Winter Jackets: Hot Reads for Cold Nights

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Winter Jackets set up next to self check out at East Lake branch library.

It looks like some snow is coming today, maybe? It currently seems to be doing a little freezing rain out. In any case, not too pleasant, but not unheard of in a Minnesota winter. With any luck, there will be a nice snowy covering across the city and fields, making for some nice cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, or whatever other winter activities please you most. This year, so far, has not been the best for those who enjoy the snow, unfortunately, but it’s been chilly enough to keep people indoors. What to do while waiting for the snow to pile up to enjoy? When it’s cold, grey, or slushy, and not much fun for anything? During the storm when the roads are bad and it’s best to stay home? One thing that Minnesotans have been doing for awhile is taking the time to read, of course.

As a new employee of the Hennepin County Library, I felt I should spread the word a bit about a program that’s been going on for this January and February to take advantage of just this tendency. In the free Winter Jackets adult reading program, you can go to any MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) library location to share a review of a book you’ve read this season to participate in a variety of activities and events. Here in Hennepin County, you can go for a chance to win a nifty “Read This!” travel mug to carry your hot beverage to stay warm as you commute, or read, this winter. While, as a county employee, I can’t participate this year, I managed to score one a couple years ago, and I really enjoy it! There are also going to be a variety of author events to coincide with the event. Over in St. Paul, you can even read down your library fines! Hey, I think I might still have some over there…

If you are looking for some reading suggestions, I could probably help, but this list put together by the University of Minnesota alumni association has some interesting choices, a few of which I’ve read already! Looks like a good list, I’ll have to check a couple of these titles out myself, especially with my foolhardy self challenge of two hundred books this year. Plenty of cold nights left to go, I think, but the Winter Jackets program lasts until last day of February.

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Cold night at East Lake Library!

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