GUEST COLUMN: Books that make you want to get outside
International Falls Public Library
Hopefully March’s arrival will bring warmer weather even as daylight increases. I know the
longer days are making me want to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I dream of baseball, gardening, long
walks by the lake and all those other summer activities that just don’t work as well in winter.
Here are some new books that made me want to get outside but also made me feel as if I could
wait until the weather cooperated. Homegrown Berries published by Timber Press. This book says you
can successfully grow your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and more. I love
berries and nothing beats fresh berries sun warmed and eaten right off the bush. I hope to be growing
more berries this year.
Those of us living in town generally have limited space for vegetable gardens and if you make
use of the community garden beds you have limited space to grow as well. Small-space Vegetable
Gardens by Andrea Bellamy is a great resource for ‘growing great edibles in containers, raised beds and
small plots.’ She provides lots of ideas, details and information to allow successful gardening in small
spaces. The Glory of the Tree by Noel Kingsbury is a coffee table sized book with glorious pictures and
incredible details about growth, life and ninety species of trees from around the world.
While not particularly ‘summer’ related, The Horse Lover by H. Alan Day details one cowboy’s
quest to save the wild mustang. The tale make me think of wide open prairies, hot summer days and
A Story Written in the Rocks by Chris B Hemstad tells the geology of Voyageurs National Park
and this book made me want to get out in the park exploring the features talked about and finding some
of these rocks.
Jeff High has written a tale set as the seasons change from winter to spring, definitely something
I hope we see here soon. Each Shining Hour is a novel of Watervalley, Tennessee and details small town
life with its big dreams and life among the familiars. Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket has a
new book out that makes me feel warm because pirates don’t like the cold, at least one never thinks of
them raiding ships in the north seas, they are always where it is warm. We Are Pirates is a story of
fathers and daughters, another thing that makes me warm.
Rosanna Ley has written ‘the perfect summer read’ at least according to Kate Furnivall in The
Villa. Tess has been bequeathed a house perched on a cliff in Sicily and must visit it as a condition of the
bequest. Maybe the weather gets cold in Sicily, but I choose not to think about their cold weather.
The lobby exhibit is changing. We have really enjoyed the paintings by members of the
Northland Art Society the last two months. Students from Falls High School are displaying some of their
work through April. See what they are creating.
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.'