Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sara Stonich at the Library

The Arrowhead Library System and Hibbing Public Library are bringing the Minnesota Author of Vacationland, Sarah Stonich to our area:

  • Hibbing Public Library, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

At the heart of her book Vacationland is Naledi Lodge, inspired by those rustic Mom & Pop resorts now disappearing along with their big fish, bad mattresses, wood docks, flashlight trots to the outhouse, bear-fear, and bonfires. Up north vacations might not always live up to the brochures versions of canoe paddling under pine-scented skies; in the fine print of rusted beer cans on the trail or a barbed hook through a thumb lies a more realistic picture of Vacationland.

Vacationland is published by The University of Minnesota Press.

Sarah’s first novel, These Granite Islands was translated into eight languages and won numerous awards and was Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick. The author originally from Duluth, now makes her home in Minneapolis with her husband Jon and spends summers on a small lake in Northern St. Louis County.  

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Check out Vacationland  at the library and meet the author on May 14th.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl '95

Christine Byl says: "Who knows how any of us ends up where we're meant to be? I'm lucky that I stumbled into this life and got to stay."
Byl graduates from college and joins the Glacier National Park trail crew as a seasonal worker maintaining mountain trails and finds the work rewarding.
Find under 363.6809798 BYL in the new nonfiction area.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Hit by David Baldacci

The latest book by David Baldacci features Will Robie, a hit man employed by the US government when all else fails. Start with the first book, The Innocent. The Hit is the second book in the series and Robie's assignment is to bring in Jessica Reel, a fellow assassin who has gone rogue.

See David Baldacci's Website: http://davidbaldacci.com/

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Here I am: The story of Tim Hetherington, war photographer by Alan Huffman

Cover of Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer

Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) was one of the world’s most distinguished and dedicated photojournalists, whose career was tragically cut short when he died in a mortar blast while covering the Libyan Civil War. from cover

From the book:
"War photographers hit their stride during World War II, and by then most had their own agendas-to share the drama with the public. Among the first well-known war photographers was Robert Capa, who covered the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the First Indochina War, where in 1954 he was killed by a landmine. The role of war photographers became pivotal during the Vietnam War, when photographers such as Burrows-another Brit who, like Capa and Hetherington, died at war brought home powerful images that not only entertained the public but illustrated precisely and on an intimate level what was at stake in war."

Hethington is best known for Restrepo, a documentary film about the Afghanistan War he codirected with Sebastian Junger. Find in 796.92 HUFFM

Monday, April 22, 2013

Consumer Guide Magazine

Consumer Reports Magazine is a very good reference on where to spend your money. Everyone wants a product that is reasonably priced and performs well. Whether you are choosing a blender, car, laptop, e-book reader or television, Consumer Reports will help you with your selections.
Hibbing Public Library keeps five years in binders in the reading room.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace

New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961.
Frank and his younger brother Jake go with their father, a Methodist minister, in the middle of a dark sultry night to the jail to retrieve a drunk and disorderly Gus whom Captain Drum served with during World War II. The Drums had taken Gus in when he showed up on his motorcycle with his belongings destitute and out of work. The summer starts with an accident of a young boy killed on railroad tracks nearby and moves on to suicide and murder.
A stand-alone book from a thirteen old boy's perspective penned by the author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series. Place your name on the reserve list for this popular Minnesota author's new book.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Free Tickets

The library has a few free tickets for the County Scat Theater Company production of "Leaving Iowa".  It is a hilarious sentimental comedy about family and family vacations.  The show is on May 9-12 and May 15-19 at 7:30 p.m. except Sundays are at 2:00 p.m.  The location is the Encore Performing Arts Center and Gallery at 2035 Hwy 33 South (on frontage road), Cloquet, MN.

Pick up your tickets at the library and then call the theater at (218) 878-0071 to make a reservation.  Doors open 30 minutes before the performance.

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

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Orchestra of Fes and Vocalist Francoise Atlan

The Arrowhead Library System, in cooperation with The REIF Center, is bringing Orchestra of Fes and Vocalist Francoise Atlan to the Hibbing Public Library on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Orchestra of Fes will perform two traditional Andalusian classical compositions.  One will be instrumental and one will be sung in Arabic and Hebrew.  Francoise Atlan will join the Orchestra to perform three songs in Ladino, Hebrew, and Arabi languages.

The Orchestra of Fes and Francoise Atlan will interact with the audience and teach them a refrain from one of their musical selections.  They will also demonstrate how each instrument from the Orchestra is played and teach the audiences response phrases in different languages. 

Adalusian classical music is at the core of contemporary Moroccan culture.  The vibrant performance planned for Monday; are present at most any Moroccan celebration or ceremony, and refrains can often be heard dancing over the streets and alleys of incredible cities like Fes, Rabat, and Casablanca.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 

Immediately following the Hibbing Crescendo Youth Orchestra will perform.  Everyone is welcome to attend this wonderful musical event.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

National Stress Awareness Day!

Today is National Stress Awareness Day! Learn How to Relax with this article from wikiHow:

Practice Positive Thinking:
Use visualization techniques. While you might not feel calm and relaxed, imagining a calm and relaxed scene in your mind can do wonders to improve your outlook. Picture beaches, lying down resting, going for a hike, etc., to help you stay relaxed. from article

We have books on managing your stress at Hibbing Public Library or through interlibrary loan.

