Saturday, December 20, 2008

Great Website for Young Families

A free website has been developed for families to easily access information about child growth and development. It has links to creditable state and national organizations who address growth and development of very young children, typical and atypical. This website also offers free parent materials to download and allows participation on a Discussion Board to get your questions answered about your children. “Look At Me Grow! Don't Miss Anything” website includes listings of all county ECFE programs and schedules in our area, information about the partners in this project, the services they provide, information on developmental disorders, a developmental milestones checklist and answers to top questions. Topics covered include but are not limited to attachment, feeding, hearing and vision, sleep, post partum depression and activities to do with your baby.

Look At Me Grow! Project is an Early Identification Grant funded through the Minnesota Department of Education. Northern Lights Special Education Cooperative is partnering with local Early Childhood Family Education, Carlton County Public Health and local Head Start for this project. To access this free valuable resource for families with young children go to .

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Still A Few Days Left To Vote!

Check out the art created by area adults with disabilities and vote for your favorite before December 26th. Copies of the art works along with the voting box are at the library’s front desk. The winning art will be made into 300 buttons which will be sold to help support “Hearts for Hospice”.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Focus on India

With more than one billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world accounting for 17% of the world’s population. The country has recently become one of the world’s fastest growing economies with an average growth rate of eight percent over the past three years.

It has emerged as a global player in several areas, including information technology, business process outsourcing, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. The demographic profile of India is changing with an ageing population. The subcontinent is characterized by large diversities in geographical regions, sociocultural groups, and health needs.

For more information about India visit the World Health Organization website at:

Or attend the Focus on India event on Thursday, December 11, 2008

Increasing global trade opportunities are creating an exciting economic environment in Northern Minnesota. A coalition of area businesses, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations are kicking of the first in a series of workshops aimed at introducing citizens and businesses to global trade and cultural opportunities.

The first event of the “Global Understanding Series” will focus on India. The event will include:
  • Panel discussions
  • Expert presentations
  • Cultural showcase
  • Ethnic food

Conference registration is $75. Includes lunch, reception, program materials, and evening performance by Ragamala Dance Troupe. Space is limited.

For more information and to register visit It promises to be fun and educational. Please plan to join us on December 11, 2008 as we Focus on India.

Global Understanding Series Focus On India Press Release

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tech Toy Workshops

Monday, December 15th in the Conference Room

This is a great hands-on experience for parents and grandparents! Learn how to use some of the new technology toys and how the internet can be used to share photos, video, and books. Registration is required for these one hour workshops so call the library (218-362-5959) and sign up early. Come to one or sign up for all of them.

9:00 a.m. Digital Cameras & Picasa/Flickr
11:00 a.m. Video Cameras & Youtube
1:00 p.m. Wii setting up & getting started / sports, games, & rock band
3:00 p.m. MP3 players & OverDrive

Friday, November 21, 2008

Computer Classe

The following classes are coming up in December:

Internet Safety I
Thursday, December 4th @ 3:00 p.m.
Learn how to protect your computer using passwords, patches, firewalls, anti-virus software, spyware, and pop-up blockers.

Internet Safety II
Thursday, December 11th @ 3:00 p.m.
A lesson on protecting yourself online. The class will cover using email, chat, shopping online, and identity theft.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Attention All Seniors on Medicare

AEOA SIAP (Senior Insurance Advocacy Program) department will be available at the Hibbing Public Library as a service to seniors for open enrollment for Medicare healthcare coverage. Seniors should be aware that there have been some changes with the area healthcare providers as to the Medicare Advantage Plans that they will accept.

Representatives from AEOA will be in the library’s computer lab the following days:
Wednesday, December 10th from 9:00 until 5:00
Thursday, December 17th from 9:00 until 5:00

Please call AEOA at one of the following numbers to schedule an appointment:
218-748-7301 or 800-662-5711 ext. 201.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Keetac Mine Expansion

The “Final Scoping Decision Document”, public comment letters, a summary of public comments and responses to comments received during a 30-day comment period for the proposed Keetac Mine Expansion Project are now available to the public.

The Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have prepared these documents to guide analyses to include in an Environmental Impact Statement for U.S. Steel’s proposal to expand an existing mine pit and re-start an idle iron ore processing line.

Documents are available at the Hibbing Public Library front desk.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Online Book Club!

Every other week your heart will pound as adrenaline rushes through your body and you'll be on the edge of your seat when you sample our new THRILLER Book Club!

In cooperation with authors from the International Thriller Writers Association a new Thriller Book Club will replace the Horror Book Club in our online offerings, beginning November 3rd, 2008.

Go to the library’s web site at , click on the Online Book Clubs icon. Join the new thriller book club and get ready for action and suspense stories that take you on high speed adventures in which tough, resourceful, but essentially ordinary heroes are pitted against villains determined to destroy them, their country, or the stability of the free world.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Services for Book Clubs

The library has multiple copies of several outstanding titles that can be checked out by book club members. Check the library’s web site,, for a listing of the titles or pick up a flyer at the library.

Book Clubs can also request background information on authors, reviews for specific titles, and discussion guides. Just call the library at 362-5959 and ask for reference. We will create a packet of information for any author and title.

Audio guides for titles that were part of the Big Read program are now available for check out. These CDs feature readings from the novel along with commentary from renowned artists, educators, and public figures such as Robert Redford, Colin Powell, and Mary-Louise Parker, and Big Read authors such as Amy Tan and Ray Bradbury.

