Library Column for August 26, 2022

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Friends of the Library book sale is today, Friday, August 26th from noon – 4pm. Come stock up your cabin or home book supply. There is a great selection of used books in many categories from fiction to non-fiction, juvenile books, CD books and more. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends support of library programming.

Less than two weeks until the school year begins so make sure you are establishing the habit of reading each and every day. It doesn’t have to be much, just 15 minutes a day makes a huge difference in everyone’s life. So even if you don’t have children in the home, reading each and every day helps keep the brain healthy and learning.

There are lots of options for reading, including magazines. The library subscribes to over 40 physical magazines and provides access to many digital magazines through both the Libby and Hoopla apps. The north wall of the library holds the young adult collection which is titles aimed at youth ages 12 or so to 25 or so, but we don’t stop anyone from reading these titles and there are many great titles. Minnesota author Margi Preus has set a series of mysteries in the Northwoods in a small town on a lake. Fantastical fiction, including folktale retellings by well-known authors like Marissa Meyer. Her newest title Gilded is a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. And historical fiction includes such amazing titles as The Silent Unseen by Amanda McCrina about Poland in 1944 or Ruta Sepetys’ newest I Must Betray You set in Romania in 1989 as communist regimes crumble across eastern Europe.

Did you know that your brain processes audio books like books? That means you can listen to your books. Both Hoopla and Libby provide access to many digital titles. The library also has a collection of CD books and our newest format addition is Playaways. Playaways are audio books that don’t need any additional equipment to listen except headphone, or an auxiliary cable to listen in the car and we’ll even provide the headphones if needed. There are some really great titles available on Playaway. Be sure and check out the collection the next time you plan to make a road trip or just need an audio book. We have new titles such as Harlan Coben’s The Match or Lisa Gardner’s One Step Too Far, non-fiction titles such as Killing the SS by Bill O’Reilly or The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, youth titles such as Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant, or Jasmine Warga’s The Shape of Thunder and then classic titles like 1984 by George Orwell, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie or The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.

And many non-fiction today read like a novel, try Radium Girls by Kate Moore or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot or try true crime, one of the early non-fiction categories that read like a story. A new title is Catch the Sparrow by Rachel Rear.

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