Monday, February 28, 2011

Book Display in the Kid's Room

As school heads into the second semester, many students will be asked to read a novel of historical fiction.  Many of these books can be found on display in the children's room, as well as throughout the collection.  If you can't find what you are looking for, don't hesitate to ask!

Friday, February 25, 2011

UFOs; Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities by John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

John Alexander writes: "Throughout the course of this book what I have learned will be covered in detail. I promise to tell you only things that are believed to be true. There will be no intentional misleading of the reader. It must also be accepted that people can  in good conscience, look at the same facts and arrive at different conclusions." Read about Roswell, alien abductions, Hangar 18, and secret aircraft. The book can be found in the new book section of the library.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Eight Things To Do After Losing Your Wallet

Losing your wallet or purse is stressfull. This to-do list from the Federal Citizen Information Center puts all you need to know in one list.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Free Fun

 Over fifity patrons took advantage of the Free Family Night at the Hibbing Kiwanis Little Ones Indoor Park on February 17, 2011.

Local magician The Amazing Charles provides balloon animals.

 A young patron explores the toddler area.

What a great hat!

Gideon's Sword by Preston and Child

Better known for their Pendergast series, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child has established a new character known as Gideon Crew. Crew first comes to the attention of a supersecret organization when he arranged to bring down the man who had Melvin Crew, Gideon's father, killed as a traitor. With only the resources that Gideon has attained in his former profession, international thief, he uses his wits and resources to accomplish the task set before him by Glinn, head of the secret government organization.
Non-stop action with a deadly assassin trying to kill him, makes Gideon's Sword, first book in a new series, exciting to read. See more about Preston and Child and their previous books here:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Plan Your Summer Vacation: all about the Civil War

View the Civil War Traveler website, find a lot of information and take a trip!

Check here for 150th anniversary information. Civil War battlefields & sites in 29 states plus maps, events, reenactment schedules, podcasts, books, a travel-blog, e-newsletter and more — everything you need to plan your Civil War travel — it's all here.
Keep in touch by way of our monthly e-newsletter, which features upcoming events including reenactments.

Request maps and information - free.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Red on Red by Edward Conlon

Meehan and Esposito are NYPD detectives. Unlikely partners, Detective Garelick explains it best when he says that nobody got along with Esposito and no one really got along with Meehan, but the two of them – one Irish and one Italian worked well together and solved cases.

Meehan, introspective and distant, separated from his wife and living with his father not far from the job, has little to do outside of work. Esposito, flamboyant and brash, has a wife and children, and a life away from the city, but lives for the job.

Follow the detectives through their days of homicides, suicides, notifying families of death, gang violence and retaliation and sexual assaults. Solving the crime and making the results fit into tidy packages tied up for the prosecution was not always legally possible. Internal Affairs investigates, but Esposito and Meehan skate a fine line between legal and illegal arrests. At times both tragic and comic, this police procedural is recommended for its realism.

Edward Conlon, author of the memoir, Blue Blood writes his first fiction novel; many cops will recognize as a page from their life.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tough Without a Gun: The life and extraordinary afterlife of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer

Well known for his roles in The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and Key Largo, Humphrey Bogart, 50 years after his death, is still an American icon. With big-studio glamour, Bogart was a superstar with integrity, style and charisma making him one of the few enduring characters and many of his films classics today.
Read about his life, his movies, his love affairs and marriages. Bogart made films from 1930-1956, 75 in all. Bogart meets Lauren Bacall on the set of “To Have and Have Not,” in 1944. Bacall was 19 and Bogart was 25 years older and married. As soon as he was divorced, Bogart married Bacall in 1945 and they were together until his death in 1957 of cancer. Forty years after his death, The American Film Institute ranked Humphrey Bogart the Greatest Male Star in cinema history.
One of his last great movies, The African Queen, also starred Katharine Hepburn. Filmed in Africa, adversity plagued the set: the boat sank, most of the crew became ill with dysentery from contaminated water including Hepburn while Bogart stuck to whiskey and remained healthy. "In theory, The African Queen was an epic drama writ small, a story of human endurance against the formidable odds of weather, topography, and war. In practice, it was all that and more; it was a human comedy, a bright look at the battle of the sexes. The film wasn't planned that way, but the Bogart-Hepburn chemistry surprised everyone - most of all themselves." (Kanfer)

Lighten Your Burden During Tax Season

The Federal Information Citizen Center has some great tips for making tax season less stressful. Check out their article at Bookmark and Share.

