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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.

Aug 29

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”

 

 

 

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (June 27)

June marks the beginning of summer and with that comes longer days, shorter nights, family vacations, barbeques and National Rivers Month. This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary that President Roosevelt established the Great River Road along the Mississippi River. The road follows the river for nearly 3,000 miles through 10 states.  You can enjoy history, bluff-top views, outstanding trails and charming towns along the road.  I have even found some of the best places to see bald eagles. To help plan your next trip, we have Pat Middleton’s five-volume set of guidebooks for the Great River Road. Every volume is filled with a variety of fascinating facts and lore.

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission, through LinkWisconsin, is working to assess broadband internet needs and gaps with the goal of identifying rural areas that are underserved, or not served at all. We have a link on our web site and all Wisconsin residents are encouraged to complete this survey about their internet access. The responses will help identify where there is a need for improved service and learn about best practices in areas where service is adequate.  The goal is for everyone who wants high-speed internet service at home to have access to it. The more responses the WPSC receives, the more accurately it can assess the need for better internet access.

One of the most crucial battles of the Civil War occurred one hundred fifty years ago on July 1, 1863. Robert E. Lee led his forces on an invasion of the north and the battle lines were eventually formed at Gettysburg. The battle was a turning point in the Civil War and the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. Check out our display of books including the “Ghost of Gettysburg” series and the 1974 novel “Killer Angels”, which was depicted in the 1993 film ”Gettysburg”.  Our DVD collection includes many of the award-winning Pennsylvania Cable Network tours of Gettysburg Battlewalks. So if you can’t make it to the battlefield, you can still have the legendary exploits of the Union and Confederate armies come to life. When I’ve been to Gettysburg, I can’t help but think of what General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain said in 1889 when he revisited the battlefield, “In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass… but spirits linger to consecrate ground for the vision- a place of souls. And reverent men and women from a far generation that know generations that we know not, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream”.

The library will be closed Thursday, July 4th to observe Independence Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story(June 20)
Reedsburg Public Library

 

Did you register for the Friends of the Library’s “Advanced eBay” class at the library on Thursday, June 20th, 6-9 PM?  This class will cover more than just the basics. You will learn the tricks and importance of using better quality photos, learn how to write a listing that sells, and determine how to position your items to sell. Registration is required, as each participant will need to use a computer. Participants are also asked to have a basic familiarity with Windows, create an eBay and PayPal account prior to class and bring several high-resolution photos of an object they would like to sell (or pretend to sell).

One of the unique things about our library is that we have a separate local history collection. We have local histories, cemetery indexes, family histories, cookbooks and directories. Last year we added a new ST Viewscan microfilm machine. This machine views newspapers exactly as they appeared at publication. You can print it, email it or even save it to a flash drive. Our local history website includes an index of birth, marriages and death notices from area newspapers. Also on our website you can view hundreds of historical photographs. If your ancestors were not from this area, the library still provides a wealth of information through its subscription to Ancestry.com, which is available from any computer here at the library. Heritage Quest.com can be accessed from our website outside the library. Both sites contain state and federal records and much more.

America’s favorite lasagna-loving cat celebrates his thirty-fifth birthday. “Garfield”, a modern classic comic strip created by Jim Davis, first appeared on June 19, 1978 and has brought laughter to millions. Our kids comic collection includes many of Jim Davis’ works.

Do you remember “The Ed Sullivan Show”, the longest running variety show and the most popular for decades? It first aired 65 years ago on June 20, 1948. Throughout the years all types of acts were performed and many made their television debut on the show. Two of the largest audience acts of the times were Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Our DVD collection includes many of the greatest moments of the “Ed Sullivan Show”.

Our summer library program is in full swing!  Be sure to stop in the library or check our website for a listing of all the fun activities for all ages going on at your library.

 

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (June 13)
Reedsburg Public Library

 

Did you know that June 6, 1933 is when the first drive-in movie theater opened in America? Do you remember Reedsburg’s outdoor theater, where the Courtyards are now located?  That drive-in opened on August 23, 1952, with two shows nightly. The screen faced south towards highway 23/33, measured 37 feet by 50 feet and was 62 feet high. The theater could accommodate 320 cars. It closed in the early 1960s and was replaced with a Go-Kart track, which was also short-lived. We have the book “Cinema Under the Stars” to remind us of those wonderful times at the drive-in theater: the B movies, concession stands loaded with goodies, screen towers, ticket booths, scratchy speakers, speaker poles and intermission.

The Friends of the Library are sponsoring an “Advanced eBay” class at the library on Thursday, June 20th, 6-9 PM. This class will cover more than just the basics. You will learn the tricks and importance of better photos, learn how to write a listing that sells, and determine how to position your items to sell. Registration is required as each participant will need to use a computer. Participants are also asked to have a basic familiarity with Windows, create an eBay and PayPal account prior to class and bring several high-resolution photos of an object they would like to sell.

June 14th is National Flag Day. It was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. In that year, Congress asked that all public buildings fly the flag on June 14. The idea quickly caught on and many people wanted to participate in waving the flag. A teacher from Fredonia, Wisconsin, Bernard J. Cigrand, had the kids in his school observe Flag Day, or, as he called it, Flag Birthday. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted efforts to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. It wasn't until 1916 that Flag Day was officially named as a holiday. And it wasn't until 1949 that the National Flag Day bill was signed. But teachers and kids had been celebrating it long before that! Did you know that if you like to study flags, then you are a vexillologist!

We are offering a new reading promotion this summer, “Leap into Reading”, sponsored by the Green Bay Packers and Edvest.  This program will encourage children to read during the summer while giving parents and grandparents a chance to win one of 20 Edvest college savings accounts valued at $1,000 each, along with prizes from the Green Bay Packers. Each winner’s library location will receive a $500 matching grant – available only if your library location signed up for participation. Children can be entered online at www.edvest.com/reading or we have the postcard entry forms. The entry period runs June 1 through July 18, 2013.

 

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (June 5)

“I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” by Robert F. Kennedy.

The United States was engaged in an unpopular war halfway around the world.  Richard Nixon was well on his way to claiming the Republican nomination and the Democrats were locked in a struggle to determine whether to continue the policies of the sitting Democratic president or to choose a candidate who opposed the war and other key administration policies.  The year 1968: forty-five years ago a candidate was trying to convince the nation that a new way of conducting its business was in order.  That was Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  On June 6, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy won the California presidential primary defeating Democratic Sen. Eugene McCarthy.  That night, Kennedy thanked a crowd of supporters at the ballroom of his headquarters hotel, the Ambassador.  After finishing his speech to the cheers of his audience, he stepped down from the podium, not knowing that an assassin awaited him.  He died the next day.  America was stunned by the tragedy, many mourning a leader they had hoped would have gone on to the White House to carry on the tradition of another slain Kennedy- his brother, John.  We have Thurston Clarke’s book “The Last Campaign”, which takes a look at the engaging evocative glory of Bobby Kennedy’s 82 days of running for the Presidency. We have the 1967 title, “To Seek a Newer World”, a powerful collection of essays from Robert Kennedy, which grew out of his speeches, travel and experiences. The essays address what RFK perceived to be the challenges of the time and they provide a fascinating insight into the President he might have been. We also have his worlds on audio CD. You can hear the important speeches of his life. These are just some of the items we have on Bobby Kennedy; check out our display case for some unique items from the 1968 Campaign.

Pulitzer Prizing winner author David Maraniss tackled the life of Vince Lombardi in his 1999 biography “When Pride Still Mattered”.  Vince Lombardi was born one hundred years ago on June 11, 1913.  Maraniss looks at the coach of the Packers from 1959 to 1967. Lombardi turned perennial losers into a juggernaut, winning back-to-back NFL titles and Super Bowls. This book reveals far more about the man than wins and losses.  Lombardi’s legacy is alive today via our collection of NFL Films and books like Maraniss’ that takes a look back to the sixties and life in Green Bay Wisconsin.

Remember that our Summer Library Program “Dig Into Reading” begins on Monday, June 3 for kids, teens and adults. Complete information is available on our web site. Or stop in and pick up brochures of all the summer programs.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 30)

June is National Audio Book Month and it’s a great time to discover our growing collection of Playaway audio books. The Friends of the Library have recently donated to the library’s popular collection. A Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audio book. It is an MP3 player that comes preloaded with one book and takes one regular AAA battery to play. We even have rechargeable batteries you can check out, so you can start listening as soon as you get to your earphones. You just simply plug in your earphones and enjoy. Playaways allow bookmark insertions to remember where you stopped listening and you can adjust the speed of the narrator’s voice. They work with most headphones, speakers or car adapters.  Our collection includes novels, biographies and more.  Playaways are available for 4-week check out and are also available from other libraries via LINKcat. For a list of titles available in Playaway format, search LINKcat using the keyword PlayawayOhio teenagers Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel wowed the comic book world with a new kind of pulp hero: Superman. Seventy-five years ago on June 1, 1938, a refugee with super powers from the planet Krypton appeared in the June issue of Action Comics #1. A reproduction copy is in our lobby display case, which for a limited time is featuring a look at this pop culture icon throughout the years. Thank you to Jim Hofrichter for sharing this collection during the month of May.

If you are listening to Milwaukee Brewers games, you might hear about the Webb Burger Run.  When the Brewers score five or more runs, it’s five burgers for five dollars at George Webb Restaurants.  Well there really was a George Webb who operated a chain of hamburger restaurants in Milwaukee. Did you know he was from Cazenovia?  That’s just one of the many discoveries that you can find here at the library. You never know what you will come across in the past newspapers. We have all of the Reedsburg, LaValle and Rock Springs newspapers available for viewing on microfilm.

Our summer library hours have begun.  They are:
Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm, Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, and Sunday Closed.
Summer Library Program registration starts Monday, June 3.  For more information, visit our website.

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 23)

During Memorial Day weekend, I think of the poppies that veterans groups sell to raise funds for different causes. Wild poppies only flower when other plants in their direct neighborhood are dead. Their seeds can lie on the ground for years and years, but only when there are no more competing flowers or shrubs in the vicinity (for instance when someone firmly roots up the ground), will these seeds sprout. Wild poppies flowered on the battlefield of the Western Front, because the whole front consisted of churned up soil. In May 1915, seeing the blood-red poppies blooming in the fields where many friends had died, John McCrae, a medical officer, was inspired to write his poem “In Flanders Fields”. It commemorates the deaths of thousands of young men who died in Flanders during the grueling battles there. The poem remains to this day the most memorable war poem ever written. It goes like this:

I N FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country. Take a moment this weekend to remember those brave soldiers.

Summer Library hours start Memorial Day Weekend.
Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm, Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Sunday Closed.

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 16)

Remember that popular Beacon Street Bar in Boston where Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin were
patrons? Coach, and later Woody, was the bartender. Carla Tortelli was a waitresses and Sam Malone was the owner. “Cheers” was a bar where “everybody knows your name”.  Our lobby display case features a tribute to the NBC hit show “Cheers”. The show ended twenty years ago on Thursday, May 20, 1993. The final episode was “One for the Road”, which served as the 271st episode of the eleventh season. We have the complete series on DVD and the final image where we find Sam alone at the bar, speaking these three last words: “Sorry, we’re closed”.

Speaking of final shows, “The Office”, an adaptation of the BBC series, ends on Thursday, May 16th on NBC.  The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. We have the first eight seasons on DVD to relive some of best moments, like when Jim Halpert first kissed Pam Beesly or Michael Scott’s fake suicide speech or the infamous bird funeral. This was a true revolutionary comedy or as Michael Scott would say, “That’s what she said”.

The library will close at 4PM on Thursday, May 16th for a staff in-service. This in-service is part of an effort to better serve library customers through staff training and development. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning, May 17 at 8:30AM.

There are several celebrations on the calendar this week, like Police Week, National Transportation Week, American Craft Beer Week and also Children’s Book Week. Since 1919, Children’s Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores and anywhere there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers and families celebrate children’s books and the love of reading. One of the best ways to celebrate the week is to read aloud to your child. Some read-aloud resources include, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease and “Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever” by Mem Fox.

Are you planning your summer activities?  You won’t want to miss our summer program events! Now available on our web site is a complete list of events and information on the summer library program. Our program has activities for all ages. Registration starts the week of June 3.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 9)

The library can help with all of your springtime projects! We have books that can help you plant a garden, landscape your yard, start the grilling season, organize your closets or give you some fresh cleaning ideas. Stop by the library and choose some books to inspire you this spring or just ones that will be helpful in your project. Join us on Thursday, May 9 as author Jerry Apps will here at the library at 7 PM. Step into the garden with Jerry, a writer and rural historian, as he shares a treasure trove of tips, recollections and recipes. Jerry combines his hard-earned advice for garden success with a discussion of how tending a garden leads to a deeper understanding of nature and the land.  From planning and planting to fending off critters and weeds, he walks us through the gardening year, imbuing his story with humor and passion and once again reminding us that working even a small piece of land provides many rewards.  He will have copies of his books available for purchase and signing.  This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of the Reedsburg Library.

May 8th was the eighty-fifth birth anniversary of Ted Sorensen, a political strategist and trusted adviser to President Kennedy. He is particularly famous for having drafted the inaugural address in which Kennedy exhorted listeners to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”.  Sorensen also collaborated on the Pulitzer Prize winning book “Profiles in Courage”.  We have his 2008 memoir “Counselor: a life at the edge of history”, as well as “Profiles in Courage” in print and audio.

Remember that the library will close at 4PM on Thursday, May 16th 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, visit and learn. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30AM. While the library is closed, items may be returned through our book return, located in the east wall of the library building on Locust Street. LINKcat, our online catalog, is available 24/7 to place holds and manage your account.

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 2)

One of the most popular parts of the newspaper is the comic strip. There is a lot of work and effort that goes into creating that 3 or 4 picture strip. May 5th is National Cartoonist’s Day, a time to recognize the value of humor in our lives, and the people who create the cartoons that help to put that humor there. Grab your paper and your pencils as we have many books to help you start drawing. Learn about the lives and work of cartoonists like Charles Schulz and Hanna-Barbera. Cartoons are good family friendly fun and we all could use a good laugh each day as we read today’s comics. Our local history collection includes copies of Clare Briggs cartoon books. One of the greatest comedy artists American journalism has ever produced was born here in Reedsburg. Clare Briggs was the creator of “ When a Feller Needs a Friend”, “ Ain't it a Grand and Glorious Feeling?” and “ The Days of Real Sport”.   His most popular cartoons depicted his boyhood in Reedsburg and made the town's "Old Swimming Hole" and his childhood friend "Skinny" famous. He died January 3, 1930, and according to his request his ashes were scattered over New York Harbor. The keen observation and gentle humor of Briggs are evident in his cartoons and make his work just as enjoyable today as when it first appeared.

Remember to mark your calendar for Thursday, May 9 as author Jerry Apps will be here at the library at 7 PM.  Step into the garden with Jerry, a writer and rural historian, as he shares a treasure trove of tips, recollections, and recipes. Jerry combines his hard-earned advice for garden success with a discussion of how tending a garden leads to a deeper understanding of nature and the land.  From planning and planting to fending off critters and weeds, he walks us through the gardening year, imbuing his story with humor and passion and once again reminding us that working even a small piece of land provides many rewards.  He will have copies of his books available for purchase and signing.  This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of the Reedsburg Library.

Have you noticed the Reedsburg fabric mural in our lobby at the library?  It was dedicated 15 years ago. This mural was not meant to be a map of Reedsburg, but to applaud the Main Street restoration, to evoke memories of buildings that no longer exist, and to include houses of historical and or architectural interest. Stop by and take a look at this beautiful work of art, created by several local artists and historians.

Your Library: The Inside Story (April 25)

Remember the book sale is this weekend (April 25-28) during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available as well as magazines.

Got change? This week is National Coin Week, devoted to promoting the history and love of coin collecting. We have price guides and books on getting started in collecting. David Ganz wrote “The Official Guidebook to America’s State Quarters”, which was the most successful coin program in history and kicked off a collecting craze. Celebrate National Coin Week by donating your coins to the Friends of the Library change jar.

Last week legendary play-by-play announcer Pat Summerall died. Best known most recently for sitting alongside John Madden on CBS and Fox, he also played for the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants in the 1950s as a kicker. We have his 2010 book, “Giants: What I Learned About Life From Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry”.  As a broadcaster he worked more than ten Super Bowls including January 26, 1997, Super Bowl XXXI.  That memorable game was when the Green Bay Packers won and returned the Vince Lombardi Trophy to its namesake’s home after a 29-year wait, with a 35-21 win over the New England Patriots.  We have that game on DVD and Summerall’s Super Bowl broadcast of February 3, 2002.  That game ended with Summerall saying, “It’s right down the pipe, no time on the clock, and the Patriots have won Super Bowl XXXVI.  Unbelievable”.

If you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, last week you saw our posts asking trivia questions about some of the staff here at the library. Answer #1 was Jo Clark, Answer #2 was Emmie Phillippi, Answer #3 was Sue Ann Kucher, Answer #4 was Maureen Palmer, Answer #5 was Kathy Kosak and Answer #6 was Kris Houtler.

Your Library: The Inside Story (April 18)

Happy National Library Week! You can still be part of our celebration this week. Our Food for Fines promotion will end on Saturday, April 20th. Bring in a non-perishable food item and we’ll forgive 50¢ in fines for each item.  Please do not include expired items.  This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry.

April 18th is the 90th Anniversary of when 74,000 fans attended Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth christened the stadium with a game-winning three-run homer into the right field bleachers.  Yankee Stadium opened as the “House that Ruth Built”, but now the Yankees play in a new stadium across the street.  We can help you recount the story of that extraordinary landmark sporting event with the book “Yankee Stadium: Official Retrospective”. This book will take you from the field to the dugout, from the press box to the clubhouse, from George’s office to Monument Park. Every corner of the stadium is revealed. Yankee Stadium was more than a ballpark; learn more about the iconic moments in history that have taken place within its walls with this book.  We also have the mini-series “The Bronx Is Burning”, which is based on the best-selling novel “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning” by Jonathan Mahler.  Relive this inspiring story of 1977 New York.

Last week the news of Annette Funicello’s death was startling, as millions of us came home from school every day to watch the “The Mickey Mouse Club”.  One of the most popular Mouseketeers, Funicello was also featured in Disney films such as “The Shaggy Dog”, “Babes in Toyland” and “The Monkey’s Uncle”. We have many of them, including her 1994 autobiography “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”. The library has all twenty episodes of “The Mickey Mouse Club” for you to watch and enjoy Annette Funicello.  Nostalgia crazed baby boomers will love to remember the Nancy Drew-like “Annette Mysteries” series of books, which we have. We also have the Beach Party Movies with Frankie Avalon including the 1987 “Back to the Beach”, which is my favorite. This movie is filled with nostalgia, with several pop-culture icons appearing in the film. It was Annette’s final appearance onscreen.

Our Spring “Book Sale Blowout” sponsored by The Friends of the Reedsburg Library is coming up on Thursday, April 25 through Sunday, April 28 in the Community Room of the Library. Thousands of items, including videos and magazines, will be available for a “free will” offering.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (April 11)

Next week (April 14-20) is National Library Week. During the week we will be holding a food drive for the local 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. Also you may just drop off food items if you don’t have fines.

In recognition of National Library Week (April 14-20), the Friends of the Reedsburg Public Library will present "Books for Babies" kits to new mothers at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center. The early literacy kit includes a sippy cup, board book, literacy information and more. The program is designed to promote childhood literacy, parent-child bonding and infant cognitive development.
To learn more about what's happening at your library or learn about joining the Friends of the Library, information can be found at www.reedsburglibrary.org

The popular Culvers Coloring Contest is going on this month. All month long your child can pick up an entry sheet and then draw a picture that represents a favorite book. Return the entry form to the library where you will receive a coupon for a free Culver’s cone. Grand prizes will be given away at the end of the month.

There’s a new way to find the newest items available through the library! Now on LINKcat is the  “New This Week” list showing all materials added to the library catalog in the last seven days. The list will change daily as new items are added. The old “Don’t Miss Lists” will also still be available. To access the lists go to LINKcat (www.linkcat.info) and click the links in the blue bar.

Our new daytime book discussion group “Tea and Titles” will be meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 10AM. There are still copies of the “Book Thief” available for checkout.  Set in Germany during World War II, the novel’s heroine is Liesel, a child whose foster parents quietly, dangerously resist the Nazis while hiding a Jewish man in their basement. The story is stunningly beautiful in its rendering, and gut-wrenchingly powerful in its emotional punches. You may find the book in the young adult section, but it is one of the most beautiful stories you’ll have the privilege to read at any age.

Remember that Monday is Patriots Day.  Celebrated in Massachusetts and Maine, it is also a public school observance day in Wisconsin.  It’s a day to commemorate the battle of Lexington and Concord. Our library collection includes many books and DVDs about famous patriots and the events over time, including today’s patriots who are lead on Sundays by star quarterback Tom Brady.

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. Opening Day is a sign that spring has finally sprung, as we hear these immortal words for the first time this year: “Play Ball!” We have a variety of books and videos on playing baseball, the lives of legendary players and memorable games, and even some beautiful picture books. Our DVD collection includes many historic games with complete broadcasts of some the most memorable moments of baseball, from walk-off World Series wins to mind-numbing comebacks.

Well, it’s the time of year for you to plan your springtime projects. We can help you think about planting your garden, grilling, organizing your closets or help you find some fresh cleaning ideas. If you’ve been doing your spring cleaning already 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 book sale. The Friends of the Library use the proceeds from the book sale to purchase new items for our collection and sponsor programs. We will be having a large sale this spring on the weekend of April 26th.

Oil tycoons battled for money, power and prestige in the long-running drama “Dallas”, which first aired thirty-five years ago on April 2, 1978. The series revolved around the wealthy and feuding Ewings and Barnes families. We have all 357 episodes on DVD including its spin-off series Knots Landing.  Did you know that J.R. was the only character to have appeared in every episode of Dallas? 

