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Get a good book for the holidays

International Falls Public Library

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The holiday season is imminent and that means gift giving for most of us.  I love to give books or magazine subscriptions as gifts.  We’ll be thought of every time a new issue arrives in the mail whether electronic or physical.  I love sharing childhood favorites with a child ready for new adventures.  But I also love to share new titles that I’ve just discovered or that make me think of the person for whom I’m buying.
Here are new titles to consider for those on your gift list this year. Do you have someone who wants to know about the latest archaeological find?  Then Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson is perfect with its subtitle ‘archaeologists and the seductive lure of human rubble.’

Movie fans as well as mothers and daughters will enjoy There Was a Little Girl: the real story of mother and me by Brooke Shields. Discover the forces that shaped her life and the impact that her mother had on her. 

Richard Ford, author of Independence Day and The Lay of the Land has a third book about Frank Bascombe just released.  It is called Let Me Be Frank with You. This title explores the world after Hurricane Sandy and the impact it had on much of the Northeastern coast of the United States.
Teens might be interested in Atlantia by Ally Condie. This novel imagines the underwater city and its occupants who are now dependent on Rio and her ability to listen to the voices of the past and speak long-hidden truths.

Kids who love animals will enjoy reading about the bighorn sheep Tuk in Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt.  Tuk has been told he will save the herd, but he is more interested in playing with his bandmates than saving the herd. 

For the kids wanting to know more about how cars work try this new graphic novel Low Riders in Space by Cathy Camper. Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop!  What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe?
Blizzard by John Rocco is a wonderful title to share with young children this winter.

Project Bookshelf is our annual holiday tradition in which we ask you to purchase a new book for a preschool child to be given to the Head Start children in our county, helping them build their own book collections at home.  If you would like to participate, please purchase and wrap a book appropriate for a young child and bring to the library by Wednesday, December 3rd.  We need almost seventy books to provide each Head Start and early Head Start child in the county with a book.

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

Ask MN LogoAskMN - The Librarian is in!
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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