Friday, May 31, 2013

Summer Readig Program starts Monday, June 3rd!

Readers of all ages will explore all things underground this summer as the Hibbing Public Library presents our Summer Reading Program “Dig into Reading” for children under 12 and “Beneath the Surface” for Young Adults/Teens up to age 19.

Our themed programs are about the wonders under our feet: vegetables, buried treasure, evidence of ancient civilization, dinosaur bones, animals, and much much more!

Hibbing Public Library will entertain with programs, Friday prize drawings, and story times, as well as the St. Louis County Fair Read & Win program for the month of July.

Events the week of June 3rd include:

  • Monday, June 3rd  @ 10:00 a.m. – Registration Starts
  • Tuesday, June 4th @ 10:00 a.m. – Story Time - This week's theme is Treasure Hunting. Listen to a story, sing silly songs, do a Treasure Chest craft and other fun things! Come join us for an hour of fun and learning for pre-schoolers and parents.
  • Thursday, June 6th  @ 2:00 p.m. - 321 Studio Presents a Treasure Hunt at the Library – Amy and Nancy will read their Treasure Hunting book and then you will color and build your own Treasure Chest. When your Treasure Chest is ready, groups of treasure hunters will be given maps to find the hidden treasure in the library! 

For full program details visit the library website at, call (218) 362-5959 or email

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Archaeology of Minnesota: The Prehistory of the Upper Mississippi River Region by Guy Gibbon

Archaeology of Minnesota: The Prehistory of the Upper Mississippi River Region

Archaeology of Minnesota draws upon the region's wealth of artifacts, evidence of human activity, and animal and plant remains to uncover the stories of these Native Americans.  Guy Gibbon concentrated on the lifeways of the Native people who lived in the Upper Mississippi region before contact with European explorers. from the book.
The book is available through interlibrary loan.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Library Photo Contest

Adults and Teens are invited to submit their photos and win a prize.

Your picture must tie in with the Teen summer reading theme, "Beneath the Surface".  Stop in and sign a waiver at the front desk, then post your picture on the library’s Facebook page.  Photos will be judged by how many likes you receive.  The deadline for posting is July 19, 2013.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Free Online Research Tools

The library has research databases for you to use.  Find magazine and newspaper articles, health information, small engine, auto repair, and much more just by going to the library's database page on the website.

There are also other free tools on the internet that are helpful and authoritative.  Read  Bob Rankin's article on the best of the Free Online tools.

Free Online Research Tools

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Minnesota Discovery Center: New Exhibit for the family.

Minnesota Discovery Center - Chisholm, MN
See the new exhibit at the Minnesota Discovery Center: When the Earth Shakes.
"Families are invited to explore the science of earthquakes and earthquake engineering through exciting and engaging interactive exhibits." The exhibit runs May 17 through September 1, 2013.
See website and Facebook page for additional upcoming events during the summer:

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Civil War in 50 Objects by Harold Holzer and The New York Historical Society

"Under the expert guidance of the New-York Historical Society's leadership, the fifty treasures chosen from among many offer a novel way to tell the national, state, city, and intensely personal stories of the war, from the vantage points of both the famous and the anonymous, military and civilian, black and white, men and women - all surely representing what their original owners or creators believed was their own commitment to 'worthy causes.'
To be sure, the book includes the collection's most extraordinary Civil War items - and there are many: the original model for the war's greatest technological marvel, the ironclad USS Monitor; a copy of General Grant's handwritten terms for Confederate surrender; Abraham Lincoln's modest scribbled estimate of his chances for reelection;" - and many more.  from the preface.
Find the book under 973.7075 HOLZE

Friday, May 17, 2013

Minnesota Public Health Data

Minnesota Public Health Data Access is an online portal within the Minnesota Department of Health website that provides access to “health and environment” data.  Librarians, students, and the public can now access and download data for use in research projects, grant applications, and for public awareness.

Minnesota developed this portal in collaboration with the National Tracking Network which includes data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 23 states, and New York City.  Nationally consistent data and measures may be used to compare trends over time and geographic patterns at the county, state, and national level.

