The Arrowhead Library System offers the TumbleBookLibrary for all patrons living in the seven county area of Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties. TumbleBookLibrary, geared towards youth in grades K-6, is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, eBooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games that can be accessed from the comfort and safety of home at any time.
The TumbleBookLibrary includes a wide selection of stories that come to life for kids through engaging animation, and the website is easy for kids and families to navigate together. There are even options to hear stories in French or Spanish. Each story comes with puzzles and games geared to ensure reading comprehension. Patrons can use computers, tablets, or mobile phones to access the collection. An Internet connection is needed, no library card number is required, and books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button. To access, visit www.alslib.info and click on the TumbleBookLibrary icon.
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, announces the next chapter in the new statewide book club, One Book | One Minnesota. Presented in partnership with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, the program asks Minnesotans to read a common title and come together to reflect and discuss. The summer title for the program is "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," edited by Sun Yung Shin.
"A Good Time for the Truth," published in 2016 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, is a series of essays in which sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a Native person or a person of color in Minnesota. With unflinching generosity, these authors take readers into their lives, sharing experiences that we all must understand if we are to come together in real relationships. The book is available on multiple platforms. Readers can access the digital book for free on Ebooks Minnesota until Aug. 23. Visit your local library’s website for information on the book and virtual discussions. Links to resources for libraries and schools can be found at thefriends.org/onebook.
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 alslib.info/reading-programs/ 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
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 https://bit.ly/3gpC31z and complete the form for each participant.
News of Note
Laura Packer, a Minnesota-based storyteller, was inducted into the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence, a select-group of storytellers determined by their peers to be standard bearers of the art, and masters at the craft. The National Storytelling Network, the nation’s only storytelling organization for storytelling professionals, held the ceremony at its virtual global-conference. Packer has been a professional storyteller for over 25 years. Her work spans performance, consulting, coaching, and keynote speaking. Packer began sharing stories as a child, inspired by her librarian mother and writer father. She obtained a degree with honors in Folklore and Mythology from Boston University and has been performing storyteller for over 25 years. Her 2019 books, "From Audience to Zeal: The ABCs of Finding, Crafting, and Telling a Great Story" and "From Audience to Zeal: The Workbook" won best in their category from Storytelling World Awards.
Author: Sarah Stonich
Synopsis: Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of professional sport fishing, RayAnne Dahl is navigating a new job as a consultant for the first all-women talk show about fishing on public television (or, as one viewer's husband put it, "Oprah in a boat"). After the host bails, RayAnne lands in front of the camera and out of her depth at the helm of the show. Is she up for the challenge? Meanwhile, her family proves as high-maintenance as her fixer-upper house and her clingy rescue dog. Her dad, star of the one-season "Big Ricks' Bass Bonanza," is on his sixth wife and falling off the wagon and into RayAnne's career path; her mother, a new-age aging coach for the menopausal rich, provides endless unwanted advice; and her beloved grandmother Dot --whose advice RayAnne needs -- is far away and far from well.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Title: "Being Authentic, A Memoir"
Author: Morhaf Al Achkar, MD, PHD
Synopsis: One the eve of Thanksgiving 2016, the author received the diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer. Next to dying, he feared the spread of cancer to his brain and losing his ability to think, speak or write. This loss would be devastating to him. The fragility of life and awareness of his finitude made him want to be authentic. Therefore, he wrote this memoir to be authentic -- he says we become our true selves when we author who we are.