Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New DVDS at the Library

Daybreakers: unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into vampires.

Bad Lieutenant, Port of Call New Orleans: Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Legion: A group of strangers become unwitting soldiers of the Apocalypse.

Our Family Wedding: Comedy about feuding fathers who threaten to turn a dream wedding into a battleground.

From Paris with Love: John Travolta, wise cracking trigger happy special agent sent to Paris to shoot terrorists.

Repo Men: Jude Law and Forest Whitaker reclaim organs when recipients fall behind on their payments.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Story Time and Toddle Time this Fall

Preschool Story Time, for kids aged 3-6, will begin for the Fall season on Tuesday, September 7.  It will be held every Tuesday at 10am.  Activities includes book reading and interactive songs, as well as open play if time and space permit.  Volunteers are welcome who wish to lead craft projects. 

The program runs through Tuesday, December 7. 

Toddle Time, for kids aged 2-3, will begin for the Fall season on Thursday, September 9.  It will be held every Thursday at 10am.  Activities includes book reading and interactive songs, as well as open play if time and space permit. 

The program runs through Thursday, December 9.  The library is closed and this program will not be offered of the following days: November 11 (Veteran's Day) and November 25 (Thanksgiving).

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bad Boy by Peter Robinson

While DCI Alan Banks is on vacation in America, DI Annie Cabot, his partner, takes charge of what should have been a routine pickup of an illegal handgun. A team is sent in to get the gun and the home owner is shot with a taser and dies. Erin, the girl who stole the handgun from her boyfriend, is distraught with the death of her father.

Tracy Banks, DCI Banks’ daughter and Erin’s roommate, fancies Erin’s boyfriend, Jaff McCready, and without realizing how much danger she is putting herself in, offers him her father's place to stay. Tracy soon realizes she is in over her head when she finds out that McCready has another handgun, drugs and money. Tracy soon wishes she had never gotten involved with McCready. While Annie continues to look for Banks’ daughter, she finds McCready's associates are also looking for McCready. DCI Banks comes back to find his daughter – willing partner or hostage - and McCready before anyone else gets hurt.

Nineteenth book in the series, read more about Bad Boy at the official website of author Peter Robinson and DCI Alan Banks: http://www.inspectorbanks.com/

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Put a "Cool Evening" on Your Calendar

The library's annual Cool Evening event will be held on Thursday, September 23rd.  The Hibbing City Band will start the evening out with a a short concert beginning at 6:00 p.m.  At 6:30 the Amazing Charles will entertain children and adults.  The Literacy Action Center will be sponsoring a book give away for all children attending the event.

This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Hibbing Public Library and they will be on hand serving refreshments.

Watch for more details in the coming weeks.

What Color is Your Parachute? By Richard N. Bolles

The world’s most popular job hunting guide, the 2011 edition is available for checkout.

“Unemployment is sometimes an opportunity, despite its ghastly disguise as a major calamity, in our lives" says Richard Bolles. Find out the best ways to search for a job, the most helpful job sites on the Internet; how to prepare for a job interview and write up a resume.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Rose Edelstein, 9 years old, realizes that she can taste emotions in the cake her mother had baked.

Rose takes the first bite of cake and tastes “the chocolate, but in drifts and traces, in an unfurling, or an opening. It seemed that my mouth was also filling with the taste of smallness, the sensation of shrinking, of upset, tasting a distance I somehow knew was connected to my mother tasting a crowded sense of her thinking, a spiral, like I could almost even taste the grit in her jaw that had created the headache that meant she had to take as many aspirins as were necessary, a white dotted line of them in a row on the nightstand like an ellipsis to her comment: I’m just going to lie down … None of it was a bad taste, so much, but here was a kind of lack of wholeness to the flavors that made it taste hollow, like the lemon and chocolate were just surrounding a hollowness.”

Rose must find a way to live with her affliction in a dysfunctional but well meaning family. See the website of Aimee Bender here: http://www.flammableskirt.com/

Monday, August 23, 2010

New in the Kid's room

Rules to Rock By by Josh Farrar

You'd never guess it now, but Annabelle Cabrera used to be a rock star. And not like her mom or dad called her a "total rock star" after she won a spelling bee or something. She was a real rock star, the bassist of Egg Mountain, the most popular band in the New York music scene. But when her parents uproot her from Brooklyn and move her to Rhode Island so they can record their own album, Annabelle feels lost. Starting a new band isn't as easy as she'd hoped, the school's rival band is a bunch of bullies, and her parents are so immersed in recording that they're completely neglecting Annabelle and her younger brother. How can Annabelle truly make herself heard?

