Library Column for January 24, 2018

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Reading Ready, the library program designed to help parents help their children be ready to learn to read as they enter school has been re-designed. We want every child to be read to every day from the time they are born (or earlier) until at least Kindergarten and preferably until the end of elementary school. To that end Reading Ready will give children from birth to Kindergarten a free book every time 100 days of reading has been recorded. Stop by the library for a new booklet. Read to a child today!

To help with finding books to read aloud stop by the library and ask staff for help. You also might want to look at a new book we’ve added called 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up by Bianca Schulze with titles arranged by approximate age level and genre. The author includes the following note on the title page which sums up much about books, sharing books and reading: “There are so many amazing books to be discovered and read – far too many to list in one fun book. The 101 awesome books contained in these pages have one collective message: Be kind, be brave and make good choices. Remember the struggles of those who came before you. Always dream of the fantastical future ahead of you and those who will come after you. Be true to yourself and with every page you turn, live your life like an epic adventure.” Adults might want to try A Year of Reading: a month-to-month guide to classics and crowd-pleasers for you or your book group by Elizabeth Ellington and Jane Freimiller. It includes recommendations for each month of the year as well as tips and advice on finding books, starting a book club and more.

And while we are looking at books of lists we’ll finish up today’s column with additional books of lists. Travelers, even armchair travelers will enjoy World Heritage Sites: a complete guide to 1031 World Heritage Sites and Where to Go When: the world’s best destinations arranged in a month by month schedule.

417 More Games, Puzzles and Trivia Challenges specially designed to keep your brain young by Nancy Linde will work your brain. A more physical workout can be had from Survival Wisdom & Know-How: Everything you need to know to subsist in the wilderness from the editors of Stackpole Books. And last, but definitely not least Atlas of Beer for a globe-trotting journey through the world of beer by Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson with a foreward and tasting tips by Garrett Oliver.

The Duluth Art Institute will be at the library this Saturday, January 27th at 10:30 am with a program on metal tooling. This free program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund is for ages 10 and up. Come create a unique, colorful and textured artwork by tracing designs into metal sheeting.