Library Column for April 28, 2023

@ Your Library

Whew! We have almost made it through April. I’m definitely hoping to see May flowers. May is light on programming as we prepare for summer. We are offering through a grant from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund a take and create kit from the Duluth Folk School. Learn the basics of paper quilling using a quilling tool and pre-cut paper strips, then pinch them into a variety of shapes to create unique designs. This program is for ages 8 and up. Stop by the library beginning next week to discover this amazing art that has been practiced for hundreds of years.

Discover a new craft or art skill using books, videos and online resources. Check out these great new crafting books. Making Wreaths for All Occasions by Becci Coombes includes some wonderful cabin or beach home wreaths. Linocut by Sam Marshall is a ‘creative guide to making beautiful prints.’ Make Cute Stuff with Polymer Clay by Shelly Kommers provides instruction to ‘make a variety of fun and quirky trinkets.’ Stitched Shibori by Jane Callender includes technique, innovation, pattern and design is a comprehensive guide to this incredible textile art form. And with embroidery being popular again, take a look at Embroidery: the ideal guide to stitching, whatever your level of expertise by Lucinda Ganderton or The Embroidered Closed by Alexandra Stratkotter, for amazing ideas to upgrade your wardrobe or Needlepoint: a modern stitch directory by Emma Homent.

Visit our crafting section of books for knitting, crocheting, quilting, jewelry making and more. Nearby are the fine art books to learn painting with oils, watercolors or improve your drawing skills. We also have a number of online resources that can be accessed 24/7 whenever you make time to learn something new like digital photography, to play the guitar or basket weaving. Visit and check out Creative Bug and LinkedIn Learning for great video courses. Both sites require you to use your library card to access the free resources available.

Finish out the school year strong and encourage your children to read every night before sleeping. Give them an extra fifteen minutes before lights out to be in bed reading. Reading before bed can help them sleep better and they think they’ve gotten a special treat by staying up fifteen minutes later. And building the habit of reading every day will help them learn, build empathy and most importantly has we head into summer help prevent learning loss.

The CareerForce is holding drop-in hours at the library. Every Tuesday – Thursday from 11am – 2pm anyone can stop by the library and get assistance from a CareerForce employee. You can stop by anytime the library is open and browse our corner of CareerForce resources. And if you are looking to create or improve your resume check out our online resource Brainfuse JobNow which can be accessed via our website You will need your library card number to access this free service to library card holders in the Arrowhead Library System.

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