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 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

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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

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.


Title: "The Cadottes" A Fur Trade Family on Lake Superior"

Author: Robert Silbernagel

Synopsis: The Great Lakes fur trade spanned two centuries and thousands of miles, but the story of one particular family, the Cadottes, illuminates the history of trade and trapping while exploring under-researched stories of French-Ojibwe political, social, and economic relations. Readers will discover the French Canadian and Ojibwe clan whose peace-keeping, economic, and pioneering prowess dominated Madeline Island during the heyday of North America's fur trade, following the family and fur trade as the region passed from French to British to American control. Focusing on the years 1760 to 1840, Silbernagel delves into the lives of the Cadottes, with particular emphasis on the Ojibwe–French Canadian Michel Cadotte and his Ojibwe wife, Esquaysayway, who were traders and regional leaders on Madeline Island for nearly forty years.

Cost: $28.95

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press


Title: "Imprisoned By Fear"

Author: Kathy Lange

Synopsis: On Nov. 22, 2012, Thanksgiving Day, two teens broke into Byron Smith’s home by shattering his bedroom window with a metal pipe. It was the sixth time that his home had been burglarized in five months. He shot and killed both teens as they descended his basement stairs. They both wore hoodies to help conceal their identity. Even though they were clearly in the commission of a felony and guns had been stolen from previous burglaries, he was arrested the next day and charged with murder.

Kathy Lange and her family are friends and neighbor to Byron Smith. He lived with them after this event, through his trial and until he was sent to prison for life without the chance of parole. Minnesota statute 609.065 states that the taking of a life is justified if that person is in the commission of a felony in one’s abode. Certainly, the two intruders on Thanksgiving were there to steal before they attended Thanksgiving dinner with their families. Were they stealing for the mere thrill of it or to buy drugs? After all, prescription pill bottles from a previous home invasion were found in Nick Brady’s car.

Cost: $18.95

Publisher: Fulton Books