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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!

Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward by Gemma Hartley

Book jacket cover of Fed UpI read the Harper’s Bazaar article that served as the basis for this book and it really hit home for me.  Booklist’s review captures very well the essence of her work: “In September 2017, Hartley wrote an article for Harper’s Bazaar about the invisible maintenance and managerial tasks women are expected to perform in and out of the home. The piece went viral, and here Hartley expands it to consider how instead of remaining a woman’s burden, emotional labor may offer a path to gender equality. Hartley’s prose soars when she shares stories from her own life balancing the responsibilities of a freelance writer, a wife, and Christian mother of three. She acknowledges her husband’s ­contributions he cooks and does the ­dishes but observes a profound imbalance in the cultural tendency to give men extra credit for doing such work while women get no credit at all. Children grow up watching their mothers manage the home, and so the gendered cycle continues. Female readers will undoubtedly relate to the many first-person anecdotes of women obliviously or resentfully doing the draining work of emotional labor. But this is a book for men, too. To break the cycle, men need to step up to the plate. And then put it in the dishwasher.” In the unlikely event my wife ever reads this blog, I just want to state for the record that I’m trying to do better!

Semper Fi