Column for March 7, 2018

@ Your Library

    Storytime on Thursday morning at 10:30 will explore the letter U. There is hope, probably pretty slim and doubtful hope, that umbrellas will be needed to come to storytime that day. Storytime includes about 30 minutes of books, rhymes and more followed by about thirty minutes of play with early learning toys. Storytime is open to any young children and their caregivers.

    Saturday, March 10th at 10:30 am a free program on Rangoli Sand Art is being presented by Shakun Maheshwari for ages 6 – adult. Learn about Indian culture, history, and celebrations through art. Explore the use of art made from chalk, sand, or rice flour. Wrangle designs are a temporary floor art that people create and redo on a daily basis in India, in order to bring good luck and happiness to the home. Create stylized wrangle designs with flour or colored sand. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

    Great Decisions, the local foreign policy discussion group will meet on Tuesday, March 13th from 4 – 5:30 pm to talk about nuclear security. All are welcome to come and join the learning and discussion held in the library basement meeting room. Refreshments and moderator provided.

    I’m ready for spring so have begun looking at gardening books and dreaming of growing things. Here are a few of our newest gardening titles to keep us sane until we can see real green growing. Fresh from the Garden by John Whitman is a University of Minnesota press book subtitled “an organic guide to growing vegetables, berries and herbs in the cold climates.” It pairs nicely with Barbara Pleasant’s Home Grown Pantry: a gardener’s guide to selecting the best varieties and planting the perfect amounts for what you want to eat year-round. Spend time now planning your garden and what you want to eat, so that as soon as the ground is ready we can start making things grow.

It has been a while since we looked at the New York Times Bestseller list for titles that ‘everyone’ is wanting to read. We have all five of the bestselling hardcover fiction titles available to reserve, just a reminder that bestselling means lots of people are looking to read and they generally aren’t sitting on the shelf waiting for you to pick them up at the library. So in alphabetical order by title, here at the top five hardcover fiction titles, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, Look for Me by Lisa Gardner, Still Me by Jojo Moyes, and The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.

The library has four of the top five hardcover non-fiction available for requests: in order by author they include Directorate S by Steve Coll, All-American Murder by James Patterson and Alex Abramovich with Mike Harvkey, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.