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October 2013


    Inquiring Minds - Mmmm, Halloween Candy ()

    Candy Corn

    Q. What’s the most popular candy for Halloween?

    A. The Today Show did a survey on this last year and turned up some interesting results. Based on sales figures, the hands-down favorite candy for Halloween is candy corn. Close to 20 million pounds of the stuff are sold in the U.S. each year. If, on the other hand, you look for Facebook endorsements, then Skittles is the clear winner, with more than 23 million “likes” to its credit.

    Of course, you could argue that the most enthusiastic trick-or-treaters are too young either to buy their own candy or to spend much time on Facebook. Until market research figures out how to poll the critical under-8 demographic, we won’t really know what treats the second-graders of America are going to have...

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    Tags: Inquiring Minds, Reference


    Books in the News - 10/20/13 ()

    Guests on Earth

    It's a sparse Sunday for featured books in our local papers, but here's a few to check out:

    From the Star Tribune Books section:

    Guests on Earth by Lee Smith - It is 1936 when orphaned thirteen-year-old Evalina Toussaint is admitted to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, a mental institution known for its innovative treatments for nervous disorders and addictions. Taken under the wing of the hospital s most notable patient, Zelda Fitzgerald, Evalina witnesses the cascading events leading up to the tragic fire of 1948 that killed nine women in a locked ward, Zelda...

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    Tags: Newspapers


    Program Alert! Riding the Rails in Ramsey County ... ()

    A Celebration of Steam by John Wickre

    Attention railroad buffs! 

    Minnesota Railroad historian John Wickre will talk about the early days of railroading in the state, with an emphasis on Ramsey County. Learn about the railroads of Minnesota from the era of James J. Hill in the 1880s right up to the present. 

    Riding the Rails in Ramsey County--Railroad History
    Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m.
    Ramsey County Library at Shoreview
    4570 N. Victoria St.

    Presented by the Shoreview Area Historical Society.  This program is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural...

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    Tags: History, Programs


    Happy Columbus Day! Sort of . . . ()

    Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask

    Columbus Day is a federal holiday, but some argue that Columbus was far too controversial a figure to continue to be celebrated in 2013. He was neither the first person to “discover” America, nor was he solely an explorer, but also an exploiter of native peoples for his own gain.  What do you think?  Should Columbus still be celebrated in this way?  Tell us in the comments!

    Author Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal has written this informative webcomic, detailing some of the issues raised by continuing to celebrate Columbus Day in the United States.  According to Inman's resource list:  "All of the information in this essay...

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    Tags: Nonfiction


    Books in the News - 10/13/13 ()

    The Land of Dreams

    Your guide to the books reviewed in the local Sunday papers, complete with links!

    In the Pioneer Press Books section:

    Friday's Harbor by Diane Hammond - The heartwarming and provocative sequel to Hannah's Dream, Friday's Harbor is the compelling story of a dying orca, the caring zoo that saves him, and the controversy that threatens his captivity.

    Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard - Thirteen-year-old Trav feels like a fish out of water in rural Minnesota in this funny mystery about a boy who discovers his dad may have been a bank robber.


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    Tags: Newspapers