Josh Farrar is a writer and musician. He has written over 200 songs, but Rules to Rock By is his first book. Josh drew on his own experience playing in bands as a teenager, but he was equally inspired by such contemporary indie-teen bands as Care Bears on Fire, Smoosh, and Tiny Masters of Today. Josh has collaborated with the Creative Arts Program in Brooklyn to record demos of up-and-coming tween bands, as well as with the Willie Mae Rock Camp to develop scholarships for future rockers. Josh lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Minnesota Hardy

If you missed the Landscaping program that was offered by the University of Minnesota Exstension Office, you can still pick up a copy of their book, "Minnesota Hardy: Showcasing new and Enduring Plants for Your Landscape".

The Minnesota climate presents unique challenges to gardeners.  The University maintains 10 Research and Outreach Centers where breeders and field assistants conduct numerous field trials.  The free booklet is meant to help you make informed choices, whether you want to add a few hardy shrubs and flowers to your yard, or plant hundreds of grape plants in a commerccial vineyard.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

If You Read Thrillers

If you like fast paced, suspenseful thrillers, we suggest that you try some titles written by Brad Meltzer.  Since 1997, Meltzer has been popular with both readers and critics.  "First Counsel" is a political thriller mystery that should not be missed.  Another title about political corruption and gamblingby Meltzer is "Zero Game".

If you like Meltzer's books you will also want to try the following authors and titles:

All of these titles are available on the library's fiction shelves.  You will find them shelved alphabetically by author.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

iPad: the missing manual by J. D. Biersdorfer

If you are interested in the iPad or already have an iPad, this book is for you. Learn all the tips and tricks to surf the Web; use built in Apps; read iBooks and periodicals; play games and watch videos or listen to music. Download iTunes to organize and sync media files: music, video, photos, podcasts, book, apps and games.
Part of the Missing Manual Series, iPad: the Missing Manual is a great place to learn all about a new kind of electronic tablet. Check here to see what other missing manuals are available: http://missingmanuals.com/

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Burn by Nevada Barr

Anna Pigeon, Park Ranger, travels to New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park to stay with Geneva, old friend from the park service. Anna, on administrative leave, can’t help investigating Geneva’s renter, Jordan, who she suspects is practicing voodoo and who threatened her when she saved his dog. Each previous novel covers a diferent national park including Yosemite National Park in California to Dry Tortugas National Park seventy miles off Key West and many other parks throughout the United States.
16th in a series:
Check out the rest of Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon series here: http://www.nevadabarr.com/

Monday, August 16, 2010

And what a summer it was!

It was another successful summer at the Hibbing Public Library! 312 local kids signed up for the Summer Reading Program, with 156 finishing by July 30. Those who finished read over 7300 books! The community took advantage of all of the free programming, with over 900 participants attending shows and events over the eight weeks of summer.

Of course, it could not have been such a success without the support of all those who stepped up to help make it a great summer. The library would like to thank:

The Friends of the Hibbing Library
Arrowhead Library System
Hibbing Parks and Recreation
The St. Louis County Fair
L & M Radiator
Hibbing Co-op Credit Union
American Assoc. of University Women
Security State Bank Foundation
American Bank
Hibbing Kiwanis Club
Pizza Ranch
Manney’s Shopper

Thanks again and we’ll see you at the library!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Infamous by Ace Atkins

First Line: They'd barely made it out of Arkansas alive after nabbing Frank "Jelly" Nash inside the White Front Cafe, a known hangout for grifters, thieves, and assorted hoodlums vacationing in Hot Springs.

Ace Atkins writes a blend of historical novel and crime story in this story about George "Machine Gun" Kelly in 1933.
Ace Atkins: http://www.aceatkins.com/ has written other novels based on historical events including: White Shadow, 1955 murder of Charlie Wall; Wicked City, 1954 murder of Albert Patterson; and Devil's Garden, 1921 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle Case.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

USA.gov gets a Makeover

According to an email from the Federal Citizen Information Center the USA.gov website just got better.

For the past decade, people have been turning to USA.gov to get all the information they need about government programs, benefits and services—all in one place. Now a good thing is even better thanks to a new website design based on suggestions from users.

USA.gov is still the centralized place to get information from local, state, and federal government agency websites, but now it’s even faster and easier to find.

Explore the new USA.gov and you’ll discover:

• A more streamlined layout, making it easier for you to learn about and use government services online. You’ll also find new ways to share your ideas with the government through online discussions and social media.

• Searching is fast! The newly re-vamped search engine generates an even speedier results page, with suggestions for related search terms to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

• Sections featuring the most popular topics and services are easier to find, so applying for benefits or grants, looking for a government job, and contacting your elected officials is a breeze.

• A collection of government mobile applications. You need information on-the-go, so USA.gov is constantly adding new mobile apps for smart phones. Some of the newest include: a UV Index monitor to check your risk for sunburn; a real time air quality report based on your location; a product recalls finder; and for air travelers, apps to see what items are allowed in carry-on luggage and to find airport security line wait times.

