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Library offers antidote for summer boredom

Sue Heskin


Wondering what’s next for Jonathan Stride? Get your questions answered when international bestselling author Brian Freeman returns to the library’s classroom at 1 p.m. Wednesday. He’ll be talking about his latest Northland-based thriller “The Cold Nowhere” and his Wisconsin novella “Turn to Stone.” All of his books will be for sale and signing. Friends of the Superior Public Library sponsor Freeman’s visit.

Kick back, relax, and enjoy a movie at the library. The library is showing free movies all summer long in the meeting room. Join us at 2 p.m. July 21 when we will be showing Disney’s “Frozen.”

If you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids this summer, the library Children’s Room has some excellent programs. Children in grades 2 and above are invited at 2 p.m. Thursday to be contestants on Guess the Right Price, a game show activity, in the library’s meeting room. Children win small prizes, and more importantly, learn about money management with University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Interim Family and Community Support Educator, Susan DeNio. So, come on down!

Douglas County 4-H presents Junk Drawer Science, a program for children in grades 2 and up. Kids will be doing simple science activities using items typically found in our kitchen drawers at 2 p.m. July 23 in the meeting room. Activities encourage youth to use processes and approaches of science, planning and conceptual design of engineering and application of technology.

For younger kids, we are lucky to have members of The Superior Kiwanis Club presenting Storytime every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Stop by for stories and a new coloring sheet every week. And don’t forget about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, a reading program that encourages families to read 1,000 books to their children before they enter school. To get started, stop by the Children’s Room to register and pick up a reading log.

DVDs: “Non-stop,” “Robocop,” “True Detective, First Season,” “Justin Bieber’s Believe,” “About Last Night,” “That Awkward Moment,” “Call the Midwife. Season Three,” “Endless Love,” “The Monuments Men,” “Pompeii,” “Thunder Bay,” “Vampire Academy,” “Warehouse 13, Fifth Season,” “Her,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” and  “Major Crimes, Second Season.”

Music CDs: “The Romance of Rachmaninov” by Lang Lang, “Platinum” by Miranda Lambert, “Now that’s What I Call Country. Volume 7,” “Wild Heart” by Mindi Abair, “Another Long Night Out” by Brian Culbertson, “Southsiders” by Atmosphere and “Me. I am Mariah…: The Elusive Chanteuse” by Mariah Carey.

Fiction: “Fugitive Colors” by Lisa Barr, “The Strangling on the Stage” by Simon Brett, “Top Secret Twenty-One” by Janet Evanovich, “Written in my Own Heart’s Blood” by Diana Gabaldon, “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith, “Noose” by Bill James and “Redeployment” by Phil Klay..

Nonfiction: “iPhone for Seniors,” “Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto,” “The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for my Father … and Finding the Zodiac Killer”  and “Super Shred the Big Results.”

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 2-7 p.m. Wednesday in Lake Nebagamon. Call 715-394-8860 in Superior, 715-378-4452 in Solon Springs, or 715-374-3477 in Lake Nebagamon. Check out the library’s website at

Sue Heskin is the director of the Superior Public Library.