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Your Library: The Inside Story (April 10)

National Volunteer Week is April 6-10 and we LOVE our volunteers! In 2013, dedicated volunteers shared more than 680 hours of their time helping at the library. What’s more amazing is this volunteer time is above and beyond that shared by those helping at Friends events and serving on the Library Board. Thanks for giving your time! We are hosting an appreciation night for our volunteers on Thursday, April 10th.

Next Week is National Library Week (April 13-19) which is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers to their schools and communities. National Library Week is not only a great time to see what’s new at your library, but also a time to stand up and speak out as a library advocate. During the week, we will be holding a food drive for the local food pantry. For each food item brought into the library, we will waive fifty cents in overdue library fines. This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry. You may also drop off food items even if you don’t have fines!

Again this year, the Friends of the Library will provide Books For Babies kits to all babies born at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center during the week, to encourage reading, starting at birth.  The kits include a board book titled “Sign About Meal Time”, a sipper cup, and information about the library.

Kick off National Library Week with the Friends of the Library “Bunco After Hours” event on Sunday, April 13th at 3 PM. This dice game is fun and very easy to learn. There will be refreshments and laughter with your neighbors and friends.  Entry fee is $15 per person and you can register today at the library. You might even win a prize!  Also happening during National Library Week: Thursday, April 17, 1:15pm – Early Release Matinee Movie for kids and that evening at 6:30pm - Beginners Wire Jewelry Making Class. Register today for the Jewelry Making class as there is a 12-person limit. Staff member Kathy Kosak will instruct attendees on how to make a beautiful piece of wire jewelry to take home.

The Library will be closed on Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20th. Our book return, located on the Locust Street side of the building, will be open, and LINKcat is always available to renew or reserve books and other items.

Your Library: The Inside Story (April 4)

You don’t have to be a die-hard fan to appreciate the start of the baseball season. Now that Opening Day is past for Major League Baseball, and the immortal words “Play ball!” have been spoken, it’s a sure sign that spring has finally sprung.  We have a variety of books and videos on playing baseball, on the lives of legendary players, and even some beautiful picture books. Our DVD collection includes many historic games with complete broadcasts of some of the most memorable moments of baseball from walk-off World Series wins to mind-numbing comebacks.

Forty years ago on April 8, 1974, at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, Henry (Hammerin’ Hank) Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935.  He would later finish his career with the Milwaukee Brewers with a total of 755 home runs. At the time of his retirement, Aaron also held records for first in RBIs, second in at-bats and runs scored and third in base hits. We have many books by and about Henry Aaron including “The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous” by Brewer teammate Don Money, which is more or less a diary of this first season back in Milwaukee in 1975. The book is told through the eyes, ears and feelings of the author as he puts the reader in the locker room and on the road with one of the all-time greats. In 2007, Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron’s home run record.

Twenty-five years ago this April, one of the greatest sports films was released. “Major League” was filmed right here in Wisconsin at former Milwaukee County Stadium. The film includes memorable characters Ricky Vaughn, Jake Taylor, Willie Mays Hayes and Pedro Cerrano, who take part in a fictional version of the 1989 Cleveland Indians, thrown together by the team's owner, Rachel Phelps, who wanted the worst team possible so she could move it to Florida. Despite the team’s lack of talent, the players come together to win games just to spite the owner. “Major League” is a fantastic comedy, and I still laugh out loud whenever I watch it.  Bob Uecker provides some great laughs as Indians announcer Harry Doyle. Also starring in the movie are Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert and Wesley Snipes.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 27)

March is National Craft Month! What a terrific reason to celebrate! For those of us who love to craft, vow to try a new crafting technique during the month, or perhaps teach someone how to do your favorite craft. We have a large collection of books on a variety of crafts; check out our display of them. If you would rather read a fiction book involving crafts, try the booklist of crafty fiction titles from our web page under readers advisory.  And join us on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30pm for a free jewelry-making program with staff member Kathy Kosak.  You’ll make and take a beautiful piece of bent wire jewelry.

The library can help with all of your springtime projects. We have books that can help you plant a garden, organize your closets or give you some fresh cleaning ideas. Stop by the library and choose some books to inspire you this spring. Or if you are running out of ideas for making quick and easy suppers, we have an extensive collection of cookbooks here at the library. We have “Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?”, “The Smitten Kitchen”, “Top Secret Recipes” and “Giada’s Feel Good Food”, just to name a few of the popular titles available to you. Spring is a great time to start grilling again, come in and check out our selection of grilling cookbooks too.

Thirty-five years ago on March 26, 1979, the Camp David Accord was signed. The Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the peace treaty, ending the thirty years of war between the two countries. The agreement was fostered by President Jimmy Carter. His years in the White House are remembered in his memoirs “Keeping Faith” and “White House Diary”.  Carter is best remembered for his post-presidential works and Douglas Brinkley remembers that in the book “The Unfinished Presidency: A Look at Jimmy Carter’s Quest for Global Peace.”

