Teen Wii Gaming Day
Saturday, February 14th, 12:00 pm

The library provides the Wii, controllers, a batch of games, and some snacks. Teens, you just need to show up, and the gaming room is all yours!  You can also bring games from home, if there is a particular title you want to share with your friends.

Also, if you are signed up for the Teen Winter Reading Program and attend this event, you get an entry into the drawing.

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Grant Announcement:

The Two Harbors Public Library is proud to announce that we are one of the recipients of an Expanded Learning Through Libraries mini-grant from the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act (LS-00-14-0024-14) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This grant for $4,876 will expand upon last summer’s Lego Club by supporting the creation of a weekly Brick Builders LEGO® Club as a partnership among the Two Harbors Public Library, Minnehaha Elementary School, and Kids & Co., a local school-age child care program. The club will help participating K-5 students develop essential skills and abilities, including those that deal with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts with a goal of improving math and science test scores.

We will have a different focus each week of the club, from Lego Duplo challenges and traditional Lego challenges for the younger members to Lego Architecture and Lego Robotics challenges for the older members. Keep watch for future announcements about the Two Harbors Public Library’s Lego Club; we’ll start hosting our first meetings this spring.

More about our sponsors:

“The Minnesota Department of Education provides an excellent education for Minnesota students by implementing Governor Mark Dayton’s 7-Point Plan for Better Schools for a Better Minnesota. We strive for excellence, equity and opportunity by focusing on closing the achievement gap, supporting high-quality teaching, using innovative strategies to improve educational outcomes, and ensuring all students graduate from high school well-prepared for college, career and life.” To learn more, visit education.state.mn.us and follow MDE on Facebook and Twitter.

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.”

Kids’ Movie Day: Pokemon Heroes
Friday, February 13th, 2:30 pm

Bring your family and friends along to a movie every Friday with free popcorn and juice! There will be some newer releases along with some classics that everyone can enjoy. This month’s theme is heroes in celebration of our Kids’ Winter Reading Program called “Reading Adventures”.

The phenomenon of the “pocket monsters” marches on with this animated sci-fi adventure for kids. Famous Pokémon trainer Ash Ketchum is en route to a special water race for Pokémon in Altomare with his loyal companion, Pikachu, but when they arrive they discover there’s bigger game afoot than the race. Annie and Oakley are a pair of female villains determined to steal the all-powerful jewel known as the Soul Dew. However, the jewel is guarded by two especially vigilant Pokémon, Latios and Latias, so the thieves must capture the creatures before they can make off with the enchanted artifact. Annie and Oakley are able to put Latios in captivity, but not before Ash and his friends arrive on the scene. Will Ash and Pikachu be able to free Latios before the thieves can capture the Soul Dew and use its power to control all they survey?

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(Miramax; G; 90 minutes; 2003)

Permission to publicly show this movie was provided by Movie Licensing USA.

Author Talk: Michael Goldsmith
Thursday, February 12th, 6:30 pm

Eli: Greatness Begins is a Christian fiction story for young people, all about Eli McBrien becoming a star pitcher in the major leagues and at the same time developing his relationship with God. The story is interlaced with bits of conversation between God the Father and St. Peter watching Eli’s progress and giving him guidance. Author Michael Goldsmith, from Proctor, will read from the story and talk about how he came to write it.

Evening Book Group
Monday, February 9th, 6:30 pm

The book this month is “A Room of One’s Own”, by Virginia Woolf, continuing the tour of early 20th century literature. This classic is an extended essay about feminism and writing, women as writers and women as characters in fiction. Anyone is welcome to join the discussion.

Teen Japanese Language Workshop
Saturday, February 7th, 12:00 pm

Learn Japanese with your friends! We will cover some of the basics and play games in order to learn in a fun and easy way. Treats will be provided and you will have a chance to earn some prizes from Japan. See you there!

Also, if you are signed up for the Teen Winter Reading Program and attend this event, you get an entry into the drawing.

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Kids’ Movie Day: The Incredibles
Friday, February 6th, 2:30 pm

Bring your family and friends along to a movie every Friday with free popcorn and juice! There will be some newer releases along with some classics that everyone can enjoy. This month’s theme is heroes in celebration of our Kids’ Winter Reading Program called “Reading Adventures”.

Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to among the world’s greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they live “normal” lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction. (Description from case.)

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(Walt Disney Pictures; PG; 115 minutes; 2003)

Permission to publicly show this movie was provided by Movie Licensing USA.

Library Board Meeting
Tuesday, February 3rd, 5:00 pm

All library board meetings are open to the public, so if you would like to learn more about how the library is run, then this is your chance!

NEW BOOK LIST

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Nonfiction:

Juvenile:

Young Adult:

Hot Reads for Cold Nights
Adults’ Winter Reading Program
Tuesday, January 20th-Saturday, February 28th

HOT READS FOR COLD NIGHTS

At the same time as the Reading Adventures for children and teens, adults will have a chance for some extra fun with winter reading!

Hot Reads for Cold Nights participants fill out a slip for each title read with a brief comment about the book. Print, ebooks, and audiobooks are all included. The list of titles and comments (without names of readers) makes a great resource to find more books to explore. Each book slip becomes an entry for the drawing to be held Monday, March 2.

This year there will be two grand prizes: A $25 gift certificate for Rustic Inn, and a Northern Lights print by David Gilsvik. Smaller prizes including mugs and Book Lovers calendars have been provided by the Friends of the Library.

The print from David Gilsvik is now on display in the Library. He titled the picture “My Place in the Milky Way.” One of the first people to look at the print after it was put up commented that she could easily imagine someone reading in the cabin under the sky full of northern lights.  Or picture yourself out for a special lunch at Rustic Inn, perhaps discussing books with a friend!