While Uncle Sam’s top hat will never go out of style, his website keeps up with the times. Check out the new USA.gov for government information—faster and easier than ever before.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

National Parks across the U.S. will offer free admittance August 14-15

Normally, 146 of 392 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 246 do not charge for admission. The fee free waiver for these two days does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations and use of concessions.

In Minnesota, Pipestone National Monument charges $3.00 per person for use of any park feature including the Visitor Center, the Circle Trail, and the Three Maidens Picnic Area. Visitors are required to purchase or present a valid pass at the Visitor Center.

Plan a trip to Pipestone.  For more information about the park and surrounding area go to http://www.nps.gov/pipe/index.htm.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

EBooks in Overdrive

Downloadable eBooks are available to all library card holders through the Overdrive database. Adobe EPUB eBooks offer reflowable text, which means that you can change the font, resize the text, or alter the size of your display and the text of the Adobe EPUB eBook 'reflows' to fill the available view area. This makes Adobe EPUB eBooks the optimal choice for reading eBooks on small screens.

EBooks can be downloaded to and read on desk computers, laptops, the Sony Reader, and the Barnes and Noble Nook. Find both fiction and nonfiction, new and older titles. Go to www.hibbing.lib.mn.us, click on “Download Audio Books” and follow the directions. All you need is a library card, computer, and an internet connection.

War by Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger made five trips to eastern Afghanistan between June 2007 and June 2008 as an "embedded" reporter with Battle Company while reporting for Vanity Fair magazine.  The Korengal Outpost was considered one of the most dangerous postings in Afghanistan. War shows what young men experience when they face combat which few people at home can comprehend. Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington also made a documentary called Restrepo based on 150 hours of videotape, some of which aired on ABC News. Sebastian Junger is also known for The Perfect Storm. Read more about him here: http://www.sebastianjunger.com/

Monday, August 09, 2010

New in the kid's room

The Talent Thief by Alex Williams

Adam’s sister is a singing sensation and he is her biggest fan. Unlike his superstar sibling, this twelve year- old boy excels at absolutely nothing—although his sister would argue that he’s the master of getting on her nerves. But when a mysterious creature as old as time steals her talent, it’s Adam who fearlessly leads the charge to retrieve it and stop the creature before it can take the talents of other children.

Brimming with colorful characters and dastardly villains, and recalling the best of Roald Dahl, Alex Williams presents a humorous adventure about where talent truly lies.

Friday, August 06, 2010

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

Elizabeth Rew, on her way to school one morning, gives her gym shoes to a homeless woman during a snow storm and receives a #2 yellow pencil in return. Elizabeth, in a new school and having no friends, has help from her social studies teacher in finding a job with the New York Circulating Material Repository where objects rather than books are loaned. One of the collections is called the Grimm Collection which coincidently, Elizabeth had just finished a research paper about the Grimm Brothers. While objects in the collection can be rather odd and aren't always what they seem; Elizabeth and the other pages soon realize some of the objects have gone missing. The Grimm Legacy is found in Young Adult Fiction. Try out our new comfy chairs located in the Reference Room.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto by Eric Luper

Seth is having one awful day when he gets dumped by girlfriend, Veronica, during her break at Applebees. To make his day worse, Seth’s father walks in with a woman wearing a snakeskin miniskirt and when Seth goes back to work, he gets fired from his fast food job, for a total of 4 jobs lost this year. Find out how Seth turns his life around by writing the podcast: The Love Manifesto.
Read more about Eric Luper here: http://www.ericluper.com/
Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto is shelved in Young Adult Fiction.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway

April, May and June are three sisters with super powers in a new school with a newly divorced mom. Spend time in each of their heads: April is the oldest who can see into the future, May can disappear and June, the youngest can read minds. June insists they had the powers when they were small, but April and May don’t remember. Find out how they get along in school, make new friends and cope with a new life.

Check out our Young Adult section in the Reference Room.

Monday, August 02, 2010

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

While skipping school one May morning, popular cheerleader Alona Dare gets hit by a bus. When she wakes up she realizes that she has big problems. The only person who can see her is loner Will Killian. Will also has problems. Ghosts keep coming to him with last requests, his psychiatrist wants to lock him up and study him; the principal wants him expelled – permanently. First Young Adult novel by Stacey Kade is a hit that should not be missed.

Check out all the new books and talking books while sitting in the comfy chairs in our all new Young Adult Section on the main floor of the library.

We all deserve a second chance!

Summer Reading Program may be over, but many participants have not picked up their prizes.  So, if that's you, you have until 5pm on Friday, August 6 to get your prize bag.

Hurry! This offer is good only while supplies last!