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New focus on teens in construction

It's almost Valentine's Day and the Superior Public Library is offering the perfect program for kids to celebrate the holiday. Come to "Larger-than-Life Valentines" with Northern Expressions Arts Collective at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 and create super-cool Valentine cards to give away to family and friends. There is no registration required for this free program.

Installation of our new circulation desk has been temporarily delayed, so phase two of our construction project will have to wait. In the meantime, we've moved on to phase three. After a brief closure for carpet removal and abatement in the construction area, the crew is working on the new teen focus area. This expanded space especially for young adults will feature a variety of comfortable, teen-friendly seating, large tables for collaboration, computer furniture for both public computers and use of personal laptops and devices, new carpet and décor, and lower shelving for easier browsing of our collection.

In order to prepare for construction of the teen focus area, we've relocated the recently-returned shelves and the microfilm machines. As always, if you need help finding something, let a librarian know.

Are you looking for a way to support the library, meet new people and have fun? The Friends of the Library are looking for new members to join their group. The library depends on the friends in a variety of ways, from managing the book donations to supporting library programs and many more. Membership forms are available at the circulation desk. The friends are also looking for members to serve on the board and attend meetings at the library each month, except for July and December. Become a library friend and support Superior Public Library.

Our monthly Library Book Club invites you to join us Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin. Our book selection for the March 6 meeting is William Kent Krueger's "Boundary Waters." All readers are invited to join the book club.

Nonfiction: "Overload: Finding the Truth in Today's Deluge of News," "The Unspeakable Loss: How do you Live after a Child Dies?," "The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis led a Generation of Women to Live Alone," "Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election," "The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World," "Birding Without Borders," "Five Ingredient Slow Cooker," "Quick & Cute Carving Projects," "Going Coastal: An Anthology of Lake Superior Short Stories," and "Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine.

Fiction: "Any Day Now" by Robyn Carr, "Snap Judgment" by Marcia Clark, "Pulse" by Felix Francis, "The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories" by Charlaine Harris, "In this Moment" by Karen Kingsbury, "The Whispering Room" by Dean Koontz, "The Dark Net" by Benjamin Percy, "A Cold Case" by Peter Turnbull and "The Forgotten Girl" by Rio Youers.

DVDs: "Architects of Denial," "Karl Marx City," "Fuller House, season two, "Kedi," "Game of Thrones Conquest & Rebellion: Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms," "Game of Thrones, season seven" and "Home Again."

Audiobooks: "Watch Me Disappear" by Janelle Brown, "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan, "Fresh Complaint" by Jeffrey Eugenides, "The Night Bird" by Brian Freeman, "History of Wolves" by Emily Fridlund, "Sulfur Springs" by Wm Kent Krueger, "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng, "Deep Freeze" by John Sandford, "Sourdough" by Robin Sloan, "Anything is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout, "Leonardo da Vinci" by Walter Isaacson, "South and West" by Joan Didion and "The Last Girl: My Captivity and my Fight against the Islamic State" by Nadia Murad.

Music CDs: "Soul of a Woman" by Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings, "If All I Was Was Black" by Mavis Staples, "Texoma Shore" by Blake Shelton, "Fifteen" by Wailin' Jennys, "Standards" by Seal, "The Beautiful & Damned" by G-eazy, "Fake Nudes" by Barenaked Ladies, "Synthesis" by Evanescence, "Red Pill Blues" by Maroon 5, "Versatile" by Van Morrison, "Phases" by Angel Olsen, "What if Nothing" by Walk the Moon and "Mark of the Blade" by Whitechapel.

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.

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