Duluth Public Library March 2023 Newsletter

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Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

GROW YOUR OWN SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS

All three library branches will host presentations by local educator and mushroom grower Shawn Bernhardt. Berhardt will cover details about supplies, creating ideal growing conditions, and harvesting. Join us to learn more and delight in the possiblility of growing this delicious fungi at home. Register online to reserve your spot!

Thursday, March 9 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 15 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Tuesday, March 21 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

MURDER MYSTERY

Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

SATURDAY, MARCH 18

Duluth Public Libraries | March 2023 | volume 7 issue 3
March Newsletter
Saturday CLOSED Monday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Grand Ave. • 218.730.4280
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520 W. Superior St. • 218.730.4200 105 Mt. Royal Shopping Cir. • 218.730.4290
ESCAPE ROOM
Eleven ghosts have been haunting The Depot and your team is being called upon to solve the case of their murders! More details inside.

Friends of the Duluth Public Library donate $10,000 for library programming and events

In February, the Friends of the Duluth Public Library donated $10,000 to DPL for the purpose of funding library events and programming. Known simply as “the Friends” around the library, this committed group of volunteers spends thousands of hours sorting and organizing books in the library garage in order to host three highly successful book sales throughout the year. In 2022, 97 volunteers collectively gave 2,260 hours of their time for fundraising efforts. Because of the hard work of the Friends, the library is able to offer robust programming to patrons of all ages. Thank you to the Friends not just for the important funding they provide, but for the fantastic book sales they put on for the whole community!

Get ready for the summer book sale in June!

Did you know that members of the Friends enjoy early access to the book sale? For information on volunteer opportunities and to become a member, visit friendsofdpl.com.

Learn more and meet the Ready 5 at everychildreadyduluth.org

Early learning made simple. School readiness begins at birth.

Thursday, March 2

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Lake Superior College

2101 Trinity Road

Room M255, The Commons AND ONLINE

Katy Smith

WHAT ALL KIDS NEED: A Community Conversation

Join Katy Smith—Parent Educator, Early Childhood Advocate, and the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year—in a lively and hopeful conversation about childhood and what kids need from it. Important life skills are hard-wired in children’s first years of life, and our culture is not wholly supportive of children as they develop those life skills. This conversation will empower parents and caregivers to best support their children’s crucial years of development. Attend in-person at Lake Superior College or tune in over Zoom. A recording will be available for two weeks after the event and will be sent to all registrants. Continuing education certificates will be available for those who attend in-person, virtually, or watch the recording. Registration is only necessary for virtual attendance or to access the recording afterwards.

Library Manager, Carla Powers and Friends President, Marcia Semerau

Monthly Book Clubs

Virtual Book Club

Join fellow book lovers from the comfort of home! Zoom link will be provided with registration.

Wed. March 1 6:30-7:30 pm Online

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.

Wed. April 5 6:30-7:30 pm Online

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

Mt. Royal Book Club • Adults

The Mt. Royal Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month to discuss various fiction and non-fiction titles.

Wed. March 1 3:00-4:00 pm Blue

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Wed. April 5 3:00-4:00 pm Blue

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Book Club in a Bar

Join fellow foodies and book lovers at local eating establishments to dig in! Registration required for our most popular book club!

Thurs. March 23 6:00-7:00 pm Pizza Lucé

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Thurs. April 28 6:00-7:00 pm Zeitgeist

Wolf's Trail by Dr. Thomas Peacock

Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club

If you’ve never tried science fiction or fantasy, now is the time! March’s book choice is Iron Widow, a debut novel by Xiran Jay Zhao. Suit up with 18-year-old Zetian, a deadly robot pilot, as she demands justice in a society that pressures girls to sacrifice themselves in battles with giant mecha aliens.

Tues. March 14 6:00-7:00 pm Green

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Tues. April 11 6:00-7:00 pm Green

Dead Silence by S.A. Barnes

West Duluth Book Club • Adults

Good books are like good friends! Join us for this informal and fun book club on the third Friday of each month. Members suggest future titles for the group, both fiction and nonfiction. West Duluth Book Club meets in the Evergreen Senior Center.