Forty-five years ago on April 4th, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in Memphis, Tennessee. 1968 was a year of turbulence and pivotal moments that still affect the American landscape today. There was the fury and violence of the Democratic Convention in Chicago as it propelled us toward a tipping point in politics; Robert Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968. This time period was tragic and galvanizing, truly as revolutionary as it felt.  Oral history readers might enjoy “The 1960s: a Decade of Change” by the students of D.C. Everett High School in Western Wisconsin. Tom Brokaw authored “Boom: Voices of the Sixties”, which profiles the time when Ike was in the White House until Man was on the moon. His book is based on the History Channel’s show “1968”. Both items are available here at the library.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 28)

The Library will be closed at noon on Friday, March 29 and closed all day on Sunday, March 31. We are open our regular hours on Saturday, March 30. 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.

We are celebrating the birthdays of three authors at the library this week:
Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor of the Washington Post, celebrated his 70th birthday on March 26. He was an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and helped uncover the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation, in the seventies. Woodward has written sixteen books, twelve of which have been number one bestsellers. That is more than any other contemporary American writer. Copies of his books are all available at the library.

Have you heard of the children’s series with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, featuring characters that parents turned to when their children’s behavior was out of control?  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was famous for her “Won’t Pick Up the Toys Cure” and “Answer- Backers Cure”.  Author Betty MacDonald was born 105 years ago on March 26, 1908. She was born as Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard in Boulder, Colorado, and she died in 1958 at Carmel Valley, California. In 2007, Betty MacDonald's daughter, Anne MacDonald Canham, published a new book, “Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle”, based in part on stories created by her mother, plus her own creative tales. The book is attributed to both mother and daughter.  The Mrs Piggle-Wiggle books are great read-aloud books with your children.

Former Vice President Al Gore was born sixty-five years ago on March 31, 1948. Winner of the popular vote in 2000, now known as a prominent environmental activist, he was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Gore is the author of many books including “Earth in the Balance” and “An Inconvenient Truth”, based on his academy award-winning documentary. We have many of his books including his new book “The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change”.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 21)

Eighty-five years ago on March 20th, children’s public television pioneer Fred Rogers was born. The Presbyterian minister hosted the famous PBS show “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”. The long-running children’s program is where puppets and human characters interacted in the neighborhood of make-believe. Rogers voiced many of the puppets and educated young viewers on a variety of important subjects. Almost 1,000 episodes were produced over the history of the show.  Each episode began the same way, with Mister Rogers coming home and singing his theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and changing into sneakers and a zippered cardigan sweater. We have many of Fred Rogers’ books, episodes of the show and even a CD of songs from the neighborhood. Also in our DVD collection is the award-winning documentary “Mister Rogers and Me”.

Fifty years ago on March 21, Alcatraz Prison closed after twenty-nine years of operation. It’s the site of the first lighthouse and United States Fort built on the west coast. Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay about 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco, California.  We have a few books about the history of the famous rock including “Alcatraz: The Last Day” by photographer Leigh Wiener and  “Alcatraz: The Official Guide” by Paul McHugh. Also, in our audio book collection you’ll find “Doing Time: Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour” as told by former inmates and correctional officers.

Teenagers across the United States mourned fifty-five years ago on March 24, 1958, as Elvis Presley was inducted into the army. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1960 with the rank of sergeant. His missing years are told in Andreas Schroer’s book “Private Presley”, and in fellow soldier Rex Mansfield’s “Sergeant Presley”, which are both available in our collection.

Twenty-one Friends of the Reedsburg Library met on Tuesday evening, March 12.  The group enjoyed wonderful homemade appetizers and desserts while the business meeting was conducted.  The group thanked Chris Schrank for her donation of many beautiful designer pumpkins last fall for the pumpkin sale and Joyce Fangmeier was honored for her ongoing volunteer duties for the Friends and the library.  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:00pm.  Anyone is welcome to join the Friends of the Library.

Remember that the library will close Friday, March 29 at Noon and will be closed on Sunday, March 31. We are open Saturday, March 30 from 9 AM-4PM.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 14)

Kevin and Patsy Alderson will be here for a book signing and presentation of their new book “Letters Home to Sarah” on Thursday, March 14 at 7 PM.  At a household auction, the Aldersons discovered the Civil War letters of Guy Taylor, a farmer who served in the thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. They painstakingly transcribed the letters and researched Taylor’s story in Wisconsin and at historical sites of the Civil War.  Their story is a moving collection that captures the range of emotions and experiences of the American Civil War.  Please join us for this free program.

“Top O’ the Morning!” Although not an official U.S. Holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parties, parades, and general goodwill for all things Irish. The day commemorates St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. Many Americans celebrate their Irish lineage on St. Patrick’s Day and March has been picked as Irish-American Heritage Month. In recognition, our website will feature a list of Irish fiction titles. Also, we have the book “Everything Irish”,  a lively one-volume encyclopedia that has over 900 entries about everything Irish, from ancient myths to pivotal historic events, from heroes and terrorists, to poets and politicians. There are black and white photos throughout this wonderful book.

Do you remember Spahn, Aaron and Matthews. or when "Bushville" won the World Series? The happy days of Milwaukee during the 1950s are brought to life again in a library display that honors the 60th anniversary of the Braves arrival. On March 18, 1953. the National League owners voted to allow the Boston Braves to move to Milwaukee. Visit the Library and take this opportunity to revisit the days of the Milwaukee Braves.

Join us on Saturday, March16 at 10AM for Coupon Clipping 101 and discover how other people can have a cart full of groceries and only pay $1.00 for the whole lot. Where do they find these deals? Learn from a woman who saved $40,000 last year on her monthly bills! Back again by popular demand is Dannelle Gay, who lives in Sun Prairie and has done this without becoming extreme, and by shopping the same stores you and I shop at.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this seminar will help you know where to find coupons, how to stack them for the most savings and how to keep organized.  This is a free program and registration is not required to participate.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 7)

You’re in a hurry, you’re in a line here at the library, and the person right in front of you is checking out what seems like the library’s entire collection of Dr. Seuss books, “Friends” DVD’s and Stephen King paperbacks. You feel your blood pressure rise as that little voice inside your head whispers, “You’re going to be late!” At the far end of the line, you see the library staff quickly scanning out books, but the line seems ominously long. The unconscious tapping of your foot is interrupted by an exasperated mumble up ahead, “Where is my card? It was just here!”  With no time to wait, you decide to take matters into your own hands. You walk over to one of the library’s self-check-out machines. In mere moments, you scan your card, scan your books, and print a date due receipt. You can’t help but break into a little smile as you take your receipt and make your way to the exit. Maybe you won’t be late after all! We hope you have discovered our self-check machines, which were first introduced here five years ago. The self-check is a great service that we are excited to offer. We’ll still be glad to check out your items, but come in and give our self-check a try.
(We’ll be there to help if you need it).

Have you ever wondered about how eBay works?  How people register and buy and sell items?  MATC instructor Glenn Rehberg will be at the library on Thursday, March 7, from 6-9pm to lead a FREE eBay workshop.  No eBay experience is necessary, and there will be laptops available for attendees to use.  Participants may also bring their own laptops.  Please register at the circulation desk.

Wonder what the Friends of the Reedsburg Public Library is all about?  Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 12th at 6 PM for the Friends spring meeting. Everyone is welcome to join. There will be some wonderful appetizers (bring your favorite if you like) and desserts. After the meeting there will be a special presentation on using online tools for finding good books to read.  There are many great readers advisory sites and most of them are very simple to use. It’s hard to believe but in 2011, there were almost 350,000 books published (according to Bowker) and that number doesn’t include the over 211,000 titles that were self-published!

Kevin and Patsy Alderson will be at the library for a book signing and presentation of their new book “Letters Home to Sarah” on Thursday, March 14 at 7 PM.  At a household auction, the Aldersons discovered the Civil War letters of Guy Taylor, a farmer who served in the thirty-sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. They painstakingly transcribed the letters and researched Taylor’s story in Wisconsin and at historical sites of the Civil War.  Their story is a moving collection that captures the range of emotions and experiences of the American Civil War.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 28)

Have you ever wondered about how eBay works?  How people register and buy and sell items?  MATC instructor Glenn Rehberg will be at the library on Thursday, March 7, from 6-9pm to lead a FREE eBay workshop.  No eBay experience is necessary, and there will be laptops available for attendees to use.  Participants may also bring their own laptops.  Please register at the circulation desk.

Best known as Thurston Howell III on the 1960s hit sitcom “Gilligan’s Island”, Jim Backus would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday, February 25.  (He died on July 3, 1989.)  The radio, television, and film actor was famous for his roles as “Mr. Magoo” and as Hubert Updike III on “I Made Joan”. He also played James Dean’s father in “Rebel Without a Cause”. We have all these movies and shows available on DVD. We also have books on his “Gilligan’s Island” years.  Jim and his wife were the authors of many books, including the best seller, “Forgive us our Digressions”, which includes great thoughts for anyone going through an illness or difficult period in their life.

One of the most important moments in television history happened thirty years ago on February 28, 1983. The most watched television episode ever was the final farewell for the 4077th M*A*S*H. As the characters on M*A*S*H said their tear-filled goodbyes, 106 million Americans watched.  This was more people than watched the Super Bowl that year. You can relive that moment today, as we have the final show, “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”.  This motion picture length finale wraps up nicely the futures of the characters, as the war ends and they go home. We have many books on the series, including the fiction book that the original motion picture was based on and later the television series.

Modern PCs don’t have floppy drives. So how can you hope to extract your photos, WordPerfect documents, and any other old data that might be lingering on those disks? We have a 3.5 inch external floppy disk drive for checkout. Just plug the drive into a USB port and you should be good to go.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 21)

This weekend is the 40th anniversary of the American Birkbeiner Race, the largest and most prestigious cross country ski marathon in North America. This year a record 10,000 skiers will be at the starting lines of the Birkebeiner, Kortelopet and Hakon races.  The ski marathon is patterned after the area’s long Norwegian heritage. Lise Lunge-Larsen’s book “The Race of the Birkebeiners” is a finely detailed illustrated book that recounts how the two Birkebiners saved an infant by skiing across the mountains in the dead of winter.  One of the best accounts of what the race means today is found in Walter Rhein’s “Beyond Birkie Fever”.

Winter is the classic season for slow cooking, but today slow cooking has become a year-round tradition that incorporates the hottest new trends.  We have many cookbooks for you to experiment with hearty, mouth-watering, easy, one-pot recipes. Soups, stews, casseroles, and main dishes are all slow-cooking favorites, but the possibilities don’t end there. Check one out and try a new savory recipe.

LINKcat, the online catalog for the South Central Library System, recently added a feature that allows patrons to narrow searches to materials that are currently available in a library. Once you are on a search results page, you will see “available on shelf” listed on the left side under the options to refine your search. Choose “Anywhere” to see all available materials, or click on a library name to see materials available at a particular location.

Getting a little tired of snow? Need a little lighter look at life? You need to think about spring. It is just around the corner. So start planning your flower and vegetable garden. We have lots of gardening books to help you plan what should go where in the garden. Think spring!

Have you ever wondered about how eBay works?  How people register and buy and sell items?  MATC instructor Glenn Rehberg will be at the library on Thursday, March 7, from 6-9pm to lead a FREE eBay workshop.  No eBay experience is necessary, and there will be laptops available for attendees to use.  Please register at the circulation desk.

There is still time this month to stop by the library and experience the magic of railroading. Our lobby display case is for the train enthusiast, as we have a collection of train engines on display. Thanks to Richard Pannier for sharing a part of his collection this month.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 14)
Reedsburg Public Library

Here’s a question. You probably already know that using the library saves you money. Would you like to know how much? There’s a tool on our website that helps you to calculate how much money the Reedsburg Public Library saves you, based on how much you use our services. It’s called the Library Value Calculator. Today the average paperback costs around $8, and hardcover books come in at a whopping average of $27. It’s true that e-books are a bit cheaper, but the average e-book is still $10-$15. Watch movies? Even if you pay as little as a dollar for a movie from one of those boxes, one movie a week is $4 a month, and if you’ve got kids you probably watch more than one a week! Even the average magazine is over $5 these days. Use the calculator to see what you could be saving at the library and then come in and see what we have to offer. Public libraries are a great deal. And the more you use them, the better the deal gets. February is Library Lovers Month; use your library to show your love.

Get ready for a new way to enjoy eBooks and more from the library. The Overdrive digital site is getting a facelift in the coming weeks. You can see a preview video on our web page.  Some of the key features include: One-Step Checkout- once you’ve logged in with your library card number, it just takes one click to borrow a title.  New website- a new design optimizes the experience for mobile and desktop use.  New tools- powerful tools enable you to find your next book fast with filtered search, personalized title recommendations and more. With the new site, users of Overdrive can borrow titles with just one click.

Happy Jell-O Week - celebrated annually, the second full week of February. Who didn’t grow up on Jell-O gelatin?  For more than one hundred years, it has reigned as “America’s most famous dessert” and is part of America’s history and culture. We have some classic recipes in our cookbook collection including “I Could Go for Something Jell-O” and Carolyn Wyman’s book “Jell-O”, which is a biographical sweet story of the wiggly jiggly treat’s success. After all, there’s always room for Jell-O this week.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 7 )
Reedsburg Public Library

 

Please make note that the library will be closing early on Thursday, February 7 at 4 PM for staff training. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30 AM. While the library is closed, items may be returned through our book return, located on the east wall of the library building on Locust Street. LINKcat, our online catalog, is available 24/7 to place holds and manage your account.

We are still participating in the 2013 Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge. The Challenge is open to all Wisconsin third through tenth graders and will run through February 27. Score 500 points by reading and earn a free ticket to a Bucks home game at the Bradley Center! The Milwaukee Bucks remind you “the more you read, the more you win!” Pick up your Reading Package materials at the library.

The American Library Association announced their annual book awards. The Caldecott Medal for excellence in illustration went to “This Is Not My Hat” by Jon Klassen. The Newbery Medal, for author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, went to “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate. Both books are in our children’s collection.

Please remember if the Reedsburg School District cancels classes due to weather conditions, the Reedsburg Public Library cancels all programs for children and adults on that date also. We may still be open but be sure to check before coming out in the hazardous weather.

February is “Library Lover’s Month”! In honor of this special month, the Friends of the Library now offer Flexi-Lights in their Gift Gallery. The lights feature a movable neck with a high intensity white LED light, perfect for reading your favorite book in the dark.  This marvelous invention is housed in an elegant aluminum case in red or blue color, with a handy pocket clip and a powerful magnetic base.  Batteries are included.

Families are welcome to visit the library this Saturday, February 9, at 10am for “Second Saturday @ your library”.  A homemade valentine workshop will be taking place!  All supplies will be provided and children may make a variety of valentines to share with friends and family.  Kreb the R.E.A.D. dog will also be on hand from 10-11am to listen to children read. 

Happy 75th birthday on February 12th to Judy Blume, author of many novels for children and young adults, which have sales exceeding 80 million and been translated into 31 languages.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 1 )

This month is Library Lover's Month - a celebration of libraries of all types. It’s a time for everyone to recognize the important role libraries play in the cultural and economic success of local communities and the nation as a whole. Whether you depend on the library for bestselling books, children's storytimes, entertaining programs, gallery exhibits, or access to computers and the Internet, residents are encouraged to visit the library and show how much you love your library this month. We hope to see you Saturday, as it is National “Take Your Child to the Library” Day. We will have parent and children activities scheduled all day.

This weekend is the biggest, grandest, most-watched single event in American sports. The 47th annual Super Bowl is back in New Orleans. Did you know this will be the 10th Super Bowl held there since 1970, a tie for the most Super Bowls by any single city? The Superdome ranks first among venues, with seven. Our lobby display case takes a look back at some of the past ten super bowls, including turf from the Superdome and a replica Super Bowl XXXI ring. But to get you through the pre-game, watch one of the DVDs we have in the series “America’s Game”. Each episode is a 60-minute documentary featuring key members of the winning team giving behind-the- scenes accounts from their championship season. Classic NFL Films action, combined with news clips and photos, highlights from team radio broadcasts, footage from inside team meeting rooms, sideline audio and other exclusive features, “America s Game” provides an epic and intimate portrait of 40 distinct championship teams, in one groundbreaking series.

A hero to all, Rosa Parks was born one hundred years ago on February 4, 1913. She was an accomplished seamstress, and on a fateful day in Montgomery, she refused to give up her seat to a white man during a ride home from work. This simple act sparked the Civil Rights Movement. We have many books on the Civil Rights Movement, including the children’s book “The Bus Ride That Changed History” by Pamela Edwards. This book tells the remarkable story, but is also interspersed with modern-day cartoon characters guiding readers through the events and posing questions via dialogue-balloon conversations. History was made because of one woman’s bravery.

Please make note that the library will be closing early on Thursday, February 7 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. While the library is closed, items may be returned through our book return, located on the east wall of the library building on Locust Street. LINKcat, our online catalog, is available 24/7 to place holds and manage your account

Your Library: The Inside Story (Jan 24)

Join us this weekend for our winter Book Sale. As usual, we have adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction in hardcover and paperback. But this time you will also find a large selection of magazines. The sale is being held for three big days: Friday, January 25 through Sunday, January 27, during library hours. Funds raised will benefit the library’s collections. Book donations are accepted any time during the year. Friends of the Library members can get in a day early, with preview night on Thursday, January 24 from 6-7 PM.  Friends memberships are renewable every January, unless you are a lifetime member.

This is a great time to join the Friends of the Library. 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. For a $5 individual contribution, you will help the Friends group strengthen the library’s collections, expand programs and enhance services for your library. During 2012 the Friends continued their support of a variety of educational and cultural adult and children’s programs, including the ongoing family program, Second Saturdays @ your library. The Friends also supplied prizes for the Adult Reading Program, and continue to support the coffee cart. We hope you can join us as an individual, family or lifetime member. Complete Friends of the Library Membership information can be picked up at the library.

Remember “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” from beautiful downtown Burbank? It first aired forty-five years ago on January 22. The show starred unknowns Goldie Hawn, Richard Dawson and others, moving from gag to gag, with heads popping out of the bushes or doors in the big wall. We have some of the shows on DVD to remember the “new” phrases like “Sock it to me”.

Last week one of baseball’s all-time greats died. Stan the Man Musial spent 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals leading them to three World Series titles. The legend ranked at or is near the top of baseball’s all-time lists in almost early batting category. He won seven National League batting titles and three MVPs. We have his 1964 autobiography as well as the photo book “Stan Musial, baseball’s perfect knight”. After all of this time, those of you fortunate enough to have see him play or to have listened to those broadcasts on summer nights, can still picture him, like we picture no other. Baseball has only one “perfect warrior”, one “perfect knight”. He is the one and only “Stan the Man”.

Have you found some old slides in a drawer and want to convert them to digital format? Did you know we have a Photo/Film/Slide Scanner for checkout? This scanner is used to convert photos, film and slides to digital pictures. (Images may be saved to your PC via cable or to an SD card.) This is one of several items in our AV equipment collection that we loan out.  Our equipment collection includes an Overhead Projector, Opaque Projector, Slide Projector, Tape Recorder, Portable CD players, Sony Digital Video Camera, Flip Mino Video camera, MP3 Players, DVD Converter, LCD Projector, and a Magnifier.

 

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (Jan 17)

Numbers! Just like any other business, the library looks at numbers to evaluate the past year. We set many new circulation records in 2012. The Library checked out 321,487 items and welcomed 252,341 visitors through the library’s doors. By these indications, the library is very well used. If you haven’t used your library lately, we invite you come in and see what all the excitement is about!

One of the reasons for this is due to the community reaction fifteen years ago. On January 26, 1998, the new Reedsburg Public Library opened at 370 Vine Street. Efforts by the community to build a new library were rewarded when the new 15,400 square foot state-of-the-art library, containing more shelf space, a more spacious reading area, more computers and meeting rooms, opened. The single floor structure with special rooms for the children’s story hour, local history research and meeting rooms, were a much needed change from the crowded conditions of the old library. The first week the library opened, 5,745 people visited the building. New records were set every month that first year and have been broken several times since. The library still has that new feel each time you come in, but a lot has changed in the last fifteen years, from the types of resources we offer to the limited spaces from all of the new shelving that has been added.  Stop in and discover everything your library has to offer.

There are changes in the Children’s Area of the library, including a new home to an area of shelving titled the Family Discovery Center. It will be used for parenting magazines (Family Fun, Parent & Child), Home Schooling Magazines and our regular collection of children’s magazines. Each month a different topic will be showcased. This month on display you will find homeschooling and core education titles. Stop in and browse our display of books and magazines.

The Friends of the Library will be holding their first book sale of the year this weekend, January 25, 26 and 27. The book sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. Friends’ members will have a special preview hour on Thursday, January 24, 6 - 7 PM.  Join the Friends today to get the “first deals” at all of our book sales throughout the year!

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 10)

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 Friday, January 11th, 1:30-3:30 pm and Thursday, January 17, 6:30-8 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.

Did you know that the former library building closed fifteen years ago on January 10, 1998?  That was also the day that approximately 225 volunteers braved a sub-zero wind chill factor to transfer books from the old library to the new building. The library closed that Saturday at 4 p.m. and the City of Reedsburg went without a library for two weeks as the new library was being completed. You can remember Reedsburg’s Carnegie Library, which opened in 1912, on our local history web page, which contains the history and images of this important landmark.

We are participating in the 2013 Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge. The Challenge is open to all Wisconsin 3rd through 10th graders and will run from now through February 27th.  Score 500 points by reading 500 pages and earn a free ticket to a Bucks home game at the Bradley Center! The Milwaukee Bucks remind you “the more you read, the more you win!” Pick up your reading package materials at the library’s circulation desk.

