Library Column for November 1, 2017

@ Your Library

The months just keep marching by. Have you visited your library recently? Check us out and see what we offer as you head out to the deer stands, hunting shacks and more this month.

Great Decisions, the local foreign policy discussion group will meet on Tuesday, November 7th from 4 – 5:30 pm to talk about Geopolitics and foreign policy of petroleum. Anyone in junior high and up is welcome to this wonderful time of learning and discussion. Refreshments are provided.

Lorna Landvik will be here next Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00 pm. Teens and adults interested in writing, Minnesota authors or just a rollicking good time are encouraged to attend this wonderful opportunity to hear Lorna talk about the writer’s life and her newest book Once in a Blue Moon Lodge. This program is made possible by funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Legacy Fund.

Looking for other Minnesota authors to read? Try local poets Douglas Skrief or LeeAnn Meer. Try Phyllis Karsnia’s A Bit of Irish Gold or Journeys: Tripping Through Life. Local history stories, vignettes of life and more can be found in the Don Johnson journals edited by Byrne Johnson in Don Johnson’s 10% , volumes 1- 5. Of course don’t forget Mary Casanova and either the Dogwatch series, about the dogs of Ranier or Frozen and Ice Out, her tales of old Ranier.

Jon Hassler is the author of the popular Staggerford series set in an imaginary small Minnesota town aptly named Staggerford. Additional titles include A Green Journey, The Staggerford Flood, The Staggerford Murders, and The New Woman.

Minnesota authors seem to write a lot of mysteries. A great place to start to discover some of these wonderful authors is Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem and Malice from the Land of Minnesota Nice or Resort to Murder: thirteen more tales of Mystery by Minnesota’s Premier Writers. William Kent Krueger is known for his Cork O’Connor tales, an ex-police officer solving mysteries along the shores of Superior and the Arrowhead of Minnesota. Brian Freeman’s character Jonathan Stride is an officer in the Duluth police force and just released his eighth title Marathon. Dennis Herschbach is a more recent addition to the field of Minnesota’s authors and his newest title Seven Graves, Two Harbors was released this summer.

Lighter fare, but still mysteries are Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen mysteries with recipes included. Her latest is titled Banana Cream Pie Murder. Monica Ferris writes the Betsy Devonshire needlework mysteries, her latest is The Drowning Spool.

The library will be closed Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 in observance of Veterans’ Day and a re-carpeting project. The south side of the main floor of the library will be re-carpeted beginning Friday, November 10th. It will continue into the next week, at least on Monday and Tuesday. The adult fiction and non-fiction stacks will most likely be closed to patron browsing. You can come in and request a book and staff will retrieve the book for you to check out.