The Eiffel Tower is one hundred twenty-five years old on March 31st. Did you know it was built for the Paris Exhibition of 1899? The tower was named for its architect, Alexandre Eiffel, and is one of the world's best-known landmarks. We have your travel guides to Paris, so you can see it in person.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 20)

Join us on Tuesday, March 25th at 10AM for our Titles & Tea Book Group, which will be discussing local author David Rhodes’ “Jewelweed”. This beloved author returns to the Driftless Region, and introduces a cast of characters who all find themselves struggling to find a new sense of belonging in the present moment, sometimes with the help of peach preserves or mashed potato pie. It’s quite a marvelous story.

The library just added three children’s books by author Betty Kepka Schultz, whose published credits include “Morn of Mystery”, “Stairway From Here to There” and “Purple Patches”. She is originally from the Reedsburg area.

It was twenty-five years ago on March 23, 1989, that after thirty-three years Dick Clark retired from “American Bandstand”. Dick Clark did more for music than any other TV show. If you want to learn more about Dick Clark, we have his 1976 memoir “Rock, Roll & Remember”, and his mystery novel “Murder on Tour: a Rock ‘n’ Roll Mystery”. Our music CD collection includes some of the music hits from the American Bandstand Show that was on the air for almost forty years.

Do you have a student that is preparing to take exams for the ACT or SAT? Do you need study resources or practice tests for your real estate exam or nursing exam? If so, you should discover the Learning Express Library (on our web site under Databases/Research). With your library card you can find college prep needs, practice tests for graduate school entrance, the GED, Praxis, ASVAB, civil service jobs, U.S. citizenship and much more.

Remember to drop off your IGA UPC barcodes from any IGA Exclusive Brand products, in the designated box located on our indoor item return. The Friends of the Library are taking part in the IGA Hometown Label Savers Program.  IGA receipts are not part of this program, only the UPC barcodes from IGA products.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 12)

It’s been fifty years now since an iconic children’s book heroine who observed friends, classmates and neighbors, and held nothing back in her notebook commentary, first came on the scene.  It was in 1964 that Harper and Row published Louise Fitzhugh’s “Harriet the Spy,” and Harriet M. Welsch IS a spy. In her notebook, she writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, but sometimes awful, things she’s written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together? You can find out with a copy of the book which is available here at the library.

MATC instructor Glenn Rehberg will be back at the library on Thursday, March 13 (6-9 PM) to teach a free and very informative computer class titled “Safety & Security On the Internet”.  This course introduces computer safety principles and procedures for safer use of email, Internet browsing, online shopping and personal information security.  Attendees will learn about common scams, software and hardware exploits, and how to better secure their own computer from unauthorized access.  No previous computer experience is necessary.  Don’t miss this chance to learn how to protect yourself from identity theft.  Refreshments will be provided.

Friends of the Library would like you to bring in your IGA UPC barcodes from any IGA Exclusive Brand products.  They are taking part in the IGA Hometown Label Savers Program, so drop your barcodes in the box above the book return. The Friends also like your Viking Village grocery receipts as they also participate in the rebate program offered by Viking Village.

Oscar season is over, but did you know the Picture of the Year, “12 Years a Slave”, was based on a memoir?  Published nearly a decade before the Civil War, the book is written with an open frankness that reads like an attempt to set down the facts.  The book is available through the South Central Library System, with your library card.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 6 )

The Reedsburg library is hosting one of the UW-Baraboo Writers Series programs with Wisconsin author & naturalist John Bates, on Thursday, March 6th at 6:30pm. Mr. Bates is passionate about nature and is the author of seven books that focus on the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  He has been featured on Wisconsin Public Television in a segment of “In Wisconsin” and has worked as a state forest naturalist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He owns Trails North, a naturalist guide service.  For the past twenty-four years Mr. Bates has written a biweekly column, “A Northwoods Almanac” for the Lakeland Times in Minocqua. We look forward to seeing you for this free program, “Writing to the Head, Hands and Heart: One Naturalist’s Attempt to Reconnect People to the Natural World”.

The idea of producing a teenage doll for young girls came to Ruth Handler, cofounder of Mattel, as she watched her daughter Barbara and her friends playing with adult and teenage paper dolls. The Barbie doll, sporting a ponytail and a black and white striped bathing suit, debuted in stories on March 9, 1959.  Originally a teenage fashion model, Barbie has since had more than a hundred careers including being a nurse, teacher, a flight attendant and a member of various branches of the armed services. She has even been a Presidential candidate. We have the Stefanie Deutsch book “Barbie, the First 30 Years: 1959 Through 1989: An Identification and Value Guide”. At least one generation has grown up with Barbie and is now seeing its children share its love for this great doll that debuted 55 years ago.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 13, 6-9pm.  MATC instructor Glenn Rehberg will be back at the library to teach a free and very informative computer class titled “Safety & Security On the Internet”.  This course introduces computer safety principles and procedures for safer use of email, Internet browsing, online shopping and personal information security.  Attendees will learn about common scams, software and hardware exploits, and how to better secure their own computer from unauthorized access.  No previous computer experience is necessary.  Don’t miss this chance to learn how to protect yourself from identity theft.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 27)