Our lobby display case this month celebrates Elvis Presley’s love of Hawaii and the 40th Anniversary of Elvis’s “Aloha from Hawaii”. The exhibit helps you remember January 14, 1973, when millions of people in over forty countries saw Elvis live in concert from Hawaii. More than one billion people worldwide watched the famous telecast. In April of 1973, the special was broadcast in the United States, where more American households watched Elvis than watched the men who walked on the moon.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 3 )

President Nixon opened his memoirs with a simple sentence: “I was born in a house my father built.”  January 9, 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon was born one hundred years ago in that little Yorba Linda, California house. Today you can still imagine a young boy sitting by the window of the attic he shared with his three brothers, looking out to a world he could then himself only imagine. Nixon authored ten books during his post-presidency. We have unique books about Nixon’s life and his times including “Richard Nixon: A Life in Full” by Conrad Black, “Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power” by Robert Dallek and Egil Krough’s “The Day Elvis Met Nixon”. No matter your viewpoint of President Nixon, learn more about him in our lobby display, which includes a birdhouse replica of his birthplace. 

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 Friday January 25 and Saturday January 26 during library hours.

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 Neil & Joan Pulvermacher, In Memory Sarah Pulvermacher, In Memory of Sean Connolly, Phoebe Steiner, Ivan Steiner, Isaac Steiner, Adam Steiner, Andrei Steiner, Oleg Steiner, Elliott Steiner, Thomas & Mary Bamgarten, Penelope Steiner, Luanne Krohn, In Honor of Lorraine Grantin, Allene Liegel,
Jill & Tom Holtz Family, Sherri Schmitz, Ardell Albers, Ken & Jeanne Benzel.

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 instead. 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 Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 27 )

“Say Kids! What time is it?” Do you remember the first popular children’s show, which was brought to TV by Buffalo Bob Smith, and was one of the first regular NBC shows to be shown in color? Sixty-five years ago on December 27, 1947, “Howdy Doody” premiered. The show was set in the circus town of Doody-ville, populated by people and puppets. The “Peanut Gallery” was bleachers filled with children that participated in activities such as songs and stories. There were characters like Clarabelle (played by Captain Kangaroo’s Bob Keeshan), storekeeper Cornelius Cobb, Ugly Sam and others.  They even showed the filmed adventures of Gumby. You can relive some special moments in television history or your childhood, with “Howdy and Me” as Buffalo Bob Smith tells his story. You can also watch season two of “Happy Days” where Ritchie Cunningham gets to interview Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody for his school newspaper and gets an exclusive picture of Clarabelle without makeup. We have some of the episodes on DVD in our collection.

Are the kids getting bored now that we’re nearing the end of winter break? Kids, adults and families are all invited to the library on Friday, December 28, 1-3pm for “Board Games”.  Play games from the library’s collection or some of the others on loan from Vanguard Games.

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 Bruce & Karen Duckworth, Enid Mikonowicz, Julie Adelman, Carolyn Kotchi-Aslaksen, Jean Smith, John & Wessie Dietz.

Our display case this month has us remembering December 31, 1967 in Green Bay, Wisconsin where it was 13 degrees below zero and a wind chill of minus 46 degrees. Forty-five years ago the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers were playing in the NFL Championship game. Bart Starr, with only 13 seconds remaining in the game, dove behind Jerry Kramer and Ken Bowman to clinch a third straight championship in the Ice Bowl. The game was voted the Greatest Game in National Football League history and is available on DVD at the library.  The complete remarkable 1967 season is remembered in Jerry Kramer’s diary “Instant Replay”, which is a reminder of the glory days of pro football.

The library will be open Monday, December 31 from 8:30AM to 1 PM and closed all day on Tuesday, January 1st. Our book drop is always open as a convenience to our patrons so that you may return library books and other materials. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat on our web site. Ring in the New Year with a good book from the Reedsburg Public Library.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 19)

You have been hearing about e-books and e-book readers (Nooks, Kindles and more) in the news.
Have you been trying to decide whether to ask for a “Nook” or a “Kindle” or another e-book reader for Christmas? The library has a few for checkout, so you might discover what best fits your needs. The library loans titles for your e-reader through “Overdrive”, which you can access from our homepage. If you need assistance with your new device, call Maureen at 768-7323 to register for a 30 minute appointment.

America’s first full-length animated feature film and also the first Technicolor feature premiered on December 21, 1937. Seventy-five years ago this film was a labor of love from Walt Disney, who for years wanted to create a feature-length cartoon. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” featured the classic songs “Some Day My Prince Will Come” and “Whistle While You Work”. To celebrate this moment in time, we have the film, and you can also request the new “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film” by J.B. Kaufman.  This book created by the Disney Family Foundation is a catalog of never-before-seen art and behind-the- scenes stories.

Speaking of movies, the library will be showing a holiday movie for kids of all ages on Friday, December 21 at 1:30pm.  This is an early release day, so send the kids down to the library to kick off winter break!

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, Madelyn & Emma Casey, Harold & Carolyn Van Duser, Brad & Maureen Palmer, June & James Pawlisch, Joice Meyer, In Memory of Kay Shultis, Dale Emery, Christine Schrank.
Web Site of the Week: (http://www.christmas-cookies.com)
For those of you who give homemade cookies for Christmas presents and want to get started on your baking, here's a treasure house of recipes for cookies - chocolate snowflake macaroons, fudge-pecan chewies, no-bake cathedral windows, cornflake wreath cookies, low carb snickerdoodles, rosettes, and about 550 other delicious varieties.

Just a reminder: the Library will be closed on Sunday, December 23th, Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th. We will be open Monday, December 31st from 8:30AM to 1PM but closed on Tuesday, January 1. Our regular hours resume on January 2nd.  “Season’s Readings” to all!

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 13)

Have you wondered what the process is for getting library materials from the library to you? How that happens sometimes seems like magic, but it’s really just a well-orchestrated process that begins when a request is placed, and ends when the item is picked up at your local public library- the “best bargain in town”. A link to a creative YouTube video showing this process is currently on our home page. Take a look!

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 Tom & Delores Geimer, Dave & Sandy Champeau, Joy Nowak, Jeanette Rose, Lois McIntyre, Willard & Kay McDonough, Kathy Horkan and Carolyn Van Sickle.

The Friends of the Library invite you to bid on a hand-painted chair, created by local artists.  The twelve chairs were featured in the library’s Fermentation Fest Farm Art DTour installation.  Bids will be accepted beginning Wednesday, December 12 through Wednesday, December 19.  The chairs and bid sheets are on display near the community room. 

With the help of the South Central Library System and a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, we have added to the University of Wisconsin Digital Collection of local history volumes. The 1929 “History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley” by Merton Krug is now digitized. You can find a link to it on our local history page.

Seventy-five years ago one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War One was born. Alvin York, known as Sergeant York, received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking 32 machine guns, killing 28 German soldiers and capturing 132 others. We have the classic 1941 movie “Sergeant York” with Gary Cooper in the title role, which tells the tale of his life and Medal of Honor action.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 6)


Feast your eyes on the holiday season’s most delicious new books to get inspired or delighted, as sometimes holiday miracles come in unexpected places. Try some of our many new books during December, which is “Read a New Book Month”.   Selections include, “Back to Blood” by Tom Wolfe, “Finding Casey” by Joann Mapson, “Elephant Keepers Children” by Peter Hoeg or “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver.  For holiday books, checkout one of the many displays of holiday books throughout the library, including our tree filled with paperbacks.

On December 10, 1926, the phrase “Grand Ole Opry” was first uttered on-air. That night eighty-five years ago, “Barn Dance” changed from being a program devoted to the classics, to “Grand Ole Opry” where they presented nothing but realism, to down-to-earth country music. To learn more about this American icon story, try Colin Escott’s book “Grand Ole Opry” or Robert Oermann’s “Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain”. Also in our music collection is the CD “Grand Ole Opry Christmas Classics”, featuring instrumental versions of a dozen timeless favorites.

Have you wondered what the Friends of the Library are all about, what they do, what they have supported and how you can help? Mark your calendar for Tuesday, December 11th at 6 PM for the Friends winter meeting. Everyone is welcome to join! There will be a special display and presentation of some of the unique items purchased this year by the Friends group, including Playaway Views and Kindles. This will also be your first chance to place a bid in the Painted Chair Auction, which are the hand-painted chairs that were on display during the Fermentation Fest Display at the Library. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and enjoy a light meal and Christmas treats.

The Friends of the Reedsburg Library Holiday Gift Fund is in full swing already 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 donors are posted in the library.

When you are going through your cookbooks this holiday season and come across some you aren’t using, think of us. We are looking for donations of old and new local organizations’ cookbooks of the Reedsburg area to add to our local history collection. Cookbooks are an important documentation of our heritage. They have sometimes been passed down from generation to generation. Having these books in our local collection will be a way of connecting to the history of Reedsburg and the many family kitchens of the past.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 29)

The library will close early on Thursday, November 29 at 4 PM for staff training. 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, visit and learn. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30 AM. While the library is closed, items may be returned through our book return, located on the east side of the library building on Locust Street. LINKcat, our online catalog, is available 24/7 to place holds, renew items and manage your account.

After being postponed, Dannelle Gay will be at the library on Saturday, December 1st at 10 AM.  She will explain how people can have a cart full of groceries and only pay $1.00 for the whole lot. Where do they find these deals? Learn from a woman who saved $40,000 last year on her monthly bills! She has done this without becoming extreme, and by shopping the same stores you and I shop at. This free seminar will help you know where to find coupons, how to stack them for the most savings and how to keep organized.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Fund Drive “Trees, Trains & Traditions” 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.

Are you unable to come to the library due to a permanent condition, or a 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 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.


The Story Time of Your Library (Nov 22)
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The Friends of the Reedsburg Library will be hosting a program on Thursday, November 15th at 7 PM on one of Portage’s most historic houses.  Indian Agency House, built in 1832, is one of the oldest homes in Wisconsin and has been in the midst of a major restoration and stabilization project.  Join us as Executive Director Destinee Udelhoven presents a visual look at “new beginnings and fresh perspectives” of this building. The house was originally constructed by the United States Government as a residence for the Indian Agent to the Ho-Chuck people. The young couple’s experiences of Portage life in 1832-1834 are the basis for the book “Wau-Bun” by Juliette Kinzie, who was the grandmother of the founder of the Girl Scouts of America.

Across Wisconsin’s landscape is a vanishing way of life, the symbol of American agriculture: the barn.  Each one has its own history, unique features, construction and uses. Did you know that nobody else in the world has more round barns than Vernon County, Wisconsin? We have the book “Round Barns of Vernon County”, a self-tour guidebook that plots the barns on a driving loop of about 100 miles. Wisconsin has many iconic barns, which have come to represent a way of life. The book “Wisconsin Barns” by Nancy Burgess is filled with photographs in all seasons. We also have award-winning author Jerry Apps’ book “Barns of Wisconsin”, which shares a unique perspective on the great barns of rural Wisconsin.

Please note that the library will close early on Thanksgiving Eve, November 21st at 6 PM. The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd.  We will be open normal hours, 8:30am-5pm on Friday, November 23. The library book drop is always open to return library books and other materials. The outside book drop is located on the Locust Street side of the building. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat, our online catalog. A link to it can be found on our web site, www.reedsburglibrary.org.

The library offers online information resources called Library Databases. They provide information about a broad variety of topics such as the arts, genealogy, academic research, home improvement, auto repair, business, literature and much more. One of my favorites is the Wisconsin newspapers Digital Research Site. It provides access to newspapers in Wisconsin from 2005 to the present. Each article is in a PDF, searchable format, and most are available in full text.  

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 8 )

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 Traverso’s book “Apple Lover’s Cookbook” to our collection.  This cookbook 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. 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.

Are you just starting out or inexperienced using Facebook? We are having a workshop on Wednesday, November 14th,  6:30-8 PM. Carrie Covell will help participants discover the features of Facebook:  terminology, account settings and privacy settings, inviting and categorizing friends, uploading pictures, scheduling events and sharing information. A pre-workshop from 6-6:30 PM is scheduled for anyone who needs assistance setting up an account. Register today to guarantee a seat.  

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 15th at 7 PM as the Friends of the Library will be hosting a program on one of Portage’s most historic houses.  Indian Agency House, built in 1832, is one of the oldest in Wisconsin. The house was constructed by the United States Government as a residence for the Indian Agent to the Ho-Chuck. The young couple’s experiences of Portage life in 1832-1834 are in the book “Wau-Bun” by Juliette Kinzie, who was the grandmother of the founder of the Girl Scouts of America.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 1)

It was nice seeing new faces stopping by the library these past few weeks to bid on the Friends of the Library silent auction. The Friends of the Library would like to thank everyone who participated and for the donations of items which were received from across the country. A special thank you goes out to our local donors: Harris Bank, NUK, Neil Steiner, Pat Andreessen, Ryan Rabuck, Darlene Soback, Heather Plemmons, Kris Houtler, Bruce and Karen Duckworth, Rich Rabuck, WCCU, Janeen Rabuck, Elizabeth Pannier, Maureen Palmer, Laura Rasmussen, Reedsburg Hardware, Louise Lange, Viking Village, Oakdale Credit Union, Greenwood’s Café, Pizza Ranch and Frameworks. This was the seventh Friends of the Library silent auction, which was started in 2000. All funds raised will benefit your library.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 8th at 7 PM as we welcome back author Richard Dawley.  Author of “Amish in Wisconsin”, Dawley will be presenting “Amish: To Be or Not To Be”, which examines the choices teens make to join the Amish church or to leave. Dawley has written many books related to the Amish and Mennonite communities. There are an estimated 8,000-12,000 Amish in Wisconsin and this program promises to be an educational, informative and entertaining presentation for everyone. Mr. Dawley has visited and lived with the Amish extensively and will clear up any myths, questions or curiosities that you have about the Amish culture.

The Friends of the Library are once again sponsoring a coffee cart at the library. Come in out of the cold and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while reading one of our newspapers. (Donations to help cover the cost are appreciated!) We subscribe to several newspapers, including national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, state newspapers such as The La Crosse Tribune, Baraboo News Republic and The Sauk Prairie Eagle.

Now that the World Series is complete, you can still keep watching some of the greatest World Series games on DVD. We have the Minnesota Twins of 1987, Boston Red Sox of 2007, New York Yankees of 1977, Chicago White Sox of 2005 and St. Louis Cardinals of 2011. Included is a complete broadcast of the series games with the most spectacular plays. Also included is every dramatic inning, every powerful pitch and every key hit.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 25)

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 2012 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. We hope you can join us as an individual, family or lifetime member. Complete Friends of the Library Membership information can be picked at the library. The next meeting is set for Tuesday, December 11th at 6 pm.

Remember the book sale is this weekend (October 26-28) during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and nonfiction will be available. The profits from this book sale benefit the library’s collection.

It’s time for the annual Preschool Pumpkin Parade! Preschoolers are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join us for a parade down Main Street to “Trick or Treat” the downtown merchants. Preschoolers, their parents and siblings will meet at the Library at 3pm on Friday, October 26th, to pick up their special trick-or-treat bag, and begin the parade.

Thirty-years ago on October 25th, Bob Newhart starred in a sitcom as Dick Loudon, an author of how-to books who moved with his wife, Joanna, to Vermont to take over the Stratford Inn.  We have the first season of “Newhart” where you can remember caretaker George Utley and Larry and his brothers Darryl. Also in our DVD collection is the first season of “St Elsewhere”, which premiered thirty years ago on October 26th. A very popular one-hour medical drama, St. Elsewhere was set in St. Eligius Hospital in Boston.  Check out these and the many other TV series DVD’s we have at the library.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 18)

Have you been in yet to look at the items in our silent auction? It will conclude at 4 pm on Saturday, October 20. There is still time for you to get to the library and bid on your favorite items for you or someone on your holiday list. We have something for everyone: signed books, signed pictures, event/destination tickets and more. Check out our web site for a complete list of items and current bids.

Did you see the library’s display in the Farm/Art DTour?  There is still time this weekend! We are stop #2 on the Fermentation Fest Tour. The temporary art installation in front of the library is titled “Let Your Imagination Grow”.  The Friends of the Library will be selling some groovy and unique locally grown pumpkins with proceeds supporting the children’s department. Pumpkins will be sold on Saturday, October 20 from 9-4 and Sunday, October 21 from noon-3pm or until supplies last.

Mark your calendar for our fall book sale next weekend, October 26-27. It will be held during our regular open hours and will feature discarded and donated items. There is a special preview hour on Thursday, October 25th from 6-7 pm for Friends’ members. Join today to get the first deals at all of our book sales throughout the year! Individual membership dues are just $5 per year, or the family can join for $10. Donations of gently used materials are appreciated all year long.

For parents, the scariest part of Halloween night isn’t the roving bands of pint-sized ghouls and goblins canvassing their neighborhood but their little one’s earnest question, “Mom, where’s my costume?” We are here to the rescue with many books to give you an idea in creating a “spooktacular” night. Some of the costume ideas are easy to create and even easier on the wallet.  Mark your calendar for our annual Preschool Pumpkin Parade on Friday, October 26th. All preschool participants will need to have a special bag for their treats, which will be available at the library before the parade begins at 3pm.

Baseball has always been more than just a game. A part of the fabric of American culture and tradition rich in legends, folklore and history, baseball is a never-ending story where every game is a new nine-inning chapter of superstar players that stand out above the rest. This week we saw the League Championship Series play where the winners advance to the World Series. Our DVD collection includes a few of the most memorable games in the history of the series as well as official game programs, including last year’s games.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 11)

The Friends of the Library Silent Auction kicked off this week.  It’s so nice to see new faces in the library checking bids and placing them! The current bids on auction items are posted each morning at the library and on our web site. You can even print off bid slips from our web page and bring them in.  We have items for everyone, from a baseball signed by National League All Stars to casino stay packages to signed books from authors like Caroline Kennedy, John Grisham and Dean Koontz.  There are many more items so stop in and check them out and do a little Christmas shopping while you support your library.

This weekend is Reedsburg’s Fermentation Fest and the famous Farm/Art DTour through the beautiful unglaciated hills and valleys of Sauk County. The Library is stop #2 where you will find a temporary art installation in front of the building titled “Let Your Imagination Grow”. In addition the Friends of the Library will be selling some unique, unconventional fresh locally grown pumpkins with proceeds supporting the children’s department. Pumpkins will be sold on Saturday, October 13 from 9-4, Sunday, October 14 from noon-3, Saturday, October 20 from 9-4 and Sunday, October 21, noon-3pm.

Teens will be reading for the fun of it as the Reedsburg Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week, October 14– 20, 2012. 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. 

Happy 70th Birthday to Penny Marshall, author of the new bestselling memoir “My Mother was Nuts”.  Marshall is best known as Laverne DeFazio on “Laverne and Shirley”, which was a ratings success from 1976 to 1983. We have a few seasons of the “Happy Days” spin-off in our DVD collection.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 4)

Join us on Wednesday, October 10th at 6 PM for Coupon Clipping 101 and discover how other people can have a cart full of groceries and only pay $1.00 for the whole lot. Where do they find these deals? Learn from a woman who saved $40,000 last year on her monthly bills! Back again this month is Dannelle Gay who lives in Sun Prairie and has done this without becoming extreme, and by shopping the same stores you and I shop at.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this seminar will help you know where to find coupons, how to stack them for the most savings and how to keep organized.

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.

Fifty-five years ago on October 4th, “Leave it to Beaver” premiered. A stereotypical portrayal of American family life, the show focused on Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver and his family. There was his patient, understanding and all-knowing father, Ward, impeccably dressed housewife and mother June, and Wally, all-American brother. Our collection includes a Jerry Mathers autography and many of the popular episodes on DVD. The upcoming silent auction includes a signed 8x10 of the less than perfect character Eddie, played by Ken Osmond.

Remember that the Friends of the Library Silent Auction begins on Monday, October 8th at 8:30 am. Stop in and place your bids daily, as it will run until Saturday, October 20th. Auction items are on display at the library and on the library’s website. In order to participate, bidders can enter the auction item number, the name of the item, a bid and the time of day on the auction bid slip. Be sure to add a name and phone number before placing the bid slip in the auction entry box. Members of the Friends will update the auction bids each day. Current bids will be posted at the library and on the library website. There are almost 200 items available in the auction, including tickets to Taliesin, Brett Favre memorabilia, casino stay packages and signed books.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 27)
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Back by popular demand, author, researcher and lecturer Chad Lewis will be here Wednesday, October 3rd @ 7 PM. “Mysterious Creatures of Wisconsin” is the title of Lewis’ very popular program which features accounts of Wisconsin’s most elusive creatures - Bigfoot of the north woods, the phantom pigs of Door County, alien encounters, deadly witches and sea serpents. You’re sure to be amazed by Lewis’ adventures! 

The Friends of the Library held their fall pizza & potluck meeting on September 19.  President Karen Duckworth welcomed the group of dedicated volunteers, who received reports on recent library programs that were made possible by Friends funding.  Upcoming events were also planned.  In new business, Richard Pannier was elected treasurer of the group.  The next meeting was set for Tuesday, December 11 at 6pm.  Anyone is welcome to join the Friends of the library.  Information is available at the library or by visiting the library’s website, www.reedsburglibrary.org and clicking on “Support Your Library”.

Remember that popular Beacon Street Bar in Boston where Norm Peterson and Cliff Clavin were patrons? Coach was the bartender, Carla Tortelli was a waitresses and Sam Malone was the owner. Cheers was a bar where “everybody knows your name”. The show first aired thirty years ago on NBC. We have the complete series in our DVD collection.

