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North Shore Library News: May 16

Actress Suzanne de la Houssaye from the Minnesota History Players portrays author Maud Hart Lovelace. Lovelace, of Mankato. Lovelace wrote the Betsy and Tacy book series of the 40s and 50s.1 / 4
Minnesota Rep. Mary Murphy, in a non-official capacity, wears a beaver-felt top hat at the last week’s historial presentation and tea at THPL. The popularity of these hats brought beaver trappers and fur traders to the region. Sylvia Hanson, looks on.2 / 4
Participating in a dramatization about the first car coming to Mankato are (l-r) Claire Peters (facing away), Suzanne de la Houssaye, a Minnesota History Players actress portraying author, Maud Hart Lovelace, Rose Philbin, Becky Norlien and Madeline Peters. The story is one from Lovelace’s own life and was retold in the Betsy-Tacy children’s stories. 3 / 4
Rose Philbin attended the Betsy and Tacy tea at the Two Harbors Public Library. She was the winner of a drawing for a teapot and tea collection.4 / 4

Silver Bay Public Library News


On Friday, May 16, 1 p.m., at the Silver Bay Public Library, photographer Frederick Blanch will present his beautiful and captivating photography.

See the May 2 Lake County News-Chronicle for further details.

Monday, May 19 at 1 p.m., at the library, a Minnesota Historical Society History player will portray African American inventor and self-taught engineer, Frederick Mckinley Jones. Jones, the inventor of refrigerated trucking, will inspire all with his big ideas. Though Jones was orphaned during hard times, he overcame adversity and became a highly influential engineer. Did you know Frederick Mckinley Jones invented the portable x-ray machine or the movie ticket dispenser? Who knew? Over the course of his career, Jones received more than 60 patents. Come and learn how Jones’ advances impacted life in the home, on the battlefield, in outer space and in industry.

New DVDs

• About Time

• Captain Phillips

• Grace Unplugged

• Passive House:

• A Building

• Revolution

• Philomena

• Pirate Fairy

Two Harbors Public Library News

We had a great turnout for our Betsy-Tacy program last Saturday. The actress portraying Maud Hart Lovelace came in full costume, brought period props for the audience to play with and even had a working phonograph. 

Afterwards, we all moved to the meeting room for a formal tea party. The tables had beautiful cloth table covers and flowers, and we had full place settings —even glass plates and china! A variety of herbal teas was served, as well as cucumber tea sandwiches, nuts and mints, strawberries, and sorbet. The prize raffle of a ceramic tea pot and collection of teas was won by one of our youngest attendees and a volunteer performed live piano music throughout the whole tea. We couldn’t have asked for a better celebration. The Minnesota History Players programs are made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Fund, and the tea party was sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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