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Duluth Public Library events Dec. 31-Jan. 9

The Duluth Public Library will close out its year-long celebration of 125 years of service to the community with anniversary cake served at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31 at the Main Library, 520 W. Superior St. Library Manager Carla Powers will say a few words about the library’s vision for the future. Patra Sevastiades from the Duluth Library Foundation will talk about the Foundation’s anniversary year fundraising. Cake will be served to the public at all three locations: Main Library, Mt. Royal Branch Library in Mt. Royal Shopping Center and West Duluth Branch, 5830 Grand Ave. One of the library’s projects during this anniversary year was the creation of posters promoting reading that feature local “celebrities.” The first five in this local series of “READ” posters will be unveiled at the Dec. 31 event. These posters feature Trampled by Turtles, Mayor Don Ness with his son Owen, the Okee Dokee Brothers, author Brian Freeman, and Duluth Public Library staff. The posters will be hung at all three library locations and will join the gallery display of celebrity READ posters hung in the hallway on the Michigan Street level.

 The West Duluth Branch Library, 5830 Grand Ave., is holding a decorate a heart contest during January. Make a heart from any lightweight material (light enough to hang from the ceiling) for a chance to win a prize. The heart can be paper, cloth, paint, mixed media, etc. Bring the heart to the West Duluth Branch Library between Jan. 4 and Jan. 29. Hearts will be judged and prizes awarded in several age categories: 6 and under, 7-10, 11-14 and 15 and up. Judging will take place the first week in February, and all hearts will be displayed at the branch library during February, American Heart Month. For more information, call the West Duluth Branch Library at (218) 730-4280.

Free needle-felting workshops for kids in grades K-5 will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7 at West Duluth Branch Library, 5830 Grand Ave., and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14 in the Main Library Green Room, 520 W. Superior St.   Duluth Art Institute staff will help kids create a distinctive "painting" using colorful wool, soap, hot water and a wool canvas. Locally dyed fibers will weave together when kneaded in a hot water bath, creating a felted piece of wool. Add color and texture by working a felting needle through the wool into the canvas. No experience necessary. Space is limited in both sessions, so registration is required; sign up online at or call (218) 730-4200, option 4. Children age 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

 The library’s Cabin Fever Reliever winter reading program runs Saturday, Jan.  9  through Saturday, Feb. 27. There are reading programs with prizes and events  for all ages, birth through adult. For a complete listing of events, see the Programs and Events page on the library website.  To participation in the reading part of the program, sign up at or with library staff.  For more information, call the Community Services office at 730-4236.