Friday, January 29, 2010

Riddles of the Sphinx:

The Great Sphinx of Giza has inspired reverence and contemplation for millennia. It is the largest monolith statue in the world, and it is generally believed to have been built by the ancient Egyptians in the 3rd millennia BCE. For centuries, there has been a growing concern about its long-term preservation, and this NOVA documentary takes visitors into the ongoing preservation process. Visitors can watch the entire program here, and they may wish to start by reading the important background essay, "Saving the Sphinx". The essay includes an interview with Zahi Hawass, the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. An interactive feature will allow user to take a 360 degree perspective across the Giza Plateau. Finally, visitors will want to click on "The Dream Stela of Thutmosis IV" to learn about the message written on the stone monument that was erected between the Sphinx's front paws. Taken from the Scout Report.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Free Tickets To The Reif Center

Take your children to see “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” for free. Check out free passes at the library for the Friday, February 19, 2010 performance at 7:00 p.m. at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.

This is a kids/family performance based on Judy Blume's book. This Two Beans Productions is a hilarious play about sibling rivalry. Peter struggles with an end-of-the-year assignment to write about the most important thing that happened to him during 4th grade. Peter writes about his pesky brother Fudge; his refusal to eat, a disastrous third birthday party, and getting blamed for knocking out his two front teeth. Peter always has to help out with Fudge, who gets all the attention, while Peter gets all the blame. It´s enough to make a kid feel like a fourth grade nothing!

Take advantage of this great program. Just bring your library card to the front desk of the Hibbing Public Library and check out the tickets.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Watch for more outstanding opportunites offered by this program!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Heat Wave by Richard Castle: Read the book and watch the series Castle on ABC.

ABC's Castle may not be the most popular mystery show on television — but the book "written" by its main character, Richard Castle (played by Nathan Fillion) is racing up the charts. Heat Wave, the oft-mentioned first book in the Nikki Heat series, was ostensibly written by Castle himself — though he is as much a fictional character as are the characters he creates in Heat Wave.

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February Friday Flicks

Come in to the library every Friday in February and enjoy a free family movie. Plus free popcorn!

Each film is less than 2 hours long and starts at 3pm sharp!

2/5: Madagascar
2/12: The Wizard of Oz
2/19: Ratatouille
2/26: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Friday, January 22, 2010

Great Escapes: The stories behind 50 remarkable journeys to freedom by Scott Christianson

They say a journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. The same is true for any escape. This book is about Great Escapes: true stories, based on authentic accounts. These stories span every continent: from jungles to deserts and mountain peaks. Soldiers, fire fighters, tourists and refugees overcome conflict and adversity to try to control their own fate.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Red Door by Charles Todd

Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge is back in the 12th installment of the series set after World War I in 1920, England. Inspector Rutledge, haunted by Hamish, a Scottish deserter he had to execute towards the end of the war, offers comments on all aspects of Inspector Rutledge’s life.
The current case involves a woman who waited patiently for her husband to return from the war until she was murdered and a man who goes missing and then returns on his own. Two different cases start to converge with the murdered woman and the missing man having the last name of Teller. Everyone in the Teller family denies knowing Mrs. Florence Teller, whose husband, Peter, never returned from the war. As Inspector Rutledge digs deeper into the lives of the Teller family, he must decide who the real killers are and if he can bring them to justice.
Read more about the mother-son writing team, Charles Todd:

Story Time is back!

Beginning Tuesday, January 26th, story time will be held at 10:00 a.m. This is a program for pre-schoolers including books, songs and the “letter of the week”. There will be open play in the auditorium if time permits. If anyone wants to volunteer for craft projects please contact Mr. Bell at 362-5959.

Toddle time starts on Thursday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m. Toddlers, age 2-3 will especially enjoy this program. There will be books, songs, and finger plays. Open play in the auditorium will take place at the end of the program if time permits.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Travel Blogs: Live vicariously by reading about the adventures of others in this list of Travel Blogs.

Many travel bloggers share their experiences with travel through online travel journals that provide an interesting and sometimes entertaining record of the places they visit and the people they meet. Here are some of the best to check out. Seeking advice, traveling with family and friends or solo, there is a wide variety of places to visit.
Live vicariously by reading about the adventures of others:

10 Travel Blogs You Should Bookmark in 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Another Format in the Downloadable Library

Adobe EPUB eBooks have been added to our “Downloadable Library”. Now in addition To OverDrive WMA Audiobooks and OverDrive MP3 Audiobooks, a selection of titles are available in the EPUB format.

An Adobe EPUB eBook is a digital version of a print book that has been optimized for on-screen reading. The book can be downloaded and read on your laptop or any other computer. You can change the font, resize the text, or alter the size of your display!

