“Bones of the Land” at Northland College

Submitted photo

Submitted photo

Nortland College in Ashland, Wis., is hosting an opening reception for “Bones of the Land” a photography exhibition by Washburn-based photographer Bob Gross on Friday from 4-6 p.m. at the Dexter Library.
The exhibition will focus on the unique intersection between art and science by examining the rocks and minerals of the Penokee Hills up close and brilliantly illuminated.
The event is free and open to the public.

Drinks with books

It’s was not a typical evening at the Duluth Public Library. Gone were the antiseptic neon lights that, while efficient and cost effective, would have seemed out of place mixed with the champagne served to the guests at the second annual “Libations at the Library” on Wednesday.

The cold couldn’t keep them away from the warmth of community and, let’s face it, a little booze in the blood can warm you right up, too.

For those who view the library as a studious place filled with dusty tomes and librarians itching to clamp down on fun, seeing the place dressed up in its evening wear can be a little jarring.

“The combination is mixing those two flavors together,” said Al Katz. “I don’t think of a library as a somber canyon, rather as a place that’s very alive, that provides new insights into life for the people who come.”

Katz, a retired communications professor from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, has some skin in the game, so to speak. His wife, Virginia Katz, is vice president of the Duluth Library Foundation, the organizers of the fundraising shindig. But seeing Al Katz reading a book in his red beret marked him instantly as an interested party in his own right.

Since he retired, he said he has relied on the library to feed his 5-book-a-week reading habit.

“I think the library is one of the great assets of the city, and I don’t know if the population is aware of the gem we have,” he said.

Official numbers have yet to be released, but from the scene it appeared to be a success. But don’t close the book just yet, because there’s bound to be a “3rd annual Libations at the Library.”



Drink with books and make a donation at “Libations at the Library” Dec. 3

Eh? loves reading – a helpful interest in this line of work – and also has an affinity for helping the community. It’s what makes a newspaper more than just ink on pulped trees, or 1s and 0s streaming through wires.

So, it should be no surprise, that when Eh? learned of the Duluth Public Library’s “Libations at the Library” fundraiser, it naturally piqued Eh?’s interest.

The lights will be dimmed at the library’s main branch, 520 W. Superior Street, and candles will light the way upstairs where hors d’oeuvres, champagne and sparkling cider will be served. Guests will be surrounded by good books and great company while socializing or bidding in the silent auction. A string quartet from East High School will provide the music, with the food coming from Valentini’s. But don’t feel pressured to bust out a monocle, tophat, gloves or pearls, said Patra Sevastiades of the Duluth Library Foundation. “Duluth is a relatively informal place,” she said. There will be no dress code. “All along the way, there is a welcome, a greeting. It’s book lovers.”

“Libations in the Library” will take place December 3, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Duluth Public Library.

The event is free, but donations are welcome. The foundation is asking guests to RSVP by phone at (218) 730-4262 or by email at duluthlibraryfoundation@gmail.com.

The Duluth Library Foundation works to fulfill an endowment to supplement funding for the Duluth Public Library.