Library Column for November 4, 2022

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November is here. This year continues to sprint. Hunting season, Thanksgiving and then Christmas which are all very busy seasons mean the year is about over. Make sure you have your hunting season reading and listening materials with you. Take time each day to slow down and read (or listen to a book). And then when hunting season is done, come check out our collection of holiday reads to help get you in the holiday spirit. Fern Michaels has a new holiday book called Falling Stars, James Patterson and Tad Safran worked together on The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days of Christmas while Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone co-wrote A Merry Little Meet Cute. Debbie Macomber is also releasing a new Christmas title called The Christmas Spirit.

Not ready for holiday reading yet, then try Ithaca by Claire North which brings to life the world of Ithaca while the men are away at war. Odysseus took all the men of fighting age when he sailed to war with Troy seventeen years ago, the women have had to live and rule without them. Will the men return? Who has the power and strength to control the island?

Or try the book described as a ‘biography of power’ in North America. Indigenous Continent: the epic contest for North America by Pekka Hamalainen provides a counter narrative to the history commonly presented by showing that until late in the nineteenth century indigenous populations controlled much of the land neatly marked out as ‘owned’ or ‘claimed’ by Europeans.

Maybe The White Hare by Jane Johnson is more your type of book. It is the story of mothers and daughters finding a new home, the secrets they try to bury and the legends that may change their lives.

If you use your phone or tablet to read and listen to books, borrow titles for free using the library apps Hoopla and Libby. Both will provide you with free access to e-books and audiobooks. Libby titles, through the Arrowhead Library System, are generally one copy, one user at a time. This means that you must often request materials for reading and listening and receive an email when it is your turn to borrow the item. Hoopla items are always available for borrowing and only available for International Falls Public Library patrons, but we limit you to eight (8) items a month as we pay for every item borrowed. Mix and match your usage to maximize your reading and listening.

Friends of the Library book sale will be Monday, November 7th, 5 – 7pm. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends support of library programming. There will be one more sale in 2022 on Saturday, December 3rd from 11am – 1pm.

The library will be closed on Friday, November 11th in observance of Veterans’ Day. We will be open regular Saturday hours of 10am – 3pm on November 12th.

All eligible voters should be sure to vote on election day, Tuesday, November 8th.

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