Reedsburg Public Library ~~~~ 370 Vine Street Reedsburg WI
Your Library: The Inside Story (Oct 24)
Remember that on Thursday, October 24th our e-Readers Users group will be meeting at 6:30 PM. The number of people with e-Readers or iPad devices has doubled in the last few months. Get together and share tips and tricks. Get the most out of your e-reader or discover what e-readers are all about. Maureen will also share the features of Overdrive (Wisconsin’s Digital Library).
Happy National Friends of the Libraries Week, celebrated to creatively promote library Friends groups in the community, to raise awareness and to promote membership. During 2013 the Friends of the Reedsburg Public Library continued their support of a variety of educational and cultural adult and children’s programs. They also supplied prizes for the Adult Summer Reading Program and continue to support the coffee cart. As a member, you are eligible to attend our Book Sale Preview Night four times a year, which will give you an opportunity to buy items from the sale before the general public is given access. The next sale preview is Wednesday, October 30th from 6-7 PM. We hope you can join us as an individual, family or lifetime member. Complete Friends of the Library Membership information can be found at the library.
This year the library won’t be hosting the annual Preschool Pumpkin Parade through beautiful downtown Reedsburg. But feel free to stop by the library in your costume during Halloween week, October 27-November 2, for a Halloween treat.
Make sure you mark your calendar for Thursday, October 31st, which kicks off our Fall Book Sale weekend. This book sale will have a large selection of new materials since our last book sale. Also mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 5, 6:30pm as Coupon Queen Danelle Gay will be at our library to present “Black Friday Boot Camp”. You will learn how to find all the deals on Black Friday, make your shopping plan of attack and score tons of killer deals to cover birthdays and gift occasions for the rest of the year. This promises to be a very helpful FREE program for planning your holiday shopping.
Your Library: The Inside Story (Oct 17)
Remember that the library will close at 4PM on Thursday, October 17th for a staff in-service. This in-service is part of an effort to better serve library customers through staff training and development. It is a time for our staff to listen, share ideas and learn. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30AM.
October is billiards month and we can help you improve your game or review the rules. We have Ewa Laurance’s “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Pool and Billiards” or “Win at Pocket Billiards” by Desmond Allen. This month would be a perfect time to watch “Color of Money”, based on a novel where an aging pool shark believes that “money won is twice as sweet as money earned” and forms a profitable yet volatile partnership with a young pool hustler. We also have the classic Jackie Gleason film based on the novel “The Hustler”, where an itinerant pool shark challenges the top man for the championship, sacrificing everything until he realizes the stakes are too high.
Tuesday, October 22 is our “Titles & Tea” Book Discussion Group, which meets at 10 AM. This month’s selection is “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman. In this novel, Tom Sherbouorne and his wife Isabel live as lighthouse keepers on the island of Janus Rock off the coast of Australia after the First World War. Struggling with a series of miscarriages, the couple finds an answer to their prayers when a boat carrying a baby washes up on the shore. The consequences of the decision they are forced to make--- whether to keep the baby or report the finding to authorities, will have readers on the edge of their seats. Copies of the book in both print and audio are available at the library.
Twenty-five years ago on October 18, 1988, the television show “Roseanne” premiered. This comedy portrayed the blue-collar Conner family trying to make ends meet. Rosanne played wisecracking Roseanne Conner, John Goodman played her husband, Dan. The last episode aired in 1997 and we have the complete series available on DVD. The series reached #1 in the Nielsen ratings, becoming the most watched television show in the United States from 1989 to 1990, and remained in the top four most-watched shows for six of its nine seasons, and in the top twenty for eight seasons.
Your Library: The Inside Story (Oct 10)
Back by popular demand, author, researcher and lecturer Chad Lewis will be here on Thursday, October 10 at 7 PM. “UFO’s of Wisconsin” is the title of Lewis’ popular program, which looks at some of the most bizarre UFO cases. His stories include those who have encountered strange beings and even reported being abducted by them.
Remember if you shop at Viking Village, bring your grocery receipts to the library and deposit them in the collection box on the book return. The Friends of the Library participate in the rebate program offered by Viking Village.
Saturday, October 12th is National Gumbo Day! Gumbo is a tasty stew-like dish that originated in Louisiana. The name comes from an African word for okra, which is the key ingredient used for thickening. Similar to Louisiana itself, gumbo is an amalgamation of many cultures. Elements of the recipe can be linked to West African, Choctaw, and the French cuisine. As a result, there are many variations of gumbo and to this day chefs argue over the true recipe. The first historical reference to gumbo appears in an 1803 document, which describes the menu at a gubernatorial reception in New Orleans. We have many southern cookbooks with recipes for ways to try Gumbo, including John Besh’s “My New Orleans” which is filled with 200 recipes and stories or Alice Moffet’s “Cookin’ in New Orleans”. Ah, New Orleans…a city filled with deliciousness.