St. Louis, Missouri was founded in a winter wilderness during February of 1764 and is celebrating its 250th Birthday this year. It’s not the most important city like Chicago or New York or Los Angeles, but this is where Lewis and Clark started their westward journey.  This is where the 1904 World’s Fair and Olympics were held. St. Louis gave us our first “taste” of the ice cream cone, cotton candy, hot dogs and peanut butter. We can help you plan your trip or learn more about the “Gateway City” from the arch, to eating at my favorite Imo’s Pizza location.  You can take a look at the unique food culture of this city with Patricia Corrigan’s book “Eating St. Louis” or learn about the history of Anheuser-Busch with “King’s Reign”.  It’s also known as Baseball Heaven and home of the 2013 National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Our collection includes many books but also some best complete game broadcast on DVD. Watch record-breaking events and fabulous plays from McGwire to Gibson to the Wizard of Oz. This city brought the world Chuck Berry, Bob Costas, and Tina Turner. But the city is best known for the arch, the landmark symbol that reflects the westward expansion. Robert Moore’s coffee table book is filled with remarkable photos of the monument few have seen, along with the amazing story of building the largest stainless steel structure in history.

The Reedsburg library is hosting one of the UW-Baraboo Writers Series programs with Wisconsin author & naturalist John Bates, on Thursday, March 6th at 6:30pm. Mr. Bates is passionate about nature and is the author of seven books that focus on the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  He has been featured on Wisconsin Public Television in a segment of “In Wisconsin” and has worked as a state forest naturalist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He owns Trails North, a naturalist guide service.  For the past twenty-four years Mr. Bates has written a biweekly column, “A Northwoods Almanac” for the Lakeland Times in Minocqua. We look forward to seeing you for this free program, “Writing to the Head, Hands and Heart: One Naturalist’s Attempt to Reconnect People to the Natural World”.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 13, 6-9pm.  MATC instructor Glenn Rehberg will be back at the library to teach a free and very informative computer class titled “Safety & Security On the Internet”.  This course introduces computer safety principles and procedures for safer use of email, Internet browsing, online shopping and personal information security.  Attendees will learn about common scams, software and hardware exploits, and how to better secure their own computer from unauthorized access.  No previous computer experience is necessary. 

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 13)
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Fifty years ago the Beatles made their historic U.S. debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and shook up the industry and started one of the most revolutionary eras in music. A cultural watershed moment in American history and one of the world's top-viewed television events of all time, The Beatles performed five songs on the live broadcast. "Beatlemania," already in full, feverish bloom in The Beatles' native U.K., was unleashed with blissful fervor across America and around the world. The British Invasion had begun. We have all four complete Beatles shows on DVD, complete with original commercials.

The library will be taking part in the Big Library Read program. Library card holders will be able to borrow and enjoy the cooking eBook "Keys to the Kitchen" by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp, starting February 17th and concluding the morning of March 5th by visiting “Wisconsin’s Digital Library”, from our home page, www.reedsburglibrary.org, or by going to www.dbooks.wplc.info. Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program, creating a virtual, global book club. Interested patrons will be able to borrow "Keys to the Kitchen" using a valid library card, and enjoy it on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Nook®, Android™ phones and tablets, and Kindle® without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees! The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between OverDrive, the leading supplier of eBooks and more to libraries, and Chronicle Books, publisher of Aida Mollenkamp's all-purpose guide to becoming a more adventurous cook.

If you have made the decision to purchase an eReader, Android tablet (various brands) or iPad and need help, we are having “Tech Time” sessions with Maureen on Thursdays, February 13, 20 & 27th from 2-3 PM.  This will be a good opportunity to help you get started with your eReaders, Tablets, iPads and more.  If the Thursday afternoon time slot doesn’t work for you, call the library (768-7323) and schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance.

Do you like surprises? Do you need help deciding what to read next? Are you distracted by cover art that inaccurately portrays the content of a book? Check out our “Blind Date with a Book” display by the book return. To meet your blind date, come to the library, choose a blind date book, take it home and unwrap it. Be surprised and hopefully, intrigued, enough to read it. As we all know, not all blind dates go well.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 6)
Reedsburg Public Library

Please make note that the library will be closing early on Thursday, February 6 at 4 PM for staff training. This inservice is part of an effort to better serve library customers through staff training and development. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30 AM.

Within the last year our library has seen a marked increase in the use of digital books. Why would you want to get books this way?
* Makes traveling easy with only one device to carry with you. (Many eReaders are capable of holding over 1,000 digital books)
* Allows you to get library books without leaving your home.
* You can have up to 10 eBooks checked out at one time and up to 10 holds.
* Easier to hold and not as heavy as a book.
* eReaders have a way to make the print larger, allowing patrons with low vision access to books that may not be available in large print.
* Your device may also allow you to borrow and listen to audio- books.
* If a title doesn’t have any holds, you will be given an option to renew it.

Other things to consider: Most devices require a wi-fi connection; some devices require using a computer with Internet connection; learning to use your device will take time and maybe outside help; not all the books that are available in print are available as eBooks.

