Learn All About Minnesota’s Grand Own Homes

Minnesota Book Award winner, Larry Millett, is visiting the Cambridge Public Library on Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 am to talk about his book, Minnesota’s Own:  Preserving our Grand Homes.  In this book Mr. Millett and his photographer, Mike Schmitt, welcome readers into homes from across the state that have been lovingly preserved, saved so that they can remain jewels among the state’s living architecture.  The book is a lavishly illustrated account of 22 great Minnesota houses and the remarkable people who built and preserved them.

Millett is the author of several other non-fiction books including Minnesota Modern, Once There Were Castles and the Twin Cities:  Then and Now.  His ever popular fiction stories surrounding the adventures of Sherlock Holmes include Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders, Sherlock Holmes and the Red Demon and the newest title just out, Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma.

Mr. Millett’s visit is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.  The event is free and open to the public.

Civil War Experience at Cambridge Public Library

Arn Kind, member of the First MN Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a reenactment group based out of Fort Snelling, will be presenting the program, “The Civil War Experience” at the Cambridge Public Library on Monday, April 24 at 6:00 pm.  In this presentation you will learn about the causes of the Civil War, the events learning to the war, why men volunteered to fight in America’s bloodiest war, about the daily life, uniforms and equipment of soldiers and how the Civil War was fought.

Join us for this informational and entertaining program.  The event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Poetry Workshop at Cambridge Public Library

Find inspiration for generating your own new writing and learn the language essentials of poetic language. Adult poets of all backgrounds and abilities are invited to participate in a 2 hour workshop.  No prior experience is necessary.  Award-winning writer, Rachel Moritz will be presenting the workshop at the Cambridge Public Library on Tuesday, April 11 starting at 6:00 pm.  She is the author of Borrowed Wave, a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and five poetry chapbooks.  Ms. Moritz has taught writing in community and academic settings, and currently teaches with Alzheimer’s Poetry Project Minnesota, COMPAS, Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, and Poetry Barn.

You must pre-register to attend the workshop.  Stop by in person at the Cambridge Public Library or call us at 763-689-7390 to register. This project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Create special moments with Reminiscence Kits

Cambridge Public Library, a branch of the East Central Regional Library, is excited to introduce Reminiscence Kits to its collection.  Reminiscence Kits are tote boxes filled with themed items that can be used to initiate conversations for people looking to create special moments with loved ones affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Caregivers can use the items to engage the brain and ask questions.  For example, with the Sewing Kit a caregiver could ask, “Did you do any sewing when you were younger? Feel this ribbon—what does it remind you of? Did you ever make an apron? Do you like this thread color?”  Other kits themes include fishing, hunting, cooking, gardening, and outdoors and handyman.

Create a story with the items in the Kit. Talk about all 5 senses: touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound.  Encourage your loved one to touch and handle the objects in the Reminiscence Kits.

Remember, the goal is to find something the person did in their younger life that meant a lot to them, helping them unlock memories. Be creative.  Make your experience with your loved one using the Reminiscence Kits your own.

Watch a video introduction to Reminiscence Kits, created by Effingham Area Alzheimer’s Awareness, to learn more.


Don’t miss Norm Barnhart and his comedy magic show!



Loosen your shoelaces because Norm Barnhart’s comedy magic will knock your socks off. Bring the family and see for yourself during a special performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 in the lower level meeting room at Cambridge Public Library.

Barnhart has presented comedy and magic full time for almost 30 years across Minnesota, Wisconsin and in all 50 states. He delights audiences of all ages with his clean humor and impressive sleight of hand.

“I love to hear the sound of laughter and the looks of astonishment that comedy magic brings,” Barnhart says. “It’s fun entertainment that audiences across Minnesota and Wisconsin have enjoyed for years.”