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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.

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Pay no attention to the ten-foot snow drifts blocking our windows... we promise spring is just around the corner, and it's bringing some great library programs with it!


SAT., MAR. 23 - 11 to Noon - Meet and Greet w/ 110th District State Representative Greg Markkanen.
To be held in the first-floor meeting room.

MON., APR. 8 - 5:30 P.M. - New 4 Week Finn class begins!

$20 payable at first session; sign up in the library or by calling 884-4411. Additional sessions to be held 4/15, 4/22, and 4/29.


WED., APR. 10 - 5:00 P.M. - Creative Writing/Poetry workshop with Troy Graham

Reccomended for middle school and up. FREE!


WED., APR 10 - 6:00 P.M. - FREE acoustic concert

Featuring Troy Graham and The Saucy Rovers

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The full schedule for 2018 Summer Programming has been released!


The Summer Reading Kick-Off Party will be on Tuesday, June 19th, at 1:30 and the fun doesn't end until the wrap-up party on August 14th. Some of the fun coming at you in 2018 includes hands-on musical activities, STEM building challenges, a slime workshop, and live birds! With so many great activities, awards, and surprises this year, be sure to download our printable schedule and keep a copy on hand!


(And for adults and teens, don't miss our fundraiser on June 20th, and a new session of Four Week Finn starting in July!)


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A new book club based on our successful Nordic Noir fundraiser will launch on 7/25!


Sun Storm by Asa Larsson


Hello Library Friends and Neighbors.
On June 20th we had a wonderful presentation by Marlene Broemer PhD,on the Nordic Noir mystery genre from the Nordic countries. After the lecture, a few of us agreed that a book club would be fun. Later in the week, I spoke to a few neighbors who were unable to attend the lecture but expressed an interest in attending a discussion on mystery books.

On Wednesday, June 20th at 7:00 P.M, the Ontonagon Township Library will host a special fundraising event featuring a presentation on the hottest crime and mystery writers from Finland, Sweden, Denmark and beyond by Marlene Broemer (PhD, University of Helsinki.)


Midsummer is an important holiday in Finland, and our fundraiser is being held on the eve of the Summer Solstice in accordance with that celebration! The night will feature some delicious refreshments, great door prizes, and wine will be available for those of age.


Nordic Noir will be a 100% donation-based event, with a suggested donation of $10 per person (but any amount you're able to give is appreciated.) Proceeds raised will go towards purchasing a dry-erase whiteboard for library programs and other occurences in the Township meeting room. (Any money raised beyond the cost of the whiteboard will go to the library's general operating fund.)




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There will be another session of Four Week Finn with Marlene Broemer for Summer 2018!


The first class session will be July 11th at 2:00 P.M., and classes will be held each consecutive Wednesday for the next three weeks.


$20 is due to the instructor at the first class session. Space is limited, so sign up today by calling the library at 884-4411 or messaging us through Facebook or e-mail.

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