Library Column for October 6, 2023

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October and the weather is cooling, the leaves are flying and it is great to be able to read under a cozy blanket. The Friends of the Library monthly book sale will be tomorrow, Saturday, October 7th from 11 am – 1pm. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends support of library programming.

We have new Libratory kits available. This month they feature eclipse glasses and a variety of space activities. Stop in and pick up a kit before the partial solar eclipse on October 14th. Activities are geared for families with elementary students, but we have plenty of glasses so everyone is welcome to ask for a pair at the junior room desk.

New teen and adult takeout crafts are available as well at the library. This month’s activity features acrylic painting with 321 Art Studio. An online instructional video is available online for participants. Pick up one of these kits to create two unique projects. Each kit contains enough supplies to practice and create something unique to you. The fall takeout crafts are funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Storytime continues Thursday mornings at 10:30 am with about 30 minutes of stories, rhymes and more followed by about 30 minutes of free play with our early learning toys. In October we will explore fall and falling, bathing, helping and maybe just a wee bit scaring.

Monday, October 23 at 6:30 pm the library invites all teens and adults to discover the rich, diverse history of Graphic Memoir! Attendees will take away knowledge of the genre’s elements as well as Take & Create exercises and resources to explore the craft further. Program will be guided by MN Writer/Artist Lynn Von Sien, recipient of Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (2021) and Minnesota State Arts Board (2023) grants supporting her work in graphic memoir. If you are unable to attend we will have extra Take & Create exercises available for pickup at the library beginning Tuesday, October 24th. This program is made possible by funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

October is also the month of spooks and horror. I am not a fan, but I can provide a list of some of the best horrible (pun intended) fiction of the last year. Grady Hendrix’ How to Sell a Haunted House has appeared on most best horror of 2023 lists. Native folklore and stories are appearing more regularly on best of lists and Bad Cree by Jessica Johns features vivid dreams and a waking up with a severed crow’s head in one’s hand to enable it to make this years’ best horror lists.

I don’t often see historical fiction make the list of horror fiction titles so Lone Women by Victor LaValle is one title I want to avoid. Adelaide carries an enormous steamer trunk with her to Montana to take advantage of the government’s offer of free land. The secret locked in her trunk might be the only thing keeping her alive.

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