“Music Man” Guthrie Theater

Music Man

“The Music Man” is now playing at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The Madison, Canby, Dawson, and Granite Falls libraries will be sponsoring a free bus trip to see this wonderful show on July 18.  We are leaving early so we can take in a tour of the behind the scenes back stage. You need to stop at your library to sign up for the trip.

Summer isn’t complete without seeing a spectacular musical at the Guthrie. You know the story about the fast-talking salesman and his money-making scheme to form a boys band in small-town Iowa. (We love when he falls head over heels for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into an honest man.) But you’ve never seen it here and there’s no better time than the present to experience this all-American gem. Overflowing with heart and a parade of toe-tapping songs including “Goodnight, My Someone,” “Gary, Indiana,” “Till There Was You” and “Seventy-Six Trombones,” this Tony-winning classic is family entertainment at its best

“This project is funded in whole or part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.”




JULY 30, 2015 7:00 P.M.
Join author David Larochelle, and illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, and the Cow-the star of their book MOO!-for a one-of-a-kind show! After interviewing Cow about her travels, David and Mike will share a puppet show retelling of MOO!, get everyone dancing with some original music, and follow up with group storytelling and drawing activity.  Don’t miss out on this moo-velous opportunity for fun. Suitable for families and groups with children 0-6, show about 45 minutes. The show is free and open to all the public.


Why protect native prairie?

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Prior to European settlement, Minnesota had more than 18 million acres of prairie.  Our prairie was part of the largest ecosystem in North America, stretching from Canada to Mexico and from the Rocky Mountains to Indiana.  A wealth of diverse species, habitats, and cultures thrived there.  Today, less than two percent of Minnesota’s native prairie remains.  It is the most endangered habitat in North America.  In honor of Minnesota Grassland Month, the Department of Natural Resources has donated to the library a large selection of new books on native prairie landscapes.  Come check them out and see how you can help preserve what is left of our natural prairie land!

Fagen Air Show

The library will be sponsoring a free bus ride to the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum and Air Show on June 20, 2015. Dawson patrons board the bus in front of the Dawson Library at 10:50 AM. Stop in at the library to sign up for the bus trip.

Ride includes free tickets to get into the air show, the WWII museum, & Craig Morgan concert at 8:00 PM. There are battle reenactments at 1:00, Air Show at 3:00, Concert at 8:00. There will be a vote as to whether to stay for the whole concert and night Air Show following the concert. You will have time to go through the museum between the air show and the concert.

Merchandise, Food and Beverages are available on site as well as hats, 18 month calendars, shirts and much more.

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Minnesota Transportation Roundhouse & Osceola St Croix Valley Railway



July 16, 2014 presented us with a beautiful day for the Legacy bus trip to the Minnesota Transportation Roundhouse and that afternoon for our train ride on the Osceola to Marine train trip. The day started very early (5:15 am) for some and ended close to 11:00 pm for others. We packed the day with a tour of the Roundhouse on Pennsylvania Avenue, a catered lunch with the author Steve Glischniski who wrote “Minnesota Railroads”, then a 90 minute train ride along the scenic and historic St. Croix River Valley where we were able to see a panoramic view up and down the river. Throughout the whole trip there were engineers visiting with us, telling us tales of the railroad history, explaining different lines, why they are the way they are, and making us all feel welcome. The last car on the train was the mail car. Did you know that the US Post Office was all in one car on the train? I didn’t. It stall had the pouches, cubby holes and some mail left from the time all mail was sorted on the train. Everyone had a great time even the kids who had free rein of all the cars and made regular runs up and down the whole train. This program was made possible in whole or in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Smokey’s Friends



Only You can meet Smokey the Bear!

Come meet Smokey the bear and his friends!
Smokey’s friends will be at the Dawson library on WEDNESDAY JULY 23rd at 11:00 A.M



This will be a free event, and all ages are welcome!

The Zinghoppers!

“The Zinghoppers” an Emmy Award winning children’s band from Minneapolis.


Dawson Public Library


Monday, June 9th 

6:00 P.M.

Everyone Welcome

Sponsored By: Dawson Public Library & Clean water land and legacy amendment.

“This project is funded in part of in whole with money from Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.”

Paws For Reading

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Registration for summer reading program for ages 5-12 starts JUNE 9th.

Programs will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 A.M. -12:30 P.M. The first date will be Wednesday June 11th.

Teen programs for ages 13-18 will be held on Tuesdays from 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

Free sack lunches will be provided!


1,000 Books

kindergartenProgram Overview

One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation, a key to school and learning success. By reading less than 3 stories a day, you and your child will have read over 1,000 books in one year! Not to mention, sharing stories together is fun. 

How the program works:

Register and receive your library bag

Read to your child

Record each book read to your child

When you finish 500 books your child will receive a price

After finishing 1,000 books your child will receive

1-A graduation party

2-A certificate of completion

3-An awesome jump start on success in school

Please contract the Dawson library (320) 769-2069 with any questions about the program!