Library Column for July 14, 2023

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Libratory continues Wednesday mornings at 11am with time for elementary kids to explore STEAM with our staff. Get excited about science, technology, engineering, arts and math with cool projects and great opportunities to learn new things. Storytime is Thursday mornings at 10:30 am with the next two weeks (July 20 and 27) happening in the meeting room as a self-service program. This week come explore early learning STEAM with eight fun activities and then on July 27th we’ll highlight eight careers that young kids might be interested in exploring. These stations will be available each week from 10:30 – 12:30. Friday mornings are Big Play time from 10:30 – noon with lots of fun activities to encourage the young to explore this amazing world.

Nobody is too old to grow and learn new things. Let us help you discover your newest passion. We have lots of online and physical resources to help you learn to knit, crochet, paint, make jewelry, carve wood, grow plants, bake bread and so much more. Check out our library of things for physical items like our Cricut machine, serger and woodburning kit, our book collection for advice on watercolor painting, digital photography, or quilting. And don’t forget the digital collections from Creative Bug, to Mango to LinkedIn Learning and so many more. I am going to have to live until I’m 763 (okay, maybe only 539) to learn all I know right now that I want to learn.

We have two new books about homesteading and both look very good. The Seven Step Homestead by Leah M Webb is a guide for creating the backyard microfarm of your dreams while Roxann Ahern in Holistic Homesteading has created a guide to a sustainable and regenerative lifestyle. While we are talking regenerative lifestyles, be sure and borrow Jenny Odell’s Saving Time: Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock.

With Voyageurs National Park being a Dark Sky location the book The Darkness Manifesto by Johan Eklof was an intriguing look at ‘light pollution, night ecology and the ancient rhythms that sustain life.’ And two new books about animals include How to Speak Whale by Tom Mustill. He takes us on a ‘voyage into the future of animal communications.’ His exploration of animal communication began when he and a friend in a kayak were landed on by a humpback whale breaching. I have often wondered if small boats were taken out by breaching whales, but that isn’t what is shown in videos, so I didn’t know if it had ever happened. Let’s end with Buzzkill: a wild wander through the weird and threatened world of bugs by Brenna Maloney. I am both intrigued and repulsed by insects which made this book amazing.

The library is a cool place to visit and not just because we have books. We do have air conditioning so if you are feeling warm and overheated, stop by, grab a book or magazine and cool off in our reading nook or in the junior room.

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