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Turning the calendar page

Off the Shelf

August 28, 2014
By Katy Hiltner - Children’s Librarian , The Journal


Today is your day.

You're off to Great Places!

You're off and away!"

-Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

The start of the school year brings a lot of excitement. There is so much learning to be done. Here at the library, we can see a gradual change from summer reads to school reads. Children are picking out "Back to School" picture books about going to Kindergarten, meeting new friends, and learning their letters and numbers. In the junior area, readers are checking out books that will challenge their reading skills and help them brush up on their math skills. As one young patron told me, she was looking for a joke book for herself and a longer chapter book, which was "mom approved." Whether reading for pleasure or reading for school, the library always has something interesting on the shelves. If you're looking for the newest books in the Children's area and throughout the library, we encourage you to sign up for Wowbrary, a new service that offers patrons weekly e-mail alerts showing the newest books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks. To learn more about Wowbrary, check out the library's homepage at

While visiting the library's Web page, be sure to check out the library's calendar of events, too. On Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m., author Jacqueline West of Red Wing, MN, will share her junior fiction series, "The Books of Elsewhere." This series follows the adventures of 11-year-old Olive Dunwoody as she travels to Elsewhere, the world inside the antique paintings on the walls of the old stone house on Linden Street. While it's true these books are shelved in the junior fiction area, the "Books of Elsewhere" is a series to be enjoyed by both children and adults. With five books in this series, there is plenty of adventure awaiting readers who love magic and mystery.

Thanks to a grant from the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and the generosity of the Friends of the New Ulm Public Library, the library has paperback copies of West's first book, "The Shadows," available in the Children's Room. Stop by and pick up a copy of this book while supplies last. Sharing this book together as a family is a great way to extend summer reading efforts. It's also a great way to build in family time during the busy start to the school year. After reading the book, be sure to come back to the library on Sept. 16 to meet West, ask questions, and get your book signed. It's sure to be a fun evening for all ages. We hope to see you there!

For adults with younger children, please mark your calendars for the upcoming storytime schedule. Regular storytimes will resume on Monday, Sept. 15. These storytimes will be held on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. in the Children's Room. We're also excited to offer Bedtime Storytimes again this year. Held in partnership with Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE), these storytimes will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. during the months of October-December and February-April. For more information, please watch the library's calendar of events, or call 507-359-8336.

As the calendar page turns from summer to fall, we encourage families to keep the library and its programs in mind. After all, the New Ulm Public Library is a place to visit in all seasons!



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