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January 2022
Laptops Available for Checkout
New Ulm Public Library has Chromebook laptops available for checkout! Borrowers can borrow a Chromebook for up to three months and must be 18 years or older and sign a Chromebook Agreement. These Chromebooks are made available through the Traverse des Sioux Regional Library through state and federal grants and are intended to help provide technology access to those who might not otherwise have it. WiFi hotspots are also available to borrow if you do not have internet access at home. Stop by the library's service desk to borrow a Chromebook or hotspot!
Fiction Carpet Replacement Complete
Thank you for your patience while we replaced the carpet on the adult fiction floor in early December. We're so pleased with the result!
Remote Access to Ancestry Ended
In March of 2020, Proquest and Ancestry made Ancestry Library Edition accessible from home for library patrons. This remote access ended at the end of 2021.
Ancestry Library Edition will still be available to our patrons from library computers or devices connected to the library's WiFi network. Library staff are happy to help you with this resource!
Martin Luther King Day
The library will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

For more information on Martin Luther King, Jr., look at resources available for checkout through New Ulm Public Library and other libraries in the Traverse des Sioux Regional Library.
Annual Magazine Giveaway
The library has many 2019 magazines available for giveaway. Magazine giveaway is first come, first served. Giveaway magazines are located in the hallway between the main library and the Children's Room.
Children's and Teen Programs
New Ulm Public Library is excited to present a new Pajama Party story time, which meets on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal for songs and stories before bed. Winter story time season for Pajama Party begins Wednesday, January 5 and ends Wednesday, March 2. No registration is required. This program is free and open to all children and their parents or caregivers.

New Ulm Public Library is thrilled to present Wacky Wonders on Thursday, January 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room. This after school program, which will meet one Thursday per month, is for children in grades 2 through 5 and will focus on fun as we explore art, crafts, and STEM projects. Registration is required; visit our website to register. 
Check out these other great January 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
Two-thirds of Americans admit that the news they consume has bias. In today’s world of 24/7 news coverage, advertising sponsorships, hype, and frequent retractions, how can you sift out the facts to make your own informed decisions? How do you
recognize bias and opinion? How can you determine the motives of an article or publication? Join the New Ulm Public Library for our next seminar series as we present a no holds barred in-depth analysis of news media companies, fact checking, click bait, fake news, misinformation, and bias. The seminar series will begin on Thursday, January 6, at 6:30 PM in the library’s meeting room and will meet weekly for five weeks. Each seminar will last about 1 hour and will feature real life, happening now, news articles for analysis. We hope you’ll join us for this informative and empowering series!
Join the New Ulm Public Library for our annual Winter Reading Program for adults. This year’s program begins on Thursday, January 6, and
continues to the end of February. Our theme this year is Bingo! Register at the library and receive your bingo sheet to start reading. Each book you read will mark off a square on your card. Get 5 in a row and bring your bingo card to the circulation desk to choose a free book from our prize shelf as well as earn an entry to win one of 3 Chamber Bucks prizes at the end of the program. You can get up to 5 name entries on your bingo sheet. Even though the program ends on Monday, February 28, you will have until Tuesday, March 15. to turn in your bingo sheet. We hope you join us! Thank you to the Friends of the New Ulm Public Library for sponsoring the program prizes.
Check out these other great January adult programs: Don't forget to check out our January book group meetings:
  • Lit Wits Book Group, Monday, January 3 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Poetry Book Group, Monday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Bring one or two poems to share.
  • History Book Group, Tuesday, January 18 at 12 p.m.
    • Reading The Outlier by Kai Bird
  • Mystery Book Group, Monday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
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
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Jazz would love to be a normal teenager. Except that's impossible. His father is one of the country's worst serial killers now serving life in prison. Living with his mentally unstable grandmother, Jazz tries to fly under the radar as much as possible. Unfortunately for Jazz, the struggle to be normal is beyond complicated. Jazz's father wasn't just a prolific serial killer, he taught Jazz the "family business" from a very young age. Jazz knows things, sees things differently, sees people differently. Up until now, that has been an insurmountable barrier to normalcy, but now a body has been found. Jazz knows he can put the skills his father taught him to good use. He knows how they think. But will stepping into the mind of a killer unravel Jazz's carefully constructed sanity? A dark thriller full of complex emotions and questions about the lines between good, evil, and what makes us human. - LeRoy
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett Dragna has been writing to Master Legend, the ringmaster of Caraval, a magical performance in which the audience participates, since she was a little girl in hopes he might grant her one of his show’s coveted invitations. Now, with an arranged marriage looming, she gives up on ever seeing the show that got her through a difficult childhood living on a tiny island with her beloved sister, Tella, and their violent father. So she sends one final letter to say goodbye. And in return, two invitations to Caraval arrive. Immediately after they step foot into Caraval, Tella is kidnapped by Legend as part of this year’s game. Whoever finds her first wins something most valuable – a wish. But as Scarlett dives deeper into the whimsical world of Caraval, she begins to witness cracks in the magic and starts to wonder if this is truly just a game. And if not, what has really happened to Tella? This book has a fast-paced plot with beautiful magic straight out of a fairytale. Even the reader is left guessing when it comes to knowing what’s real and what’s part of the game. - Melissa
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout
Lucy Barton is back, and this time she’s enlightening us about her first husband (and the father of her two grown daughters), William. Lucy’s second husband has just died, and she finds herself in closer contact with William, who is in his third (albeit shaky) marriage. William is a scientist at the end of his career, and Lucy realizes he has always been somewhat of a mystery to her. When William invites her along to visit his deceased mother’s childhood home, they are shocked at what they uncover. Soon, Lucy is reexamining her memories and relationship with her mother-in-law…and with William. Elizabeth Strout exhibits her usual finesse in exploring the complicated, inner lives of her characters using beautifully-written prose. It’s a delight to spend time with Lucy again in this quiet and insightful little book. - Sue
The 21st Century: Photographs from the Image Collection by National Geographic
This collection from National Geographic features some of their most stunning images from 2000-2021. It explores cultural moments, beautiful scenery, incredible science, and more. The photographers' account of events is included for some of the most striking images, and the context offered elevates the significance of each image. This would be a great book to pore over on a Sunday afternoon. - April
Fan Fiction: A Mem-noir  by Brent Spiner
Funny, but definitely for Trek fans. Loosely based on actual events, the actor (who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation) relates two episodes of fan stalking that includes death threats. - Carole
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