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Website Gets a New Look

The Austin Public Library website has a new look. We are still working out some of the bugs, so if you encounter anything broken, bothersome, or not working as intended, please let us know.


Songwriting Workshop with Wayne Hamilton

Wednesday, June 10 @ 6:30 pm

In this workshop you will immerse yourself in the art of songwriting. Hone your craft in song forms, melodies, the interaction and use of rhythm and harmony, lyric writing, and the latest technological advances. 

Under the direction of Wayne Hamilton who has been performing music of one kind or another since his childhood years.Wayne holds an MFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and currently serves as President of the Minnesota Association of Songwriters.


Accio Books! book drive through June 2



The Austin chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance is collecting books for Read Indeed, a Minnesota-based nonprofit. Drop off new and gently used children's and young adult books at the library through June 2.

Author Visit: Abbie Williams

Monday, June 15 @ 7:00 pm

Area author of the Shore Leave Cafe series and the Dove series will speak about her books.


Monday, June 8: Antique Evaluations by Mark F. Moran @ Hormel Historic Home

Antique Evaluations by Mark F. Moran at the Hormel Historic Home.  
Social at 5:30 pm. Presentation at 6:00 pm.

Mr. Moran is the author or co-author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800-page annual Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles.  He has also served as editor of several antique publications.  His experience spans more than 30 years, and he is excited to give you some information about your beloved item.

For members of the Friends of the Library, the Mower County Historical Society or the HHH, there will be no charge for Mark’s services.  The cost is $5 for non-members. Participants are allowed to show one item and space is limited to 25 items.  Pre-registration is required by calling the HHH at 507-433-4243. You will be placed on the list on a first come, first serve basis.

There are some exceptions to what Mark will evaluate including all weapons (though folding knives with advertising are accepted), Nazi memorabilia, coins and paper money, fine jewelry, including precious gems, and Beanie Babies.  Please contact him beforehand if you have a questionable item.

Light snacks served and cash bar available.


TumbleBook Library: Tumblebook of the Day!

This summer, TumbleBooks is offering a free TumbleBook-of-the-Day.

Click the image to open a free children's e-book everyday this summer!