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March 2022
Friends of the Library need you!
New Ulm Public Library is grateful to have an active group of library Friends who support our collections, programming, newsletters, and more through their efforts and donations of both materials and funding. The Friends of New Ulm Public Library is a non-profit, tax-exempt (501(c)3) community organization that believes in the importance of the library and its services for people of all ages.
The Friends of the New Ulm Public Library are looking for current or new members who are interested in joining the Friends Board of Directors. The Board of Directors meets 2-4 times each year to discuss funding requests from the library; Friends newsletters; volunteer opportunities; the annual used book sale; and more. This is a great way to show your support of the library, meet community members, and get involved!

If you would like more information about the Friends of the Library, please call Library Director April Ide at 507-359-8331 or email
United Way Tax Preparation
The United Way will offer free tax preparation at the library from February-April of this year. Patrons can call 507-276-3186 to make an appointment with IRS-certified tax preparers. Make sure to leave a message so that the preparers can call you back to schedule your appointment!
Don't Forget to Read the Instructions!
Interested in trying out a new board game but need help with the instructions? Check out our YouTube series, "Don't Forget to Read the Instructions." Library staff demonstrate play-through of a board game in each episode.
Watch the video, then stop by the library to borrow the game to play at home! We have many board games available to borrow.
Children's and Teen Programs

New Ulm Public Library is pleased to host a Wanda Gag Birthday Celebration on Saturday, March 12 at 1:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room. Author and illustrator Wanda Gag was a New Ulm native and author of the children's book "Millions of Cats." The Wanda Gag House Association will present the 2021 Wanda Gag Read-aloud books. We will also read a story, play games and have prizes, and eat cake! This all-ages program is free and open to the public.
No school? No problem, thanks to No School Afternoon Movies. Join us on Friday, March 11 at 2 p.m. in the Children's Room to catch a new release, "Ron’s Gone Wrong." The movie is rated PG and has a 107 minute running time. Popcorn will be served, please bring your own water bottles. Movie screenings at the library are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Optimist Club of New Ulm.
Check out these other great March children and teen programs: For more information on any of these programs, call the library at 507-359-8331 or visit our online calendar.
Chess Tournament
The game isn’t over yet! Join the New Ulm Public Library for our second chess tournament on Wednesday, March 9 upstairs in our adult nonfiction area. Game times will be from 1-4 p.m. Round robin matches will be set up based on registration. The tournament is open to anyone age 10 and older.
Call 507-359-8331 or visit the library to register by Monday, March 7 to ensure placement in the game rotation. Learn-to-play exhibition matches will also be available. First, second, and third place will be awarded prizes!
Adult Programs
Join the New Ulm Public Library and The Grand Center for Arts & Culture on Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at The Grand (210 N Minnesota) for a fun concert featuring the Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet! The Quintet will play a wide variety of songs and genres; all ages are sure to enjoy their energy and harmony.
This free program is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 
The New Ulm Public Library’s art group is sponsoring an introductory class on traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy techniques on Wednesday, March 30 at 3 p.m. The class is open to ages 12 and older. Class size is limited to 16 people, so be sure to register by visiting our website or calling 507-359-8331. All class materials will be provided and participants are encouraged to wear washable clothing. We hope you’ll join us!
Check out these other great March adult programs: Don't forget to check out our March book group meetings: Copies of the book group selections are available at the library's service desk.

For more information on any of these programs, call the library at 507-359-8331 or visit our online calendar.
Staff Recommendations
Wonder Cat Kyuu-chan by Sasami Nitori
One snowy day on his way home, Hinata sees a box near a bench with a message on it. “Please take me home” reads the message, and inside the box is a little white cat. At first Hinata passes by with just a glance, but has a change of heart and returns in a taxi to take Kyuu-chan home. What follows is the most adorable manga that is so sweet it just makes you smile while reading it. Hinata discovers Kyuu-chan is an extraordinary addition to his ordinary life. This is a fun and funny manga that all ages could enjoy. - Kathryn
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Daunis has just graduated from high school in 2004, but instead of heading to the prestigious university to which she was accepted, decides to attend a year at community college in the Upper UP of Michigan to support her fragile mother after the double whammy tragedy of her uncle’s overdose death and her grandmother’s subsequent stroke. Daunis has a foot in two worlds – that of her white, affluent grandparents and that of her Ojibwe father – but has excelled in the classroom and on the hockey rink. She’s close to her half-brother Levi (younger by three months) and her Ojibwe aunt, who teaches her about Anishinaabe culture and practices. Something rotten is seeping into the small community, in the form of highly addictive meth, and Daunis is drawn into the FBI’s attempts to quash it. The mystery spins from there, as Daunis discovers truths about friends and family that will knock her sideways. The author does a fantastic job of illuminating the Anishinaabe culture and language before she takes off at top speed into finely-constructed, shocking events that will leave the reader breathless. Read it for the window into Native American culture or read it for the mystery, or both…just read it! - Sue
Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
Lux has escaped her past and is waiting tables in Hawaii while her new boyfriend Nico repairs his boat. They plan to sail the world together once they have enough money saved. When two young women offer to pay for the repairs in exchange for a chartered trip to isolated Meroe Island, Lux and Nico jump at the chance to begin their adventures. But once the group arrives at Meroe Island, they realize that there might be truth to the dark rumors of the island’s past. Hawkins slowly builds tension as her characters’ trust for one another crumbles and the island closes in. I raced through this atmospheric thriller in one day. - April
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Edmond Dantes has a bright future. He has a loving family, is engaged to be married, and has wonderful friends. Or not. Betrayed by his three best friends, he is arrested on fabricated evidence that sends him to the infamous Chateau D’if and left to rot. An unexpected encounter with a fellow prisoner, however, gives Edmond the opportunity for both escape and revenge. Edmond’s careful calculations and plans allow him to play the long game in slowly taking vengeance on his old associates one by one. But is revenge what he really wants? What will he be once he has it? This classic tale of intrigue, betrayal, revenge, and redemption is worth the read. - LeRoy
Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins
All Dorothy knows is a transient life following her con artist mother from mark to mark, until she’s faced with the biggest con of all: an arranged marriage to a wealthy man. On her wedding day, Dorothy runs away into the forest, not really knowing where she is running to, just that she is searching for more. She meets Ash, the pilot of a malfunctioning plane, who has crash landed into the forest and is attempting repairs. After Ash denies Dorothy a ride, she stows away in the cargo hold anyway. But Ash isn’t just any other pilot. And that wasn’t just any other plane Dorothy boarded. It was a time machine.

Dorothy wakes up and finds that the question isn’t where she’s ended up, but when. She meets Ash’s fellow time travelers, the best of the best, all taken from different points in history to form the ultimate team to aid the Professor, the inventor of time travel. The problem is, the Professor took the other time machine without explanation and has been missing ever since. Even worse, after so many trips through time looking for the Professor, Ash is now being haunted by pre-memories of his own sinister end, which are becoming increasingly more vivid, and the Professor is his only hope in preventing these pre-memories from happening.

With its intricate web of twists and turns, Stolen Time is a fascinating take on time travel. Just as time functions circularly in the book, the plot follows the same rules: it is a circle not a line. Characters meet different versions of their friends and enemies in a time before they’ve ever met. Clues are disguised as callbacks to events that haven’t yet come to pass. It all adds up to one very intriguing story that won’t let you go until you’ve seen it through to the end. Or is it the beginning?  - Melissa
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