Why do I have to place a hold and wait for a copy if it is digital? The Wisconsin Digital Library (which all Wisconsin libraries contribute towards) has to purchase a license for each copy. You are sharing the Wisconsin Digital Library with everyone in the state who wants to borrow eBooks.

If you have made the decision to purchase an eReader, Android tablet (various brands) or iPad and need help, we are having “Tech Time” sessions with Maureen on Thursdays, February 13, 20 & 27th from 2-3 PM.  This will be a good opportunity to help you get started with your eReaders, Tablets, iPads and more.  If the Thursday afternoon time slot doesn’t work for you, call the library (768-7323) and schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance.

One of the greatest living baseball players, Hank Aaron, is celebrating his 80th birthday. The hall of fame player was born February 5, 1934 and is the author of three books, including “I Had a Hammer”, his 1991 autobiography. This book tells the story of a major league player with his roots in the Negro League, how he helped to integrate the South Atlantic League, and his years in Milwaukee – a city that loved him, to Atlanta, where he was shown little affection.  Our lobby display case remembers his playing days from Eau Claire to Milwaukee to Atlanta and back to Milwaukee.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Jan 30)
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Join the fun on Saturday, February 1st at the Reedsburg Public Library. It’s the annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day” as libraries around the country are inviting families to enjoy their local public libraries. It’s a way for libraries to welcome and encourage families to become regular library users by celebrating and showing what they have to offer.  It is a drop-in event during the entire day on Saturday as activities will include a Book Character Scavenger Hunt, an art project and a chance to make your own AccuCut bookmark. This would be a great opportunity for children to get their first Library Card and take home books, movies, music, or magazines.

This weekend (Thursday, January 30- Sunday, February 2) is the annual winter Friends of the Library Book Sale.  This is one of the largest of the year with a large selection of magazines, books and more. Stop in and fill a bag or two.  All proceeds benefit the library.

Last week we lost two television characters who made us laugh for almost fifty years. Actor Russell Johnson acted in dozens of television shows but his career seemed stranded on its own island because of his popular sitcom role on “Gilligan’s Island”.  Johnson played Roy Hinkley (The Professor), whose scientific schemes to get the castaways rescued were always foiled by Gilligan’s bumbling. The show lasted from 1964 to 1967, but Johnson was not in the original opening of the show as he and Mary Ann were referred to as “the rest”.  We have the complete series on DVD as well as his 1993 memoir “Here on Gilligan’s Isle”. In his book “Inside Gilligan’s Island”, show creator Sherwood Schwartz said this of Russell Johnson: "The Professor was the glue that held the more colorful characters in place in the Gilligan mosaic. And Russell Johnson played him perfectly: intellectual, serious, sincere. He supplied the logic on the island and he supplied it so well that he convinced the other castaways and the viewers as well that whatever he said was scientifically sound."

Also on the same day, Dave Madden died. He starred in the ABC hit sitcom “The Partridge Family” as band manager Reuben Kincaid. Madden was also a semi-regular on the popular CBS sitcom “Alice”. Both shows are available on DVD here at the library.

It’s been 55 years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa field, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock ‘n’ roll. The passing decades haven’t diminished the fascination with “the day the music died”. On Feb 2, 1959, Buddy Holly, J.P. (The Big Bopper) Richardson and Ritchie Valens performed in snowy Clear Lake, Iowa and then boarded the plane for a planned three-mile flight that lasted only minutes. Check out our Buddy Holly stand-up in the library, where you will find the Clear Lake Newspaper from February 1959. Also in our collection is “The Winter Dance Party” on DVD. This is a live authentic re-creation of the final tour, captured at the same theatre in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where the original tour played. Over 29 songs are presented in the authentic and high voltage performance style that has won acclaim and legions of fans everywhere. Did you know that Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly’s bassist and future country star, at the last minute gave up his seat to the Big Bopper who was suffering with the flu? And that Bobby Vee, then aged 15, replaced Buddy Holly at the next stop in North Dakota? His performance was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that led to Vee’s career as a popular singer.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Jan 23)
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Join us on Tuesday January 28th at 10AM for our Titles & Tea Book Group, which will be discussing the Tatiana de Rosnay novel “Sarah’s Key”.  On the sixtieth anniversary of the 1942 roundup of Jews by the French police in the Vel d’hiv section of Paris, American journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this historic event. Her investigation leads her to discover disturbing secrets about her own husband’s family, and to uncover the ordeal of Sarah, a young Jewish girl caught up in the raid.  There are still copies available for checkout and new members are welcome to join us for some talk and tea.

Did you know the first Apple Macintosh computer sold for $4,295? They first went on sale thirty years ago, January 25, 1984. It wasn’t until mid-1985 however, that sales began to take off and this computer began to replace the Apple II model.

Mark your calendar for the Library’s Super Bowl Weekend of Savings. One of the largest book sales in some time will be happening Thursday, January 30, Friday, January 31 and Saturday February 1.  There will be hundreds of videos, magazines and books available.  There is a special preview hour on Wednesday, January 29 from 6-7 PM for Friends’ members. Join today to get the first deals at all of our book sales throughout the year! The library accepts donations of books and materials during our open hours.

