Library Column for March 21, 2018

@ Your Library

We appear to be entering the season of mud, which while ugly, at least means that there is hope that spring is coming. As we wait for spring and SUMMER, and deal with mud, stop by the library for great books to read. My favorite book to read each spring to remind me that mud leads to more glorious green is Mud by Mary Lyn Ray. Or go online and check out the incredible digital resources available anytime you want. Hoopla at provides access to e-books, audiobooks, comicbooks, music and movies. Every International Falls Public Library patron, including Koochiching County patrons whose card is through us can borrow eight items a month. Libby, the Overdrive app provide audio and e-book titles. Patrons aren’t limited in the number of titles that can be borrowed each month, but popular materials often have to be requested and borrowed when available. All the above items are also available via our website at

We also provide access to the New York Times both in the library and remotely from wherever. Create an account with using your personal email address. Browse, search and read all you want in the library. A page to access the remotely is available at Click on the link then enter the code: 4e7a883ab2a87a6c for 24 hours of free remote access. Repeat every 24 hours. Once you enter the code you can use the NYTimes apps on phones or tablets, but you have to enter the code through the above link each day.

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner sounds wonderful doesn’t it. Although if it meant a summer like Marin Bishop has, I don’t think I’d want it to last forever. Marin has always played by the rules and thought life was pretty great until she gets caught up in an office scandal and finds herself unemployed and alone, on the verge of losing everything. Then a young woman shows up at her doorstep claiming to be her half-sister even though she believed her parents’ marriage was the model of romance. The summer quickly goes downhill from there. (But the cover is lovely and I can daydream of days on the warm beach with not a care in the world.)

Robin Sloan has a much anticipated new book out called Sourdough about a software programmer whose only contact is two brothers who run a neighborhood hole-in-the-wall until they encounter Visa issues and have to leave quickly, but not before they bring her their sourdough starter and plead with her to ‘feed it, play it music and learn to bake with it.’

Check out the latest art display at the library featuring high school student art. The exhibit will be up until the end of April so be sure and stop in and see some amazing artwork by our students.

Storytime on Thursday morning at 10:30 will explore the letter ‘E’ including eggs in stories, rhymes, songs and more. Followed immediately by play with our early learning toys.