2018 Life Living Speaker Series to focus on ‘The Challenge of Children’

NEW ULM — The New Ulm Public Library, United Way of the Brown County Area, New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm Area Community Education, and New Ulm Park and Recreation are partnering to offer the Life Living Speaker Series. The 2018 theme is “The Challenge of Children,” and three speakers will focus on different aspects of child development and teaching children.

Monday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., Kirstin Cronn-Mills will present “Beautiful Music for Ugly Children: Reaching Tweens and Teens Who Feel Like Outsiders.” Cronn-Mills is the author of Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, which won the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award as well as an IPPY (Independent Publishing) silver medal for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction. Cronn-Mills teaches English and Humanities at South Central College in North Mankato.

Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m., Toni Schutta will present “How to Raise a Kind-Hearted Child in a Selfie Culture.” Schutta is a parenting coach, parenting speaker, and licensed psychologist based in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Her parenting programs have been featured in Parents, Woman’s World, and MN Parent, as well as on national newscasts.

Monday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m., Tom Rademacher will present “It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching.” Rademacher is an English teacher in Minneapolis and was honored as the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. His book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching, follows a year of teaching, with each chapter discussing a different challenge of the job.

All programs will be presented at New Ulm Community Center, 600 N German. Seating is first come, first served. These programs are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative with funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Contact the library at 507-359-8334 with questions.