If you participate in Pine City Reads, the community-wide reading event, you might have read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury this winter. One of the main themes of the book is a lack of access to ideas and information. In Bradbury’s dystopian future, all books are banned. Some resist this, reading in secret and risking imprisonment or death for their crimes, but others are content to spend their lives glued to vapid yet immersive television programs or engaged in other types of media overload.
-Robin Duple, Pine City Branch Librarian
Looking for a way to save money on holiday gifts for friends and family? Have you ever considered making homemade gifts but aren’t sure how to get started?
Your local ECRL library has got you covered! We’ve got books that can help you learn to make handmade toys, gift baskets, greeting cards, gifts in a jar, home-baked goodies, and more. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at being handy & crafty, we’ve got something for you.
Here’s a brief sample:
Country gifts: handmade & homebaked
To find more items on this same topic, try searching the ECRL catalog with the following subject terms (which will give you more targeted results than you’d get searching with keywords):
Don’t forget that each ECRL branch library also has current magazines that may be able to help you with project ideas (such as Martha Stewart Living, Crafts ‘n Things, Better Homes & Gardens, etc.).
As always, your friendly local librarian is happy to help you with all your information needs. Give us a call or stop in today!
Robin Duple, Pine City Branch Librarian
If you’ve suddenly realized that you’re not quite prepared for the upcoming elections, your friendly local librarians are ready to help you out. Except where it’s noted otherwise, all of the following information comes from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s web page.
Register to vote in Minnesota
Find your polling place
Need a ride to your polling place?
Interested in absentee voting?
Need to know how to return your absentee ballot?
According to the MN Secretary of State, there are four ways you can return your absentee ballot:
1. Mail back your ballot in the pre-paid envelope provided by your local election official.
2. Up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election, you may deliver your ballot in person to your local election official.
3. You may also have someone else return your completed ballot, sealed in its envelope, to your local election official until 3 p.m. on Election Day. Persons delivering ballots may not do so for more than three voters.
4. If you are worried about your ballot not arriving on time using First Class mail, you may choose to pay for package delivery service to return your ballot. Ballots must be received by your local election official by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
Find your local election official
(which will also tell you where you can submit an absentee ballot):
Find out which candidates and issues you’ll see on your ballot
Interested in Political Fact-Checking?
http://www.factcheck.org/ (a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” organization
http://www.politifact.com/ (a project of the Tampa Bay Times newspaper)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about elections and voting
Wondering about other voting and election topics that you don’t see here? http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=134 (Main page for Minnesota Voting Info)
As always, if you need anything else, don’t hesitate to contact your local ECRL library branch (http://www.ecrlib.org/branches.html). We’re happy to help you find the information you need!
Branch Librarian, Pine City Public Library