Author Event

Mark Forgy
Saturday, November 17
3 pm
Better Brew Coffeehouse

Mark Forgy, author of The Forger’s Apprentice: Life with the World’s Most Notorious Artist, will be on hand to read from and sign copies of his book.

For more information about Mark, his book, and the story behind it, please visit this website.

Questions about the event? Please contact the library at 356-8558 or

New Book Sale Items!

We’ve been doing a bit of cleaning around the library, and now have lots of great new items on our booksale shelves! Here’s just some of what you might find:

  • Past issues of magazines such as Martha Stewart Living, People, and Sports Illustrated
  • DVDs like A Walk to Remember, Groundhog Day,
    and The Wiggles
  • Music CDs
  • and much MUCH MORE!

So the next time you’re in the library, check out our booksale areas – which are just outside the elevator on both the lower (youth library) and ground (exit) levels. Find a treasure and help support the library!

Julie Kramer is coming to Pine Island!

On Thursday, September 27 at 6pm, Minnesota author
Julie Kramer
will visit
Better Brew Coffeehouse

A former news producer for NBC, CBS, and WCCO-TV, Julie has won the Minnesota Book Award and the RT Book Reviewer’s Best First Mystery. She has also been a finalist for the Anthony, Barry, Shamus, Mary Higgins Clark, and Daphne du Maurier Awards. Ms. Kramer is most well known for the Riley Spartz series of mysteries set in the desperate world of television news.

For more information about Julie Kramer and her books, please visit her website.

Questions about Ms. Kramer’s visit to Pine Island? Contact the library at 356-8558 or


The Minnesota Summer Reading Program and Youth Services Committee has recognized a Blue Ribbon Reader from each region to celebrate Summer Reading.  Each public library in the SELCO region was asked to submit the name of one child (k-12 age) who showed great enthusiasm in the summer reading program and who deserves to be recognized for summer reading achievements.  Emma Ann Oberg of Pine Island was drawn from the nominations submitted from the public libraries and named the SELCO Blue Ribbon Reader.  She will receive a four-pack of Minnesota State Fair tickets and a Star Reading Blue Ribbon plus a small gift pack.

Emma Ann (age 11) is the daughter of Nels and Ann Oberg and the sister of Sven ( 6) and Sorren (3) Oberg. Youth Librarian Joan Sand notes “The nomination process was difficult because we have so many great readers here in the Pine Island area, but Emma Ann is one of those quiet, voracious readers that you cannot help but notice. However, the quality that made her stand out to us is that she also supports and encourages her two younger brothers in their reading. In fact, her father often comes into the library with a long list of books to borrow for the kids that has been put together by Emma. They are a great family and it is delightful to be able reward them for their love of reading.”

If you are interested in viewing all the winners in Minnesota, please visit the Minnesota Library Association website.

Now Available – Color Copying, Faxing & Scanning

The next time you visit the library, you’ll probably notice that we have a new AND improved copy machine!

With our new copy machine, we are now offering a number of new services:
~ Black and white printing and copying for $0.15 per page
~ Color printing AND copying for $0.50 per page
~ Local and long-distance faxing (both incoming and outgoing) for $1 per page
~ Scanning (black & white AND color) for FREE

If you need to have something faxed to the library, our fax number is 507-356-8599.

Questions? Call the library at 356-8558 or e-mail us at