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July 2022

New Ulm Public Library’s 2022 summer reading program, “An Ocean of Possibilities” continues through Monday, August 1.

Here's what you need to know to dive in and get reading!

  • The summer reading program is open to all ages between birth and those entering their high school senior year.
  • The community check-out goal this summer is 25,000 items checked out of the library in just 8 weeks.
  • Stop by the library at any time to pick up your reading log and bookmark. Don't worry about catching up; just start reading today. 
  • Visit the library each week to check out books to help with our community check-out goal and help you fill up your reading log.
  • If you complete your weekly reading goal on your reading log you can stop by the library to choose a free book, fill out an entry for a grand prize, choose a temporary tattoo, and vote for a summer reading library prize between August 1-6.
  • We'll purchase the summer reading library prize and add it to our collection if we meet our community check-out goal.
  • Summer activities include classes for kindergarten through high school age participants, fun entertaining programs, story times and more. Be sure to check out our events calendar to see what's coming up and to register for programs!
The Library will be closed on Monday, July 4 for independence day.
Children's and Teen Programs
Ahoy there, matey! Ye best be joinin' us fer Treasure Beyond Measure on Wednesday, July 23 at 1p.m.! We'll help Captain Curley on his hunt to find the world’s greatest treasure. We'll share a lot of laughs and the audience will have a chance to participate. This program is free and open to the public. Thank you to the New Ulm Optimist Club for funding the program. 
Join us for “What lives in the River? Macroinvertebrates!” with Scott Kudelka from the DNR on Friday, July 22 at 10 a.m. We will discover which bugs live in the river and why they are so important to our environment. This program is free and open to the public. 
Check out these other great July children's and young adult programs: For more information on any of these programs, call the library at 507-359-8331 or visit our online calendar.
Adult Programs

Author Jess Lourey will be joining the Lit Wits Book Group on Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss her book Bloodline. The group usually meets on the first Monday of each month, but will meet on Tuesday this month because of the Independence Day holiday.
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the circulation desk. We hope to see you there! 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.
Join the New Ulm Public Library for an afternoon with author and researcher Chad Lewis as we celebrate the anniversary of the Roswell Incident on Friday, July 8 at 3:30 p.m. by looking at Minnesota’s rich history of UFO and alien encounters. Each year hundreds of people witness something in the sky that they can't explain. This program looks at some of the most amazing UFO encounters MN has to offer including personal, newspaper, and other accounts dating back into the 1800s.
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 July adult programs: Don't forget to check out our July 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
The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart
This is a book about anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Readers should know that this book does contain descriptions of self-harm. Lily Larkin is a junior in high school trying to be the perfect student, athlete, daughter, sister, and friend. Lily found her older sister, Alice, on the bathroom floor in a pool of her own blood just three months earlier. Since then she has been doing all she can to be perfect in everything to hold her fractured family together. Alice returns home from treatment a different person. While Lily is preparing for a high school assignment that could earn her a scholarship for a summer program at the college of her dreams all she can think about is how she failed to help Alice. Lily is having trouble focusing, she can't sleep, or keep up with her studies and her track practice. The truth is Lily thinks she is losing her mind. Slowly Lily starts to write her poetry on the bathroom stall doors, sidewalks, parking lots, and school walls. But will the guerilla poetry be enough help Lily say what she really needs to say? It isn't always about the words we express, more often it’s the words we keep are so much more important. Lily’ worry and her inability to talk about it is pulling her apart, one little bit at a time. This is a well-written book about teenagers and the mental health crises they can face in life. The subject is handled deftly and delicately by Stewart though she pulls no punches. The books ends on a realistic and hopeful note. - Kathryn
An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn
In January 1889, Victoria Speedwell finds evidence that Alice Baker-Greene, a pioneering mountain climber, did not fall to her death, but was murdered. Princess Gisela of Alpenwald, where the murder occurred, suddenly disappears. With a peace treaty in jeopardy, Victoria is called to step into the Princess’s shoes, owing to her remarkable resemblance to the princess. Can Victoria solve the mystery and pull off her deception without being discovered? - Carole
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
After Tova’s husband died, she began working at the local aquarium in a small northern Washington town to stave off loneliness. She connects with a very special resident, a giant Pacific octopus named Marcellus, who against all rules of physics keeps escaping his tank and exploring (and unfortunately snacking on other residents). Marcellus has very astute observations about humans in the chapters he narrates. He figures out what happened to Tova’s son, who went missing when out sailing 30 years before. When the hapless Cameron makes his way north looking for his father, he too ends up at the aquarium and is woven into this tangled but heartwarming tale. Once you accept the idea of a literate octopus, you will fall in love with Marcellus and his mission. You will also enjoy the other quirky characters (the Scottish grocer is a hoot) and the whole premise of this delightful book. - Sue U.
Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee by Shannon Lee
Bruce Lee. The name stirs the imagination with incredible martial arts or movies that took fight choreography to the next level. But, did you know he was a writer? A prolific writer in fact, and one of his favorite subjects to engage with and write about was philosophy. Shannon Lee, who was only four when her father died, has now decades later become the curator of his legacy - including his writing. In this book she breaks down her father's philosophy from his roots as a street punk in Hong Kong, through defining moments in his martial arts journey, his career, and with his family. Written in an easy conversational style, Shannon takes us along for the ride with her personal journey as well. Discovering her father's numerous writings more than thirty years after he died was a pivotal and transformational moment for her. She shares how the tenets of her father's philosophy have helped her face and overcome some of her toughest challenges and heartaches, all while inviting us to try his principles for ourselves. Definitely worth the read, and the audio is read by Shannon too! - LeRoy
My Summer Darlings by May Cobb
Jen has returned to her hometown in East Texas with her tail between her legs; she’s divorced and broke and living rent-free in her childhood home, thanks to the kindness of her parents. The only thing she has going for her is the support of Kittie and Cynthia, her best friends from high school. The three women are settling in for a summer of the same old backyard barbeques and wine nights when Will Harding moves into the neighborhood. Will is handsome, charming, and extremely appealing to each of the women. Their fascination with him grows and begins to affect their lives in devastating ways. This sultry thriller will keep you turning pages until the heart-racing conclusion. - April
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