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October 2022
Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Library Book Sale is back for 2022! 

Volunteers are needed to help set up, take down, and run the sale.
Please call Library Director April Ide at 507-359-8331 or email her at if you are willing to help out.
Children and Teen Programs
New Ulm Public Library is excited to announce the return of Wild About Wildlife with DNR naturalist Scott Kudelka on Tuesday, October 4 at 6 p.m. Learn about the mammals that have adapted to survive in their natural environments and some interesting facts about the animals who share the place we call home. 
Join us for Kinder Konzerts Out and About on Monday, October 10 at 10:30 a.m. in the children’s room. FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra will bring all the joy and fun of a mini Kinder Konzerts experience to the library.
The program will feature a live-narrated version of the musical story "One Dog Canoe" written by Minnesota author Mary Casanova with original music by Minnesota composer Daniel Nass. There will also be hands-on musical activities and games to round out the experience. Children and their caregivers are welcome. 
Check out these other great October youth programs:
*Registration required. Visit and choose Library Events or call 507-359-8331 to register or for more information on any of these library programs.
Adult Programs
Join us on Monday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation by forensic psychologist and author Frank F. Weber. He will discuss writing true crime, forensic work and his latest book. "Black and Blue" is a thrilling mystery based on the murder of a police officer’s 19-year-old fiancé in Minneapolis. Weber will share the intriguing circumstances that led to this true crime thriller. He will also demonstrate a lie detector test (volunteer a friend!).
Weber will be available starting at 6 p.m. to answer questions on his work, and to sign and sell his books before his presentation. 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 October adult programs:    Don't forget to check out our October book group meetings:
  • Lit Wits Book Group, Monday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading The Final Girls' Support Group by Grady Hendrix
  • Poetry Reading Group, Monday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Bring one or two poems to share.
  • History Book Group, Tuesday, October 18 at 12 p.m.
    • Reading The Haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale
  • Mystery Book Group, Monday, October 31 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading The Lost Village by Camilla Sten
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.
Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and Lake Agassiz Regional Library present a series of Virtual Writing Classes taught by the Loft Literary Center. These virtual workshops are offered free of charge and can be accessed at The ABCs of Writing children's books will be presented on Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m. Be Your Own Publisher will be presented on Tuesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Creative Writing Sampler will be presented on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. Turning Family Stories into a Memoir will be presented on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 p.m. This program is made possible thanks to funding from the MN Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Staff Recommendations
Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
I picked this book up from our “Little books that get lost on the shelf” display – for a small book it evokes BIG feelings. In this short poetic novel, Crow takes on the role of grief in a family reeling from the loss of their beloved wife and mum. From pecking at the most painful wounds to scaring away well-meaning visitors, Crow guides Dad and Boys from shock and devastation to a place where they can shout their love for their wife and mother and finally lay her to rest. The metaphor was a good challenge for me. This book will speak to anyone who has experienced grief. - Ann
Here's Hank: Bookmarks Are People Too! by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
As I have been reading junior fiction books, I chose this book because it is written in the Dyslexie font, which is a font that was developed specifically for dyslexic readers. The book was very entertaining. Hank, the main character, struggles in school especially with reading, and when his class is going to be doing a play he becomes anxious about what part he will need to perform. Luckily, he has a good friend Frankie who helps him and tries to help figure out a plan. Throughout the story, you meet several other classmates and see the adventures they have at school. The characters are very relatable and it is a quick read, but you will need to read the book to see if Hank is able to pull off his part in the play. - Geri
Flying Solo by Linda Holmes
Linda Holmes is a pop culture critic for NPR and host of the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour. I really enjoyed her first novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over. In Flying Solo, Laurie Sassalyn returns to her Maine hometown to sort through the belongings of her late beloved great aunt Dot. Laurie has long admired Dot for her independent lifestyle, which was full of friends and travel. While she works, Laurie discovers a Polaroid of Dot with a mysterious man, as well as a carved wooden duck with what seems to be the mark of a famous Maine artist. As Laurie investigates the history of the duck and the artist, she finds that she may not know everything about Dot’s life. She is helped along the way by her first love, Nick, who she still finds magnetic after all this time. - April
A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon
Linda lives a mostly quiet life with her imperfect husband Terry, working at a thrift store and spending time with her elderly mum. Many years ago, she and her mother moved from Wales after her father’s death (and to put the scandal that preceded it behind them). Now, Linda is fascinated by the woman who lived in the house before them, the dashing Rebecca. Linda looks through the upscale home décor magazines that arrive in Rebecca’s name and imagines what her life would be like if her life was as posh as Rebecca’s. Meanwhile, there’s a serial killer loose in the area, putting the residents on edge and fueling suspicion and fear. This book starts out as one thing, takes a few unexpected turns, and then becomes something totally different. The characters are complex, the storyline is by turns amusing and disturbing as secrets are revealed and questions pile up. I’m sure you’ll be as gob-smacked by the ending as I was! – Sue U.
The Rising Tide by Ann Cleeves
A group of friends reconnect every five years to celebrate their friendship and remember one member of their group who died during their first meeting 50 years ago. When one of their group is found hanging in his room it looks like a suicide, but when Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope arrives and examines the scene, she realizes that the man has been murdered. Is this most recent death in some way connected to the death many years ago? Is the murderer one of the group, or has a stranger entered the vacation house? The book begins slowly by introducing all of the members of the group and setting the stage in the first five chapters. The action picks up when Vera, Joe, and Holly become involved and investigate the crime. Vera is a long running ITV British mystery series starring Brenda Blethyn, based on the book series by Ann Cleeves. - Carole
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