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Barnes and Noble, partnering with Families in Transition Pre-school ISD 709, Superior Community Preschool and Gary New Duluth Development Alliance, is holding their annual holiday book drive, through Dec. 31. Purchase books to donate to children in need.


The Duluth Public Library offers these events. Go to or call (218) 730-4200/option 4.

• Toddler time, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Duluth Public Library, green room.

• Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, West Duluth branch library.

• Preschool story time, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Duluth Public Library.

• Squad Car story time, 3:45 p.m. every other Wednesday, Youth Services Area.

• Preschool story time, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Mount Royal branch library.

The Great Minnesota Cookie Book and Talk, 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Glensheen Mansion, amusement room, 3300 London Road. Features a presentation by authors Rick Nelson and Lee Svitak Dean and signing copies of their book as well as providing Clara Congdon's shortbread cookies. Free; no tour ticket required.


Barnes & Noble in the Miller Hill Mall offers these events. Call (218) 786-0710 or go to

• Story time with "Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes," 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Story time with "The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors," 11 a.m. Dec. 29.

The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., offers these events. Call (218) 727-9077.

• Author Dan Urshan will be signing copies of "Where's Duke," noon to 2 p.m. today.

• Photographer Bob King will be signing copies of his books, "Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die" and "Night Sky With the Naked Eye," 4:30-8 p.m. Monday.

• Author Jody Anderson will be signing copies of her book, "Hockey Moms Aren't Crazy," 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

• Author Gary Evans will be signing copies of his book, "Death by Payback," 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 18.

Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers adult story time, 7 p.m. Friday and Dec. 21. Call (218) 606-1777 or go to


Title: "Milwaukee, A City Built on Water"

Author: John Gurda

Synopsis: The author explores the city's complicated relationship with its most precious resource. He shares watery tales of brewers, brickmakers, ecologists and engineers and includes generations of people — from a Potawatomi chief to fur traders and fishermen — who settled on the small spit of land knows as Jones Island. The book shares how Milwaukee's unique water composition created its distinct cream-colored bricks, established a setting for Wisconsin's first waterparks and transformed from a waterway once described as a "vast sewer" into today's lively beaches, parkways and Riverwalk.

Cost: $28.95

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press


Title: "Torn in Two, The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man's Survival on the Open Sea"

Author: Michael Schumacher

Synopsis: The book recreates the circumstances surrounding the terrible storm of Nov. 29, 1966, that broke the mighty freighter, "Daniel J. Morrell" in half, sending 25 of the "Morrell's" 29 man crew to their deaths and consigning the surviving four to the freezing raft where all but Dennis Hale would perish.

Cost: $16.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press