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Library will be busy in March

International Falls Public Library

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Monday, March 2 at 6:30 pm we’re starting the month with a really cool program for history buffs and more. This year is the final year of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Mr. Arn Kind will share information about the events that threatened to break up this great nation of ours. The American Civil War was America’s bloodiest conflict. 620,000 American’s would lose their lives over the four years of the struggle. Through drama, role­playing and living history experiences, Mr. Kind’s presentation will give participants an understanding of this turbulent time and bring history alive. Arn dresses in the uniform of a Union soldier and goes through the uniform, equipment, and weapons used by soldiers in the American Civil War. Arn is a member of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment; a reenactment group based out of Fort Snelling. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Storytime and stay to play continues on Thursday mornings beginning at 10:30 am. March will bring stories about cows, pigs, silliness and spring. We spend about 30 minutes hearing stories, singing songs, doing rhymes and fingerplays then spend about 30 minutes playing together, at least nominally, with toys that encourage early science skill building like counting, physics, building and more.

The Friends of the Library book sale will be Wednesday, March 11 from 3 – 5 pm. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends support of library programmings.

Our third “Open Mic Night” will be Friday, March 13th at 7pm. Come share a song, poem, skit or other verbal talent (any beat boxers in town?) you have and listen to others share their work. Everyone ages 10 and up is welcome to come share and listen. Please contact Diane if you have additional questions.

Thursday, March 19 at 1:00 pm the library is pleased to present Northern Gael in concert. Northern Gael weaves together the vibrant traditions of Ireland and Scotland. Northern Gael presents a lively program of an authentic Celtic repertoire. Join us for a powerful blast of traditional music and dance! This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

March means the days are getting longer and the hope of spring is in the air. March is also FoodShare month and that means we will be taking Food for Fines the week of March 23 – 28. You can bring in canned food to donate to Falls Hunger Coalition and we will waive $1.00 of your fine for each can you bring. Please do not bring dented or past-sell-date food. The food shelf can’t use the food and we can’t afford to throw it away. Pay off your fine with food and provide support for those in need.

The March Pictures and Pens theme is ‘reflection’ with entries due by March 31, 2015.

 

Pictures and Pens

"Pictures and Pens – Year 3!" The library’s program to encourage both photographers and writers in their craft.  Each month we will post a theme for writers and photographers to work with. Writings of less than 1,000 words and 8x10 photographs will be accepted up to the last day of each month the library is open. A winning writing and photograph that best capture the theme will be selected with each winning entry receiving a $50 prize. After we have selected twelve photos and stories we will print them together in a small book.  Everyone is eligible to enter these contests (although if you win one month, you are not eligible the next month).  For more information, visit the library blog, or contact Diane at the library.

The January theme is 'cold.'

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Hours

Winter (Sept. 6 - May 22)
  • Mon. - Wed.: 10am - 8pm
  • Thursday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 3pm
  • Sunday: closed
Summer (May 24 - Sept. 5)
  • Mon. - Wed.: 10am - 8pm
  • Thursday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
 
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Reading Ready

International Falls Public Library has launched a new program for children from birth until Kindergarten and their parents. Reading Ready seeks to help parents prepare their children to read by reading to them. The library has booklets for any interested families to pick up and fill out with the titles of books they read to their child. Every time they read 250 books to their child, the child can pick out a free book to keep and read. Your child can fill out as many of these books as they (and you) can read before they enter Kindergarten.

Reading books to your child is one of the very best preparations for them to learn to read. Studies have shown that hearing books read helps increase your child's vocabulary, ability to describe things and events, letter and print awareness and is just fun.

 
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Electronic Media

The library is now able to offer you access to a variety of online magazines. Click the image for Zinio digital magazines!  For help with Zinio, click here, or call 888-946-4666.  The library also has a printed guide of directions available in the library.

Zinio for Libraries Overview Video (8 minutes)

Zinio for Libraries Account Set Up and Navigation Guide

Download an audiobook or e-book and put it on a portable device to enjoy your favorite titles while traveling or any other time when you want the convenience of a portable electronic device.

Browse Audiobook Selection

 
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