For more information on the new Adobe EPUB eBooks go to

In order to download any digital materials you need:

· A valid ALS library card (This resource is governed by a licensing agreement which limits access to users in our service area. Only those who have an Arrowhead Library System card or a Duluth library card can use the resource remotely.)
· Internet access
· A computer or device that meets the system requirements for the type(s) of digital materials you wish to check out
· Free software for the computer or device on which you wish to use the materials which is available on the site.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Mayo Clinic Diet

Is your New Year's resolution losing weight, eating healthier or just adding an activity? Check out the following book by the weight loss experts at the Mayo Clinic. A Quick start plan helps you lose 6-10 pounds in 2 weeks as well as a long term plan where you continue to lose 1-2 pounds a week until you reach your goal. Meal planners, recipes, tips on breaking bad habits and adding good foods and eating habits will help you find a healthy weight and keep the weight off.
Check out the Healthy Lifestyle section of the Mayo Clinic Website:

Monday, January 11, 2010

Program Flyers

Program flyers for Spring 2010 children's programs are now available at the circulation desk and in the kid's room. Programs will run January through early May.

If you need a large number of flyers, please contact Chuck at the library, 218-362-5959.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The library will be closed on Monday, January 18th, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is one of four U.S. Federal holidays to commemorate an individual person. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. He was assassinated in 1968. The day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15th.

To learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement the following and many other titles and DVDs are available at the library:

A Dream of Freedom: the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1968 by Diane McWhorter.

He Had a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement by Flip Schulke.

Friday, January 08, 2010

One Book One Community

The idea of an entire community reading the same book originated in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library. The past two years Hibbing has participated in the Iron Range Reads projects along with the Minnesota Discovery Center.

This year Hibbing, Cloquet, and Duluth Public Libraries will be sponsoring "One Book, One Community", in April. The book will be Barabara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. The library is currently planning programs that will enhance the reading of this title. If you have suggestions or want to present a program or have a discussion group at the library during the month of April, please let us know.

More details and program listings will be available soon!

Tax Season Has Arrived!

We have a display of tax forms by the front gate as you come into the library.
For tax forms not on display, use the following web sites:

Federal Tax Forms:
Look for Forms and publications
Forms and instruction number
Enter form number or select from list
Helpline: 1-800-829-1040

MN Tax Forms:
Look for 2009 individual income tax forms
(choose from the list)
Helpline: 1-800-652-9094
Order forms and instructions or check on your refund: 1-800-657-3676

Tax forms are $.25 per page. Collect your copies at the front desk.
Tax forms are offered as a public service.
Library staff cannot give tax advice or help you choose your tax forms.
We hope to have Tax volunteers starting in February to help seniors and low income families fill out their tax forms.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Winter Reading Program for kids

You're checking out all those books anyway, why not get something for reading them?

The Winter Reading Program has begun! Come in and sign up January 4-29 at the circulation desk. Each participant will get a booklog, activity sheets and a book mark, as well as a sticker sheet that is displayed at the library. For every three books that you read, you get a sticker for the sheet!

Cool, huh? But that isn't all! Every participant will get a prize bag, regardless of how many books they read AND are invited to a special pizza party at the library on Friday, January 29.

Don't miss out! Any questions? Call Mr. Bell at the library, 218-362-5959.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Deeper than the Dead by Tami Hoag

A serial killer is stalking young women in California in 1985. With the advent of shows like CSI, DNA and computer databases to link criminals and crimes make 1985 seem like the dark ages. Criminal profiling as portrayed in the television show, Criminal Minds, was in its infancy.

Four children are running through the woods in a local park when they fall on top of a body of a young woman buried with only her face showing. The four children will never be the same as their lives unravel with the realization that one of their parents may be the serial killer.

For more information about Minnesota author, Tami Hoag, and her books, see:

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

St. Louis County Law Library

Located in the St. Louis County Corthouses in Duluth, Hibbing, and Virginia, the public law libraries are for all area residents.

What is in the library?
  • Minnesota Cases (from the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court).
  • Minnesota Statutes & Cases.
  • Federal Statutes & Cases.
  • Legal Textbooks and Treatises.
  • Legal Forms On-line for Minnesota Courts.

The services include the use of various legal books and Westlaw online computer service. Patrons of the library may also photocopy.

There is a librarian in the Duluth location. For questions and services contact:

Michele Des Rosier, Librarian 1.800.450.9777 or 1.218.726.2611 or

Monday, January 04, 2010

New Non-fiction in the Kid's Room

The Great and Only Barnum:
The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum
by Candace Fleming
Grade 6 Up—It is unlikely that Barnum ever actually said "There's a sucker born every minute," but he freely admitted to being a master of the "humbug"—a spectacle that both fooled and entertained the public. This highly readable biography uses primary sources, including Barnum's own words, to trace the man's roller-coaster life from his boyhood in Connecticut to his early career as the creator of the country's most famous "museums" (comparable to sideshows) to his later role as the master of enormously successful circuses, winning and losing several fortunes along the way. Fleming captures Barnum's exuberant personality and describes how his gift for promotion and dedication to delivering what the public wanted made him the world's most famous showman. She also reveals the private Barnum, a man who valued culture, had deep religious beliefs, and devoted considerable time and funds to charity and public service. Fleming is admiring of Barnum, but does not dismiss his weaknesses and faults. The text is supplemented with sidebars and reproductions of period photos and illustrations, including several of Barnum's advertisements. The bibliography includes Web sites and a selection of primary- and secondary-source books, and notes are done in paragraph format. This book goes beyond traditional biography to give students an objective and informative glimpse into the sometimes-exploitative world of 19th-century entertainment. An outstanding choice for all middle level and secondary collections.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (School Library Journal)