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What I Lick Before Your Face and Other Haikus by Dogs by Jamie Coleman

I’ve been on a bit of a grim run with my book postings lately – global climate change, the Me Too movement, etc. So it was perfect timing when I saw this book. If you love dogs (and I do!) then check out this book. You won’t be sorry! I’ve included one of the cute haikus above. These tend to elicit the “awwww” reaction. There are also quite a few laugh out loud haikus regarding the, how shall I put this. earthier aspects of owning a dog… Highly recommended!
Picture of book cover for What I Lick Before Your Face

 

 

New at the library!


Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Red Wing Public Library, beginning on Monday, December 2 you will be able to check out from us, for free, a mobile hotspot. So what is a mobile hotspot? It’s the little (and I do mean little – about the size of a deck of cards) thing pictured to the left. It’s a device that connects to a cellular network (Sprint, in this case) and using that connection, creates a Wifi network for up to 10 devices. The download speed will vary depending on signal strength and network load but even when it’s at the slower end will allow users to do pretty much anything except really bandwidth intensive activities, like online gaming or Ultra HD video. Furthermore, there is no data cap, no automatic throttling and no charge to users! You can use them anywhere in the US that the Sprint 4G LTE network can provide signal.

Anybody who lives in Goodhue County and has a library card from us or someone who has purchased a library card from us can check one out.

Access to the Internet is so so important for simply getting by in today’s society. There are many of our fellow Goodhue County residents who don’t have that access. One public library is not going to be able to fix the problem of the digital divide between the haves and have nots. We already make a difference by providing free wired access but that is limited to a specific place (the library) and specific time (when we are open). With mobile hotspots we will be able to help people in places and ways we could not before. The library has always been a place where people could find information and entertainment through checking out the books and movies and stuff we have there. Now we are very excited about the prospect of being able to check out the Internet to our patrons!

Life: The First Four Billion Years by Martin Jenkins

Picture of book cover for Life: The First Four Billion YearsI’m trespassing on Megan’s turf here, writing about a children’s book. That’s because deep down I have not outgrown my desire to be a paleontologist when I grow up (I know, chronologically that ship sailed so so many years ago, but maturity wise I’ve still got a ways to go…)

This is a truly fascinating book with glorious illustrations. Like a lot of people, I know a fair amount about dinosaurs, critters from our fairly recent past. After all, the Jurassic period was only a couple hundred million years ago. But I know almost nothing about the really old times, like the Archean Eon (4-2.5 billion years ago). There were some truly weird creatures in the old times! And the geological history is incredible as well. Highly recommended!