Book Club members may also be interested in the library’s “Book News” newsletters. Get “Book News” delivered to your email or read it online at the library’s web site. “Book Club Picks” is just one of the categories available.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Law Library for the Public

St. Louis County maintains a small law library that can be used by the public in the Hibbing County Courthouse. It is open to all residents and there is no charge for using it. The library contains information on Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court cases. There is also Minnesota and Federal statutes and related cases, legal textbooks and treatises. The library services also include the use of the Westlaw on-line computer service. For information about the library and services, contact: Michele Des Rosier at 1-800-450-9777 or email her at

Friday, October 24, 2008

Kill A Watt Electric Usage Monitors

The library has the “Kill A Watt” electric usage monitors available for check out. These devices use a regular U.S. two or three (grounded) 125V pronged power cord to measure electric usage home appliances. Instructions include how to use the monitor, average electrical energy usage of typical 120-volt household appliances, and easy ways to reduce energy use in the home.

Monitors are available at the front desk.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Wednesday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m. -

Bring your own pumpkin and show us your best design.

Prizes for several categories.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Puppet Show at the Library

Saturday, October 18th - Enjoy some great stories and watch Hilda Hippo eat her ABC's. A 30 minute program at 10:30 a.m. and repeated at 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Check Out the New Electronic Databases

New databases have been added to the Electronic Library for Minnesota. All of them can be used from either library computers or your home computer. They are great sources for information for both adults and children for reports and projects. Just go to the library’s home page ( click on “Databases and Search Engines” and then click on “Education”. The databases are alphabetical in this listing.

Student Resource Center Gold - Student Resource Center provides thousands of periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, creative works, video and audio clips and podcasts. Including hundreds of plays and poems, more than 63,000 topic overviews, biographies, and pieces of literary criticism, and more 1,700 study guide questions.

Expanded Academic ASAP - This premier database of more than 2,500 titles offers balanced coverage of every academic concentration including: social science journals, humanities journals, science and technology journals, national news periodicals, general interest magazines, newswires, and many others.

Educator's Reference Complete - This powerful database covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college and includes every educational specialty, such as bilingual studies, health, technology and testing. Also included are resources on issues related to administration, funding and policy in education.

General Science Collection - A well rounded science collection offering in-depth information for scientific research consisting of over 200 journals encompassing the most popular scientific titles such as Scientific American, Archeology, Physics Today, Info Today, Mathematics Magazine and many more.

If you want a quick introduction on how to use these databases just ask for reference help at the front desk.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Join the Friends of the Library - New Members Needed!

Everyone is invited to attend the annual meeting of the Friends of the Hibbing Public Library. The organization needs new members with ideas, talent, and energy. Throughout the year this group sponsors the Yuletide Festival, both adult and children’s reading programs, Cool Evening at the Library, Annual Book Sale, and other events. Fundraising for special projects and helping to supplement the book budget are also part of the Friends agenda.

Membership forms are also available at the front desk of the library. If you cannot attend the meeting, please take a few forms and share them with your friends so they can become our Friends too.

Annual Meeting
October 23, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Library Auditorium

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Minnesota Museum of Mining Adds Photographs to Minnesota Reflections

Minnesota Reflections is a digital library of more than 20,000 photos, maps, and documents that depict the history of Minnesota before 1950. New to the collection the past year are historical photographs from the Minnesota Mining Museum in Chisholm.

The Minnesota Museum of Mining in Chisholm was established in 1953 on 15 acres within a walled sports complex built as a 1930s WPA project. The museum houses a steam locomotive and shovel, large pieces of mining equipment, haul trucks, fire trucks, a replica underground mine drift, a steam railroad diorama by artist F. Lee Jaques, and exhibits from early life in a mining town. The images contributed to "Minnesota Reflections" illustrate miners and their equipment, mine safety, lowering a mule into an underground mine, and construction of the WPA-era sports complex.

View these historical pictures by going to:
Choose “Search by Collection” and click on “Minnesota Museum of Mining”.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Banned Book Week

September 27th – October 4th

Celebrate your freedom to read by reading a banned book during Banned Books Week. This year marks the 27th annual celebration of the freedom to read. The Office of Intellectual Freedom tracks hundreds of reports of challenged items each year. There were 420 known attempts nationally to remove books from public and school libraries in 2007.

The Hibbing Public Library along with the American Library Association wants everyone to think about the importance of intellectual freedom. It is the right of an individual to choose what materials are suitable for themselves and their families.

Read a book from the “banned book display” during the week and exercise your freedom to choose.

More information and for lists of banned or challenged books.

Have you read a banned book?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My Health Minnesota - Go Local Celebrates One Year!

My Health Minnesota -> Go Local, a free database of health services throughout Minnesota, recently celebrated its first birthday! The project is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries, the Mayo Clinic Libraries, and the MINITEX Library Information Network, in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine.

Minnesota citizens can use Go Local to find more than 5,000 hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, support groups, pharmacists, libraries, rehabilitation programs, and other health services in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, plus reliable health information about a multitude of diseases and conditions from MedlinePlus. The database is searchable by location, diseases/health issues, and providers/facilities/health services. My Health Minnesota -> Go Local continues to grow daily as resources are added throughout the state.

