Library Column for February 21, 2018

@ Your Library

Talk to your favorite engineer this week! It is National Engineers’ Week and the library has a lot happening the rest of this week. Tomorrow, Thursday, February 22 at 10:30 storytime will explore the letter “B” through stories, rhymes, songs and BOXES! Lots and lots of BOXES! What can be done with a box? How many different ways can you use a box? Children under age 6 will be given plenty of time and encouragement to explore.

Saturday, February 24th, beginning at 10:30 am is the library’s annual Edible Car Contest. Create a car with at least three wheels, two axles and one body, race it down the track for distance and win prizes for the car that travels the farthest. The library supplies a variety of food items but if you have a particular item you think would make a great car, be sure and bring it as we can’t guarantee we will think of the same things as you do. For ages 4 and up, including teens and parents.

The Friends of the Library will hold a sale on Saturday, February 24th from 11:30 – 1:30 pm. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefitting the Friends support of library programming. Come find a book or two to keep in the car, in your purse or pocket to have with you at all times. You never know when you will have a few minutes to wait for something and can pull a book out and read.

As the cold weather drags on, now is the time to borrow a travel book and even if you can’t plan an actual trip away, plan your dream trip with a book such as the newly published Ultimate Journeys for Two by Mike and Anne Howard of the website Discover extraordinary destinations on every continent with 75 featured destinations.

Or maybe you continue to feel under the weather, try Grow It, Heal It by Christopher Hobbs and Leslie Gardner for natural and effective herbal remedies from your garden or windowsill. I especially like the options for growing herbs in a windowsill. The book provides information on fifty different herbs and over 35 conditions that can be helped by herbal remedies.

Some people prefer daffodils as the sign of spring, but I am partial to tulips and the cover of Susan Mallery’s newest book Secrets of the Tulip Sisters is a beautiful panorama of tulips. The story is a ‘charming tale about the problem with secrets, the power of love and the unbreakable bond between sisters.’

Roger MacDonald, retired Northern Minnesota family physician has written a delightful tale of ‘the remarkable family of Paul Bunyan’s Blue Ox’ in Babe, set in the 1880’s with a widowed schoolteacher, a blue ox and a mother and son traveling from East Texas to a Minnesota logging camp to embrace a new beginning.

Don’t forget to utilize our online resources at, including the New York Times for accurate reporting of National and World news. See library staff for assistance.