Friday, October 30, 2009

Scare Yourself with these movies for Halloween

Go to the Fearful Films Website and check out movies in the following categories: Ghosts, vampires, zombies, werewolves, and Halloween favorites:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

New Database: CAMIO

Camio is offered through Arrowhead Library System:
And will soon be offered through the Hibbing Public Library's databases.
CAMIO® — OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms.
The Walker Art Center and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts participate in this fine online collection.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween and more

Check out the Blog by Janet Rudolph. She has put together a list of Halloween mysteries and Halloween nonfiction. Check out the entries on Creepy Places to Visit and Halloween Haunts and Tombstone Tours:
Picture courtesy of LifeHacker:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

From the Shmoop Website

Trick-or-Treating Shmoop Style
This Halloween, scare up some fun with these US history and lit-inspired costumes
Ten US History-Inspired Halloween Costumes

1. Put on a three-corner hat and cape, pull a cardboard boat around your waist, and pose as George Washington crossing the Delaware during the American Revolution.
2. Dress up as Benjamin Franklin with a kite and singed hair. Be careful around the French maids.
3. Pretend to hitchhike as Christopher Columbus with a sign that says "India or bust."
4. Dress up like Abe Lincoln - with two tickets in his breast pocket.
5. Test people's knowledge of US history trivia by putting on a turn-of-the-century suit, carrying some bags of fake money, and painting your nose purple. Yes, JP Morgan really did have a purple nose.
6. Try a scandalous costume for a trio: Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy.
7. Wear a suit and a Richard Nixon mask. Carry a hollowed-out pumpkin filled with film. You're reenacting the "Pumpkin Papers," a famous Cold War incident in which future President Richard Nixon took down Soviet spy Alger Hiss.
8. Dress up as Betsy Ross with a half-finished American flag. Include a rainbow flag, a pirate flag, and yellow smiley face among your book of samples.
9. Sport your finest 1920s-style outfit, a plastic Tommy gun, a cigar, and your best Al Capone accent. Rave about the merits of the 18th Amendment and Prohibition.
10. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to flex those guns. Rosie the Riveter is one of the best "girl power" costumes in history. (World War II: Home Front)
Ten Literature & Poetry-Inspired Halloween Costumes

1. Bust out the Photoshop to make an "oil painting" of yourself aged about 50 years. Frame it, put on your best Victorian-style outfit, and trick-or-treat as Dorian Gray. (The Picture of Dorian Gray)
2. Go on a hunt after your friend who is dressed as a white whale with bloodshot eyes. Chase the whale around the streets with a toy harpoon in hand. Rant and rave to strangers about catching the whale. (Moby-Dick)
3. Dress up like a grizzled old sailor, rave unintelligibly, and hang a fake albatross around your neck à la "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."
4. Put on a collared shirt, a tie, a long coat, and a red hunting hat. Carry a record under your arm and collect candy as Holden Caulfield. (The Catcher in the Rye)
5. See who gets the Scout Finch reference when you walk around barefoot with a banged-up ham costume and knife slash through the back. (To Kill a Mockingbird)
6. Put on a straw hat and some ratty old clothes, pull a cardboard canoe around your waist, and try your luck as Huckleberry Finn. Don't be afeared to use *some* Antebellum Missouri slang. (Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)
7. Pay your dues to George Orwell by dressing up like a pig brandishing a liquor bottle and insisting that "two legs are better than four." (Animal Farm)
8. Put on a long, plain dress and plaster a scarlet "A" to the front. Get your friend to dress like a priest. (The Scarlet Letter)
9. Dress up like Lady Macbeth and try to scrub imagined bloodstains off your hands. Rinse, repeat. (Macbeth)
10. For a truly terrifying Halloween costume, give your kid brother face paint, some tattered rags, a conch shell, and a (fake) pig head on a steak. Don't let him see that you've got glasses. (The Lord of the Flies)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween at the Library

This week at the library includes preschool story time on Tuesday and Toddle Time on Thursday at 10:00 am. Come dressed in your Halloween costumes! There will also be treats!

Bring your pumpkin in on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Carve a great design and win a prize!

Friday, October 23, 2009

American Museum of Natural History: Science

The American Museum of Natural History was established in 1869. Over this period of spectacular scientific achievement, the Museum has played a leading role in exploration, discovery, and theoretical advances in the natural sciences. Central to these efforts has been the accumulation of one of the world's great Museum collections. The collections and research assets are cultivated by continued exploration-over 100 expeditions and field projects annually. A critical resource for the scientific effort is the Museum's Library. With over 400,000 volumes, it is one of the great natural history libraries in the world.

Watch the Video about the Scientific Expeditions in 2008

In a new video, Dr. Michael J. Novacek, Senior Vice-President and Provost of Science, highlights expeditions led by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History in 2008 and read about the latest news about Archaeopteryx, and the new Horned Tyrannosaur.