Fri. March 17 3:45-4:45 pm

The Dance Boots by Linda LeGarde Grover

Fri. April 21 3:45-4:45 pm

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

community events throughout April in honor of this year’s One Book Northland selection, The Wolf’s Trail: An Ojibwe Story, Told by Wolves by Thomas

Library Staff Spotlight

Meet the Duluth Public Library’s Safety Specialist, Kaitlyn! Kaitlyn has been working at the Main Library since September 2022. Kaitlyn holds a Masters degree in Social Work, is a Licensed Social Worker, and has worked in group homes, taught music to young people, and has worked as a therapist, among several other things. Her various skills, experiences, and jobs held over the years have all gone into preparing Kaitlyn for her current position. “This is the job I was made to do,” she says with a smile. The role of Safety Specialist is a new one, created in a months-long process to ensure that the library is a safe space for all who come through our doors, whether they are using the library to check out books or as a space to relax and take a break from cold weather. Adding Kaitlyn to the staff is part of the library’s ongoing effort to ask questions about and expand the concept of what is deemed appropriate library use. As she puts it: “The majority of my work is connecting people with resources and building relationships with patrons, library staff, and other people in the community doing work that overlaps with mine.” She adds: “I like to approach my work with a whole-person perspective.” She can most often be found strolling the library, inside and out, striking up conversations and greeting many people by name.

When not working at the library, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her dogs, hiking, and reading Science Fiction and Fantasy. Thank you, Kaitlyn, your work is appreciated!

Look for
D. Peacock.

Event Information

For additional information and to register online: www.duluthlibrary.org/programs-events

For questions and to register by phone: Main Library events: 218.730.4200

Mount Royal Branch events: 218.730.4290

West Duluth Branch events: 218.730.4280

Please note that all children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

For questions about accessibility, contact webmail@duluthmn.gov

Photos may be taken for promotional purposes at library events. If you do not wish to be photographed, please talk to library staff.

Free library programming made possible by:

Join us in-person or on Zoom for a presentation by Master Gardener Catherine Winter about starting seeds indoors. Winter will share tips on equipment, supplies, and how to harden off your plants and help them acclimate to outdoor life. Bring your questions and summer garden dreams! Registration is required only for virtual attendance.

Thu. March 2 6:00-7:00 pm Gold

Thu. March 2 6:00-7:00 pm Online

To learn more and register for events, follow the QR code!

Partnership Center Resources and Hours

Main Library • 520 West Superior Street • 2nd Floor No appointments necessary. Walk-ins welcome. Assistance is free and available to all!

CareerForce

Second Monday of the month, 12:30-4:30 pm

Receive job search assistance from Minnesota’s career development and talent matching resource.

Human Development Center Crisis Outreach Team

Monday – Friday, 2-5 pm

Community-based mental health support serving residents of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.

MNsure Navigators

Thursdays, 12-6 pm

Receive assistance navigating the state of MN’s healthcare marketplace. Find out if you qualify for MNsure and receive assistance in applying.

Baby Storytime • Birth to 24 months

Join us for a brief storytime—ideal for babies ages birth to 24 months—then stay for early literacy playtime and socialization. Mondays, 10:15-10:45 am

Family Storytime • Birth to Kindergarten

These 30-minute storytimes are for children birth to kindergarten and their grown-ups. The focus is on having fun while sharing the joy of learning essential early literacy skills. Come enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays!

Wednesdays, 10:15-10:45 am

LEGO® CLUB • Kids, Tweens, & Teens

Come join us for some fun with LEGO®! Take on a LEGO® challenge or two, or just let your imagination guide your creations. Drop in, no registration!

Thurs. March 2 3:30-4:30 pm Green

Sat. March 11 12:00-2:00 pm Gold

Saturday Storytime Spectacular! • Birth to Kindergarten

Have you been missing out on Storytime during the week? Join us for two special Saturday storytimes with Baby Storytime at 10:15 am and Family Storytime at 11:15 am. Come read, sing, rhyme, and play together at this Storytime Spectacular!

Sat. March 4 10:15 am-12:00 pm Gold

MN Ballet Sleeping Beauty Sneak Peek • Preschool-Teens

Minnesota Ballet will tell the classic story of Sleeping Beauty through the magic of dance and the music of Tchaikovsky. Enjoy the story and a dance demonstration, then, join a mini ballet class! Register online to save your spot.

