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tickets $8 at the library, Fresh Start Coffee Roasters and Gandy Dancer Books or $10 at the door....

 Excitement is growing about this year’s Fundraiser Chili Feed!

 Join us on Saturday, October 21st, to hear from Lucie B. Amundsen, author of a great book called Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm – From Scratch.

 We’ll have some great chili (with and without meat) and then listen to Lucie as we enjoy her stories about starting a poultry business, farming in America, buying and selling locally, and having a good laugh (and cry) along the way. More information about the Chili Feed is available below.

 To keep you thinking, let’s consider another of the key themes Lucie will be talking about in October.


 Did you know that: “in 1900 there were well over five million farms with egg-producing hens”? Locally Laid, Lucie B. Amundsen, p.49.

 If you want to read more about FARMS and FARMING. You might give these a try. They’re all available with your library card:

 Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm – From Scratch. Lucie B. Amundsen.

  • 5 acres & a dream, the book: the challenges of establishing a self-sufficient homestead. Leigh Tate.
  • Nature is more than stones: the life and art of Ruth Peterson Baker. Ruth Peterson Baker.
  • Organic hobby farming: a practical guide to earth-friendly farming in any space. Andy Tomolonis
  • The first four years. Laura Ingalls Wilder


 Peek Inside the Farm. Anna Milbourne - A lift-up flap book for small children.

 Click HERE to see last month’s posting about eggs.

 Click HERE to learn more about this year’s Friends Larson Public Library Chili Feed Author event. Tickets are available for $8.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door.


SECOND SATURDAY USED BOOK SALE: Coming November 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Click HERE for the full poster.  "Harvest a Bounty of Books"

Hard cover books are $1.00, paperback books are fifty-cents, a plastic bagful is $4 and for $5 you get a paper bag full of books!  


The Friends of the Larsen Family Public Library, at their May meeting, donated $1500 to the library to augment the books and materials in the children’s area. The Friends were able to raise these funds through proceeds from our monthly used book sales (held the second Saturday of each month), and from last year’s chili feed. We wish to thank all who helped make these donations possible.

ELLEN HART, guest speaker at the Friends of the Library annual chili feed fundraiser in October 2016, will receive the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Grand Master award in April.  Previous recipients include Graham Greene, Agatha Christie, Tony Hillerman, Alfred Hitchcock, and PD. James.  More about Ellen and the award can be found at  And please check out our collection of Ellen's books.

     The Friends of the Larsen Family Public Library (Webster, WI) held their 4th annual chili feed fundraiser last Saturday night (October 15).  Our guest speakers were Twin Cities mystery authors Ellen Hart & Carl Brookins.  It was a fun and successful evening.  We raised over $1500 for the library.  Carl Brookins captured it perfectly when he said this on his Facebook page: "Last evening, Ellen Hart and I were the guest program for a hundred plus folks at the Webster, Wisconsin, town hall.  The event was a fundraiser for their magnificent library.  We ate chili.  And bars and cookies.  It was all yummy.  Ellen and I had a great time talking about mystery fiction, writing, modern-day publishing and the folks in attendance were attentive, enthusiastic, and engaged."
     The Friends of the Larsen Family Public Library gratefully thank Burnett Dairy, Daeffler's Quality Meats, Forts Folle Avoine, For Winds Market, Fox Run Golf Course, Francyne Maki, Leah Berg, Mariann Erickson, North Sand Photography, Northwest Passage (In a New Light), Pat and Lucy Basler, Ron & Dorothy Reis, Schmitz's Economart, , The Granary, The Lodge, Webster Lions, and those who attended for their support of our Chili Feed & Author Event.  We also extend our sincere thanks to our speakers, Ellen Hart and Carl Brookins for sharing their stories and humor.
     Proceeds from this event will be donated to the library for books and library supplies.  Again, thanks to all who helped make this a successful event.

Ellen Hart and Carl BrookinsPhoto by Laura Rachford
Annual Chili Feed October 8, 2016Photo by Vicki Prock
   NEW! Book bags are for sale for $2!

  • The Friends of the Library mission statement is "to promote literacy for all ages, provide support for the library and to encourage the entire community to know and use its valuable resources."
  • The Friends provide funds for book purchases and to further the library's early childhood literacy program, "Grow a reader."
  • The Friends hold a used book sale on the 2nd Saturday of every month, which gets books into the community at very moderate prices.
  • The Friends host and provide books for a Children's Book Fair the 2nd Saturday in August.  Children under the age of 10 each receive a free book.
  • The Friends support local authors with presentations & readings.
  • The Friends meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 9:30 a.m.  We welcome new members.  Please contact Verla Johansson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 715-259-3219.

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