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GUEST COLUMN: Books that make you want to get outside

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Hopefully March’s arrival will bring warmer weather even as daylight increases. I know the longer days are making me want to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I dream of baseball, gardening, long walks by the lake and all those other summer activities that just don’t work as well in winter.

Here are some new books that made me want to get outside but also made me feel as if I could wait until the weather cooperated. Homegrown Berries published by Timber Press. This book says you can successfully grow your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and more. I love berries and nothing beats fresh berries sun warmed and eaten right off the bush. I hope to be growing more berries this year.

Those of us living in town generally have limited space for vegetable gardens and if you make use of the community garden beds you have limited space to grow as well. Small-space Vegetable Gardens by Andrea Bellamy is a great resource for ‘growing great edibles in containers, raised beds and small plots.’ She provides lots of ideas, details and information to allow successful gardening in small spaces. The Glory of the Tree by Noel Kingsbury is a coffee table sized book with glorious pictures and incredible details about growth, life and ninety species of trees from around the world.

While not particularly ‘summer’ related, The Horse Lover by H. Alan Day details one cowboy’s quest to save the wild mustang. The tale make me think of wide open prairies, hot summer days and running free.

A Story Written in the Rocks by Chris B Hemstad tells the geology of Voyageurs National Park and this book made me want to get out in the park exploring the features talked about and finding some of these rocks.

Jeff High has written a tale set as the seasons change from winter to spring, definitely something I hope we see here soon. Each Shining Hour is a novel of Watervalley, Tennessee and details small town life with its big dreams and life among the familiars. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket has a new book out that makes me feel warm because pirates don’t like the cold, at least one never thinks of them raiding ships in the north seas, they are always where it is warm. We Are Pirates is a story of fathers and daughters, another thing that makes me warm.

Rosanna Ley has written ‘the perfect summer read’ at least according to Kate Furnivall in The Villa. Tess has been bequeathed a house perched on a cliff in Sicily and must visit it as a condition of the bequest. Maybe the weather gets cold in Sicily, but I choose not to think about their cold weather.

The lobby exhibit is changing. We have really enjoyed the paintings by members of the Northland Art Society the last two months. Students from Falls High School are displaying some of their work through April. See what they are creating.

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 January theme is 'cold.'

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  • Mon. - Wed.: 10am - 8pm
  • Thursday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 3pm
  • Sunday: closed
Summer (May 24 - Sept. 5)
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  • Thursday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
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Reading Ready

International Falls Public Library has launched a new program for children from birth until Kindergarten and their parents. Reading Ready seeks to help parents prepare their children to read by reading to them. The library has booklets for any interested families to pick up and fill out with the titles of books they read to their child. Every time they read 250 books to their child, the child can pick out a free book to keep and read. Your child can fill out as many of these books as they (and you) can read before they enter Kindergarten.

Reading books to your child is one of the very best preparations for them to learn to read. Studies have shown that hearing books read helps increase your child's vocabulary, ability to describe things and events, letter and print awareness and is just fun.

 
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Do you have a question and can't find an answer? Is the local library closed? Pull out your library card and ask a professional librarian your question anytime you need an answer. Go to http://www.askmn.org. This is an online service for information and research help available to all Minnesota residents and students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. AskMN is a cooperative service of Minnesota libraries.

 
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Electronic Media

The library is now able to offer you access to a variety of online magazines. Click the image for Zinio digital magazines!  For help with Zinio, click here, or call 888-946-4666.  The library also has a printed guide of directions available in the library.

Zinio for Libraries Overview Video (8 minutes)

Zinio for Libraries Account Set Up and Navigation Guide

Download an audiobook or e-book and put it on a portable device to enjoy your favorite titles while traveling or any other time when you want the convenience of a portable electronic device.

Browse Audiobook Selection

 
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