Town Talk: Adult winter reading program at the library

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This is the perfect time of year to cozy up with a good book, or a whole stack of books! If you have recommendations to share or need ideas for your next read, stop by New Ulm Public Library between Tuesday, January 2 and Friday, March 2 to participate in the Adult Winter Reading Program.

This year’s Adult Winter Reading Program theme is Off the Shelf! Once you’ve read a book (or listened to an audiobook or read a graphic novel), stop by the library’s Service Center and fill out a slip indicating whether you would recommend reading or skipping that book. Once you fill out three slips you’ll be able to pick out a free book to keep.

You don’t have to stop once you get your free book, though. Continue to read and fill out slips because each slip will be entered into a drawing for one of two $20 Chamber Bucks certificates. Winners will be announced in early March. The more you read, the more chances you have to win!

We’ll also be anonymously displaying your book recommendations on the library bulletin board, so you can check out what others are reading and keep your to-be-read pile well-stocked throughout January and February.

Keep in mind that library staff members recommend books throughout the year and are always happy to help you find your next great read. Each month, Acquisitions Librarian Betty Roiger and Reference Librarian Leasa Sieve put together displays of books on a wide range of topics throughout the library. I know I have a hard time passing by one of their displays without grabbing an armful of books to check out!

Betty also puts up posters around the Service Center and throughout the library with recommendations, which include the newest and hottest releases. Library staff members are glad to help you put unavailable items on hold and find items to keep you reading until your holds arrive.

Check out New Ulm Public Library’s Facebook page for great recommendations or subscribe to our weekly “Wowbrary” and “News and Notes” email newsletters for recommendations and to keep up with what’s going on at the library. Visit www.newulmlibrary.org, and choose Newsletters to sign up.

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