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February 2022
United Way Tax Preparation
The United Way will offer free tax preparation at the library from February-April of this year. Patrons can call 507-276-3186 to make an appointment with IRS-certified tax preparers. Make sure to leave a message so that the preparers can call you back to schedule your appointment!
We Want Your Input!
The New Ulm Public Library Board is forming a committee to review the library's strategic plan. We are looking for community members interested in offering their feedback and helping with this process. Call Library Director April Ide at 507-359-8331 for more information.
Library YouTube Channel

Did you know that the library has a YouTube channel? You can watch recordings of library programs, board game demonstrations, story times, tutorials, and more! 
Presidents Day
The library will be closed on Monday, February 21 to observe Presidents Day.

Visit our online catalog for more information on American Presidents.
Children's and Teen Programs
Join us for a No School Afternoon Movie on Friday, February 11 at 2 p.m. in the Children's room. We'll watch a new take on an old classic, "Clifford the Big Red Dog." The movie is rated PG and has a 97 minute running time. Popcorn will be served, please bring your own water bottles. Movie screenings at the library are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Optimist Club of New Ulm.

New Ulm Public Library is thrilled to present Wacky Wonders on Friday, February 25 at 3:30 p.m. This after school program, which will meet one Friday per month, is for children in grades 2-5 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 February 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
There's still time to participate in the Winter Reading Program! 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 February adult programs: Don't forget to check out our February book group meetings:
  • Lit Wits Book Group, Monday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
  • Poetry Book Group, Monday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Bring one or two poems to share.
  • History Book Group, Tuesday, February 15 at 12 p.m.
    • Reading Imperfect Union by Steve Inskeep
  • Mystery Book Group, Monday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Reading the anthology Minnesota Not so Nice
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 Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa
Rintaro is an antisocial high school student who lives with his dear grandfather. He helps run the family used bookstore and has learned to savor and respect books of all genres and eras. After his grandfather dies, Rintaro is to go live with his unfamiliar aunt in another city, and must first close up the bookstore. One day, a large ginger cat appears, a talking cat, who tells Rintaro he’s needed for a special task and leads him into a maze. Thus begins a series of several challenges that, if successful, result in Rintaro saving books from various disastrous scenarios. Though he doesn’t think he has friends, Rintaro finds that there are people who do care about him. This heartwarming, quirky little book is a delight for anyone who loves and appreciates books…and isn’t that everyone?! - Sue
The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
This historical fiction book centers around three young women, from very different backgrounds, who meet while doing their part to help England’s war effort in early 1941.  Beth, Mab and Osla all work at Bletchley Park, a building and area which contains various huts for performing cryptanalysis (decoding enemy messages). This story has everything a reader could want – intrigue, friendship, romance (including a flirtation with Prince Phillip) and espionage. These women, along with many brilliant minds, have developed ways of descrambling messages that are intercepted. Beth has a mind that keeps working and working until she can find the secret message hidden in the gibberish – thus the title “The Rose Code.”  Finding the secrets is similar to unfolding the layers of a rose. The work of the cryptologists continues through the end of World War II and it is felt the work performed by these amazing people shortened the war by at least two years. After you finish the story, you get a chance to learn about the real people these characters portray. To me, the most amazing part of this story is that workers took pledges to not talk about the jobs they were doing and they kept their vows, even once married to a fellow cryptologist. - Pam
Cackle by Rachel Harrison
Annie is seeking a fresh start after being dumped by her boyfriend, Sam. She moves to rural New York, settling in Rowan. The first person she meets in town is Sophie. Sophie is beautiful, a wonderful cook, a skilled seamstress, and a whiz at making lotions and other potions. She makes the small town fun and magical for Annie, even though the other citizens of Rowan seem wary of Sophie. But strange things seem to happen when Sophie is around and Annie can’t help but wonder who Sophie really is . . . and if she and Annie may be more similar than Annie knows. Harrison creates a sly tale of female empowerment and keeps you guessing until the end. - April
Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
This book will stay with me for a long time. Jodi Picoult has the ability to take a current hot button issue and make it personal. In Wish You Were Here, she takes on the pandemic. Diana and Finn are right on track with their plans for a life together, until the COVID-19 pandemic hits, and their plans are upended, cancelled and changed. It really made me think about how the pandemic has affected all of us in so many personal and unforeseen ways. - Leasa
Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo
US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s second memoir is unflinching as she sets out her life story through anecdotes, spiritual symbolism, and of course, her wonderful poetry. She explores complex and powerful themes, emotions, and struggles that all can relate to in some way. She meaningfully explores issues of family, faith, identity, abuse, addiction, death, and purpose through thoughtful essays, allegories, and poems. I thoroughly enjoyed both the poetry and her story, which makes me appreciate her amazing journey even more. - LeRoy
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