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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.


Library Closed - Thursday, May 21


The Austin Public Library will be closed all day on Thursday, May 21, for staff in-service.


Pinterest Craft Club


Tuesday, May 26 @ 6 pm

Decorate your spring garden and treat your bird friends to an afternoon tea! Learn to create a bird feeder from a teacup.

Sign up required!


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.

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!


Next start date is May 13



Learn a new skill with Gale Courses, free instructor-led classes you can take from home on your computer!  Many courses to choose from, including writing, computers, and photography. Courses run for six weeks, and new courses begin every month. Browse the course catalog and start learning today!