From this week’s Scout Report and the American Museum of Natural History.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Death and Dementia

4 short stories by Edgar Allen Poe, illustrated by Gris Grimly just in time for Halloween: The Tell-Tale Heart, The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, The Oblong Box and The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.
Check out the many new books in our Young Adult collection in the reference room including Edgar Allan Poe’s newest edition.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

New in the Kid's Room

Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed

Sam the Lion is actually a priceless dachshund, bred to be a show dog. More important, he is Heidy's best friend—and she needs one like never before. Living with her reclusive uncle is hard, but Sam has a way of making her feel soft and whole. Until the day Sam is framed by the jealous poodle Cassius, and is cast out by Heidy's uncle, alone on the wild streets, where he is roughed up by a world he was not bred for. Sporting a soup ladle for a leg, Sam befriends other abandoned dogs and journeys all the way to the Westminster Dog Show, where his plan for revenge on Cassius takes an unexpected turn when he and Heidy spot each other after years of being apart.

Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Berkeley Breathed's first illustrated novel is a heartwarming and humorous ode to the unconditional and lasting love we and our pets share.

"A moving tale about the beauty of imperfections and the capacity for love." --Publishers Weekly

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Pumpkin Carving Contest
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Starting at 6:00pm in the Library Auditorium
Bring your own pumpkin and show us your best design! Pumpkins must be carved at the library, but you may bring whatever you need for your unique creation. Prizes will be awarded for several categories.

Halloween comes early at the library

The Minnesota Paranormal Studies Group made a presentation on October 13, 2009, as part of the Teen Read Week Theme, "Read Beyond Reality." It was spooky, funny and very informative. For those who missed it, follow this link to their website and article about their time at the library.

Thanks to Adam and his crew for coming on short notice, especially at this, their busiest time of the year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center

Just because Halloween celebrates scary things doesn’t mean you want any safety scares of your own. With a little bit of planning and these five tips from the Federal Citizen Information Center, you can ensure your ghouls and goblins have a frightfully fun time this year.

1. Look up your local trick-or-treating time and rules. (See if yours is listed on the Halloween page: Then plot out a map of safe neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Let older children take the map with them if they’re trick-or-treating on their own.

2. Stick reflective tape on dark costumes—it will help drivers see you. And make sure your kids can see clearly. Face paint may work better than a mask when it comes to visibility. Read about applying face paint safely in the Federal Citizen Information Center’s FED-INFO Newsletter (

3. Pick a perfect pumpkin for carving. It should be sturdy, not soft, with a flat bottom so it doesn’t topple over. If you’re worried about carving accidents, encourage your kids to paint creative faces on their pumpkins instead.

4. Consider using a glow stick or battery-powered lights instead of candles to light the way for trick-or-treating or in jack-o-lanterns, especially around little kids who could get burned or drapery that could catch fire.

5. Screen candy before your kids eat it. Toss out anything with opened or damaged wrappers and homemade treats, unless you know the giver personally.

For more tips on having a safe, healthy and fun Halloween, visit’s Halloween page ( or check out the tips from our GovGab bloggers ( on how to make the most of this spooky day.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Website Launched

The Minnesota Writers Hall of Fame site was just recently launched. The following information is given about the new web site: "With support from the Minnesota Historical Society's Sesquicentennial Commission, the Minnesota Writer's Hall of Fame was established to recognize Minnesota writers, both past and present, whose work distills the essence of our state — the people, the land, and the spirit of Minnesota. Frequently considered one of the most literate states in the country, our heritage of writers is vast and strongly influences the great work being created today. The Minnesota Writer's Hall of Fame serves as a place to pay homage to those who have shaped our past and laid the groundwork for our literary future.

In addition to honoring the authors who have shaped our state's legacy, the Minnesota Writer's Hall of Fame will focus attention on the Minnesota Book Awards program as a major proponent of the state's literature and literary creators. The site will encourage interaction and participation among readers, writers, librarians, teachers and all who have an interest in literature and letters."

If you have an interest in Minnesota authors than you will want to check it out.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Check Out the Minnesota Discovery Center on Saturday

Minnesota Public Radio Morning Show host Cathy Wurzer will discuss her book, "Tales of the Road: Highway 61," at Minnesota Discovery Center on Saturday, October 24, at 2 p.m. "Tales of the Road" follows her adventures as she traveled the 400-mile roadway from LaCrescent to Pigeon Falls. A book-signing will follow. General admission applies.
Wurzer's appearance coincides with the Discovery Center's Octoberfest and beer-sampling, happening the same day. Call 800-372-6437 for details.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Edgar Allen Poe Website
The Library of Virginia and The Poe Museum are inviting visitors to learn more about the man, the myth, the legend here at this collaborative exhibition website. Four icons greet the visitor: a raven, a swinging blade, a hot-air balloon, and a sinister looking cat. Visitors shouldn't miss the "Learn & Play" area (symbolized by the hot air balloon), containing the highly entertaining "I Know Poe Game Show".
From the Scout Report.
The Scout Report is a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators. However, everyone is welcome to subscribe to one of the mailing lists.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


The Soloist
Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. star in a true story when a Los Angeles newspaper reporter discovers a brilliant street musician and their friendship transforms both their lives.