Also remember that the AARP Tax-Aide program offers free tax help to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those that are age 60 and older. The AARP volunteers are at the library on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They will also be available at the Senior Citizen's Center in the Memorial Building on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Help is provided on a first come - first served basis, no appointments.

Please take take the following documents and information with you:

Current year's tax forms and preparation booklet

Copy of last year's imcome tax return(s)

W-2 forms from each employer

Unemployment compensation statements

SSA-1099 form if you were paid Social Security benefits

All 1099 forms showing interest and / or dividends and documentation showing original purchase price of sold assests

1099-misc. showing any miscellaneous imcome

1099-R form if you received a pension or annuity

All forms indicating federal imcome tax paid

Dependent care provider information (name, employer, ID, Social Security number)

All receipts or canceled checks if itemizing deductions

Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Top 10 Spyware Blockers

"Ask Bob Rankin" is a great tech support site for home computer users. Recently he listed the top 10 spyware blockers available. A good spyware program protects you from identity thieves, online marketers, and hackers. Check out his list for some great tips.

Top 10 Spyware Blockers

Monday, February 14, 2011

Neptune’s Inferno: The U. S. Navy at Guadalcanal by James D. Hornfischer

From the Prologue: “The American landing on Guadalcanal developed into the most sustained and vicious fight of the Pacific war. Seven major naval actions were the result, five of them principally ship-versus-ship battles fought at night, coined for the waters that hosted most of the carnage, “Ironbottom Sound,” suited the startling scale of destruction: The U. S. Navy lost twenty-four major warships; the Japanese lost twenty-four. Aircraft losses, too, were nearly equal: America lost 436, Japan 440. The human toll was horrific. Ashore, U. S. Marine and Army killed in action were 1,592 (out of 60,000 landed). The number of Americans killed at sea topped five thousand. Japanese deaths set the bloody pace for the rest of the war, with 20,800 soldiers lost on the island and probably 4,000 sailors at sea.”

Read about Guadalcanal through the eyes of the Navy: 940.54265933 HORNF in the new book section of the library.

Family Night at the Indoor Play Park

Come to the library on Thursday, February 17th, between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. for a free evening of fun at the Indoor Play Park.  The play park is for children 5 and under.  There will be Wii games for older kids and the Amazing Charles will appear.  This will be a great family event.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Scout Report

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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson

February 1966, Dieter Dengler is shot down over Laos. "He knew the locals would come looking for him. The sound of the crash had been thunderous, and those huts he had seen were only a short distance away. He rose to his feet, and 'stumbling and falling like a drunkard' he moved as quickly as he could through the clearing toward the jungle."
Read about the life of Dieter Dengler, from his early life in Germany during World War II, to his new life in America in 1957, where he joined the Air Force, attended college, then joined the Navy, learned to fly, crashed and led a daring escape with several other prisoners to North Vietnam where they were rescued. The author, Bruce Henderson, served with Dengler aboard the USS Ranger and brings new material to this fascinating story about a true hero during the Vietnam War.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Tough Not Dead by Dana Stabenow

Read about Dana Stabenow "I was born in Anchorage, Alaska on March 27, 1952, and raised on a 75-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska."

Living a life that reads like fiction, Dana has written 18 books in the Kate Shugak series. Kate, private investigator, lives in the largest national park in Alaska where she solves crimes among the unique residents living in Niniltna and the Park.
Start with the first book, A Cold Day for Murder, which won an Edgar award and work your way to the latest, Though Not Dead.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Upcoming book displays in the Kid's room

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, February 04, 2011

Minnesota Discovery Center

 On January 29, the Journey Stories Exhibit opens and runs through March 12.  You can get free passes to the Minnesota Discovery Center by bringing your library card to Hibbing Public Library. Ask at the circulation desk. The "Journey Stories" exhibit includes tales of how we and our ancestors came to America.
See the website for hours and additional exhibits:

AAUW Book Sale

Drop by the AAUW Book Sale going on today, Saturday and Sunday, February 4,5, and 6 at the Irongate Plaza in Hibbing. American Association of University Women use the proceeds to fund scholarships.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tick Tock by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Read this series written with Michael Ledwidge

Michael Bennett, a police detective with 10 adopted children, in New York City:

Step on a Crack (2007)

Run for Your Life (2009)

Worst Case (2010)

Tick Tock (2011)