Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Who is Your Favorite Chef?

Bobby Flay's Burgers, Fries & Shakes

Bobby Flay's latest cookbook, features everything you want to know about America's favorite meal: Burgers, fries and a shake. Bobby's Burger Palace opened in 2008 and he is sharing his recipes so you can cook the same menu for your friends and family.

Bobby says: "In New York City, where I grew up and continue to live today, my memories include a place called Jackson Hole, where the burgers were oversized and juicy and crusty on the outside. It was the first place I remember being able to order toppings like sauteed mushrooms and cheeses other than American and Cheddar."

Everyone has their favorite burger joint, what's yours?

For more cooking by Bobby Flay, check out his website:

Tourist Brochures

Want to take a vacation but can't travel far?

Stop in and check out our area travel brochures. Find fun day trips or places you can go for a quick weekend get away.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Action Painting

Kids weren't just making a mess last Thursday! They were learning about the art style of Jackson Pollock by happily tossing, spraying and dabbling paint on large canvasses spread out on the library lawn. Two entire sheets were used to catch paint filled balloons, paint from spray bottles, and sponges soaked with paint. One of the canvasses will be hung in the children's room while the other will be cut up and given to the participants. Our special thanks and gratitude to Becca Sauer, who ran a great program!
Don't forget the puppet shows, this Thursday, July 2 at 10am and 1:30pm.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Great New Database!

The LearningExpress Library is now available from the library's database page. It features over 800 online courses, tests, and e-books that will help you find a job, enhance your career, get into college, and excel in school.

Find all of the following:

  • SAT, ACT, and graduate school admissions test prep
  • Advanced Placement and CLEP test prep
  • GED test prep
  • Reading, writing, and math skills improvement for grades 4 and up
  • Job-search, resume-writing and interviewing skills improvement
  • Career licensing/certification test prep
  • Workplace and academic skills improvement

This database is available from all library computers and your home computer. Just click on "Databases and Search Engines" or our main page, click on education, and click on LearningExpress Library.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Large Print Books

Tough Hand by Wayne D. Overholser
Jim Sullivan joins Troy Manders in a range war to get her father’s land back.

Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark
Did he or didn’t he kill his wife?

Long Lost by Harlan Coben
Myron Bolitar helps an old girlfriend clear her name after her ex-husband it murdered.

Pursuit by Karen Robards
The First Lady is killed in a car crash. Was it an accident? Jessica Ford doesn’t think so.

Medical Myths That Can Kill You by Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D.
Do you know what’s really good for you? 101 truths that will save, extend and improve your life.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Movies at the Library!

Twilight: All about teenage vampires in Washington.

Fireproof: Caleb Holt (Kirk Cameron) juggles his family and fighting fires.

High School Musical 3: Seen HSM 1 and 2? Senior Year and more music and dance.

Changeling: Los Angeles, 1928. Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) gets her missing son back but it's not him.

Gran Torino: Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) has a cool car and befriends the Hmong family next door.

Defiance: The Bielski Brothers keep alive Jewish refugees during World War II. Based on a true story.

Appaloosa: Marshal Cole and deputy Hitch protect town and citizens from ruthless rancher. Based on book by Robert B. Parker.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Are you a frustrated artist? Do you have more creativity than you know what to do with? Do you have a thing for Jackson Pollock? Do you enjoy throwing paint? Or do you just enjoy getting messy?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then has the library got a program for you! On Thursday, June 25 at 1pm, we will host an art class for kids that will study the art of Jackson Pollock by, you guessed it, throwing paint.
This program has limited resources, so admittance will be first-come, first served. Also, dress in some sloppy clothes, because you WILL get paint on yourself...

SBA Small Business Interest Free Loan Program

The SBA is now accepting applications for a new loan program. If your small business is in need of short-term relief this loan may be just what will help. It is the America's Recovery Capital Loan Program (ARC). The best candidates are small businesses that in the past were profitable but are currently struggling because of the economy.

Act quickly! There is a limited amount of funding. Make a call to your current bank or lender. For additional details go to www.sba.gov and click on Arc Loan Program. You can also call Lori Fedo at the Hibbing Chamber.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Name your favorite books.

I have had many favorite books, starting with Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. When in high school, I enjoyed Zane Grey westerns and Agatha Christie mysteries. As an adult, I will read the occasional nonfiction survival story, but my favorites are still mysteries. Here are a few of my favorite authors: Martha Grimes, Christopher Fowler, Charles Todd, and James R. Benn.

So what are your favorite books?
Write in and tell us.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Historic England Comes Alive in These 3 Novels.

Martyr by Rory Clements
England, 1587
First Line: Rose Downie sat on the cold cobbles, cradling a swaddled baby that was not hers.
First in a series, John Shakespeare, investigator, older brother to William, is charged with solving the murder of Queen Elizabeth’s cousin and an assassination attempt against Sir Francis Drake.

The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips
London, 1672 and Cambridge 2008
First Line: She leaves her house on Portsmouth Street carrying a wood box with a smooth ivory handle and tarnished brass fittings.
Hannah Devlin, physician when her only patients are the poor, becomes convinced that she has found a serial killer at work by the condition of the bodies. Claire Donovan in 2008 finds Hannah’s diary and discovers that the diary is dangerous when a rival is killed.