Last week a man who did not play or coach or own a National Football team died. But few have impacted the National Football League like Steve Sabol. A true legend, Steve Sabol was one of the founders of NFL Films. Our DVD collection includes many of his works including “Treasures of NFL Films” that was essentially a collection of un-aired outtakes. Even his discards were first-rate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 20)
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Help us welcome couponing pro Danelle Gay for a program on meal planning. Learn how to save time and money by simple meal planning! Discuss how to get creative with leftovers and work the grocery store meat cycles to your advantage. The Wednesday, September 26 @ 6 p.m. class is an hour long and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Raymond Burr will forever be associated with the character of Perry Mason, a criminal lawyer who won the great majority of his cases. Fifty-five years ago on September 21, 1957, “Perry Mason” premiered and we have that first season on DVD here at the library. The episodes all followed a similar format: the action took place in the first half, with the killer’s identity unknown. The courtroom drama took place in the latter half.
Happy 65th birthday Stephen King! Mr. King was born September 21, 1947.  An author of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction, his books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films. We have many of King’s books including “Faithful”, which he wrote with Stewart O’Nan. The book is a recounting of the roller coaster reaction to the Boston Red Sox’s historic 2004 season.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 3rd @ 7 p.m. as we welcome back researcher, author  and lecturer Chad Lewis. “Mysterious Creatures of Wisconsin” is the title of Lewis’ very popular program which features accounts of Wisconsin’s most elusive creatures - Bigfoot of the north woods, the phantom pigs of Door County, alien encounters, deadly witches and sea serpents. You’re sure to be amazed by Lewis’ adventures!

The Friends of the Library Silent Auction begins on Monday, October 8th. Stop in and place your bids.  The current bids will be posted each morning at the library and on our web site. Our auction collection includes signed pictures and gift certificates for area businesses and attractions. If you are a Green Bay Packer fan, there are lots of unique stocking stuffer items. Stop in and join the fun of seeing whether you can outbid your neighbor for any of the “one of a kind” items!

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 6)
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Last week Bob Uecker, “Mr. Baseball”, the voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, was honored at Miller Park with a statue in celebration of the 50th anniversary of his major league debut with his hometown Milwaukee Braves. His radio highlights are hilarious and we have some of his Brewers memories on the “Bob Uecker, Mr. Baseball” CD tribute.  We also have in our collection the film “Major League”, where Harry Doyle is played by Bob Uecker, and the TV series “Mr. Belevedere” where he plays George Owens. Uecker is also the author of “Catcher in the Wry”, a book about his baseball career including his World Series season with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Speaking of baseball, do you remember September 9, 1992? That night Robin Yount collected his 3000th hit to become the third-youngest player to accomplish the feat. The Hall of Famer is the last active major leaguer to have been a teammate of legend Hank Aaron. To remember Yount’s 3,000th hit, we have Andrew Baggot’s book “Robin Yount: Making Of a Hall of Famer”, or many books about the Milwaukee Brewers. The broadcast of this momentous play is included in the audio “Bob Uecker, Mr. Baseball”.
The Library has been busy this week as we start back with our fall programming and regular library hours. We are now open Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday NOON-3pm. This Saturday is our “Second Saturdays” Family Program at 10:30am.
Forty-five years ago on September 7, 1967, a sitcom starring Sally Field premiered. “The Flying Nun” was about a nun at a convent in Puerto Rico who discovers that she can fly. We have the first season in our DVD collection.
Mobile apps for LINKcat became available this summer. That means you can search for books, place holds, check your due dates and more, all from the convenience of your mobile device.  Iphone/ipad/ipod Touch can go the App Store. Android users can find it at Google Play. All platforms can go to m.linkcat.info.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 30)
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The Library will be closed on Monday, September 3 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 4th 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.
Most of us remember that feeling of panic that used to come at the end of summer. Back to school already? Summer reading assignments are supposed to be completed by now? Take a deep breath….we have books to help finish your projects, from cleaning to organizing your closets to harvesting your garden.
It’s time to finish the books that you’ve been reading or listen to for our Adult Summer Reading Program. Entry forms with your seven titles can be entered until Friday, August 31st.  Your entry will be placed in a drawing for more prizes, including a Kindle Fire, at the end of the summer program.
Have you wondered about the Friends of the Library, what they do or how you could help? Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 19th at 6PM for their fall meeting. Everyone is welcome to join the group for a pizza party and discover what they are all about and their exciting future. Pizza will be provided. Feel free to bring a salad or dessert to pass. Members and non-members are welcome to attend and you may even win a door prize!
The Friends of the Library are accepting items for our fall silent auction. If you would like to donate a new item that you have either made or purchased, we would be glad to add it to the auction list. We have many signed items from Dean Koontz, John Grisham, Jim Davis, and Caroline Kennedy, to name a few. The October 8th-20th auction is also a great time to get started on your Christmas shopping. Items will be on display in September at the library and the money earned goes to support the library collection and programs.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 23)
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Mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 29th as the Friends of the Library will be hosting local author Sara Rath at 7 PM. The author of several books, Ms. Rath will be having a reading and signing of her new novel “The Waters of Star Lake”.  This novel continues her popular Northwood’s saga in an affirming and humorous tale of romance, betrayal and danger.  As local author David Rhodes said about this new book, “With the patient skill of an engaging storyteller, Sara Rath brings to life the charm of northern Wisconsin. The appreciative reader is soon breathing in balsam and pine, living in a primitive cabin next to the lake, listening to loons, finding unlikely romance, encountering wolves, bears, a lively group of endearing local personalities, and searching for the legendary buried treasure of John Dillinger and his infamous gang of hoodlums. So pour a cup of coffee, find an unoccupied sofa and head into the Northwoods with”The Waters of Star Lake.”
The Friends of the Library group is accepting items for our fall silent auction. If you would like to donate a new item that you have either made or purchased, we would be glad to add it to the auction list. We have many signed books from the worlds of entertainment, sports and politics. Included is a signed “American Pickers Guide to Picking” from Mike Wolfe who I personally met last fall. The October 8-20 auction is also a great time to get started on your Christmas shopping. We are just starting to receive items, ranging from Green Bay Packers merchandise to Easter eggs from the White House. Items will be on display in September at the library and the money earned goes to support the library collection.
On our web site you will find a link to the Sauk County Budget Survey for 2013. The Sauk County Finance Committee is looking again this year for input on the importance of programs and services provided by the county (like your library). Take time to respond to the survey. If you don’t have a computer at home, come into the library and use one of our public computers.
We are busy planning our fall programs now that our summer programs are coming to an end. Sign up for storytimes has started. Check the calendar on our website for the most up-to-date list of our fall programs. There is something for everyone, from two different book discussion groups for adults to the kids and teen programs.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 16)
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It’s the time of year for you to discover your inner-Elvis, as it’s Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee! As you would imagine, Elvis Week is the time when worshippers from all over the globe pay homage to the main man. We have a display of books and music in commemoration of the man who changed the face of 20th-century music. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, we have a few CDs from the “Follow That Dream” collector series. These Elvis titles include material from previously unreleased studio sessions and concert recordings.
Thirty-five years ago, on August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley was pronounced dead at the age of 42. Regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture, Elvis was born in 1935 in a two-room shotgun house, built by his father.  He is known the world over by just his first name. Our collection includes many books, movies and music for you to remember a man named Elvis.
Typically available only to sportswriters, broadcasters and front office staff, we have just added, thanks to a donation, a complete collection of 2012 Media Guides for each Major League Baseball team. The guides are a perfect publication for the baseball fanatic. They contain records, statistics, team information, opponent information and background on the minor league system that you cannot find anywhere else. They give over 100 pages worth of player bios and information on this year’s squad and final year-by-year statistics for each season of that team’s history.
Some of our summer programs have ended but there are still activities going on through the month of August. On Thursday, August 23 at 6:30pm, families can journey into Wisconsin’s Ice Age with Tim Fox, author of Journeys; An Ice Age Adventure. Tim will lead a program combining fun movement, interesting background information, a reading from the book, and a question and answer session. Following the event, teachers are invited to receive a free Journeys; An Ice Age Adventure Curricular Guide and preview the material with the author. Check the calendar on our website (www.reedsburglibrary.org) for the most up-to-date list of other activities still meeting this month. Remember this week is our Scholastic Book Fair. If you can’t make it in, visit our web site to purchase online.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 2)
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Make sure you stop by the library beginning Wednesday, August 1, as we have a large selection of books, magazines, videos and more at our Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale. We started it early this year as we had a large selection to choose from. The four-day sale will end on Saturday, August 4 at 1 PM.

Last week Sherman Hemsley, the man who brought George Jefferson to vivid life, died at the age of 74. The accomplished actor on the sitcom “Amen” is best known for his years on “The Jefferson’s”, which we have in our DVD collection. His role of George Jefferson, the entrepreneur pillar of the Upper East Side in the big apartment in the sky will be remembered.

Thirty-five years ago, Jimmy Carter became President, “Roots” was airing on ABC television, and Star Wars was a hit at the theatre. On August 3, 1977 in Tarzana, California, Tom Brady was born. He is one of the best playoff quarterbacks of all time, a three-time Super Bowl winner, and a Pro Bowl player. You may know of his life from the newsstand but you can learn more in the book “Moving the Chains” by Charles Pierce, or you can watch one of his winning super bowl games available on DVD.  We have lots of football books and videos available as the NFL training camp season kicks off. Prepare yourself now for the 2012 season.

Did you know it has been fifty years since the early passing of Marilyn Monroe on August 5, 1962? The world fell in love with Marilyn’s unique combination of sensuality and approachability. She was the epitome of Hollywood glamour, making twenty-nine films during her career. Check out our display of books and films; we just added Keith Badman’s “Marilyn Monroe- Final Years” which traces her final two years.

There have been some changes here at the library. After nineteen years, Susan Steiner retired as Library Director. She has been with the library since 1981 and played a vital role in completing the monumental task of moving to a new library building. The library set major circulation and people-visit records during her career. With Sue’s retirement, the Library Board of Trustees named Sue Ann Kucher as Library Director and Maureen Palmer as Assistant Director.

Did you know we subscribe to over 10 newspapers, including national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune? We also have some local newspapers such as the “Sauk Prairie Eagle”, “Juneau County Messenger” and “Spring Green Home News”. We have just added the “Richland County Observer” which serves the Richland Center area.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 9)
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One of the special collections at the library is the local history collection. We are a collector of histories, photos, and articles on not only Reedsburg but also local communities like LaValle, Loganville, Rock Springs, and Ironton. With the LaValle annual celebration this weekend, we wanted to shine the spotlight on a rare item in our collection, an issue of the LaValle Weekly. One of four papers that were printed in LaValle, this one was published from 1941 to 1943. Many think that LaValle was named because of the French term the “valley” but the June 4, 1941 issue has a different story. H.E. Blank’s local column talked about his interview with Peter LaValle whose father founded LaValle. He stated that his father, Martin LaValle, was born in 1835 in Stevens Point. He studied civil engineering and became a federal surveyor. In order to maintain communication with the Surveying Department of the government, it was necessary to give a locality the name where he was working. So he called it the LaValle Government Post. Martin LaValle, founder, was an Irishman, not French, and the father of three sons. His son Peter was only five when his father died and they were living near Missoula, Montana at the time. Victor lived in Idaho and Markus in Colorado. None of the LaValle brothers had any offspring. So the family name LaValle was doomed with the passing of the three sons of the founder. And now you know the rest of the story…
The library welcomes donations of family histories, local histories, and photographs for its historical collection. For more information please contact the library.
The Friends of the Library held another successful book sale last week. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to work or visited the sale. The proceeds will help the Friends of the Library in their purchases of DVDs and audio books this year.  Mark your calendar for our next sale on November 2-4, 2012. When you are cleaning, remember the library before throwing away books, CDs and DVDs in good used condition. These gifts will not only replenish our stock of materials for our book sales but will also recycle the items to other people for their enjoyment and benefit.
America’s beloved food authority, who didn’t take a cooking lesson until she was in her 30s, was born in Pasadena, California on August 15, 1912. Julia Child encouraged Americans to cook and eat well and not be skeptical of food fads and diet strictures. We have many of her cookbooks and TV shows “French Chef” on DVD.

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 26)
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The world’s most prestigious and anticipated sporting event, featuring twenty-six sports broken into thirty-nine disciplines, is happening in London, England July 27-August 12. London will become the only city to have hosted the modern Games three times. The Olympics comes around every four years, bringing with it the top athletes and some of the most iconic moments in sports history. Check out our Olympics book display or our display on London, as there is a renewed interest in the British city across the pond.

Last month at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, Anne Enright and Robert Massie became the very first authors to be honored with the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. . Anne Enright’s “The Forgotten Waltz” received the medal for fiction and Robert K. Massie’s “Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman” received the nonfiction prize. We have both 2012 winners in our collection.

 

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.

 

Make sure you mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 1st, as we have changed the starting date for our summer book sale by two days. This Book Sale looks to be the largest sale with a complete new selection of materials for our four-day sale. Friends of the Library members still get in early with our Members Only Preview Night being held on Tuesday, July 31st from 6-7 PM.

 

There is still time to read or listen to seven books in our Adult Summer Reading Program. The program runs until August 31st. Just fill out a reading form with the titles of your seven books, and get a free flashlight pen & notepad. 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 sponsoring this program.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 19)
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Last week Andy Griffith died, the actor and Grammy award winning gospel singer. He is best known for his leading character roles on “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock”. You can relive your memories of Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee and the rest of the gang. The library has books about the show as well as the complete series on DVD. Also in our collection are “Matlock” and the 1957 film “A Face in the Crowd” that gained Griffith prominence in the starring role of Elia Kazan’s epic film. Did you know that “The Andy Griffith Show” ranked among the top ten television shows in the nation during each of its eight original prime time seasons? And even more astounding, ever since the original run ended in 1968, the show has been seen literally every day on television in this country as well as throughout the world! Mayberry represents a kind of idealized view of what America was. It contains heart, a sense of community, and reminds us of what Andy said to Opie when he was leaving the town during the 1986 reunion movie: “There’s something about Mayberry and Mayberry folk that never leaves you. No matter where life takes you. You always carry in your heart the memories of old times and old friends”.

Also last week the oldest living winner of an Oscar died at age 95. Ernest Borgnine was famous for his film career before he started his television career. We have many of his films on DVD including   “From Here to Eternity”, “The Flight of the Phoenix”, “The Wild Bunch” and “The Poseidon Adventure”.  On television he starred as Lt. Commander Quinton McHale on the comedy series “McHale’s Navy”, and later on the classic “Air Wolf”. We have both shows on DVD in our collection.

Did you know that on July 6th it was fifty years since William Faulkner died in 1962? The American writer and Nobel Prize winner from Oxford, Mississippi wrote novels, plays and screenplays during his career. He is best known for his novels and short stories, which are set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, a setting Faulkner created based on Oxford.  We have on DVD “The Writings of William Faulkner” which discusses his life and his writings from his home “Rowan Oak”.

Join the Friends of the Library, Staff and Library Board at an open house at the Reedsburg Public Library on Wednesday, July 25, from 6:30-8 PM.  We will be honoring Susan Steiner who has been with the Reedsburg Public Library for more than thirty years, the past 19 years as Director. Refreshments will be served.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 12)
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Can you imagine that a group of students was the inspiration for a series of books? Such was the case with Margaret “Peggy” Parish’s third-grade class. An avid reader and writer, Parish was born on July 14, 1927 (eighty-five years ago), earned a degree in English and became a third-grade teacher at the Dalton School in Manhattan. Having a great sense of humor, she was amused when students would take things literally. Subsequently in 1963, she created Amelia Bedelia, a maid who takes things too literally, causing problems and sometimes chaos. In the end, everything works out, usually with a great laugh by all.  In her last book “Amelia Bedelia’s Family Album”, Amelia shows her employers, the Rogers, a scrapbook of her family members. Nephew Herman Parish has kept the Amelia stories going since her death in 1988.  We have many of their books at the library.

Last week Nora Ephron died.  An essayist and humorist who became a very successful screenwriters, filmmaker and author, she is one of the most quotable and influential writers of her generation. Ephron was famous for such favorites as “Julie & Julia”, “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally”, as she wrote, directed and produced them. Her books included “Heartburn”, a knockout about her marriage to Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein, and the popular essay collections “I Feel Bad About My Neck” and “I Remember Nothing”. We have many of her films and books in our collection.

Have you noticed that your local library seems especially busy this time of year? We have nearly 900 children, teens and adults signed up for summer library programs in this first month. 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.

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 to having one of the largest sales ever on Wednesday, August 1 through Saturday, August 4. Friends of the Library members still get a preview night on Tuesday, July 31st .

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 5)
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Baseball has always been more than just a game. A part of the fabric of American culture and tradition rich in legends, folklore and history, baseball is a never-ending story where every game is a new nine-inning chapter of superstar players that stand out above the rest. They are the ones that bring the fans out to the ballpark and baseball is the game that brings them all together at once. Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is going to be held on Tuesday, July 10th in Kansas City, Missouri. Our lobby display case features a look back at the Midsummer Classic. Do you remember ten years ago it was held in Milwaukee’s beautiful Miller Park? The Brewers were represented by Richie Sexson and Jose Hernandez. The game controversially ended in a 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of players.

LIBRARY'S TOP 10 TIPS FOR A GREAT SUMMER!
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 long rainy days.
6.  Get audio books 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.  Don't forget the Library also has lots of guidebooks, travel magazines, and maps.
10. Have fun, enjoy yourself, and relax!

There is still time to read or listen to seven books in our Adult Summer Reading Program. The program runs until August 31st. Just fill out a reading form with your seven books, and then get a free flashlight pen & notepad. Your entry will be placed in a drawing for more prizes, including a Kindle Fire, at the end of the summer program.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 1st, as we have changed the starting date for our summer book sale by two days. This Book Sale looks to be the largest sale with a complete new selection of materials for our four-day sale. Friends of the Library members still get in early with our Members Only Preview Night being held on Tuesday, July 31st from 6-7 PM.

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 28)
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On July 4th we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with picnics, parades and fireworks. But did you know Reedsburg celebrated its first celebration on July 4, 1849. The account from Merton Krug’s “History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley” is featured on our web page this week. Remember the library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. Our book drop on the Locust Street side of the building will be open and LINKcat will be available to place holds on items, check what is available or look at your account. Our regular summer hours will resume on Thursday, July 5th.

Are you looking to make a big summer purchase for the yard or for yard work and want to compare? You know we have issues of Consumer Reports to look at and checkout, but did you know the library provides access to a Consumer Reports database online? That means you can do your research without leaving your home. In addition to finding ratings and reviews for a wide variety of products, you can also find information about recalls, safety and consumer news. To get to Consumer Reports online go to our website and choose Information Resources and its listed alphabetical. You will them need to enter your complete library card number to proceed.

 

Did you know the library’s Summer Reading Program goes on the road each Wednesday to Loganville? Kids of all ages and their families will Dream Big-READ in Loganville. Be ready for crafts, stories and book checkout. We are at the Village Hall on Wednesday July 11, 18 and 25 @ 10AM.

There is still time to read or listen to seven books in our Adult Summer Reading Program. The program runs until August 31st. Just fill out a reading form with your seven books, and then get a free flashlight pen & notepad. Your entry will be entered in a drawing for more prizes at the end of the summer. The grand prize will be a Kindle Fire, thank you to the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this program.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 21)
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ARE YOU READY FOR SUMMER? This week marked the official start of summer: the season of baseball, ice cream, lemonade, sandals, sunburn, fireworks, and most importantly, vacation. But when the days get really hot, remember that your Library is cool. The air conditioning is working just fine, so come on in, relax, enjoy the cool air, and pick up some great titles for summer reading! Great summer reading is what makes you eligible to enter the Adult Summer Reading Program “Dream, Big Read”. Just fill out an entry form for each book read or listened to and hand them to a staff member at the desk to receive a flashlight pen and notepad. A grand prize drawing will happen from all the entries at the end of the summer.

Remember reading the Black Stallion series of books by Walter Farley. The American author primarily of horse stories for children was born ninety years ago on June 26, 1922. His first and most famous book “The Black Stallion” was published in 1941. He wrote many sequels and the series has continued since his death. We have many of them in our children’s collection. Farley’s uncle was a professional horseman and taught him various methods of horse training and about the advantages or disadvantages of each method.

Beloved by generations of American children as “Captain Kangaroo”, Robert Keeshan would be eighty-five on June 27th. Remember when he made his acting debut as the original Clarabell on “The Howdy Doody Show”. I remember him as “Captain Kangaroo” with characters Mr. Green Jeans, Grandfather Clock, Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose. The gentle, patient Captain entertained and educated millions of children over the years. We have his 1995 book “Good Morning Captain” fifty years with Bob Keeshan.

Last week Frank Cady, a character actor best known for playing shopkeeper Sam Drucker on “Petticoat Junction” and “Green Acres” died at the age of 96.  Both shows were set in the fictional town of Hooterville. His general store was the closest thing Hooterville had to a social club, and unlike the shops in neighboring Pixley, Drucker’s extended credit. We have both shows on DVD as well as the special episodes of the “Beverly Hillbillies” when they came back to the Hooterville area.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 14)
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June 14th is National Flag Day. It was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. In that year, Congress asked that all public buildings fly the flag on June 14. The idea quickly caught on and many people wanted to participate in waving the flag. A teacher from Fredonia, Wisconsin, Bernard J. Cigrand, had the kids in his school observe Flag Day, or, as he called it, Flag Birthday. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. It wasn't until 1916 that Flag Day was officially named as a holiday. And it wasn't until 1949 that the National Flag Day bill was signed. But teachers and kids had been celebrating it long before that!

Did you know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!

Website of the week: http://www.usflag.org/ Here you can learn all about the many flags that we have had in the United States, flag etiquette and the history of Flag Day.

Last week, Richard Dawson the British-born actor died at the age of 79. He is best known as the kissing host of “Family Feud” and a prisoner of war star on “Hogan’s Heroes”. We have episodes of both shows in our DVD collection.

The LINKcat online library catalog has gone mobile with new mobile apps for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Android phones and other mobile device users. Mobile app users can search LINKcat, place holds, renew items, check due dates, and search for digital books. One particularly exciting feature is the ability to scan the ISBN barcode of a book. If you see a book you want to read when you are at the bookstore, you can scan the barcode and place a hold if it is in LINKcat. For more information about the mobile apps, visit http://help.linkcat.info/mobile.html.

