Library Column for June 28, 2017

@ Your Library

Summer reading. It is fun and important for all of us. Read whatever you want, whatever your kids want, just read. Reading and listening to others read is one of the best preparations for learning and successfully navigating school and life. Reading helps us sleep better, be more empathetic and expands horizons. Fill your home with books, magazines and comics and encourage everyone to spend time each and every day reading.

Kids who love cats and dogs should be sure to borrow books in the series “Stick Dog” or “Stick Cat” by Tom Watson. Fantasy lovers will enjoy The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea by Eileen Beha. This year’s American Girl is Gabriela a young dancer with a stutter who learns poetry helps her speak smoothly. And for those wanting to learn some magic tricks try ‘The Magic Shop’ series by Kate Egan with Magician Mike Lane.

And of course kids are welcome to write their own books and read them. They can also share them with the library for addition to the collection. Reading skills will improve dramatically if kids write and illustrate their own stories about things they want to read. If they want to read about what they write about, probably someone else does as well, so donate the book to the library and let others read it as well.

Adults might want to check out The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood, a psychological thriller that asks ‘what really happens behind closed doors.’ Infomocracy by Malka Older takes place twenty years and two election cycles after a powerful search-engine monopoly pioneered the switch to global micro-democracy and now everything’s on the line. Minnesota mystery author Ellen Hart has a new Jane Lawless title Ever in the Dark. The Last Chance Olive Ranch by Susan Wittig Albert will teach you more than you knew possible about olives while solving a mystery with detective China Bayles.

The sculpture unveiling originally scheduled for Monday, July 5th has been postponed until Monday, July 17th at 5:00 pm on the east lawn of the library. Come see two new sculptures designed and built by Eric Kulig with funding for the projects provided by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Arrowhead Library System.

The library will be open regular hours (10 am – 8pm) on Monday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 5. The building will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, Happy Independence Day. However we will have a booth in the park on both Monday afternoon and evening on July 3 and the afternoon of July 4. Come discover what your library can do for you. Get a library card, learn about our digital resources including Consumer Reports, Overdrive and the new app Libby, Hoopla and our newest digital service The New York Times. Kids can also participate in a coloring contest.

Check out the new Overdrive app called “Libby.” It simplifies searching, borrowing and returning audiobooks and e-books, even for Kindle users. Staff have just begun to explore its possibilities, but so far it’s pretty simple.