State of Play
Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crow), a D.C. reporter for the struggling Washington Globe, is assigned to investigate the murder of congressman Stephan Collins’ (Affleck) aid, Sonia, with whom Collins was having an affair.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
A romantic comedy: Connor Mead (McConaughey) dumps 3 girlfriends at the same time by teleconference. Connor attends his brother’s wedding and the ghost of Uncle Wayne shows up to restore Connor’s lost faith in true love.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Hibbing History

Hibbing Public Library has a variety of articles and books on the history of Hibbing starting in the 1890’s, first settlers, buildings of interest, moving of North Hibbing, locations, mines and mining, and yearbooks from Hibbing High School are located at the circulation desk. The Hibbing Daily Tribune is available on microfilm and on our website from our Internet computers. The book, On the Move, gives an overview of early photographs and history of Hibbing and is available for purchase.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

What to Read After "Harry Potter"

The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan (2006); Grades 6-9; Series: Percy Jackson & the Olympians
Greek mythology for the 21st century! 12 year-old Percy Jackson, who struggles with learning disabilities and has been kicked out of multiple schools, unwittingly discovers he is none other than the god Poseidon’s son. As Percy grapples with his heritage, he is accused of stealing Zeus’s thunderbolt and, unless he returns it, well, it’ll be the end of the world as we know it . . .

The Sea of Trolls, by Nancy Farmer (2004); Grades 6 & Up; Sequel: The Land of Silver Apples (2007)
Despair, Hope, Life, Death, Magic & Norse Mythology! Jack, a common farm boy, becomes a Bard’s apprentice just before he and his sister, Lucy, are captured by Viking Beserkers. When Lucy is handed over to the half-troll queen Frith, Jack casts a spell that makes the Queen’s hair fall out. Now Jack must embark on a dangerous quest (battling trolls, man-eating spiders, dragons, and more) to reverse the spell before Lucy is sacrificed to the Queen’s patron goddess.

The Dark Hills Divide, by Patrick Carmen (2005); Grades 4-6; Series: The Land of Elyon
12 year-old Alexa yearns to know what lies outside of the walled city she has grown up in. When the town’s keeper dies he provides Alexa with the means to escape. Once outside, Alexa discovers an enchanted land and creates allies who will help save her city from the evil that lurks inside it’s walls.

Gregor the Overlander, by Suzanne Collin (2003); Grades 4-8; Series: The Underland Chronicles
Giant bats, rats and cockroaches, oh my! 11 year-old Gregor encounters all three when he and his sister, Boots, fall down a laundry room air vent and into the Underland. The pale, violet-eyed humans, who also inhabit the Underland believe Gregor is the prophetic warrior sent from above to defeat their arch enemies, the rats. Gregor just wants to go home, however, until he discovers the prophecy also suggests he might find his long lost father in the Underland.

The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau (2003); Grades 4-7; Series: Books of Ember
Ember, a large 241 year-old underground city designed to be a shelter for humans during a catastrophe, is failing. The lights are growing dim and supplies are running out. The residents need to evacuate, but all the instructions left by their ancestors have been lost. Worst of all, the current citizens of Ember do not realize there is a way out, believing “there is nowhere but here.” Then, 12-year-old Lina and Doon stumble on a mysterious message entitled “Instructions for Egress” . . .

Bella at Midnight, by Diane Stanley (2006); Grades 5-8
Glass slippers, a beautiful gown, and a magic ring! Bella, a child of noble birth, is abandoned as an infant, by her arrogant father Unaware of her heritage, Bella is raised by a loving foster family until her father returns to collect her after 13 years. Unhappy in her new home, Bella also discovers there is a devious plot afoot that involves her childhood friend, Prince Julian. The courageous Bella risks her life to warn the prince and stop a war.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Research Center at Minnesota Discovery Center

The Research Center collects and records the history of the Iron Range. View research materials including census, naturalization records, passenger arrival records, maps, photographs, newspapers and the book collection. Listen to oral histories on a variety of topics about the Iron Range.
See Website for times:

Monday, October 05, 2009

Book Sale!

Get a preview of the book sale on Tuesday, October 6th, beginning at 5:00 p.m. by signing up to become a Friend of the Hibbing Public Library. The Friends will be signing up new members and then conducting their annual meeting.

The Book Sale will be open to the public on Wednesday, October 7th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Raising Money for Another Good Cause

Library Director, Ginny Richmond, went to jail yesterday for the March of Dimes. Library Staff had to bail her out!