Wednesday, March 27, 2013

You Had Me at Hello

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra presents Victoria Chiang.  Conductor Markand Thakar's wife, Victoria Chiang, adds her special magic to this program featuring Berlioz Harold in Italy and Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor.  The library has 20 free tickets for this event.

Saturday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Symphony Hall at the DECC, Duluth

Arrive early and enrich your experience.  Join host William Bastian for "Behind the Music" at 6 p.m. in the main hall before the concert.

This project was funded in part by a grant from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is sponsored by Arrowhead Library System and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

The Wizard of Oz

We have the 70th Anniversary edition with the remastered movie and 16 hours of extras including the making of the movie, outtakes and deleted scenes, the life and times of the original author L. Frank Baum, a documentary profile of Director Victor Fleming, and the 2007 Hollywood walk of fame salute to the Munchkins!

Visit the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, MN and read all about the little girl who along with her dog is transported to the land of Oz by a tornado:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Join the Online Book Clubs

The library invites you to sign up for our online book clubs.  Pick out the type of books that you enjoy and you will receive a short 5 minute excerpt from a book in your email each day.  You will receive a new title every week.  Enjoy the short read with your morning coffee and before long you will be hooked.  Check out the book at the library so you can finish it.  It will be a relaxing break in your day. 
The moderator is author, Suzanne Beecher.  Each week she will share other things beside the books including some great recipes.  Just sign up on our website!
Here is one of Suzanne’s recipes that you can enjoy with your family and friends.
Green Beans Jazzed with Tomato
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1 inch pieces
¼ cup butter
¼ cup finely chopped onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 medium tomatoes cut up
Steam the green beans until crisp-tender, or boil in salted water for about 15 to 18 minutes.  While beans are cooking melt butter in skillet, add onion and garlic; cook and stir over medium heat for about 3 to 4 minutes.  Stir in brown sugar, lemon juice, salt, oregano, and pepper.  Add tomatoes.  Heat thoroughly.  Drain the green beans, then add the tomato mixture to them and gently toss.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bad Blood by Dana Stabenow

Alaskan Kate Shugak, lives on a 160-acre homestead in an Alaskan National Park with Johnny, the son of her lover and boss who had died saving her life; Jim Chopin, friend, lover and law enforcement for the Park; and her half-wolf, half-husky dog named Mutt.
Start with her first book, A Cold Day for Murder, written back in 1992.
Bad Blood is the twentieth book in the Kate Shugak mystery series.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

James Sewell Ballet

The James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City By James Sewell and Sally Rousse and brought to Minnesota in 1992.  Combining expertise, vision, and chutzpah, they envisioned a close-knot company of dance artists willing to both challenge their physical limits and expand their notions about ballet.  Nearly two decades later, critically acclaimed JSB performances move and delight audiences across the country.

Pick up your free tickets at the Hibbing Public Library for the following performance:

Saturday, April 20, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids

This project was funded by a grant from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and is co-sponsored by Arrowhead Library System.

Insane City by Dave Barry

Insane City

Newspaper columnist and author, Dave Barry, writes about Seth Weinstein on his way to the craziest Florida destination wedding ever where the hilarity and suspense merge into one hysterical caper.

"Seth has absolutely no idea what he’s about to get into. In the next several hours, he and his friends will become embroiled with rioters, Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a pimp as big as the Death Star, a very desperate Haitian refugee on the run with her two children from some very bad men, and an eleven-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom. And there’re still two days to go before the wedding." from the cover.

Read for a very entertaining few hours and check out the Dave Barry website:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

April is National Poetry Month

Hibbing Public Library and the Arrowhead Library system present poet, Ryan Vine.  Vine's Distant Engines  received a 2005 Weldon Kees Award and was published by Backwaters Press.  He is an Assistant Professor of English at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, and has been published in numerous poetry journals.

Professor Vine will be at the Hibbing Community College in Room B204 on Friday, April 12th from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m.  He will share selections of his work, followed by an interactive discussion focused primarily on the use of metaphor.  The public is invited to this event.  The program is intended for adults and students high school age or above.

This project was funded by a grant from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Striker by Clive Cussler

The Striker

Two years after graduation from the Van Dorn Detective Agency, Isaac Bell is hired to hunt for union saboteurs in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. Sixth book in the Isaac Bell series, find in the new book section under Fiction CUSSLER.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Farewell, Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister

"What would you do if your literary idol came to life — came into your life — and then you couldn't get rid of her? Violet Epps, heroine of the new novel Farewell, Dorothy Parker discovers being a fan isn't the same as being a roommate when Dorothy Parker's spirit rematerializes from an ancient Algonquin Hotel guestbook — and then follows her home."

Read author Ellen Meister's interview with NPR:

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Our Digital Catalog has a New Look

The digital media catalog for downloadable eBooks and audio books has a new look!  Overdrive has updated their interface and made it easier to use.

Check out their new HELP SCREEN if you want an overview of the changes.

Here is a quick overview of the process:

  1. Visit the digital collection at
  2. Sign in with your library card
  3. Browse and search for eBooks and audiobooks
  4. When you find a book you want to read, click on the title and select 'Borrow'
  5. Start reading immediately by clicking the 'Read' button or visit your 'Bookshelf' to download
Remember that titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period.

Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd

Proof of Guilt

Inspector Ian Rutledge from Scotland Yard is back on another case involving missing persons and murder.
Fifteenth book in the series takes place in England, 1920; start with the first book, A Test of Wills.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Hour of Peril: The secret plot to murder Lincoln before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

Alan Pinkerton, detective and Kate Warne, America's first female private eye band together to detect and thwart an assassination plot just days before Abraham Lincoln assumes the presidency.
Reads like a thriller but a true story. Find in 973.7092 STASH

Monday, March 04, 2013

A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time Series #14) by Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson (Hardcover)

The fourteenth and final volume in the Wheel of Time series.
After more than 20 years and the death of Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson finished the series with notes, scenes and an outline left by Robert Jordan as well as consulting with Jordan's widow who edited her husband's books.
Find in the new book section under Fiction JORDAN

Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indridason

Follow the path of a mysterious Nazi war plane that crash landed on a glacier in Iceland towards the end of the war. Over the years, periodic searches for the plane have been conducted by the Americans with no explanation as to what was on the plane. Now, after many decades the plane has emerged from the glacier and the race is on to remove the contents of the plane by the Americans before the Icelanders find out what the plane contains. This standalone thriller can be requested through interlibrary loan.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Calling All Area Authors

The library will be celebrating 60 years of service in the current building and all of the wonderful building improvements on Tuesday, April 16th during National Library Week. We would like to have a number of authors present to do book signings. Any author that is interested in participating should contact the library at 362-5959 or email us at