Library Column for November 5, 2021

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Last week I shared some of the great non-fiction in the junior room. I want to talk about one more title this week in anticipation of Veterans’ Day next Thursday. Twenty-One Steps by Jeff Gottesfeld with illustrations by Matt Tavares explains and presents the facts about guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is a beautiful picture book that would make a wonderful discussion starter around Veterans’ Day.

The Friends of the Library will hold their monthly booksale tomorrow from 11am – 1pm in the basement book room. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends support of Library programming.

Storytime continues most Thursdays at 10:30am. However, due to holidays the only storytime left in November is November 18 with stories about transportation, or in toddler language things that GO.

Each Monday evening we put out a new scavenger hunt for young kids and families to complete. Find the items and/or pictures in the junior room and kids can select a free item from our prize tin. Make the library a regular part of your schedule and encourage kids of all ages to read regularly.

Most library programming continues to be take and make kits. Each Tuesday afternoon we put out a new Libratory bag of supplies. These kits for elementary students provide all the key elements to do a STEAM project. We are encouraging kids to do the kit on Wednesday, early release day as we hope the Wednesday afternoon program can return to in-person at some point.

Each month we provide a takeout craft or art project for teens and adults. The November project is braided napkin rings. Stop by the library and pick up a kit if interested.

The sixth chapter of One Book One Minnesota is underway. The book The Song Poet by Kao Kalia Yang is available digitally in either ebook or audio formats from Ebook Minnesota until December 19th with a virtual author visit on December 9th. We also have a physical copy that can be borrowed. Visit the One Book One Minnesota website or the library for more information.

Paige Shelton started a new series with Thin Ice set in the Alaska wilds. The second book in the series, Cold Wind just released. Thriller writer Beth Rivers continues to settle into her life in the isolated village of Benedict, Alaska when a mudslide occurs and two young, silent, mud-covered girls appear in the village.

If you are ready for stories set in cold climates then try Marcia Muller’s latest release Ice and Stone a continuation of the Sharon McCone mysteries, this one set in a northern California mountain town.

New Christmas novels have begun to arrive with Patrick Taylor’s An Irish Country Yuletide and Laura Childs’ Twisted Tea Christmas now available.

The library will be closed Thursday, November 11th in observance of Veterans’ Day. Regular hours will resume on Friday. The library is open Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm, Thursday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm.

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