Singer & Storyteller Jack Pearson performs on Friday, June 19th

Jack Pearson

Singer and storyteller Jack Pearson

Friday, June 19th at 10:00am

Join us for a fun-filled musical celebration of books and imagination!

Jack Pearson describes himself as “. . . a songwriter with one foot in our American folk tradition and the other joyfully lost in the landscape of imagination.” Families are invited to come and experience Jack’s music and story experience of spirit, folklore and history on guitar, fiddle, 5-string banjo, mandolin, dobro and an assortment of small percussion instruments.

We are celebrating the Read to the Rhythm Summer Reading Program and the entire family is welcome to come and enjoy a program revolving around books and imagination. Librarian Becky Walpole, of Park Rapids, Minn., says, “Jack has shared his love of song and story with us for twelve years.  Jack is able to make each concert new and exciting and is definitely the highlight of our Summer Reading Program.”

Jack was born in California but spent his growing up years in Alexandria and Minneapolis, Minnesota. He lives with his wife Nancy on the upper Mississippi in Minneapolis and has performed for kids and families in the Upper Midwest and around the country since 1979. He makes good pancakes, loves to read, and wears suspenders a lot.

This performance is free to the public and all are encouraged to come!


Dazzling Dave, Professional Yo-Yo Performer, June 16th at 1:00pm


Dazzling DaveTuesday, June 16th at 1:00pm

Come to the library and let Dazzling Dave, a professional yo-yo performer and champion, dazzle you with his awesome yo-yo skills!

Enter a drawing to win one of Dazzling Dave’s Manta Ray yo-yos at the program!

See a performance by Dazzling Dave and you might start believing his yo-yos are alive. Dazzling Dave Schulte is a professional yo-yo performer and highly acclaimed champion who has circled the globe since 1998, storming audiences everywhere with his freakish tornado of whirling tricks and tips, all designed to entertain, educate, and illuminate the beauty of the growing sport of professional yo-yo.

Equally impressed by both the energy of his performance style and his mastery of the most advanced yoyo tricks, judges have peppered Dave with awards throughout his professional career. His awards include:

• 1996 Masters World Champion • 1997 Twin Cities Champion • 1998 Northeast Regional Champion • 1998 Midwest Regional Champion • 1999 Fixed Axle World Champion • 1999 Nationals Finalist • 2000 Minnesota Champion. • National Yo-Yo League Merit award • Guinness World Record Holder • 4 AYYA World Records

In October of 2001, Dazzling Dave was named to an elite group of National Yo-Yo Masters, making him one of the exclusive members of the National Yo-Yo League judges panel. He now is a judge at the World and National Yo-Yo Championships each year.

Dazzling Dave has toured Japan, Korea, Australia, and France, as well as much of the United States.

Currently Dave lives in Minnesota and gives over 150+ shows each year. He lives with his wife, Kim, their two wonderful children, Eric and Kate, and his incredible collection of over 2,000 yo-yos from around the world.  It’s amazing how his life has changed since that first day in 1993 when he was just a college junior looking for a diversion from the pressure of final exams. “Hey,” he said to his buddy. “Mind if I try your yo-yo?”

For more information: Visit – You can order one of Dave’s yo-yos, or learn tricks from Dave by ordering his instructional video.

June Calendar – Summer Reading Program

Tuesday’s “Summer in a Cup” program is full!  WAY more kids than we ever expected signed up, so we must close registration at this point.

Go here: to find directions on how to do this Food Craft at home, if you wish!

Don’t miss Friday’s program: Schiffelly Puppets at 10am!

June 2015 Calendar

Summer Reading Program

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Get ready for lots of Summer Reading fun this summer!

June 9th— Reading Logs become available

June 16th—Programs begin

Programs aimed especially to middle-to-upper elementary students will be on Tuesdays at 1:00pm.

Programs geared specifically to preschool through primary grades will be on Fridays at 10:00am.

Watch for a calendar of events soon!