Library Column for October 3, 2018

@ Your Library

Great decisions, the local foreign policy discussion group will meet on Tuesday, October 9th from 4 – 5:30pm in the library meeting room to talk about U.S. Global Engagement and the Military. Anyone in junior high and above is welcome to attend the discussion.

Arrowhead Library System patrons can join readers worldwide in the largest global digital book club, Big Library Read facilitated by OverDrive. From October 1-15, borrow, read and discuss award-winning author Katherine Locke’s The Girl with the Red Balloon ebook with no waitlists or holds by borrowing the title through Libby, the Overdrive app. More than 19,000 libraries and schools around the world are participating.

The Girl with the Red Balloon tells the story of sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum who accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin and becomes caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.

Big Library Read is an international reading program that simultaneously connects millions of readers around the world with an ebook through public libraries three times per year. Readers can join an online discussion about the book at The free program runs for two weeks and requires an Arrowhead Library System card to get started. The Girl with the Red Balloon can be read on all major computers and devices. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees. To join the discussion, learn about past Big Library Read ebooks and download Libby, visit

Digital magazines are back! The Arrowhead Library System, in partnership with Recorded Books, is happy to announce the launch of the RBdigital eMagazine Collection. RBdigital eMagazines offers full-color, interactive digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. Patrons can browse the collection of over 120 popular magazines with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download. Magazines can be read online, check out magazines and read them instantly on your desktop or mobile browser — or check out and download magazines through mobile apps. The current issues are often released simultaneously to the print edition or with a slight delay to allow for formatting issues.  Sign up for weekly email reminders about your favorite magazines. Best of all you can check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish. To create an account and start downloading eMagazines, please visit or and click on the eMagazine tile.

For more information about these wonderful opportunities or if you have questions, please contact the library at 218-283-8051 or via email at