Join your neighbors in reading:

Around the World in 80 Days
by Jules Verne

Taking up a challenge from his whist partners, a mysterious English gentleman named Phileas Fogg wagers half his fortune and abandons his quiet domestic routine to undertake a daring feat: to circle the globe in a mere 80 days, an achievement unheard of in the Victorian world.
Fogg and Passepartout, his devoted manservant, avail themselves of virtually every known means of transportation in their wild race against time. All the while, a devious detective dogs their every step and introduces fresh obstacles. The resourceful Fogg faces each new trial with unshakable aplomb, through a constantly shifting background of exotic locales — from the jungles of India, a Chinese opium den, and a Japanese circus to a full-throttle train ride under attack by Sioux and a bloodless mutiny aboard a tramp steamer.

The most popular of Jules Verne’s fantastic adventure stories, Around the World in Eighty Days first appeared as a newspaper serial in 1872, much to the delight of a world already agog with recent advances in technology. Its enduring blend of comic misadventures and thrilling suspense continues to enchant generations of readers.

One Town, One Title Events:

Book Distribution Begins

January 21 at the Van Horn Public Library, Betty Sue’s Better Brew Cafe & the Pine Island Bank. Get your free copy while supplies last! A limited number of graphic novel versions of the story are also available at the library.


January 25
2:00 pm – Library: Story Time – Join us as we travel the world through books, songs and a craft! All ages welcome.
5:00 pm – PI Golf Course: Book distribution during soup feed.

Magnet Making

February 7
12:00-6:00 pm – Library: Magnet Make & Take
Stop in and make your own magnet on a glass pebble.

Book Discussion

February 12
6:00 pm – Library: Book club
Join the Library Book club in discussing the themes, plot and characters of our One Town One Title book. All are welcome!

Pop-up Museum

February 19
7:00 pm – Library
We’ve all got fascinating things, but not everyone gets to show them off in a museum. Thanks to the Pop Up Museum, that’s all about to change…We are partnering with the Goodhue County Historical Society to bring you an opportunity to share your treasured travel-themed goodies with others in Pine Island. These might range from a postcard from Uncle Bud’s trip to Spain to a beaded necklace you picked up over the winter at the Wisconsin Dells. If you think it matches the travel theme, it does!
More information on Pop Up Museums can be found at:

Come Play Whist

February 22
2:00 pm – 2nd Floor City Hall
Phineas Fogg loves to play whist. Come on down to City Hall & learn how to play this fun card game and take home a deck of cards, courtesy from Treasure Island and the Prairie Island Indian Community.

Trains in Minnesota

February 27
6:00 pm – Pine Island Area History Center
The Minnesota Transportation Museum are coming down to talk about the early days of train travel in Minnesota.

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