The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and Bent Paddle Press are seeking poems from Wisconsin poets that deal with the current pandemic. For guidelines and more information, go to Deadline: Aug. 15.


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.

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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

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: "Two Chairs and a Box of Tissues"

Author: Greg Delaney

Synopsis: Graduate student Kathleen consults with Greg, an experienced counselor and educator, for help with her Master’s thesis about the work of counseling professionals. With Greg providing examples, anecdotes, and lessons from his own counseling and educational work, the two of them explore, discuss, and debate a variety of topics related to counselor education and development. During these conversations, Kathleen realizes that helping people in therapy is much more than just applying theories and counseling techniques. She learns that becoming a counselor will involve encountering and healing aspects of herself as part of her professional growth, including an unpleasant truth that she’s previously been unable to accept.

Cost: $28.95

Publisher: Outskirts Press


Title: "Coming Out, Moving Forward: Wisconsin's Recent Gay History"

Author: R. Richard Wagner

Synopsis: Author R. Richard Wagner's award-winning first volume on gay history in Wisconsin, "We've Been Here All Along," covered gay culture and community between the late 1800s and the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Now in this upcoming second volume, Wagner details the challenges that LGBTQ+ Wisconsinites faced in the post-Stonewall period from 1969 to 2000 and features forewords by two of the first openly-gay U.S. legislators—both Wisconsinites—U.S. Representative Steve Gunderson and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin.

Cost: $28.95

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press