Library News for Adults - Special Edition
July 22, 2020

Tips for Using Limited Express Service 

We are SO happy to see you again!  We've made some changes, so here are some tips to help you plan your next visit.
  • Plan on bringing and wearing a mask while you are in the building.
  • Check your library's open (Express) hours before you leave the house! 
  • Download the library's new app for iOS or Android before you visit. Not only can you check to see which books and other materials are in, but the app can store your library card barcode for easy checkout at the self-check machines.
  • If you need to use one of our computers, make an appointment in advance for a session during Computer Access hours.

  • Yes, even though we have in-library express service now, you can still schedule an appointment for curbside pickup to pick up your holds.

  • Please keep your visit to 30 minutes or less.

For more specific information and details, check out our COVID-19 page  here .  

Welcome Back!
New Adult Program

100 Gifts Poem Project - Give a gift to yourself or someone you love with Scott County Library's 100 Gifts Poem Project! Local poet Molly VanAvery will create poems for 100 kids, teens, & adults in Scott County - sign up now to be one of the lucky recipients! On the event date (August 6th) we'll email you an online form to fill out with questions to choose from like "What are you going through right now? What is it like to be you? What is bringing you joy? What are you struggling with?". Then the library will forward the answers and your age and first name to Molly, she will create a poem especially for you or your recipient, type it out on her vintage typewriter, and mail it back to the library. We'll mail the finished poem to you after scanning it so we can share the finished poems. Register using the corrected blue link above.

Upcoming Legal Clinics

Family Law Clinic, August 10th - Schedule a 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney for family law issues.

Legal Advice Clinic, August 13th and 27th - Schedule a 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney for all areas of civil law.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 952-496-8713.  An appointment is required for these free legal clinics.

We're reading A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, and each week we will share a quotation from two essays and give you some points to ponder as you read along with us. Want to read along? Click here to read the open-access eBook in your browser, or place a hold on a print or eBook copy at the library. 

This week, we read the sixth and seventh essays.  

From "Brutal" by Bao Phi:

"All Asians are forever foreigners, we don't belong here no matter what we do, go back to where you came from, we all know this..."
  • How damaging can it be to not acknowledge stereotypes within races? What is the first image that comes to mind when "police brutality" is mentioned?

From "Say What?" by Carolyn Holbrook :

"Carolyn, take the black out of it!... I wish I had thought to ask him if he would be willing to take the Irish out of his voice, to negate his identity."
  • Do you have any personal stories of when you were asked to negate your identity? How did that make you feel? What identity characteristics in your opinion are socially constructed and which are independently constructed?
Weekly Trivia

Here are the top five finishers from last week's "Nature" challenge.  No perfect scores this week. 
  1. Polite Piranha
  2. Radiant Bison 
  3. Witty Leopard
  4. Captain Hamster 
  5. Champion Gator
Here's this week's challenge. Good luck!

Trivia Challenge: The Wait Continues: Why Do Some Authors Take So Long Between Titles?

Ever noticed that some authors take FOREVER to write the next title in a series? Think you know why they take so long? Try this quiz to see if you know why your favorite authors take so long between titles. Try our newest trivia, thanks to Kyle in New Prague! The multiple choice challenge is timed, so the faster you respond, the more points you get! You have until Tuesday, July 28 at noon to take the challenge.  

We've built our trivia challenge in Kahoot!, but there's no need for you to create an account. Just click the link, spin for a randomly-generated player name, and play! The top five winners will be revealed in next Wednesday's newsletter, so be sure to remember your player name!
This and That
  • If you're an aspiring comic book illustrator or writer, or graphic novelist, you may want to make arrangements to attend the Virtual Library Comic Convention events happening next Thursday, July 30th. Sessions include "Worth 1,000 Words: Visual Storytelling Through Comics and Graphic Novels", "Comic Book Art 101: Demonstrations, Tips, and Tricks of the Trade", and "Welcome to The Editor's Roundtable".
  • Consider yourself a "foodie"? Love gardening? Check out next week's virtual Evenings in the Garden program from the Scott County Master Gardeners - "The Foodie Experience". Wander your garden and see what you can make. Thursday, July 28th, 6:30-7:30pm. Check the Evenings in the Garden link above for login instructions. If you can't make it, or have other plans, it will be available for a week on the Scott County Master Gardeners website.
  • CareerForce is offering a Veteran's Virtual Career Fair this Thursday, July 23rd at 1:00pm. Veterans, transitioning service members, currently serving Reserve and National Guard, family members of service members and Veteran caregivers will learn about positions available with employers that are dedicated to hiring Veterans, Service Members, and their families. Register in advance by using the CareerForce link above.
Library Staff Recommends

All titles are available (or will soon be available) in print, on Cloud Library eBooks or eAudiobooks, or RBDigital eAudiobooks.

Women of Mystery - mysteries and thrillers featuring smart women who can take care of themselves. Suggested by Beth, Branch Supervisor at the Elko New Market Library.
  • Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
  • The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld - 1st book in the Naomi Cottle series 
  • Unsub by Meg Gardiner - 1st book in the Unsub series 
  • Love You More by Lisa Gardner - 1st book in the Tessa Leoni series
  • Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs - 1st book in the Temperance Brennan series

As an historian and librarian, Vicki has a great interest in the Holocaust and recommends these interesting books. Vicki is a Librarian at the New Prague Library.

I Want You to Know We're Still Here by Esther Safran Foer

Jack & Rochelle: a Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance by Jack Sutin

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield

Gertruda's Oath: a Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape during World War II by Ram Oren

Franci's War by Franci Rabinek Epstein and Helen Epstein
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