In its first year, My Health Minnesota -> Go Local has been used by people all over Minnesota, plus across the United States and in other parts of the world. This resource is available from the library’s web site. Go to: and click on “Databases & Search Engines” and then click on “Medical” and then click on “My Health Minnesota – Go Local”.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale

The annual books sale is one of the Friends’ major fundraising projects. Books and media withdrawn from the library collection and materials donated by area residents will be for sale at very reasonable prices.

Money raised by the Friends supplements library programming and the adult and children’s book budgets.

Hibbing Public Library Auditorium
Friday, October 10th, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 11th, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Fall Computer Classes

Computer classes are offered in the computer lab located in the lower level of the library. Sessions are free and about 90 minutes long. Space is limited so registration is required. Reservations can be made in person, online, or by calling the library at 362-5959.

For a complete list of classes go to: Library Computer Classes

A Cool Evening at the Library

The second annual Cool Evening will be held on Thursday, September 18th, 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The main events will include music by the Hibbing City Band, the Amazing Charles with his all-new balloon animal act, and a book give away sponsored by the Literacy Action Center.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Keetac Mine Expansion

The environmental Impact Statement and other documents for the Keetac Mine Expansion Project is available at the front desk for public review from September 8th until October 8th, 2008.

The public meeting will be on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashwauk Keewatin High School in Nashwauk.

The Hibbing Public Library hours are Monday - Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Friday & Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Library Open on Saturday

The library will be open on Saturday, beginning September 6th. The fall and winter schedule is:
Monday through Thursday - 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday - 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bucks Buy Books in September

The Library Board's annual Bucks Buy Books program will be held during the month of September. Created by the Library Board of Trustees to supplement budget cuts imposed by the city in 2005, Bucks Buy Books encourages donors — principally through donations added to Hibbing Public Utilities (HPU) bills — to contribute monies to the new books budget of the library.

Over the years the progam has collected over $28000.00 and the library has been able to purchase more than 1100 additional books. Donations were used to buy added copies of very popular bestsellers, children’s books, and other popular fiction and nonfiction titles. Watch for more information and updates about the Bucks Buy Books campaign.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Fall Story Time Schedule

The Fall Story Time schedule will start September 9 and go through December 12.

Story Time - Programs are offered Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. for 20 - 60 minutes
A 30 - 60 minute program for pre-schoolers with books, songs and the "Letter of the Week". Open play if time permits. Volunteers are needed for craft projects.

Toddler Time - Program is offered Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. for 20 - 60 minutes.
A program for toddlers aged 2-3 years with books, songs, and finger plays. Open play if time permits.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Environmental Impact Statement For Mesabi Nugget Phase II Project

The Scoping Environmental Assessment Worksheet and Draft Scoping Decision Document for the Mesabi Nugget Phase II Project is now available for review at the library. The DNR and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have prepared this information to assist in identifying the issues and analyses to include in an Environmental Impact Statement for Mesabi Nugget’s proposal to reactivate the former LTV Steel Mining Company mine.

The comment period for these documents ends on September 10, 2008. All comments can be directed to the address listed in the documents. In addition the DNR will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, beginning at 6:00 p.m., at the Aurora Community Center in Aurora, Minnesota.

Ask at the front desk for the Mesabi Nugget Project documents.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Friends of the Library

Thank you to everyone that renewed or became members of the Friends group for the first time during the July membership drive. Anyone that missed the annual drive can still join this important group. Membership forms are available at the front desk of the library.

All community members that care about libraries and what they represent should consider joining. The Hibbing Friends raise money for library materials and equipment and receive gifts, memorials and bequests for library improvements. The Friends of the library sponsor the annual used book sale, the family Yuletide Festival and many other special programs for the community. If you are interested in fostering awareness of the library and its many services please consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Library.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Nonfiction Online Book Club

Join the Nonfiction Online Book Club and start receiving weekly title suggestions in your email. Monday through Friday you will receive a 5-minute selection in your email every day. By the end of the week you will have read the first 2 to 3 chapters. If you like the story and want to finish, just pick the book up at the library.

Just go to the library’s home page, click on the “Online Book Clubs” icon and sign up for the Nonfiction Club.

Thursday, July 31, 2008


The Zoomobile is on the road and will be stopping at the Hibbing Public Library on Wednesday, August 6th at 10:00 a.m. The Minnesota Zoomobile and its team of trained naturalists travel to schools and community events throughout the state of Minnesota and beyond, providing an educational and entertaining environmental experience to a variety of audiences. Zoomobile naturalists use live animals, biological artifacts, theater techniques, storytelling, and audience participation to create a dynamic, personal, and fun program for all ages. Some of the animals you might meet include a great horned owl, boa constrictor, opossum, tarantula, and bugs from the rainforest!

Join us on August 6th!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Summer Reading Program - July 28 - August 1

Story time for preschoolers is on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 29th and 30th at 10:00 a.m. This week’s stories are “What? Cried Grammy” by Kate Lum and “Tacky the Penguin” written by Helen Lester. Each program will also include songs and the “Letter of the Week”.

The Chocolate Fest will be Thursday, July 31st at 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration was required for this event.

This is the last week to receive prizes for the Summer Reading Program and Read and Win tickets to the St. Louis County Fair.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Online Book Club for Teens

The Teen Club is one of the many book clubs offered online by the library. Sign up and Monday through Friday you will receive a 5-minute selection in your email every day. By the end of the week you will have read the first 2 to 3 chapters. Each week a special guest hosts this book club and selected teens from all over the world share their insights. If you like the story and want to finish, just pick the book up at the library.

