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Prepare to start a new school year

International Falls Public Library

International Falls Public Library

We still have museum passes.  If you are planning a trip to elsewhere in the Arrowhead, stop in at the library before heading out.  These passes are only good until the end of August and we will not be getting more for fall, so if you’ve been meaning to check out area museums and attractions, now is the time.

It is also a good time to begin preparing to start a new school year.  A little preparation over the next ten days will make the school year much more successful.  Spend a little time each day reading or doing a few math problems, but make it fun.  Bake and have your child measure the ingredients.  Have them add up the price of two treats they’d like.  Spending a few minutes a day engaging the brain will make the transition back to school much easier for the kids and thus for the parents.

I am certainly hoping for a long fall, partly to be able to harvest produce but also because I know I am not ready for the cold yet.  If you are looking to finish some home improvement projects and will need some know-how, be sure and check out our subscription to the online resource “Home Improvement Reference Center.”  You can access the reference center by visiting our website at http://internationalfallslibrary.us/resources.html.  The center can help you with home repair, maintenance and remodeling projects with step-by step instructions for thousands of projects.  You will need a user id and password to get onto the site.  If you have accessed other resources it is the same as before, or call and we’ll let you know what they are.

We also have subscriptions to Consumer Reports online and Valueline.  If you are looking to make a purchase then take a look at Consumer Reports and see what they recommend.  Full reviews of tested products are available online.  Valueline is the investment resource to utilize if you are investing on your own.  You can look at company profiles, industry profiles and search for recommended stocks and investments.    This is just three of the resources available to you as a resident of International Falls. The library provides a variety of online resources, the Arrowhead Library System of which we are members, also provides a number of online resources including Chilton’s and a Small Engine repair.  You also have access to a variety of other resources, primarily educational, made available by the state to all its residents.  These include a magazine index with many full-text articles available.

Geek the Library. We are still looking for your input.  Stop by the library and tell us what you geek.  What makes you excited? What would you love to learn more about? Did you know that if you spend one hour per day learning about your chosen subject in less than ten years you will be an expert in the field!  We want to know in what you want to be an expert. 

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 July theme is "Freedom."

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Hours

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

The library is hiring.  Deadline for applications to be received is Friday, August 15th.

 
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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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