Summer Library Program registration week has gotten a great start with a large number of kids, teens and adults registering and getting started with their summer reading. Check out our web site or visit the children’s section of the library for time and dates or to see if registration is needed.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 7)
Reedsburg Public Library

People of Great Britain, last week celebrated with much fanfare Queen Elizabeth II’s sixty-years as the monarch of the nation. The book world as published many new titles including, “The Real Elizabeth” by Andrew Marr which explores the private character of the queen behind her public persona.  “Her Majesty” by Robert Hardman offers a fascinating inside story of the long lasting queen and her achievements.  Sally Smith’s new book “Elizabeth the Queen” draws on numerous interviews and undisclosed documents to juztapose the queen’s public and private lives. We have many books about the Royal Family including the new book “ Rough Guide to the Royals”.Thirty years ago on June 7, 1982  the second most visited home in the United States opened for tours. The Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee was home to Elvis Presley located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark. It’s currently serves as a museum, check out our display case featuring many unique artifacts from Elvis’ home. A visit to Graceland, is a one-of-a-kind experience that will lead you on Elvis Presley fascinating journey to superstardom. Experience the cultural changes that lead to the birth of Rock n Roll and see, first hand, how Elvis became the most celebrated entertainer in the world. If you can’t visit check out our video tour of the mansion or the official tour guide book.

Summer Library Program registration week has kicked off to a great start with a large number of kids, teens and adults registering and getting started with their summer reading. Next week is the start of Junior Lunch Bunch, Reedsburg Readers, Preschool Players and other programs. Check out our web site or visit the children’s section of the library for time and dates or to see if registration is needed.

Web Site of the Week

Historical Marker Database: http://www.hmdb.org/
Did history happen in your town or state or in the places you're passing through when you travel? Find out here, browsing by state or country, or by historical events (wars, exploration, churches, landmarks, heroes, notable buildings, etc.)

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 31)
Reedsburg Public Library

The Summer Library Program registration begins on Friday, June 1st for kids, teens and adults. Complete information about activities and the June Calendar of Events are available at the library and on our web site. Remember even grow-ups can have fun with our adult reading program this summer. Adults can read or listen to seven books and receive a gift and be entered in a drawing for more prizes.

June is National Audio Book Month and it’s a great time to discover our growing collection of Playaway audio books. The Friends of the Library have recently donated to the library’s popular collection. A Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audio book. It is an MP3 player that comes preloaded with one book and takes one regular AAA battery to play. We even have rechargeable batteries you can check out, so you can start listening as soon as you get to your earphones. You just simply plug in earphones and enjoy. Playaways allow bookmark insertions to remember where you stopped listening and you can adjust the speed of the narrator’s voice. They work with most headphones, speakers or car adapters.  Our collection includes novels, biographies, and learning a language.  Playaways are available for 4-week check out and are also available from other libraries via LINKcat. For a list of titles available in Playaway format, search LINKcat using the keyword Playaway. 

The youngest elected President was born ninety-five years ago on May 29, 1917. John Fitzgerald Kennedy as senator visited Reedsburg during the 1960 Primary Campaign. On March 9, 1960, a reception was held at the Badger Theater. About 150 people turned out according to the Reedsburg Times Press. Our historical photographic collection includes images of the Senator and Mrs. Kennedy visit to Reedsburg. The Kennedy Family has been the feature of many books, check out our display of books. We know the family for their wealth, glamour and photogenic quality of the family members, as well as their extensive and continuing commitment to public service, which elevated them to iconic status over the past half-century.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 24)
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Summer Library hours start Memorial Day Weekend. Our summer hours are: Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm, Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Sunday Closed. The library will be closed on Memorial Day, May 28th, to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us. Our book return will be open, which is located on the Locust Street side of the building. Remember LINKcat is available on our web site to request and renew materials during the holiday weekend.

May 22nd is important date in television history: Twenty years ago, the final episode of “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson aired. More than fifty million people tuned in for this finale, which ended with Carson sitting on a stool alone at center stage. Johnny Carson as host established the standard format for television chat shows including the guest couch and the studio band. We have DVD’s from his thirty-year reign on the show as well as the final show. You can relive some of the brightest, funniest, and most touching moments from television history.

Also on May 22nd, forty-five years ago  “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” debuted on PBS. The Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers hosted this long-running children’s program. Puppets and human characters interacted in the neighborhood of make-believe. Rogers voiced many of the puppets and educated young viewers on a variety of important subjects. Almost 1,000 episodes were produced over the history of the show.  Each episode began the same way, with Mister Rogers coming home and singing his theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and changing into sneakers and a zippered cardigan sweater. We have many of Fred Rogers’ books, episodes of the show and even a CD of songs from the neighborhood.  Just added to our DVD collection is the award winning documentary “Mister Rogers and Me”.

“May the Force be with you” entered the modern lexicon as a new kind of science fiction film opened at 32 theatres on May 25, 1977. Thirty-five years ago this George Lucas’s space epic starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher featured stunning special effects and was a smash hit worldwide.  Our collection includes many novels based on the saga of films as well as books and videos about the films including books on George Lucas.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 17)
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It’s springtime and we can help you with all of your projects. From planting a garden, landscaping your yard and even organizing your closets, we have books that can help. Rhubarb is a great springtime tradition for some of us. You may only have it in pies, bars and other desserts, but we can help you explore new ways of using it. Theresa Millang’s “Joy of Rhubarb” is a versatile cookbook of recipes for this spring delight and we have just added “Rhubarb Renaissance” by Kim Ode. Also if you want to know more including it’s history try Sandi Vitt’s “Rhubarb: More Then Just Pies”.

The grilling season has begun. So whether it is down-home traditional American barbecue or the finest meats slowly smoked over smoldering coals, we have the books for you. May is officially National Barbeque Month. A whole month devoted to great smoky aromas, and fall-off-the bone meat, and tangy sauces.

Last week children author Maurice Sendak died, he didn’t think of himself as a children’s author, but as an author who told the truth about childhood.  He is known in particular for more than a dozen picture books he wrote and illustrated himself, most famously “Where the Wild Things Are”, which was simultaneously genre-breaking and career-making when it was published in 1963.  We have many of his works in our collection.

Also last week George Lindsey died, he made a television career as a grinning gas-station attendant named Goober on the “Andy Griffith Show” and “Hee Haw”.  In 1964, he landed the role of Gomer’s cousin Goober Pyle at Mayberry’s filling station for seven seasons. We have this as well as “Hee Haw” on DVD.  Our collection also includes his 1995 memoir “Goober in a Nutshell” which is filled with fascinating trivia and behind the scenes information.

Summer Library hours start Memorial Day Weekend.
(Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm, Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Sunday Closed)
The library will be closed on Memorial Day, May 28th.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 10)
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The Friends of the Library will be sponsoring a program on Thursday, May 10th at 7 PM with author Ed Janus. The former dairyman will talk about his book “Creating Dairyland”. Janus will explore how much of the country’s dairy industry became concentrated in our backyard over 150 years ago. And if you ever wondered, "Why are there cows in Wisconsin?" he has the answer. Join us.

Happy Children’s Book Week! Since 1919 Children’s Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores and anywhere there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers and families celebrate children’s books and the love of reading. One of the best ways to celebrate this week is to read aloud with your child. Some read-aloud resources include “The Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease and “Reading Magic” by Mem Fox.

It’s hard to believe but sixty years ago Sam Phillips started his independent label, Sun Records, at his recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee. The music recorded there helped lay part of the foundation of late 20th century rock and roll and influenced many younger musicians like the Beatles. This company is known today for giving Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis their first recording contracts that launched their careers. A 2010 Broadway play titled “Million Dollar Quartet” is based on a famous impromptu jam in 1956 at the studio. To learn more about Sam Phillips try the book “Good Rockin Tonight” by Colin Escott which is a history of Sun Studios or try the biography “Sun King, the life and times of Sam Phillips” by Kevin Crouch. We also have many of the famous songs recorded there in our CD collection.

Do you remember May 4, 1997 well that was fifteen years ago when the community broke ground for a new library building in Reedsburg.  Construction was started and we opened in January 1998. It still has that new feel each time you come in but a lot has changed in the last fifteen years from the types of things we offer to the crowded spaces. (It was projected that we would need an expansion in 20 years at the time it was built.) A lot has changed in the last 15 years come in and discover what your library has to offer.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 3)
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Remember that on Thursday May 3rd   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 new features of the updated Overdrive site.

One of the most popular parts of the newspaper is the comic strip. There is a lot of work and effort that goes into creating that 3 or 4 picture strip. May 5th is National Cartoonist’s Day, a time to recognize the value of humor in our lives, and the people who create the cartoons that help to put that humor there. Grab your paper and your pencils as we have many books to help you start drawing. One of the greatest comedy artists American journalism has ever produced was born here in Reedsburg. Clare Briggs was the creator of “ When a Feller Needs a Friend”, “ Ain't it a Grand and Glorious Feeling?” and “ The Days of Real Sport”.   His most popular cartoons depicted his boyhood in Reedsburg and made the town's "Old Swimming Hole" and his childhood friend "Skinny" famous. He died January 3, 1930, and according to his request his ashes were scattered over New York Harbor. The keen observation and gentle humor of Briggs are evident in his cartoons and make his work just as enjoyable today as when it first appeared.

Have you considered joining the Friends of the Library? Membership term is from January to December for only $5.00 for an individual.  Complete information is available on our web site, or pick up a form at the library.

Top reasons to be a member include.
1) Helping raise money for the Library, a community gem.
2) Supporting children’s and adult summer reading programs.
3) Supporting the library’s many free programs for the community.
4) Helping the library purchase new materials.
5) Getting involved and serving the community.
6) Meeting other library and book lovers like you.
7) Enjoy the great feeling of helping your local library.
8) Coming to Members Only night at our Book Sales (4 Times a Year).
9) Supporting our Books for Babies and Homebound Library programs.
10) Gee, just being a Friend has such positive connotations!

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 26)
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Remember the book sale is this weekend (April 27-29) during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available as well as magazines. This sale looks to be one of the largest sales we have had in years.  The profits from this book sale benefit the library’s audio book collection. The Friends of the Library Preview Night is Thursday, April 26 from 6-7 PM. For $5 membership you can be the first person to look at our Book Sale before the public sale. We have two more sales later this year, each time on the Thursday before, the Preview night happens.

Are you planning your summer activities and don't want to miss our summer program events? Now available on our web site is a complete list of events and information on the summer library program. Our program has activities for all ages. Registration starts on Friday, June 1st.

Register now, for our next e-Reader Users group on Thursday, May 3 @ 6:30 PM. The number of people with e-Readers or iPad devices has doubled since this last holiday season. Share tips and tricks, get the most out of your e-reader and discover the exciting world of eBooks. The number of e-Book titles available to a library user is increasing as demand has been increased. Sign up today, as space is limited.

Last week television lost an icon, known as "America's Oldest Teenager" Dick Clark died at 82. His American Bandstand did more for music than any other show. He also starred on TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes and the game show $25,000 Pyramid. 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

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 19)
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Remember that the library will be closing early on Thursday, April 19th for staff training. This in-service is part of an effort to better serve library customers through staff training and development.

Last week former CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace died. For over sixty years he interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers as an original on 60 Minutes. He was considered to be one of America’s best-known broadcast journalists. We have his second memoir “Between You and Me”, where he shares interviews and personal observations he made along his career. Also in our collection on DVD is his interview with Frank Lloyd Wright. The interview was done in 1957 when Wright was 90 years old.  Also last weekend famous painter, Thomas Kinkade died. He was America’s most-collected living artist before his death.  Did you know he was also a best-selling author; we have a few of his Cape Light novels.

This past week the Titanic has been back in the news, with the 100th anniversary of it's sinking. We have many books about the “unsinkable” luxury liner. Overshadowed by the coverage of the news in 1912 was the first game played at Fenway Park.  The Boston Red Sox defeated New York Highlanders (later named Yankees) on April 20, 1912.  Throwing out the first pitch was Mayor John F. Fitzgerald, grandfather of President Kennedy. Fenway Park is America’s oldest and perhaps most storied ballpark.  We have books about the park as well as a number of films that have featured it. Our lobby display case is featuring Fenway as well as other Green Cathedrals (Ballparks) this month.

Speaking of Baseball, did you know that on April 15, 1947 sixty five years ago Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier. Jonathan Eig’s book “Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season”, recalls the events of 1947 when under intense media and public scrutiny, Robinson made history. This account of the inaugural season includes his experiences (good and bad) with fellow players and fans throughout the National League. Jackie had a key role in leading the Dodgers to the World Series at the season’s end, while also winning the first-ever Rookie of the Year award for his stellar play. He proved that a black man could combine courage with skills and earn respect on his own terms. Check our display of books on Jackie Robinson and our web page for a list of books on Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 12)
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Happy National Library Week!  This nationwide observance is to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers to their schools and communities. Our library is the heart of the community, a place where people come together for meetings, programs, research, job searching, homework assistance, a good book and a nice cup of coffee. People of all ages and backgrounds find entertainment, develop skills and come to find their place in the community. You can gather for book discussions, storytimes with your children, and join the Friends of the Library. This 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 this week we will be holding a food drive for the local pantry. For each food item brought into the library, we wave 50¢ in overdue library fines. This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry. You may drop off food items even if you don’t have fines. The Food Pantry appreciates your help.

In April, we have our minds on money and money on our minds! April 21-28 is Money Smart Week a nationwide financial literacy event by the Federal Reserve Bank and Libraries across the country.  We will kick off the week this Saturday, April 14th with our 2nd Saturday Program at 10:30 AM where families will be making piggy banks. In the afternoon, we invite college bound students who need help applying for financial aid. We will have computers and experienced assistants to answer questions and help complete the FAFSA forms. It’s 1-3 PM on Saturday, April 14. Also mark your calendar for Saturday, April 21 as we host a program focused on Household Budgets and Smart Credit Card Use.

Remember that on Thursday, April 19th that the library will close early (at 5 PM) for a staff in-service.

We are still accepting donations of books, magazines, movies and music for our Spring Book Sale. If you have been spring-cleaning and discovered materials that you no longer use, we will accept them to either add to our collection our put in our sale. The sale, which looks to be one of the largest in years, will be happening on Friday April 27 through Sunday April 29, during regular library hours.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 5)
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Remember that the library will close Friday, April 6th at Noon and is closed on Sunday, April 8th.  We are open Saturday April 7th from 9 AM – 4 PM. The book return will be open all weekend. (It is located on the Locust Street side of the building.) LINKcat, our online catalog will be available to renew books and place holds. Also mark your calendar: the library will close early (at 5 PM) on Thursday, April 19th for a staff in-service.

Sunday and Monday, April 6 & 7, 1862” wrote Union Major Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, “has been perhaps less understood, or, to state the case more accurately, more persistently misunderstood, than any other engagement between National and Confederate troops during the entire rebellion”. The battle of Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing was fought one hundred and fifty years ago. During the second year of the Civil War, Grant along with Major Gen. Don Carlos Buell, engaged the Army of the Tennessee and Army of the Ohio against Gen. Albert Sidney Johnson and Gen. Beauregard of the Army of the Mississippi. When it was done, about 24,000 men had died, including Gen. Johnson, with the Union forces emerging the victor. The battle was a resounding blow to the Confederacy. Today the site is a National Military Park set on about 4,000 acres on the banks of the Tennessee River one of America’s best preserved battlefields.  Timothy Isbell’s book “Shiloh and Corinth” is filled with over 90 striking photographs and will bring the battlefield to life with the present-day landscapes. It also includes photographs of the site including the cemetery were the graves of six Wisconsin flag-bearers are buried together, as they were all killed keeping Old Glory aloft during the fighting.  You can learn more about Wisconsin soldiers at the battle in our Local History Room with the book “Wisconsin at Shiloh”.  This 1909 report tells the regiment’s role in the battle and the history of the beautiful Wisconsin Monument in the park. This month our lobby display case is featuring this battle as well as others during the 2nd year of the Civil War, 1862.

Next week is National Library Week (April 8-14) 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 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. Also you may just drop off food items even if you don’t have fines.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 29)
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You don’t have to be a die-hard fan to appreciate the start of the baseball season. Next week is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. Opening Day is a sign that spring has finally sprung. As we hear those immortal words for the first time this year, “Play Ball!” We have a variety of books and videos on playing baseball, life of legendary players and games and even some beautiful picture books.  We have just added a DVD set of the ten greatest games, with complete broadcast of some the most memorable moments of Baseball. From walk-off World Series wins to mind-numbing comebacks.

We are right in the middle of Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival as thousands of visitors from around the world come to witness this each year. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the famous trees (3,000) given to us by Tokyo, Japan in 1912. Rooted strongly and surviving outside elements, the trees have withstood the test of time. If you can’t be there we have books and videos about Washington D.C. as well as Ann McClellan’s “The Cherry Blossom Festival”. This excellent book tells the development, meaning and symbolism of the Cherry Blossom Festival. Visit the web site www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for a web cam of the blossoms and complete festival activities. 

It’s the time of the year when high school students prepare 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.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 22)
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Happy 65th Birthday to author James Patterson who was born March 22, 1947. He is famous for his vast number of bestseller novels.  In the past three years, he has sold more books than any other author, since 2006 one out of every seventeen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists. Also is the first author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year, a record-breaking feat he’s accomplished every year since 2005.  We have many of his series novels, from Alex Cross to the Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride to his many stand-alone thrillers and romance novels.

Well it’s that time of the year for you to plan your springtime projects. We can help you think about planting your garden, grilling, organizing your closets or help you find some fresh cleaning ideas. If you have been doing your spring-cleaning already 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 book sale. The Friends of the Library use the proceeds from the book sale to purchase new items for our collection. We will be having a large sale this spring on the weekend of April 27th.

Thirty-five years ago Elvis Presley kicked off his second tour of the year in Tempe, Arizona on March 23, 1977. We have just added “Amarillo Elvis 77” his March 24th concert in Amarillo, to our music collection. Recorded five months before his death, these recordings prove that Elvis is not in very good overall health during this year. To learn more about Elvis and Hawaii try Jerry Hopkins book “Aloha Elvis”. From 1957 to 1977 Elvis had an enduring relationship with the islands, this book includes over 100 photographs describing Elvis love affair with the islands.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 15)
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The Girl Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. Juliette Low founded the group on March 12, 1912 in Georgia.  They have been a memorable part of the lives of Reedsburg girls since 1942. You can see some early Reedsburg Girl Scout pictures from the 1950’s in our historical photo collection. (Our online collection of historic photographs includes over 5,000 images from Reedsburg, LaValle, Loganville, Rock Springs, Plain and Ironton.)  Did you know founder Juliette Gordon Low’s grandmother lived in Portage? Juliette Kinzie lived in Portage from 1832-1834 at the historic Indian Agency House. She wrote her Portage experiences in her book “Wau-Bun” the early days in the Northwest. Check out our copy.

Well we've had spring weather this last week or so and you may be ready to start those spring projects.  If so, we can help you find information that can help you plant a garden, start walking for exercise, organize your closets or give you some fresh cleaning ideas. Stop by the library and choose some books to inspire your spring. It won’t be long and summer will be here. We have already planned our Summer Library Program for Adults, Kids and Teens. We have big plans to celebrate and encourage reading all summer long for the whole family.

Overdrive is an American digital distributor of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. Libraries in Wisconsin are members of The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium and they are adding lots of titles each week to our Overdrive collection.  This is a collection of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. This helps make our library a 24/7 service.  You can download books any time of day or night with no worries about overdue fines.  When books are due they just disappear from your devise. Do you have an eReader (Kindle, Nook, Sony or one of many other devices) or do you need help deciding which eReader would be the best for you? Overdrive may be of interest to you.  Use the link on our home page to find help on the Overdrive site.

Did you know that one hundred years ago, on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon was born? She was nicknamed Pat by her father, referring to her birth date and Irish ancestry. It was not her legal name but she used the name Patricia and it’s even on her tombstone. Learn more about Richard Nixon’s wife here at the library. We have many books on the first ladies and first families. Her daughter, Julie Eisenhower published the book “Pat Nixon, the Untold Story” where you will become part of the close-knit Nixon family scenes that Julie describes throughout the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 8)
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Last week Davy Jones best known as a member of the “Monkees” died at the age of 66. He along with Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork formed the group and had several hits that sold millions of copies, including “Last Train to Clarksville”, “I’m a Believer” and “Daydream Believer”. Weeks after the group’s first single topped the pop charts their TV series was introduced with its catchy theme, “Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees”.  We have the Emmy award winning show on DVD. Also we have the 1971 episode of the “Brady Bunch” in which Marcia Brady convinces Davy Jones to perform at her high school prom.

We are also remembering Jan Berenstain who died last week at the age of 88. She is best known along with her husband Stan, for writing and illustrating the Bernestain Bears books. These gentle best sellers have enlightened preschoolers and their parents for over fifty years. Most of them offered moral lessons through their simple stories about kindness, tidiness or things not to be afraid of such as the dark, doctors or dentists. We have many of the over 300 books & DVDs including their autography “Down a Sunny Dirt Road".

This week is Teen Tech Week (March 4-10), a national initiative aimed at teens, librarians, educators, parents and others to encourage teens to take advantage of libraries nonprint resources. The 2012 theme- “Geek Out @ your library” encourages libraries to foster teen creativity and positions the library as a physical and virtual place for safe exploration of the many types of technology available including DVDs, music, gaming, video production, online homework help, social networking, tech workshops, audio books and more. Thursdays, we host an “After School is Cool” program for 5th-8th graders. Have your teen join us.

