Friday, April 29, 2011

Spring Fling at the Library

Bring the entire family to the library on Wednesday, May 18th from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.  We will be celebrating Spring and the great services of the Hibbing Public Library.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.  The Literacy Action Center will be giving away books to every child that attends.  Local musicians will be providing live music.  The Amazing Charles will be on hand to entertain and amaze.  The Hibbing Kiwanis Little Ones Indoor park will also be open during this time. 

While you are in the library pick up a schedule of Summer Programs and information for the Reading Program.  Sign up for Summer Reading will start on Friday, June 3rd.  Browse the new book and magazine sections.  You can also check out the DVD and music collections.  Bring your laptop and jump on the WiFi or get a pin at the front desk and use one of our computers.  There is no end to what you can do and find at the library.

Come in and celebrate with us!  The Spring Fling is sponsored by the Library Board and The Friends of the Library.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer

Joshua Foer comments: "What exactly is a memory? How is one created? And how does it get stored? I'd spent the first two and a half decades of my life with a memory that operated so seamlessly that I'd never had cause to stop and inquire about its mechanics. And yet, now that I was stopping to think about it, I realized that it actually didn't work all that seamlessly. It completely failed in certain areas, and worked far too well in others. And it had so many inexplicable quirks. That very morning my brain had been held hostage by an unbearble Britney Spears song, forcing me to spend the better part of a subway ride humming Hanukkah jingles in an attempt to dislodge it. What was that about? A few days earlier, I had been trying to tell a friend about an author I admired, only to find that I remembered the first letter of his last name, and nothing else. How come that happened? And why didn't I have a single memory before the age of three?"

Find in New Nonfiction: 153.14 FOER

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Minnesota Lunch: from Pasties to Banh Mi edited by James Norton

Read all about the Fried Walleye Sandwich, Pasties, Porketta - old standbys in northern Minnesota as well as Vietnamese Banh Mi and Mexican Torta sandwiches from other parts of the state. The State Fair Turkey Sandwich also gets a chapter. Restaurants that serve some of these favorites are included. With pictures, anecdotes, and recipes, these popular Minnesota foods make for appealing reading as well as eating. In the new book section under 641.59776 NORTO.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Research Help All Day - Every Day

It is that time of year for those final papers and projects.  The library and the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) can help. 

One option is the "Research Project Calculator" or RPC.  This web-based tool creates a timeline for completing an assignment and helps you stay on track with email reminders.  The calculator is available to Minnesota students and residents.  The Research Project Calculator offers students a simple and comprehensive five-step model for navigating the research process. The skills involved in this process will prepare students not only to conduct academic research, but to make life decisions—whether defending a thesis related to the causes of civil war or selecting a new car.   Just click on RPC and get started.

Another great source is ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota).  ELM gives Minnesota residents online access to magazine, journal, and newspaper articles as well as other reference sources.  it is online all the time, 24/7.  You will find topics that include consumer information, arts, humanities, current events, health, math, science, social sciences, politics, business, and more.  Just click on ELM and check it out.

Links for these options and other online sources are also available from the library's database page.  Just click on Hibbing Public Library.

Monday, April 25, 2011

April 28 Toddle Time cancelled

Due to the absence of the Children's Librarian, the Toddle Time on Thursday, April 28 has been cancelled.

Toddle Time will return for the final time of the season on Thursday, May 5.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Looking Glass Trilogy

The Looking Glass trilogy starts out with In Too Deep written by Jayne Ann Krentz, followed by Quicksilver by Amanda Quick and in August, Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle. Krentz writes in the present, Quick writes in historical England and Castle write into the future. Krentz, Quick, and Castle are all the same person and she writes about the same families in all three time periods. The books are available at Hibbing Public Library as well as many others in her Arcane Society series.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton

First Line: “A dead woman was leaning against my car.”

Lacey Flint, detective constable quickly moves from property crimes to a murder task force when she witnesses a murder in a car park in London. As a young woman, Lacey had a fascination with serial killers, Jack the Ripper in particular and soon parallels between the current murders and the killings by Jack the Ripper are drawn. For the Ripper copycat seems to be targeting Flint with notes teasing her about details of the original killings.

Detective Inspector Tulloch and Detective Inspector Joesbury trust Flint to varying degrees. DI Tulloch feels that DC Flint can be used to draw the killer in, especially when the second body shows up also stabbed to death.

