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September 2021
Library Updates
We've added new board games to our collection! Library staff were especially excited about Calico, a game in which you compete to build beautiful quilts and attract the most cats to your quilt. 

Families can check out two board games at one time for one week. Then come back and pick out two more to try! Visit our online catalog to check out the board games we have to offer.

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 6 in observance of Labor Day. Happy Labor Day!

Need a replacement card? No problem! Throughout September we’ll replace your library card for free (normally $1) in celebration of National Library Card Sign-Up Month.
 Your card can be used to check out books, movies, games, and more. It also gives you access to great online resources like Creativebug, Overdrive, Ancestry Library Edition, and more. Stop by the service desk for your new card next time you visit.
Children's Programs
New Ulm Public Library is excited to present Storytime with Ms. Kathryn Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. Fall storytime season begins Monday, September 13, 2021 and ends Wednesday, December 15, 2021. We’ll share stories, songs and fun in the children’s room of the library. This program is free and open to all children and their parents or caregivers. 
Check out these other great September children's programs: For more information on any of these programs, call the library at 507-359-8331 or visit our online calendar. We hope to see you at the library!
Adult Programs
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Join the New Ulm Public Library on Monday, September 27 from 2-6 p.m. for an Emergency Preparedness Fair! Local emergency response organizations will have booths, demonstrations, presentations, and resources for the public to engage with in learning how to be better prepared for a variety of emergency
situations. Stop by to learn from Brown County Emergency Management, the American Red Cross, and more!
Check out these other great September adult programs: Don't forget to check out our September book group meetings:
  • Adult Book Group, Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Poetry Book Group, Monday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Bring one or two poems to share.
  • History Book Group, Tuesday, September 21 at 12 p.m.
    • Reading The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
  • Mystery Book Group, Monday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March
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
The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman
British actress Mia has just been nominated for an award for her starring role in a hit series. Her personal life is a mess, though, after her actor boyfriend leaves her, so she decides to travel to Hollywood to audition for good parts while her career is hot. She meets a look-alike actress, Emily, at an audition and helps her out by feeding her parking meter, but is left holding Emily’s wallet and car keys when she vanishes after the audition. Things get very weird when Mia finally tracks down a phone number for Emily, but the person who comes to her door saying she’s Emily is NOT the person who she met at the audition! Suddenly Mia is feeling like she’s being watched and scammed, or worse. Is there anyone she can trust in Hollywood? The twists and turns of this inventive plot will keep you guessing right up until the dramatic climax. – Sue U.
A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos
Ophelia loves her quiet life as an archival museum animist, with a special affinity to read the pasts of objects and travel through mirrors. But after she is betrothed to Thorn, a taciturn man from another ark full of dueling clans and court deceit, she must learn how to navigate this harsh new world while still remaining true to herself. Ophelia possesses a quiet strength that is a marvel to watch. Along with Thorn’s intellect and surprising sweetness, the characters and their journeys are one of the highlights of this book. Together, Ophelia and Thorn make an imperfect and honest match built on slowly earned trust. The magic is intriguing and exciting as we witness Ophelia’s readings of objects and all their history. Learning about the powers of the different families that she encounters at the Pole was also a highlight. But most of all, it's the tender characters that shine the most. A treasure of a book! 
– Melissa

Billy Summers by Stephen King
A hit-man who only kills bad men is doing one last job for $2 million. But throw in a rape victim left for dead outside his apartment, the book he is writing about his time in Fallujah, and his employer who has no intention of paying up because he is having Billy killed, and you have an absorbing novel. If you are seeking horror and the supernatural, this book is not for you. Stephen King has written a straight-up, believable adventure about two people on the run, and making the bad men pay for their crimes. Enjoyable read! – Carole
Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light by Helen Ellis
Ellis is back with her signature brand of southern lady wit! In this latest collection of essays, she explores adult female friendships, making peace with middle age, and how to become friends with the right people at the airport. Charming, touching, and hilarious! – April

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Sophronia Temminick is quite certain she does not want to be “a young lady of quality”. She would much rather spend time reading books in her father’s library, taking apart mechanicals and machinery, climbing anything and everything, or scuffling with her brothers or the stable boys. As the youngest daughter of a large family, she’s gotten to do all of these things, but when she is still causing scandalous episodes at the age of 14 – like destroying a dumbwaiter while simultaneously splattering a sitting room and an important guest in high fashion with cake – her mother has had enough and decides to send her to finishing school. Unfortunately for her mother, Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School for Young Ladies of Quality isn’t what it appears. If she can survive highway robbery, the theft of a new invention, and learning how to curtsy without making her teachers grimace, Sophronia may actually like the place. A fun read set in a supernatural steampunk Victorian England. This first book of the Finishing School series was an enjoyable beginning with great characters and humor. – LeRoy

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