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One Book One Rosemount will begin Sept. 1

Two years ago the Rosemount community joined together for the first One Book One Rosemount event. It was an award winning success and now community leaders have decided to do it again.

Putting the event on takes a lot of work, though, so they decided to plan the community reading campaign every two years.

Well two years have passed and once again it's time for residents to get reading. This year's book is Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. Robert Trail Library manager Jamie Jurgensen said the Newberry Award Winner was chosen because it appeals to people of all ages.

The story, set in the summer of 1936, is of a young girl who is sent to stay with friends of her father in a "dried-up, worn out" small town in Kansas, according to the Dakota County Libraries website. Her disappointment turns to excitement when she discovers a cigar box full of letters, trinkets and a map. These treasures send her on an exciting spy hunt even though she is told to "leave well enough alone."

Jurgensen said they loved the book because it focuses on a small town and it includes a good mystery.

Along with getting residents of all ages reading, the campaign seeks to provide cultural and educational activities. Events have been planned throughout the month with themes from the book. John Loch, who represents several area organizations, said events will pique a variety of interests including arts, history, trains and games.

Jurgensen said One Book One Rosemount is truly a community collaboration with a number of organizations involved including the city of Rosemount, the Rosemount Area Arts Council, the Dakota County Historical Society, the Rosemount Historical Society and more.

The library has a number of the books available for check out. Additionally, they will give copies of the book away to teens and children who join the book clubs. Jurgensen said residents have lots of ways to access the book if they are interested in reading it.

One of the bigger additions to this year's One Book One Rosemount is an essay contest. The Rosemount Area Arts Council and the Friends of the Robert Trail Library have teamed up to sponsor the contest. Loch said writing is an art form and the contest will make people think.

Writers are asked to answer the question, "What would you put in a memory box?" Loch said they hope people come up with some good stories.

The contest will include three divisions: kids 12 and under, teens 13 to 17 and adult. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third in each age group. The winners will be announced Oct. 9 during a Meet the Author event at the Steeple Center.

Author Clare Vanderpool will visit Oct. 9. Jurgensen said she will go around to several schools and then will present at 6:30 p.m. at the Steeple Center for the public.

Jurgensen said she is glad they will be able to bring Vanderpool to Rosemount to finish out the event.

"I think it will be a really fun," said Jurgensen.

Entries to the contest will be accepted from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30. Essays should be no longer than one page. For additional rules visit

For more information about One Book One Rosemount call the library at 651-480-1200 or visit Dakota County's website.

One Book One Rosemount events

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Take a musical stroll through American history with traditional songs from the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. All ages. 7-8 p.m. Tues., Sept. 4

Making Memory Boxes

Make a personal or family memory box to hold small items or papers that you treasure. Led by DeAnne Parks. Registration required. All Ages. 6-8 p.m. Thu., Sept. 6.

Make a Victory Quilt,

Join other children, teens and adults to create Rosemount's own Victory Quilt using patterns and techniques from WWI. Registration required. All Ages. 1-4 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8.

Rosemount History Book Club

Join a discussion of Moon Over Manifest. 6:30-8 p.m. Tue., Sept. 11.

Stories of the Orphan Train

Ann Zemke tells the stories of children brought West to be adopted. Sponsored by the Lions Club of Rosemount. All Ages. 6:30-8 p.m Wed., Sept. 12.

How to Discover Your Family History

Learn the tips and tricks of finding your family history. Presented by the Dakota County Genealogical Society. 6:30-8 p.m. Thu., Sept. 13.

Every Family Can Tell a Story with The WonderWeavers Hear a well-told story and learn how to tell your own story that friends and family will want to hear again and again. Registration required. All Ages. 10:30 a.m.-noon Sat., Sept. 15.

The Great Pandemic of 1918

Learn about the great influenza pandemic of 1918 that caused almost half of the American casualties of WWI and nearly 675,000 U.S. civilian deaths. Presented by Chaplain David Thompson, Commander United States Navy, Retired. Ages 12 and older. 6:30-8 p.m. Tue., Sept. 18.

Meet Clare Vanderpool

Moon over Manifest author Clare Vanderpool will talk about writing the book at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Steeple Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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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