Joesbury thinks Flint’s knowledge of Jack the Ripper and her proximity to the dying woman was too convenient. Flint feels that DI Joesbury studies her a little too closely and tries to divert his attention. For Flint is concealing her looks and her past in the hopes that she will not be scrutinized too closely. As the case progresses, Lacy is horrorstruck when she finds her obscure past is unraveling and the killer is targeting her personally.

Many twists in this murder plot will keep you guessing until the very end as to the why these particular women were targeted. The revelation of the killer will electrify you.

S J Bolton has written other books, here is her website:

Minnesota Digital Library

Minnesota Reflections now brings you nearly 62,000 images and documents shared by more than 120 cultural heritage organizations across the state. This site offers a variety of resources on Minnesota's history for researchers, educators, students and the public.

See digital images of the Oliver Mining Company Map Book, ca. 1928; Architectural drawings of Duluth's aerial lift bridge, ca. 1902–1930; Souvenir booklet from Virginia, Minnesota, ca. 1925; Hibbing streetcars; pictures from the early days of the Hull Rust mine and others.

These are just a few of the treasures you will find in Minnesota Reflections.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Check Out the New Safer Products Database

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has gone live with the database mandated by Congress, as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Consumers are encouraged to visit the website to submit Reports of harm or risks of harm, and to search for safety information on products they own or may be considering buying.

Reporting product safety incidents through this new, easy-to-use site will help CPSC identify product hazards quicker and provide consumers with safety information on products in and around the home.

New in the Kid's Room

The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker

Tugs Esther Button was born to a luckless family. Buttons don’t presume to be singers or dancers. They aren’t athletes or artists, good listeners or model citizens. Until tomboy Tugs befriends the popular Aggie Millhouse, wins a brand-new Brownie camera in the Independence Day raffle, and stumbles into a mystery only she can solve, she looks at her hapless family and sees her own reflection looking back. But it’s a summer of change, and it just may be that in the end, being a Button is precisely what one clumsy, funny, spirited, and observant young heroine decides to make of it. Award-winning author Anne Ylvisaker has trained her own observant eye on a small Iowa town in 1929 to craft a riotously endearing portrait of a family like no other.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Plan Your Summer Vacation: All about Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota

The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota, is the world’s largest mammoth research facility. You can tour an active paleontological dig site and view Ice Age fossils exhibited as they are found.
Open year round, the Mammoth Site offers the museum visitor a 30-minute guided tour plus a 10-minute video. Tour information features the Mammoth Site and Ice Age geology, paleontology, and paleoecology. Today, visitors to the museum observe first-hand a scientific excavation.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Poetry at the Library

Poetry Reading

Friday, April 29, 2011

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Library Reference/Reading Area

Award winning poets Connie Wanek and Louis Jenkins will present a lively and amusing poetry reading for all listeners.

Wanek’s third book, “On Speaking Terms”, has just been released from Copper Canyon Press, and is a Lannan Literary selection for 2010.  Her work has been published in “The Atlantic Monthly” and “Poetry” magazine, among other periodicals.  Wanek’s poems have been called “incomparably lovely” by U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, who named her a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress in 2006.  She was raised in Las Cruces, NM, and now makes her home in Duluth, MN.

Louis Jenkins’ poems have been published in “The Best American Poetry 1999” and “Great American Prose Poems”.  His most recent book is “Before You Know It: Prose Poems 1970-2005”.  Jenkins has read his poetry on A Prairie Home Companion and was a featured poet at the Geraldine R. dodge Poetry Festival in 1996 and at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, Aldeburgh, England in 2007.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New in the Kid's Room

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt

We last saw Doug in The Wednesday Wars, a 2008 Newbery Honor Book, when the focus was on Holling Hoodhood. When Doug's father mouths off at work he gets canned and the family is forced to move to Marysville, New York. Or as Doug calls it - The Dump.

The year is 1968, the Vietnam war is waging and his older brother Lucas is overseas fighting. There is also fighting at home as everyone tries to watch out for his father's fast temper and even faster fists.

Despite being sure that he was going to hate Marysville, Doug makes some important new friends that will change his life forever.

