Following the success of last year’s well-attended “Nordic Noir” event, the Ontonagon Township Library’s 2019 fundraiser will be held on Friday, June 14 at 7:00 P.M. The title of this year’s program is “If These Trees Could Talk: War and Revolution on the Finnish-Russian Border, 1917”. (The title is adapted from a Swedish poem about the war.)

Scholar Marlene Broemer (PhD, University of Helsinki) will take us to the battlegrounds of the Finnish Revolution, a crucial piece of the 1917 puzzle which is sometimes overlooked by historians amid the general turmoil of World War I and its aftermath. What was the conflict? What were the stakes? How did it fit into the larger pattern of revolutionary wars around the globe that year? And what was the war like for Finns on the front lines?

Join us for a night of discussion, light refreshments, and door prizes to find out the answers to these questions and more! The event will be held upstairs in the OTPA Chandelier Room, and a donation of $5 to $10 is suggested. The proceeds from this year's fundraiser will be used to replace chairs for the library's public computing hub.

Ready for an even deeper dive into Finnish culture? The Ontonagon Township Library’s popular “Four Week Finn” class is also returning on Wednesday, June 12. Marlene Broemer will once again explore Finnish language and culture in four fun, one-hour sessions. Returning students will see brand new content, and newcomers are always welcome! The cost of the class is $20 per student, which covers all four sessions, and is payable to the instructor at the first class session on Wednesday, June 12 at 2:00 PM. Additional sessions will follow on a weekly basis through Wednesday, July 10 (there will NOT be class on July 3 due to the Independence Day holiday.) Space is limited and sign-ups have already begun, so register today by visiting the library or calling 906-884-4411.