By Kristen Miller
COKATO, MN Land and Legacy funds are still providing for free programming at the Cokato Public Library, with several events scheduled in May.
The month’s events begin with a visit from Minnesota author Chad Lewis Thursday, May 13 from 7 to 8 p.m.
Lewis is the author of “Minnesota Road Guide to Gangster Hot Spots.”
His presentation is expected to be filled with stories of deadly bank robberies, shoot-outs, kidnappings and murders.
Some stories will include those of gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and the Barker-Karpis gang. Because attendance limit is 70, preregistration is encouraged for this event by visiting the library’s web site at www.griver.org.
Coming to the library Tuesday, May 18 is musical stringman Paul Imholte from 7 to 8 p.m.
All ages are invited to hear Imholte perform contemporary and traditional folk selections using instruments such as the auto harp, guitar, violin, harmonica, and hammered dulcimer.
The hammered dulcimer, which Imholte will perform a few songs using, comes from ancient string instrument of the Middle East.
According to Imholte, the instrument is somewhat like a parent to the modern piano. When it is played, the strings are struck with light hammers.
The attendance limit is 60 and preregistration is also encouraged for this program.
Coming Monday, May 24 is the a cappella group, The Half Step, who will perform from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Half Steps sing a variety of songs from barbershop to Elvis.
“We’re just four guys who like to sing and have a good time and don’t mind if people are watching,” said one of the members.
The attendance limit for this event is 80.
Legacy funds are a result of the 2008 vote in Minnesota for a portion of sales tax to preserve arts and cultural heritage within the state.
All events will take place in the Community Room of the Cokato Public Library.
For more information, contact the Cokato Public Library at (320) 286-5760 or register online at www.griver.org. Those without Internet access are asked to call the library to register for any of the events.
All events at the library are free.