Schmidt tackles big issues in an approachable way - an unpopular war, domestic violence, illiteracy, budget deficits and major illnesses. But it is the character of Doug that pulls the reader through his experiences and wants him to succeed even when others are doing their best to make sure he fails.

Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Meet the smoke jumpers who jump out of planes to fight forest fires. Stationed in Missoula, Montana, Rowan Tripp and her crew of seasoned firefighters are ready for the start of another big fire fighting season. After training in the new recruits, Tripp and the current batch of firefighters parachute into the first fire of the season.

During one of the fires close to home, Rowan finds a body. The closeknit community of smoke jumpers and support staff are questioned when the body turns out to be someone they all know. Plenty of action and suspense make the elite world of the smoke jumpers fascinating reading.
Read the latest about Nora Roberts:

Friday, April 08, 2011

Hoe Down!

Library favorites Terrance and Marge Smith will host an old time dance at the library on Wednesday, April 13, starting at 6pm.

This family event is free and open to all.

Come on down and have some big fun!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

April is Financial Literacy Month

National Financial Literacy Month is recognized in the United States in April in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.  The University of Minnesota Extension believes that children can learn some of these lessons while they are still young.

They currently have a display at the library about teaching your kids about money just by reading books together.  Pick up a bibliography and other information at the library or learn how to enhance your children's financial literacy through children's books by visiting:

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

David Housewright at the Library

One Community Many Mysteries

Minnesota author, David Housewright will be at the Hibbing Public Library on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Noon.

David is the 2010 Minnesota Book Award winner for Genre Fiction for Jelly’s Gold.  He is the author of the Edgar Award winning book series Holland Taylor and Rushmore McKenzie.  Plus, many other novels of murder and mayhem centered on the Midwest. His newest book is The Taking of Libbie, SD.  Be on the lookout for Highway 61 to be published in June 2011.

This program is sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, the Minnesota Library Legacy Fund, and the Hibbing Public Library.

A Dead Detective Mystery series

Kevin Fahey used to be a police detective with a drinking problem and a bad attitude. Now he is dead and following around his replacement, Maggie Gunn.  A better detective in death than he ever was while alive, read this introspective new mystery series with a supernatural twist as Fahey looks for redemption. The books, Desolate Angel and Angel Interrupted, are available through interlibrary loan and the Arrowhead Library System ebook collection.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Heads you lose by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward

Siblings Lacey and Paul Hansen grow marijuana for a select group of people in the nowhere town of Mercer, California. One evening, Lacey, after losing the coin toss to take out the trash, finds a headless corpse in their backyard. Because of their less than legal means of income, Paul and Lacey decide to move the body down the road to a rest stop. They want to be good citizens and have the body found – just not on their property. And so it begins.

The two authors take turns writing chapters and then exchanging sarcastic comments after each chapter. The humorous exchange between Lisa and David add to the enjoyment of this murder mystery. While Lisa Lutz is best known for her series about the Spellman Family, I look forward to reading further collaborative stories by Lisa and David.

Monday, April 04, 2011

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Special Edition 2011

Ripley first called his cartoon feature, originally involving sports feats, Champs and Chumps, and it premiered on December 19, 1918, in the New York Globe. Ripley began adding items not related to sports, and in October 1919 he changed the title to Believe It or Not.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a franchise, founded by Robert LeRoy Ripley, (died in 1949) which deals in bizarre events and items so strange and unusual that readers might question the claims. The Believe It or Not cartoon panels proved popular and was later adapted into a wide variety of formats, including radio, television, museums and books. From Wikipedia.
Ripley's also has a website:
Hibbing Public Library has the 2011 Special Edition in j 031.02 RIPLE.

New in the Kid's Room

Fantasy Baseball by Alan Gratz

Alex Metcalf must be dreaming. What else would explain why he's playing baseball for the Oz Cyclones, with Dorothy as his captain, in the Ever After Baseball Tournament? But Alex isn't dreaming, he's just from the real world. And winning the tournament might be his only chance to get back there, because the champions get a wish granted by the Wizard. Too bad Ever After's most notorious criminal, the Big Bad Wolf, is also after the wishes. Anyone who gets in his way gets eaten. Watch out, Alex!

In a land where classic literary characters are baseball crazy and people from the real world don't technically exist, Alex must face his fears, play the best baseball of his life, and come to discover the surprising truth about himself.