“Picture Perfect” by D. Anne Love is a Teen Book Club selection. Phoebe Trask's story begins with the hot Texas summer before her freshman year in high school. A self-proclaimed daddy's girl, still Phoebe struggles when her mother becomes a traveling spokeswoman for a cosmetics company, virtually abandoning the family. Phoebe's sister is away at college; her best friend recently moved; and her father, a judge, is always busy, so she and her brother often find themselves on their own. Then a new next-door neighbor shakes things up: Beverly Grace, a lonely writer recently returned from Italy, strikes up a friendship with the judge. As Phoebe worries about events like her first kiss and her first dance, she also worries that her family won't survive her parents' separation. When her mother finally comes home for good, it is because she has been diagnosed with cancer.

Start reading gripping mysteries, wildly hilarious comedies, true adventures, mystical science fiction, and romance in your email. Just go to the library’s home page, click on the “Online Book Clubs” icon and sign up for the Teen Club.

Friday, July 18, 2008

What Should I Read Next?

The NoveList database is your guide to fiction. You can look up your favorite book, click the “Find Similar Books” button and be introduced to great new authors. Search by genre, series title and more.

The database also provides award winners, author read alikes, feature articles, book discussion guides, and direct links to web sites with information about the author and upcoming titles. NoveList is available from the library’s web site.

Summer Reading Program - July 21-25

Story time for preschoolers is on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. This week “The Very Ugly Bug” by Liz Pichon tells the story about a bug that is so ugly it scares away the bird that is about to devour it. Rosemary Wells gives a math lesson in “Max’s Bunny Money”. Max and Ruby go shopping for a birthday gift for Grandma. Max wastes some of the money and then the dream gift costs too much. Come to story time to find out just what Grandma does get for her birthday.

Jeff Smith and his Creepy Crawlies will be in the library auditorium on Thursday, July 24th at 10:00 a.m. Check out the lizards, amphibians, and insects and join in on the hour of creepy fun and learning.

The last day to sign up for the summer reading program will be Friday, July 25th. All prizes need to be collected by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1st.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Sponge-tastic Birthday!

According to reliable sources, July 14 is Spongebob's birthday. So we decided to throw him a birthday party at the Hibbing Public Library. There was cake, punch and prizes for everyone who sang "Happy Birthday" to everyone's favorite sponge.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Summer Reading Program - July 14 - 18

Story time for preschoolers is on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Each program will include stories, songs, and the “Letter of the Week”. This week’s books will be “No More Kissing” by Emma Clark and “Dog Breath” by Dave Pilkey.

The Kid’s Cookery program will be on Thursday, July 17th at 11:00 a.m. Everyone will have a chance to learn easy recipes that they can take home. This program is free, but registration is required.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Summer Reading Program - July 7th - 11th

Story time for preschoolers is on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Each program will include stories, songs, and the “Letter of the Week”.

This week’s stories include “Froggy Eats Out” by Jonathan London and “Colliding Chris” by Dan Harder. In the first, Froggy learns a lesson after he misbehaves at a fancy restaurant. His parents take him to the fast flies restaurant on their next outing. Harder’s story allows everyone to share the wild experience of Chris’s first ride on a bicycle with hand brakes.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the comic and juggling antics of Sparky the Clown on Friday, July 11th at 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Read & Win

Hibbing Public Library and the St. Louis County Fair Board are crowing about their one month reading program—Read and Win. From July 1st through August 1st, children entering first through seventh grades in the fall of 2008 may earn coupons for reading books, to redeem at the St. Louis County Fair.

Pick up a separate Read and Win book log starting July 1st at the Hibbing Public Library.

10 books or 250 pages earn a coupon for a Coca-Cola product at the Schweiby’s food booth.
20 books or 500 pages earns a coupon for a Fraboni hot dog at the Schweiby’s food booth
30 books or 750 pages earn a free child’s pass to the St. Louis County Fair.
40 books or 1,000 pages earns a coupon for a free Mighty Bluegrass Show ride

Thanks go to Bettie Valley for coordinating this program that is supported by the St. Louis County Fair Board and Schweiby.

See you at the St. Louis County Fair!

Friends of the Hibbing Public Library Membership Drive

The Hibbing Friends are currently conducting their annual membership drive. During the year this group hosts fundraising projects. The proceeds purchase equipment and materials for the library. The Friends also sponsor literary programs and events such as the reading programs for both adults and children and the annual Yuletide Festival.

The Friends group is instrumental in raising funds for building improvements. The air conditioning project was a huge undertaking but it is time to begin planning for future projects. Having reached 50 years old, the library building needs more attention. A new roof, flooring, energy efficient windows, and improved lighting are the next projects.

Anyone interested in joining the Friends organization can pick up an application form at the front desk of the library. Remember, good libraries need good friends.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summer Reading Program Week of June 30th

Story time for preschoolers is on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Each program will include stories, songs, and the “Letter of the Week”. This week’s stories include “Fourth of July Mice” by Bethany Roberts, “The Dragon Snatcher” by M.P. Robertson, and “Five Little Monkeys” by Eileen Christelow.

Fair Fun Day will be at the St. Louis County Fairgrounds by Ironworld on Monday, June 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Amazing Charles will be on hand along with a variety of live animals. You will also be able to play games with the area’s children’s librarians.

