Thursday, July 29, 2010

And the winner is...

The Blue Sea Stars!  After 8 weeks of furious of reading, the members of Team Sea Star are the winners of the reading competition for summer 2010.  At the end, The Green Sea Turtles made a furious comeback attempt but could not overcome the Stars' lead.  Those members of Team Sea Star that attend the end of the summer luau will get a special treat.


Visit the St Louis County Fair: July 28-August 1, 2010

Happy 125 years!
Read and Win at the County Fair: Turn in your "Read and Win" book logs and get coupons for free admission, food and a ride at the Fair.

The gates will be opened to visitors:
Wednesday 3 pm - 11 pm
Thursday 11 am - 11 pm
Friday 11 am - Midnight
Saturday 11 am - Midnight
Sunday 11 am - 6 pm

13 and over - $6.00
6-12 - $3.00
5 and under - FREE

11am - 5pm Thursday - $1 off for Seniors 62 years & over
11 am - 5 pm Friday - 12 and under free

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

In Harm's Way by Ridley Pearson

Fourth book in the Walt Fleming series, Walt is a sheriff in Sun Valley, Idaho where he is tracking a killer suspected of murdering Caroline Vetta, well known groupie to major league sports figures. Lou Boldt, a detective from Seattle, asks for help when a couple of suspects show up in Sun Valley. Martel Gale or Gale Force as he was known when he played linebacker for the New Orleans Saints has been recently paroled and a suspect in the beating death of Caroline Vetta.

When one of the suspects in the Vetta death is found dead, Walt must put aside his new feelings for crime photographer, Fiona Krenshaw when she appears to know more about the latest murder than she is telling.

Ridley Pearson is known for his crime novels featuring Lou Boldt and Daphne Matthews. Read more about him here:
In Harm's Way will be available in August.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Time is running out!

The Summer Reading Program has only one week left to go.  The last day to reach your goal and pick up your prize bag is this Friday, July 30 at 5pm. Don't be late!

And which team won the reading contest? Tune in this Thursday to find out...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Free tickets with your library card to the following museums, historic sites and special events

A limited number of tickets are available at Duluth, Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Cloquet, Moose Lake,Virginia, and Hibbing libraries for the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Piano Competition at UMD-Weber Hall on July 21.

Check with your library for tickets to the following museums and historic sites:
Duluth Depot
Great Lakes Aquarium - Duluth
Carlton County Historical Society - Cloquet
Cook County Historical Society - Grand Marais
Dorothy Molter Museum - Ely
Finland Heritage Site - Finland
Forest History Center - Grand Rapids
Greyhound Bus Museum - Hibbing
Judy Garland & Children's Museum - Grand Rapids
Lake County Historical Society Museums
Minnesota Discovery Center - Chisholm
Minnesota Museum of Mining - Chisholm
North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum - Tofte
Palkie Grist Mill - Esko
Split Rock Lighthouse Historic Site

Hibbing Public Library is a member of the Arrowhead Library System.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Killer Thrillers Finalists by NPR

NPR asks you to submit nominations for a list of the 100 most pulse-quickening, suspenseful novels ever written. 600 titles were submitted.

Now, with your input, a panel of thriller writers and critics has whittled that list down to a manageable 182 novels. That roster, which we now offer for final voting, draws from every known thriller sub-genre — techno, espionage, crime, medical, psychological, horror, legal, supernatural and more.
For the purposes of this contest, we'll stick with the answer James Patterson once gave, which is that thrillers are defined by the "intensity of emotions they create ... of apprehension and exhilaration, of excitement and breathlessness. ... By definition, if a thriller doesn't thrill, it's not doing its job." If the closely related mystery genre is about discovery, then thrillers are more oriented towards action and suspense. The villain may be known from the start; the fun comes from finding out how the hero will foil whatever evil plans are afoot.
In the end, you'll decide what makes the top 100. Everyone gets 10 votes. Feel free to lobby for your favorites in the comments area. We'll announce the winners on August 2. from the NPR website.
Click on the title and vote your favorites!


Enjoy the end of a successful summer of reading by attending the luau on Thursday, July 29 at 1:30pm. This celebration is for all summer reading program participants and their families.

Enjoy free food and drinks, games, and give aways. Wear your best tropical stuff!

Plus, we'll reveal the winning team of readers. Will it be the Green Sea Turtles or the Blue Sea Stars? The winners will get something special at the party.

NOTE: Registration is required for this event! You MUST pre-register by 5pm on Friday, July 23.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New Large Print Books

Blue-eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker
Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are back in Appaloosa and the new chief of police wants to hire them.

Whiplash by Catherine Coulter
Private investigator Erin Pulaski is hired to find evidence that a pharmeaceutical company is manipulating production of a chemotherapy drug.

The Spy by Clive Cussler
Another Isaac Bell adventure set in 1908 where an American battleship gun designer dies in a suspicious suicide and Isaac is sent to investigate.

The Whisper by Carla Neggers
Sophie Malone searches for Celtic treasure which she suspects is in the hands of a serial killer.

