Another free Minnesota author event sponsored by the Minnesota Legacy Program will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, at the Pequot Lakes Library featuring Patrick Mader, Minnesota author from Northfield.
Mader is a children’s book author who relates positive messages with a rural setting in his multigenerational books. His presentation will have a focus for children, but everyone is welcome.
“Opa & Oma Together” was published in October 2005 and reprinted in 2006 and 2008. This humble and peaceful story passes on valuable life lessons, drawing on the rural upbringing of the author and his six brothers and sisters.
It received one of only seven Honorable Mention Awards in the Children’s Picture Books category of the Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards.
“Oma Finds a Miracle” was launched in 2007 and received notable endorsements from Douglas Wood, author of “Old Turtle,” and Dr. David Walsh, founder and president of National Institute on Media and Family. The success of these two books led to publication of a third book, “Big Brother Has Wheels,” in 2009. Follow Big Brother’s lifetime interest in wheels as he explores beyond the comfortable boundaries of his family farm, rolling through neighboring towns, then nearby states, and finally all across the United States. He drives everything from a tricycle to a forklift. His love of wheels is more than a boyish hobby, it’s a ticket to the whole country.
Mader’s newest book, “Visiting the Visitors,” was released in August 2012 and looks at gratitude and simple gifts around the Christmas story. With this book, Mader continues to celebrate heartwarming, inspirational and intergenerational stories with rural traditions.
Patrick “Packy” Mader grew up with six brothers and sisters on a dairy farm near St. Bonifacius. He attended college in Bismarck, N.D., and later graduated with a degree in elementary education from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.
He is currently a teacher at Morristown Elementary School in south central Minnesota and lives in Northfield with his wife, Karen, and their two children.
This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, that dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s art and cultural heritage.