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Relax with a book during the holidays

International Falls Public Library

International Falls Public Library

Take a deep breath. Grab a book and spend ten minutes reading.  Your holidays will seem brighter and more joyful if you allow yourself time to relax and breathe occasionally.  The library can help by keeping you stocked with great books, magazines and more.

The holidays can be very busy but taking time to relax and escape can keep you enjoying the busy times.  Magazines can be a great option this time of year.  We have over 70 subscriptions to magazines, everything from People and Time to Air & Space and Canada’s History to Martha Stewart and Taste of Home.  Come find a new recipe to try, a new decorating idea, learn a cool fact to share with relatives this holiday season or just borrow a magazine and escape for a few minutes or an hour.  Magazines check out for a week at a time so swing in on your way past the library and check one (or more) out today. Magazines are also available online for those who choose to do much of their reading electronically.  The library shares a subscription to Zinio with the other libraries in the Arrowhead Library System with over 75 different magazines available for download.  Take a look at our website http://internationalfallslibrary.us for details about Zinio, our e-book program Overdrive and other resources available online.  These can be great options both for everyday use but also when traveling.

We have also created a display of holiday titles with everything from cookbooks to decorating books to novels.  Come read a classic holiday story or see if your favorite author has a holiday offering, many do.

The library can also be a relaxing place to just get away.  Do you have an hour that isn’t scheduled?  Come to the library and spend time browsing the books, magazines, movies or settle down in a comfy chair and read.  We can provide you with relative quiet and hopefully fewer distractions.

The library offers a variety of science and learning kits for checkout.  These kits checkout for three weeks and provide a hands-on learning experience in some basic science skills.  The kits are for a variety of ages including a few for preschoolers with the majority of the kits for children ages 8 and up. The kits might be a wonderful way to spend some quality time with a grandchild this holiday season.  Discover a new interest or build on an existing interest by borrowing a kit and sharing it with a child in your life.  You can build a marble run, explore circuitry, view the stars and other extraterrestrial objects, build a robot and more. 

Thank you to all who contributed to Project Bookshelf.  We know that books in the home are very important in building early reading skills, so thank you. And if you have infants – preschoolers in your life make sure they are signed up for “Reading Ready,” our program that provides free books to children until they enter kindergarten for being read books.

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 October theme is 'hunting.'

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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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We Recommend

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Do you have a question and can't find an answer? Is the local library closed? Pull out your library card and ask a professional librarian your question anytime you need an answer. Go to http://www.askmn.org. This is an online service for information and research help available to all Minnesota residents and students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. AskMN is a cooperative service of Minnesota libraries.

 
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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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