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Library Holiday Hours

Friday, April 18th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 19th 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Adult Programs

Straw Bale


Join us and learn about Straw Bale Gardens!

Meet the Author, Joel Karsten on
Wednesday, April 23rd at 10:00 a.m.
Library Meeting Room

FREE and open to the public!

This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.


The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International brings their genealogy research resources to the Redwood Falls Public Library on April 26, 2014.

"The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) Traveling Library will be coming to the Redwood Falls Public Library on Saturday, April 26, 2014 and will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It is CGSI's way of taking family history resources to those who are not able to easily access them.

If you have any questions regarding the CGSI and their Traveling Library, call Gary Urban at 651-253-5772 or e-mail him at  To RSVP or if you have questions regarding the Redwood Falls Public Library location, please call Jeanne Wertish at 320-826-2451 or

The CGSI Traveling Library is sponsored by members of St. Mary's Preservation Association of Bechyn.

Family Tree


Wed., April 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
(This is a preview night - books are double Thurs. prices.)

Thurs., May 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Fri., May 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and
Sat., May 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please donate books to the Library the week of April 28th.

BOOKS  *  VIDEOS  *  PUZZLES  * and much more!



The City of Redwood Falls, Minnesota is celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2014.  In honor of that occasion the Sesquicentennial Committee is proud to offer four distinct commemorative certificates to eligible persons.

To qualify for a family certificate, applicants must prove direct descent from an ancestor who lived at either the Redwood Agency prior to 1864 or was a resident of Redwood Falls from 1864 forward.  Certificates will be given in four categories, each with a specific time period.

*  First Nation Families arrived prior to 1864
*  Founding Families arrived between 1864 & 1880
*  Pioneer Families arrived between 1881 & 1900
*  Century Families arrived between 1901 & 1914

How do you apply?  First, complete all of the pages of the application form.  Second, provide documentation that your family was living either at the Redwood Agency prior to 1864 or was a resident of Redwood Falls from 1864 forward.  If possible, include photographs of your ancestor, submitted on a CD or e-mailed as JPEG files.  Finally, write a check.  The fee for certificates if $35.00.  Checks should be made payable to "Celebrate Redwood Falls".

DO NOT send original documents, as submitted information will not be returned.  Submitted applications will be compiled and made available for viewing after the Sesquicentennial events at the Redwood Falls Public Library and Redwood County Historical Society.

Information from approved applications may be used to publicize the Sesquicentennial Celebration in the Redwood Gazette, on KLGR radio, and any other means chosen by the Sesquicentennial Committee.

An Awards ceremony will be held at the Redwood Falls Public Library on Friday, June 20, 2014, time to be announced.  Presentation of certificates will be made at that time.  If you are unable to attend your certificate will be mailed to you.

Copies of the application form can be found on the website "" or picked up at the Redwood Falls Public Library.  Any questions can be submitted by e-mail to

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The MnLINK Gateway allows you to search multiple Minnesota Libraries and subject databases with a single search.  To search the MnLINK Gateway, enter your search term and you will see a list of the Minnesota academic, public, and state government libraries that own the material you are seeking.  If you have a library card at a participating Minnesota library, you can request those materials online using the “Get It” button and have them sent to your local library.  Search the MnLINK Gateway and place requests to have books, CDs, DVDs, articles, and more delivered to your local library – or access electronic books and journals online.
(Always remember : the last 4 digits on your library card if your pin number.)

Book Club

Book Clubs  

Interested in joining a daytime book club?  We meet the 4th Tuesday of each month in the Library Meeting Room from 12:00 to 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.  Come and check us out!  There's always room for more.  (We are enjoying really good lunches, too!)  We meet for discussion and potluck.  The following are the 2014 selections with menu:

March 25thThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye by Rachel Joyce with a Green theme.  Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
April 22ndAnd the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini with Oriental.  In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closet to us, at the times that matter most.
May 27thThe Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom with Hotdish and Jello.  Orphaned while onboard a ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house.  Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin.
June 24thHalf the Sky : Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide with Southern food.  With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth.  Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity and ultimately hope.
July 22ndOrdinary Grace by William Kent Krueger with Pasta, vegetables & sweets.  New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961.  For thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms.  Accident.  Nature.  Suicide.  Murder.  Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him.
August 26thMe Before You by Jojo Moyes with sandwiches.  Moyes introduces us to Will Traynor, a formerly high-flying, thrill seeking executive now confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic.  Louisa “Lou” Clark has been hired as his caretaker, despite a total lack of experience, Lou sets about creating adventures for Will, hoping to give him a reason to live.  Simultaneously, Will encourages Lou to expand the expectations of what her life could be.
September 23rdThe List by Martin Fletcher with fresh garden food.  London, October 1945.  Austrian refugees Georg and Edith await the birth of their first child.  Yet how can they celebrate when almost every day brings news of another relative or friend murdered in the Holocaust?
October 28thBeautiful Ruins by Jess Walter with High Tea.  Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.
November 18th The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe with Thanksgiving food.  During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together.  To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading.  Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time – and an informal book club of two was born.  A profoundly moving memoir of caregiving, mourning, and love – it is also about the joy of reading, and the ways that joy is multiplied when we share it with others.
December 16thThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey with Christmas food.  Alaska, 1920:  a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel.  Childless, they are drifting apart—he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair.  In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow.  The next morning the snow child is gone—but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

Everyone is welcome!  Come when you can.   Call the Library if interested in reserving the next month’s book selection at 507-627-8650.

Other Book Club Ideas? - The Library would also encourage other book clubs to get started.  Are you interested in an evening group?  A men’s group? A mystery group?  The Library would help by ordering copies of the title chosen and provide discussion questions.  You would be responsible for selecting your own titles and leading the group discussions.

Adopt a Book At the Library!

 If you would like to offer direct support to the library’s collection, the Adopt Program gives you the perfect opportunity. You can choose to adopt an adult or juvenile book for the library. It is a wonderful way to honor or remember someone special in your life.  With your donation, the library will buy a book to be placed in the library, with a book label indicating both the donor and honoree.

Are you done reading the latest bestseller? Donate it to the library to share with others. You may also choose to adopt any book in the current collection. This program is the perfect opportunity to keep the collection at your library growing.  Please contact library staff for more information.

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Redwood Falls
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509 S Lincoln St
Redwood Falls, MN 56283
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(Sept. - May)


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