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What to do when you’re stuck at home

Hello friends,

I hope you’re all staying safe during these tough times.  I expect a lot of you are stuck at home, with or without kids.  What can you do to keep entertained and enlightened?  Here are some resources that may help.

Read ebooks:

As I hope you already know, you can use your library card to check out ebooks and e-audiobooks from our collection.  Use the free Libby app to download.  Want to get started with electronic content?  Check out this user guide that will talk you through the process on your type of device.

You can find more free content on Ebooks Minnesota, a collection of books from Minnesota’s independent publishers.  Get started by browsing by category.

Classics are available to download or read online from Project Gutenberg.

Desperate for wifi?  Our network is still up and available.  You should be able to pull up your vehicle and use it from the parking lot.

Physical books and more:

We have carts in the entryway of the library loaded with books, puzzles and activity sheets.  They are all free for the taking.  There is also a little free library downtown by the Veterans’ Memorial.

Online learning and entertainment for kids and adults:

Scholastic Learn At Home has lots of free projects by grade level.

Junior Library Guild has opened access to their ebooks for kids and young adults.

Educational publisher Abdo has provided free access to all of their ebooks and databases through June to keep kids reading.  Find books for PreK-8 and 5-12.  Also, check out the Zoom research database for beginning readers.

Nickelodeon has a site with activities including Spongebob’s handwashing lesson.

Why not take a virtual tour of the world’s great museums?

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can start a free online course from an Ivy League University.

Lots of streaming services are offering special content.    Amazon Prime is offering free kids content even to non-subscribers.  Other services are extending their free trials to 30 days.  Explore this list from Slate.

This NPR article lists more, including theater, learning and workout sites.

Family Matinee

Our family matinee is fun for the whole family the third Saturday of every month at 11:00.  For no money at all, you can come into the library and watch a G or PG movie on our big screen.  We will even throw in some free popcorn!  Everyone is welcome, no pre-registration required.

March 21: Frozen II (PG) EVENT CANCELLED

Your favorite characters from Frozen are back!  When she hears a mysterious voice calling to her Queen Elsa embarks on a journey to the Enchanted Forest to discover the source of her magical powers and save the kingdom of Arendelle.  And, of course she couldn’t undertake the journey without the help of  her sister Anna and their friends ice harvester Kristoff, snowman Olaf and reindeer Sven.

 

 

 

 

April 18: The Princess Diaries (G)

Mia is a regular, somewhat awkward high school student living with her mother in San Francisco when she gets the shocking  news that she’s the heir to the throne of the European country of Genovia.  Her newly-discovered grandmother Clarisse gives Mia a makeover and etiquette lessons designed to turn her into someone new.  Can Mia become a princess while still remaining true to herself?

 

 

 

May 16: Sonic the Hedgehog (PG)

Based on the popular video game character, Sonic is an alien blue hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds.  He comes to Earth to hide out from the bad guys, but when he causes an accident he draws dangerous attention.  He must escape Doctor Robotnik with the help of his new friend, Sheriff Tom Wachowski.

TV Trivia Night

TV Trivia: The Decades, 1960s-2000s
Tuesday, January 28th, 6:00-7:30

Our trivia night will feature 10 questions per decade about the iconic shows that have made us laugh, cry and think.  It’s the perfect activity to share across generations.  Put together your own team of up to five or come alone and we’ll hook you up.  Every member of the winning team will get to choose a prize from our fabulous selection.  You do not have to be registered for the winter reading program or even 18 to play.

What’s up in November

The holidays are fast approaching and so is the snow.  We may settle in for the season, but we’re still keeping busy.  Here are the events at your library this month.

Monday, November 4th at 1:00 pm:  Classic Movie Matinee
Ninotchka starring Greta Garbo
This delightful comedy satirized the Soviet Union, with Garbo playing a no-nonsense official who finds herself seduced by Paris and by one Count in particular.

Wednesday, November 6th at 10:30: Hands-On Science
The theme this month is food!  We will try our hands at making butter along with some other edible experiments.  Best for ages 18 months-5 years.

Friday, November 8th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Minnesota animals in winter.

Monday, November 11th: Closed for Veterans’ Day

Wednesday, November 13th at 11:00: Coffee and Conversation
Get to know your neighbors over a hot beverage.

Friday, November 15th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Where the Wild Things Are!

Saturday, November 16th at 11:00: Family Matinee
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Max the terrier encounters canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey when he visits the countryside. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses.  Free and fun for the whole family.  Free popcorn!

Wednesday, November 20th at 1:00: Book Group
Our book group for adults will discuss Persepolis, a graphic novel memoir of life in revolutionary Iran.  Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30: Library Board Meeting
If you’re curious about how the library runs or interested in joining the board, you can join us any month at our meeting.

Thursday, November 21st at 6:00: Writing Group
We have a small, but enthusiastic group of writers who share our work.  It is a non-judgmental space.  Writers of any genre or experience level are welcome.

Friday, November 22nd at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 27th at 11:00: Coffee and Conversation
Bring your friends or make new ones over a hot beverage.

Thursday, November 28th: closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, November 29th all day: Drop-in crafts
Skipping the shopping hordes?  Need to get the kids out of the house?  Come to the library and make some crafts.

Friday, November 29th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is courage.

Genealogy Program

Rick Crume
How to Trace Your Family Tree on FamilySearch.org
Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 pm

Crume family photo taken at the Glyndon Congregational UCC for a church directory

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to research your family history. FamilySearch.org, a free site, has a large, growing collection of historic records, books, photos and family trees. In this class, you’ll learn how to search the databases on FamilySearch and how to share and preserve your own family’s photographs and historic records on the website.