Library News for Adults - Special Edition
July 15, 2020

***Limited Express Service Begins Next Monday!***

After three months of closed buildings, all Scott County libraries will be opening their doors to the public for limited Express Service beginning on Monday, July 20th. You will be able to come in to pick up and check out your holds, and browse the shelves with some limitations. For more information - including new branch hours - click here.
New Adult Programs

Cellar of the Haunted Library - There's a disturbing collection of ghosts in our cellar, and they're busying ransacking the old boxes and trunks stored there. If you can discover their names you can put them to rest - can you solve the mystery and free the spirits with the help of four sets of clues mailed to you every week for four weeks? Use the link above to register for this fun challenge that begins next Thursday, July 23rd.

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.

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 fourth and fifth essays.  

From "With an 'E' " by Venessa Fuentes:

"Is is just me, you wonder to yourself, or do there seem to be different kinds of being different?
  • Have recent conversations in your community led you to see how race is perceived differently in different places? Have you heard someone of a different race describe their experience growing up in Minnesota that does and does not echo your own? 
From " Trouble in Mind: To Be Black is Blue in America" by  IBé:

"It was in St. Cloud, Minnesota where I slowly went from black to "Black in America," where I first started sensing something was afoot, that my color was starting to shape my experience." 
  • "Black" is not a category IBé automatically identifies with, but is immediately associated with in the United States. Have you considered your own perceived racial identity? What barriers or privileges does this offer you in comparison to IBé's? 
Weekly Trivia

Here are the top five finishers from last week's "Independence Days Around the World" challenge, with one perfect score.  Congratulations to the Royal Buffalo!
  1. Royal Buffalo - 100%
  2. Winged Sphinx
  3. Helpful Chicken 
  4. Melodic Lemur
  5. Honest Hamster
Here's this week's challenge. Good luck!

   Trivia Challenge: Nature

Are you an aspiring botanist or biologist? Think you know your plants and animals? Try our Nature trivia, thanks to Beth in Elko New Market! The multiple choice challenge is timed, so the faster you respond, the more points you get! You have until Tuesday, July 21 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!
Job & Career Information
  • MNDEED and Coursera are partnering to offer Minnesotans free career-focused, online learning resources. Coursera offers 3,800 courses and training modules from over 200 top businesses and universities, including more than 60 courses from the University of Minnesota. You must register before September 30, 2020 and will have access to the platform through March 2021. For more information, and to register, go to the CareerForce / Coursera webpage.
  • The CareerForce's Jobs in Demand listing can help guide you to new career opportunities or jobs that you may already be qualified to do. The page is updated weekly to show the 30 most in-demand jobs in Minnesota, and include a link to an occupation page on the website, and a downloadable PDF, both with additional information about wages, educational requirements, daily tasks and more for that job.
Library Staff Recommends

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

It is a truth universally accepted, that a Pride and Prejudice fan with time on their hands should try one of these great retellings.    
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  • Unmarriagable by Soniah Kamal
  • Austenland by Shannon Hale
  • Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa De La Cruz
  • Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Do you too find yourself feeling nostalgic and craving the adrenaline rush of a good mosh pit? Dive into these punk rock and grunge fueled books. They'll have you ready to pop in your Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana CD's!

Britt is the manager of the Belle Plaine and Jordan Library branches. When she's not working, she enjoys taking a trip down memory lane with a good nostalgic book. 

High School by Tegan Quin and Sara Quin
High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today.

Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis
In 1983, four self-described "knuckleheads" burst out of the mosh-pitted mosaic of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their own unique brand of cosmic hardcore mayhem funk. Over twenty years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all odds, have become one of the most successful bands in the world.

Burning Down the Haus by Tim Mohr
It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery. The buzz-saw guitars, the messed-up clothing and hair, the rejection of society and the DIY approach to building a new one.

Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran
In 1975, during the fall of Saigon, Phuc Tran immigrates to America along with his family. By sheer chance they land in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a small town where the Trans struggle to assimilate into their new life. Against the hairspray-and-synthesizer backdrop of the '80s, he finds solace and kinship in the wisdom of classic literature, and in the subculture of punk rock, he finds affirmation and echoes of his disaffection. In his journey for self-discovery Tran ultimately finds refuge and inspiration in the art that shapes-and ultimately saves-him.

Here we are now: the lasting impact of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross
In Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain, Charles R. Cross, author of the New York Times bestselling Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven, examines the legacy of the Nirvana front man and takes on the question: why does Kurt Cobain still matter so much, 20 years after his death?
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