Library Column for March 22, 2024

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Enjoy spring as summer is coming! Read, read, read! Whatever the weather, whatever your circumstances, find time each and every day to read. It can do wonders for your mood and can improve your sleep if done at the end of the day. Although, it can mess with my sleep if I finish a good book just before I sleep. It affects my dreams and I often end up spending the night in a twisted version of the world I was just inhabiting.

Audiobooks whether digital or using either CDs or the newer Playaway also work as reading as your brain processes the cadence of story whether reading the words on a page or listening to someone read the words on a page the same way. Download those audiobooks, stop into the library and pick up some Playaways and start listening. The Playaways are little enough to tuck into a pocket and take on a walk. We have a wide range of titles such as Amor Towles’ The Lincoln Highway, The Notebook and The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks, several collections of Louis L’Amour stories and Jojo  Moyes’ The Giver of StarsDeep Blue is a collection of stories of shipwreck, sunken treasure and survival while American History Revised by Seymour Morris Jr provides 200 startling facts and Money by Jacob Goldstein is the ‘true story of a made-up thing.’ We have a number of classics including Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Janette Oke’s four book series Seasons of the Heart. We also have newer titles including The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, John R. Bruning’s Race of Aces, Hatchet Island by Paul Doiron and North of Nowhere by Allison Brennan.

And that is just adult titles. We also have playaways for children and youth as well as Wonderbooks and Vox Books which attach the audio player directly to a physical copy of the book, allowing children to follow along as someone reads the book aloud. Picture books available include Duck on a Bike by David Shannon or Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney. Novels include The Wild Robot by Peter Brown and The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall.

Plan now to attend the presentation on Monday, April 1, at 6pm by Silver Bay calligrapher Lynn Prouty and ignite a lifelong passion with the handwritten word! Join us for an introductory talk and demonstration on the world of calligraphy. Hands-on activity includes writing with a dip pen and ink, a quill pen and a glass pen. The top 10 calligraphy books for beginners will be on hand to browse as will a gallery of Lynn’s calligraphy projects. All attendees will receive their name, in calligraphy, on a bookmark! This program is geared at those 12 and up and will last one hour. We will have available to borrow our collection of calligraphy and writing books. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACFH).

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