Library Column for September 23, 2022

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September (and the year) continues to clip along at a mighty fast pace. I hope your fall is allowing you plenty of reading time. I enjoy reading cookbooks and finding new recipes to try. Bread Song by Kitty and Al Tait is a wonderful combination of story and recipes. The Steger Homestead Kitchen: simple recipes for an abundant life by Will and Rita Mae Steger with Beth Dooley includes some story about establishing their farm, but recipes are definitely focused on Northland culture. Homemade bread and a hearty soup are my favorite signs fall has arrived.

Don’t forget to get outside and enjoy some of the lovely fall weather we’ve been having. Looking for fun things to do then be sure and borrow 100 Things to Do in Minnesota Northwoods before You Die by Julie Jo Larson.

New fiction is always such a thrill to me. I love reading book descriptions even if they aren’t books I’d enjoy reading to see the amazing variety of topics and the creativity of authors. The Codebreaker’s Secret by Sara Ackerman combines wartime codebreaking, grand hotels, missing persons and fledgling journalists to create a riveting read. Titles which play on words are always popular in my book and The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews stars a young woman who restores homes and of course has to do a lot of wreckage before remodeling. And then she gets a chance to star on the hot TV show The Homewreckers. Can she flip the home or will it flop? Candice Fox writes fast paced thrillers and The Chase begins as more than 600 inmates are released from a correctional facility in Nevada after a hostage situation.

The library provides access to LinkedIn Learning which offers online courses of all types. Some of their newest courses include learning to land an interview without applying online or honing your Linux skills. Learn to develop your professional image in a new job, learn the10 pillars of customer experience, financial wellness for couples and families   or get started learning Microsoft 265. They offer personal development courses such as managing anxiety in the workplace or, how to be caring while holding teams accountable. You can also get a Microsoft Foundational Career Certificate in Data Analytics or Azure Data Studio Essential Training to show future (or current) employers you know your stuff. To get personalized course recommendations based on your unique career goals, check out the new free tool from LinkedIn Learning, the Pathfinder.  Download the app, or visit our website for a link on a desktop or laptop computer. The app will need our library code ‘ifpl’ and both the app and online will need your library card number and PIN.

The International Falls Public Library partnered with Minnesota’s Legal Kiosk Project to offer community members the ability to apply for civil legal aid services, access legal resources, and attend online meetings with attorneys and remote court hearings. Please call the library to reserve the computer station and room.

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