There’s more to any library than books, magazines, DVDs, tapes, paintings, puppets, and all the other items you can check out.
One of the most popular attractions of the Redwood Falls Public Library is the ways you can check out yourself.
The library’s genealogy section attract people from across the state — and occasionally nation — anxious to find out about their family’s past.
To emphasize one of the library’s biggest strengths, November will be “Pass It On: Preservation Month” at the Redwood Falls Public Library.
For most business days in November, the library will feature classes and programs about preserving your story, and your families’ for future generations.
The programs will take place Tuesday-Friday every day for the rest of the month except for Thanksgiving and the day after.
Most of the presentations are after 5 p.m., but several are set during the day so there are options that best fit your schedule.
Programs for the month include:
• “Preserving Oral History” by Dr. David Engen of Mankato.
• “A Memory That ‘Sticks’ — A Recipe for Memoir” by Rachel Hanel, author of We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down.
• “Preserving Your Past: How to Ensure Your Family Treasures Live To Tell Their Tales” by Lori Pickle-Stangel, Director of the McLeod County Historical Society.
In addition, Molly Schweinfurter of the library staff will teach the following classes:
• Personal Digital Archiving and Your Digital Estate
• How to Use the Scanner, a series of 30-minute one-on-one sessions. The sign-up for the 30-minute scanner sessions is Friday, Nov. 1 at the library.
• How to Organize Your Family History.
• How to Write Your Family History.
• A preschoolers story hour on Nov. 19.
• How to Write Your Own Obituary.
• Teens; Decorate and Personalize Your Own Journal
Preservation Month ends with a day long field trip to the Minnesota History Center on Nov. 26, and the movie A Farm Story on Nov. 27.
To register, stop by the library, or call 507-627-8650.