October programs at the library

By Mary Braun

Assistant Library Director

Mark your calendar to attend one of the following fabulous events during the pumpkin spice days of October:

On Monday, October 3 at 10 a.m., author Charlotte Gunnufson will read from her book “Halloween Hustle.” The storytime will include a reading of the story, learning a dance, playing a game, and making a craft. This program is ideal for children ages 3-9 and their parents, although children of all ages and their caregivers are welcome. Please call the Children’s Department at 507.359.8336 for more questions about this and other storytime programs.

The New Ulm Film Society will screen the second film of the theme “New Hollywood” on Tuesday, October 11 at 6 p.m. Steven Sherman and Jack Beranek facilitate the screenings and include discussions and presentations on the significance of the films in the series. The screenings are made possible with a grant from the Optimist Club of New Ulm. The October film is from 1976 and stars Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and Amy Irving, directed by Brian De Palma, and is suitably scary. Call 507.359.8334 for film titles. The New Ulm Film Society meets the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Family Movie Saturday will be held on Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Room. The movie, starring a bear who loves honey and his friends going out trick-or-treating, is rated G and will run for approximately 67 minutes. Call the library at 507.359.8334 for the movie title. Family Movie Saturday is held the third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.

On Monday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Patricia Hoffman and Bukata Hayes will lead a conversation on black/white race relations. Dr. Hoffman is the Director, Center for Excellence and Innovation and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning-CETL at MSU-Mankato. Bukata Hayes is Executive Director of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council. Both presenters have recommended books that may help participants’ understanding of the topic; however, it is not necessary to read the books to attend and participate in the discussion. The books are as follows:

For white people new to the topic: “White Like Me” by Tim Wise

For historical background reading: “The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin

For further reading: “Can We Talk About Race?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum and/or “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Copies of the books will be available at the library Service Center desk.

Sean Bloomfield and Colton Witte will discuss their 2008 canoe trip from Chaska, Minn., to Hudson Bay on Saturday, October 22 at 1 p.m. Sean recently published a book documenting their adventure. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

The Friends of the New Ulm Public Library will hold its annual book sale November 3-November 5. Donations of books, DVDs, and CDs are currently being accepted for the sale. They may be dropped off at the library’s Service Center during business hours. Please, no encyclopedias, textbooks, or magazines.

All events at the library are free and open to the public. Check out our website, www.newulmlibrary.org, for a list of all events.