Thursday, August 31, 2006

Mystery Book Review

Mystery Book Review

Among some of the greatest novels of all time, you may be surprised to find English and American detective stories.
English detective stories, Part 1.

Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is considered to be the first and greatest English detective novel.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle assembles the first twelve stories published by The Strand magazine.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is a classic mystery that also features Sherlock Holmes and exemplifies his talent for scientific detection.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie is a detective novel featuring Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective, who solves the case despite many suspects and red herrings. The setting is rural 1920s England.

Murder Must Advertise and The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers features Lord Peter Wimsey, a private detective who solves crimes in small English villages.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Local Author Has New Novel

FLAG is the title of Hibbing author, Pat McGauley’s new novel. McGauley will be doing a reading and book signing at the library on Tuesday, September 5th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. in the Dylan room.

A former Hibbing High School teacher, mineworker and historian, McGauley has lived in Hibbing for the past forty years. His previous titles include the Mesabi Series, and two children’s stories: Mazral and Derisa—an Easter Story, and Santa the King.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Summer Reading Program - Hall of Fame

The Summer Reading Program has finished and photos of the young readers who have read 100 books or 2,500 pages were inducted into the Hall of Fame and their photos are now posted on the library website.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Mystery Book Review

Dying Light
By Stuart Macbride

A police procedural set in Aberdeen, Scotland; Stuart Macbride has been compared to Ian Rankin and Denise Mina.

Detective Sergeant Logan MacRae is in trouble again. This time he gets assigned to the “screw-up squad” investigating six people murdered by arson and a prostitute beaten to death. D.I. Steel, head of the homicide squad, ignores the rest of her screw-ups and works D.S. MacRae overtime to the anger of Logan’s girlfriend, a police constable on medical leave with a broken arm. Gritty and dark, the story moves along rapidly.

Cold Granite, is the first in the series introducing DS MacRae.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Fall Library Schedule

Fall is almost here! The temperatures will be cooling off and events at the library will be picking up!

The air conditioning project is still slowly moving forward, the next step is for the city to go out for bids again in October.

Computer classes are scheduled for September - December. New this fall will be a class on building a Wiki website. If you can type, you can Wiki!

Wednesday nights through the fall and winter will be Movie night at the library. Popcorn will be provided and there will be a different theme each month. September's theme is "Movies that make you think".

Several Mother-Daughter Book Clubs will start up again in the fall. If you have a daughter in 4th - 7th grade call Enid at 218 262 1038 for meeting times and dates.

Preschool Storytime will begin again September 12th and meet every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

For a full list of activities go to the library website at and click on events.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Mystery Book Review

Twin Cities Noir

A book of short stories primarily set in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Many of the authors have written crime fiction: William Kent Krueger, Judith Guest, David Housewright, Ellen Hart and others.

BUMS, by William Kent Krueger, tells the story of 2 bums that hang out together until one gets murdered. The second bum tries to get justice for his friend with unfortunate results.

Akashic Books is a small publishing company offering a series of original noir anthologies set in different locations. Starting with Brooklyn Noir, 8 books have been published since 2004 and another 7 anthologies are in the works.
See the website:

Monday, August 07, 2006

Tie Dying at the Library

The summer reading program is winding down and the final event of the summer is everyone's favorite!

Bring your own t-shirt to twist, knot, dunk and spray. This is a fun, messy outside program which produces colorful and wearable art. We will provide gloves and extra bags.

Meet out on the front lawn of the Library on Thursday, August 10, at 2:00 p.m. Don't forget to bring a t-shirt!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Mystery Book Review

Monkeewrench 2003
Live Bait 2004
Dead Run 2005
Snow Blind 2006
By P. J. Tracy

A quirky bunch of crime fighters, Grace McBride and her Monkeewrench Software Company help Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth track serial killers and solve cold cases with the software the company has developed. Written by a mother-daughter team, the authors have come up with characters that make the novels crackle with humor and suspense.
The Monkeewrench Software Company employees:
Grace McBride: A gun is her fashion accessory
Ann Belinsky: Very large and very fashionably dressed
Harley Davidson: big, tattooed, and bearded
Roadrunner: stork- like with long legs and arms and six and a half feet tall.

For those who wonder how people can collaborate while writing fiction, check out frequently asked questions or FAQS on their website:

A mother-daughter writing team is fairly unusual - what is the writing process like? A: Since we've been writing together for over 15 years, we have the mechanics of our particular kind of collaboration pretty well nailed down. Picture a couple of great friends sitting at a kitchen table embellishing each other's wild stories, and you'll have a fairly good idea of how we do our plotting. We are both passionate about storytelling, and these sessions tend to be more performance art than conversation, complete with character voices, flailing gestures, hysterical ranting, and a lot of laughter. No one likes to watch us do this. It's ugly and annoying.