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MN author, educator at library

Carroll Engelhardt, a retired Concordia College professor who taught from 1970-2007 in Moorhead, is the author of “The Farm at Holstein Dip,” a reminiscence of his Iowa boyhood, hometown, and a vanished rural way of life.

His presentation on Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. will appeal to anyone interested in learning about what it was like to live in the rural Midwest in the forties and fifties.

“The Farm At Holstein Dip: An Iowa Boyhood,” by Carroll Engelhardt.

Engelhardt brings us into the world of his fourth-generation farm family, who lived by the family- and faith-based work ethic and concern for respectability they had inherited from their German and Norwegian ancestors. His writing has a particularly Iowa flavor, a style that needs no definition to those who live in the state. Readers will discover the appeal of his wry, humorous, and kind observations and appreciate his well-informed perspective on these transformative American decades.

“Growing up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl,” by Carol Bodensteiner.

“Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl” delivers a treat as delicious as oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven — a memoir of a happy childhood. In charming and memorable vignettes, Carol Bodensteiner captures rural life in middle America, in the middle of the 20th century.

Bodensteiner grew up on a family-owned dairy farm in the 1950s, a time when a family could make a good living on 180 acres. In these pages you can step back and relish a time simple but not easy, a time innocent yet challenging.

If you grew up in rural America, these stories will trigger your memories and your senses, releasing a wealth of stories of your own.

If the rural Midwest is foreign territory to you, Carol’s stories will invite you into a fascinating and

disappearing world.

Library happenings

  • Tuesday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 3: “eReader Help,” Tuesday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to address your eReader questions.
  • Thursday, April 4: The Beat Goes On: Lionel Flood, Minnesota Bonsai tree presenter, 5:30 p.m. Lionel Flood, President of the Minnesota Bonsai Society, will present about the art history and styles of bonsai trees and show you how to cultivate your own! Learn what trees work best for cultivation from season to season.
  •  Thursday, April 4 and Saturday, April 6: Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m.
Article written by Danell Haspel of the Detroit Lakes Library