Column for January 3, 2018

@ Your Library

Happy New Year! May your year be blessed with awesome books and plenty of time to read and discover new worlds, interesting facts and even just escape.

Make reading a priority for the entire family! Reading aloud, reading silently, listening to audiobooks are all great ways to keep the brain active and engaged which is important regardless of your stage of life. Reading helps young children be prepared to learn to read, it helps school aged children learn quicker and it can be part of your prescription to prevent Alzheimer’s disease as reading engages the gray matter of your brain.

Storytime will begin again tomorrow, Thursday, January 4th at 10:30 am. Join staff each week for about 30 minutes of stories and more followed by playtime. Storytime is a great opportunity to introduce young children to the library, to participating in group activities and the chance to talk with adults is a wonderful bonus. Anyone home with young children during the day is welcome.

Handiwork Night is meeting on the second and fourth Mondays in January as the library will be closed January 1 and January 15th for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. So settle into the cold weather with an art, knitting, crocheting, quilting or whatever suits your fancy project and spend from 6 – 8 pm on Monday, January 8th and 22 with fellow community members as they also create. No pressures, just time to chat, work and make progress on those projects that just seem to never get done.

Make 2018 the year you follow foreign affairs and join the Great Decisions group which meets seven times a year to learn about and discuss different topics on U.S. foreign policy. The first meeting of 2018 is Tuesday, January 9th from 4 – 5:30 pm and the topic is the South China Sea. Refreshments are provided and the meeting is open to anyone, junior high to adult.

Bring the whole family to the library for Icebox Days luminary making on Saturday, January 20th between 10am – 3pm. Create a simple or elaborate luminary with tissue paper or paper bags, add an electric tea light and join us at 5:45 pm in front of the Chamber of Commerce building and we will walk down Third Street to Smokey Bear Park and the fireworks. Everyone welcome.

Saturday, January 27th we will have another program with staff from the Duluth Art Institute for ages 10 to adult on metal tooling. Create a unique, colorful and textured artwork on thin metal sheeting. This free program is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

We ended 2017 with very cold weather and thus it is time for my reminder to please not put DVD’s in the outside drop if the temperature is below zero. The plastic cases and discs become very brittle and can shatter when other items drop onto them. Please return them inside the library.