Did you know that the Friends of the Library sell tote bags? These bags are available in a beautiful color. They are made from sturdy canvas and just the thing for families and teachers who take out LOTS of books, or for any serious library user. (They make a great gift too!) These bags will not only help you get organized, but will also protect your library books and media materials from bad weather or other damage. The bags are $12.00 each and the profits support the activities and programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bags are on display at the Circulation Desk.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 1)
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Women's History Month is a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society. The United States has observed it annually throughout the month of March since 1987. Our lobby display case features dolls that represent some of the historic women of the past. Dolls of women such as Amelia Earhart, Clara Barton, Georgia O'Keefe and Dolly Madison can be found in this display.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 4 @ 1 PM for the library film premiere of “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time”. Aldo Leopold was one of the fathers of the science of ecology and the American Wilderness system. This highly acclaimed new film explores Leopold’s life and legacy, provocatively examining his thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges. Beautifully photographed and edited, the film illustrates Leopold’s continuing influence on current scientific and environmental projects around the country and the world. The Friends of the Reedsburg Library sponsor this free public showing.

Register now, for our next e-Reader Users group on Thursday, March 8 @ 6:30 PM. The number of people with e-Readers or iPad devices has doubled since this last holiday season. Share tips and tricks, get the most out of your e-reader and discover the exciting world of eBooks. The number of e-Book titles available to a library user is increasing as demand has been increased. Sign up today, as space is limited.

We have many reference databases to discover on our web site and one of the most used is NoveList Plus. It’s 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. You can find a link to this research tool on our home page. 

Did you know that Desi Arnaz was born March 2, 1917, he would have been ninety-five this year. The Cuban-born American musician, actor and television producer gained renown for his role as Ricky Ricardo. Our DVD collection of television programs includes the complete series of “I Love Lucy”. So sit back and relive this groundbreaking show that has been seen in over seventy countries. It truly is an international phenomenon!

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 23)
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Here’s a question. You probably already know that using the library saves you money. Would you like to know how much? There’s a tool on our website that helps you to calculate how much money the Reedsburg Public Library saves you, based on how much you use our services. It’s called the Library Value Calculator. Today the average paperback costs around $8, and hardcover books come in at a whopping average of $27. It’s true that e-books are a bit cheaper, but the average e-book is still $10-$15. Watch movies? Even if you pay as little as a dollar for a movie from one of those boxes, one movie a week is $4 a month, and if you’ve got kids you probably watch more than one a week! Even the average magazine is over $5 these days. Use the calculator to see what you could be saving at the library and then come in and see what we have to offer. Public libraries are a great deal. And the more you use them, the better the deal gets. February is Library Lovers Month; use your library to show your love.

Did you know that the default lending period for eBooks and audiobooks in OverDrive is only 7 days, but did you know you could change your default setting? After logging in to OverDrive click the My Account link in the top right corner. Click the lending period link and choose your own settings (7, 14, or 21 days for eBooks and 7 or 14 for audios).
We now have themost of the basic state and federal tax forms here at the library. But links to additional forms and information are available on our web site.  We also offer free income tax assistance for qualified individuals at our library through partnerships with AARP and the Sauk County Aging & Disability Center. To sign up for an appointment call the Sauk County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-800-432-3710

Did you know it was twenty years ago on February 10, 1992 when the Green Bay Packers acquired quarterback Brett Favre from the Atlanta Falcons for a first-round draft pick? Love Him or hate him he was an instrumental part in turning the much-ridiculed Packers into a perennial premiere NFL team.  We have many books and DVDs about the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre. Now that Sundays are "football-less", we even have game broadcasts of many games on DVD. Many of these broadcasts are an essential piece of Packers history.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 16)
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Just like any other business the library looks at numbers to evaluate the past year. We set a new circulation record for the year in 2011.  Library patrons checked out 293,069 items and we welcomed 258,018 visitors through the library’s doors. By these indications the library is being very well used. We held 632 programs (including storytimes, school visits, Summer Library Programs and Evening adult programs) with a total attendance of 12,620 children and adults. If you haven’t used your Library lately, we invite you come in and see what all the excitement is about!
Library services go beyond books and printed materials. I recently ran across a list of 12 things that libraries do: Libraries sustain democracy, break down boundaries, level the playing field, value the individual, nourish creativity, open young minds, return high dividends, build communities, support families, build technology skills, offer sanctuary and preserve the past. Help us celebrate Library Lover’s Month visit us today.

Thursday, February 16th at 7 PM we are showing a movie based on a bestselling book.  This film has been nominated for awards and was one of the top 10 films of 2011. It’s an account of the Oakland Athletics Baseball team’s 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane’s (Brad Pitt) attempt to assemble a competitive team with unfavorable financial situation. Because of our Public Performance Movie License, we can’t list the title here, but to find out stop at the library or call and ask about the movie.

Do you remember fifty years ago February 14, 1962? Three out of four television viewers tuned to CBS or NBC to watch “A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy”.  In the tour she showed off the newly redecorated White House. We the have the film on DVD and you can re-watch the award winning television special.

Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 4 @ 1 PM for the library film premiere of “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time”. Aldo Leopold was one of the fathers of the science of ecology and the American Wilderness system. This highly acclaimed new film explores Leopold’s life and legacy, provocatively examining his thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges. Beautifully photographed and edited, the film illustrates Leopold’s continuing influence on current scientific and environmental projects around the country and the world that connect people and the land. The Friends of the Reedsburg Library sponsor this free public showing.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 9 )
Reedsburg Public Library

Did you know that Dave Letterman has been on late night television for thirty years? His NBC Late Night Show debuted on February 1, 1982; the first guest on the show was Bill Murray. A regular segment on that show and his current show is the Top Ten List. Many of the lists have been released in a book format, which we have in our collection. Also in our collection is Dave’s Mom, Dorothy Letterman’s book “Home Cookin with Dave’s Mom”. This book is filled with family photos and recipes straight from America’s heartland.

Register now, for our next e-Reader Users group on Thursday, Feb 9 @ 6:30 PM. The number of people with e-Readers or iPad devices has doubled during this last holiday season. Were you one of the many who got a new device? Share tips and tricks, get the most out of your e-reader and discover the exciting world of eBooks. The number of e-Book titles available to a library user is increasing as demand has been increased. Sign up today, as space is limited.

Also mark your calendar for Thursday, Feb 16th at 6:30 PM. We will be showing a film based on a bestselling book. An account of the Oakland Athletics Baseball team’s 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane’s attempt to assemble a competitive team with unfavorable financial situation. Because of our Public Performance Movie License, we can’t list the title here, but to find out stop at the library or call and ask about the movie.

Sidney Sheldon an Academy Award winning author would have been ninety-five on Saturday, Feb 11th. The sixth best selling writer of all time started writing after he turned 50 with bestselling novels such as “Master of the Game”, “Other Side of Midnight” and “Rage of Angels”.  But his television work spanned a 20-year period during which he created “The Patty Duke Show”, “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Hart to Hart”. Which are all available in our DVD collection.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 2)
Reedsburg Public Library

Visiting the library while growing up, I remember seeing books in the children’s area with silver and gold Newbery and Caldecott Medals on them. I knew those books were extra special, awarded by the American Library Association as being the best of the best in written (Newbery) and illustrated (Caldecott) children’s books. In January, the 2012 book winners were released. “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos, won the 2011 Newbery medal. Honors also go to “Breaking Stalin’s Nose” by Eugene Yelchin and “Inside Out and Back Again” by Thanhha Lai. The Caldecott Award for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children went to “A Ball for Daisy” by Chris Raschka. The Theodor Seuss Geisel 2012 award winning book is “Tales for Very Picky Eaters” by John Schneider. Each of the award winning books is available here at the library as well as many of the past winners.

Register now for our next e-Reader Users group on Thursday, Feb 9 @ 6:30 PM. The number of people with e-Readers or iPad devices has doubled during this last holiday season. Were you one of the many who got a new device? Share tips and tricks, get the most out of your e-reader and discover the exciting world of eBooks. The number of e-Books titles available to library user is increasing as demand has been increased. Sign up today as space is limited.

Also mark your calendar for Thursday, Feb 16th at 6:30 PM. We will be showing a film based on a bestselling book. An account of the Oakland Athletics Baseball team’s 2002 season and their general manager Billy Beane’s attempt to assemble a competitive team with unfavorable financial situation. Because of our Public Performance Movie License, we can’t list the title here, but to find out stop at the library or call and ask about the movie.

Remember if the Reedsburg School District cancels classes due to weather conditions, the Reedsburg Public Library cancels all programs for children and adults on that date also. We may still be open but be sure to check before coming out in the hazardous weather.

The Inside Story @ Your Library(Jan 26)
Reedsburg Public Library

Join us this weekend for our winter Book Sale. As usual we have adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction in hardcover and paperback. But this time you will find a large selection of magazines and Videocassette tapes. This sale is being held for four big days Friday, January 27-Monday, January 30th during library hours. Funds raised will benefit the library collections. Book donations are accepted any time during the year. Friends of the Library members can get in a day early with preview night on Thursday, January 26 from 6-7 PM. (Memberships are renewable every January.)


This is a great time to join the Friends of the Library. 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. For a $5 individual contribution it will help the Friends group strengthen the library collections, expand programs and enhance services for your library. During 2011 the Friends continued their support of a variety of educational and cultural adult and children’s programs including 2nd Saturdays. They also supplied prizes for the Adult Reading Program, and continue to support the coffee cart. We hope you can join us as an individual, family or lifetime member. Complete Friends of the Library Membership information can be picked at the library.


Forty years ago on January 22, 1972 the drama series “Emergency!” first aired on NBC. The show followed the daily lives of a pair of Los Angeles County Fire Dept. firefighters/paramedics along with their colleagues at Station 51 and the emergency room staff of Rampart General Hospital. We have the complete series on DVD so you can relive your favorite moments with Roy and John. You can also discover a behind the scenes look with Richard Yokley’s book “Emergency-Behind the Scenes”.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 19)
Reedsburg Public Library

Download eBooks & Audiobooks
OverDrive is a database that offers eBooks, audiobooks, music and videos that you can download to devices like Kindles, Sony Readers, Nooks, and iPads, iPods and other MP3 players,  (to name just a few). To access the database, go to www.reedsburglibrary.org and click the OverDrive link on the left side of the page.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund Drive is about to end for another year. If you haven’t taken time to make your donation yet please do so soon.  The Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donations. This is your chance to present a book or other item to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Paul Higgins, In Memory of Kay Shultis. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

Happy 65th Birthday to Savannah, Georgia resident Paula Deen, who was born on January 19, 1947?  The Emmy Award winning television personality is one of the many featured in our lobby display case this month. We have a signed Paula Deen cookbook among other items on display. Our checkout collection includes DVDs, her magazine as well as her five published cookbooks.  Which are filled with traditional Southern recipes y'All.

Remember our Friends of the Library Book Sale is next weekend. We will be having it for four big days starting Friday, January 27 through Monday, January 30.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 12)
Reedsburg Public Library

Have you found some old slides in a drawer and want to convert them to digital format? Did you know we have a Photo/Film/Slide Scanner for checkout? This scanner is used to convert photos, film and slides to digital pictures. (Images may be saved to your PC via cable or to an SD card.) This is one of several items in our AV equipment collection that we loan out.  Our equipment collection includes an Overhead Projector, Opaque Projector, Slide Projector, Tape Recorder, Portable CD players, Sony Digital Video Camera, Flip Mino Video camera, MP3 Players, DVD Converter, LCD Projector, and a Magnifier.

We are hosting an exhibit this month from the Wisconsin Library Heritage Center of Wisconsin. The collection on display includes many souvenir items from Wisconsin’s Carnegie libraries. A variety of items include china, spoons, paperweights and picture postcards are part of the exhibit. It is very appropriate that the exhibit is here this month as in 1912 (100 yrs ago) our Carnegie building at 345 Vine St. opened to the public.

As the Green Bay Packers are back in the playoffs this weekend, did you know it was 45 years ago this Sunday when they played in the first Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers played the Kansas City Chiefs on January 15, 1967 in Los Angeles, California. The Packers won 35 to 10 and quarterback Bart Starr was named MVP of the game. In our DVD collection you can relive each of the first forty winners in the “America’s Game: Super Bowl Champions” series. Each episode takes the viewer inside the locker room of each winner, featuring never before told, behind the scenes stories from the participants.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund Drive is about to end for another year. If you haven’t taken time to make your donation yet please do so soon.  The Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donations. This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Kay & Dave Daley, Rex & Ardell Albers. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

Have you been cleaning at your house 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 will be having our winter sale for four big days, starting from Friday January 27 through Monday January 30.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 5)
Reedsburg Public Library

Did you get a Nook or Kindle for Christmas? Have you wondered what they are all about? Did you know the library loans titles for your reader through Overdrive? Discover what e-Book reader’s look like, how easy they are to read and learn more about them on Thursday, January 5th at 6:30 PM.  Please call 768-7323 to register.

The Friends of the Reedsburg Library Holiday Gift Fund is in fill swing already 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 are posted in the library. This week’s “Thank You” goes out to Carolyne Kotchi-Aslaksen, Kenneth & Jeanne Benzel, Carolyn Vansickle, Madelyn & Emma Casey, Walter & Sandra Lloyd, Anonymous, Mary Schultz, Sonja Larson, Allene Liegel, Gloria Judge, Enid Mikonowicz, James & June Pawlisch, Hasler Family, Pat & Lowell Andreessen,
Greg & Julie Adelman. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

Have you been cleaning at your house and getting ready for the holiday 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 will be having our winter sale for four big days, starting from Friday January 27 through Monday January 30.

American nightclub comedian and television actor, Danny Thomas was born one hundred years ago on January 6, 1912.  He is best known for starring in the television sitcom “Make Room for Daddy” and as founder of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We have his 1991 memoir “Make Room for Danny” and the “Andy Griffith Show” on DVD which was a spin-off of the “Danny Thomas Show”.

Web Site of the Week: How To Make Paper Snowflakes - http://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Snowflakes/ 
These beautiful, intricate designs make a fun project for children old enough to have learned a little patience. 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 29)
Reedsburg Public Library

Did you know that the former Library Building in Reedsburg, at 345 Vine Street, opened its doors one hundred years ago on January 1, 1912 with an informal reception? Hundreds of people visited the building and enjoyed the program that afternoon. Two years of planning for a new library were over, with help from Mrs. George Morse who donated the lot on the corner of South Locust and Vine Street and Andrew Carnegie, who donated $10,000. The library was a red brick and stucco building designed by Claude and Stark. Our library had a raised basement that housed a community room for public events and a main floor that contained the library. Patrons entered at mid-level, halfway between the basement and the first floor. The Library had a half hexagon circulation desk, a fireplace, and built in bookshelves and periodical racks. In 1922 kindergarten classes were held in the basement because South School was too crowded. By 1950 the children’s room was moved to the basement and an addition was built in 1970. On January 26, 1998 the new library opened across the street from the Carnegie Building, at 370 Vine Street. When the Carnegie library officially opened on January 12, 1912 there were only 3,490 volumes (books), circulation was 14,180 and there were 1,668 borrowers. Hours of operation were Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 2:30-5:30 and 7-9 pm and Friday 7-9 pm. Today we have approximately 73,000 items, over 9,800 registered patrons and we are open 64.5 hours/week.

Did you get a Nook or Kindle for Christmas? Have you wondered what they are all about? Did you know the library loans titles for your reader through Overdrive? Discover what e-Book reader’s look like, how easy they are read and learn more about them on Thursday, January 5th at 6:30 PM.  Please call 768-7323 to register.
We will be open Saturday, December 31st from 8:30 AM to 1 PM but closed on Sunday, January 1. Our regular hours resume on January 2nd.  Ring in the New Year with a good book from the Reedsburg Public Library.

Happy 75th Birthday to Mary Tyler Moore, she has turned the world on with her smile. The actress is best known for her roles as Mary Richards and Laura Petrie on television. We have both the Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Dick Van Dyke Show on DVD.  Moore has also written two memoirs in our collection “After All” in 1995 and “Growing Up Again” in 2009.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 22)

Just a reminder: the Library will be closed on Friday, December 23rd, Saturday, December 24th, Sunday, December 25th and Monday, December 26th. We will be open Saturday, December 31st from 8:30 AM to 1 PM but closed on Sunday, January 1. Our regular hours resume on January 2nd.  Season’s Readings to all.

At the library, every day is Christmas. Behind every book cover there are riches. After introducing your kids to a treasure trove beyond Aladdin's wildest dreams, why not mosey over to the adult section, and browse through the latest offerings yourself? You know you deserve it. Need an all-purpose gift that will satisfy everybody. It won’t need batteries and you shouldn’t have to feed it. It should last forever. It could be entertaining and the more the recipient uses it, the more they will like it. A library card from the Reedsburg Public Library! The Friends of the Library are offering you a new design colorful library card and also a key card option. Your upgraded card will support the Friends of the Library commitment to supporting the library. Also the new card will stand out in your wallet of cards. Our traditional yellow card is still available; your first yellow library card is FREE.

Happy 80th Birthday this Christmas Eve to Mary Theresa Eleanor Higgins Clark Conheeney known professionally as Mary Higgins Clark. Her books are worldwide bestsellers and very popular here at the library in all formats. In the United States alone, her books have sold over 80 million copies. It all started with her first suspense novel “Where are the Children?” in 1975. It became a bestseller and marked a turning point in her life and career. Did you know that her daughter Carol Higgins Clark and former daughter in law Mary Jane Clark are also suspense writers?  She is also a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets.

If you are looking for a meaningful holiday gift for someone special, please consider making a gift to the Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund. For a gift of $5 or more, you can have someone honored or memorialized with new materials in our Library’s collection. Donations are used to buy new items for our collection.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 15)

You have been hearing about e-books and e-Book readers (Nooks Kindles and more) in the news. Now on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30 PM you will get the chance to see what they are all about. What e-Book reader’s look like, how easy it is to read the screen and more. Maybe you are trying to decide whether to ask for a “Nook” or a “Kindle” or another e-Book reader for Christmas? Come and learn which one might best fit your needs. You will also discover how the library loans readers and through “Overdrive” loans titles for your e-reader. Call 768-7323 to register.

Happy 65th Birthday to Anna Marie “Patty” Duke. She is famous as a child star, and for winning an Academy Award at the age 16. She was born December 14, 1946. She is best known for playing Helen Keller in the 1962 film “Miracle Worker” (which is available on DVD) and for the sitcom “The Patty Duke Show” (which is also available on DVD). She is the author of two books in our collection “Call Me Anna” and “Brilliant Madness-Living with Manic Depressive Illness”.  Patty Duke was ranked #40 in 1996 as TV Guide’s 50 greatest TV Stars of all time.

The Friends of the Reedsburg Library Holiday Gift Fund is in full swing already 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 are posted in the library. This week’s “Thank You” goes out to Sherri Schmitz, Tom & Delores Geimer, Harold & Carolyn Van Duser, Richard & Elizabeth Pannier, Ryan Holtz, Aysha Holtz, Tyson Holtz. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

Web Site of the Week: (http://www.christmas-cookies.com)
For those of you who give home-made cookies for Christmas presents and want to get an early start on baking, here's a treasure house of recipes for cookies - chocolate snowflake macaroons, fudge-pecan chewies, no-bake cathedral windows, cornflake wreath cookies, low carb snickerdoodles, rosettes, and about 550 other varieties.

Just a reminder: the Library will be closed on Friday, December 23rd, Saturday, December 24th, Sunday, December 25th and Monday, December 26th. We will be open Saturday, December 31st from 8:30 AM to 1 PM but closed on Sunday, January 1. Our regular hours resume on January 2nd.  Season’s Readings to all.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 8)

Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 PM, we will be showing a film based on a bestselling book. It’s about three ordinary women in Mississippi during 1962. The novel by Kathryn Stockett was a deeply moving book full of hope, poignancy and humor. Because of our Public Performance Movie License, we can’t list the title here, but to find out stop at the library or call and ask about the movie.

December 7th, 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor, is a date that will live in infamy.  It happened seventy years ago this year. We have a display in our lobby featuring pictures and replica newspapers. At 7:55 AM (local time) nearly 200 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The raid, which lasted little more than one hour, left almost 3,000 dead. Nearly the entire US Pacific Fleet was at anchor there and few ships escaped damage. Several were sunk or disabled, while 200 US aircraft on the ground were destroyed. The attack brought about immediate US entry into World War Two. Our collection includes film and books for you to explore this date in history. 

The Friends of the Reedsburg Library Holiday Gift Fund is in fill swing already 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 are posted in the library. This week’s “Thank You” goes out to Jean Smith, Christine Schrank, Jeanette Rose, Dale Emery, and Norma Hammer. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

If you missed the eBook reader workshop that was held on TuesdayDec. 1st , it is being repeated on Thursday, December 15th at 6:30 PM. Please call and register. 

When you are going through your cookbooks this holiday season and come across some you aren’t using think of us. We are looking for donations, of old and new local organizations cookbooks of the Reedsburg area, to add to our local history collection. They are an important documentation of our heritage. Cookbooks have sometimes been passed down from generation to generation. Having these books in our local collection will be a way of connecting to the history of Reedsburg and the many past family kitchens.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 1)

Saturday, December 3rd is the day for a once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of Reedsburg’s history. The Friends of the Library will be selling our duplicate bound volumes of the Reedsburg Free Press, Reedsburg Times and Reedsburg Times Press. The sale will include some volumes from 1872 to 1987. Purchase a volume as a gift, or to see what was happening on a loved one’s birth year, anniversary or historic event. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library.

Fifty years ago the Beach Boys (originally called The Pendletones) released their first single, “Surfin” (with “Luau” on the B-side) on Candix Records. The song was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love and was big hit on the West Coast, although it only peaked at #75 on the national pop charts. The song started a brief surf-pop craze.  Today they continue to define California popular culture, our collection includes their music but we have just added a new book by Jon Stebbins.  “The Beach Boys FAQ” explains how the band impacted music and pop culture.