Sat. March 4 1:30-2:30 pm Green

Miniature Library: Bookshelf Inserts • Adults

If you are intrigued by building miniature worlds, or wish to indulge your inner child who always wanted a doll house, this program is for you! Basic materials will be provided to build your own miniature library. This program is divided into two sessions, (Part 1) planning and setting up the nook, and (Part 2) mini furniture and décor ideas.

Thurs. March 9 5:30-7:30 pm Gold

Thurs. March 16 5:30-7:30 pm Gold

All About Competitive Puzzling! • All Ages

In preparation for the Duluth Jigsaw Puzzle Contest at The Depot, the library is hosting Amber Haglund Pagel and Valerie Coit to talk about their experiences in competition puzzling at the national level. We will learn about speed puzzling and how it is done, as well as some tips and tricks to get faster. You will even get to try your hand at a puzzle sprint yourself!

Sat. March 11

1:00-3:00 pm Green

Teen Anime and Manga Club • Teens

Meet fellow fans of Anime & Manga to hang out and watch anime on the big screen. Drawing and crafts will be available. Pizza served while it lasts. Exclusively for teens in grades 6 – 12.

Thurs. March 16 4:00-6:00 pm Green

Wiggle Time for Littles • Birth to Kindergarten

Geared for kids, birth-age to 5. Older siblings are welcome! Come and run, jump, skip, hop, climb, and play with us to get those wiggles out! Drop in anytime.

Sat. March 18 10:00 am-12:00 pm Gold

MURDER MYSTERY ESCAPE ROOM

Murder Mystery Escape Room • Adults

Eleven ghosts have been haunting The Depot and your team has been called upon to help solve the case of their murders! You will be given clues and a guidebook to help you discover who is the guilty party. Participants are encouraged to come in costume; prizes awarded for best looks! Please reserve your space by registering on the library's events calendar. Only one registration needed per group. The Depot is across the street from the Main Library at 506 W. Michigan Street.

Sat. March 18

6:00-9:00 pm Offsite

Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms • Adults

Join us for a presentation by Shawn Bernhardt, local educator and mushroom grower, to learn about the process and delight in the possiblility of growing this delicious fungi at home. Register online to reserve your spot!

Tues. March 21 6:30-7:30 pm Green

Saturday Family Craft Day • Kids, Tweens, & Teens

Cabin fever got you down? Bring your little crafters and drop in anytime during our open craft time! Make some fun new art to brighten your refrigerator for the rest of winter. There will be an assortment of crafting supplies and ideas for families to enjoy!

Sat. March 25 11:00 am-3:00 pm Gold

Baby Storytime • Birth to 24 months

Join us for a brief storytime, ideal for babies birth-age to 24 months, then stay for some early literacy playtime and socialization.

Tuesdays 1:15-1:45 pm Alcove

Family Storytime • Birth to Kindergarten

These 30-minute storytimes are for children birth to kindergarten and their grown-ups. The focus is on having fun while sharing the joy of learning essential early literacy skills. Come enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays!

Wednesdays 10:15-10:45 am Alcove

Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms • Adults

Join us for a presentation by Shawn Bernhardt, local educator and mushroom grower, to learn about the process and delight in the possiblility of growing this delicious fungi at home. Register online to reserve your spot!

Thurs. March 9 6:00-7:00 pm Evergreen

Book Bingo! • All Ages

Join us for some family fun! In a twist on the classic game, bingo numbers get replaced with bookcovers. Win cool books just by playing!

Thurs. March 16 6:00-7:00 pm Evergreen

West Duluth Book Club • Adults

New members are always welcome in this fun, informal book club! March’s choice is The Dance Boots by Linda LeGarde Grover. Members suggest future titles for the group. Join us in the Evergreen Senior Center on the third Friday of every month.

Fri. March 17 3:45-4:45 pm Evergreen

Weaving Wall Art for Kids • Kids

What do you get when you cross a stick, some yarn, and some imagination? A beautiful piece of woven wall art, that’s what! Join us in the Evergreen Conference Room for this easy-peasy craft and take your creation home!