Now You Can Read Mike and Mike

The ESPN comedy team presents an offbeat list of sports rules to live by, in a treasury of provocative ideas and proclamations culled from their top-rated morning show. More than 3 million people tune in every morning to find out things like: 

  • Why baseball managers should dress like real people

  • How to lose a fight with your wife with dignity

  • Why a house without a baseball glove is not a home
Mike Greenberg is the New York Times bestselling author of "Why My Wife Thinks I'm and Idiot."

Mike Golic is a graduate of Notre Dame and a nine-year NFL veteran.

Look for Mike and Mike on the new nonfiction shelf in 796.0207.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A busy few days!

Kids were kept very busy the last few days at the library, enjoying two unique acts.  On Thursday, July 8, nationally known juggler and acrobat Jason Huneke performed some amazing juggling stunts with the help of the audience and his unicycle.  On Monday, July 12, recording artist Dennis Warner sparked the crowd with original songs, including "Beads on the String."  Both acts were courtesy of the Friends of the Hibbing Public Library.

DON'T FORGET! Summer may be winding down, but there is still things to do at the library.  On Thursday, July 22, the library will present two free movies: Shark Tale (rated PG) at 1pm and Finding Nemo (rated G) at 3pm.  Both are free and include a bag of popcorn!

The Cheapskate Next Door by Jeff Yeager

Jeff Yeager hit the road in January 2008 bicycling and staying in the homes of cheapskates like himself which he found through
Jeff says: "What I began to realize was that despite their wide range of lifestyles, family situations, and personal beliefs, the people I'd met-and hundreds more I would meet and correspond with in the months to come-had in common a set of vitally important practices and philosophies when it came to money and the role money plays in their lives. They know how to live happily, but in a most nontraditional American style: The cheapskate next door knows the secrets of how to live happily below one's means." 
Visit his website:

Monday, July 12, 2010

Social Security Online Services

No internet access at home?  Use the library computers for all of your Social Security Online Services.  There are a number of things you can do online and not have to stand in line. 
  • Apply for retirement, spouse's or disablility benefits
  • Estimate your retirement benefits
  • Use the benefit planners
  • Request a Medicare replacement card and apply for "Extra Help" with the prescription drug program
  • Sign up or change your direct deposit
  • Change your address or phone number, if you receive benefits
  • Get help understanding your Social Security Statement or request one
  • Get information in 15 foreign languages
  • Sign up for e-mail updates
All of these services are at your fingertips with a computer and Internet access.  Bring your library card to the front desk, pick up a pin number, and use any open computer. 

Just go to and get started.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Great Minnesota Sports Moments

New on the nonfiction bookshelf is StarTribune sport columnist, Sid Hartman's book on sports in Minnesota.  Sid covers basketball, baseball, football, and hockey from professional teams to some extraordinary high school memories.  Great photographs and 60 years of accomplishment, glory, and some disappointments are included.  If you remember the Lakers, Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, or Bud Grant, this book will take you down memory lane.

Find Sid's book with the new nonfiction; call number will be 796.09776.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Landscaping and Gardening at the Library

Keep noon until 2:00 p.m. open on your calendar on Tuesday, August 17th and stop in at the Hibbing Public Library.  The University of Minnesota Extension, Arrowhead Library System and the Library will be presenting a workshop on "Sustainable Landscaping, Shoreland Buffers & Rain Gardens".

First (noon until 1:00 p.m.) is "Top 10 Tips for Sustainable Landscaping".  Do you have a landscaping project in mind?  Get started by learning 10 tips for designing and installing a sustainable landscape for your home focused on plant health and longevity.  The instructor will be Julie Weisenhorn, Assistant Extension Professor/ Director, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program.

From 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. the program will be about "Residential Shoreland Buffers and Rain Gardens".  Learn how you can conserve and use rain water in your landscape with shoreland buffers and rain gardens that capture this important resource and prevent runoff into our lakes and rivers.  The instructor for this hour will be Eleanor Burkett, Associate Extension Professor / University of Minnesota Extension Shoreland Team.

This program is free and open to all that are interested.  The project was funded in part or in whole with money from the Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Things will be flying at the library!

Come to the library and see this guy for free:

Jason Huneke

Juggler Jason Huneke on Thursday, July 8th at 2:00 p.m.
The largest lake in the world has its own day of recognition called Lake Superior Day. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, July 18th. The program hopes to bring attention to the lake and encourages people to take action and help protect or restore one of the world’s greatest freshwater lakes.

Stop at the display at the library, pick up more information on Lake Superior Day and check out some of our books about the lake and its history. For more information on Lake Superior day visit -

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The White House Doctor by Dr. Connie Mariano

First female head of the White House Medical Unit, Navy Doctor Commander Connie Mariano served 9 years and three presidents. The medical unit serves the president, the vice president and their families in addition to all military and civilian personnel at the White House. Read interesting stories about her days at the White House and the overseas trips she took with the presidents. Check out our new book section under Call No. 610.92 MARIA.