Prairie Fest 2011
Prairie Fest attendees will appreciate the music and enjoy a variety of stories. The venue will reach new people and connect them to literature and music at an unexpected location. The event will strengthen collaboratation between Anoka County Library and Parks and Recreation Departments.
The band Clear Blue Country played to an enthusiastic crowd for three hours. The music was appreciated by all ages, the band was terrific. Many people stopped by the library table to thank the staff for sponsoring the music at the event. About 120 people stopped by the library table to find out about library services and to try their hand at making a beaded bookmark. (The beading supplies were purchased for the Art in a Box kits that were funded in 2011 using Legacy money.) The art activity was added at the last minute and was not part of the original plan, but it worked very well. People were delighted to try their hand at beading while listening to the band and stories. The activity melded music, storytelling, and art into a fun afternoon. The band was so enthusiastic that they only took one break so only one storytime was held. 24 people enjoyed hearing stories about prairie animals and farming. The library staff were able to talk to many people who were not library users and encourage them to visit their local library.
Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department