Thursday, March 29, 2012

Free Concert!

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Rhonda Laurie and her band will be performing:

Friday, May 4, 2012

7:00 p.m.

Hibbing Community College Theater

Enjoy the spirited songs of the '30s, '40s and '50s. "Sentimental Journey," "Dream a Little Dream" and "My Favorite Things" are just a few of the songs that will inspire audiences to smile and sing along.

This program is sponsored by The Arrowhead Library System and the Hibbing Public Library.  Free admission has been funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How to Become a Lifelong Learner: 14 steps (with pictures)

As a library, we value lifelong growth and development.
See the article How to Become a Lifelong Learner: 14 steps (with pictures)
Visit us at Hibbing Public Library today! Get started on an activity that interests you.

2012 Land Atlas and Plat Books for St. Louis County, Minnesota

We have The 2012 Land Atlas and Plat Books - North and South for St. Louis County, Minnesota. The books are reference only and may be viewed at the front circulation desk.

To get your own copies, you may purchase plat books at the following locations:
Counter Sales Locations/Times:2012 Land Atlas and Plat Book

St. Louis County Auditor Service Center
Miller Hill Mall
1600 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: (218)-279-2520
Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Louis County Auditor’s Office
Courthouse 2nd Floor
100 North 5th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone:  (218)-726-2380
Hours:  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

St. Louis County Commissioner’s Office
Ely Services Center
320 Miners Drive East
Ely, MN 55731
Phone: (218)-365-8200
Hours:  8 a.m.-11:40 and 1-4:20 p.m. Monday through Friday

St. Louis County Recorder's Office
1810 12th Avenue East, Room 100
Hibbing, MN 55746
Phone: (218)-262-0109
Hours: 8 a.m.-12 noon and 1-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

St. Louis County Auditor's Office
Northland Office Center, Suite 120
307 1st Street South
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: (218) 749-7104
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Monday, March 26, 2012

Volunteers needed for the Iron Range Science & Engineering Festival

Dates: April 24 & 25
Times: 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

Minnesota Discovery Center

Group 1 - 8 volunteers each day

Collect materials for assigned school group

meet chaperone at bus with materials

guide school group through their day

communicate needs with staff members via radio provided

Collect take home materials to give to chaperones at end of day

attend the festival training session

This position will require good communication skills and standing for long periods of time.

There will be time spent both outdoors and indoors. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing weather. Umbrellas or raingear may be needed.

Group 2 - 6 volunteers each day

Provide Group 1 volunteers with needed materials

Assist Food Services with lunch delivery

Provide Group 1 volunteers with take-home materials

attend the festival training session

This position will require good communication skills and walking for an extended period of time during the lunch period.

There will be time spent both outdoors and indoors. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing weather. Umbrellas or raingear may be needed.

Group 3 - 9 volunteers each day

Assist at each presentation station as needed

communicate needs with staff members as needed

provide direction as needed

attend the festival training session

This position requires good communication skills and can be primarily sitting at the presentation location, but will require standing and walking as needed.

Most, but not all, of this time will be spent indoors. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers to accommodate changing weather. Umbrellas or raingear may be needed.

If you are interested in helping with this event please contact:

Amy C. Rice

Chisholm Area Chamber of Commerce

Events Coordinator

218-254-7930  cell 218-966-0115  fax 218-254-7932

Friday, March 23, 2012

Minnesota Explorer: Spring/Summer 2012

The Minnesota Explorer has many ideas for short summer vacations. Like the Heck family in the sitcom, "The Middle," who took a trip around their state, you too, can take a trip around your state - Minnesota - and view Paul Bunyan and Babe in Bemidji while reading up on other largish roadside animals and legendary figures in the article: "Quirky Roadside Attractions Make Trips Wonderful."
The Minnesota Explorer arrived this week and can be picked up at Hibbing Public Library.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Deep Zone by James M. Tabor

Dr. Hallie Leland, formerly employed by BARDA, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, is called back by her former boss, Dr. Barnard to head an expedition into Mexico while avoiding bandits and the military to enter a super cave she had survived once before.

5,000 feet deep in the Cueva de Luz Cave, the substance, Moonmilk exists and can combat a disease resistant to strong antibiotics attacking the troops in Afghanistan.  Hallie and her team of four must travel down through bat infested caverns, dive deep sumps using small rebreather tanks and climb down vertical cliffs in complete darkness in one of the biggest super caves in the world.