Thirty-five years ago on January 26, the television comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard”, about two good old boy cousins in the rural South and their souped-up 1969 Dodge Charger, debuted on CBS. The show originally aired for seven seasons. The show was centered around Bo and Luke Duke and their ongoing efforts to elude their nemeses Boss Hogg and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.  We have many of the episodes on DVD so you can relive the fast driving, jumps and crashes and the CB nicknames. Also in our collection are books by actors Ben Jones and James Best.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Jan 16)
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Black civil rights leader, minister, advocate of nonviolence and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Martin Luther King was born eighty-five years ago on January 15, 1929. He was born in Atlanta, where his house and church are part of the National Park Service.  We have travel books on Atlanta to plan your Civil Rights heritage trip or checkout our display of books and videos about Dr. Martin Luther King.  Check out our DVD “King”, which goes beyond the dream to discover the man. The History Channel with Tom Brokaw takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America’s civil rights visionary. This documentary goes beyond the legend to portray the man, the questions and myths and his message in today’s world.

Numbers! Just like any other business, the library looks at numbers to evaluate the past year. The Library checked out 318,957 items and welcomed 16,003 visitors through the library’s doors. By these indications the library is being very well used. If you haven’t used your Library lately, we invite you come in and see what all the excitement is about!

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund has been in full swing this holiday season and it’s not too late to join us. When you present a book to your library, many others will have the opportunity to read it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive has been very successful with over $3,000 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names of contributors are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to  Ken & Jean Benzel, Kim Pearson,
The Friends of the Library thanks you for your continued support.

Mark your calendar for the Library’s Super Bowl Weekend of Savings. One of the largest book sales in some time will be happening Thursday, January 30, Friday, January 31 and Saturday February 1.  There will be hundreds of videos, magazines and books available.  There is a special preview hour on Wednesday, January 29 from 6-7 PM for Friends’ members. Join today to get the first deals at all of our book sales throughout the year! The library accepts donations of books and materials throughout the year.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Jan 9)
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Did you get an E-reader for the holidays and want to check out E-books from the library’s Overdrive site?  Are you confused by the online instructions? Register at the library for one of the classes we have scheduled on Thursday, January 9th, 6 pm and Wednesday, January 15, 1 pm. You will learn how to access Overdrive, search for books compatible with your eReader and check out and download eBooks.  If you can’t make it to a class, you can also schedule a short “help” session with Maureen by calling (768-7323) or stopping by the library.

The Friends of the Library will hold their first meeting of 2014 on Tuesday, January 14.  The group will enjoy tea and social time beginning at 6:00pm, with a meeting to follow at 6:30.  Anyone is welcome to join the Friends!  Following the meeting, library staff members will be on hand to demonstrate how to check out free ebooks for eReaders and tablet devices, as well as how to use the library’s AccuCut die cut machine for fun paper projects.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund is in fill swing this year. When you present a book to your library, many others will have the opportunity to read it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive was very successful last year with over $1,000 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names of contributors are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Jean Smith. The Friends of the Library thanks you for your continued support.

A nostalgic comedy set in Milwaukee during the 1950s, television’s “Happy Days” premiered forty years ago on January 15, 1974.  Teenager Richie Cunningham was played by Ron Howard and his best friends were Postie Weber and Ralph Malph.  The show lasted until 1984 and had three spin-offs.  Check out the first season available on DVD or learn about the show with the book “Happier Days” by Marley Brant, which takes us behind the scenes at Paramount studios. This book is filled with an up-close and personal look at the talented people who brought the Happy Days characters to life. 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 a 500% increase nation wide of people getting library cards.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Jan 2)
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Sunday was the final game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The one-time home of the Minnesota Vikings, Gophers and Twins, it was 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. But the Dome for me is one of special memories. Who can’t think of the Dome without hearing that Vikings horn? The library has DVD’s of complete games of the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins World Series broadcasts to help you remember not the prettiest stadium, but one of the most unique.  As the winds have sucked people out after the games, the amazing performances there have sucked us in as well.

The library accepts and appreciates donations of books, time and money. The Friends of the Library turn your new or used books, CDs, videos or DVDs into money for the library at their book sales or the library welcomes them as part of our collection. Items may be dropped off at the library. Your donation is tax deductible. The Library also accepts monetary gifts to be put toward collection development or future projects. Memorial and honorary gifts are also appreciated and we will acknowledge these gifts with special bookplates inside the material. Mark your calendar as our next book sale is January 29- February 1st.

