Library Column for February 4, 2022

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February in addition to Valentines Day is Library Lovers month. So stop by the library and discover what there is to love about your library. We are loving the new fireplace insert in the junior room. It is so cozy to sit and read in front of the fire. And that would be especially nice if you were returning snowshoes after being outside exploring. But we want to know what you think is the best feature of the library.

Libratory, the school age science kits are put out each Tuesday afternoon and available until gone. At this point, we will continue with take-home bags until the end of April. We’ll take a break in May and plan on doing in-person activities during the summer.

Storytime continues at the library on Thursday mornings at 10:30 am. Join us for about 30 minutes of stories, rhymes and more. Then stay and enjoy some play time with others. Storytime themes are focusing on animals this spring with sotries about ocean animals, monkeys and elephants coming up. Families with young children are welcome to come and learn, play and discover all that the library has to offer.

Takeout crafts are back! The “Create a Comic Kit” for teens and adults is provided by the Arrowhead Library System with funding from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. If you have any interest or know someone with an interest in creating comics, come pick up a kit and get a lesson, including video link to training from Chris Monroe. The later half of February we will have Paper Design Collage kits from teaching artist Teresa Cox.

Gather with fellow readers at noon on February 8th in the library meeting room for an open book discussion currently hosted by Kathy Fluke. You are welcome to bring your lunch or beverage of choice. Share what you’ve been reading, the good, the bad or the ugly. Or just listen to what others are recommending or not. Masks and/or vaccinations strongly recommended, but not required. The group will meet every other week through May.

It has been a while since we looked at the New York Times Bestseller list for hard cover fiction. We have four of the five top books. We don’t have the book that released this week and appeared on the list at number one. Here are the rest of the top five titles The Maid by Nita Prose, Something to Hide by Elizabeth George, Horsewoman by James Patterson and Mike Lupica and Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. All of these titles are owned by the library, but none of them are sitting on the shelf waiting for you. You will need to request these titles and you will be contacted when it is your turn to read them.

While waiting for the bestselling titles, stop by and see what is sitting on the shelf, just waiting for someone to discover it. And don’t forget that you can borrow digital items anytime of day or night.

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