Brand new books at the library
International Falls Public Library
Christmas is three weeks away. Books you check out today will be due the day after Christmas! The library Christmas movies are out, we’ve started a book display with ideas for cooking, baking, decorating and making gifts as well as a selection of fiction for your reading this holiday season.
I love a well-loved book, one that bears the marks of many hands having held it and turned the pages. But I get downright giddy over new books. I love the pristine pages, smooth covers, crisp binding and there is a smell that is almost intoxicating to me. Here are some brand new books that called out to me. And yes, they are almost all children’s books, but I love the way they present information and tell stories and so I keep reading them.
I’ll start with the picture books. Jan Brett has a new title Cinders: a Chicken Cinderella, full of her gorgeous illustrations with a delightful twist to the traditional tale. As I write this column it is snowing outside, now it may not be the Big Snow as depicted in Jonathan Bean’s new book, but even after ten years of living here, I still get a kick out of watching snow fall much as the little boy does.
I know I have talked about the ‘scientists in the field’ series here before and many people have had to listen to me talk about it in the library. I love this series and the newest title is no exception. Eruption! Volcanoes and the science of saving lives by Elizabeth Rusch with photographs by Tom Uhlman. The author and photographer spend time in the field with volcanologists Andy Lockhart and John Pallister who seek to discover ways to prevent massive tragedies from volcanic eruptions by learning if they give early warning signs, if there is a way to know when and how violent and eruption will be.
Kids who love cooking will have fun with Grandpa’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs cookbook written by Judi and Ron Barrett. It includes recipes like ‘spaghetti twister with a tomato tornado’ and ‘french un-fries.’ This book is shelved in the adult non-fiction but if you have children who want to learn to make a bow and arrow then this is the definitive volume, Making Bows with Children by Wulf Hein. It includes detailed instructions, history of bows and even information on selecting the right wood.
I’ll end with three chapter books. The first is part of the ‘interactive history adventures’ The Oregon Trail by Matt Doeden lets you choose the path, make choices along the route and discover your fate. Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith is a mystery with electromagnets, burglar alarms and other gadget you can build yourself. Treasure Hunters is an illustrated novel by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein in which four kids must follow the clues left by their missing, treasure-hunting parents. Plenty of adventure for a cold winter’s night.
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Pictures and Pens
"Pictures and Pens – Year 2!" The library’s program seeking to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft. Each month we solicit writings of less than 1,000 (due the 10th of the month) and select a winning entry with the writer being awarded $50. The winning story is then posted in the library and on the library blog at http://ifallslibrary.blogspot.com and we ask photographers to provide a photo for the story. Photos are due on the last day of the month the library is open with the winning photographer being awarded $50. After we have selected twelve photos and stories we will print them together in a small book. Everyone is eligible to enter these contests (although if you win one month, you are not eligible the next month). For more information, visit the library blog, or contact Diane at the library.