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Throughout the summer we received several new books on a variety of subjects.  Hutchinson Library employee and library science school graduate student, Liz Marcus, researched and selected many of these titles.  We are grateful for all the work she put into improving and updating our collection on a variety of important subjects.  An annotated list is included below.  Let us know if you found these books helpful or if you have further recommendations for books on these or other topics.


On Death and Dying:

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying

by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley

Hospice nurses Callanan and Kelley share their more than twenty years experience tending the terminally ill.  They share the near –miraculous ways in which the dying communicate their needs and reveal their feelings.  This is filled with practical advice on responding to the needs and requests of dying and helping them prepare emotionally and spiritually for death.

The Needs of the Dying: A guide for Bringing Hope, Comfort, and Love to Life’s Final Chapter (10th Anniversary Edition)

by David Kessler

This book identifies key areas of concern for dying patients and their caregivers:  The need to be treated as a living human being, the need for honesty, the need for spirituality, and the need to be free of physical pain.  A student of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Kessler helps readers find a way to say good-bye using the right words which can be so difficult to find.


On Care Giving

Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Eldercare

by Kimberly McCrone Wickert, Danielle Schultz Dresden, and Phillip D. Rumril

This contains some great practical advice for balancing the demands of caring for an elderly loved one while raising a child/children.   This includes creating an eldercare plan, including all the health and legal documents, choosing the right level of care, involving other family members, preventing caregiver burnout.  It includes useful checklists, worksheets, action plans, and lists of questions to ask.

Caring for Aging Parents: A Wise and Practical Guide to Navigating the Complex World of Family Elder Care

by Dr. Linda Rhodes

All aspects of elder care are discussed, including determining the best living options, understanding insurance, managing legal matters, how to act as your parents’ medical and financial advocate, and how to ask the right questions of health care personnel.  Guidance is offered, as well, on communicating parents’ needs to siblings so everyone can focus and participate in the care.


On Freedom from Stereotypes

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Unveiling the stereotypes held of black women and with it the complex challenges and hurdles they face in the twenty-first century, the author explores the question, “What does it mean to be a black woman and an American citizen?  This books challenges the reader to think about what it means to be a black woman in America who seeks to access the rights of citizenship.

The author is a professor of political science at Tulane University, the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South, a columnist for “The Nation”, and host of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show.

Fighting Chance: The Struggle over Woman Suffrage and Black Suffrage in Reconstruction America

by Faye E. Dudden

The author reexamines a crucial moment in American politics, providing a welcome addition to the history of the woman and black suffrage movements.  It clearly explains how Stanton and Anthony advocated both universal suffrage (regardless of race of sex).


On Mental Health

Freeing Your Child From Negative Thinking

by Tamar E. Chansky, Ph.D.

When Dr. Tamar Chansky realized that roughly half of the children she sees in her clinical practice exhibit “negative thinking”, she analyzed the underlying causes which provided numerous strategies to help parents and their children manage negative thought, build optimism, and establish emotional resilience.  These strategies included helping children learn to “right-size”, rather than supersize their problems, therefore buffering themselves from feelings of disappointment, failure, and frustration.  A helpful and practical book.


Summer Reading


Look-A-Like Contest!!
In honor of our new statue in Library Square, we are holding a
contest! Recreate this situation (statue) in real life
with yourself/friends/animals, then photograph it!
How to enter:
The contest will begin July 11th and end August 30th.
Email your uploaded photo to sherry.lund@pioneerland.lib.mn.us
for consideration. In this email please include your name, email
address, phone number and Look-A-Like photo for your chance to win!
For more information please contact the library: 320-587-2368


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Hutchinson Public Library


Hutchinson Public Library urges families to gallop, crawl, slither, or fly to the library for Paws to Read!  The library launches its Summer Reading Program with registration from June 9-14, 2014.  During the summer the library will host a range of free activities for children and teens that encourage and support a love of reading.  Participants also can win prizes for reaching their reading goals.  A wonderful program has been planned for kids ages 2-12 to make the library a great place to “paws” and discover what’s available for their enjoyment.  Registration will be open until June 28.  The program runs until August 30.


 Teen Summer Reading Program: Join us for our Teen Summer Reading program with registration beginning June 9th. Teens, ages 13 and up can enter monthly drawings to be eligible for prizes! The program runs until August 30th.


Teen Bookmark Design Contest: If you like to draw, then this is the activity for you! Design a bookmark that shows your love for books and reading. One Grand Prize winning design will be chosen! You’ll need the official entry form for the Teen Bookmark Design contest, available on the Hutchinson Library website or at the library. Check the entry form for full details. Entries must be turned in on or before July 26, 2014 to be eligible for the contest. All eligible nominees will be displayed for public voting August 4-30, 2014. The Grand Prize winning design will be printed as a bookmark and available to the public in the library during Teen Read Month in October.


Stories in the Park will be held Thursday mornings at 10:00am for June 19-August 14.  Pre-school and early elementary age children with their parents will enjoy books and other activities together.  So come bring a blanket to the park in front of the library and join our guest readers.  Pre-registration is a not required, but shady spots go fast.


Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter will be at Stories in the Park on July 10 at 10:00am with some of their animal friends.  They will be talking about what they do and how animals are adopted.  This would be a great day for bringing a monetary donation or treats, food, toys, etc. to help them out. How many of you have an animal adopted from Heart of Minnesota Animal Shelter?


Puppet Show for the tenth year in a row, the Friends of the Library have again invited the Schiffelly Puppets to the library for an outside show in Library Square on Thursday, August 14, at 10:00am.  This year they will be presenting a brand new show called: “Rupunzel, Rupunzel Let Down Your Golden…Stair? Or This Isn’t a Mother Goose Tale Folks.”  This parody of the classic fairy tale of the girl with the long hair gets an updated twist.  Join us for some great storytelling, audience participation and the mystery of what Rupunzel does with all that hair.  This humorous and fun-filled show is appropriate for the entire family!


R.E.A.D.  Kids, grab your favorite book or choose one at the library and enjoy reading to a registered therapy dog. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss.  With this in mind we are offering the R.E.A.D. program to a limited number of children on Thursday evenings from June 26-July 31.  This fills up fast so sign up June 9-14.



The library and 4-H are working together again this year to bring you the following programs.  The programs are open to all ages and pre-registration is not required.


Animal Talks is coming back for the third year.  It will start off Stories in the Park on June 19 at 10:00am.  This will be an experience that is filled with stories and facts from around the world that will be sure to keep you guessing throughout the entire program.  I wonder what animals will come visit us this year.


Zoo Mobile will be here on July 24 at 10:00am to present the program All Things Connected. Using a variety of animals, props, and activities, the Zoomobile naturalist leads students through a process of discovery to recognize the relationships that connect all life on earth.

University of MN Driven to Discover

For more information on these programs contact Sherry Lund, Children’s Librarian or Kris Jones, Young Adult  Librarian at 320-587-9640, or email at sherry.lund@pioneerland.lib.mn.us or kris.jones@pioneerland.lib.mn.us .  You may also contact us through the new website: http://www.hutchinson.lib.mn.us  .  “Check us out” on Facebook or Twitter.  These programs are free and open to children of all abilities.  Hutchinson Public Library hours are Monday-Thursday 10:00am to 9:00pm & Friday – Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm.


New Teen Book Club

 teenbookclub Hutchinson Teen Book Club!

2nd Tuesday

7 pm

Are you interested in meeting other teens who like to talk about books, have fun and lively discussions, and enjoy beverages and snacks?

Please come & meet Hutchinson’s new young adult librarian,

Kris Jones!




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