The Friends of the Reedsburg Library Holiday Gift Fund is in fill swing already 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 are posted in the library. This week’s “Thank You” goes out to Neil & Susan Steiner, In Memory of Sarah Pulvermacher & Sean Connolly, Erna Schwartz, Shirley Werner. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

If you missed the ebook reader workshop a couple weeks ago, it is being repeated with more emphasis on hands on experience to download a book to your ebook devise.  Bring your questions. We are holding this workshop on Dec 6th at 10AM.  Please call and register.

Also mark your calendar for Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 PM. We will be showing a film based on a bestselling book. It’s about three ordinary women in Mississippi during 1962. The novel by Kathryn Stockett was a deeply moving book full of hope, poignancy and humor. Because of our Public Performance Movie License, we can’t list the title here, but to find out stop at the library or call and ask about the movie.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 24)

Do you need an extra special gift for the holidays this season, a high school sports picture, an ad for a classic car or would you like to honor a loved one’s birth year, anniversary or other historic event.  If these sound like good ideas come to our newspaper sale on Saturday, December 3rd from 9AM-1PM.  The Friends of the Library are offering you a chance to own a piece of Reedsburg’s history. We are offering our duplicate bound volumes of the Reedsburg newspapers from 1872 to 1987. Each bound volume covers a year in Reedsburg’s history. That is over 100 bound volumes that would make a great gift to walk down memory lane or use for art and craft projects.

Do you have an eBook reader or are you deciding whether to ask for one this Christmas? Register now for another session of our “eBooks for you” on Tuesday, December 6th at 10AM.  We also give you an opportunity to download a book from a selection of thousands of FREE library eBooks, to your device.

Life Magazine turned 75 on November 23rd. To celebrate we have on display in the lobby case magazines featuring many of the different covers throughout the years. Viewing the collection you will see what Life does best, photography.  For more iconic images we have the books “Life: The Platinum Collection” and “Life: The Classic Collection”. Both books are a nostalgic delight for photography and history bluffs. The images speak for themselves.

The Friends of the Library are once again kicking off their annual Holiday Gift Fund Drive. When you present a book or other item to your library, many others will have the opportunity to enjoy it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive was very successful last year for the purchase of new materials. Names of contributors are posted at the library. This week a “Thank You” goes out to Elliott Steiner, Penelope Steiner, Adam Steiner, Isaac Steiner, Phoebe Steiner, Dave & Sandy Champeau, Judith Stoeckmann, Lisa Petersen, and Maureen Palmer. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 17)

Join the Friends of the Library as we celebrate the Civil War Sesquicentennial on Thursday, November 17th at 7 PM.  Reedsburg High School History Teacher Dave Moon will be presenting a look at Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War. The Civil War is remembered as the most dramatic period in the history of the United States. Sectional arguments about slavery, economic policies, and the proper roles for state and national government caused a conflict that would lead to death and change the nation. At the center of this time was President Lincoln. Discover Thursday night how Lincoln with little military experience, was able to prosecute the war to a successful end. How he became known as the “Great Emancipator”.  Also discover how Lincoln was able to see sooner and clearer than anyone else that the Civil War, at its heart, was fought to protect government of the people, and for the people.

What do you like about LINKCat?  What could make it better?  Share your feedback by completing the online survey (on our web site) before November 18.  The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete.  Your input will help us prioritize future improvements.

Join us on Tuesday, November 22 @ 6:30 PM as our evening book group will be discussing “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario. Nazario tells the story of Enrique's odyssey to find his mother, after she left him with family in Honduras to go to the U.S. to provide a better life for him.  Copies of the book are on display at the library. This selection is this year’s Go Big Read book and will be moderated by UW-Madison graduate students.

Remember that the Library closes early on Thanksgiving Eve, November 23rd at 6 PM. The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th. The library book drop is always open to return library books and other materials. The outside book drop is located on the Locust Street side of the building. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat, using our online catalog. A link to it can be found on our web site.

Also mark your calendar for Saturday, December 3rd from 9AM- 1PM, we are offering a once in a lifetime chance to own a piece of Reedsburg’s history.  We are offering our duplicate bound volumes of the Reedsburg Free Press, Reedsburg Times and Reedsburg Times-Press for sale. The sale will include volumes from 1872 to 1987.  Purchase a bound year as gifts to see what was happening on a loved one’s birth year, anniversary or historic event. Check out what things cost back when or take a walk down memory lane with vintage products and advertisements. Remember antique paper and vintage ads make great art and craft projects. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 10)
Reedsburg Public Library

You hear about e-books, Nooks and Kindles in the news. Now on Thursday, November 10th at 6:30 PM you will get the chance to see what they are all about. What eBook reader’s look like, how easy it is to read the screen and more. Maybe you are trying to decide whether to ask for a “Nook” or a “Kindle” or another eBook reader for Christmas? Come and learn which one might best fit your needs. You will also discover how the library loans readers and through “Overdrive”, also loans titles for your e-reader.

Veterans Day is a time to honor the men and women who are and have served in our armed forces. November 11th is the anniversary of the Armistice, which ended the First World War after years of conflict. President Wilson issued his Armistice Day proclamation and his last paragraph set the tone for future observances:“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation”.  We have on display some books about military branches and soldiers of the past.  Come in and check it out.

Now that the World Series games are complete, you can still watch more your baseball. We have some of the greatest World Series games on DVD. We have the Minnesota Twins of 1987, Boston Red Sox of 2007, Arizona Diamondbacks of 2001, New York Yankees of 1977 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 2011 World Series one of the greatest series of all time; maybe you will see me in the stands in game 2.

Mark your calendar for next week as the Friends of the Library will commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial.  By hosting Reedsburg High School History Teacher Dave Moon, on Thursday, November 17th at 7 PM. You know about the Civil War and at the center was President Abraham Lincoln. Join us and learn how a politician from Illinois became the “Great Emancipator” and how with little military experience he was able to bring the war to a successful end.  This will be a great time to discover Abraham Lincoln because Saturday, November 19 is the anniversary of his famous Gettysburg Address.  In 1863 seventeen acres of the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg were dedicated as a national cemetery. The address Lincoln delivered in less than two minutes was later recognized as one of the most eloquent of the English language.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 3)
Reedsburg Public Library

When Leonard Franklin Slye* was born on November 5, 1911, no one had any idea that he would one day become Roy Rogers, the “King of the Cowboys,” and the positive effect he would have on the lives of so many people, but that’s exactly what happened. Over the course of 100 movies, 15 years of the Roy Rogers show on radio and television and countless personal appearances, along with his wife, Dale Evans, the “Queen of the West,” and “Trigger”, the iconic golden palomino, he was a pillar of strength, honesty, fairness, courage and decency that impacted on the lives of countless people.  In celebration of what would have been Roy Rogers’ 100th birthday, RFD-TV is honoring the “King of the Cowboys” with a spectacular 75-foot float titled “Happy Trails” in the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade®.  Checkout our collection of books, DVD’s and Roy’s radio show on CD.
 
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- World Time: Get local time anywhere. Enter the city and the word time. Example: Anchorage time--
- Perform Calculations: Want to perform a calculation? Just enter it into the search field. Example: Want to know what 15% off the full price is? Type 35 x .15 

Have you wondered what e-Book readers are all about? What they look like, how easy it is to read the screen and other questions you have about them. The current versions are much easier to read than the old e-Book readers from six years ago. The screen is easy on the eyes and it is light to hold. (Much lighter than a hardcover book). But you can test all that for yourself.  Discover how you can get library books for free on your reader. Register now for the e-Book reader workshop that will be held on November 10th at 6:30 PM. Is an e-Book reader something you might like to own or maybe just borrow from us? Christmas is less than eight weeks away. Come to the group and learn more about the choices.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 27)

Fifty years ago, one hundred twenty soldiers of Troop B, 2nd reconnaissance Squadron, 105th Armor, most from the Reedsburg area, left for Fort Lewis, Washington on active duty. During this time the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Unions and the Berlin Crisis was heated up.  The call-up disrupted the lives of the many area families, as fathers and sons once again bid goodbye to their loved ones and headed off to an uncertain future. Life Magazine, in its November 3, 1961 issue, profiled Reedsburg as Troop B packed up and prepared to leave. A farewell parade down Main Street brought out the community with a banner across Main Street that read, “Reedsburg is Proud of You Troop B 2/105 Armor”. We have a copy of that Life Magazine issue in our local history collection for viewing. The Thursday, October 26, 1961 Times Press issue also reported about the parade spectators. “The older faces recalled memories of what happened after past departures while younger faces displayed looks of innocence and bewilderment. Also said “But there is nothing innocent about war. We can only hope that another conflict does not begin and that these men will Hurry Back to Reedsburg”.  As the next 12 months passed, hostilities in Europe cooled and the troops returned home.

Make plans to join us this weekend for our Fall Book Sale. As usual we have adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction in hardcover and paperback. This sale is being held for four big days Friday, October 28-Monday 31st during library hours. Funds raised will benefit the library collections. Book donations are accepted any time during the year. Friends of the Library members can get in a day early with preview night on Thursday, October 27th from 6-7 PM.

Two of our nation’s greatest symbols are celebrating some major milestones this week. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated 125 yrs ago on October 28, 1886. This statue was a gift of friendship from the people of France. The Statue of Liberty has been a strong force in American history and often was the first glimpse of a new country for immigrants arriving into Ellis Island.  The other symbol celebrating a milestone is Mount Rushmore.  70 years ago on October 31, 1941 worked stopped on Mount Rushmore. After 14 years of work, the 60 ft tall sculpture of four US presidents who represented a value or principle of America.  Both National Monuments are featured in our lobby display case this month.

Register now for the e-Book reader workshop that will be held here on November 10th at 6:30 PM.  Are you trying to decide whether to ask for a “Nook” or a “Kindle” or another eBook reader for Christmas? Come and learn which one might best fit your needs

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 20)

Friends of the Library will be hosting speaker Theresa Kaminski on Thursday, October 20th at 7 PM. She will be discussing the life and times of singer actress Dale Evans.  Known as the buckskin-fringed “Queen of the West” and wife of Roy Rogers “King of the Cowboys”. She was a prolific songwriter, author and admired Christian lay leader. The unlikely cowgirl starred in tandem with Rogers in most of her 38 motion pictures and two television series. Evans wrote 25 songs, including the couple’s theme song, “Happy Trails”.  Hope to see you there, as October is County Music History Month.

One of the greatest players in baseball history would have been eighty on October 20th. Mickey Mantle was born October 20, 1931 and played his entire 18-year career for the New York Yankees as an outfielder and first baseman. He won 3 MVPs and appeared in 12 World Series, winning seven of them.  Fifty-years ago he was part of the chase to break Babe Ruth’s record for the most home runs in a season. His teammate Roger Maris hit the record 61 on October 1st against the Boston Red Sox. We have the new book “1961” by Phil Pepe which is an inside story of the Maris-Mantle home run chase. Pepe was a young sportswriter for the New York World-Telegram & Sun and this book is his firsthand account of that historic home run challenge. We also have the HBO documentary “Mantle” as well other books and videos about the New York Yankees.

Friday, October 28th is the 9th Annual Preschool Pumpkin Parade (Halloween Walk). Preschoolers, their parents are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join us for a parade down Main Street to “Trick or Treat” the downtown merchants. The parade will leave the library at 3 PM. Also coming up this month, on Saturday, October 29th at 9PM join others for the “Thrill the World” event in the IGA parking lot.  Watch for more information on what this event is about.

Have you been cleaning at your house and getting ready for the winter months 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 will be having our fall sale for four big days on the weekend of October 28th.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 13)

We will be hosting speaker Theresa Kaminski on Thursday, October 20th at 7 PM.  She will be discussing the life and times of singer actress Dale Evans. Dale was born ninety-nine years ago on October 31st. She is perhaps most well known for her cowgirl roles in movies and on television. But in addition to her acting career, Dale was a talented singer and prolific author. Join us for this presentation sponsored by the Friends of the Library, complete with visuals and music.

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.

It’s hard to believe that our favorite redhead and her orchestra leader husband have been gracing television sets around the world for sixty years. A real groundbreaker at the time, “I Love Lucy” was the innovator of many ideas we now take for granted; the rerun, filming before a live audience, Latino stars that double as executive producers, and even a pregnancy and birth on TV. We have the complete series on DVD as well as books for the true Lucy fan. We invite you to sit back and relive “I Love Lucy” and the magical gift that Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred have given the world since they premiered on CBS Television at 9PM on October 15, 1951.

Teens will be reading for the fun of it as the Reedsburg Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week, October 16 – 22, 2011. 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. 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 6)

If you’re a parent, you’re always looking for new ways to keep your young children occupied during long road trips, plane rides or even a grocery store visit.  No more renting DVDs or taking the awkwardly sized portable DVD player along. Thanks to the Friends of the Library we have four Playaway Views that bring education and entertainment together in a simple all-in-one video player. Built with kids in mind and exclusively for libraries, each view is ultra-durable and comes pre-loaded with only the best in kid’s video content. We only have a few titles; let us know what you think. They can be checked out for 2 weeks.

Library eBooks from Overdrive are now available on the Amazon Kindle. Previously you have only been able to download (checkout) eBooks from Overdrive on mainly the Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Sony Reader.  Now besides the Kindle you can also use other mobile devices that run the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and more. To get started, visit our web page and click on Overdrive. Or if you would like to try a Kindle or Nook we have them to check out, they are available on a first come first serve basis, check the sign behind the desk to see if currently available. They are already loaded with titles, so you can see what e-books readers are all about. Maybe you will want to own your own?

We are very happy to announce that our newspaper index is back and available on the new LINKcat. The newspaper index database provides access to indexes of our newspaper collection as well as other area libraries. Our index includes births, deaths and marriages from all Reedsburg, LaValle and Rock Spring Newspapers starting in the 1800’s.

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

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 29)

Join us on Thursday, September 29th @ 7 PM as author Sara Rath will be here at the library for a presentation on H.H. Bennett. Discover how his legacy goes far beyond his famous photos of the canyons and craggy cliffs of Wisconsin Dells. Sara has the unique ability to write entertaining fiction as well as engaging nonfiction. Her biography H.H. Bennett, Photographer: His American Landscape, published in 2010, is a well-written and sympathetic portrait of the innovative Wisconsin photographer Henry Bennett. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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, October 2nd from 11 AM-2 PM join us for an antiques and collectible appraisal event. Featuring author and antiques expert Mark Moran, who has served as a guest expert on Antiques Roadshow. If you would like to have one of your antiques or collectibles appraised please make a reservation by calling 768-READ (7323). There is a fee of $15 per item appraised with proceeds going to the library or be part of the audience for FREE.
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 "outsider" 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.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 22)

Remember that the library will close at 5PM on Thursday, September 22nd 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, visit and learn. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30AM. While the library is closed, items may be returned through our book return, located in the east wall of the library building on Locust Street. LINKcat, our online catalog will be available during the time to place holds and manage your account.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 29th at 7PM, author Sara Rath will be at the library for a presentation on Henry Hamilton Bennett. He was the photographer who made Wisconsin Dells famous. Rath will share the work and life-story of Bennett who is best known for exploring the canyons and craggy cliffs of Wisconsin Dells after the Civil War with camera in hand. But his legacy goes far beyond his photographs. Although he faced dire personal challenges, his accomplishments, both technical and artistic, granted Bennett a lasting legacy and a solid reputation in the history of photography. The Friends of the Library sponsor this free event.

The Friends of the Library will be presenting an antique and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and expert Mark Moran on Sunday, October 2nd from 11am to 2 pm. Be a part of the audience or bring your own item. There is a fee of $15 per item appraised and proceeds go to the library.

Jim Henson one of the most widely known puppeteers in history was born September 24, 1936 and would have been seventy-five this year. An extraordinary artist and visionary, invented unique worlds and characters that remains just as vivid, original and fresh today as when they were created. As a television pioneer, he brought to life some of the most memorable characters including,
Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, Rowlf, Bert and Ernie, Gonzo, Animal, Miss Piggy and Oscar the Grouch. These are a few of his puppets or Muppets that captured the hearts of children and adults alike in television and film.  Check out our display of DVDs and books of the life and works of Jim Henson. Our display includes the 2005 “its Not Easy Being Green” which offers a testament on life, friendship, individuality and creativity from Henson and his characters. Jim Henson was born in Greenville, Mississippi and spent his early years nearby in Leland, Mississippi.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 15)

It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. It’s time to meet the Muppets on ‘The Muppet Show’ tonight”. So begins “The Muppet Show” theme song that was first played on September 13, 1976 (thirty five years ago). This show had a five-year run.  It was set in the Muppet Theatre, the show starred Kermit the Frog, a cast of Muppets. Fozzie Bear, Miss Peggy, Gonzo the Great, Rowlf, Scooter and two hecklers, Staler and Waldorf. The show has been broadcast in more than 100 countries and has spun-off into films and cartoons. We have the first season on DVD so you relive the shows or as the theme song says: “the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, muppetational… This is what we call ‘The Muppet Show!”

Our lobby display case is celebrating the 25th birthday of American Girls, which made its debut on September 15, 1986 with three dolls: Samantha, Kirsten and Molly. They were born as a series of books, dolls, clothes and accessories centered on nine-year old fictional characters from different times in history.  Since then, 132 million American Girl books and 18 million dolls have been sold. Over the past 25 years, the company has grown to include more historical characters, as well as baby dolls and a line of modern-day girl dolls. The original American Girl books told historical tales through the eyes of one child. Molly for instance is growing up in World War II (Meet Molly: An American Girl) while Addy is a slave during the Civil War (Meet Addy: An American Girl).  Each of these nine-year old fictional heroines live during important times in America’s past, providing “girl-sized” views of significant events that shape our country.  They have brought history alive for millions of children.

The Library has been busy this week as we started back with our fall programming and regular library hours. We are now open Saturday 9AM-4PM and Sunday NOON-3PM.  Also make note that the library will be closing early on Thursday, September 22 at 5 PM for staff training. 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, visit and learn. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30 AM. While the library is closed, items may be returned through our book return, located on the east wall of the library building on Locust Street. LINKcat, our online catalog will be available during the time to place holds and manage your account.

Reedsburg Public Library (Sept 8)

The New Orleans Saints go marching into Lambeau Field on Thursday, Sept 8th to kick off the NFL season with a meeting between the last two Super Bowl champions. Check out our display of books about the Saints and the Green Bay Packers. We have Sean Payton’s book “Home Team” which is an inspirational story of a city recovering from disaster and team with a history of heart-break, seen through the eyes of the coach who taught them both how to win. For the Packers fan we have been adding new materials to relive the glory of the past season. “Green, Gold & Glorious” by the Green Bay Press-Gazette commemorates the season with stories and great photos from early season momentum to complete courage of Super Bowl XLV. We have other books and the Super Bowl XLV champion’s DVD.

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! Complete list fall programs for children’s and families can be found on our web site.

Sunday is the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001. This date each year is declared as Patriots Day in commemoration of the terrorist attacks on the United States. You find some resources on our web site including a book list of fiction titles dealing with September 11th and some online resource. We also have added new titles including “A Place of Remembrance” which tells the emotional story behind the creation of the National September 11th memorial and powerful connection we all share through the triumph of the human spirit.  Check out our display of books to honor and remember.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 1)
Reedsburg Public Library

The library will be closed on Monday, September 5th 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 and our online reference desk are also open while we are closed! On Tuesday, September 6th we will resume our regular hours which are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon – 3:00 p.m.

The library offers online information resources called Library Databases. They provide access to resources across a wide topic and subject areas. Such as: the arts, genealogy, academic research, home improvement, auto repair, business and much more. Library databases provide access to published information sources such as magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, journals and other resources. Database content may often be searched by: keyword, title, author or subject. You can find the Library Databases on our home page under “Information Resources”, all you need is a library card to access most of them from home because they’re made available by your library, the South Central Library System, the Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction through the BadgerLink project, and LSTA funding through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Seventy-five years ago on September 7, 1936 Charles Hardin Holley was born in Texas, known professionally as Buddy Holly, a pioneer of rock and roll. Although his success lasted only a year and a half, he has been described as the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll. With a backup band called The Crickets, Holly wrote hits like the chart topping “That’ll be the Day” and “Peggy Sue”.  We have a few Buddy Holly albums in our music collection as well as books about him and “the day the music died”. Did you know on his final tour 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 flu? Also that Bobby Vee then aged 15 replaced Buddy at the next stop in North Dakota. His performance was a success, setting in motion a chain of events that made Vee’s career as a popular singer.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 25)
Reedsburg Public Library

Using the new LINKcat, you may have noticed that the “Don’t Miss Lists” page has not been available.  BUT it is now back with new titles for August 2011 and the best seller lists. The new titles lists are still a work in progress and will continue to be refined in the coming months.

Several popular books have been in theatres this summer as feature length films. Movies based on the following books:  “Something Borrowed” now on DVD is based on Emily Giffin’s “Something Borrowed”.  “The Help” is based on the best seller with the same name by Kathryn Stockett. “One Day” tie-in book is by David Nicholls.

Top 10 Free Things to do at your library:
1) Get on the Internet (use your library card to log onto our computers or bring your laptop to use free wireless). 2) Get the newest books. 3) Get the newest DVDs. 4) Get the newest CDs. 5) Place a hold on back issues of your favorite magazines. 6) Bring the kids to storytimes. 7) Download audiobooks onto an iPod, or MP3 player or to your computer, or burn to disk. 8) Attend educational and entertaining programs. 9) Access numerous library databases (business, investment, literature, genealogy and lots more). 10) Get a library card it’s free too! (Bring a photo id with your current address to your library and get started today!)

