Hello library lovers! If you’re getting ready for the Winter Blues to be over and you need something to do, don’t be afraid to visit your friendly local library. We’ve got all sorts of things going on. Reminder: the library will be closed on Tuesday, April 30, for staff training.

Library Ty’s Word of the Week

Luffarslöjd

Luffarslöjd is a thrifty Scandinavian craft where people would recycle old bits of wire and use it to create artistic objects such as candleholders, whisks, baskets, or anything else they needed.

Upcoming Programs

Friday, May 3, at 1 p.m.: Art for Adults. All adults join us as we relax and rediscover coloring and art as a way to de-stress and express your creativity. Materials will be provided, but you may also bring your own supplies. Open to all adults.

Friday, May 3, at 3:30 p.m.: Sons and Daughters of the Northern Lights. The Sutter Brothers — Ross and Bart — will present a 50-minute program of music and stories, poetry and song that explores the experience of Scandinavian immigrants, their ancestors, and their descendants. For more than thirty years, The Sutter Brothers have performed shows that integrate Bart’s original writing with Ross’ versions of traditional Scandinavian and American songs and tunes. “Sons and Daughters of the Northern Lights” will offer glimpses of early settlers, memories of a vanished village school, a lament for ghost towns, and celebrations of colorful farm folk and fishermen. The show will be specially designed to evoke memories and provoke curiosity about regional history, ethnic culture, and the presence of the past in our contemporary lives. This program is intended for adult audiences.

Tuesday, May 7, at 3 p.m.: Teen Space. Hang out with Emily and create your very own library events and projects every first Tuesday of the month in the library’s teen space. Supplies and good company provided! Ages 12-18.

Tuesday, May 7, at 5:30 p.m.: Friends Meeting. Friends of the Library will be holding their monthly meeting at the library. Friends help out the library with the book sale, organizing fundraisers, and donating and volunteering for all sorts of fun library programs. New members are always welcome!

Wednesday, May 8, at 1 p.m.: Scandinavian Wire with Faith Clover! This old craft is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects for everyday use using one’s hands and simple tools. The design of wire items is really limited only by one’s imagination. After a talk and exhibit of luffarslöjd items, each person will make a basic hook or two to take home. All tools and materials will be provided. The program will last 90 minutes. Program appropriate for ages 14 and older. Max participant number preference is 40 attendees- sign up is required.

Thursday, May 9, at 3 p.m.: Knitting and Needlework Group. Join us every other Thursday of the month between 3 and 5 p.m. to share and learn tips, talk, and enjoy the fun while you do your craft of choice. Bring whatever project you’re working on, drop in, and join the group! Some supplies will be provided, but bring what you will need for your project. No registration required. This program is designed for ages 12 and up.

Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m.: Baby Story Time. Join librarian Emily for Baby Story Time. What’s Baby Story Time all about? Well, there are fun songs and great stories. Get that baby out and about and socializing! Learn the building blocks of literacy, which will increase your child’s educational success. This program is for babies aged 6 months to 24 months old.

Hibbing Public Library Hours: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Saturday and Sunday).

We will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. Contact the library by phone at 362-5959 or by email at hibbingpl@alslib.info. Check out the library’s Facebook at www.facebook.com/hibbinglibrary and our website at www.hibbing.lib.mn.us to find details about upcoming programs and events.

This week’s column

submitted by

Tyler Pulkkinen

Library Lead,

Hibbing Public Library

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