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September 2022
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.
New Ulm Public Library will be closed on the following days. Labor Day, Monday, September 5 and Staff Training Day, Friday, September 30.
Introducing Our New Staff
Geri, Youth Services Aide

How did you start working in libraries?
I have always been drawn to books and after teaching special education for 26 years, I was ready for a change of pace. I have always thought the library would be a wonderful place to work. 
What do you like to do in your spare time (beside reading)?
I love to go camping with my family. I enjoy geocaching wherever we go. 

What's your favorite New Ulm activity (beside visiting the library)?
I like to hike and take in nature at Flandrau State Park.

What's your favorite thing about working at the library?
I love to be surrounded by books and children and of course working with all the wonderful people at the library!
Children and Teen Programs
New Ulm Public Library is excited to announce the return of the Drive-In Movie for children ages 2 to 4 years old on Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. in the library meeting room. You are invited to decorate a car, park it in front of the big screen, and enjoy a small snack and a 30 minute show with us. 
All materials will be provided. Registration is required and can be completed by visiting and choosing Library Events.
Check out these other great September 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

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Join the New Ulm Public Library on Wednesday, September 14 from 2-5 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!

The Armstrong Boulevard Brass Quintet will perform a recital at the New Ulm Public Library on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. The recital will feature six pieces by renowned classical composer Edvard Grieg from Norway. A talented musician, Grieg composed his first piece at 12 years old and went on to become the national
composer for Norway. Many of his pieces are known around the world and performed by orchestras and in movies. This hour-long recital is sponsored by a grant from the Edvard Grieg Society of the Dakotas. We hope you’ll join us!
Check out these other great September adult programs:    Don't forget to check out our September  book group meetings: 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
Metropolis by B.A. Shapiro
In Cambridge, MA there stands an old and very unique building containing six stories of storage rooms. Zach bought it to launder money during his brief career as a drug lord, but he must forfeit it due to liability after a dreadful elevator accident. When the contents of several abandoned lockers are opened to auction off, unusual things are found and secrets are revealed. Months earlier, Rose, the manager, is collecting under-the-table rent to fund opportunities for her family. Marta, an undocumented Venezuelan, is trying to finish her dissertation while hiding out from ICE. Liddy, married to a rich, powerful and abusive man, schemes to escape his clutches. Jason has oddly set up his legal office in Metropolis. And Serge, a gifted but haunted street photographer is sinking, leaving his photos for Zach to appreciate and exploit. This is a unique and intertwined story of unlikely interactions and chance encounters changing lives. Part mystery, part drama and all absorbing. - Sue U.
What Happened to the Bennetts by Lisa Scottoline
The words “Witness Protection Program” will never mean the same thing to me after reading What Happened to the Bennetts. A normal, suburban family is driving home from the daughter’s lacrosse game when they are pursued by a pickup truck. The results of the confrontation between the pickup passengers and the family members are devastating. To make things even worse, the family needs to be moved into protective custody. In some ways that term might seem to imply the family is being taken care of. However, in the case of the Bennett family, that belief is far from accurate. Not only do they suffer a terribly traumatic loss, they also lose their normal, suburban life. The family that had been close-knit and happy becomes a family afraid to trust, filled with fear. Time after time, the family appears to be making progress when they are hit with another challenge. There are too many of these challenges to describe in this review but be assured this book is filled with drama and excitement. After taking this “ride” with the Bennetts you will probably be grateful for your normal, sometimes boring, life. - Pam
The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor-the Truth and the Turmoil by Tina Brown
Tina Brown, founder of The Daily Beast and former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief, takes a deep dive into the British royal family. She explores the Windsors' relationships, scandals, and triumphs fairly, creating a balanced picture of a complex and very human family thrust into a singular position. I found the sections on the family’s relationships with the press the most fascinating; there are a lot of behind-the-scenes players working to craft the royal family’s image. This is an immensely readable history of the modern British royal family. - April
Iona Iverson's Rules for Commuting by Clare Pooley
Iona Iverson and her French Bulldog, Lulu, ride the 8:05 to Waterloo every morning alongside a group of seemingly one-dimensional strangers whom Iona privately calls “Impossibly-Pretty-Bookworm, Terribly-Lonely-Teenager and Smart-But-Sexist-Manspreader." When a troublesome grape forces them to break Iona’s second Rule for Commuting (2. Never talk to strangers on the train), we are rewarded with a look into the lives of these multifaceted and endearing characters. Iona’s is the story that kept me reading – I loved learning about her past, her job and the love of her life. This is a lovely book about the joy of breaking the “rules” and getting to know the people around you. - Ann
The Investigator by John Sandford
This is the first book in a new series by John Sandford. John Sandford fans are familiar with Lucas Davenport, and now his adopted daughter, Letty is ready to follow in his law-enforcement footsteps. Letty is working as an investigator with the Department of Homeland Security and has teamed up with fellow DHS investigator John Kaiser. They are looking into thefts of crude oil from Texas oil companies. As expected, things turn deadly once they start nosing around. The wheels of bureaucracy turn slow, so Letty and John often take matters into their own hands. This is a story pulled directly from current headlines and is not to be missed. I stayed up way too late one night because I just couldn’t go to sleep until I knew how it all worked out! - Leasa
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