Friday, October 29, 2010


The world's most famous detective, Sherlock, enters the 21st century on Masterpiece mystery with three shows, the second of which is on this Sunday at 8 pm. Missed the first show, A Study in Pink? Never fear, you can watch the show for a limited time on the PBS website:

From the PBS website, follow Sherlock on Twitter with these instructions: Celebrate Sherlock Holmes and his powers of deduction anytime by tagging your Twitter posts with the hashtag #sherlock_pbs.

Then, join fellow Sherlock and Masterpiece mystery! fans Sunday, October 31, 2010, from 8-9:30 pm, Central time, during the premiere of The Blind Banker. Also, you'll benefit from the insights of mystery experts from Baker Street Blog, The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and The Strand magazine who will be tweeting too.
We have many books and movies available through our website on Sherlock Holmes. Check our catalog at:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Email Book Clubs

Join our Email Book Clubs. Every day, Monday through Friday, you will receive in your email a five-minute selection from a chapter of a book. By the end of the week, you'll have read 2-3 chapters and will know if you want to check the book out from the library to find out the end. Every Monday we start new books.
Sign up and start reading by clicking on the “Online Book Clubs” icon on the library’s web site at Just choose your favorite categories and following the on screen instructions. You can join as many as you like.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Reversal by Michael Connelly

Defense Attorney Mickey Haller teams up with his ex wife, Deputy DA Maggie McPherson and his half brother, LAPD detective Harry Bosch to prosecute Jason Jessup, alleged child killer who has been imprisoned for the last 24 years. Jessup, out on bail, has been granted a retrial based on new DNA evidence.

The first chapter starts: “The last time I’d eaten at the Water Grill I sat across the table from a client who had coldly and calculatedly murdered his wife and her lover, shooting both of them in the face. He had engaged my services to not only defend him at trial but fully exonerate him and restore his good name in the public eye. This time I was sitting with someone with whom I needed to be even more careful. I was dining with Gabriel Williams, The district attorney of Los Angeles County.”

Mickey Haller has his work cut out for him when he goes from a defense lawyer to prosecuting attorney in this political nightmare that could derail the entire district attorney’s office.

Michael Connelly has a website:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Tales of Real Ghost Chasers

Be at the library on Thursday, October 28th from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. for a paranormal experience. The Minnesota Paranormal Study Group will once again present a seminar on some of their best ghost hunts.  There will also be a workshop for potential volunteers for upcoming projects.

Friday, October 22, 2010

ACT and SAT Test Preparation

Everyone preparing to take either the ACT or SAT college entrance exams should use the library’s “Learning Express” database. In this Center, you'll discover instantly scored practice tests and interactive lessons with all the extra help you'll need to score high and be successful.

Here’s how to access the “Learning Express Library”:

• Make sure your library card is valid

• From a computer at home or at the library access:

• Click on the “databases and search engines” link

• Click on the “education” link

• Click on “Learning Express Library” and follow the on screen directions

• Use the “College Preparation” link

For more information on being prepared for college pick up Debt-Free U: How I paid for an outstanding college education without loans, scholarship, or mooching off my parents by Zac Bissonnette. Get through college without massive debt by reading this book. You’ll find it in the new nonfiction section in 378.38.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pray for Silence by Linda Castillo

Painters Mill, Ohio, a small town with very little crime, makes the murder of an entire family of Amish particularly disturbing. Police Chief Kate Burkholder, formerly Amish, is well suited to working with both the Amish and “English” (everyone not Amish) in finding out who murdered the entire Plank family of seven in this second book in a series.

Kate, with the help of State Agent John Tomasetti and her small police force soon realize that even an Amish family can have secrets. Unfortunately Mary Plank, sixteen year old daughter has a secret boyfriend who quickly becomes the prime suspect. How Mary comes to have a mysterious boyfriend who is not Amish and nobody knows becomes the lynchpin of the investigation. Agent Tomasetti, dialing back his self destructive behavior since the murder of his family two years before has come to help Kate with her current case. While some readers may flinch at the graphic violence, the story builds to a satisfying conclusion.

Read the first book in the Kate Burkholder series, Sworn to Silence, and visit Linda Castillo’s website:

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

American Experience: a PBS Icon

American Experience airs documentaries, many of which have won awards, about important or interesting events and people in American History.
You can become a part of American Experience by writing about your own stories such as surviving a hurricane, or living through World War II or the Vietnam War. The show started in 1988 and has been on the Internet since 1994. Recent broadcasts include, Riding the Rails: hoboes riding trains during the Great Depression and The Civilian Conservation Corps: The New Deal program put 3 million young men to work.

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's getting to be that time!

Time for spooky (and funny) stories about Halloween!  The special book display for the next two weeks will be about Halloween and all the great stories that go with it.  If you are looking for a scare (or a laugh), the library is the place to be. 


Did I scare you?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Celebrate Teen Read Week

Celebrate Teen Read Week, October 17th through October 23rd. Why is it important to celebrate? For a lot of reasons! Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce.