·        Explore data on over 17 health and environment topics, including asthma, cancer, childhood lead poisoning, and air quality, drinking water, and more
·        Find resources about common risk factors and disease prevention measures
·        Sign up for regular email updates

Check it out today!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Library Solar Panels

In 2012, 96 solar panels from Silicon Energy were purchased and installed on the library roof with a $250,000 Renewable Energy Grant from the IRRRB.

Did you know:

Minnesota receives about 4.5 sunlight hours per day.  Even with our extreme winters, solar works!  The amount of sun Minnesota receives is comparable to some southern states.  Also, solar modules work more
effectively in cooler temperatures.

Solar photovoltaics reduce your carbon footprint and helps save the planet.

In the future the solar photovoltaics will reduce the library's electric energy bill.

Click here to see how much power is being generated.

Here is Where: discovering America's great forgotten history by Andrew Carroll

Andrew Carroll writes:
"Here is where it all began: The Exchange Place PATH Station in Jersey City, New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. This is the spot that sparked my almost compulsive desire to seek out unmarked history sites throughout the country." Read the book to find out what little remembered incident happened at The Exchange Place PATH Station in 1863 or '64 - exact date unkown.
The author goes on a journey across the United States to search for unmarked sites of interesting but largely forgotten history.
Find in the new book section under 973 CARRO
Website: Readers are encouraged to recommend their own favorite little-known spots that are worthy of attention.

The Drunken Botanist: the plants that create the world's great drinks by Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart explores herbs, flowers, trees, fruits, and fungi that have been transformed into alcohol over the centuries. Fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners with biology, chemistry, history, etymology and mixology thrown in make this a popular read.
581.632 STEWA in the new book section.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Buying a Car? Here’s What You Should Know gives you information on safety, buying a used vehicle, leasing, and financing.

Buying a Car? Here’s What You Should Know

The Spark: a mother's story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett

The extraordinary memoir of a mother's love, commitment, and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius-and how any parent can help their child find their spark.
This book is available through interlibrary loan.

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo

30 day meal plans designed to support: Autoimmune conditions, digestive health, blood-sugar regulation, thryoid health, cancer recovery, heart health, fat loss, athletic performance and more.
If you have tried other diets to improve your health and overall appearance and those diets didn't work, may this whole-foods approach is for you.
The recipes eliminate gluten, refined grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, and processed foods. The recipes are made from meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. A healthy fats and oils guide is also listed.
This book is available through interlibrary loan.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

The last Sookie Stackhouse mystery has all the beloved characters - vampires, shapeshifters, fairies and humans. Sam, Sookie's best friend and owner of the bar, Merlotte's, has just been brought back to life by Sookie using the magical cluviel dor. Eric, Sookie's vampire husband, has his own problems with the vampire royalty of the South and could have used the cluviel dor himself.
If you haven't read the series, start with Dead Until Dark or watch the series Trueblood in its sixth season coming next month on HBO.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Learning Express Library

The library has a database called Learning Express that is available to all registered borrowers.  It includes test preparation for GED, college and and graduate school admissions.  There are also tutorials for reading, writing, and math skills improvement for grades 4 and older, in addition to job-search, resume writing, and interviewing skills improvement, tutorials for basic computer skills and much more!  Work at your own pace and it is free.  

The following new content and updates were just added to the database:

New and Updated Online Practice Exams
NCLEX-PN® Practice Exams
  • NCLEX-PN® Practice Exam 1
  • NCLEX-PN® Practice Exam 2
  • NCLEX-PN® Practice Exam 3
AP* Biology Practice Exams
  • AP* Biology Practice Exam 1: Section I
  • AP* Biology Practice Exam 2: Section II
  • AP* Biology Practice Exam 1: Section I
  • AP* Biology Practice Exam 2: Section II
Additional Civil Service Practice Exams
  • Civil Service Practice Exam 3
  • Civil Service Practice Exam 4
ISEE® Practice Tests
  • ISEE® Practice Test: Lower Level
  • ISEE® Practice Test: Middle Level
  • ISEE® Practice Test: Upper Level
SSAT® Practice Test
  • SSAT® Upper Level Practice Test
Praxis II® Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Practice Tests
  • Praxis II®: PLT Practice Test: Early Childhood (0621 and 5621)
  • Praxis II®: PLT Practice Test: Grades K–6 (0622 and 5622)
  • Praxis II®: PLT Practice Test: Grades 5–9 (0623 and 5623)
  • Praxis II®: PLT Practice Test: Grades 7–12 (0624 and 5624)
New eBooks
Professional Skills
  • Civil Service Exams Power Practice
  • Firefighter Exam, 5th Edition
  • Health Occupations Entrance Exams, 3rd Edition
  • Medical Assistant Exam, 2nd Edition
Academic Skills
  • GED® Test Flash Review
  • College Placement Math Success in 20 Minutes a Day

