Monday, January 31, 2011

New in the Kid's Room

Small Persons With Wings by Ellen Booraem

As a child, Mellie’s best friend, a Small Person with Wings (not a fairy) named Fidius, became furious with her and disappeared the day she suggested taking him to school. Mellie’s allegiance to Fidius made her the butt of jokes, so she became determined to focus on reality: facts, history, science. But when the family moves into her grandfather’s dilapidated inn, it is so overrun with Small Persons (or Parvi) that their existence is undeniable. Parvi are a curious bunch, enamored with their glitz and glamour and whiskey, but mostly good-hearted. They plead with the family to return a powerful stone that will allow them to regain the true magic they lost centuries ago—but a Parvi faction prefers their Magica Artificia and uses it to play devious tricks. Together with her parents and Timmo, the nosy neighbor kid, Mellie’s odd predicament is to return to the world of the fanciful by facing what is real. This clever tale also wraps a story of acceptance, both of self and family, in the fairy dressing. Grades 5-8.  (from Booklist)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Take Advantage of Free Concert Tickets

Pick up free tickets for the River City 6 concert presented by the Mesaba Concert Association.  Take the whole family, friends, and neighbors.  Just bring your library card to the front desk and check out how ever many tickets you need.

River City 6
Hibbing High School Auditorium
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
7:30 PM

Go to the Mesaba Concert Association website for more information.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut

In the foreward, Dave Eggers writes: "I've been an avid reader of Vonnegut since I was a teenager, but it wasn't until I read these last two posthumous collections of stories, While Mortals Sleep and Look at the Birdie, that I've realized just how strong a moralist Vonnegut was. I knew that as a man and as an essayist, he was not shy about making his opinions known."
These short stories which were written early in his career, called mousetrap stories, trick the reader by using the characters, the setting and the plot to further the action until the reader is caught in the final moral outcome.  You can find this book in our new fiction section.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ellen Hart: Minnesota Mystery Author

Dial M For Meat Loaf, 6th in the series

Death on a Silver Platter, 7th in the series

Sophie Greenway, hotel owner and restaurant critic, along with her handsome husband, Bram Baldric, solves crimes in Minneapolis.

If you want to read Ellen Hart's books in order in each of her mystery series: Jane Lawless and Sophie Greenway, go to

Thursday, March 31 Ellen Hart, part of the Minnesota Crime Wave, will be at the library at 6 pm. Leave room on your calendar for this entertaining event.

Story Times resume on January 25, 2011

Story time will be held every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 25th. This program includes stories and songs for kids aged 3 – 6, but younger children are welcome.

Toddle time will be held every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 27th. The stories and songs will be for kids aged 2 – 3.

As a special bonus, those families that attend these programs get to use the Indoor Play Park for free from 10:30-11:30am.  Regular park rules apply.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pick Up Free Tickets With Your Library Card

The library currently has free tickets to the following:

Minnesota Discovery Center
Use your tickets to go see "How People Make Things".  Opens January 22nd and is inspired by the Mister Rogers' Factory Tours.  Also, the exhibit "Journey Stories" opens on January 29th.

The Mesaba Concert Association presents River City 6 on February 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the HHS Auditorium.  Listen to some great music.

The Northern Lakes County Arts Board presents the Rose Ensemble concert on February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the William M. Kelley Auditorium in Silver Bay.

Bring in your library card and check out the tickets.  The "Arts and Culture with Your Library" program was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kid's Winter Reading Program

Chase away those winter blues with great books!  The Snowflake Reading Club will run from January 31st until February 28th.  All kids just need to sign up at the circulation desk and get a reading log. 

Readers (and listeners) will earn stickers for every five books.  All those that finish will receive and certificate and prizes.

Story time will begin again at the end of January. It will be held every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 25th. This program includes stories and songs for kids aged 3 – 6, but younger children are welcome.

Toddle time will be held every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. beginning January 27th. The stories and songs will be for kids aged 2 – 3.

Forbes Travel Guides

We just got in the Forbes Travel Guides for the following areas:
Coastal Southeast
Northern Great Lakes
Northern California
New England

Find in the new book section. Formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guides, these guides list the best sights, attractions, shopping, hotels, restaurants, spas and more.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Nonfiction

The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics: A math-free exploration of the science that made out world by James Kakalios 530.112 KAKAL

White Coat Black Hat: Adventures on the dark side of medicine by Carl Elliott 174.2951 ELLIO

Proofiness: The dark arts of mathematical deception by Charles Seife 510 SEIFE

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Save the Date!

Support the AAUW Book Sale!

Over 40,00 Books!

All proceeds go to scholarships!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Favorite Books of 2010

Many lists are published each year proclaiming the books that shouldn't be missed.
Here are a few:

Mystery writers of America list there Edgar Award nominees:

NPR gives their Book Club Picks:

The New York Times gives their 10 Best Books of 2010:

Publisher's Weekly gives their Best Books of 2010

What were your favorite books of 2010?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Book Displays in the Kid's Room

The special book displays for Spring 2011 are:
January 10-21: Martin Luther King Day

January 24-February 4: Groundhog Day

February 7-18: Valentine’s Day

February 22-March 4: Historical Fiction

March 7-March 18: St. Patrick’s Day

March 21- April 1: Redwall

April 4-15: Fairy Tales

April 18-29: Easter

May 2-13: England

May 16-27: Bob Dylan

Friday, January 07, 2011

Film Noir Foundation: Check out this website

The Film Noir Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation created as an educational resource regarding the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of film noir as an original American cinematic movement. It is our mission to find and preserve films in danger of being lost or irreparably damaged, and to ensure that high quality prints of these classic films remain in circulation for theatrical exhibition to future generations. (from the Website)
Read about the latest DVD releases:

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

The Live You Want: Get Motivated, Lose Weight, and Be Happy by Bob Greene

Read Bob Greene's new book as part of your New Year's resolutions. Learn how to eat healthy, find an exercise you like, maintain weight loss and learn how to be happy.
Bob Greene: "While you'll find practical advice about eating and ecercise scattered throughout, this book is really about how to improve your psychological and emotional well-being. It's all about exposing the barriers that not only seem to make it logistically impossible to eat well and exercise but also sap your motivation to do either."
Bob Greene's goal is to get you to make changes that last. Take off the weight and keep it off. Start exercising, keep exercising and stay motivated to improve your health and be happy.
Bob Greene has a blog:

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Story Time and Toddle Time

Reminder: Story Time and Toddle time will begin at the end of January.  Story Time will be every Tuesday at 10am and Toddle Time every Thursday at 10am.

As a special bonus, kids who attend get to use the Indoor Play Park for free from 10:30-11:30 that day!