March 2013

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    Inquiring Minds - Homework Help ()

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    Every week, librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review.  Here's this week's helpful inquiry!

    Q. Is there a location on the website where I can send one of my school papers for proof reading?

    A. Try looking on the Library’s website for Homework Rescue: Homework Help Now. That’s an interactive database where you can get online one-on-one assistance with homework questions and other study skills. You can prepare for exams and get assistance brushing up on your writing skills. You...

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    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Reference

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    Minnesota's Reading List - The Minnesota Book Awards ()

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    Love a little local reading? 

    Check out the Minnesota Book Awards, celebrating 25 years of honoring the state's rich and vibrant literary tradition.  The awards will be presented at the 25th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on April 13, 2013.  Emceed by Lorna Landvik, it's an evening of champagne, celebrities and books galore.

    If you have already put away your fancy dress or tuxedo for the season, you can still catch up on the awards by checking out the list of finalists in the following eight categories, selected by 24 judges from around the state – writers, teachers, librarians,...

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    Tags: Awards, Local Authors

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    Books in the News - 3/24/13 ()

    Ordinary Grace

    Here are the books reviewed in our local papers on the unspringlike first Sunday of spring:

    At the Pioneer Press, we have:

    Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger - Krueger departs from his Cork O'Connor mystery series for this stand-alone, coming-of-age novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.  Mark your calendars!  William Kent Krueger will be appearing at the...

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    Tags: Newspapers, Programs

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    Inquiring Minds - Naming Storms ()

    Just a stormy pic

    Every week, librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review.  Here's this week's stormy inquiry!

    Q. Recently, they’ve started naming winter storms. Or at least I think that’s what they’re doing. In March we had a storm called Ukko. What kind of name is that?

    A. Actually, Ukko is a pretty good name for a storm. In Finnish mythology, Ukko is the god of sky and thunder. Not that you’re likely to run into any flesh-and-blood Ukkos any time soon. According to government statistics, only about two babies in a million are given that moniker.

    Incidentally, it’s not...

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    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Reference

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    Books in the News - 3/17/13 ()

    Coolidge

    Here are the books being featured in our local newspapers on this St. Patrick's Day!

    At the Star Tribune Books section, we have:

    Coolidge by Amity Shlaes - A brilliant and provocative reexamination of America's thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership.

    The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power by Kim Ghattas - The first inside account to...

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    Tags: Newspapers