Column for February 28, 2018

@ Your Library

    Tomorrow the third month of 2018 begins. How many days have you read at least 15 minutes? Reading daily is a very important habit to build as anything we spend time doing we improve. And being better at reading makes it easier to learn and discover new things. Make reading a habit starting today!

    The library has many ways to try and make it easy to get great books to read and have them available to you wherever you find yourself with time to read. Visit for links to Overdrive, the digital service shared with the other Arrowhead Library System libraries providing access to over 28,000 e-books and audiobooks, Hoopla, the digital service that provides access to hundreds of thousands of books, audiobooks, comics, music and more and E-Books Minnesota, a statewide collection of books published in Minnesota, about Minnesota or by Minnesota authors. Accessing all three collections of digital materials requires you to have a library card in good standing with your local library.

Swing on in to the library Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm, Thursday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm and get yourself a library card and start reading wherever life takes you.

Several bestselling authors have new books out. David Sedaris’ latest collection is Theft by Finding a collection of diary entries between 1977 – 2002. Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard continue their series of books about killing, with Killing England being ‘the brutal struggle for American independence.’

In fiction checkout, Stuart Woods with Quick and Dirty a new Stone Barrington novel set in the exclusive world of art. The Tiger’s Prey by Wilbur Smith and Tom Harper, a new tale of adventure, danger and action set in South Africa. Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison have a new Oregon Files book called Typhoon Fury set in the Pacific as a mega-storm of the century brews. Don’t Let Go is the newest by Harlan Coben in which he explores the impact of secrets and lies.

Author Nora Roberts continues her prolific writing career with Year One, the first book of a new series called “Chronicles of the One”. This is the beginning of the new world after the end has come quickly with sickness, fear and electrical grid failures. How does humanity pick up the pieces and start again?

If we are looking at starting over then be sure and read Scott Kelly’s riveting account of his year in space and a lifetime of discovery in Endurance or for kids My Journey to the Stars. And while in the stars check out the gods of old with new retellings by Kevin Crossley-Holland in Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki with cool illustrations by Jeffrey Alan Love.

    Storytime meets each Thursday until the end of April at 10:30 am for 30 minutes of stories, rhymes and more followed by about 30 minutes of play with our early learning toys. Each week a different letter of the alphabet is explored with the letter ‘W’ the focus for March 1, 2018.