Next week, October 13-19 is Teen Read Week. Teenagers sometimes get so busy that they forget there is more to reading than just textbooks. Teen Read Week aims to remind teens how great reading for pleasure can be and to encourage parents and educators to share the joy of reading with older children as well as with the young ones. Adults should take a look as well. Many books written for young adults today are thought provoking, well written and they give parents an easy subject for discussion with their teenagers. These opportunities to talk can be positive and helpful for families who are finding communication difficult. A good book to start with might be "Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul" by Jack Canfield. Bring your teenager to the library and embark on a joint reading project just for fun.
Remember that the library will close at 4PM on Thursday, October 17th for a staff in-service. This in-service is part of an effort to better serve library customers through staff training and development. It is a time for our staff to listen, share ideas and learn. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30AM.
Your Library: The Inside Story (Oct 3 )
In honor of the upcoming Fermentation Fest activities, mark your calendar for Saturday, October 5th at 7 PM for Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland. The Professor of English Literature & Creative Writing at UW-Eau Claire will read from his poetry collection and discuss the importance of poetry and its lasting value in all of our lives. A book signing will follow. Also during Fermentation Fest watch for the Friends of the Library “Feathered Friends Fundraiser”. If you’ve been in the library the last few weeks, you have seen the many unique designed birdhouses on display. They will be available for purchase to support your library. The birdhouses will be sold Saturday, October 5, 9am-2pm at the Pioneer Log Village, and on the Farm/Art DTour Stop #1 in the Viking Village Sunflower Barn every day during Fermentation Fest, October 5-12.
October is Family History Month, a time to celebrate your family and discover the past. Discovering family histories is one of America’s favorite and most enriching hobbies. It’s a powerful way to connect with your roots while preserving your own family’s memories for future generations. Our local history room has a large collection of family histories and we would certainly welcome yours. There are many ways to celebrate this month and we can help with books and videos. Get started tracing your family tree, craft a heritage gift like a Christmas picture ornament or a heritage quilt. Uncover your family health history, scrapbook your family history, record family stories or family recipes. Take a trip back in time and play detective at the family homestead or where grandpa is buried. No matter how busy you are, make time during Family History Month and year round to enjoy your family and heritage! Genealogy is now the second most popular hobby next to gardening
Last Sunday, September 29th was the fiftieth anniversary of Stan Musial’s last game. The St. Louis Cardinals legend ranked at or is near the top of baseball’s all-time lists in almost every batting category. He won seven National League batting titles and three MVPs. Stan the Man spent 22 seasons with the Cardinals leading them to three World Series titles. But on that September day he recorded two base hits like he did in this major league debut. His last hit in his career was hit past the Cincinnati Reds second baseman at the time, Pete Rose, who would later pass Musial and Ty Cobb’s hit records. Harry Carary’s radio call from that day as Stan settled into the box tells the story. Harry said, “Take a look, fans. Take a good, long look. Remember the swing and the stance. We won’t see his like again”. Harry was right. We never have and we never will.
We have a few books by and about Stan Musial including “Stan Musial, Baseball’s Perfect Knight” which tells his story from childhood to baseball through archival photos. But after all of this time, those of you fortunate enough to have seen him play or to have listened to those broadcasts on summer nights, can still picture him, like we picture no other. He is a great sports hero, a declaration based on more than statistics, an affirmation endorsed by those who have played with him, known him and met him, including me. He can be summed up with the words on his statue in St. Louis, which says, “Here stands baseball’s perfect warrior. Here stands baseball’s perfect knight.”
Your Library: The Inside Story (Sep 26)
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, the perfect time to make sure kids are equipped with a library card. A library card can give kids access to materials to research their papers or information for their next book report. It can also help make life after school more fun, with free access to music, DVDs, the Internet and more. Of course, library cards are not just for kids!
Parents bring their children to the library because it gives them something to do together.
Parents can help their children explore new interests and, at the same time, enjoy a family program or pick out a best seller for themselves. Best of all, family time at the library won’t break the bank. The library and all its resources are all free with a library card! Did you know that in season five of “Happy Days”, the Fonz obtains a library card and declares, “Reading is cool”? The following week there was an increase nationwide of people getting library cards. A complete list of fall programs for children and families can be found on our web site, www.reedsburglibrary.org.
