Launching a new year with a better space

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Happy New Year from Superior Public Library!

This year we resolve to improve our space so we can serve you better. We're making some much-needed updates during the first half of 2018, and we hope you'll bear with us during the construction project. Improvements coming in 2018 include a new entrance, new carpet and furniture, additional public meeting rooms, an expanded area for children and teens and much more. We're doing our best to keep services running smoothly and we appreciate your patience as we make these necessary updates. We're closed for carpet removal and will reopen at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Kids are invited to put on their thinking caps and think creatively at "Wind Tunnel," a free program with Northern Expressions Arts Collective at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 13. Build a variety of objects and do experiments to determine how much or how little weight is needed to make them fly. Can you be the first one to make your object float? Come to this free program and find out.

Winter is the best time to curl up with a good book. Kids and teens are invited to sign up for our Winter Reading Program and earn prizes for reading during the chilly winter months. Pick up a reading log in the Children's Room to participate.

It can be hard for kids (and parents) to be cooped up indoors during the long winter months, but the library has great programs for kids that they will enjoy year-round. Join us every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Children's Room Storyboat for LEGO Club and build a masterpiece out of the library's huge LEGO collection. Our weekly Tuesday storytime resumes at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, so make sure to join us for stories, crafts and fun all winter long.

Fiction: "The Ghost of Christmas Past" by Rhys Bowen, "Don't Let Go" by Harlan Coben, "Two Kinds of Truth" by Michael Connelly, "Future Home of the Living God" by Louise Erdrich, "Hardcore Twenty-Four" by Janet Evanovich, "Dark Legacy" by Christine Feehan, "It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel" by Joseph Fink, "Winter Solstice" by Erin Hilderbrand, "Strange Weather" by Joe Hill, "The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye" by David Lagercrantz, "Secrets in Death" by J. D. Robb, "Artemis" by Andy Weir and "Quick & Dirty" by Stuart Woods.

Nonfiction: "The Cyber Attack Survival Manual," "The Smear: Shady Political Operatives and Fake News," "American Wolf: survival and obsession in the West," "Total Cat Mojo: life with your cat," "The Blue Apron cookbook," "Upscale Downsizing: Creating a Stylish, Elegant, Smaller Home," "If Your Bored With Your Camera Read This Book," "The Rough Guide to Costa Rica," "Unique Eats and Eateries of the Twin Cities" and "Inside Camp David."

Young adult: "The Player King" by Avi, "Before the Devil Breaks You" by Libba Bray, "Now is Everything" by Amy Giles, "Being Fishkill" by Ruth Lehrer, "Miles Morales: Spider-man" by Jason Reynolds, "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" by Erika L. Sanchez, "Follow Me" by Sara Shepard and "Dear Martin" by Nic Stone.

Juvenile: "Stegosaurus and Other Jurassic Dinosaurs," "Tyrannosaurus and Other Cretaceous Dinosaurs," "Archaeopteryx and Other Flying Reptiles," "All's Faire in Middle School," "Star Wars. Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon. V.2," "Big Nate: A Good Old-Fashioned Wedgie," "Unicorn on a Roll," "Secret Coders: Robots & Repeats" and "Wallace the Brave."

Large print: "The Lilac Bouquet" by Carolyn Brown, "The Trapped Girl" by Robert Dugoni, "I Know a Secret" by Tess Gerritsen, "Love Held Captive" by Shelley Shepard Gray, "The Driver" by Hart Hanson, "Enemy of the State" by Kyle Mills, "Sisters" by Lily Tuck and "Hawke's Prey" by Reavis Z. Wortham.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Superior; 2-7 p.m. Monday and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Solon Springs; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Lake Nebagamon. Call (715) 394-8860 in Superior, (715) 378-4452 in Solon Springs, or (715) 374-3477 in Lake Nebagamon or visit superiorlibrary.org.

Sue Heskin is the director of the Superior Public Library.