Library Column for February 7, 2018

@ Your Library

February is Love Your Libraries month! Visit your public library this month and show us your care. We’d love to see each and every one of you in February. Let us know your favorite memory, program or part of the library. If the weather has you stuck at home visit our online options and borrow a digital book this month. We are excited to announce that Hoopla is now available for all International Falls patrons regardless of where you live, if your library card is from our library (and thus coded in the system as an ifalls card) then you can access Hoopla and borrow eight items a month.

Here are some of our favorite new books to share with you. Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers and art by Shawn Harris is incredible. It is a long picture book about the Statue of Liberty. It has cool facts and fascinating information and then looks at the right foot of the statue and speculates about the meaning of that little detail. It is wonderful, powerful and an amazing blend of facts and art.

Adam Rex is a marvelous children’s author. He has written poetry, novels, picture books and illustrated his own books and others’ writings. His newest title is a delightful book called Nothing Rhymes with Orange. He illustrates a party where fruit get together and rhyme but of course orange feels left out because nothing rhymes with orange, until….

Stephanie Tolan is a favorite children’s author of mine and her newest book continues the delightful series about the Applewhite family. Applewhites Coast to Coast tells of the family’s newest adventures traveling across the country in an old, wildly painted school bus competing in an art educational quest for a cash prize. The Applewhites are an artistic, flighty, homeschooling family who have ended up helping several other children placed with them when they had nowhere else to go.

Have you ever found yourself talking to your books? Dear Fahrenheit 451: love and heartbreak in the stacks by Annie Spence is a librarian’s love letters and breakup notes to the books in her life.

Storytime tomorrow, February 8th at 10:30 am will explore the letter V through stories, rhymes, and more. Storytime is followed by playtime with our early learning toys. For anyone prior to entering school and their caregiver.

The Duluth Playhouse returns with another edition of their Children’s Playhouse Imaginarium on Monday, February 12th at 6:00 pm. Come participate in the world of theater for ages 3 and up as three young actors all try to be president of their super secret science club in Mad Science. This program is made possible with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Great Decisions, the local foreign policy support group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 13th from 4 – 5:30 pm to talk about the South China Sea and the United States role in policy making. Anyone in junior high and up is welcome to learn and discuss. Refreshments provided.