John Nalan

“Upgrade to Onion Rings” the sign proclaimed.

I like that sign. I saw it on a restaurant sign while I was driving through town the other day. It made me happy, not only because I love onion rings, but also because I love upgrades. Upgrading to Onion Rings is a definite win-win in my book.

We get chances to upgrade our experiences more often than we think. I usually try to take advantage of those situations because life is short. When I see generic tomato soup in the grocery store right next to the Campbell’s Tomato Soup, I always take the upgrade and reach for the Campbell’s. I figure that extra 11 cents will be the best money I spend all day. Free upgrades are even better. I was at the bait shop buying leeches for a fishing trip last weekend, and the large leeches were the same price as the medium leeches. That was an upgrade that both the fish and I were able to get excited about.

Another great upgrade is large print books. If you have not tried them, you really should. It is like a vacation for both your eyes and your brain. If one of your expectations when you read a book is that it will help you relax, large print books are for you. They are regular, full length books that are easier on the brain, and therefore more enjoyable to read. We have over 4,000 of them on our shelves right now and get about 15 new ones every month. It is a pretty great selection of books. You can find large print books by authors like Jodi Picoult, James Patterson, Bill O’Reilly, and J.K. Rowling. We also have westerns, mysteries, biographies, and a lot of those quirky books about people coming of age in Bogata.

Another great upgrade we have at the library are audiobooks. They come either on CD for your car or downloadable to your phone. They make reading more efficient. A person can “read” a book while driving to Fargo or even while walking the dog. If you really wanted, you could listen to a book about marathoning while running a marathon. If you would like some information on how to download audiobooks or ebooks with your library card, give us a call or stop in and see us at the reference desk.

People like to use our computer printers when their own is not working at home. Anyone can come in and use our computers or wifi for free. We charge for printing and you can even upgrade to color printing if you want.

The last upgrade I want to mention is not at the library, but rather in our backyard. I am told the city’s new walking bridge is going to be open this weekend. The landscaping and such may not be completely done, but the trail will be paved, the bridge has been inspected, and most of the barriers are down. The bridge over the Mississippi will finally connect the south end of town with the Central Business District and, of course, the library.

Coming up @ your library

Our Summer Independent Film Series is back! The popular series we co-host along with The Reif Center will run on Tuesday nights for four consecutive weeks in July. Mark your calendar - the first show will be July 9 at 7 p.m. Independent Films are shown at The Reif Center’s Ives Theater.

June 24, Summer Book Time, 10 a.m. Join Tracy in the Story Circle for books, songs, finger plays, flannel board stories, and all sorts of other fun. Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and a time to play and visit.

June 25, Lego Club, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Are you a kid who likes to build? Join us for our next Lego Club. Lego Club is open to everybody, and creations are displayed in the Children’s Library between programs. Kids are welcome to drop in and build to their heart’s content in our meeting room.

June 26, Crafternoon for Teens, 1-2 p.m. Stop in to our Big Riverview Room and do some crafts!

June 27, Artastic Animals. Bring the kids and join Amanda at the library for a chance to meet some frogs and toads. Then have fun doing art. The topic is texture. Call to reserve a spot.

June 29, Saturday Story Time, 10:15 or 11:15 a.m. Join us in the Story Circle for books and songs. Then move to the Community Room for a snack, a craft, and time to play and visit. Families may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending Story Time.

Our next Yoga on the Lawn will be July 6 with Katie Thies at 9 a.m. Yoga is done on the lawn between the library and the Mississippi River.

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