How about the snow! Just a reminder that if the weather is really bad and you don’t think you should venture out, but you have library items due, please call us. We will renew your items over the phone (if possible) or you can renew them via LINKcat. The library does close if the conditions are very extreme so calling ahead is always a good idea.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book Fund is in full swing this year. When you present a book to your library, many others will have the opportunity to read it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive was very successful last year with over $1,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Donor names are posted at the library. This week a “Thank You” goes out to Joice Meyer, Carolyne Kotchi-Aslaksen, In Memory of Kay Shultis. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Dec 26)
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This year was an exciting one for publishing, with new releases from best-selling powerhouses and thrilling debuts from first-time authors.  USA Today has announced the top 10 best books of 2013 to impress fiction and non-fiction lovers alike. Here is a look at the list, which are all in the South Central Library System,  “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tart, “Nine Inches” by Tom Perrotta, “Double Down” by Mark Halperin, “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri, “Thank You for Your Service” by David Finkel, “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride, “Drama High” by Michael Sokolove, “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

A recent Capital Times article with recommendations for six great apps includes the LINKcat App. The article says the app “offers quick access to your main account (for hard covers, paperbacks and DVDs) as well as OverDrive, Wisconsin's digital library for e-books and audio books. It keeps you updated on holds and tells you which libraries participate, from Adams County to Wyocena.”  The app is available for Android and iPhone devices.

Remember we have a movie showing on Friday, December 27 @ 2 PM.  The movie is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated action comedy film and a sequel to a 2010 animated film. Steve Carell, Russell Brand  and Miranda Cosgrove reprise their roles. Due to our Movie License we can’t tell you the title here.  But give us a call or stop in the library to find out!

Just a reminder: the Library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th.  We will be open Tuesday, December 31st from 8:30 AM to 1 PM but closed on Wednesday, January 1. Our regular hours resume on January 2nd.  “Season’s Readings” to all!

Did you know it has been twenty years since a new tradition in Green Bay Packers history was born? On December 26, 1993 on a frigid day the 8-6 Packers were looking to clinch a playoff berth for the first time in many years. While holding a 14-0 lead, LeRoy Butler forced a fumble that was picked up by Reggie White. After running for 10 yards with the ball, White lateraled to Butler, who went 25 yards for the touchdown. When he reached the end zone, Butler spontaneously jumped into the crowd in celebration. We have LeRoy Butler’s autobiography as well as his new book “Packers Pride”.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book Fund is in full swing this year. When you present a book to your library, many others will have the opportunity to read it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive was very successful last year with over $1,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Donor names are posted at the library. This week a “Thank You” goes out to Luanne Krohn, Carol Snopek, Anonymous, Neil & Susan Steiner, William & Lois McIntyre, Carolyn Van Sickle, Neal & Joan Pulvermacher,  In Memory of Sarah Pulvermacher, In Memory of Sean Connolly, Adam Steiner, Isaac Steiner, Phoebe Steiner, Andrei Steiner, Ivan Steiner, Olek Steiner, Elliott Steiner, Penelope Steiner, Clementine Steiner.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Dec 19)

Nothing says the holidays like “jingle bells”, “eggnog” and the classic movie, “A Christmas Story”. This year is the 30th anniversary of the 1983 Christmas comedy film based on the short stories of author Jean Shepherd’s “ A Christmas Story”. If you’ve been to the library lately you may have noticed our “Christmas Story” tree in honor of the dysfunctional family comedy, which is considered by many a must-see during the holiday season. Not only do we have Jean Shepherd’s book and the movie, we have just added Gaines Caseen’s “A Christmas Story Behind the Scenes”.

One of the defining moments of Brett Favre’s career and arguably his greatest game ever, took place ten years ago on Monday, December 22, 2003. On Monday Night Football, one day after his father died unexpectedly, Brett Favre honored him by playing football. What a performance! Favre led the Packers to a 41-7 blowout victory, setting a franchise record with a 154.9 passer rating that was fueled by four touchdowns — two on acrobatic catches by Wesley Walls and Javon Walker.  Favre even received applause from "Raider Nation” and earned the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. He would also win an ESPY Award for his Monday Night Football performance. We have the complete game broadcast on DVD of what happened that night in Oakland. Also in our collection is the 2004 tribute book “Favre”, which remembers that game in a dazzling tribute by the Favre Family.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book Fund is in full swing this year. When you present a book to your library, many others will have the opportunity to read it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive was very successful last year with over $1,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Donor names are posted at the library. This week a “Thank You” goes out to Gloria Judge, Dale Emery, Derek Harvey, Pat & Bill Wilde, James & June Pawlisch, Enid Mikonowicz, Sherri Schmitz, Tom & Jill Holtz Family.

Just a reminder: the Library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th. We will be open Tuesday, December 31st from 8:30 AM to 1 PM but closed on Wednesday, January 1. Our regular hours resume on January 2nd.  “Season’s Readings” to all

Your Library: The Inside Story (Dec 12)

Are you starting a series and want to make sure you read them in order? Or maybe you’ve read everything by your favorite author and need some new reading ideas. NoveList Plus is the resource for you! Novelist Plus is a database that readers can search to find author or best-seller read-alikes, book discussion guides, lists of award winners, lists of books in a series, and much more. To access NoveList Plus, go to our website and click on Information Resources. then the NoveList Plus link.
You will need to provide your library card barcode if you are using the database outside the library.

