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

One Book, One Minnesota statewide author discussion offered at 7 p.m. Aug. 20, on Zoom. Virtual event will feature Sun Yung Shin, editor of "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota," in conversation with contributors Taiyon Coleman, Shannon Gibney, David Lawrence Grant, Carolyn Holbrook, IBé, and Andrea Jenkins. It's free. Registration required. Go to thefriends.org/event/a-good-time-for-the-truth-author-discussion to register.

"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.

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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.

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: "The Journal of Otto Peltonen: A Finnish Immigrant Story"

Author: William Durbin

Synopsis: After journeying across the Atlantic with his mother and two sisters, young Otto Peltonen joins his father in the iron ore mines of northern Minnesota, experiencing the harsh labor conditions that were common at the time. Writing in his journal about his family’s struggles and the hard life Finnish immigrants endured in the early twentieth century, Otto ultimately strengthens his resolve to find the freedom his family had first sought in America.

Cost: $9.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Contact: upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/the-journal-of-otto-peltonen





Title: "The Adventures of Teddy and Tilda, the Corona Bears"

Author: Renee Koroshec

Synopsis: This books starts with Teddy and Tilda coming out of hibernation to find the world in a pandemic and an entirely new way of life. The bears learned about social distancing, mask wearing, businesses and schools closed, and distance learning. The book shows them having fun, getting into mischief and even enduring a time out from Mama Bear.

Cost: $15, tax included; $20 by mail

Publisher: Self-published

Contact: teddyandtildabears@gmail.com