“Book’em Dano!” became a national catchphrase after “Hawaii Five-O” premiered on CBS forty-five years ago on September 26, 1968. It starred the granite-jawed Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett, leader of a special Hawaiian state police force that answered only to the governor. His officers included Dano, Chin Ho Kelly, Duke and others. Filmed on location with a popular theme song it was a huge hit until it concluded in 1980. We have the complete series as well as the new version on DVD. For a critical history of the series, try Karen Rhodes’ “Booking Hawaii Five-O”.
In honor of the upcoming Fermentation Fest activities, mark your calendar for Saturday, October 5th at 7 PM for Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland. The Professor of English Literature & Creative Writing at UW-Eau Claire will read from his collection and discuss the importance of poetry and its lasting value in all of our lives. A book signing will follow. Also during Fermentation Fest watch for the Friends of the Library Feathered Friends Fundraiser. If you’ve been to the library the last few weeks, you have seen the many unique designed birdhouses on display. They will be available for purchase to support your library. The birdhouses will be sold Saturday, October 5, 9am-2pm at the Pioneer Log Village, and on the Farm/Art DTour Stop #1 in the Viking Village Sunflower Barn.
Your Library: The Inside Story (Sep 19)
Remember Bruce Wayne and Batman on the 1960s TV series “Batman”? Adam West, who is best known for playing the role, was born eighty-five years ago on September 19, 1928. We have the 1966 movie “Batman” as well as his 1994 autobiography “Back to the Batcave”. Relive the moments as the Bat-duo uses the Batphone and races to the scene in their Batmobile, or watch Batman and his trusty Bat-utility-belt thwart the efforts of master criminals, including the Riddler, The Joker, Catwoman and the Penguin.
One hundred and fifty-years ago on September 20th marked the end of a Union offensive in southeastern Tennessee called the Chickamauga Campaign. The battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, and involved the second highest number of casualties in the war following the Battle of Gettysburg. During the battle, a member of the 24th Wisconsin Volunteers, Arthur MacArthur (father of General Douglas MacArthur), won the Medal of Honor for his valiant performance at Missionary Ridge. It was there that he was seen grabbing the colors and urging his unit forward shouting “On Wisconsin!” Learn more about the regiment with William Beaudot’s book “The 24th Wisconsin Infantry” or take a ranger-led tour with the DVD “The Battle of Chickamauga”.
Tuesday, September 24th is our “Titles & Tea” Book Discussion Group, which meets at 10 AM. This month’s selection is “The Good House” by Ann Leary, a funny, suspenseful and insightful book. The story is about a successful middle-aged New England real estate broker, Hildy Good, who finds herself on the cusp of a small town scandal involving her friend Rebecca, and her upstairs renter. At the same time, Hildy’s adult daughters attempt an intervention to force Hildy to realize her alcoholism. Tragedy and near-tragedy bring this tale around to a satisfying conclusion.
Our lobby display case is featuring some Metrodome Moments in honor of the final season of the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The one time home of the Minnesota Vikings, Gophers and Twins, it is the only stadium to host a World Series, Super Bowl and Final Four Tournament. Michael Jordan, Brett Favre, Mick Jagger and Billy Graham all played the Dome. It is also where Kirby Puckett led the Twins to two World Series (“We’ll see you tomorrow night!”). Cal Ripken Jr scored his 3,000th hit and Brett Favre became the first quarterback in history to beat all 32 NFL teams. It isn’t the prettiest stadium, just blue seats and concrete, but as the winds have sucked people out after the games, the performance there have sucked us in as well.
Your Library: The Inside Story (Sep 12)
Who hasn’t watched PBS’ Antiques Roadshow with interest…or envy…and thought about Aunt Millie’s old sugar/creamer set or those old decoys sitting on the shelf in the garage? Could they really be worth something, aside from sentimental value? The Reedsburg Public Library offers you an opportunity to find out! On Sunday, September 15 from Noon to 3 PM, join us for an antiques and collectibles appraisal event, featuring author and antiques expert Mark Moran, who has served as a guest expert on the popular Antiques Roadshow. No registration is needed, stop in and be part of the audience as he shares values and stories from the television show.
Categories included for appraisal:
Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary
Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best)
Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware
Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items
Vintage photographs, including tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
Advertising, including posters, lithographed tin, paper and figural objects
Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outside" art
Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks
Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate
Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural
Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, and earrings
Categories excluded from appraisal: All weapons, including swords and knives; fine jewelry, including precious gems, pocket and wristwatches; musical instruments, including violins and wind/reed instruments.
