Seeking

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 wfop.org/community-connection. Deadline: Aug. 15.

Events

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.

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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 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.

Books



Title: "Tell Me Your Names and I will Testify: Essays"

Author: Carolyn Holbrook

Synopsis: Once a pregnant sixteen-year-old incarcerated in the Minnesota juvenile justice system, now a celebrated writer, arts activist, and teacher, Carolyn Holbrook has heeded the call to tell the story of her life. In a memoir woven of moments of reckoning, she summons stories born of silence, stories held inside, untold stories stifled by pain or prejudice or ignorance.

Cost: $18.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Contact: upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/tell-me-your-names-and-i-will-testify





Title: "Resilient Threads: Weaving Joy and Meaning into Well-Being"

Author: Mukta Panda, MD

Synopsis: Physician burnout, depression, and suicide are tearing at the fabric of our health care system, which Mukta Panda has witnessed firsthand and the COVID-19 pandemic is making worse. Dr. Panda gives voice to the exhaustion and gives courage for another way. Panda shares how she keeps her heart open despite heartbreak and how she’s teaching her medical students, residents, and health care teams to do the same. This physician’s journey inspires readers to care about the caregivers so they can continue to care for the rest of us, as they have taken an oath to do.

Cost: $21.45 hardcover; $13.99 paperback

Publisher: Creative Courage Press

Contact: muktapandamd.com/books