• Exhibit of stellar art and poetry celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore -- two exhibits in one -- "A is for Apostle Islands" (A-Z in art and poetry) and "Island Intersections" (art and poetry in response to 15 presentations at the Apostle Islands Resource Stewardship Symposium. Both projects were coordinated by Lucy Tyrrell, Bayfield Poet Laureate. Visit the exhibits from noon to 5 p.m. daily, June 2-20, Washburn Cultural Center, 1 E. Bayfield St., Washburn. The exhibit will be virtual as well. Go to

  • Iron River Library book sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12, Iron River Library. $2 bag sale begins at 1 p.m.

  • Climate Emergency Poetry (CEP) events, the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. Check the CEP Facebook page to learn where each month’s reading will take place. Just click on “Event.”

    June 20: Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek, Thom Tammaro

    July 18: guest host: recent UMD grad Stine Myrah introducing her own list of climate advocates.

    Aug 15: Twin Ports public figures offering their perspectives on the climate crisis.

  • Arrowhead Library System Summer Programming for kids and families, living in Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties to "Color Your World," by participating in two summer programs this year. Get out your crayons, markers, pens, pencils or paint and enter the Reading Colors Your World 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. 27. 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 Reading Colors Your World Summer Activity Postcard Program this year. Kids who sign up will receive four activity postcards throughout the summer months encouraging them to be creative, to explore, and to learn new things. Everyone in a household may sign up to participate as we know it's always fun to get mail! Program is open to all ages. To sign up, visit and complete the form for each participant.


The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., offers these events. Call 218-727-9077 or go to

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  • Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 29, author John Gilbert signs copies of his books, "Miracle on Lake Placid: The Greatest Hockey Story Ever Told" and "Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind."

  • 4-6 p.m. June 8, Sandy Clark and Charlie sign copies of their book, "Charlie the Therapy Dog" at Yappy Hour in the Fitger's Courtyard.
  • Noon to 2 p.m. June 12, Katie Mettner signs copies of her book, "Butterflies and Hazel Eyes: A Lake Superior Romance."
  • 7-8 p.m. June 15, The Bookstore at Fitger's will be selling tickets to a Virtual Book Launch with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegria Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter for the book, "In the Heights: Finding Home." To obtain a ticket for the launch purchase a copy of the book by clicking on the link:
  • 7 p.m. June 26, Marty Essen will speak and sign copies of his book, "Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Author" in the Spirit of the North Theatre.


  • The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) joins libraries throughout the state in announcing the call for entries in this year’s Minnesota Author Project statewide contest for independently-published Young Adult and Adult Fiction. This is the contest’s fourth year. The Minnesota Author Project Communities Create category, introduced last year, is also inviting entries for its second year. Communities Create seeks creative written work by Minnesota organizations and communities. Deadline for all categories: Monday, May 31.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Indie-published

  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre

  • Written by a Minnesota resident

  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Each book that is submitted to the Communities Create contest must be:

  • Created by a Minnesota-based organization or group

  • A recommended minimum length of 10,000 words or 20 pages

  • Available in either ePub or PDF format

For more information go to for the Adult and Young Adult categories or for the Communities Create category. For free resources to get started and for a link to the Indie Minnesota Collection, visit


Title: "Josie Dances"

Author: Denise Lajimodiere

Illustrator: Angela Erdrich

Synopsis: Josie dreams of dancing at next summer's powwow. But first she needs many special things: a dress, a shawl, a cape, leggings, moccasins, and perhaps most important of all, her spirit name. To gather all these essential pieces, she calls on her mom, her aunty, her kookum, and Grandma Greatwalker. They have the skills to prepare Josie for her powwow debut.

Cost: $ 17.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press

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Title: "Yang Warriors"

Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Illustrator: Billy Thao

Synopsis: In this picture book, fierce and determined children confront the hardships of Ban Vinai refugee camp, where the author lived as a child.

After lunch the Yang warriors prepare for battle. They practice drills, balance rocks on their heads, wield magical swords from fallen branches. Led by 10-year-old Master Me (whose name means "little"), the ten cousins are ready to defend the family at all costs. After a week without fresh vegetables, the warriors embark on a dangerous mission to look for food, leaving the camp's boundaries, knowing their punishment would be severe if they were caught by the guards.

Cost: $16.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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