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December 2021
New Library Director Appointed
The New Ulm Public Library Board approved the appointment of April Ide to the Library Director position at its November 18 board meeting. Ide joined the library in May of 2017 as the Assistant Library Director. "I am excited to serve our patrons in this new role and glad to continue working with the great staff at NUPL!" said Ide.
Holiday Hours
The library's adult fiction floor will be closed Wednesday-Friday, December 1-3 while we replace the carpeting. Library staff can help you place holds on adult fiction items during this time.

The library will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 10 so that library staff may attend training. 

The library will be closed on Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day. The library will be closed on Friday, December 31 and Saturday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day.

Library staff wish very happy holidays to all of our patrons!
Children's and Teen Programs
New Ulm Public Library is pleased to present a St. Nikolaus Day Celebration on Monday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the library's meeting room. Join us for stories and songs to honor St. Nikolaus. There will be a craft to complete at the library or at home, and a special visit from St. Nikolaus and Krampus. The program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Please call the library for more information at 507-359-8331.
Do you like pizza as much as you like reading? Then join us for Pizza and Pages, our teen book club, on Friday, December 17 at 4 p.m. We'll have a forty-five minute book discussion and enjoy a slice or two of pizza. No talking with your mouth full! This book discussion is for any teen in 6th through 9th grade. Registration is required so we know how much pizza to purchase. Visit our website to register and for more information. 
Check out these other great December children and teen programs: For more information on any of these programs, call the library at 507-359-8331 or visit our online calendar.
Adult Programs

Join the New Ulm Public Library on Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. for a fun concert of holiday music with The Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet! Playing a wide variety of songs for the season, their energy and harmony is a joy for all ages. As part of the concert, a special holiday story time will be presented with musical accompaniment.
There will also be an “Ugliest Christmas Sweater” contest, so wear your best (or worst!) and brightest to compete for an equally silly trophy. 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. 
Check out these other great December adult programs: Don't forget to check out our November book group meetings:
  • Lit Wits Book Group, Monday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni
  • Poetry Book Group, Monday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Bring one or two poems to share.
  • History Book Group, Tuesday, December 21 at 12 p.m.
    • Reading The Crusade for Forgotten Souls by Susan Foote
  • Mystery Book Group, Monday, December 27 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman
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
Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke
Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke
Gerald’s consciousness has been uploaded to his PR firm’s internal Slack channels. He’s not sure how it happened, and his coworkers are convinced it’s all an elaborate ruse to continue working from home. Their firm is swamped helping a boutique dog food company manage a PR nightmare after several Pomeranians are poisoned by contaminated food and Gerald’s boss doesn’t care where he is, as long as he’s productive. As Gerald ventures further into the void he comes face to …interface with the Slackbot, who has been reading everyone’s private messages and gathering information. But why? This fast-paced and absurd tale made me laugh out loud. – April
The Lost Manuscript by Cathy Bonidan
Told completely through letter correspondences, this is a dreamy story about a woman who happens upon an unpublished manuscript in her hotel room by the sea. Moved by the story, she writes to the address written on the back and gets in touch with the original author, who lost his unfinished work on an airplane thirty years ago and has no idea how it would have ended up in that hotel. More mysteriously, he never finished writing it, meaning another writer wrote an ending for the novel. There are also poems scribbled in the margins and on the last page by a different hand. The two begin an investigative journey, tracing back the manuscript’s path throughout the years. Along the way, they discover just how many lives the story has touched. Bonidan has written a moving novel about the power stories have to change lives with an intriguing mystery to keep you turning pages. – Melissa
The Lighthouse Witches by C. J. Cooke
The Lighthouse Witches by C. J. Cooke
Single mother Liv is commissioned to paint an unusual mural in an old lighthouse located on a remote Scottish island in the late 1990s. Soon, she and her three daughters learn that the community’s history with witch hunts and belief in faeries and wildlings still influences their current lives. It soon becomes apparent that the lighthouse – more specifically the dungeon/cave under the lighthouse – is the epicenter of strange happenings. Twenty years later, middle daughter Luna (who has memory gaps from that time) has grown up without her mother and two sisters, who disappeared from the island. She’s called to a hospital where her younger sister Clover was brought…but Clover is still the age she was when she disappeared all those years ago, and something is definitely off with her. This is an absorbing tale of myths and supernatural events intersecting with the reality of “normal” life; the place and people will draw you in and keep you up late while you jump at strange shadows and noises! – Sue
Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston
Vampires, Hearts & Other Dead Things by Margie Fuston
First and foremost this book is about grief. Victoria’s father is dying of pancreatic cancer and her mother and sister are trying hard to accept the final diagnosis; her father has a month or less to live. Victoria can’t believe they are willing to give up. Her father has always been the parent she connected with, the one who was her cheerleader in all things and the one who shared her love of vampires. All she wants is for him find a treatment or a miracle cure so she doesn’t have to lose him. Then he insists she go on the trip he planned for the two of them to New Orleans. She goes, not to get away and recharge, but to find a vampire to make her immortal so she can save her dad from death. As strange and fantastical as that sounds this story is a realistic fiction, with vampires. This book is an excellent representation of grief and the things a person will do in the face of it.  – Kathryn
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
So who killed Poppy and Douglas? And where are the £20 million worth of diamonds? The elderly quartet of the Thursday Murder Club are once again on the case. This second installment of this series had me guessing until the very end. - Carole
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