Library Column for March 29, 2024

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Quick reminder, that we have calligraphist Lynn Prouty here on Monday, April 1 to talk about the fine art of calligraphy and handwriting from 6 – 7 pm. This hour long presentation for ages 12 and up is made possible by a grant from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Legacy fund to the Arrowhead Library System. We will have a selection of her recommended books available to check out as well.

The muddy season can be a great time to learn a new craft. If calligraphy or fine writing isn’t your thing then take a look at our craft section and find a book on learning to knit, learning to crochet, origami and so much more. Four new books to consider include Embroiderers’ Guild Transfers Collection: 90 rediscovered treasures to transfer and stitch. The book contains re-usable iron-on transfers with a stitching guide. Amanda Carye has done the math for you in Quilt Your Own Adventure: modern quilt blocks and layouts with lots of tables to help you calculate yardage and more to create your own quilt. Creative Stained Glass by Noor Springael includes 17 step-by-step projects for stunning glass art and gifts. Sarah Simon has created a beautiful workshop in a book called Modern Watercolor Botanicals for guidance in watercolor, gouache and ink.

You can also access Creative Bug with your Arrowhead Library System library card. The app and website have thousands of art and craft classes, from specific projects to general skills by professional artists. Create an account using your library card and start creating.

Another way to get a break from the muddy season is to travel. Italy is always a nice place and Daniel Silva’s newest The Collector opens the morning after the Venice Preservations Society’s annual black-tie gala on the island of Murano and you could do worse than travel around the world looking for lost paintings. A mystery series set in Italy is by Donna Leon and features Commissario Guido Brunetti with the newest title also set in Venice and is called Transient Desires. If you want something a little tamer or even soothing then try The Little Italian Hotel by Phaedra Patrick for a novel of second chances.

The Year of Second Chances by Lara Avery isn’t set in Italy, but Minnesota as Robin discovers that her husband scheduled an email to come a year after he died letting her know he’d signed her up for online dating. Additional new titles set in Minnesota include of course the newest William Kent Krueger book The River We Remember call us to get you added to the request list. Linda LeGarde Grover continues her family saga in Song Over Miskwaa Rapids as Margie Robineau fights to save her family’s long-held allotment land. Minnesota has quite a reputation as a setting for crime. Check out Roger Stelljes series with the newest being Their Lost Souls and the new series about Rooker Lindstrom with Man Burned by Winter, Man Trapped by Shadows and the newest Man Feared by Darkness.

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