Grab a book to take to the shack
International Falls Public Library
October is quickly slipping away and hunting season will be here soon. Be sure and take some reading materials for everyone in the family to the shack and stand. Here are some recommendations for kids.
The best hunters know a lot about the animal they are hunting. Spend your time waiting for deer by learning something about them in All About Deer by Jim Arnosky or Never Grab a Deer by the Ear by Colleen Stanley Bare. I think it would be wonderful to get near enough to a deer to be able to grab it by its ear. We have a number of books for kids on hunting, with titles covering basic facts and safety information including Hunting: Have fun, Be smart by Jack Weaver, Deer Hunting by Thomas K. Adamson and for the bow hunter Bows, Does and Bucks: An introduction to archery deer hunting by Michael A. Dilorenzo. Or maybe you want to learn more about the other large animals you might see in the woods including Black Bear: North America's Bear by Stephen R. Swinburne, Wolves by Heather C. Hudak or for the brave Moose Attack by Lisa Owings. And it would never hurt to brush up on your survival skills with Survival Skills: How to survive in the wild by Simon Ellar.
Of course the kids in your life may prefer to just read, in that case try Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen. This versatile author of both adult and children's fiction is hilarious any way you read him. His newest title for upper elementary students (and above) contains a missing girl, a hungry gator and only one way out.
Animal stories are always popular and war stories tend to do well, combine the two and you have the makings of a bestseller. A Horse Called Hero by Sam Angus is set in England on the brink of World War II with two children who befriend an orphaned foal only to have him stolen.
New readers might want to take Mr. Pants: It's Go Time! by Scott McCormick or Stars of Hockey by Matt Doeden with them to the shack.
If you have children that aren’t kindergarten age yet, please stop by the library and pick up a booklet “Reading Ready” which provides space for you to record the books read to each child and a place for them to do some drawing about the books they’ve heard read. Reading to your children from the time they are born is one of the very best things you can do to help your child be successful in school and life. The library will allow each child to pick out a free book every time they listen to 250 titles.
The documentary, “A Girl and a Gun” will be shown at the library on Monday, October 27th at 6:30 pm in the meeting room. Join us for this interesting look at the history of guns and women, followed by discussion and refreshments.
Pictures and Pens
"Pictures and Pens – Year 3!" The library’s program to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft. Each month we will post a theme for writers and photographers to work with. Writings of less than 1,000 words and 8x10 photographs will be accepted up to the last day of each month the library is open. A winning writing and photograph that best capture the theme will be selected with each winning entry receiving a $50 prize. 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.
The October theme is 'hunting.'