Library Column for June 6, 2018

@ Your Library

    Five months of the year are gone. How many books have you read this year? Summer is a great time to establish (or re-establish) the habit of reading and show the kids of this community that reading is a lifelong activity. Reading has so many positive effects on those who engage in it regularly. Disover those benefits for yourself and your family by reading at least twenty minutes a day. Visit to register for summer reading today and earn a chance to win a free book and more.

    Magazines can be a great summer read and we have your favorites from Guns –n- Ammo to The New Yorker, from the Artist to Minnesota Monthly. Come in and borrow a magazine or two and discover something new.

    Going on a road trip this summer then be sure and swing in and borrow some CD books for the road. We have John Sandford, James Patterson, J.A. Jance and Stuart Woods but we also have some incredible non-fiction audiobooks including The Minnesota Edition of Traveling Trivia, Ten Mindful Minutes by Goldie Hawn, Great Pioneer Women of the Outback by Susanna DeVries, Larry McMurtry’s The Colonel and Little Missie and A Secret Gift by Ted Gup, an amazing story from the Depression.

    We have fun paperback series like the Dana Fuller Ross “Wagons West” books, Patricia Sprinkle’s “Thoroughly Southern Mysteries” or “Loon Lake Fishing” mysteries by Victoria Houston. Try the incredible Young Adult titles like The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe for historical fiction, Tangled Planet by Kate Blair for science fiction or Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond for fantasy.

Did you love reading comics as a kid? Come see what has happened to the humble comic today. Find history in Lewis & Clark by Nick Bertozzi, politics in Robert Reich’s Economics in Wonderland, Art Spiegelman’ In the Shadow of No Towers and classics like Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks, retellings or reimaginings like Frau Faust by Kore Yamazaki. We also have many traditional volumes of X-Men, Superman, Wolverine and more.

Read some of the incredible books by Minnesota authors including our own Mary Casanova, Phyllis Karsnia (including her new book Drums of Dove Island), Diane Bradley and her fun titles set on Rainy Lake, the poetry of Douglas Skrief and LeeAnn Meer. Other Minnesota authors include John Sandford, William Kent Krueger, Joanne Fluke, Ellen Hart, Will Weaver, Tami Hoag and Pete Hautman just to name a few.

And if you are planning a Minnesota road trip try the always fun Oddball Minnesota by Jerome Pohlen.

    Explore the world of reading available at your local public library this summer. The International Falls Public Library is open Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm and Thursday – Friday 10 am – 6pm and closed Saturday and Sunday during the summer. You can visit our website at anytime of day or night to access a wide variety of digital resources, downloadable items, access to consumer reports, career guidance, car repair, test preparation, tutoring and more.