Column for April 19, 2017

@ Your Library

The library has free tickets for the Border Concert Association concert on Friday, May 5th at 7:00 pm. Twin Fiddle Express with the Scott Woods Band will perform. To receive free tickets, please stop by the library, fill out a survey about Legacy programs and receive your free tickets. Tickets are limited in quantity. Tickets are provided with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Arrowhead Library System.

The reading challenge for the second half of April is looking towards Earth Day, April 22. We encourage you to read a book about the outdoors or being in nature. Read fiction, non-fiction, just read.

Here are a couple of new titles that would work, but don’t take our word for it, come find lots more at the library. Shed Hunting: A Guide to Finding White-Tailed Deer Antlers by Joe Shead is a great guide to get outside and actively looking. Take time while you are out to stop and smell the flowers. Spring time is also baseball time and The Baseball Whisperer by Michael Tackett is about a ‘small-town coach who shaped big league dreams.’ Merl Eberly was a long-time coach of the Clarinda (Iowa) A’s baseball team who specialized in second chances and lost causes including beloved Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith.

Author Jim Reardon sets many of his books in Alaska, including Slim Moore, Alaska Master Guide: a sourdough’s hunting adventures and wisdom. This is a compilation of stories and wisdom distilled from tape recorded interviews in 1956 between the author and Slim. Another of his titles is a blend of fact and fiction and provides the saga of the Alaska Scouts, also called Castner’s Cutthroats.

In the Clearing by Robert Dugoni features Detective Tracy Crosswhite who has a skill and soft spot for tackling unsolved crimes. She is asked to investigate the death of a Native American high school student whose death forty years earlier was ruled a suicide, but the family always viewed the ruling with suspicion. Tracy follows up on the evidence gathered many years ago and finds dark well-concealed secrets that threaten to make her the next victim. Nevada Barr’s protagonist, Park Ranger Anna Pigeon spends lots of time outdoors as she moves from park to park investigating crimes including her latest at Boar Island, near Acadia National Park where she will be the acting chief ranger.

And of course you can spend time outdoors gardening. Take a look at our gardening section and think about your garden and more with Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver by Diane Ott Whealy, a leader in the grass-roots movement to preserve our agricultural biodiversity. Plan ahead and make preparations to garden all year with Caleb Warnock’s Backyard Winter Gardening: vegetable, fresh and simple, in ANY climate, without artificial heat or electricity – the way it’s been done for 2,000 years. Or bring the outdoors in with The Plant Recipe Book by Baylor Chapman with ‘100 Living Arrangements for Any Home in Any Season.’