In response to popular demand, it is now possible to renew books checked out through OverDrive! If a title is available to renew (there are no other patrons waiting for it), the option will become available within three days of expiration. Log into your OverDrive account, and from your OverDrive bookshelf, you will find a link to “renew” under the title’s expiration date. Click the link and fill out the title renewal form that comes up. Once the title expires you will receive email notification that the title is available to retrieve from your holds page. You will be able to renew titles one time only. Please contact library staff with questions about OverDrive.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book Fund is in full swing this year. When you present a book to your library, many others will have the opportunity to read it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive was very successful last year with over $2,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Donor names are posted at the library. This week a “Thank You” goes out to Jim Schernecker, Julie Foxx, Karen & Bruce Duckworth, Jeanette Rose, Dave & Sandy Champeau, Ardell Albers, Julie Adelman, William Schuette, Richard & Elizabeth Pannier, Kathy Horkan, Mike Gargano, Jesus Ruiz, Tom & Delores Geimer, Arlene Liegel, Casey Family, Brad & Maureen Palmer, Anne Lawler,  In Memory of Patricia Manion Francisco.

Happy 90th Birthday to Bob Barker the former television game show host, best known for hosting CBS’s “The Price is Right” from 1972 to 2007. We have his 2009 memoir, “Priceless Memories”, as well as some of the best moments of the show on DVD.  So Come on Down!

Your Library: The Inside Story (Dec 4)

The Friends of the Library Holiday Fund Drive is already in full swing this year. When you present a book or other item to your library, many others will have the opportunity to read it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive was very successful last year with over $2,000 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names of contributors are posted at the library. Your name or a designated name will also be listed here in our column. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support. Be one of the first to give and avoid the Christmas rush.

Public libraries are often referred to as the “third place,” a term coined by Ray Oldenburg in his 1990 book, “The Great Good Place”. That reference is to “neutral social surroundings separate from
home and work/school.” A “third place” is typically inexpensive or free, provides a welcoming and comfortable environment, and makes it easy to enter into conversation. In this community, the public library aligns perfectly with that definition. According to Kevin Harris, author of a book about public libraries as a third place, “all societies need places that allow informal interaction without requiring it, places that are rich in the possibility of the safe, mundane encounter...” Third places make people feel at home, foster friendships, and create a sense of community. There certainly are some local venues that tend to be more “purely social” as third places, but they also tend not to be as inclusive as the public Library. People from all walks of life can meet and become acquainted with each other at the library. There are opportunities to make connections, relax, and discuss what is happening in the community and in your own life.

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!  On our web site (Speak Up for Your Library logo) you can sign up to help and 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.

Songwriter, poet, and leader singer of “The Doors”, Jim Morrison was born seventy years ago on December 8, 1943.  Morrison is considered to be one of the fathers of contemporary rock. Known as “The Lizard King,” he brought avant-garde theatrics to his musical performances and mystical influences to his songs. We have the classic Oliver Stone film “The Doors”, starring Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan, which is the electrifying story of Jim Morrison and his controversial band.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Nov 28)

Last week Barbara Park, a former class clown who channeled her irreverence into the million-selling author of the mishaps of grade schooler Junie B. Jones, died at the age of 66. Starting in 1992, Park wrote more than 30 illustrated chapter books about the smart-mouthed girl with an ungrammatical opinion of everybody - her parents, her teachers, her friends and her classmate and enemy for life, May, who is so mean she won't even acknowledge Junie's middle initial.

The books' titles alone were windows into Junie's slangy mind: "Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth," "Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus," "Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday." Junie was stuck in kindergarten for years before Park advanced her to the next class, starting with Book 18, and titled it "Junie B., First Grader (at last!)."

Park's books sold more than 55 million copies just in North America, according to Random House, and the series was adapted into a popular musical theater production. Junie B inspired much laughter among families, and a few frowns. Parents and educators occasionally objected to Jones' personalized language and cheeky ways, worrying that she was a bad influence on her fans.

Several popular books will soon be coming to local theatres as feature length films. Movies based on the following books will be available for viewing in December: “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games #2), “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card, “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Jordan Belford, “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, “Jack Ryan” by Tom Clancy.

Are you unable to come to the library due to a permanent or temporary condition? The library’s homebound delivery program brings library materials to homebound residents each month. Library staff selects books and other materials according to the preferences of the individual homebound library users. Friends of the Library members deliver or pick up library materials, or they are sent via the mail. For more information contact Emmie Phillippi, Outreach Librarian, at 524-3316.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (Nov 14)

This week brings along a few milestones…

It was twenty-five years ago on November 14, 1988, that ‘Murphy Brown” first aired. An intelligent, often prickly sitcom set in Washington D.C., it starred Candice Bergen as an egotistical, seasoned journalist working for the fictitious TV show “FYI”.   Characters on the show included Miles Silverberg (high strung producer), Corky Sherwood (Former Miss America turned anchor), Frank Fontana (reporter), Jim Dial (uptight anchorman), Phil (owner of local watering hole) and Eldin (housepainter). The program was well known for "torn-from-the-headlines" stories and blatant political satire. It achieved a high level of political notoriety in the 1992 presidential election when Dan Quayle mentioned the show in a campaign speech. We have the complete first season of this show, of which even today an impact is felt.

