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Posted on: January 4, 2021

Community Book Hunt Featuring MN Authors

Image of book laying in a green plant

To kick off the New Year, Washington County Library is hosting a virtual author series featuring Minnesota writers. Learn more about the authors and events on our calendar

You'll also have a chance to find a free book from each of these Minnesota authors by participating in another Community Book Scavenger Hunt! The week before each author talk, we will be hiding a book from that writer somewhere in Washington County and posting clues here and on social media. If you find the book, you get to keep it! 

How it works:

Each week, a book by our next Minnesota author will be hidden somewhere in Washington County. All books will be hidden outdoors. You will not need to enter any buildings or businesses to find them. 

  • On Tuesdays: We will share the first clue on social media and this page. 
  • On Thursdays: We will share a second clue if the book hasn't been found. 
  • If you find a book, let us know by tagging us on social media!
Author:Book Hunt Begins:Virtual Author Talk:
Allen EskensJan. 5Jan. 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
Kao Kalia YangJan. 12Jan. 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
Marcie RendonJan. 19Jan. 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Gretchen AnthonyJan. 26Feb. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
Bill Green
Feb. 2Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.
Shannon GibneyFeb. 16Feb. 23, 7-8:30 p.m.

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We'll add scavenger hunt information on this page, but be sure to follow us on social media to get clues and updates more quickly: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


The Clues:

Kao Kalia Yang

During the week of Jan. 12, look for a book by Kao Kalia Yang. Then, join us for a virtual author talk on Jan. 19!

CLUE ONE:CLUE TWO:STATUS:

Yang's novel is yours to enjoy
You'll find it nearby the St. Croix.
Search for a village with no home
A hiding place of steel and stone.

scavenger hunt week 2

N/A

Found at Lakeland Plaza Shopping Center in Lakeland!

Allen Eskens

During the week of Jan. 5, look for a book by Allen Eskens. Then, join us for a virtual author talk with Eskens on Jan. 12! 

CLUE ONE:CLUE TWO:STATUS:
The search for Esken's book should start
Where our previous hunt had to depart.
Near the lake and circular street
While there, stop in and have a treat. 


Image of book laying in a green plant
Esken's book is yours to take
If you can get to First and Lake
Sweet and smooth, milk or dark;
Ornaments the spot will mark. 


Image of a flower box with ornaments near a Christmas tree.

Found at Daniela's Chocolates in Forest Lake!

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