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June 2022

New Ulm Public Library’s 2022 summer reading program, “An Ocean of Possibilities” begins Monday, June 6 and runs through Monday, August 1.

Here's what you need to know to dive in and get reading!

  • 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 checked-out of the library in just 8 weeks.
  • 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.
  • If you're going on vacation, be sure to talk to Ms. Kathryn before you go so you will still be able to participate!
  • 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. Be sure to check out our events calendar to see what's coming up and to register for programs!
Children's and Teen Programs
Dive into summer reading! The New Ulm Public Library is excited to partner with New Ulm Park and Recreation to host a free open swim to kick off the 2022 Summer Reading Program, An Ocean of Possibilities.
This event will be held on Tuesday, June 7 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the New Ulm Recreation Center at 122 S. Garden Street. This event is free and open to the public. All the rules of the New Ulm Recreation Center apply. 
New Ulm Public Library is pleased to present Be a Bookaneer on Thursday, June 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the library's meeting room. Join us as Captain Kid takes us on an adventure where magic and silliness, a sword fight, a flea circus, and a pirate test ensue. You might even be given a unique pirate name. This program is free and open to the public.
It is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 
Check out these other great June children's and young adult programs: For more information on any of these programs, call the library at 507-359-8331 or visit our online calendar.
Adult Programs
The New Ulm Film Society continues its series of films directed by Clint Eastwood on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Grab some popcorn and take a seat as it presents the film "White Hunter, Black Heart" from 1990. This film is rated PG with a running time of 112 minutes. Thanks to the Optimist Club of New Ulm for sponsoring film screenings at the library!
Check out these other great June adult programs: Don't forget to check out our June book group meetings:
  • Lit Wits Book Group, Monday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
  • Poetry Reading Group, Monday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Bring one or two poems to share.
  • History Book Group, Tuesday, June 21 at 12 p.m.
    • Reading Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America by Mary Otto
  • Mystery Book Group, Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading Murder by Chance by Pat Dennis
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
Those Kids from Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly
Fawn Creek, Louisiana is a small town where nothing ever changes. The whole seventh grade class has been the same thirteen kids since they began kindergarten. Until Renni Dean moved away, but that was something good. Because Renni Dean was never nice to anyone. But then Orchid Mason appears. The new girl is different. She wears dresses every day, and a flower behind one ear, and … her hair. Orchid’s hair is so long and has the biggest curls, all the girls are envious. She is also from New York City and has lived all over the world. She is kind and generous and knows nothing of the cliques and pecking order of a small town like Fawn Creek. And like a fresh breeze in the middle of a hot Louisiana summer, she changes everything she touches for the brief time she is there. This is a well-written and engaging story about a group of seventh graders who are struggling to find themselves in their small town. The chapters are written from each student’s point of view. Kelly is an expert at writing about this age group. - Kathryn
The Real Food Table: 100 Easy and Delicious Mostly Gluten-Free, Grain Free, and Dairy-Free Recipes for Every Day by Jessica Beacom and Stacie Hassing
I have been following the Real Food Dietitians blog for a long time and make several of their delicious recipes regularly, so I am excited that they now have a cookbook in print. I tried “Best Broccoli Salad,” a no added sugar remake of that classic broccoli salad with bacon, raisins and sweet dressing…you know the one. It was really good! I didn’t miss all the sugar. I’m looking forward to finding more favorites from The Real Food Table. Interesting fact – Stacie Hassing lives in Easton, MN. - Leasa
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel
This is a difficult book to describe, but very worthwhile to read. Without giving away any spoilers, it takes place in several time periods from 1912 to 2401. A man named Gaspery shows up in one form or another in each segment, interacting with characters across the timelines. In 1912, Edwin, exiled from his aristocratic family, witnesses a strange event under a maple tree on Vancouver Island, Canada. Each character in one form or another is connected to this “glitch.” Characters from the author’s previous book “The Glass Hotel” also are connected to the events in this book (clever!). Time travel and the accompanying “butterfly effect” comes into play when a warning is given for an imminent happening. While this all could be bleak and science fiction-y, it’s really a very human emotion-centered book that makes connections between people, no matter the time period or world in which they live. I found this to be a well-written and thought provoking book by this creative author. - Sue
Greed in the Gilded Age : the Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick by William Elliott Hazelgrove
Before there was Anna Sorokin (Delvey) of Inventing Anna, there was Cassie Chadwick. In the early 1900s, with nothing more than her good looks, charm, a couple of forged promissory notes, and the claim to be the illegitimate daughter of millionaire Andrew Carnegie, Cassie scammed banks and bankers out of $2 million ($60 million in today’s dollars). Her con culminated in what was the trial of the century. - Carole
The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn
Based on a true story, The Diamond Eye is set in early WWII. The story follows Mila Pavlichenko, a young Russian woman married at age fifteen who became a mother just nine months later. Because she wants a good life for her son, Mila pursues an advanced education and becomes a history specialist working on her dissertation. When Germany invades Russia, Mila finds her life taking on a totally new direction – that of a sniper in the Russian Army, where she is known as “Lady Death." This is a fascinating story of war-torn Russia and a young woman who becomes a national hero with over 300 sniper kills. She eventually finds herself on a goodwill tour to Washington, D.C. (and other parts of the United States) in order to garner support for the Russian war effort. While in Washington, D.C., Mila develops a friendship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Her tour of America has its own challenges and Mila has to use her skills as a sniper, even in “peaceful” America. This story is a page-turner to the very end. - Pam
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