The children’s librarian will present a puppet show on Thursday, July 3rd. Catch the 45 minute program at either 10:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Internet Safety Month

Did you know that June is national Internet Safety month?

Read the congressional proclamation and learn some surprising statistics.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has great information for protecting our children and ourselves online. It also has a great section for kids to explore and learn about using the internet safely. Visit their website at:

Monday, June 23, 2008

Pre-Overdue Notices

Need a reminder a day or two before your library items are due? The email pre-overdue notice is for you. Next time you are in the library ask to have your borrower record updated to receive email notices. In addition to all the regular hold and overdue notices you will receive a courtesy notice reminding you when items are due.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer Reading Program for the week of June 23rd

Summer reading program prizes are now available. Bring your book logs to the front desk.

Story time for preschoolers is on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Each program will include stories, songs, and the “Letter of the Week”.

Casey Aro will be entertaining at the library on Thursday, June 26th at 11:00 a.m. His song and dance show will delight all ages.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hugh Reynolds' Painting

Area artist, Hugh Reynolds, has a new painting on display at the library. It is a wintery evening picture of the Hibbing High School. Stop in to see it during the next two weeks.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Summer Reading Program

There is still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, “Look What’s Cookin’ @ Your Library”. Pick up a reading record, check out some books, and start reading for prizes.

At storytime this week the books read will be “Skippyjon Jones” by Judy Schachner, “The Day the Babies Crawled Away” by Peggy Rathman, and “Bear Feels Sick” by Karma Wilson.

The Underwater World Aquarium from the Mall of America will be presenting Underwater Adventures on Thursday, June 19th at 11:00 a.m. Learn about our friends who live in the water. This program is free but registration is required. Call the library or register at the front desk.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Week 2 - Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program had a strong start last week with nearly 200 people signed up for the program!

Story time for preschoolers is on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Each program will include stories, songs, and the “Letter of the Week”.

Books this week will be “There’s a Nightmare in my Closet” by Mercer Mayer, “Bunny Cakes” by Rosemary Wells, and “Porcupining” by Lisa Wheeler.

Acclaimed picture book author, Debra Frasier will present “Picture Book Magic” on Wednesday, June 11th at 1:15 p.m. Come and find out how picture books are made and maybe win one signed by Ms. Frasier!

The Underwater World Aquarium from the Mall of America will be presenting Underwater Adventures on Thursday, June 19th at 11:00 a.m. Learn about our friends who live in the water. This program is free but registration is required. Call the library or register at the front desk.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

"Highway Bob" Poster Donated to Library Collection

Carol Bertolotti has generously donated a poster of her painting, "Highway Bob" to the library. The poster will be included in one of the Dylan displays.

It has been posted with permission by the artist on the "Expecting Rain" website on The Bob Dylan Exhibition page. This section consists of art, drawings Dylan fans on the Net.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Summer Reading Program

Registration begins June 2, 2008!

The Hibbing Public Library has lined up an exciting eight week summer reading program. There will be prizes to earn for reading books, programs to attend and fun to be had.

We encourage you to sign up during the first week, but registration remains open through July 25th. The last day of the Summer Reading program is August 1st.

Pre-School Storytime will be held every Tuesday and Wenesday at 10:00 a.m.

The first program will be a Tie Dye Kick-Off
Thursday, June 5th at 1:00 p.m.

Bring a light colored shirt to tie dye your favorite summer colors! Library will provide supplies and instruction, you supply the shirt.

Did you tie dye a shirt last year? If you did, wear it to this years event for a colorful display of your work!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Bob Dylan Walking Tour

This tour takes you along a path that was once walked by Bob Dylan as he grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota.

The walk starts at the building that was Zimmerman Electric and ends at the Androy, the site of Bob’s Bar Mitzvah celebration.

Walking Tour Map
Podcast of Tour

Monday, May 12, 2008

Great Lakes Counties Report

The draft of "Selected Information on Chemical Releases Within Great Lakes Counties Containing Areas of Concern" is available for view at the library front desk. This document, dated April 30, 2008, was prepared by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

All comments concerning the evaluation of public health issues must be submitted in writing by June 30, 2008.

Stop in during normal hours to read the report and prepare comments.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Painters of the North Country

The 2nd Annual BOB DYLAN EXHIBIT by the Lake Superior Watercolor Society is now in the library auditorium until May 31st. It features framed watercolor and water-media paintings inspired by the life and lyrics of Bob Dylan. These paintings are for sale and a portion of the proceeds from sales will be donated to the Friends of the Hibbing Public Library.

A reception for participating artists and the public is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, from 1-4 PM in the library auditorium.

Stop by for a Dylan-inspired afternoon: Listen to Dylan's music as you view the LSWS exhibit of paintings, indulge in or resist Beatty Zimmerman’s chocolate chip banana bread. Enjoy spending time with friends, artists, and Dylan fans.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

New Features - New Technology!

RSS Feeds - Allow you to read new entries on our blog without having to visit our blog. Using RSS feeds new entries are sent to you in your "reader" or into the Internet Explorer RSS options. For more information about how RSS works visit

Another fun feature we have added is a listing of the Hibbing Public Library "Twitter" entries. Twitter is designed to allow people to make short entries about what they are doing at any given time. The Library is using it to talk about resources and events at the library.

Both of these options are available in the right hand column of this blog.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about either of these new tools send an email to Chris.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Smashing Good Time!

