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Browsing appointments halted

Due to the COVID-19 situation in Goodhue County and Minnesota, we are temporarily halting all browsing appointments, effective immediately. We are still permitting computer appointments for the time being. We are expanding our curbside service to help offset this change. We regret the inconvenience but the health and safety of patrons and staff is our number one priority. Please call us at 651-385-3645 if you have any questions. Thank you.

Minnesotans Coming Together

Even though we are all social distancing, sometimes it is nice to get together – even if only virtually. Libraries are a place of community and connection, and the libraries of Minnesota are working together to bring our patrons closer with our new program One Book | One Minnesota. 

A statewide book club, One Book | One Minnesota asks Minnesotans to read the same book and virtually come together to discuss, reflect, and connect over the topics they’ve read. From October to December is the third installment of this program and this season’s title is The Plague of Doves by Minnesota author Louise Erdrich. “The Plague of Doves is a gripping novel about a long-unsolved crime in a small North Dakota town and how, years later, the consequences are still being felt by the community and a nearby Native American reservation,” (Amazon).

In a time of such diversity,  One Book | One Minnesota seeks to remind Minnesotans of community and connection through books that tackle similar topics we are facing right now. This is a unique opportunity to take part in author videos, group discussions, reading guides, and much more. You can invite your friends to take part with you, or you can read alone and connect online with other Minnesotans across the state. 

For more information, check out the official One Book | One Minnesota here:

https://minitex.umn.edu/news/ebooks-minnesota/2020-10/third-chapter-statewide-one-book-program-features-louise-erdrich

Book Review: Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake

Badger is a badger who does Important Rock Work. He likes quiet, order, and no interruptions. Skunk is a skunk who needs a place to stay. He likes chickens, preparing (and eating!) big, delicious breakfasts, and gazing at the moon. So, when Aunt Lula, who owns the brownstone where Badger does his Important Rock Work, learns that Skunk is a skunk without a home, it seems obvious – Badger will be getting a roommate.

When Skunk shows up at the brownstone, Badger (who has not yet taken the time to read Aunt Lula’s letter about his new roommate) is Not Pleased. When it seems obvious Skunk is not a sales skunk, and is not going anywhere, he offers Skunk his special Guest Closet for the night – the second floor bedroom is occupied by his collection of empty boxes of all sizes – and is sure things will sort themselves out. Skunk, however, is determined to make things work with his new roommate, no matter how prickly he might be (or how noisy the rock tumbler is) and sets out with great enthusiasm to win Badger over.

Newbery honor author Amy Timberlake pairs up with Caldecott medalist Jon Klassen for a marvelous tale of friendship, found family, a Rocket Potato, and a large assortment of chickens. Funny, heartwarming, and just the right size to savor in one sitting, Skunk and Badger is a perfect for reading aloud, reading on your own, and sharing with friends and family of all ages!