Our library will be taking part in the International Big Library Read program from September 16th-30th. Library card holders will be able to borrow and enjoy eBook and audiobook versions of the children’s book “Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth” by Jane O’Connor. Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title for a two-week period, creating a virtual, global book club. Interested patrons will be able to borrow the book using a valid library card and enjoy it on all major computers and portable electronic devices, such as smart phones, eReaders and tablets. Titles automatically expire at the end of the loan period and there are no late fees! To borrow the eBook and audiobook versions of “Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth”, patrons can visit www.reedsburglibrary.org and click on the link to “Wisconsin’s Digital Library”.
Remember Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) from the television show “Cheers”? He moved to Seattle twenty years ago on September 16, 1993. “Frasier” premiered as a show where Dr. Crane dispensed advice on his radio show, produced by Roz Doyle. He lived with his ex-cop father Martin and Martin’s physical therapist, Daphne Moon. His brother, Dr. Niles Crane, frequently asked for Frasier’s advice. The show, which was a five-time Emmy winner for Outstanding Comedy Series, finished its run in 2004. We have the complete series on DVD.
Your Library: The Inside Story (Sep 5)
With school starting again, we thought it would be a good idea to give a resume of the library services available to you.
LIBRARY CARDS- Any resident of Wisconsin is eligible for a library card, free of charge. This card is good in the South Central Library System, which includes libraries in Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk and Wood counties.
NEW BOOKS- On the first day of each month the new books are put on the New Book shelf. (Hot or high-demand titles are put out as they are processed.)
MAGAZINES- You may check out back issues of any of our magazines. These issues will be behind the current magazine on the shelf. There is no limit to the number of magazines you can check out.
MUSIC/MOVIES- We have a growing collection of movies of all types on DVD and we still have some VHS tapes. Also available is our CD collection with over 2,000 music titles, and more available from other libraries.
COMPUTERS-The library has twenty Internet stations with word-processing programs and you can also bring in your wireless device to use the Internet here. We also have Laptops for use in the library to access the Internet.
PROGRAMS- Children’s programs include storytimes, after school programs and family programs. Adult programs include book groups, computer classes, entertaining and instructional programs. Summer Library program is offered for all ages.
INTERLIBRARY LOAN- You can request any book, movie, etc from other libraries via LINKcat. If the item isn’t available, we can try Outerlibrary loan to get titles from libraries outside of the South Central System.
MEETING ROOMS- We have a Conference Room (a small meeting room) and the Community Room that are both available for meetings during and after library hours. Study Rooms are also available during library hours, on a first-come first-served basis.
AV EQUIPMENT- We have an Overhead Projector, Opaque Projector, Slide Projector, Tape Recorder, Portable CD players, Sony Digital Video Camera, Flip Mino Video camera, MP3 Players (iPod Shuffle & E-Matic), LCD Projector, LED Projector and magnifier.
These are most of the library materials and some of the services available to the public. We also do test proctoring, have copy machines (black/white and color) and a fax machine. But the staff is not here just to get materials for you. If you need the answer to a question or some other information, we will be happy to help you. Don’t forget that this is YOUR library and we love to help you find what you need.
The Library will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of Labor Day. While we’re closed, you can still check your account or place holds via our online catalog (LINKcat). Our book drop is always open and is located on the Locust Street side of the building. On Tuesday, September 3rd we will resume our regular hours which are Monday-Thursday 8:30am-8 pm, Friday 8:30am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday Noon-3pm.
Fall programs for youth and families begin on Monday, September 10th. Babygarten is for infants up to two years along with their caregivers and siblings and is held on Mondays at 10am.
Preschool Storytimes are for children over two and is offered at 10am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, and at 6pm on Tuesday evenings. After School Book Club is offered for children in 4k through 4th grade every Tuesday after school until 4:30pm. Book Club will highlight a book or author each week and a small snack will be available. Teen Time is for students in 5th through 8th grades after school on Thursdays until 4:30pm. Teens will have the Wii and PS2 systems available along with a book and craft corner. There is no need to register for any of the upcoming Fall programs and more information can be found on the Library's webpage.
Signing Time @ Your Library is a weekly program at 6:30pm on Tuesday evenings for anyone interested in learning American Sign Language. Families are welcome. Second Saturdays: Family Time @ Your Library will begin on September 14 at 10am and will continue with a special event for families each second Saturday of the month.
