Library Column for December 31, 2021

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The International Falls Public Library wishes everyone a Happy New Year! May your year be filled with great books, awesome opportunties to explore the world and new things learned in 2022!

The world is an amazing place and there are some awsome new books that demonstrate just how amazing a world it is. Relics: a history of the world told in 133 objects by Jamie Grove and Max Grove is so cool. See pictures of objects from the very early days of this planet’s life and move forward in time. I would love to see an exhibit of these 133 objects but pictures in a book do a marvelous job of telling a story. And then read A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth by Henry Gee which covers 4.6 billion years in twelve pithy chapters.

North American Maps for Curious Minds by Matthew Bucklan and Victor Cizek is filled with 100 infographic maps to explore the continent differently. I loved the map of how many Rhode Islands would fit in the country.

The library has two State Park passes available to borrow for a week at a time. If you want to go visit a state park and enjoy winter activities come borrow a pass. We can also let you borrow snowshoes to explore our regional parks including Franz Jevne State Park, Big Bog State Recreational Area or Zippel Bay State Park.

Take part in the Minnesota State Parks challenge to get outside everyday this winter. You can share pictures of your outdoor time on the Minnesota State Parks Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages or use the hashtag #101daysoutdoors.

If you are going to be getting outside, then The Snowy Cabin Cookbook by Jen Stevenson and Marnie Hanel will provide delicious recipes to try even if you don’t have a cabin and want to make your home feel like a cabin after coming inside.

As January begins and we settle into a long winter’s night here are three new books set in snow and ice. Dark Night by Paige Shelton is a mystery set in the Alaska wilds. As winter arrives in Benedict, Alaska so do a handful of mysterious guests and when folks begin dying or missing Beth must work together with her mother Mill to uncover the truth.

Cooper and his young daugher Finch have lived in isolation in a remote cabin in the northern Appalachian woods for eight years as These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant opens. But when Jake who brings them food and supplies doesn’t show up, their existence is threatened.

I love the title of Alice Henderson’s newest book A Blizzard of Polar Bears. Alex Carter is a wildlife biologist fighting for endangered species, now fighting to save her own life from those who oppose her.

The library will be closed on Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1. Regular winter hours are Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm, Thursday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm.

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