Silken Prey by John Sandford

Lucas Davenport takes on the political machine in Minnesota when he is asked by the governor to investigate a charge against Porter Smalls, republican senator, for child pornagraphy. Guilty or framed? Davenport is on the case.
John Sandford, Minnesota author, has written twenty three Lucas Davenport mysteries as well as the Virgil Flowers and Kidd mysteries.
John Sandford is the pseudonym of John Roswell Camp. Camp has lead an interesting life and you can read about him here:

Monday, May 06, 2013

2013 Guinness World Records

"Do world records have their limits? Is there a point beyond which a record cannot be broken? This is a key question here at Guinness World Records, because one of the fundamental criteria for us is that a record is breakable(apart from significant 'firsts,' of course). Yet, surely, there is an upper limit to every record..." from the introduction.
Some of the big questions:
How much climate change can we survive?
How big can animals get?
How long can we live?
How heavy can we lift?
How tall can we build?
And many more.
Find the book in Reference 031 GUINN 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Broken Places by Ace Atkins

Esau Davis and Bones Magee escape from Parchman with help from a fellow inmate, Dickie Green. The convicts are on their way to Jericho, Mississippi, to retrieve their hidden getaway money. Their nest egg consists of a Wells Fargo truck they crashed into and caused to sink into a Tibbehah County pond and vanish.  The men make their way to Tibbehah while avoiding U. S. Marshals to hole up in an empty hunting lodge. Becky, Esau Davis’s girlfriend, who helped them with the logistics of their escape, joins them as they plan a strategy to get the money out of the pond.
Sheriff Quinn Colson, ex-Army Ranger, along with his family and associates, is back in the third book in this gritty new series. Caddy, Colson’s sister, off drugs and getting her life back on track, is dating Jamey Dixon. Dixon, pardoned by the governor for murder, builds a church and attracts a congregation. Freed from drugs, he found Jesus in prison. Davis and Magee, friends with Dixon while at Parchman, told Dixon where the money is, never thinking Dixon would get out of prison first. Davis and Magee wonder if Dixon hasn’t taken the money and used it to set up his new church, The River.

The local sheriff’s department, police and U. S. Marshals search for Davis and Magee throughout the county.  As a tornado makes its way towards Tibbehah County, Sheriff Colson and Deputy Lillie Virgil, find themselves with their hands full as bodies turn up in the wake of Davis and Magee travelling towards the money and freedom. 
Find the book in the new book section under Fiction ATKINS.Ace Atkins Website:

Thursday, May 02, 2013

M C Beaton, Mystery Author

Cover of Death of Yesterday

M. C. Beaton is best known for her Hamish Macbeth mysteries where twenty-four episodes have aired on the BBC. Death of Yesterday is the twenty-ninth book in the series. Unlucky in love, Hamish Macbeth has an uncanny ability for solving the murders that occur in his small patch in Scotland.

About the author, from the website:
While Marion wrote her historical romances under her maiden name, Marion Chesney, as well as several pseudonyms (Helen Crampton, Ann Fairfax, Jennie Tremaine, and Charlotte Ward), because of her great success with mystery novels as M. C. Beaton, most of her publishers both in the U.S. and abroad use the M. C. Beaton pseudonym for all of her novels.

Musical Cultural Exchange at the Library

On Monday, April 29th, both the Orchestra of Fes and the Crescendo Youth Orchestra performed at the Hibbing Public Library.

The Moroccan musicians were part of the caravanserai and the Youth Orchestra was represented by some very talented area musicians.

After a very entertaining performance the two groups posed for pictures.