It’s time to finish the books that you’ve been reading or listening to for our Adult Summer Reading Program. Entry forms with your five titles can be submitted until Saturday, August 31st. Your entry will be placed in a drawing for more prizes, including a Kindle Fire, at the end of the summer program. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their support of the summer reading program and generous donation of the Kindle Fire.
Fifty years ago more than 250,000 people attended a civil rights rally in Washington D.C. The August 28, 1963 march and speech is most remembered for the “I Have a Dream” speech, given by Martin Luther King Jr. The March on Washington is featured in Leonard Freed’s new book, “This Is the Day”, which is a stirring photo essay of the historic march with never-before published photographs.
The best hitter ever to play the game of baseball was born ninety-five years ago on August 30, 1918. Theodore Samuel Williams played for the Boston Red Sox for 19 seasons, but during the prime of his career, he served as a navy pilot in World War Two and the Korean War. Leigh Montville’s “Ted Williams: Biography Of An American Hero” brings to life this American legend. Also we just added Robert Weintraub’s “The Victory Season”, which looks at the end of war and players like Ted Williams coming back to the game.
Your Library: The Inside Story (Aug 22)
The summer is drawing to a close, and many children and adults are beginning to anticipate the start of a new school year. Amidst all your planning – supplies, registration materials, new clothes, arranging the logistics of the bus ride – don’t forget to make good use of your library.
The Library is a valuable education partner. As an African proverb states, “It takes an entire village to raise a child.” We put that that ideal into practice through the educational support we provide for children. We have computer resources, internet connection capacity and online and print materials that students need to do meaningful research and exploration. Through our website we have online resources like Learning Express Library, which can really enhance the learning experience for students by having practice tests available in many different subjects, as well as skill-building exercises. We also offer rooms students can use to work on group projects. Check us out today, and see how we can help on the educational journey.
Join us at the library on Tuesday evening, August 27 at 6:00pm for a FREE movie showing of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best-known novel about mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, set in the historical Roaring Twenties. Bring snacks if you would like, and the library will provide beverages.
Remember Mr. B on “Hazel,” played by Don DeFore? He was born one hundred years ago on August 25, 1913 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He co-starred in nearly twenty feature films during the 1940s and 1950s. He played the role of “Thorny”, Ozzie and Harriet’s first next-door neighbor on the “Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”. But DeFore is best known on television as George Baxter on “Hazel”, from 1961 to 1965. We have both shows available on DVD.
It’s state fair time in Minnesota and few are as beloved as the Minnesota State Fair and its annual “Twelve Days of Fun” leading up to Labor Day. You may have wondered what all the fuss is about, but this is where mini donuts and batter-fried cheese curds were invented! Now all the fun of being at a fair can be enjoyed by reading “Minnesota State Fair: an illustrated history” by Kathryn Koutsky. We also have Susan Miller’s “State Fair” which is filled with stunning images of this great Minnesota get-together. If you can’t make it to the top of the Ferris wheel at a state fair, we have books on Ferris wheels, country life on the farm, and recipe books for cream puffs, mini donuts and batter-fried cheese curds.
Your Library: The Inside Story (Aug 15)
Our Loganville Summer Library Program is coming to an end this week with a Family Fun Event on Thursday, August 15th at 6 PM. “Pint Size Polkas” proves that polka music is the happiest form of music on the face of the earth. “Pint Size Polkas” will help children and their families discover the good, clean fun of polka music that is both educational and entertaining at the same time. All are welcome to the Loganville Village Hall for this free program! This event is sponsored by the Reedsburg Public Library in conjunction with a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension Arts & Culture Committee.
Happy National Bratwurst Day on August 16! “Bratwurst” is a compound of two German words —“braten,” which means “to fry” and “wurst,” which means “sausage.” If you need help finding some new sausage recipes, we have the “Johnsonville Big Taste of Sausage Cookbook”. It’s filled with cooking tips on a dozen ways to dress up Brats on the grill. We also have many other books for grill masters and everyone else looking to grab a Brat in celebration.
Speaking of Bratwurst, that’s one of the characters in the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race which is celebrating twenty years this year. During June of 1993, the race came to life, transformed from animations on the Milwaukee County Stadium Scoreboard to live racers. There were only three characters then - The Bratwurst, The Polish, The Italian. The first live race was won by the Bratwurst. You don’t remember old County Stadium, with its drab décor, corrugated steel and exposed beams and electrical wires? Where the black and white scoreboard made instant replays look like old newsreels? Oh I miss it, and its history, but we have Gregg Hoffmann’s book “Down in the Valley,” which is a complete history of the Milwaukee County Stadium filled with pictures from the first game to last.
