  Morris is the wife of Edmund Morris, author of the outstanding Theodore Roosevelt Trilogy.

With new books arriving at the library weekly, now is the perfect time to stop in and check them out.  Hope to see you soon at the library!

Congratulations Hutchinson Library Friends on a Terrific 25 Years!


This fall marks the silver anniversary of Friends of the Hutchinson Public Library.  The first organizational meeting of the “Friends of the Library” was held on Monday, September 11, 1989.  The by-laws were accepted and first officers were elected:  John Horrocks, president; Kim Tuomi, vice-president; Kathleen McGraw, secretary; Sue Munz, treasurer.  Three major committees were established:  Membership, Publicity, and Service to the Homebound.  Making the group official, Minnesota Secretary of State, Joan Growe, signed the official certificate of incorporation on October 27, 1989.

In 1990 Friends began sponsoring “Project Bookshelf,” a program initiated by Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Marlene Johnson to collect new books (not just toys) as holiday gifts.  These books were then distributed through Social Services to local children in need.  Hutchinson Friends member Jo Ellen Kimball headed up the first Project Bookshelf.  It is interesting to note that Project Bookshelf is still rolled out each holiday season as collection boxes for new books are now out in the local elementary schools, as well as, the Hutchinson Library.  Cash donations to purchase new books for this program are also accepted.

From its inception, the Hutchinson Friends of the Library adopted used book sales as a major fundraiser.  Receipts from the first Arts and Crafts book sale in 1990 were $305.00.  Both indoor and outdoor used book sales are still going strong and total receipts in 2014 were over $10,000.00!   As in 1990, the majority of these funds are earmarked for the library’s audio book and DVD collections.  The library welcomes donations of gently used DVD’s, audio books, hard cover and paperback books in good condition.  Textbooks, encyclopedias, and Readers’ Digests books generally do not have resale value, so we prefer that these types of books are recycled or donated to another entity.

The Hutchinson Friends sponsor other projects including Books for Newborns, National Library Week Activities, Adult Winter Reading Program, Author Visits, Children’s Summer Reading Program, computer and other technology purchases, School Readiness books, an annual subscription to the readers’ advisory publication Book Pages, and much more.

Today Hutchinson Public Friends boasts 55 individual, family, or organizational members, including a very active group of volunteers who meet weekly to sort, process, and price used books for resale.  One more thing, the Hutchinson Friends’ dues have not increased in over 25 years, which makes this organization one of the best deals in town!  Today, as in 1989, the price of a family/individual membership is $10.00, organizations are $25.00, and an individual life member is $100.00.  This entitles members to a free annual subscription to Inklings, the Hutchinson Friends quarterly newsletter, and all kinds of opportunities to volunteer and connect with old friends or make new ones.

If you are interested in joining the Hutchinson Library Friends group feel free to contact Pam Dille, head librarian, at 320-587-2368 or

Ordinary Grace is 2015 “One Book One Community”

It is with much anticipation and pleasure that the Heart of Hutchinson “One Book One Community” unveils its selection for 2015:  Ordinary Grace by Minnesota author, William Kent Krueger.  This coming of age story, set in the 1960’s in small town Minnesota, tackles sensitive and tragic issues with the redemptive power of grace.  Ordinary Grace has received a number of awards, among others, the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery novel.


A three event Sunday series is planned for the 2015 One Book One Community:

  • 2 p.m. on February 8, PBS documentary “The Sixties” shown at the McLeod County Historical Museum.
  • 2 p.m. on March 22, community book discussion at the Hutchinson Public Library.
  • 2 p.m. on April 19,  author William Kent Krueger visit at the Hutchinson Event Center.

Looking for the perfect book to give family or friends this holiday season?  Paperback copies of Ordinary Grace are available for sale in Hutchinson at several retail outlets.  The library has two book club kits available for check-out.  They include twelve copies of Ordinary Grace and a reader’s guide for book group discussion — contact a library staff member to reserve a kit.  Also available for check-out are large print copies.

Be sure to mark your calendar for this year’s One Book, One Community events — you won’t want to miss them!

New Non-Fiction Book Club in Hutchinson


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

The library will host the next meeting of a Non-Fiction Book Club on Monday, December 1 from 5:15 – 6 p.m. in the Hutchinson Public Library Meeting Room.  The topic for this month is “Stranger Than Fiction or Truth That Makes You Laugh.”

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!