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Rosemary Garfoot Public Library
2107 Julius St. Cross Plains, WI 53528 ph. 608-798-3881 fax 608-798-0196 email:
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Hours: Mon., Wed., Th. - 9-8 Tues., Fri. - 9-5 Sat. - 10-2, Sun. - closed

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Earth Day Celebration

Tuesday, April 22 @ 3:30

Cartoon of figures hugging and cleaning the earth.

Come listen to stories from our environmental picture book collection while you decorate grocery bags with your own artwork and message about the importance of recycling. We'll give the bags to Terry's Piggly Wiggly to help shoppers remember the importance of saving trees.

Locally produced snacks provided by the Willy Street Co-op!

Sign up by calling 798-3881.


Something's Fishy at the Library

Swimming fish in beautiful color and light.The focus is on fish at the library as we host the work of two exciting local artists.  Mark Zempel, Black Earth, a fishing guide and professional photographer, is exhibiting a series of gorgeous photographs depicting fish and fishing.  Kyle’s photography hasbeen featured a number of times in The Fly Fish Journal and Eastern Fly Fishing magazine.  In addition to his photography, Kyle is currently launching his guiding outfit, Black Earth Angling Co.

Beautiful fish wood carving. Fish is leaping from water to catch a mayfly.


Steve Field, award-winning woodcarver and Cross Plains resident, has a number of beautiful life-like fish carvings on display.  Steve is a self-taught woodcarver who taught woodcarving at MATC and competes in the open or masters class in local and national competitions.  His work has been featured by the magazine, Woodcarving Illustrated.

The show runs through May 30th.


The Power of 50 Poetry Contest

Pile of magnetic poetry tiles.

April is National Poetry Month, and we've got something for you to write about. This year, the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library is celebrating our 50th anniversary. Here's your chance to use your creativity and be a part of the celebration. Your poem will be part of a commemorative book, and your name will be entered in a prize drawing. Poets of all ages are encouraged to participate!

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Carpe Librum Book Discussion Group

Thursday, April 24th @ 6:00 PM

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

Book cover with script title and colorful image of the Riviera.

At our next meeting we will discuss Jess Walter's powerful novel of hope, love and loss. Join us.

For more information call 798-3881.







Green Tuesday

Tuesday May 6th @ 6:30 pm

Bidder 70

Graphic of hands holding auction panels with the number 70 on them.

Join us for an award-winning documentary about, Tim DeChristopher, the student who monkey-wrenched the 2008 fraudulent Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas Auction.  Bidding $1.8 million to save 22,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness surrounding Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, with no intention to pay or drill, Tim brought the auction to a halt.  Although the auction was invalidated by the federal government, Tim was indicted on two federal felonies and served time in federal prison.  This film recounts Tim’s journey from economics student to incarcerated felon.

Please call 798-3881 to sign up.


Morning Movie

May 8th @ 9:30 AM

Please call 798-3881 to sign up

Join us for Woody Allen's latest comedy-drama starring academy award winner Cate Blanchett, as Jasmine, a troubled former Manhattanite who moves to San Francisco to live with her sister after her wealthy husband divorces her. Jasmine ricochets between the tumultuous acceptance of her new limitations and the dreams of reclaiming her past life's glamour. Join a powerful cast for an intimate portrayal of the battle between fantasy and reality which rages within us all. Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., and Bobby Cannavale co-star. Run time 98 minutes. Coffee is ready at 9:00 AM.


Website Survey

It's time to see how we are doing. Please give us some feedback on our website, with this very short survey.

Open Music Jam

Do you have a guitar gathering dust? Are you a harmonica player without a band? Don’t play an instrument, but like to sing or simply listen? Stop by the library on Thursday nights at 6:00 and join other area musicians in a weekly music jam! From beginner to way good, all abilities welcome!


Beyond the PageImage of White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland standing on an open book.

Join the Beyond the Page campaign, a joint effort of the Dane County Library Service and the Madison Community Foundation to create a permanent endowment that will support humanities programming in all 28 public libraries in Dane County – forever. Please help support our library's access to funding for future programs.


eBook News

The library system's Overdrive eBook collection is now compatible with the Kindle, Nook, and Reader as well as other mobile devices. To get started right away go to the Digital Download Center.