We know you value your public library! Each time you attend one of its many programs, use a computer, or check out a book, movie, or music CD, you make a continued investment in the library. And for that we’d like to thank you. But the time has come for you to speak up and lend your voice in support! You can sign up on our web page to show your support. In return, you will receive occasional updates on library issues and alerts about legislation affecting libraries. You’ll be provided with information and perspectives about those issues and will be urged to call, write or email lawmakers on significant issues of interest.
Your Library: The Inside Story (Aug 8)
S'mores is a favorite campsite treat for kids young and old. If you're at a campfire, chances are there's S'mores. Sticky and gooey, and loaded with toasted marshmallow and melted chocolate, S'mores is nothing short of delicious. National S’mores Day is Saturday, August 10th during campfire prime time season. If you are looking for easy campfire cooking ideas, we have a large selection of titles including “Hungry Campers” and “Easy Campfire Cooking”; we also have on DVD “Lodge Cast Iron Cooking”. There is nothing better than food on the campfire under the stars!
This month several popular books will be coming to local theatres as feature length films. These movies are based on the following books: “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, “Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters” by Rick Riordan, “The Spectacular Now” by Tim Tharp. Watching your favorite story will soon be a reality for some readers. Come to the library, check out and read these titles before you purchase your movie tickets. Our “Monday Movie Matinees” this month are all based on books. Check out the display in the children’s area for books that these films are based on each Monday.
Equally adept at danceable pop, stirring gospel and dramatic balladry, Whitney Houston was born fifty years ago on August 9th. She was one of the most influential recording artists in music history and one of the most accomplished. Her 1985 debut “Whitney Houston”, and her 1987 follow-up “Whitney”, produced eight number one singles and went on to sell more than 50 million copies combined. “I Will Always Love You”, her 1992 single from the film “The Bodyguard” in which she also starred, topped the Billboard charts for a record 14 weeks. Our music collection includes many of her songs including her 1991 performance of the National Anthem. Whitney’s rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl is one of the most amazing presentations of the song ever performed, as the nation had gone to war just days before.
Herb Brooks, the inspirational coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, died ten years ago on August 11th. He was part of one of the most thrilling tales in sports history. We have the 2004 motion picture “Miracle”, which tells the story of this hockey team, which consisted of twenty college students who somehow managed to defeat the best hockey team in the world. The movie tells the story from the beginning - how the team was chosen and how their coach motivated them. The film ends with the re-creation of the classic game, complete with Al Michaels’ famous quote “Do you believe in Miracles?” The movie is set during a time when the mood of the country was a bit glum, dragged down by a weak economy and international trouble. “Miracle” is inspirational and uplifting, qualities we are as much in need of today as we were during the winter of 1980. Learn more about the life and times of Herb Brooks with the book by John Gilbert, “Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind”.
Your Library: The Inside Story (July 31)
This week the Black Hills will come alive with rolling thunder as bikers from across America and many nations converge in Sturgis for a week of races, concerts, and partying with a carnival atmosphere. It is also the 110th anniversary of the passing of Calamity Jane on August 1, 1903. She is buried next to Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, South Dakota. Learn more about the woman and the legend in James McLaird’s book “Calamity Jane”. Whether you’re planning a vacation, or have already been there, stop in to get travel books to learn more about the history and legends of this area. The region is filled with natural and historic wonders. One of our books is “The Black Hills Yesterday and Today” by Paul Horsted. It’s filled with dozens of historic photos of Black Hills area towns and landmarks matched with modern photos taken from the same camera points, to show remarkable changes and surprising similarities of the past hundred years. This book is sure to please anyone who loves the Black Hills and its history.
Remember our Book Sale is going on now through Saturday, August 3rd at 1 PM. As usual we have a huge assortment of adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback. Funds raised will benefit the library collection.
It’s the time of year when we are purchasing fresh vegetables and fruits at farmer’s markets or harvesting them ourselves. We can help you capture them at their height of flavor and peak of nutrient development. We have many books to help you can and preserve for health benefits or to save money. Looking for new recipes for some of summer‘s succulent fruits like peaches or raspberries? Then try Theresa Millang’s “Joy of” series of cookbooks. Each one offers more than 200 recipes that bring out the best in those sweet, juicy, fruits. From salads and entrees to sides and desserts, you’ll find perfect dishes to liven any meal.
Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 15th , noon – 3pm, as we have Mark Moran back at the library for an afternoon of Antiques Appraisals. Bring in that item you’ve been wondering about for years. Mark is the author of dozens of antique reference guides and has been a guest expert on the PBS series “Antiques Roadshow”. Last time he was here it was a wonderful event; he viewed and commented on a wide variety of antiques and collectibles. He’s also very entertaining while he shares his vast knowledge. This is a free program and all are welcome to attend.
Your Library: The Inside Story (July 25)
What do you do on summer Saturdays? Go to the beach? Check out some yard sales? Work on the lawn? We want to remind you that the Library is open on Saturdays all summer long. So add “Stop by the Library” to your list of good things to do on a summer Saturday! Library hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Fridays 8:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. Select some books for vacation reading, choose a great film for weekend viewing, pick up audio books for those long trips in the car, or use our computers to catch up on your email and web browsing. Books, films, technology and help---it’s all @ your library!
Are you going on a long vacation this summer? Don’t forget to suspend your library holds. Suspending your holds allows you to keep your place on the waiting list, but items won’t be sent until you’re ready for them. Log in to your account in LINKcat or ask the staff to suspend your holds for you. When you return, remember to activate them.
We have a super awesome yo-yo guy coming to the library tomorrow! Join us as we welcome Mark Hayward at 2:00 on Friday, July 26. Mark’s show includes comedy and amazing yo-yo tricks. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension Arts & Culture Committee.
If your travel dollars are few and an exotic destination abroad is out of reach, take heart: there are plenty of affordable trips to take closer to home. From America’s sultry South, to her heartland cities, on out to California’s shores, we have guidebooks to help you enjoy some of our nation’s great cities and rural byways. Our travel section is filled with guidebooks and videos to enjoy beautiful scenery or plan that day trip in Wisconsin or decide what to eat and where, in Chicago.
Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas died last week. She was a trailblazing White House correspondent in a press corps dominated by men. Ms. Thomas covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. We have a couple of her books, including "Front Row at the White House" and "Thanks for the Memories, Mr President". Her status was ratified by her signature line at the end of every White House news conference, "Thank you, Mr. President", which was featured in the movie "Dave".
The Friends of the Library will be holding a huge book sale July 31- August 3. The sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. There is a special preview hour on Tuesday, July 30 from 6-7 PM for Friends members. Join today to get the first deals at all of our book sales throughout the year! Donations of gently used materials are appreciated all year long.
For more information on library programs, stop by the library, call 768-READ (7323), visit our web site: http://www.reedsburglibrary.org, listen to the Book Report on Tuesday @ about 4:40 p.m. on AM1400 WRDB.
Your Library: The Inside Story (July 18)
“Punch up Your Summer!” with our Adult Summer Reading Program. Pick up an official punch card entry form for a chance to win prizes at the end of August. It only takes reading or listening to five books to get your punch card entered in the drawing. Each entry form that is returned gets you a Reedsburg Library Fly Swatter - what a perfect thing to have this summer with all the bugs sticking around! The Friends of the Library will be presenting a Kindle Fire to the grand prizewinner. Other prizes include an afghan handmade by Lori Fosterling of Hook and Needle and a packable picnic blanket.
The sizzle, the smoke and the mouthwatering aromas that come from a grill are celebrated in July. It is National Grilling Month, a time to make cooking easy, on a grill indoors or out. So whether it is down-home traditional American barbecue or the finest meats slowly smoked over smoldering coals, we have the books for you.
Our Book Club selection for Tuesday’s “Titles & Tea” on July 23rd is “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Aimee Bender. This novel is a work of magical realism. It is a quiet but utterly compelling family drama with a very prominent magical element that adds tension to the story. It’s a luminous tale about the enormous difficulty of loving someone fully when you know too much about them. It is heartbreaking and funny, wise and sad, and confirms Aimee Bender’s place as “a writer who makes you grateful for the very existence of language.”
Here are the top 10 tips for a great summer of using your library!
1. Read our column for the latest on library services and fun, family events!
2. Register for Summer Reading Programs and keep reading all summer.
3. Borrow paperbacks for the beach, cottage or campground.
4. Read at least one "classic" book that you have always meant to read.
5. Borrow videos or DVDs for those rainy days.
6. Get audio or eBooks for those long car or plane rides.
7. Find out what's on your student's reading list. You can borrow copies at the Library.
(I guarantee that the choice is better now than it will be the last week in August!)
8. Going on vacation? Check out novels and non-fiction titles that will provide background on your vacation destination. Our librarians are happy to make suggestions!
9. Come in and plan your trip using the Internet or collection of travel books.
10. Be sure to just have fun, enjoy yourself this summer, and relax!
Your Library: The Inside Story (July 11)
Have you noticed that your local library seems especially busy this time of year?
