This new series “Friday Fireplace Reads” will share snippets from non-fiction books about water and nature. Each of the books features interesting stories about nature or water, and its impact on our lives. This series will include books written by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).  We hope that you enjoy listening to a live reading in front of a cozy fireplace; perhaps it will help inspire your winter reading list.

Day: Fridays, every other week through April.

Time: Livestream begins at noon. Reading will last approximately 15 minutes

Location: District Facebook page and YouTube channel (using StreamYard streaming service)

Cost: Free

Reader: Gael, Education and Outreach Coordinator

Registration: No registration necessary!

Questions? Contact Gael Zembal, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District: 952-204-9691,

Image of book by Robin Wall Kimmerer titled Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

An inspired weaving of indigenous knowledge, plant science, and personal narrative from a distinguished professor of science and a Native American whose previous book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing.

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowing together to reveal what it means to see humans as “the younger brothers of creation.”

Featured Books:

Here is the list of books we will read throughout our series. Feel free to get the books and follow along during the reading, or check them out afterwards! All of the books below are available to borrow at the Hennepin County Library. The books are also available for purchase at a number of retailers, some of which are listed below.

February 5: The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson (Borrow from Hennepin County Library)

February 19: Death and Life of the Great Lakes, excerpt of Chapter 4 “Noxious Cargo” by Dan Egan (Borrow from Hennepin County Library)

March 5: Braiding Sweetgrass, Maple Sugar Moon chapter by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Borrow from Hennepin County Library)

March 19: Upstream by Mary Oliver (Borrow from Hennepin County Library)

April 2: Still Waters, Chapter 1 by Curt Stager (Borrow from Hennepin County Library)

April 16: Where the water goes, Chapter 2 by David Owen (Borrow from Hennepin County Library)

April 23: World of Wonders, Axolotl chapter by Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Borrow from Hennepin County Library)

*SPECIAL KIDS BOOK DAY * April 30: Fish Hotel, by Lynn Markham (Purchase book and related teaching materials from UW Steven’s Point)

Where to find books:

Image of blanket and chair in front of fireplaceCream and Amber: books

Birchbark Books

Milkweed Editions

The Irreverent Bookworm

Wild Rumpus Bookstore

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