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April 2022
3D Printing at the Library
Come celebrate the premier of the library’s 3D printer! Join us on Friday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room to see the parts of the printer, how it works, the 3D modeling software it uses, and learn about how to request your own prints too!
We'll even have some tasty refreshments, so we hope you'll join us. Purchase of the 3D printer was made possible by a grant from the New Ulm Walmart Supercenter. Call 507-359-8331 or visit for more information.
National Library Week

Each year libraries across the United States celebrate National Library Week. National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, which provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship. All types of libraries – school, public, academic, and special libraries – participate in National Library Week. It’s a chance for us to celebrate what libraries and librarians offer to our communities and to promote library services. In 2022, National Library Week will be celebrated April 3-9.   

This year’s theme is “Connect with Your Library.” We want to know all of your favorite ways to connect with your library. Each time you visit New Ulm Public Library from April 3-9 you’ll have the chance to enter a drawing to win one of six $50 gift cards to local businesses. Each library visit earns you one entry. As part of your entry you’ll tell us one of your favorite ways to connect with New Ulm Public Library. We’ll share these ideas anonymously throughout the library and on our Facebook page. At the end of the week we’ll draw the prize winners. We hope you’ll visit us many times throughout National Library Week and after! Thank you to the Friends of the New Ulm Public Library for sponsoring the prizes.

One special part of National Library Week is National Library Workers Day, which will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 5. Library workers play a critical role in keeping our libraries running. We have an excellent group of people working at New Ulm Public Library. I am truly lucky to work with such intelligent, creative, dedicated, and fun people. It is their hard work that makes New Ulm Public Library such an asset to the community. Please let them know how much you appreciate their efforts if you have the chance.

I invite you to stop by and celebrate National Library Week with us!

April Ide, Library Director
New Ulm Public Library patrons can access Creativebug by visiting our website. Have your library card handy - you'll use it to create your account. Call 507-359-8331 for more information.
Summer Reading Preview
New Ulm Public Library’s summer reading program, “An Ocean of Possibilities” begins on Monday, June 6, 2022 and runs through Monday, August 1, 2022. The summer reading program is open to all ages between birth and those entering their high school senior year.
The community check-out goal this summer is 25,000 items borrowed from the library in just 8 weeks. Let’s get reading! Stop by the library starting on May 31 to pick up your reading log and bookmark so you are all set to start recording your reading on June 6. Visit the library each week to check out books to help with our community check-out goal and help you fill up your reading log. Complete your weekly reading goal on your reading log and at the end of eight weeks you’ll be invited to choose a free book, fill out an entry for a grand prize, choose a temporary tattoo, and vote for a summer reading library prize. We'll purchase the summer reading library prize and add it to our collection if we meet our community check-out goal. Summer activities include classes for kindergarten through high school age participants, fun entertaining programs, story times and more. Visit our online event calendar for more information. 
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!
Children's and Teen Programs
New Ulm Public Library is excited to present Pajama Party storytime, which meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the children’s room. Spring storytime season for Pajama Party begins Wednesday, March 23 and ends Wednesday, May 11. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal for songs and stories before bed. This program is free and open to all children and their parents or caregivers. 
No school? No problem, thanks to No School Afternoon Movies. Join us on Thursday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in the children's room to catch a new release, "Encanto." The movie is rated PG and has a 109 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 April children's programs: For more information on any of these programs, call the library at 507-359-8331 or visit our online calendar.
Adult Programs
Are you interested in family history, historical research, or connecting to the past? Join the new Genealogy Club meeting monthly on the third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library's meeting room. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, April 21, so bring your questions, current projects, stories to share, and join us for a fun time and refreshments. We hope to see you there!
The library's self-directed art group meets each Wednesday from 2-5:30 p.m. through May 18. Artists of all levels and abilities are welcome to join this adults-only group. Each artist should bring his/her own materials and ideas. All materials must be non-odorous. People are welcome to come and go as they see fit. 
Check out these other great April adult programs: Don't forget to check out our April 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
Power of Regret by Daniel H. Pink
Regrets, we all have them. Some are large, and some we have only for a moment (I shouldn’t have eaten that third cupcake). Daniel Pink presents the results of his World Regret Survey and outlines the four types of regrets common to us all. And by anticipating future regrets, we can live fuller lives. Check out this book; you won’t regret it. - Carole
Only a Monster by Vanessa Len
Joan Chang-Hunt enjoys spending the summers in London with her mother’s eccentric family. And this summer, it’s even better. She landed her dream internship working in the historic Holland House museum. It’s there she meets Nick, patient and kind – the perfect partner for their work cataloguing items and dusting the frames of priceless paintings. But everything perfect unravels when Joan discovers that her mother’s family isn’t just eccentric – they are monsters who steal life from humans in order to travel in time. And Nick isn’t just the nice boy at work, but rather, a mythical monster slayer after her family. After escaping with her life, Joan must team up with Aaron Oliver, a boy from a rival monster family, on a breakneck race to the past to save their families. Stories have traditionally sided with the hero – this book takes a look at what it’s like to be the monster. A thrilling, fast-paced read. - Melissa
How to Be Perfect by Michael Schur
As I began to read How to Be Perfect, I was thrown back to my days in college philosophy. . . but then I found myself laughing, which had never occurred during any philosophy class I had ever taken! Comedy writer Michael Schur introduces many philosophical theories, one of which goes into great depth explaining the trolley dilemma. After deliberating on whether it is better for an out-of-control trolley to crash into five people (resulting in the death of five people) or change the direction of the trolley so it will only crash into one person (resulting in “only” one death), or if it’s sometimes okay to lie to your best friend, you are led to the conclusion that it is best to live your life in a moderate fashion. Doing the most good while doing the least harm is a great way to live life. Always thinking of how your actions affect others brings you as close as possible to perfect (Okay, it’s maybe a little more difficult than that – but living that way is certainly a great start.). - Pam
Seasonal Work by Laura Lippman
I loved this collection of short stories by Laura Lippman. She cleverly spins tales of spouses wronged, book thieves, scamming stepfathers, and more, with devilishly surprising conclusions. Some of these characters are downright rotten, but many more are recognizably human; the kind of people you might interact with daily, but who have just reached their limit. Lippman plays with the idea of “seasonal work,” whether that might be a detective solving a small-time case, or a woman seeking revenge on her mother’s lover. Or the far too brief act of reading a really great short story collection. - April
The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka
Diverse people from the community gather at regular intervals to swim in an underground pool. Some aggressively swim laps, others are more relaxed and some water walk…but all are very devoted to their chosen exercise. One day, a crack appears. Soon most of the swimmers are thrown into states of anxiety and obsession due to the unexpected and unfathomable nature of the crack, which signals the beginning of an irreversible change. In the second part of the book, one of the swimmers, Alice, is experiencing dementia and is placed in a care home. The third part is told from the viewpoint of Alice’s daughter as she works through this difficult transition. You’ll be cogitating over what the first part means in relation to the rest of the book. This is a sensitively-told and beautifully written little book that packs a huge emotional punch. - Sue
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