Fifty years ago on November 18, 1963, the push-button phone debuted. The push-button telephone went into service as an alternative to the rotary-dial phones. Touch-tone service was available as an option at an extra charge. Want to learn more about the events and milestones of 1963?  Check out our display case which is remembering that year.

“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”  One hundred and fifty years ago on a November 19th, wearing his black suit, tall silk hat and white gloves, Lincoln started his address with that line. In just 272 words, he described his vision for “a new birth of freedom” for America. In his eloquent style, our 16th president reminded those present, and those of us today, of the hard work of our forefathers, and he challenged all Americans to live that dream. Today, the Gettysburg Address is considered one of the greatest speeches of all time. President Lincoln was wrong when he said, “The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here…” We do remember and will continue to, long after today. We have a wealth of publications on Abraham Lincoln which shed new or merely refocused light on all that is already known about the man. Even today he provides insight and inspiration for the world.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Nov 7)

When people think of November, they usually think of Thanksgiving. However, November is also Peanut Butter Lover’s Month. Since you can’t have peanut butter without peanuts, here are some fun facts about peanuts: Goober peas are a nickname for peanuts, 1 percent of the population is severely allergic to peanuts, peanut butter is found in 75 percent of American homes. We have many different peanut cookbooks including one by Skippy titled the “The Magic of Peanut Butter,” filled with 100 new and favorite recipes.

Next Monday is Veterans Day. November 11th a time to honor the men and women who are and have served in our armed forces.  But also on that date it’s National Sundae Day. Did you know you that Two Rivers, Wisconsin is one of three cities claiming to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae? In 1881, Ed Berners of Two Rivers was asked to serve George Hallauer a dish of ice cream topped with the syrup used for sodas. Berner liked the dish and added it to his regular menu, charging a nickel. But a competing soda fountain owner from nearby Manitowoc felt he had to serve the same syrupy concoction as Ed. He felt the nickel price was too cheap and decided to only serve the dish on Sundays, which soon became the name of the dish- The Ice Cream Sunday.  Try our book “The Month of Sundaes” by Michael Turback, which is a historical book about ice cream, with sundae lore and recipes generously spread throughout.

Now that the World Series games are complete, you can still watch more baseball. We have some of the greatest World Series games on DVD, including the Minnesota Twins of 1987, Boston Red Sox of 2007, Arizona Diamondbacks of 2001, New York Yankees of 1977, St Louis Cardinals of 2011 and more. Included is a complete broadcast of the series game with most spectacular plays. Also included is every dramatic inning, every powerful pitch and every key hit. Later this year we will be adding the 2013 World Series, one of the greatest series of all time.

Did you miss purchasing a Friends of the Library Birdhouse during Fermentation Fest?  We still have a few left at the library. What a great idea for the upcoming holiday season or a nice little fall decor for your house. Many unique designed houses are on display at the library and all of the proceeds will support your library.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Oct 31)

Celebrated in tandem with Halloween, October 31st is National Knock-Knock Day, which answers the age-old question, “Who’s There?” This is the day to try out your best knock-knock jokes like this one - Librarian: Knock, knock. Student: Who's there? Librarian: Winnie. Student: Winnie who?
Librarian: Winnie you going to bring back that overdue book, hmm?

There is no better way to enjoy a crisp fall day than by biting into a tree-ripened apple, fresh from the orchard.  Are you wondering what to do with one of the ten or fifty-nine varieties of apples there are? We have just added Amy Pennington’s book “Apples: From Harvest to Table” to our collection. This book is a wonderful collection of over fifty seasonal, easy-to-follow recipes for all kinds of delicious apple-based treats. We also have the bestselling “Apple Lover’s Cookbook” by Amy Traverso, which is filled with recipes both sweet, like Apple Stuffed Biscuit Buns and Blue Ribbon Deep Dish Apple Pie, and savory, like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin.  Traverso offers a full color guide to fifty-nine apple varieties with descriptions of their flavor, history and how to use them in the kitchen. This book is the ultimate apple companion. If you can’t make it to the orchard, we have a DVD that includes a road trip to Oak Glen, California. Huell Howser is your host during apple season in the mountains, sixty miles east of Los Angeles, where he takes part in a popular fall tradition.  From personal account, this area is beautiful, with scenery more like New England than California and it’s always ten to fifteen degrees cooler there than it is in the valleys.

Ever wanted to know 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? Learn how to think out-of-the-box on grocery store and drugstore deals, too!  Danelle Gay of Operation40K.com will be here on Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30 PM for this free program. In the past, her programs on meal planning and coupons have been very popular, so the library is excited to have Ms. Gay back for this new program.

Remember the book sale is this weekend (October 31st-November 4th) during library hours. There will be a large selection of paperbacks and hardcover books for sale. Come early for the best selection! All book sale proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library, who support the library by purchasing unique items for the collection and sponsoring  programs throughout the year.

Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday:
8:30 am to 8 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 4 pm
Sunday: Noon to 3 pm

Summer Hours:
(Same except:)
Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm
Sunday: Closed

Reedsburg Public Library

370 Vine Street Reedsburg WI 53959
608-768-READ (7323)

Fax: (608) 524-9024
rplstf@scls.lib.wi.us

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February 26, 2014