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October 2021
Library Updates
New Ulm Public Library, in collaboration with the Traverse des Sioux Regional Library System, is adding twenty Wi-Fi hotspots to its collection! These hotspots have a three-month checkout period and are available first come, first served.
Patrons must be 18 or older and must sign a Hotspot Agreement in order to borrow a hotspot. The purchase of these hotspots was made possible by a grant through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Boo! Spooky reads for kids. Check out this collection on the Libby app.
Have you tried Libby yet? Libby is an easy-to-use app that gives you access to New Ulm Public Library's collection of e-books and audiobooks. We have books for all ages. Check out our curated collection of spooky reads during October. Need help getting started? Check out this guide, or call 507-359-8331 to set up a time to meet with library staff.
Children's and Teen Programs
New Ulm Public Library is excited to present Pumpkin Bling on Thursday, October 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the library's meeting room. Pick up a pumpkin from the library's patch and decorate it with as much bling as you want! Pumpkins and bling will be provided. Thank you to Hy-Vee for donating the pumpkins! This program is open to children and families. Registration is required. Call 507-359-8331 for more information. 
Check out these other great October children's and teen 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
When Minnesota Nice flies out the window, Bad Behavior takes center stage. The Twin Cities Chapter of Sisters in Crime, in partnership with New Ulm Public Library, will explore what defines our legendary Minnesota Nice and why Bad Behavior sometimes has its own rewards. Join us on Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. for this live panel discussion. Panelists will include authors and editors of their latest chapter anthology: “Minnesota Not So Nice: Eighteen Tales of Bad Behavior”: Doug Dorow, Barbara Deese, Michael Allan Mallory, and Timya Owen.
Supreme Court packing, impeachment, the emoluments clause, separation of church and state, freedom of speech, states’ rights, pleading the 5th, the Electoral College, and more are phrases that have been debated frequently in our current and recent national politics. 
What is the basis for these phrases? What do they mean? The root of all of these issues lies in the foundation of national government established in the Constitution. Join New Ulm Public Library for a seminar series in five parts as we explore the origins and content of the United States Constitution. Each seminar will last about one hour and will be held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m., starting October 14. We'll take a break the week of Veterans’ Day. We hope to see you there!
Check out these other great October adult programs: Don't forget to check out our October book group meetings:
  • Lit Wits Book Group, Monday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce
  • Poetry Book Group, Monday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Bring one or two poems to share.
  • History Book Group, Tuesday, October 19 at 12 p.m.
    • Reading A Game of Birds and Wolves by Simon Parkin
  • Mystery Book Group, Monday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus
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 Husbands by Chandler Baker

Nora Spangler feels like she’s drowning. She’s three months pregnant, has a four year old daughter, and is trying to make partner at her law office. She and her husband, Hayden, are still very much in love, but she wishes he would help her more with managing their tiny household. When she sees an ad for a beautiful house in a suburban neighborhood they can afford, she immediately makes an appointment to see it.
As she meets more and more of the high-powered women who live in this potential new neighborhood, she is astonished at how seamlessly their lives run. Nora feels like she never has the mental and physical capacity to keep up with everything that needs to be done, but these women make it look easy. And their husbands seem to be the secret. The men keep each of their households running like clockwork, leaving their wives with time and energy to be successful in their careers and have an active and fulfilling social life. Everything seems perfect until one of the neighborhood homes burns down with one of the husbands trapped inside. Nora takes the personal injury case at the request of the widow. As she investigates she finds that the neighborhood might not be as picture perfect as it looks from the outside. Baker, a lawyer, wife, and mother herself, creates characters that feel real and takes a nuanced look at the challenges that modern women face. Baker says in her dedication, “women can do anything, but they can’t do everything.” – April
Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara
After two years of confinement, Aki and her parents are allowed to leave the California Manzanar Japanese detainment center in 1944 to join her older sister Rose in Chicago. When they arrive, however, they are horrified to discover that Rose has been killed by a subway train, an assumed suicide. Aki refuses to believe Rose would do that, so embarks on a mission to discover the truth, in the midst of trying to make a new
life in this unfamiliar city. She faces racism, poverty and an often hostile city, but also finds kindness, compassion and love. An intriguing and sensitive telling of the challenges faced by one American family forced to adapt to difficult circumstances in this particular time in U.S. history. - Sue
Dead Wednesday by Jerry Spinelli
Like all eighth graders in his tiny town on the Pocono Mountain Range in Pennsylvania, Worm Tarnauer is looking forward to Dead Wednesday. At the end of the school year all graduating eighth graders participate in Dead Wednesday. It’s a school event meant to teach them to make good choices throughout high school. So on Dead Wednesday they are given a card with the name and death date of a teen that died in a senseless and preventable accident, and a black shirt.
They are ignored by their teachers, peers, and community. They are released from school after the fourth period bell rings and for most of them it is essentially a free day. That is what Worm is looking forward to, an afternoon of freedom. What he isn’t expecting is Becca, the ghost of the teen whose name appeared on his card. Becca believes she has something to teach Worm on Dead Wednesday and she does, but Worm is not the only one with lessons to learn. Jerry Spinelli is a master at writing coming of age stories and this is a prime example of his talent.  – Kathryn
Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens
I enjoyed the cat and mouse game between Lawyer Lila Nash and suspect Gavin Spenser. Lila knows Gavin is responsible for the abduction and murder of at least two women that were found in the Mississippi River, and now there is a third that survives her abduction. Working with local law enforcement, Lila must stay one step ahead of Gavin Spenser and prove that he is the evil behind it all! – Leasa
The Haunting of Hounds Hollow by Jeffrey Salane

Lucas Trainer's parents hope that a move to a house in the middle of nowhere will help his strange lung disease. They've inherited a house and property from an eccentric relative in which there are unfinished rooms and corridors, and money set aside in the will to continue building onto the house indefinitely. It's a place you could get lost in, maybe forever.
Teaming up with local girl, Beth, Lucas can't help but notice the strange things that start happening around him, many of them dangerous. Maybe there's a reason the house is called Hounds Hollow. The more Lucas digs, the more dangerous things become. A great spooky story that builds slowly. – LeRoy
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