All library Legacy programs are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the sponsoring library or organization.

Calendar of Events
Arts, History, and Cultural Programs in Viking Library System
These projects were funded in part or in whole with monies from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
Please note that Viking Library System, local libraries, and community partners are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and following protocol for group activities recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, the Minnesota Department of Health, and/or local public health agencies.​
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Photograph by Steve Maanum

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Photograph by Steve Maanum

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In-person program

The Loon: History of a Minnesota Icon with Steve Maanum

Park Rapids-based writer, photographer and educator Steve Maanum explores the history of when and why the loon became the Minnesota state bird and state “ambassador.” A loon volunteer, Maanum dives into the history of a grassroots project to study the loons on Mantrap Lake beginning in the mid-1980s. The presentation features slides of his original photographs.

In support of the We Are Water MN initiative of Otter Tail County

Thursday, October 6 | 6:30 pm

Pelican Rapids Public Library


In-person program

Art of Wildlife Photography with Steve Maanum

Park Rapids-based photographer, writer, and educator Steve Maanum shares stories, as well as tips and techniques, on the art of wildlife photography.

Registration is encouraged.

In support of the We Are Water MN initiative of Otter Tail County

Wednesday, October 12 | 6:30 pm

New York Mills Public Library


In-person program

“Dragons, Flutes, and Monkeys”: Music and Storytelling with COMPAS Teaching Artists Zhang Ying and Rhonda Lund

Acclaimed flutist and composer Zhang Ying and storyteller Rhonda Lund bring China’s ancient musical and storytelling traditions into vivid new light. Be enthralled by stories of a boy who meets a friendly dragon and the magical super hero Monkey King, with musical accompaniment of bamboo, clay, and bone flutes.

Wednesday, October 19 | 1:30 pm

Browns Valley Public School

118 Church Street

Hosted by Browns Valley Public Library (320.695.2318)
Program is open to the public. Please follow school safety and security protocols.


Thursday, October 20 | 10:30 am

Morris Public Library



Thursday, October 20 | 3:00 pm

Wheaton Community Library



Friday, October 21 | 10:30 am

Douglas County Library in Alexandria


In-person program

“Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon" with Chione Quintet

Chione Quintet presents a musical story based on Twin Cities author Ka Vang’s children’s book Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon, in which a Hmong-American girl discovers her voice as she saves an injured dragon in the north woods of Minnesota. The woodwind quintet combines musical character themes with American Sign Language, sharing the stories of each of their instruments.

Saturday, October 22 | 11:00 am

Douglas County Library in Alexandria


In-person program

Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota

Three multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award authors explore the impact of literature in their lives, consider their connection as Minnesotans, and ponder the lens through which readers and writers read. Join Peter Geye, Michael Kleber-Diggs, and Sarah Stonich as they take part in a facilitated conversation and answer audience questions.

Monday, October 24 | 6:30 pm

New York Mills Cultural Center

24 Main Avenue North

Hosted by New York Mills Public Library (218.385.2436)



In-person program

Author Allen Eskens

Minnesota author Allen Eskens discusses his award-winning books, the writing process, and his journey from practicing law to writing mystery thrillers. Forsaken Country – the fourth book featuring homicide detective Max Rupert – has just been released and is “Guaranteed to keep your heart pounding till the end.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Thursday, November 2 | 3:30 pm

Browns Valley Public Library



Thursday, November 2 | 6:30 pm

Wheaton Community Library


Updated October 4, 2022