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Winter reading program starts Feb. 1 at Dakota County libraries

There's not much better than curling up with a good book on a cold winter's day. And considering it's mid-winter, there are a lot of days to spend curled up.

The Dakota County Library system will kick off its 12th annual Winter Jackets Adult Reading program Feb. 1. Robert Trail Librarian Linda Armstrong said she hopes adults will take an opportunity to participate in the month long reading initiative.

Winter Jackets is open to adults age 17 and up. The program encourages adults to read and then write reviews. Armstrong said review forms are simple and take mere moments to fill out. The library keeps the reviews for others to look at when they're searching for a book.

Armstrong said participation in the program is generally good and she's hopeful this year will keep up the trend. She said most of the participants are women and encouraged men to sign up to.

Throughout February a number of authors will make visits to libraries through the Dakota County Library system. Minnesota author Barbara Deese will discuss her book, Murder at Spirit Falls at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Farmington Library.

Each week there will be a drawing for a basket of books with some other goodies added. The baskets are provided by the Dakota County Library Foundation.

Residents can sign up at the information desk in the Farmington Library. For more information call the library at 651-438-0250.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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