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Kindles you can check out

Going on vacation? Don’t have the space or arm strength to lug 20 books with you? Not excited about reading on your tiny glare-ridden phone screen? We’ve got a solution for you! We have 6 Kindles available for you to check out.   Each one has a theme: Romance; Cozy mysteries (lighter mysteries without explicit violence, language or sexual content); Mysteries and Thrillers (psychological thrillers like Gone Girl, action thrillers, etc); Nonfiction; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; and General Fiction (everything that wouldn’t fit somewhere else!)

We have hundreds of books on our Kindles, as well as hard to find (in libraries, anyway) short stories and novellas. The E Ink screens are easy to read inside or outside. The Kindles are lightweight and battery life is excellent.

You’ll have to stop by the desk to check these out because we keep them in the back. We are very excited about being able to offer Kindles, and we hope you’ll use and enjoy them! We welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks!

Summer reading registration is open!

Lots of great stuff this year both for kids and adults! Please be aware that we have a number of activities with limited spaces so you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible. The Writers’ Camp has 16 spaces available for each session.  The Bee’s Code Workshop with the Bakken Museum has a limit of 24 children  (for children ages 4-6. Pre-registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.) The Mini-Magnets Workshop with the Bakken Museum has a limit of 30 children (for children entering grades K-2. Pre-registration required). And of course the ever popular Minnesota Zoomobile requires free tickets available from us (2 sessions at 250 people each – we haven’t had to turn anybody away the past several years, but you never know!)

The signup for our other super high demand/limited seating event, the American Girl Tea Party and Fashion Show, isn’t until July 12. Details on all our summer reading activities are at the links above. Please call if you have any questions!

The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

Book jacket cover of The Uninhabitable EarthMost of us have heard some of the big stats: 18 of the 19 warmest years on record have come since the year 2000. This past week’s CO2 measurement at Mauna Loa at 415 parts per million is the highest such reading in at least 800,000 years (and possibly as much as 3 million years). An article in  National Geographic described the Greenland ice melt, noting “between 2002 and 2016, Greenland lost approximately 280 billion tons of ice per year. This average annual ice melt is enough to cover the entire states of Florida and New York hip deep in meltwater, as well as drowning Washington, D.C. and one or two other small states.” And of course there’s far more ice in Antarctica than Greenland – and it’s starting to melt rapidly too. But as grim as the sea level rise numbers are, David Wallace-Wells points out that what climate change will bring “…is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually. This is only a preview of the changes to come. And they are coming fast. Without a revolution in how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century. In his travelogue of our near future, David Wallace-Wells brings into stark relief the climate troubles that await–food shortages, refugee emergencies, and other crises that will reshape the globe. But the world will be remade by warming in more profound ways as well, transforming our politics, our culture, our relationship to technology, and our sense of history. It will be all-encompassing, shaping and distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today. Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. For just as the world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime, the responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation.” This is not a lengthy or technical book, but it is emotionally difficult to read. Despite that, I believe this is an incredibly important book that should be widely read. I’m glad I did.