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Library Updates
Overdrive will be retiring the Overdrive app in 2022 and offer only the Libby app for checking out digital materials.

What does this mean for New Ulm Public Library patrons? It means before 2022 you should download the Libby app on your device, log in with your library card number and password, and start accessing your digital materials there. You'll have access to your same account, holds, and more, all through the easy-to-use Libby app. We'll offer the same great variety of digital books and audiobooks.

Need help getting started with Libby? Check out this
getting started guide, or call the library at 507-359-8331. We can set up a 15-20 minute appointment for you to meet with a library staff member for help with Libby. Don't forget to bring your phone, tablet, laptop, or other device with you! 

The library will open at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18 to allow staff to attend training in the morning.
All Ages Programs
Join library staff as we present Don't Forget to Read the Instructions in partnership with NUCAT and Red Dragon Gaming. In each episode you'll learn about a tabletop game and enjoy watching library staff as they figure out how to play it. Episodes 1-11 are available now on our YouTube channel. Almost all of these board games are also available for check out at the library!
Children's Programs
New Ulm Public Library is proud to host Concert in the Park: The Teddy Bear Band on Monday, August 30 at 7 p.m. Come down to the German Park Amphitheater (200 N German) and enjoy some entertaining, educational, and funny music that is fun for kids and adults alike! This program is presented by the New Ulm Public Library, KNUJ, and New Ulm Park & Recreation. Rain location is New Ulm Civic Center or New Ulm Community Center; check news outlets in the event of rain. It is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative and was funded in part with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Call the library at 507-359-8331 for more information.
Storytime news. The final summer storytime will be on Tuesday, July 27. Break will last throughout August. Stay tuned for future updates about storytime's return. See you again soon!
Storytime will resume after Labor Day. For more information on storytimes and other upcoming library events, visit our online event calendar or call 507-359-8331.
Adult Programs
Join the History Book Club for their monthly discussion on the third Tuesday of the month at noon. They will meet on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM to discuss Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice by Sierra Crane Murdoch. The group will meet in-person in the library’s Fred Johnson room. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the circulation desk. We hope to see you there!
Come join other needle-craft workers for time to work on your own project and to socialize! The group, which meets from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month,  is open to anyone ages 16 and up. This is not a class, so bring your own materials. All types of needlework are welcome. We are very excited to be meeting again, but please remember to wear a mask and social distance. We hope to see you there!
Are you looking for a fun way to interact with family and friends? Do you like to try new things? Come to the New Ulm Public Library’s new Tabletop Gaming Group! The group will meet every other week during the summer on Thursday starting at 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM in the library’s basement meeting room.  At each meeting, a local tabletop gaming expert will introduce a new game and walk the group through a round of gameplay. There will be plenty of table space to try an assortment of additional games available to enjoy as well. Open to all levels of gamers, ages 12+. Participants are welcome to come when they are able and bring their own games to share with the group too. No prior gameplay experience is required.
Author Pamela Nowak will be visiting the New Ulm Public Library on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM to discuss her book Never Let Go: Survival of the Lake Shetek Women. Based on the real women and events of the 1862 Dakota War conflict as it happened in Lake Shetek, Minnesota, this novel brings to life the stories of five women and their struggles to survive.
Join the Mystery Book Club for their monthly discussion on the last Monday of the month in the evening. They will meet on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 6:30 PM to discuss And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. The group will meet in-person in the library’s Fred Johnson room. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the circulation desk. We hope to see you there!
Mark your calendars: the Minnesota Valley Civil War Round Table resumes Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m.! Each presentation features insights on historical events and people connected to the Civil War. If you would like to be a presenter, please call the library at 507-359-8331.
Are you ready to explore The Grand Library? Do you have an itch in your imagination or an ache for adventure? Then come join one of two groups on the epic search for Books Wanted! One group will be meeting in person weekly on Monday afternoons at 3 p.m. at Red Dragon Gaming (204 N. Minnesota St.). The other group will be meeting online according to player schedules and will use the Discord and Roll20 applications. Never played Pathfinder before? No problem! Our experienced Game Master will be happy to walk you through the game learning process so you can enjoy the roleplaying experience. This first campaign is limited to 6 people per group so be sure to sign up early to help set a schedule that works well for everyone playing. If there is enough interest we can create more groups or run campaigns using other games too! Visit our online event calendar for more information and to register.
Want to request the newest items as soon as they're added to our library's collection? Try Wowbrary!

The Friends of the Library sponsors Wowbrary, which compiles the list of new materials the library has received over the past week, sorts it into categories, adds a synopsis, and sends the newsletter by email. The service even includes a “Borrow” tab so patrons can go immediately to the library’s online catalog system and place a hold. Click on the Wowbrary icon above to get started.
Staff Picks
The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Ani Mells is a citizen of Keldan, well sort of. She is one of the river people, who townsfolk often call “grubs”. The river people have been living freely semi-nomadic lives in the forests for over three centuries. They tend to call townsfolk “pinchworms”, and both groups have generations of mistrust and prejudice. Ani often spends her time hunting, fishing, gathering herbs, or helping others as any good river folk would. Except, she can’t seem to stay out of trouble, especially when accompanied by her best friend Weevil. But there are rumors and more than rumors that an ancient illness has returned to Keldan. There is no cure.  People are getting sick and dying, and to help slow the spread, the governor graciously sets up a quarantine hospice on an island to allow the infected the chance to live out the rest of their days in peace. Things get worse when Ani hears something while eavesdropping on the governor’s wardens that puts her in danger, especially when those wardens arrest her to be tested for the scourge, and she tests positive. Now Ani is not only in a fight for her life as the scourge’s symptoms take hold, but she is fighting for the truth and for her people. An enjoyable and fast paced read with a great protagonist. – LeRoy
Lights Out in Lincolnwood by Geoff Rodkey
The Altmans are having a rough week: Dan is struggling to find inspiration in his third year as a writer on a hit TV show, Jen can’t admit to herself that she has a problem with alcohol, seventeen-year-old Chloe is worried about her college-admissions essay, and fifteen-year-old Max is stewing over a recent altercation with a classmate. To top it off the apocalypse has started, in the form of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that has wiped out electricity and electronics, from their car starters to JUULs to cell phones. As tensions and tempers rise in suburban New Jersey, can the Altmans keep it together and keep themselves alive? Rodkey’s book is darkly funny and the Altmans’ reaction to the apocalypse has me wondering how our self-obsessed society would really function with the loss of the internet and all of our modern conveniences. - April
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