Lake City Library celebrates 10 years in new building

LAKE CITY – Lake City Public Library opened the doors of the new building to the public on Feb. 8, 2003. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of that occasion, the library will hold a week’s worth of events.

Friends of the Library kick off the celebration by hosting a luncheon on Feb. 8. A meal of pork sandwiches, salads and drink will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost is $3 and all are welcome.

On Feb. 12, the library will host an Edible Book Festival. To participate, just create a representation of a book made from edible ingredients. Entries may duplicate the book’s cover, represent a scene or character(s) from the book, be a visual representation of the book’s title, or anything else participants can dream up. Entries should be concocted solely out of edible materials (small items such as toothpicks may be used for structural support).

A team of three celebrity judges will evaluate the entries and present awards in several different categories. Chef Michael Hirst, from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge; Maurine Thieszen, dietitian at Stewart Memorial Community Hospital; and Minnie Huster, head cook at Shady Oaks, form the panel of food experts.

To see samples from other Edible Book Festivals, visit the Library’s Facebook page, by typing Lake City Public Library into the search box, or visit the library for more details.

Some furry new patrons will soon greet library visitors. The library is adopting a raccoon as its mascot. Shelly Schossow will visit the library at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 to present a program about raccoons, their habits and habitats. During this week of festivities, the library will be accepting suggestions for a name for the new mascot. The name will be chosen from the suggestions by the library staff and announced during Friday’s program.