Monday, April 15, 2013

In Honor of National Poetry Month

The Road Not Taken
by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Night Moves by Randy Wayne White

Doc Ford gets involved with a missing cat, an intelligent but stray dog, Tomlinson and his latest psychotic married girlfriend, Voodoo drug dealers, a Brazilian assassin and a search for 5 navy bombers missing since World War II. 
While Dan Futch, Doc Ford and Tomlinson take a plane ride over the Everglades with an idea about where the missing planes could have crashed, they almost crash land themselves when they find their plane’s rudder sabotaged. All three have made enemies during their remarkable careers and have told their friends different stories about their flight plans over the Everglades. 
Tomlinson and Ford –as in previous books –keep to a line of patter guaranteed to amuse and entertain the reader. Tomlinson’s latest married partner, Crescent Arturo, somewhat unstable and on the prowl for a new lover or three, has a menacing husband as well as homicidal brother-in-law. Despite warnings by Doc after Crescent tried to sabotage his relationship with Hannah Smith, Tomlinson tries to help her - calling her a tortured and confused soul.
Ford finds himself trying to keep his life in Dinkin’s Bay on Sanibel Island from blowing up in his face while protecting his friends and himself.
Night Moves is book twenty in the series. Start this adventurous series with Sanibel Flats.

Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg

Tapestry of Fortunes (Hardcover)

Cecelia Ross, motivational speaker and author, loses her best friend to cancer. Feeling adrift in her new life without her longtime friend, Penny, she decides to try new things like selling her house and moving into a charming neighborhood in St. Paul to rent a room in a comfortable house with a few roommates. Cecelia rebuilds her life into something new and magical and invites the reader to come with her.
Find in new fiction under Fiction BERG.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Alone on the Ice by David Roberts

Click this cover for a sample of Alone on the Ice.

We have the book available in print at Hibbing Public Library under 919.8904 ROBER in the new book section. You may also find the book on audiobook in the Arrowhead Library System Digital Media Catalog: http://arrowhead.lib.overdrive.com/3497CDA0-5883-4343-A1EA-9774464B802E/10/50/en/ContentDetails.htm?id=f3f7133a-82d4-4acf-9284-23f3c0b7e468

All you need is a library card in good standing and you can download books to read or listen to on your devices.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Free Museum Tickets

The library has free passes for participating museums and sites that are valid until 9/2/13.

New to the Library and Museum Pass Program is Glensheen.  Located at 3300 London Road in Duluth, the Glensheen Mansion and grounds are a must see.

This historic 39-room mansion at the Congdon estate on the shores of Lake Superior offers a slice of turn-of-the-last century opulence.  Its 1908 collection is intact.

Go to https://glensheen.wp.d.umn.edu for more information.

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear

Tenth in the Maisie Dobbs series, Maisie Dobbs, after several difficult cases, feels that she must travel and visit other cultures to expand her knowedge and experience to better assist and understand the clients who come to her for help. Her former mentor has died and left her the means to travel, but she hesitates to leave her business and her father.
Detective Inspector Caldwell, Scotland Yard, brings her a case where Usha Pramal, governess with an important family in England, has been murdered and the case remains unsolved. Scotland Yard and Mr. Pramal, Usha's brother, ask Maisie for help.

Start with the first book in this series set in England, just after World War I: Maisie Dobbs.

Check out the Jacqueline Winspear Website: http://www.jacquelinewinspear.com/

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Vacationland by Sarah Stonich

Shelter by Sarah Stonich
Sarah Stonich lives in Minneapolis and spends her summers in Northeastern Minnesota.
We have many copies. Stop by, check out a book and read her short stories before her visit to Hibbing Public Library:  May 14, 2013 at noon. Join us!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month and the USA.gov site has some great tips.

Choose the Right Savings Account

Understanding the difference between different kinds of savings accounts can be overwhelming. Your goal is to find a safe place to put your money, but with all the options, how do you know which account is right for you?
Before making your decision, consider the following:
  • Minimum deposit amount: Does the account require you to keep a certain amount of money in the account at all times?
  • Limit on withdrawals: How often can you take out money?
  • Interest: How much will your money earn just for being in the account?
  • Deposit Insurance: Is your money insured in case something happens?
  • Convenience: How easy it is to for you to deposit or withdraw money?

Be Prepared for an Emergency

Being financially prepared doesn't just mean you understand your budget and have a healthy emergency fund. While having savings to fall back on will make it easier to recover after a disaster, a lack of quick access to cash and not being able to locate vital records, ATM cards or proof of identification can make it harder to get back on your feet quickly.

FEMA recommends you put together a financial emergency preparedness kit. Take inventory of valuables in your home for your insurance. Take photos of the items as well as the inside and outside of your house.
Store these photos, along with a small amount of cash and copies of important documents (like your insurance policies) in a safe place at home as part of your emergency disaster kit. In the event of an emergency, you'll be able to use your kit to help file insurance claims.

Teach Your Kids Good Money Habits

Smart saving and spending habits start early in life. You can help your kids understand money basics with fun and educational comic strips from Kids.gov. The comics teach the importance of saving and help kids find creative ways to be frugal.