A shadowy group of business men has sent mercenaries to intercept Hallie after she completes her mission and take the Moonmilk from her.  Time is running out for the soldiers and medical staff exposed to a bacteria called ACE. Failure for Hallie is not an option when she finds herself again employed by the very government who had wrongly fired her.

Fast paced action – especially once Hallie and the expedition enters the cave, bring about one of the best books written so far this year. James M. Tabor does very well describing the cave.  With his previous knowledge of caving as evidenced in his nonfiction thriller, Blind Descent, the information he provides on caves like the Cueva De Luz Cave in Mexico is fascinating reading.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Vikings & Voyageurs

Monday, April 16, 2012
1:30 p.m.
Hibbing Public Library

Join author Jack Salmela as he takes us on a journey through Minnesota History as experienced by the Vikings and Voyageurs.  Accompanied by a Voyageur reenactor with authentic artifacts, including original maps and a musket, this in-depth presentation will inform and delight teen and adult audiences.

This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Friday, March 16, 2012

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman provides a well researched look into the 14th century of class wars, class conflict, plague, and future uncertainty that reflect many similarities that we see in the early 21st century. This title is available in book, sound recording, and electronic formats at the Hibbing Public Library and Arrowhead System through interlibrary loan.

New Books in a Series

Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
An Inspector Thomas Lynley mystery.

Force of nature by C. J. Box
Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett: 10th in series

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Take Off and Soar

One of the "History Players" from the Minnesota Historical Society will be at the Hibbing Public Library on Thursday, April 12th at 1:30 p.m.

Join us and hear about the life of Virginia Mae Hope, a World War II pilot.  Virginia will talk about her childhood during the Great Depression, her service as an Airforce Pilot, and the impact of Pearl Harbor on the nation.  She witnessed and lived through great changes in the roles of women during the war.

The program is appropriate for school-age children and up.  The project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Trail of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

Trail of the Spellmans (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Read about the Spellman family of detectives in this ongoing series. Trail of the Spellmans marks the fifth time out for this zany family and their odd cases.
Isabel Spellman lives by the following rules as they apply to the family detective business: "I do my job. I watch. I take notes. I snap pictures and record video. I document subjects activities through a filter of twent years of disassociaton. I don't judge. I don't manipulate the evidence. I simply report my findings to the client. The client can use the information however they see fit. At least that's the line I feed them. But the truth is always a murkier business." What applies to the detective business doesn't always apply when the Spellmans are spying on their own family.
See Fiction LUTZ in the new book section of the library.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Minnesota Reading Corps

Minnesota Reading Corps is an AmeriCorps program that places literacy tutors in preschools and elementary schools throughout the state of Minnesota to help ensure that all children in our state are successful readers by the end of 3rd grade.
During the 2012-2013 school year, four Reading Corps members will commit to serve in the Hibbing/Chisholm area.  If you are interested in exploring this type of opportunity you can find out more: 

Kari Gjerde

Northcentral Program Manager

Minnesota Reading Corps

Become a tutor:

Phone: 218-999-9486

10 NW 5th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag

Deeper than the Dead
The book starts:
Once upon a time I had the perfect family. I had the perfect husband: handsome, loving, successful. I had the perfect children: Leslie and Leah - beautiful, brilliant, precious girls. I had the perfect life in the perfect home, in the perfect place. We were one of those sickeningly perfect families with matching monograms. The Lawtons: Lance, Lauren, Leslie, and Leah. The Lawtons of Santa Barbara, California.

And then, as in all fairy tales, evil came into our lives and destroyed us.

Find Down the Darkest Road in the new book section.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

New Audiobooks

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

Raylan by Elmore Leonard

Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag

Unabridged new audiobooks are found shelved with new books at Hibbing Public Library.
Audiobooks are great entertainment when travelling.
When do you listen to audiobooks?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Gifts and Memorials

Mary Alice Busha Memorial Fund

Family and friends of Mary Alice Busha have chosen to remember her by making a donation to the Friends of the Library. Mary Alice was born and raised in Kelly Lake, Minnesota (1917-2009). She was an avid reader and fan of the library.

To see the titles that have been purchased in her memory, go to the library's
Gifts and Memorial Page.