Tues. March 21 3:30-4:30 pm

Make Your Own Slime • Kids, Tweens, & Teens

Engage your senses and make your own slime! Join us for a fun, laid-back activity. Registration required.

Thurs. March 23 6:00-7:00 pm Evergreen

Tax Help at the Main Library

‘Tis the season! Volunteers from the UMD VITA program will be in the Green Room, Michigan Street Level on Mondays and Saturdays. Sessions are available by appointment only with the last available date April 1. To schedule an appointment, call 218-726-6779. For more info, email umdvita@d.umn.edu or visit VITA’s website at z.umn.edu/vita.

Appointment Hours:

Mondays, between 1:00-5:00 pm

Saturdays, between 10:00 am-3:30 pm

Volunteers will NOT be at the Main Library

Saturday, March 4th; Monday, March 6th; Saurday, March 11

Tuesdays 10:15 am Blue

Family Storytime • Birth to Kindergarten

These 30-minute storytimes are for children birth to kindergarten and their grown-ups. The focus is on having fun while sharing the joy of learning essential early literacy skills. Come enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and fingerplays!

Thursdays 10:15-10:45 am Blue

Mt. Royal Book Club • Adults

This month’s choice is Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson, which follows the coming of age stories of Iris and Aubrey as they navigate unexpected teenage parenthood. The Mt. Royal Book Club meets the first Wednesday of each month at 3:00 PM to discuss various fiction and non-fiction titles.

Wed. March 1 3:00-4:00 pm Blue

Twin Ports Genealogical Society Presentation & Meeting • Adults

Join us for the presentation, Searching Court Records, by Vickie Chupurdia. Vickie is presenting from Arizona via Zoom and the presentation can be watched on Zoom or on the screen at the Mt. Royal Library. Registration required for virtual attendance.

Mon. March 6 6:00-7:30 pm Online & Blue

Play and Learn for Family, Friends, and Neighbor Care Providers

Are you caring for the young children of a family member, friend, or neighbor? Join us for a fun-filled event of reading, singing, and playing together with the little ones you care for! All participants will receive books, project supplies, snacks and resources for FREE. Sessions are designed for care providers to bring children with them, but you may also come on your own.

Wed. March 8 10:00-11:00 am Blue

Social Knitting Group • Adults

This group is open to all who love to knit or crochet. Bring a fiber project you are working on—all skill levels are welcome!

Wed. March 8 2:00-4:00 pm Blue

Refugee for 50 Minutes • Tweens, Teens, Adults, & Seniors

Step into the shoes of a refugee for 50 minutes in this immersive program and learn about the experiences of people leaving their countries of origin. What kinds of legal protections do refugees have? Why do refugees leave? What sorts of problems and prospects do refugees face when resettling? This interactive exhibit is presented by UW-Superior’s Dr. Khalil Dokhanchi and is suitable for tweens to seniors. Please register on the library events calendar to ensure a spot. Groups are welcome!

Mon. March 13 10:00 am-7:00 pm Blue

Grow Your Own Shiitake Mushrooms • Adults

Join us for a presentation by Shawn Bernhardt, local educator and mushroom grower, to learn about the process and delight in the possiblility of growing this delicious fungi at home. Register online to reserve your spot!

Wed. March 15 6:00-7:00 pm Blue

Crafternoon • Preschool, Kids, Tweens

Join the Mt Royal staff for a fun and colorful beading project that you can take home. No experience necessary to join!

Fri. March 17 3:00-4:00 pm Blue

Book Bingo! • All Ages

Cover that free space and enjoy some book bingo! If you call, “bingo!” you bring home a book. All ages are welcome.

Tues. March 28 3:00-4:00 pm Blue

Updates Coming to the Libby App

In March, Libby users will find a useful "deep search" function to help them find new and interesting materials. If you search a title, author, or series and it returns no results, Libby will automatically display similar titles that are not yet in your collection but are available in the app. And, if a search returns fewer than 100 results, you can tap the filter button to expand your search across a wider catalog. Libby is a digital resource available for free to all Duluth Public Library and Arrowhead Library System patrons. For more information on getting the Libby app, visit our website at duluthlibrary.org or give us a call!

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