Library Column for September 20, 2017

@ Your Library

Monday, September 25th at 6:00 pm the library hosts COMPAS’s Kathy and Leo Lara as they present Latin American Folk Music, for ages 10-adult. Enjoy diverse sounds and stories from Latin American culture. Hear the legend of the armadillo-shelled charang, simulate the sounds of the rain forest, and sing a Cuban lullaby. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Did you know that pocket books were so named because they could maybe fit in a pocket and be carried wherever you went? Make sure you have a book with you at all times so that when the moments present themselves you can pull out a book and spend a couple of minutes reading. It can calm the mind, help the time pass more quickly and keeps the brain nimble. And reading on one’s phone is also great. So make sure your library card is in working order and visit to set up an account and download a book today. Audiobooks are also available online and can be great for listening while doing chores or driving. You can also get the latest news on the go utilizing the library’s subscription to the online New York Times. Visit our website at and click on the link for the New York Times. You will be taken to a google document with a link and code for free access to the content of the New York Times for 24 hours. You can use that code every 24 hours for another 24 hours of free unlimited access. And city residents can also set up an account with for 8 free digital items a month.

Here are a couple of new non-fiction titles that read like novels and definitely make one say that ‘truth is stranger than fiction.’ The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel is the ‘extraordinary story of the last true hermit.’ Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts in 1986, drove to Maine and disappeared into the forest for twenty-seven years. While he didn’t have conversations with other humans during that time, he did use them and their stuff.

Delve into the world of illicit drugs through two women who escaped the Sinaloa Cartel after marrying twin brothers who had been born into the drug trade. Cartel Wives by Mia and Olivia Flores is told from behind the cloak of new identities.

A novel of espionage during the first World War is Lenin’s Roller Coaster by David Downing. The title drew me in, but the story kept me riveted as we follow British spy Jack McColl deep in Central Asia while the woman he loves is a radical journalist coving the Bolshevik revolution in Moscow. Can a revolutionary love a spy?

If you loved Scooby Doo, The Hardy Boys or the Famous Five as a kid be sure and borrow Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero for raucous mayhem by subverting the teen detective archetypes.