Library Column for April 11, 2018

@ Your Library

The library has tickets to a Backus Performing Arts show on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 pm! Come to the library to pick up free tickets to ‘Seedfolks’, a one-woman show based upon the Newbery award winning book by Paul Fleischman. Tickets are provided by funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The show is appropriate for teens – adults.

The calendar may say April and spring is supposedly upon us but we are still looking for green growth to start. While we wait here are books with vivid covers to feed our need for color. Ink and Paint by Mindy Johnson is a glorious look at the women of Walt Disney’s animation studios from its beginnings to the 1980’s.

Add some color and texture to your home using Tricia Guild Paint Box with 45 palettes for choosing color, texture and pattern to brighten and enliven your home. Or maybe you prefer smaller bits of color with Arne & Carlos Field Guide to Knitted Birds with over 40 handmade projects to liven up your roost.

Have you begun planning your garden for the year? Home Grown Pantry by Barbara Pleasant provides information about 55 popular vegetables, fruits and herbs with the best varieties and the perfect amounts to plant.

Two books in the young adult section of the library make me happy just looking at them. I’d love to keep them on a table for a bright splash of color. Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel follow’s Juniper as she tries to uncover the identity of the mysterious “You” her sister’s suicide note is addressed to. You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner is a heartfelt story of Julia, a deaf graffiti tagger who after trying to stick up for a friend finds herself questioning her place and identity in the world. Check out the young adult section for books that pack a punch.

Borrow The Cat in the Box by John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin for a great book to dabble in. The book is a history of science in 100 experiments. Learn about epic moments that fueled our understanding of earth and beyond. Start with Archimedes and his amazement at water displacement, continue exploring waves with black holes and gravitational forces, or maybe ponder Marie Curie and her discoveries with radioactivity.

Only three weeks of storytime left this school year! Come experience the exuberance and delight of young children exploring their world through stories, rhymes and more Thursday morning at 10:30 am. Spend about an hour helping the young children in your life build early literacy skills while they have fun playing.

Handiwork night will take place at the library on Monday, April 16th from 6 – 8 pm. Join fellow creatives for encouragement and conversation as everyone works on their own projects. This is a great opportunity to make headway on a new project, an old project or whatever strikes one’s fancy. So whether you draw, crochet, quilt, knit or something else, come get some work done.