Library Column for June 16, 2023

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The library will be closed on Monday, June 19th in observance of Juneteenth. June 19th has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s as Freedom Day. On the anniversary of Juneteenth, African Americans celebrated their true independence and freedom. Juneteenth was made a federal holiday in 2021 and in 2023 it was made a state holiday in Minnesota. It will be recognized as the country’s 11th federal holiday. Juneteenth is important to recognize because it was a day when all people in the United States were given complete freedom. It should be a reminder of the nation we once were and show us the progress we have made. We will be open on Tuesday, June 20th regular hours. Library summer hours are Monday – Wednesday 10am – 8pm and Thursday – Friday 10am – 6pm.

Climb Theater will present “The Ant and the Grasshopper” on Tuesday, June 20th at 3:30pm. This retelling of Aesop’s fable is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and appropriate for kids ages 3 – 12. Libratory continues on Wednesday mornings at 11am, storytime on Thursday mornings at 10:30am and Big Play on Fridays from 10:30 – noon.

Summer reading is such a wonderful chance to read comforting familiar books and explore new, different books that allow us to explore the greater world real and imagined. Find the newest title by your favorite author or explore one of these titles. The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell is on a TV baking competition set after someone on set turns up dead, the contestants band together to find the killer before one of them becomes the next to be eliminated. Stephen King’s latest is Fairytale, a teen inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil battle it out with implications for that world and ours.

Adrian Tchaikovsky writes in City of Last Chances of the fantastical, yet dark city of Ilmar, a city under occupation and on the verge of revolution. If you prefer your fantasy lighter then try Differently Morphous and Existentially Challenged by Yahtzee Croshaw for a hilarious story of a magical serial killer on the loose in the English countryside followed by the effects of declassifying magic as a result of that serial killer.

If you are looking to learn more about this amazing, wonderful, sometimes scary world of ours try Getting Out of Saigon by Ralph White for a story about a 27 year old American Banker saving 113 Vietnamese civilians. After the Miracle by Max Wallace for a wonderful story about the political crusades of Helen Keller, a childhood idol of mine. Or Patti McCracken’s The Angel Makers for a riveting tale of arsenic, a midwife and modern history’s most astonishing murder ring.

A fascinating look at the impact those nerdy, popular superhero cartoons, anime and sci-fi series had on the minds of those watching them told in a collection of essays about fandom is Nerd by Maya Phillips.

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