Congratulations to Summer Campbell, a 6th grader at Lincoln Elementary, who got to ride 65 feet up in the basket a toss out a TV filled with candy and toys. Hers was the winning essay in the "Why Books are Better than TV" contest in honor of TV Turn-Off Week. An estimated 60 kids and adults were on hand at the Hibbing Public Library to see the TV explode and run for goodies!

Did you turn your TV off this week? What did you do instead?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Painters of the North Country - 2nd Annual Bob Dylan Exhibit

The Hibbing Public Library will host the second annual exhibit of paintings by members of the Lake Superior Watercolor Society (LSWS).

The exhibit will feature more than 30 new, framed watercolor and water-media paintings inspired by the life and lyrics of Bob Dylan. The exhibit will coincide with Dylan Days. Opening on May 1 and running through June 5, 2008.

A reception for participating artists and the public is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, from 1-4 PM in the library auditorium. Stop by for a Dylan-inspired afternoon: Listen to Dylan's music, view the exhibit, indulge in Beatty Zimmerman’s chocolate chip banana bread and spend time with friends, artists, and Dylan fans.

Paintings will be for sale through the Friends of the Hibbing Public Library who will receive a commission on each painting sold. For more information email Louise Lundin or visit the Hibbing Public Library website.

Stop in and see the display during normal library hours. Did you see last year's display?

Magician Star at the Library

Magician Star was at the library on Wednesday, April 9th, promoting reading with magic.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

TV Turn Off Week

TV Turn Off Week is an event that was started in 1994 by the Center for Screen Time Awareness, as a way to promote activities that involved anything but the television. This year the Hibbing Public Library supported by the other departments of the City of Hibbing are planning an event will let people know that there are things to do besides watching TV after school and work.

An essay contest will be held. All kids in grades 3-6 can write a one page essay on "Why Books are Better than TV." Essays must be turned in to the Hibbing Public Library by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17th. Library staff will read the essays and pick the winner, who will be notified by phone and get to go up in a cherry picker and throw a TV at a target drawn on the street.

Library events on April 23rd will include:
  • Closing 21st Ave. between 4th and 5th East will be closed to traffic from 3:30-5pm.
  • Local groups are invited to set up a table or booth to promote their organization, especially if it gives kids and families the opportunity to get out and away from the TV. We are also encouraging groups to sell concessions to raise money for themselves and promote a picnic atmosphere.
  • At 4:30, the winner of an essay contest will go up 10 feet in a cherry picker and toss a TV at a target drawn on the street. The TV will be filled with treats and small toys.
  • At 5pm, family programs including puppet shows, games, crafts and other performances and demonstrations by other organizations will begin in the library and run till 8pm.

If you would like more information or to participate in this event, please email Chuck Bell or call 362-5959.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Online Book Clubs

So many books, so little time. For all those busy people, the Hibbing Public Library has a new service: an Online Book Club that delivers books electronically.

Each day, Monday through Friday, the library emails subscribers a portion of a book that takes about 5-minutes to read. They're able to read two or three chapters from a book during the week. If they like a book, they can check it out of the library. Each week the library features new books.

With 11 book clubs to choose from, there's something for everyone. Patrons can read Fiction, Non Fiction, Romance, Business, Good News, Horror, Teen, Mystery, Pre-Publication, and Science Fiction.

They can also listen to Audio Books in their email and there's even a Pre-Publication Club. You can start reading books in your email before they're even published.

The Book Forum is your chance to be the reviewer. What do you think about this week's book so far? Do you plan on finishing the book? Is it going to make your personal reading list? If you've already found out "who done it" or "did she get the guy," don't give away the ending. But do tell me what you think.

Sign up now.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Magician Star at the Library

Come to a free magic show on Wednesday April 9, 2008, 10:00 AM in the auditorium at the Hibbing Public Library .

Cotton native Magician Star will perform her high energy, audience participation show. Not only is it great fun, but it gets your kids fired up about reading!

This show will take the place of the regularly scheduled Story Time.

For more information email or call 218-362-5959.

Click on "comments" below to tell us about the last magician you saw.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Community Wide Survey

Take the survey now.

Hibbing has partnered with North Star Destination Strategies to develop a community “Brand” for marketing the city to visitors, residents and businesses in the year 2008 and beyond.

North Star customized a Communitywide Online Survey which has been carefully crafted to determine the city’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities. All residents are invited and encouraged to participate in this important community-wide initiative.

“We have partnered with more than 90 cities in more than 20 states nationwide and I can’t emphasize enough the importance of insights gleaned from community members,” stressed McEachern. “To learn what makes a city special, you have to go to the people who spend more than just their money and time there. You have to go to the people who spend their lives there.”

If you are interested in learning more about Hibbing ’s branding initiative, contact Duane Northagen or Miriam Kero at the City of Hibbing Economic Development Office at City Hall. To learn more about North Star Destination Strategies, go to

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Online Help for the College Bound

The 2008, six volume, College Blue Book” and the 2008 Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans are available online via the library’s website. Both of these items are a part of the “Gale Virtual Reference Library”. I can be accessed from both library and home computers. Just visit the library’s web site, click on Databases and Search Engines, click on Education, and then click on “Gale Virtual Reference Library”.

