Library Column for September 9, 2022

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Hope everyone’s first week of back to school has gone well and routines are being established that will help everyone be successful this year. Don’t forget that beginning tomorrow, Saturday, September 10th the library will be open from 10 am – 3 pm.

Fall programming begins next week. Tuesday afternoons we will put out a new LIBRATORY bag for elementary families to pick up and do together. We would love to have you register for a bag as it will make it much easier to plan quantities. Please stop by the library or call 218-283-8051 to register for a weekly activity bag.

Thursday at 10:30 am is Storytime followed by early learning playtime. Storytime is about 30 minutes of stories, rhymes and more around a loose theme each week. We will start the Storytime year off with stories about the self followed the next week with stories about family. Storytime is aimed at the under 3 crowd but will work for any child first grade and under. Caregivers are encouraged to participate in Storytime as their youngsters will follow their lead. The library then puts out a variety of early learning toys that are focused on science, technology, engineering and math for little ones. Some of the toys encourage cooperative play and others are geared towards individual play, allowing children to play and learn at their own pace.

The days are definitely getting shorter and while I hope we can have a beautiful, sunny fall I am enjoying some fall reading including a new book that is encouraging me to get out into the woods around me. Forest Walking: discovering the trees and woodlands of North America by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst teaches us how to decode nature’s signs and dive deeply into the ecosystem around us. I have also really enjoyed 52 Ways to Walk: the surprising science of walking for wellness and joy by Annabel Streets. Between the two, I think I might be ready to explore The Complete Guide to Winter Camping by Kevin Callan or Rock Climbing Minnesota by Katie Berg and Angie Jacobsen. Probably only in my dreams and The Hiking Book from Hell by Are Kalvo is probably more realistic to what I experience.

Exploring the new books in the recreation section I was reminded of my childhood love of Harry Houdini and want to read The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini by Joe Posnanski. Then I want to tackle The Puzzler: One man’s quest to solve the most baffling puzzles ever, from crosswords to jigsaws to the meaning of life by A. J. Jacobs. I enjoy solving puzzles but don’t really desire to solve the most baffling ones, so this could be very entertaining.

We will add local author books to the collection if asked. And Gene Andrusco created a guide for Bridge Bidding: the “Up the Ladder” technique. So if you are part of a bridge club or want to learn, I recommend taking a look at this little book.

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