Thanks to all our Summer Readers!

A quick thank you to all of the faculty/staff who took part in the SAU Library’s summer reading program. We hope you all had a fun time reading.

We wanted to share with you all a note we received from one of our prize winners, Jean H.:

I stopped by the library last evening and picked up my VERY cute little black bear.  You will never know how much this little guy means to me.  MANY many years ago Rick’s folks traveled to Alaska and brought us home a very similar looking little bear.  We lost it in a flood years later, and it has never been replaced.

This year in Minnesota we were telling “bear sighting” stories around the campfire and found out that the week before there had been two bear sightings near our cabin!  Last night I was telling our grandson all about our vacation and the subject of bears came up.  He proceeded to tell me that :”Grandma, did you know that the Polar Bear is the largest bear in North America?”  I pretended that I did not know anything about bears and then asked him where he learned his information and he told me “In the summer ready program at the library!!!”  

I told him that I had won a bear from the library in the Summer Reading Program!!!

Thanks again for a wonderful prize!

Jean H.


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SAU Library Closed for the 4th

In observance of the Independence Day Holiday, the SAU Library will be CLOSED

Friday July, 3rd – Sunday, July 5th

We will resume our regular summer hours on Monday, July 6th

Have a great holiday weekend!

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Visiting Author Donald Harstad June 17th


— Event is FREE and open to the public.— Wednesday, June 17th 2015

New York Times best-selling author Donald Harstad will discuss his crime novels, which are set in Iowa.

Donald Harstad is a retired county sheriff from Elkader, Iowa. Drawing from twenty-three years of law enforcement experience, He has written five crime novels starring Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman, who patrols the towns in and around a fictional Iowa county. Harstad’s sixth novel, “November Rain,” will be available in September.

The Library is located north of the Cosgrove Hall parking lot; convenient place to park and walk across

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Come investigate a murder…at the Library!


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Short Story Discussion

Join us June 9th at the SAU Library for our first Short Story Discussion.

This weeks story is The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain. The discussion will be held in the 2nd Floor Student Lounge of the Library from 3pm-4pm. If you wish to take part, please read the story beforehand and be prepared to share your thoughts with the other participants. This is a free event and open to everyone.

Here is a link to a free text version of the story online:

Once you’ve read the story, think about following questions for discussion:

Discussion Questions

  1. What was your favorite part of the story?
  2. Did the narrator’s friend set him up for the humorous encounter with Simon Wheeler?
  3. What is the significance of the appearance and names Smiley gives his animals?
  4. Does Twain’s use of dialect add to the atmosphere of the story?
  5. Which forms of humor does Twain use throughout the story? Examples?

Hope to see you there!


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Summer Reading Kick Off!


The SAU library invites all faculty and staff to take advantage of the different events during the months of June and July.

This Wednesday, June 3rd is the Kick Off Party for the Summer Reading program. 2:30pm-4pm. Enjoy a Whitey’s root beer float (if you do not consume dairy, there will be an alternative) and sign up to participate in the program. The grand prize will be a Kindle, and that will be awarded on July 29th.

Short Story Discussions hosted by Anita Niemczyk and Bryan Hinds will be every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 4:00pm, beginning June 9th. Come to one or come to all!  The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain will be the first story and there will be copies of the story available at the Kick Off Party.

June 10th the library is hosting an all day event called Murder in the Library. The library staff has been alerted that Dewey Decimal might be ‘checking out’ sometime after closing on June 9th and we’ll need the SAU community to use their detective skills to try and solve the crime. Do you have what it takes to collect the evidence at the crime scene and examine suspect files to determine who murdered Dewey?

Speaking of murder and suspense, crime novelist and native Iowan, Donald Harstad will be at the SAU Library on Wednesday,  June 17th at 2pm and then again at 7pm. The SAU library has several of his mysteries that are set in a fictional Iowa town. The event is free and open to the public.

Later in July, watch for more details on another new event, Book Speed Dating – come and find your book match in 5 minutes. Malavika Shrikhande and Karly Lyle will be the moderators.

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Library closed for Memorial Day


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