Studies show that summer library programs offer many benefits, including the retention of reading skills learned throughout the school year, increased reading and writing ability, and improved vocabulary skills. It just takes a few minutes to register, there are great prizes, and it’s fun, too. So come on in and register today!
Are you buying a new washing machine, or in the market for a new car? Is it a time of day or night when the library is closed or when you can’t come in to check out the Consumer Reports magazine? You can access Consumer Reports via our web site which offers thousands of products from aquariums to ziti. Product categories include: cars, appliances, electronics, home and garden, babies and kids, money, shopping and health. Search results will bring up the “buying guide” type article that readers of the paper copies of Consumer Reports will be familiar with, along with ratings and recommendations of individual products. A “Compare” feature allows the user to “select” various models for comparison. If you are not at the library, you will need to enter your library card number.
If you don’t have a card, bring an ID and stop in to get one. Then you will be ready the next time you are in the store aisle and want to compare products.
Leslie King was born one hundred years ago on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. The only nonelected vice president and president of the United States is better known as Gerald R. Ford. He was the longest living president at the time of his death in 2006 at 93 years and 165 days. His 895- day presidency remains the shortest of all presidents who did not die in office. Did you know he was offered a position on the Green Bay Packers team but went to law school instead? We have Douglas Brinkley’s book “Gerald R. Ford”, and on audio, Thomas DeFrank’s “Write It When I’m Gone”, with remarkable off-the-record conversations with Gerald Ford.
Have you been cleaning this summer and discovered books, CDs and DVDs that you no longer use? We will accept them to either add to our collection or to put in the Friends of the Library Book Sale. The Friends use the proceeds from the book sale to purchase new items for our collection. We are looking forward to having one of the largest sales ever, starting on Wednesday, July 31.
Your Library: The Inside Story (July 4)
After weeks of immediate siege at the end of a yearlong campaign, the Siege of Vicksburg ended on July 4, 1863. One hundred and fifty years ago Confederate General Pemberton surrendered the city to General Ulysses S. Grant. The capture of Vicksburg was referred to by Abraham Lincoln as “the key” to victory in the south, and regarded as a turning point in the Civil War. Seventeen units of infantry, cavalry, and artillery represented Wisconsin. There were 9,075 Wisconsin troops who fought at Vicksburg. Sergeant F. J. Groat of the 12th Wisconsin Company B remembered this in the Reedsburg Free Press, September 13, 1900:
“In looking over the history of the 12th regiment concerning the siege of Vicksburg, I find they have not given them due credit while in the siege. We were ordered from Natchez to Grand Gulf landing May 18 and went to Vicksburg by boat landing June 13, being put on the extreme left of the army there. Companies B and G made an advance towards Vicksburg where they threw up breastworks and the captain ordered me to put out two videts one on each side of the road. It was not long before one of them called me saying he saw two men cross our lines thinking they were our men but finding out later they were rebels. About this time eight of our men passed to find how far off the rebel pickets were. There was a full moon that night and they had not gone far before they heard the rebels talking when they got under shelter of a bank. At this time the captain ordered me to get eight more men with picks and shovels having an idea he could advance the line towards Vicksburg thinking there would be no hindrance because the other eight men were ahead of us. We had no gone far before we were stopped and our captain thought they were our men out finding out they were rebels we took to our heels running back down the road the boys throwing away their picks and shovels so they could run faster. The rebels fired on us and all that saved us was a turn in the road but the lieuteutenant who was with us was hit in leg. The rebels followed us till they got in the range of company B and G’s rifles when they filed off to the left of the road forming a line. Col Bryant hearing the shots called out the rest of the regiment and got them ready for battle in case we should call on them but we were enough for them ourselves and didn’t call for them. The rebels began to slacken their fire and when they quit we quit. They got the worst of it for we heard the ambulance carrying off their dead and wounded all night long. The next morning we went back and got our picks and shovels, which we threw away the night before. After the surrender of Vicksburg some of the rebels told me that the two men who went over the hill went to look at our lines and finding a gap told their Colonel who was coming with this men to come up behind us by the way of the gap but were surprise and defeated when they met our captain”.
Today Vicksburg is the home of over 1340 monuments. You can take a tour of this famous battlefield from your favorite chair. We have the guided tour of the park on DVD and audio CD. Also Tim Isbell’s book “Sentinels of Stone” captures the artful essence of the book. Learn more about Wisconsin’s role during the Vicksburg campaign and siege with the 1914 book “Wisconsin at Vicksburg”.
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