Are you ready to read, investigate and discover this summer?! Arrowhead Library System invites kids and families of all ages living in Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties to DIG DEEPER by participating in two exciting and engaging summer programs this year. Get out your crayons, markers, pens, pencils or paint to create a cool bookmark about digging into reading and books for the Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover Bookmark Design Contest. Kids of all ages are encouraged to print off the bookmark template at and create a unique design. Entries must be submitted via mail and postmarked on or before Aug. 28. Prizes will be awarded for the five most creative submissions. Entries can be mailed to:

Arrowhead Library System Bookmark Design Contest

5528 Emerald Avenue

Mountain Iron, MN 55768

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ALS is also offering a Dig Deeper Summer Activity Postcard Program. Kids who sign up will receive a series of five activity postcards via mail every 2-3 weeks, encouraging them to dig deeper and experience and learn new things during the summer months. All children in a household may sign up to participate as we know it's always fun to get mail! Program is geared towards ages 0-12 and their family members, however anyone can participate. To sign up, go to and complete the form for each participant.


The "Ariel Anthology "is now taking submissions of poetry from Wisconsin adults. Please email for theme, guidelines, and more information before submitting. Deadline: July 1.


Title: "Grocery Activism: The Radical History of Food Cooperatives in Minnesota"

Author: Craig B. Upright

Synopsis: "Grocery Activism" is an instructive case study in the history of activists intervention in capitalist markets to promote social change. Focusing on Minnesota, a state with a long history of cooperative enterprise and the largest number of surviving independent cooperative stores, the Upright looks back to the 1970s, when the mission of these organizations shifted from political activism to the promotion of natural and organic foods. The author asks by two movements -- promoting cooperative enterprise and sustainable agriculture -- came together at this juncture?

Cost: $25

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press


Title: "Surgical Renaissance in the Heartland: A Memoir of the Wangensteen Era"

Author: Henry Buchwald

Synopsis: In 1960, fresh out of a stint in the Air Force, Henry Buchwald was recruited by Dr. Owen H. Wangensteen to join the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota medical school. For an American born in Austria, a child of the Holocaust, a position in a city then considered by some to be the "anti-Semitic capital of the United States" might seem an uneasy fit, but in the culture of innovation created by Wangensteen, Buchwald, who had chafed against the rigidity of East Coast medical practice, found everything an imaginative young surgeon could have asked for. The book is the story of a golden era in American surgery, ushered in by Wangensteen's creative approach to medical practice, told by one who lived it.

Cost: $24.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press