A Matter of Justice by Charles Todd
England, 1920
First Line: Ronald Evering was in his study, watching a mechanical toy bank go through its motions, when the idea first came to him.
Ian Rutledge, Scotland Yard Inspector, is sent to investigate a murder of a man named Quarles in a particularly vicious manner. Eleventh in the series, Inspector Rutledge is haunted by memories of World War I and the soldier he was forced to shoot for desertion.

Monday, June 15, 2009

253 and counting!

That's how many readers have signed up for the Summer Reading Program. Have you signed up yet? No? Well, don't delay! You have until July 24 to come in, sign up and set your reading goal to win prizes.

Like animals? Lucky you, because the Minnesota Zoo will be bringing the Zoo-mobile to the library on Thursday, June 18 at 10am.

Animal, book and prizes. How can you go wrong at the library this summer?

Book Review: Seth Bullock: Black Hills Lawman by David A Wolff

If you are planning to travel to South Dakota this summer and see the Black Hills, then you may want to read about Seth Bullock.

Part of the South Dakota Biography series, extensive notes, bibliography and index make this a must read for anyone interested in the history of Deadwood. As a student or traveler to South Dakota, Seth Bullock by David A. Wolff and Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane by James D. McLaird are not to be missed. The recent popularity of the HBO series Deadwood brings added interest to the history of South Dakota during the Gold Rush period.

Seth Bullock was already in his late twenties when he went to Deadwood with Sol Star to open Star and Bullock Hardware. Seth Bullock’s many accomplishments during his lifetime include: first sheriff appointed by Governor Pennington to bring order to Deadwood; the first Black Hills Reserve forest supervisor; and Bullock as U.S. Marshal for South Dakota appointed by President Teddy Roosevelt.

Seth Bullock died, September 23, 1919 in Deadwood at the age of 73 and is buried next to his wife, Martha, in the cemetery above Deadwood.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Microsoft's New and Enhanced Search Engine Named 'Bing' Debuts

Microsoft's new general search engine, named Bing, is now live and ready for use.

The ResourceShelf Newsletter offers the following comment:

"Overall, while it's good and important to have another unique database of web content out there, we are a bit saddened to see the lack of new feature and services with this first release of Bing as opposed to what was available with Live.com. Bing is worth knowing about and using, but getting the masses to switch to it as their default search tool will be a massive challenge. Time will tell. Expect to see a lot of advertising for Bing. Finally, Bing Maps (and imagery) continues to mesmerize, and the limiting functions for images and video are very useful."

So if you want to try something other than Google or Yahoo move on over a give Bing an try.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Don't call it "The Craft Van" anymore...

...because it is now "The Fun On the Run Mobile Playground Van!" And it will be making it's regular Wednesday stop at the library starting June 10. So, from 9am to noon, get a fun fix for free. Then see how many times fast you can say the new name!

Website of the Week

Check out the following website:
Dumb Little Man: Tips for Life http://www.dumblittleman.com/
“A handful of tips that will save you money, increase your productivity, or keep you sane.”

Today’s article: 15 Awesome Tutorial Websites You Probably Don't Know About. Check out the link to find video clips on a variety of subjects and brief easy to follow instruction.

Lists the categories available, including:
DIY and How To
Earning or Saving Money
Featured Sites
Food and Cooking
Health and Fitness
Most Popular DLM Posts
Personal Development
Writing and Blogging
Everyone needs a little help sometime.

Friday, June 05, 2009

The Nature Lovers Website

If you enjoy nature, spend some time browsing the Macauley Library at the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology


The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the
world's largest natural sound and video archive of animal
behavior. Its mission is to collect and preserve recordings of
each species behavior and natural history and to make them
available for research, education, conservation, zoos and aquaria,
wildlife managers, publishers, the arts, and both public and
commercial media. Since 1930, recordists of all backgrounds have
contributed their recordings, which now number to several hundred
thousand in total. A large percentage of the recordings can be
searched and played online.

The Library is a "Hot Spot"

The library now has a free wireless connection for the public to use. Explore the Internet using your own wireless-enabled laptop computer. Free Wi-Fi access is provided in the public areas on the main floor of the library. Simply launch your Web browser, read and agree to abide by our “Internet Use Policy”, and begin surfing.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

New Movies at the Library!

Bleak House by Charles Dickens, a BBC production. Part murder mystery, love story, comedy and edgy drama, Bleak House makes for gripping television.

Paul Blart, Mall Cop (Kevin James), wants to be a state trooper and gets his chance to become a real cop when the bad guys raid the mall and take hostages.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Benjamin Button is born in his eighties and ages backward. Daisy is the love of his life and childhood friend.

Bride Wars stars Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. Two best friends find their weddings double booked on the same day at the same time.

Last Chance Harvey stars Dustin Hoffman and Emma Hoffman. Two strangers receive a second chance at love in London.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

What others are reading

Many parents of our young patrons have come forward to recommend books. The list is getting pretty long, so it was decided to share some of them here. If you wish to add to the list, please do so in the "comments" section of this post. All books are available through the Arrowhead Library System.

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Cousin Ruth's Tooth by Amy MacDonald
Wet Dog! by Elise Broach (art by Summer Reading Program illustrator David Catrow)
Chicken in the Kitchen by Tony Johnston
I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite