Friday, July 31, 2009

Crime Fiction From Around The World

Get out of your comfort zone, The United States, and read about crime fiction around the world with this article, Crime fiction: Around the world in 80 sleuths By Jonathan Gibbs

Read crime fiction from Europe and Great Britain with this blog, EuroCrime:

This blog: covers crime fiction in Scandinavia, Iceland, Sweden, and Quebec.

And finally, check out Mystery Places:
As of Jul 31, 2009, this site includes 239 authors, 52 countries and multi-country regions, 44 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Time is Running Out!

Hey you! Yes, you! There are only two days left to finish your Summer Reading Program goal and get your prizes! The last day to pick up your prize bag (and Read and Win prizes) is this Friday, July 31 at 5pm.

It has been one great summer here at the library and we want to thank everyone who helped make it the success that it was: donors, patrons, volunteers, staff and you!

Yes, you!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Project Gutenberg

The oldest internet library, was started in 1971 by Michael S. Hart. Most items in project Gutenberg are full texts of public domain books. Michael Hart started Project Gutenberg while at the University of Illinois by first typing in the Declaration of Independence and then went on to type books by Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Homer and the Bible.

The main frame computer at the university Michael Hart used was one of the 15 nodes on the computer network that would become the Internet. Hart believed that computers would one day be accessible to the general public and decided to make works of literature available in electronic form for free. From Wikipedia.

To see this remarkable website, go to:

Anyone can volunteer time or money to the project.
For news on Project Gutenberg, see:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Stuff Flying Everywhere!

Husband and wife team Cheney and Mills brought their high energy juggling act to the library on Thursday, July 28. Nearly 70 people were on hand to enjoy the final program of the 2009 Summer Reading program.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Based on the Book

Have you ever wanted to know what book a movie was based on?
Mid Continent Public Library compiled the list and you can see it here:

You can view the movie title, the book title, the book author or the movie release year.
Some examples for this year are:
Movie: Angels & Demons
Angels & Demons / Dan Brown

Movie: Confessions of a Shopaholic
Confessions of a Shopaholic / Sophie Kinsella

Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / J. K. Rowling

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Help You Need in Hard Times

Pick up this brochure at the library. The guide is designed to:

Help you work with limited financial resources

Make you aware of local programs that may help

Inform you about job finding and career changing assistance

It has been produced by 2-1-1 and the United Way.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Consider a Magazine Subscription Donation

If you would like to see a specific magazine title available at the library, please consider donating a subscription. Many of our subscriptions are currently donated. If you are interested in this program please let us know.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New Books

City of Thieves by David Benioff
First Line: My grandfather, the knife fighter, killed two Germans before he was eighteen.
A screenwriter visits his grandfather to talk and record his graphic and often violent memories about the war in Leningrad in 1941.

Killer Summer by Ridley Pearson
First Line: Walt Fleming didn’t want to be in the river.
Third in the series, Sheriff Walt Fleming is caught up in a heist. Master thief, Christopher Cantell, is after 3 bottles of rare wine once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
Ridley Pearson has a website:

Burn by Linda Howard
First Line: This was the vacation from hell.
Jenner Redwine wins the lottery.
Check out these books on the new Fiction and new Large Print shelves.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

2 Mysteries by Julie Kramer

Stalking Susan
First book in the series, Riley Spartz, television reporter, follows leads on the murder of women named Susan in Minnesota. Nick Garnet, homicide detective, gives Riley the cold case files on the night he retires. Two women are killed one year apart on the same date.
Missing Mark
Riley Spartz, reading a want ad on “Wedding Dress for Sale: Never Worn” calls and finds out that not only did the groom not show up for his wedding, but seems to have disappeared. Set in White Bear Lake, Riley also babysits a K-9 unit dog, Shep, tracks down leads for a missing record-sized Bass, stolen from a local aquarium while running from local drug dealers who want to kill Shep.

Author, Julie Kramer, is a freelance network news producer and formerly ran WCCO-TV investigative unit in Minneapolis.

Read about Julie Kramer, on her website:

Monday, July 20, 2009

You're running out of time!

The Summer Reading Program has only 2 weeks left to go!

This Friday, July 24, is the last day to sign up for the reading program. The following Friday, July 31, is the last day to meet your goal and come get your prizes. July 31 is also the last day to pick up your "Read and Win" coupons.

But things are still happening! On Friday, July 24 at 10am, the Wonder Weavers will perform a free story telling show at the library. Your favorite stories will come alive with their unique blend of story telling and songs.

Two weeks to go...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Book on Plumbing

Do you have a faucet that leaks or need to install new fixtures?
Check out: Plumbing Complete: Expert Advice From Start To Finish by Rex Cauldwell. We have other books on plumbing in 696.1

Websites available with instructions on plumbing:
and finally, check out and type in plumbing

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Music Section Reorganized

The compact discs have been reorganized into subject categories. Now you will find the shelves divided into sections like "Blues", "Country Music", "Jazz", and "Rock".

The new organization should make the music shelves much easier to browse!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer at the Library

Remember it is a great summer to spend time at the Hibbing Public Library.

The library has:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Computers with Internet Access, Word Processing Software, and 25 cents per page printing
  • Wireless access
  • Children's programs and storyhour every week
  • New books and old books
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Talking Books

We are the best deal around.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mines & Pines Art Festival

Remember to check out the Mines & Pines Art Festival on July 18th and 19th in North Hibbing. This event is hosted by the Range Artists Association.

There will be artistic demonstrations, music, food, and hand crafted items of all varieties. Two kids bikes will be given away plus two cash drawings. Family entertainment and fun!

Stop by the library and pick up a brochure for more information and details on parking or riding the shuttle bus from the Memorial Building.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Day Trips Close to Home

The Treasures of Minnesota's North Shore and Gunflint Trail: A Lake Superior Journey.
Jim Cordes
Looking for a day or even weekend trip close to home? Look no farther than Lake Superior. Treasures takes you from Duluth all the way to the Canadian border and points out places of interest along the way. Not to be missed: Gooseberry Falls State Park and Split Rock Lighthouse. Visit Lutsen, Minnesota's first resort or Naniboujou Lodge for fine dining. Look for agates on many of Lake Superior's beaches. Jim Cordes includes history, pictures and interesting facts about the towns, events and early pioneers of the North Shore.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

See Dennis Weidemann at Virginia Public Library

The Virginia Public Library will be hosting author Dennis Weidemann on Tuesday, July 21st, at noon. Weidemann is the author of "This Water Goes North". It is the tale of four Iowa farm boys that paddled 1400 miles from Minnesota to Hudson Bay. With just beat-up canoes and no experience they had the adventure of a lifetime.

There will be a slide show and book signing. The Virginia Library is located at 215 5th Ave. South in Virginia.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Library Magic

Local magician The Amazing Charles will bring his family-friendly magic and balloon show to the library on Thursday, July 9 at 11am. This show is free and open to all.
Toddle Time, a story time program for kids ages 2-3, will be held at its regular time of 10am that day as well. Come for stories, stay for the show!
Reminder: the last day to sign up for Summer Reading Program is Friday, July 24. For those who have reached their goal, prize bags may be picked up from now till Friday, July 31.
The "Read and Win" program has begun. Sponsored by the St. Louis County Fair, this program allows kids in 1st-7th grade to read books and win prizes at the fair. Book logs for Read and Win can be picked up at the library from now till July 31.

Exhibits and Displays at the Library

Did you know that your group or organization can use the window display in the library's entrance? The library accepts exhibits that make the public aware of the informational, educational and cultural resources of the community.

Currently the Range Artists Association has a display advertising the upcoming Mines and Pines Art Festival.

To get the complete policy and a two week reservation for the display just call the library at 218-362-5959.

Monday, July 06, 2009

10 Most Endangered Historic Places 2009

Stop by the library to view the 2009 photographic exhibit by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Each year the Alliance releases a listing of the state’s most endangered historic properties. Included in this year's sites are The Big Fish in Bena and the St. Louis County Jail in Duluth. The Society hopes to build awareness for these sites that need to be preserved and protected.

In addition to the photographs there is a brochure which gives highlights of each site and what you can do to help protect the history of Minnesota.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Independence Day Activities

The library will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. Everyone should celebrate the holiday by relaxing and attending area celebrations.

Catch the Hibbing High School Band in the Keewatin Parade on Saturday, July 4th. The parade starts at 2:00 p.m. on Depot Street.

Check the Hibbing Paper for more events in Keewatin, Nashwauk, Side Lake, and Buhl.

Have a fun and safe holiday!