Friday, November 29, 2013

Minnesota Digital Library

City Park, Hibbing, MN

 The Minnesota Digital Library is a large and vast website full of digitized photos of lakes and a great deal more. On their site, visitors can learn about projects which include the fascinating "Minnesota Reflections," a trove of over 135,000 photos and maps. As it is a large collection, the site also provides a few helpful user guides. In the section For Educators, interested parties can make their way through lesson plans and curriculum guides. Topics here cover a variety of Minnesota-specific lessons, including "Mining in Minnesota" and "The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota." Additionally, for library professionals interested in learning from the success of this project, the Digitizing & Metadata section provides great reports just for this purpose. from the Scout Report

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Consumer Reports Magazine

The latest Consumer Reports Magazine for December 2013 features Get the Best Gifts for everyone on your list (and you, too!) Shop for TVs, cellphones, tablets, laptops, cameras, ebook readers and more.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Are You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick

Rich is a fifteen-year-old guitar player frustrated with his father and his life. Rich breaks into a locked cabinet that holds his dad's prized possession: a guitar signed by Jimi Hendrix. Before he knows it, Rich is transported to the side of a road in Upstate New York with a beautiful girl beside him. Shocked, he comes to realize it's 1969, he's at Woodstock, and the girl's band of friends includes his fifteen-year-old dad and his uncle, who's still alive.  from the book cover.  Find in Young Adult Fiction Sonnenblick

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst

First Line: "Your name is Eve. Remember that."

Eve is in the witness protection program hiding from a serial killer. Her looks have been altered - the better to hide her in plain sight. Eve can't remember where she came from and in her dreams she sits in a carnival tent where an old woman tells her a story, "Once upon a time..." Find in Young Adult Fiction Durst

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood

The Butler: A Witness to History

While the movie The Butler is set against historical events, the title character and his family are fictionalized. From the moment I read Wil Haygood's article about him in the Washington Post, I was very moved by the real life of Eugene Allen. I remember Wil Haygood sharing with me his inspiration for writing his original article. On the cusp of Obama's election he sought to find an African American butler who had seen firsthand the civil rights movement from both within and outside the White House.  from the Foreword.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Rasputin's Shadow by Raymond Khoury

Mine in the Ural Mountains, 1916.
Overcome by a strange paranoia, miners attack one another leaving Rasputin and a scientist with no choice but to blow up the mine.
Present day: FBI Agent Sean Reilly is on the case when a Russian attache seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth floor window in Queens. The apartment's owners a retired physics teacher from Russia and his wife have gone missing. from the book. Find in Large Print KHOURY

The Christie Curse by Victoria Abbott

In 1926 Agatha Christie disappeared - making headlines across the world - only to show up eleven days later at a spa under an assumed name. During those eleven days, did she have time to write a play?

Jordan Bingham needs a job and a place to live thanks to a credit card -stealing ex and pending grad school loans. She soon finds a research job and her first assignment is to track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. Seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that her predecessor was killed while looking for it, and there is still someone out willing to murder to keep the play out of circulation. from the book. 
Find in Large Print ABBOTT.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Minnesota Ballet's Nutcracker

The library has vouchers that can be exchanged for free tickets.  Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets at the Minnesota Ballet Box office in Duluth by December 6th, 2013.

As at the front desk for vouchers and information.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cross and Burn by Val McDermid

Bradfield, northern England.
The special homicide squad run by Carol Jordan has been disbanded after their last horrific case. Tony Hill, profiler, and Carol have also parted ways in their personal life. Tony is distraught that he was unable to save Carol's brother from a madman. Paula, another member of the disbanded squad, has just started a new position with a new boss when the body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned apartment. Plenty of action and suspense make this another great mystery in the Tony Hill series. Eighth in the series, start with the first book, The Mermaids Singing.

Dust by Patricia Cornwell

The latest Scarpetta novel is here!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Free Museum Tickets

Now Available:
Tickets good for free admission to participating venues until December 31, 2013

This program was funded in part or in whole by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith

Modern ideas get tangled up with traditional ones in the latest intriguing installment in the beloved, best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. 
Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice. The opening of her new salon has been shadowed by misfortune. Not only has she received a bad omen in the mail, but rumors are swirling that the salon is using dangerous products that burn people’s skin. Could someone be trying to put the salon out of business? 
Meanwhile, at the office, Mma Ramotswe has noticed something different about Grace Makutsi lately. Though Mma Makutsi has mentioned nothing, it has become clear that she is pregnant . . . But in Botswana—a land where family has always been held above all else—this may be cause for controversy as well as celebration. 
With genuine warmth, sympathy, and wit, Alexander McCall Smith explores some tough questions about married life, parenthood, grief, and the importance of the traditions that shape and guide our lives. 
 (from the cover). 
This is the fourteenth installment in the series:  Find in the new book section.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Brilliant Blunders: from Darwin to Einstein by Mario Livio

Colossal Mistakes by Charles Darwin, Lord, Kelvin, Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle and Albert Einstein - some of the greatest scientific geniuses in history - led to some of their major breakthroughs. 
Find in 500 LIVIO in new books.

Friday, November 01, 2013

Free Digital Magazines

Read full digital copies of your favorite magazines on a computer, tablet, or mobile device using the free Zinio Reader app.

Magazines downloads are free after you create an Arrowhead Library and a Zinio Account.

Click here for the Arrowhead catalog and directions.

Try the following:

American Snowmobiler
Snowmobiling’s best-selling magazine offers the most in-depth, unbiased snowmobile reviews and comparisons. Three exciting shootouts each year provide independent speeds, weights, horsepower, and MPG figures, while each issue features electrifying photos, how-to tech advice, new products, news, vintage sled stories and travel destinations. A detailed Buyers Guide starts each season.
Available for: iPhone, iPad, Android PDF, Zinio Reader 4, RIM, Win 8, Win 8 Phone.

Backcountry Magazine
Backcountry isn’t about defining boundaries, it’s about blowing them wide open. More people than ever are redefining their ideas of skiing and snowboarding, Backcountry is their tool; a conduit and catalyst of the backcountry revolution. Inside, you will find possibilities limited only by your imagination. Join us and imagine your Untracked Experience.
Available for: iPhone, iPad, Android PDF, Zinio Reader 4, RIM, Win 8, Win 8 Phone