The College Blue Book covers thousands of 2- and 4-year schools in the U.S. and Canada, their programs, degrees, and financial aid sources.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Loans provides sources of scholarships, fellowships, loans, internships, work study, and other education-related financial aid at all levels of study. Included is a summary of programs sponsored by the federal government and a state-by-state listing of agencies that users can contact in their home state.

Monday, March 10, 2008

We Have a New Phone Number!

The Library is moving to a new telephone system and our phone number has changed. Please note that our new numbers are:

Main number: 218-362-5959
TTY/TTD: 218-362-5956
Fax: 218-312-9779

Friday, March 07, 2008

Downloadable Audio Books

The downloadable audio books will be unavailable on Saturday, March 22nd, from 5:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. OverDrive will be installing upgrades and performing maintenance tasks during this time period.

Please plan ahead and if you need electronic books for the weekend; do your downloads on Friday.

Some FAQs for those who are not familiar with this service:

What are Digital Audio Books?

A digital audio book is the downloadable version of a book on tape or CD. Digital audio books can be transferred to a portable device, and select titles can even be burned to a CD. Digital media is automatically returned so there are never late fees or trips to the library.

What you will need:

Digital audio books are available for the OverDrive Media Console, which relies on Windows Media Technology. Most Windows computers with Windows Media Player 9 (or higher) and the OverDrive software installed will work.

To access digital media, you will need:

A valid library card from an Arrowhead Library System Library or the Duluth Public Library.
Access to the internet. At this time, we are unable to download digital media to public library computers. If you connect to the internet with a dial up connection it is recommended that you only download one "part" of digital media at a time.
Free OverDrive software.
Transferring digital media:

Once digital media is downloaded onto your computer it may be transferred to other portable devices. See the OverDrive website for a list of compatible devices and directions for testing your device for compatibility.

Some items may be burned to CD's. Review the "Digital Rights Information" to see how many times an item can be transferred to other devices and if it may be burned to a CD. Note that each "part" of a digital item will require a separate CD.

Go to the library's home page, click on "Download Audiobooks" and try one!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Dr. Seuss's Birthday and Luau Fun

Celebrate a birthday and the end of the Winter Reading Program with Mr. Bell on March 4th and 5th at preschool storyhour. Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 3rd and the stories this week will of course be in his honor. Everyone is invited to come in for Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Sox, and The Zax.

This is also the last week of the Winter Reading Program so after the stories upstairs everyone will head down to the auditorium for games, crafts, treats and assorted nonsense in the finest luau tradition.

Storyhour is every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Meet by the fireplace!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Teen Tech Week March 2 - 8, 2008

The library will be celebrating Teen Tech Week by having a giveaway just for teens. Sign up as many times as you want during the week of March 2nd. A drawing will then be held at 3:30 on Friday, March 7th, for a MP3 player or a “DDR” add-on for PS2.

There will also be a special program in the computer lab on Thursday, March 6th at 3:15 called “Blogging for Teens”. Anyone interested in attending should register by calling the library at 262-1038 or just sign up at the front desk.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Range Reads

There is still time to pick up a copy of Tim O’Brien’s, The Things They Carried along with the discussion guide. Read the book, visit the Requiem exhibit at Ironworld, and attend one of the community discussion groups at the library. Discussions will be moderated by Hibbing High School English instructor, Lori Bandemer. Days and times are Monday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 28th at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

New Genealogy Databases at Iron World

Ironworld's Iron Range Research Center library recently introduced new resources for amateur and experienced genealogists. The databases of Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online can now be accessed at no charge on the Research Center's four public computer terminals.

Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest Online give genealogists access to resources far beyond what has previously been available.

Ancestry Library Edition allows users to access approximately 4000 databases, including U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, a Civil War collection, the Social Security Death Index, and much more.

HeritageQuest Online combines information from federal records, books, family and local histories, city directories and many other sources to help researchers find their ancestors, trace their paths across America and even learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.

The Research Center is free and open during Ironworld's regular hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

2008 ARRM Conference Art Contest

The Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota wants the community to vote on the art that best depicts the theme of their annual conference.

About 100 pieces by local and area artists that receive services from ARRM will be on display at the library from Monday, February 4th through Thursday, February 7th.

The theme of the 2008 ARRM Conference is “Welcome to the Big Top: There’s Something for Everyone! SoHo Artists of Hibbing is sponsoring this event.

Community members vote and the 10 winning entries will receive royalty payments for their artwork. The top entry will be imprinted on the bags all attendees are given at the annual conference.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Book Review

Duma Key
Stephen King

I haven’t read a Stephen King book in years, so I picked up Duma Key with trepidation. Duma Key passed the first hurdle when I realized it didn’t have alien spaceships in it. Edgar Freemantle moves from Minnesota to the Florida Keys to recover from a catastrophic accident where he takes up landscape painting. As Edgar’s painting improves, he forms new friendships with Wireman and Old Elizabeth Eastlake and learns of another artist whose painting seemed supernatural. Tragic historical events in one family reveal disappearances, creepy dolls, ghosts and shipwrecks to make this a satisfying read. A story that takes place in Florida is always a good thing during a Minnesota winter.
For more information on Stephen King, go to:

Monday, January 28, 2008

Tax Volunteers at the Library

Tax help, complements of the AEOA Tax Aide Program volunteers will be available in the Library Conference Room from Feb. 1, 2008 through April 15th on:

Fridays - 9:00 a.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays - 9:00 a.m. —12:00 p.m.

