Library News for Adults - Special Edition
July 29, 2020

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 eighth and ninth essays.  

From "Red, White, and Blank" by Heid E. Erdrich:

"And here I want to make another space where I can write to those like me who understand how it means to look, but not be white. Or those whose relatives wear whiteness and its ease every day."
  • How can having multiple identities make someone feel invisible? Do you have any personal stories or experiences where you felt invisible because you did not fit into one identity? Because your appearance did not depict all of who you are?

From "The Good Kind of Immigrants" by JaeRan Kim :

"To be a Korean adoptee in Minnesota is to be both hypervisible and invisible at the same time. It means that people can tell you that they don't see you as Korean as if that is a compliment. Being a transracial adoptee in Minnesota is having people expect you to say thank you when they tell you how "articulate" you are.
  • Do you have any personal stories of when someone complimented you for assimilating to American culture and not the stereotype characteristics of your race and culture? What underlying motives and agendas can be seen when investigating the history of adoption?
Adult Programs

August 13th, 7:00-8:00pm

Join library staff for an online discussion of this important Minnesota-focused book on race.  Registration required. Click on the blue link above for more details and to register.

Create and personalize a calming infinity cube using your own art or photos to keep or give to a friend! We provide 8 wooden cubes, tape, and paper. You'll need to provide scissors. Register by August 11th. Supplies, printed instructions and a link to video instructions will be mailed out August 14th.

August 18th, 6:30-7:45pm

A reflection can be an image or representation of people, places, experiences or ideas. Reflection is also the act of fixing thoughts on something; to give it careful consideration. In this book discussion, we will be reading, viewing or listening to content from unique experiences and representative voices. The open discussion that follows will help us to understand and appreciate different viewpoints.

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.

Weekly Trivia

Here are the top five finishers from last week's "The Wait Continues" challenge about authors that take a long time to crank out their next book.  Congratulations Purple Piranha on your perfect score!
  1. Purple Piranha - 100%
  2. Amazing Newt 
  3. Swift Seal
  4. Lovely Buffalo 
  5. Glowing Emu
Here's this week's challenge. Good luck!

Trivia Challenge: Remembering John Lewis

Celebrate the life and legacy of Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis with this challenging trivia quiz created by 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 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!
This and That
  • We are pleased to premiere the Scott County Historical Society's new video, "Prohibition in Scott County". Take an in-depth look at the effect of the 18th Amendment on the residents through photos and newspaper articles describing life during this time, including raids, drunk driving, and making their own "home brew". Closed captioning is available by clicking on the CC emblem on the lower right side of the screen.
  • Trying to use up the bounty from your garden? Be sure to attend tomorrow afternoon's University of Minnesota Extension webinar, "Pickling: It's Not Just for Cucumbers!".  Registration is required! Scheduled for Thursday, July 30th at 2:00pm.
  • Feel like your missing out on all the great summer concerts? Not to worry! The editors of School Library Journal have put together a shortlist of concerts you can watch at home. We suggest outside on your deck or patio, or getting out the lawn chairs and picnicking in the backyard. 
Library Staff Recommends

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

Books that meet the "creepy quotient". Suggested by Katy, Library Associate at the Prior Lake at Library.
  • Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson 
  • Prized Girl by Amy K. Green
  • The Sea of Lost Girls by Carol Goodman
  • Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox
  • Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

Engaging History Titles

- One Summer, America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

- The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

- They Marched into Sunlight by David Maraniss

- Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Submitted by Sarah E., Technical Services Coordinator. When she isn't working as Scott County's sole cataloger, Sarah can be found dreaming about her next trip where she can see history live and in person. Her next dream trip: Iceland and Ireland. Please let her know if you'd like to sponsor her travels.
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