Check out the Teen area at the Hibbing Public Library and the special Teen Read Week display.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October is Prevent Family Violence Month

Range Women’s Advocates want everyone to be aware of their organization. “Prevent Family Violence Month” is the perfect opportunity for them to make themselves more visible in the community. Stop by the library and pick up a brochure about the organization and their programs. The “Prevent Family Violence” display is just inside the front door.

Be aware that domestic violence includes physical, sexual and psychological violence. Victims of domestic violence often experience:

• Threats or actual physical harm

• Intimidation

• Keeping a partner from friends and family

• Name-calling

• Sexual assault

• Stalking

• Stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job

• Talking down

• Withholding money
If you are a suffering from abuse or have witnessed abusive behavior of a family member, friend or colleague, it is important to break the silence. Both victims and abusers should seek professional help immediately.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Nonfiction

Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow attempt to answer how the universe began in their new book, The Grand Design.

The Pain Chronicles: Cures, myths, mysteries, prayers, diaries, brain scans, healing and the science of suffering by Melanie Thernstrom attempt to define pain, why our bodies require pain and while we one day will have an effective treatment for chronic pain, pain will never be eradicated.

Debt-Free U: How I paid for an outstanding college education without loans, scholarship, or mooching off my parents by Zac Bissonnette. Get through college without massive debt by reading this book.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Pre-school Story Time will be every Tuesday at 10am. This program is for children aged 3-6, but younger children are welcome. October 19 will feature the works of Doreen Cronin.

Toddle Time, a story program for children aged 2-3, will be held every Thursday at 10am.

Open play in the auditorium will be offered if time permits and we are always looking for volunteers to to provide craft projects.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

New Books

A departure from their regular series by three well-known authors.

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Elizabeth Tucker bakes cupcakes at Dazzle’s Bakery in Salem where she runs into witches and warlocks and magic spells.

Santa Fe Edge by Stuart Woods

Ed Eagle, attorney and newly married to Susannah Wilde, well-known actress, defends a golf pro accused of murdering his wife.

Bad Blood by John Sandford

Virgil Flowers, investigator for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, goes to Warren County to help the local sheriff with a case of murder in a grain elevator disguised as an accident.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Protect Yourself Online!

According to October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Everyone needs to be aware and learn about protecting themselves and their family and their online information.

Threats online range from hackers looking for private account information to malware designed to infiltrate your computer to steal personal information, to cases of internet fraud, etc. How can you protect yourself from such a wide range of threats?

Read “Online Security and Safety” for many tips and techniques for protecting your computer and your information.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Read about Jonathan Franzen's new novel "Freedom" on the "Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine web site.

Franzen is an award winning author that writes for the "New Yorker".  His most recent novel is set in St. Paul.  It has had outstanding reviews.  Make sure your name is on the reserve list for this title.

At Home by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson takes on ordinary household items that we take for granted and writes a book about them. Bill says “Looking around my house, I was startled and somewhat appalled to realize how little I knew about the domestic world around me. Sitting at the kitchen table one afternoon, playing idly with the salt and pepper shakers, it occurred to me that I had absolutely no idea why, out of all the spices in the world, we have such an abiding attachment to those two. Why not pepper and cardamom, say, or salt and cinnamon?”

Bill Bryson takes rooms in his house and gives a history of items found in those rooms from furniture to food and beyond. See Bill’s website:

Monday, October 04, 2010

New in the Kid's room

The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi

Tony DiTerlizzi's fantastically imaginative new middle grade novel, The Search for WondLa, combines old-fashioned storytelling with a highly original twist. Eva Nine is a curious and sensitive 12-year old, who has existed only in a subterranean home called Sanctuary, cared for by a robot named Muthr. Eva's great desire is to go aboveground, and her wish comes true, though not as she had imagined. On the surface, Eva goes in search of other humans--she has never met one--and soon meets both friend and foe. DiTerlizzi’s gorgeous black and white illustrations enhance the cinematic quality of his writing, and the book includes augmented reality maps where readers can follow Eva and her friends's travels in 3D. A surprising conclusion to this action-packed story of friendship and belonging will leave readers clamoring for more.

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Serialized Novel is Back

In the USA Today article on Cliffhangers at your fingertips - finally by Elizabeth Weise,
you can read a story just like novels written by Charles Dickens who published one chapter at a time in magazines back in the 1800s..
Read the article here:
The first book promoted is The Mongoliad by authors Neal Stephenson and Greg Bear:
The website proclaims "The Mongoliad is a rip-roaring adventure tale set in 1241, a pivotal year in history, when Europe thought that the Mongol Horde was about to completely destroy their world; only a small band of warriors and mystics stand in the way of utter defeat and subjugation by the great Khan."
The Mongoliad is available on the Internet. The authors hope to have iPhone and iPad apps on iTunes any day now. Android and Kindle have also been approached to offer an app to download this serial novel.
Currently this serialized book will send out one chapter a week for six months.