Help will also be available at the following locations and times:

Tourist Center
Beginning Feb. 4, 2008
Monday, 9:00—2:30

Memorial Building
Beginning Feb. 5, 2008
Tuesday, 9:00— 2:30

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hot Reads For Cold Nights!

Warm up with a hot book from the Hibbing Public Library. The library and the Friends of the Hibbing Public Library are once again offering the HOT READS FOR COLD NIGHTS winter reading program for adults.

It will run February 1st through March 1st. There will be daily giveaways, weekly drawings and a grand prize drawing at the end. Each time an adult checks out library items they can enter their name into the drawing.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Hibbing Public Library and Arrowhead Library System.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Children's Winter Reading and Story Time!

The Children's Winter Reading program, Escape with a Book, will run from February 5th until March 7th. Sign up; get a book log, bookmark, and a sticker card. Every four books read or listened to, earn a sticker and every ten books earn a prize. Everyone will be awarded a certificate at the end of the program and be invited to the Luau Party.

Story hour is back on the library schedule. Mr. Bell will be reading his favorite stories, singing songs, and doing wiggle breaks every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m.

The program on January 22nd and 23rd will feature One Dog Canoe by Minnesota author, Mary Casanova. A girl and her dog set out in a small canoe early one morning and are soon joined by a variety of animals both large and small.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Successful Bucks Buy Books Campaign

The Hibbing Public Library’s fourth annual Bucks Buy Books program recently ended with over $7,000 added to the new books fund of the library.

Created by the Library Board of Trustees to supplement budget cuts imposed by the city in 2005, Bucks Buy Books encourages donors — principally through donations added to Hibbing Public Utilities (HPU) bills — to contribute monies to the new books budget of the library.

“We really appreciate the support of the community in getting behind this program,” commented Librarian Ginny Richmond as she tabulated the dollars and number of donors.

“The program has really raised the awareness of our needs,” she continued. “People contribute through their HPU bills, through sending or dropping off checks and cash, through endowments or wills, and even through the penny jar on the front desk.”

In the four years since its inception, Bucks Buy Books has added over $30,000 to the adult and children’s book budgets — "an impressive amount of money,” Richmond noted thankfully.

With the average cost of a new book running somewhere between $20 to $25, the campaign this year will see an infusion of well over 300 new titles appearing on the shelves of the Hibbing Public Library.

Library Board of Trustees chair Mike Marincel added that the success “says a lot about the community and the importance people place on reading and the role of the library.”

The above article was written by Library Board Member Dan Bergan and published in the Sunday, Hibbing Daily Tribune.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Computer Classes Will Begin in February

The new computer schedule has been set. Classes will be offered in the computer lab located in the lower level of the library. Sessions are free and about 90 minutes long. Space is limited so registration is required. Reservations can be made in person or by calling the library at 262-1038. The following classes are being offered in February:

Computer Basics
Absolutely no computer skills are necessary. This session is an introduction to computers and includes learning to use a mouse, and basic computer terms.
Wednesday, February 6th @ 10:30 a.m.

Working with Word I
Learn the very basics of Microsoft Word. Opening, saving, spell check, fonts, cut, copy and paste are the topics covered in this class.
Thursday, February 14th @ 10:30 a.m.

E-Mail for Beginners
Set up a free e-mail account for yourself. Learn e-mail etiquette and send e-mail. Must feel confident using a mouse.
Thursday, February 21st @ 10:30 a.m.

Internet for Beginners
An Introduction to the Internet. Session includes learning the browser icons, locating items on the Internet and simple searching. Must feel confident using a mouse.
Wednesday, February 27th @ 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tax Information

Multiple copies of the most common Federal and State tax forms will be available at the library in January. All others will be obtainable from the reproducible books or the IRS federal and state web sites. Library staff will help locate forms on the internet but cannot give out tax advice.

Tax help, complements of the AEOA Tax Aide Program volunteers will be available at the following times and locations:

Library Conference Room
Beginning Feb. 1, 2008
Friday, 9:00—2:30
Saturday, 9:00—12:00

Tourist Center
Beginning Feb. 4, 2008
Monday, 9:00—2:30

Memorial Building
Beginning Feb. 5, 2008
Tuesday, 9:00— 2:30

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Open House

Parents, children, day cares, and all other community members are invited to the library open house on Tuesday, January 15th, between 10:00 and 4:00. Stop in and meet Chuck Bell, the new children's librarian. Ask questions and learn about his plans for story hour and other children's programming.

He is looking forward to meeting everyone.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

New Children’s Librarian

Chuck Bell is the new face in the children’s department at the library. Everyone should take time to stop in and say hello.

Watch for information on an Open House to officially welcome Chuck to Hibbing.

One Community, One Read

Get ready to participate in the One Community, One Read programs which will be offered during the month of February. All events will be centered on the Vietnam War. Everyone should read Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried”.

The Library Journal review states: Winner of a National Book Award in 1979 for Going After Cacciato ( LJ 12/15/77), O'Brien again shows his literary stuff with this brilliant collection of short stories, many of which have won literary recognition (several appeared in O. Henry Awards' collections and Best American Short Stories ). Each of the 22 tales relates the exploits and personalities of a fictional platoon of American soldiers in Vietnam. An acutely painful reading experience, this collection should be read as a book and not a mere selection of stories reprinted from magazines. Not since Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse - Five ( LJ 3/1/69) has the American soldier been portrayed with such poignancy and sincerity. Mark Annichiarico.