Monday, December 31, 2007

Gifts and Memorials

The library recently received a number of donations in memory of longtime library patron Margaret Coyle. This money has been used to purchase large print fiction for the collection. To view specific titles go to the library’s website; click on Administration > Gifts and Memorials.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Young Adult Book Review

The Book of One Hundred Truths
By Julie Schumacher
“My name is Theodora Grumman and I am a liar.”
Thea spends every summer with her grandparents in a beach house on the Jersey shore. This summer is different. Thea’s summer project is to write 100 truths in a notebook supplied by her mother. One of her first truths is “Most Grummans are weird.” She finds she is sharing a room with her younger cousin Jocelyn and the house with her grandparents, 2 eccentric aunts and 3 boy cousins. With a full house, Thea finds that she has little time for herself, but babysitting Jocelyn isn’t so bad when they find themselves spying on their aunts and trying to figure out “The Secret.” The aunts aren’t the only one with a secret as you learn why Thea’s parents decide that the book of 100 truths is something that Thea needs to do.
Julie Schumacher lives in St. Paul with her husband and children. She won the Minnesota Book Award for The Book of One Hundred Truths available at Hibbing Public Library: Young Adult Schumacher.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Chilton's Automotive Database

Automotive repair information can now be accessed from your home computer. Our Chilton’s subscription has been expanded to include remote access. It is available from the database listing on the library’s website.

Automotive Repair Information for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) People - Chilton has been helping people like you maintain cars and trucks for more than 80 years.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Minnesota Reflections

A great new website to check out is Minnesota Reflections. It is a digital library that has been created by the museum, library, academic, and historical preservation organizations of Minnesota. It is a collection of more than 20,000 cultural heritage treasures including photographs, cartoons, diaries, letters, plat books, maps and more. If you are interested in Minnesota history go to

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Mystery Book Review

Still Life
By Louise Penny
Three Pines, a small artistic Quebec village, becomes a place for murder when an elderly artist is found dead in the woods. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his homicide team from the Surete du Quebec are called in. Accompanied by a new recruit, Yvette Nichol, Chief Inspector Gamache endeavors to teach an obstinate and reluctant assistant why you must listen and observe and not rely on the more obvious evidence. While her close friends thought it odd that they had never been past the kitchen in Jane’s house; Jane Neal, dying in what at first looks like an accident, is murdered before she can reveal her true passion.
Still Life: Winner of both the Anthony and Barry awards for best first novel. Second in the series, A Fatal Grace returns Chief Inspector Gamache to Three Pines while the village is preparing for Christmas.
Read more about Louise Penny and her novels at

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Yuletide Festival a Huge Success

Over 400 people attended the Yuletide Festival which is sponsored by the Friends of the Hibbing Public Library. During his annual visit, Santa, read The Night Before Christmas.

He then listened to the requests of all the children present and handed out candy.

The musical entertainment was provided by The Hibbing City Band and The Iron Range Chorale.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Book Review

Island of the Lost: shipwrecked at the edge of the world.
By Joan Druett
A true account of 2 shipwrecks on opposite ends of Auckland Island 285 miles south of New Zealand, show vastly different survivors. In 1864, the GRAFTON, shipwrecked during a severe gale, contained 5 men who with little more than the wreckage from their schooner, built a cabin and a forge where the tools they made help them to survive and built a boat while waiting for rescue.
The INVERCAULD wrecks at the same time on the opposite end of the island with a crew of 25 with 19 surviving the shipwreck. Once on shore, they succumb to harsh weather, starvation and a cohesive group does not transpire with dire consequences. Who is rescued and who survives to be rescued?
The book is available at Hibbing Public Library: 919.399 DRUETT
Joan Druett writes maritime mystery fiction and nonfiction.

Library Artwork

The paintings that have been in storage since last spring, the beginning of the air conditioning project, are once again on exhibit. The works are on the walls of the reference/reading area, above the fireplace in the children’s room, and in the stairwell to the basement.

The majority of the paintings have been owned by the library since 1919. At that time the Library Board of Trustees and the library director, Dorothy Hurlbert, invited a Chicago art dealer to exhibit, a collection of American paintings at the library. Four thousand Hibbingites viewed the art and voted on their favorites. The Library Board then purchased several of the paintings. Others have been added to the collection since that time.

Among the original works purchased was Halt on the Carry by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. Tait’s works usually depicted landscapes and animals. At the time of its showing this painting was said to be an instant favorite with the men of Hibbing.