Did you know it was five years ago on August 24, 2006 when our solar system again had only eight official planets? After eight days of debate, the International Astronomical Union voted to demote Pluto from planetary status and reclassify it as a dwarf planet. We have many books and videos about Pluto including the new true book by Elaine Landau “Pluto from Planet to Dwarf”.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 18)
Reedsburg Public Library

During the 1992 Democratic Convention, we heard Bill Clinton say, “ I still believe in a place called Hope”. Sixty-five years ago in Hope, Arkansas on August 19, 1946, Virginia Blythe gave birth to her son, William Jefferson Blythe, III. Named for his father who died before he was born, he grew up to become Bill Clinton the 42nd president of the United States.  Our lobby display case features several August birthdays and includes a wooden replica of a house in Hope where Bill Clinton learned many life lessons that later defined his presidency and his emergence as a global statesman.  We also have a display of books by and about the Clintons including an audio called “Bill Clinton Collection: selections from Clinton Music Room”.  This cd is of music selections that were personally selected by President Clinton for this unique collection.

Have you heard of Gordon? That was one of our genealogy questions last week. It’s the name of a telegraph station established between Reedsburg and LaValle when the Chicago and Northwestern built a second track. The origin of the name is unknown unless it is for William W. Gordon, president of a railroad in Georgia. If you wondered about how towns in Wisconsin got their name try Robert Gard ‘s book “The Romance of Wisconsin Place names”.

On our web site you will find a link to the Sauk County Budget Survey for 2012. The Sauk County Finance Committee is looking again this year for input on the importance of programs and services provided by the county (like your library). Take time to respond to the survey. If you don’t have a computer at home come into the library to use the ones here.

We are busy planning our fall programs now that our summer programs are coming to an end. Sign up for storytimes starts on Monday August 22. Check the calendar on our website for the most up to date list of our fall programs. There is something for everyone from two different book discussion groups for adults to the kids and teen programs. The Friends of the Library’s popular Speaker Series starts in September. Author Sara Rath, from Spring Green, will share the life story of H.H. Bennett, the man who made Wisconsin Dells famous and his lasting legacy on Thursday, September 29th at 7 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 11)

The Friends of the Library held another successful book sale over Reediculous Day Weekend. Thanks to everyone who volunteered at or visited the sale. The proceeds will help the Friends of the Library in their purchases of DVDs and audio books this year.  Mark your calendar for our next one October 28-30. When you are cleaning, remember the library before throwing away books, CDs and DVDs in good used condition. These gifts will not only replenish our stock of materials for our book sales but also will recycle the items to other people for their enjoyment and benefit.

By request of our patrons we have created an Amazon.com Wish List. Those of you who purchase items for Reedsburg Library will become a part of the library’s history and have made a difference in the lives of Reedsburg area readers. We will continue to place items on the list, which can be accessed from our website. The list will consist of books, DVDs and CDs that you can purchase and donate to the library, helping to meet an immediate and specific need.
 
On August 13, 1961 fifty years ago in the early morning, the East German government closed the border between the east and west sectors of Berlin with barbed wire fence to discourage further population movement to the west. The Berlin Wall was a symbol of the Cold War till 1989 when it opened after twenty-eight years. The radio broadcast of this historical moment is included in “We Interrupt This Broadcast” by Joe Garner. This book also includes many other historic broadcasts. W.R. Smvser’s “Kennedy and the Berlin Wall”, tells the story of the Berlin Crisis and the authors experience as a diplomat in Germany during the period. “Tear Down This Wall” by Romesh Ratnesar, provides an account of President Reagan’s defining moment, his speech and his relationship with Gorbachev.

It’s the time of the year for you to discover your inner-Elvis, as its Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee. As you would imagine, Elvis Week is the time when worshippers from all over the globe pay homage to the main man. We have a display of books and music in commemoration of the man who changed the face of 20th-century, music. Thanks to the Friends of the Library we have a few CDs from the “Follow that Dream” collector series. These Elvis titles include material from previously unreleased studio sessions and concert recordings. Just added is “Elvis-Live in Vegas” which features a great complete concert from Elvis opening Vegas season in 1969. Elvis received critical acclaim for these shows.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 4)
Reedsburg Public Library

Bargain hunters and Book Lovers take note! The Friends of the Reedsburg Library will be holding a fundraising sale of hundreds of adult and children fiction and non-fiction books in hardcover and paperback. The Reediculous Days Book Sale is Friday and Saturday August 5 & 6 during regular library hours. Funds raised will be used to purchase DVD sets and audio books. If you have books you would like to donate bring them to the library.

America’s favorite redhead was born one hundred years ago on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Lucille Ball was a film and television pioneer and comedienne.  It’s also hard to believe that our favorite redhead and her orchestra leader husband have been gracing television sets this year for sixty years.  Our lobby display case is remembering Lucy and the groundbreaking “I Love Lucy” show which has been seen in over seventy countries.  Just image you can hear Ricky tell Lucy that she cannot be in the show in China, Finland, Egypt, Turkey and Holland. You can hear Lucy try to sing in Flemish, Greek, Japanese, Norwegian and Thai. It’s truly an international phenomenon!
Our DVD collection of television programs includes the complete series of “I Love Lucy”. So sit back and relive the magical gift that Lucy, Ricky, Ethel and Fred have given the world since they premiered on CBS Television in 1951.

Did you know that libraries preserve the past?  Here at the Reedsburg Library we are the repository of community history, oral narratives, and audiovisual records of events and culture. We have just added to our circulation collection DVD copies of the Reedsburg Area Veterans Memorial dedication from July 4th and “Unsung hero”, a short NBC-15 piece about World War Two veteran Lynn Krug.  Also added to our music collection are recordings of the varsity/concert band of Reedsburg High School in 1964 and 1965. There were made into CD’s from record copies. The library always welcomes donations of family histories, local histories, local cookbooks, photographs, and yearbooks for its collection.

Some of our summer programs have ended but there are still activities going on through the month of August. Check the calendar on our website (www.reedsburglibrary.org) for the most up to date list of activities still meeting this month.

Reedsburg Public Library (July 28)

While we are still in summer, we are planning our Fall Schedule of programs. We are seeking input from parents and caregivers who attend our storytime sessions. With the addition of 4K to the Reedsburg School District, we are looking to see if different times and dates would be better. An online survey is available on our web site or paper copies are available in the children’s area of the library.

Make plans to join us on Friday, August 5th and Saturday, August 6th for our Reedikulous Days Book Sale. As usual we have adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback. Funds raised will benefit the library collection. Book donations are accepted any time at the library. Friends of the Library members can get in a day early with preview night on Thursday, August 4th from 6-7 PM.  Become a member to get this first look.

It’s the time of the 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 some 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.

Finding new fiction and non-fiction is an adventure for those who love to read. And NoveList Plus is an exciting tool that gives readers new ways to expand their literary experience. NoveList Plus links seamlessly with our LINKCat (online catalog). This means that once you’ve found a title, you can immediately determine which SCLS member public libraries own the book, and whether it’s available for checkout. Experience books like never before! The link for it and the mobile version is available on our home page.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 21)

Last week, the man who created “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch”, two of the most affectionately ridiculed and enduring television sitcoms of the 1960s and 70s died. Sherwood Schwartz was 94. Both of the the shows have not left television since they first premiered. Their theme songs are part of Americana. They both had hit reunion movies, cartoon series and hits on Broadway.   He has written “Inside Gilligan’s Island” a three hour tour through the making of a television series and the 2010 “Brady Brady Brady” the complete story of the Brady Bunch. We have both books available in our collection as well as the complete series of both shows in our DVD collection. Sherwood Schwartz brought laughter and comfort to generations; he will be on our televisions forever.

July 21, 1861, one hundred fifty-years ago, the First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas was fought in Prince William County, Virginia. It was the first major land battle of the Civil War.  Thanks to the Friends of the Library we have the National Park Civil War Series of books which brings the incredible drama, horror and glory of the war to you in a handy, readable format. Each title in the series is a must for anyone interested in America’s Civil War. Did you know you can see pictures of local Civil War Soldiers on our website? We have a collection of the 19th Infantry Wisconsin Company A tintype photos in our local history photographic collection.

There is still time to read or listen to seven books in our Adult Summer Reading Program. The program runs until August 31st.   Just fill out a reading form with your seven books, and then get a free library logo can cooler and a Wisconsin Historic Sites pass. Your entry will be entered in a drawing for more prizes at the end of the summer. Prizes include note cubes, travel mugs, and gift certificates from Touchdown Tavern and Corner Pub.

Mark your calendars, tell your friends to stop at the library on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 for our huge Reedikulas Day Book Sale. We will have a large new selection of items since our last sale. So there will be hundreds of paperbacks and hardcover books and more.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 14)

Thirty-five years ago our country celebrated its Bicentennial on July 4th, 1976.  The City of Reedsburg celebrated as the “City of Flags” a unique designation which no other city in the nation enjoyed. There were fifty-two special events during the year long celebration and flags were flown 24 hours a day during the year. We have in our collection the pamphlet “Reedsburg, City of Flags” which is filled with pictures, and information on all of the events and the citizens who put on the celebration. This year the city added a new memorial, the Reedsburg Veterans Memorial. Thirty-five years ago a monument was dedicated on July 5, 1976 on the north side of the Baraboo River Main Street Bridge. The Bicentennial Monument commemorates Reedsburg’s participation in the Nation’s Bicentennial and as a memorial to all who helped settle our community. Did you know the ax on the side of the Wisconsin pine timber was used by the Kleeber Family when they settled in the area. In 2076 we will discover what’s included in the time capsule inside the base of the monument.

Also during the Bicentennial year thirty-five years ago on July 20, 1976 at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Hank Aaron hit his 755th and final home run. He finished his career that year with the Milwaukee Brewers and is now one of the greatest living baseball players. Hank Aaron is the author of three books including “I Had a Hammer”, his 1991 autobiography. We also have many books by and about 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. It 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. For more about County Stadium try Gregg Hoffmann’s book “Down in the Valley” which is a complete history of Milwaukee County Stadium filled with pictures from the first game to the last.

 

If you’re one of the many patrons anticipating the return of the Don’t Miss Lists in LINKcat, some are now available!  Once you’re in LINKcat, look for the link near the top of the right side of the screen. The lists for new material are still being developed. Both Barnes & Noble (www.bn.com) and Amazon (www.amazon.com) both offer lists of book and DVD releases coming soon, many of which you can already place on hold.

The Inside Story @ Your Library
(July 7)

Have you notice that your local library seems especially busy this time of the year. We have nearly 600 children, teens and adults signed up for summer library programs in this first month. Studies show that summer library programs offer many benefits for adults as well as children, 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.

What do you do on summer Saturdays?  Go to the beach?  Check out some
yard sales? Work on the lawn?  Do chores around the house?   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 8:30
a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.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---its all @ your library!

Happy 90th Birthday to Anne Francis Robbins, better known as Nancy Reagan, former First Lady and wife of Ronald Reagan. She was born on July 6, 1921 and became a movie star under the name of Nancy Davis. We have just added the DVD “Nancy Reagan: Role of a Lifetime” where she reflects on her childhood, her life as an actress, her marriage to Ronald Reagan and her role as his most trusted adviser. She is also the author of “My Turn” and “I Love You, Ronnie letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan”.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 30)

On July 4th we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with picnics, parades and fireworks. But did you know Reedsburg celebrated its first celebration on July 4, 1849. The account from Merton Krug’s “History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley” is featured on our web page this week.  Remember the library will be closed on Monday, July 4th. Our book drop on the Locust Street side of the building will be open and LINKcat will be available to place holds on items, check what is available or look at your account. Our regular summer hours will resume on Tuesday, July 5th.

Remember your childhood visiting historic sites like Circus World, Stonefield, Villa Louis and others across the state, when you connected with the past at the very places where history happened.  You can get a complimentary pass for any Wisconsin Historic Site as part our Adult Reading Program. Read or listen to seven books to receive a Library Can Cooler and a Historic Pass and have your forms entered in a drawing for more prizes at the end of the summer. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for your support of this program.

Typically available only to sportswriters, broadcasters and front office staff, we have just added, thanks to a donation, a complete collection of 2011 Media Guides for each Major League Baseball team. The guides are a perfect publication for the baseball fanatic. They contain records, statistics, team information, opponent information and background on the minor league system you cannot find anywhere else. They give over 100 pages worth of player bios and information on this years squad and final year by year statistics for each season of that teams history.

There are still all kinds of programs left this summer, be sure to check out our schedule of summer events, in the Parks & Recreation Brochure, our Summer Library Program brochure or online at www.reedsburglibrary.org. Our use the QR code to visit our SLP information page.

(You will need a QR Code Reader on your smartphone. If you don’t know what that is check with us.)

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 23)

Be sure to stop by the library tonight, June 23, to catch area performer Diane Michaels.  She is performing for a family program at 6:30 in the main library area.

  On June 25, 1876 (135 years ago) Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, leading military forces of more than 200 men, attacked an encampment of Sioux Indians led by Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse near Little Bighorn River, Montana. Custer and his force lost their lives in about two hours in the Battle of the Little High Horn. Learn more from acclaimed historian Dee Brown in the book “Showdown at Little Big Horn”, including events through the eyes and ears of the participants.  “They Died With Custer” by Douglas Scott is about the archaeological reclamation of the battlefield site of the Little Big Horn. You can follow Gen. Custer expedition of the west in Paul Horsted’s “Exploring with Custer: 1874 Black Hills Expedition” and “Crossing the Plains with Custer”. Both books are filled with beautiful landscape photographs then and now with GPS coordinates to visit varied landscapes. Check them out at the library.

  Did you know that you could get Blu-ray DVDs from the library? We are one of several libraries in our system that circulates them, and you can find Blu-rays in LINKcat. Watch we are starting to add a few titles each month.

  It will finally be the first weekend of summer; 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 long rainy days.
6.  Get audio books 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.                                                            
10. Be sure to just have fun, enjoy yourself this summer, and relax! (We have air conditioning here at the library.)

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 16)

Last week Lilian Jackson Braun the prolific best-selling author of a series of humorous mystery stories involving a pair of domesticated felines died.  She wrote 31 books, 29 of them the Cat who titles. We have many of them in print and audio including “The Cat Who Could Read Backwards” and “The Cat who Ate Danish Modern”, her first 2 books. Her books reached the prestigious New York Times best-seller list for twenty consecutive years. She was unable to finish her last book “The Cat Who Smelled Smoke”. She was 97 years old.

Also last week James Arness died. He presided over the frontier town of Dodge City as television’s most enduring western hero, Marshall Matt Dillion of the two-decade long series “Gunsmoke”.  We have the first seasons on DVD so you can re-watch Matt Dillion on the dusty streets of Dodge City, Kansas. The show ranked among the most popular programs year after year and was the last western on TV at the time it was canceled in 1975.

“I now feel that the time is come when even a woman or child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak”. These were the sentiments that prompted Harriet Beecher Stowe to write the antislavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, which changed the way countless Americans viewed slavery and changed the history of America. She was born two hundred years ago on June 14, 1811.  It is said that during the Civil War, when Harriet Beecher Stowe was introduced to President Lincoln, his words to her were, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war”.  We have “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in our collection as well as other recommend titles about the Underground Railroad and her life and times.

Did you know we have extra copies of popular books and movies on our Free Rental cart, commonly called “It’s Your Lucky Day” cart? You can wait for your name to come up on the Hold List or just stop by and check the blue cart. We may have what you’re waiting for! Theses Rental items are a great way to find the latest books and movies right away.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 9)

With budgets tightening up everywhere, many people are cutting back on summer vacations. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t despair; come to the Library where you can take as many vacations as you would like ABSOLUTELY FREE. Embracing our summer reading theme for children “One World, Many Stories” we will be offering programs and activities designed to bring faraway lands and people close enough to touch. The reading program has kicked off, complete information and programs dates can be found on our library website. Even adults are invited to read or listen this summer. For seven books you will receive a library can cooler and a Wisconsin Historic Sites Pass. Also you will be entered in a drawing for more prizes at the end of summer. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for their support of this program.

Andy Griffith actor, and Grammy award winning gospel singer celebrated his eighty-fifth birthday on June 1.  He is best known for his leading character role on the “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock”. You can relieve your memories of Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee and the rest. Stop by the library and pick up a copy of Aunt Bee’s Cookbook or watch an episode on DVD. Did you know that: The Andy Griffith Show ranked among the top ten television shows in the nation during each of its eight original prime time seasons. We also have “Matlock” on DVD and via LINKcat “A Face in the Crowd” the 1957 film that he gained prominence in the starring role of Elia Kazan’s epic film.

 Also from Hollywood this week is Michael J. Fox 50th birthday. The Canadian actor, author was born June 9, 1961. He is best known for his role has Marty McFly in the “Back to the Future” trilogy and as Alex P. Keaton from “Family Ties”. We have both available on DVD as well as his years as Mike Flaherty on “Spin City” for which he won an Emmy. He is also the author of three books “Lucky Man: A Memoir”, “Always Looking Up” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future”.

People are still discovering our collection of Playaways. They are the simplest way to listen to an audio book and June is right time as its National Audio book month. Playaways come preloaded with one book and take one battery to play. We even have batteries you can check out. You just simply plug in earphones and enjoy. Playaways allow bookmark insertions, remember where you stopped listening and adjust the speed of the narrator’s voice. They work with most headphones, speakers or car adapters.  Our collection includes novels, biographies, learning a language, business topics and best sellers. Playaways are available for a 4-week check out and are also available from other libraries via LINKcat. For a list of titles available in Playaway format, search LINKcat using the keyword Playaway. 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 2)

Monday was Memorial Day originally known as “Decoration Day” because of the tradition of decorating the graves of those who had died in the Civil War.  This year we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. One of the Civil War Military parks is Vicksburg National Military Park, which commemorates the campaign, siege, and defense of Vicksburg.  Today there are over 1340 monuments in the Vicksburg Park and you can take a tour from your favorite chair. We have the guided tour of the park on DVD and audio CD. Wisconsin was represented by 17 units of infantry, cavalry, and artillery in the Union army that besieged the city in 1863. The Wisconsin Monument at Vicksburg Park was dedicated one hundred years ago on May 22, 1911 at the cost of $90,644. It stands 122 feet in height and has a bronze statue of “Old Abe” the war eagle, mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry, sitting atop the monument. This memorial features bronze tablets with the names of the 9,075 Wisconsin troops who fought at Vicksburg. Learn more about Wisconsin’s role during the Vicksburg campaign and siege with the 1914 book “Wisconsin at Vicksburg”.  

Add sparkle and glamour to your DVD watching this June with the one and only Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn would have turned 85 on June 1st this year. It’s an anniversary that brings up intriguing questions such as if she were still alive, what would she look like? Would her iconic status also have survived? On June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, Norma Jean “Marilyn” was born; twenty years later she bleached her hair blonde and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. This most famous actress in the world died in 1962; however she lives on through her films. We have several of her hit movies on DVD. Check them out! Did you know that Marilyn had a sister? Few knew that until the book “My Sister Marilyn” by Berniece Miracle told the story she kept private for fifty years. It includes more than forty photographs of Marilyn with her family and friends.

Remember that our Summer Library Program begins on Monday, June 6 for kids, teens and adults. Complete information is available on our web site. Or stop in and pick up brochures of all the summer programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 26)

Harmon Killebrew, an iconic Minnesota Twin known for his prodigious home runs and humble demeanor, passed away last week at the age of 74.  He was the face of the Minnesota Twins franchise for 14 seasons after they moved from Washington DC to Minnesota before the 1961 season.  Of course, I never saw him play, never watched him muscle one of his mighty 573 home runs. But it was a great honor ten years ago when I met Harmon Killebrew on the field in Minnesota. He was nicest and humblest person that day at the Metrodome, something I have never forgotten. Did you know he was among the players who were contestants on the TV show, “Home Run Derby”. We have many episodes of the show on DVD and you see how he does against Willie Mays and others.  When he played for the Twins they played outside in Bloomington at Met Stadium, which is now the site of the Mall of America. Harmon hit a 520 ft. home run there.  A baseball seat is hanging inside the Mall marking the location. You can discover more about the stadium with the book “Twins at the Met” which is packed with recollections and candid comments from those who were there.  We also have many other books with capture the rich and colorful history of the Minnesota Twins and their first legend Harmon Killebrew in our baseball selection.

Are you planning your summer activities and don't want to miss our summer program events? Now available on our web site is a complete list of events and information on the summer library program. Our program has activities for all ages. Registration starts the week of June 6th.
 
We can help you plan your Memorial Day Weekend with books on camping, hiking and walking. May is National Barbecue Month; you can get involved in this celebration by checking out a grilling book that is filled with the season’s sauciest recipes.  One of the newest books in our collection is “Deen Bros. Get Fired Up” in which they share over 135 recipes of food that’s meant for paper plates and lots of napkins.

Summer Library hours start Memorial Day Weekend.
Our summer hours are: Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm, Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Sunday Closed.  The library will be closed on Memorial Day, May 30th, to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us. Our book return will be open, which is located on the Locust Street side of the building. Remember LINKcat is available on our web site to request and renew materials during the holiday weekend

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 19)

Well last week the eyes of the nation were on Memphis, Tennessee as the Mississippi flood makes history destroying the mid-south and delta on the way to the gulf. Memphis is known nationally for many things, from being the home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n’ Roll. It is the birthplace of the blues on Beale Street, the home of some of the world’s best barbeque and the central location for some of the world’s most renowned businesses. It has a soul like no other city in America’s Mid-South. We have some books that will help you experience Memphis from the mighty Mississippi to Beale Street and beyond. “Memphis Then and Now” takes you on a tour with amazing then and now photographs of the city. If you enjoy shadowy spirits tales try our new book “Haunted Memphis” by Laura Cunningham is filled with fright, history and ghostly legends. You can also pay homage to their music heritage of blues, soul and rock we have music and books about Stax Records and Sun Records.

The Major League Baseball season is in full swing, if you aren’t going to make it to any games this season, you can batter up at the library. We have many classic baseball games on DVD or some classic baseball books like Jim Kaplan’s “Greatest Game Ever Pitched”.   This new book is about the famous one-fun baseball game between the Milwaukee Braves and the San Francisco Giants in 1963. The game lasted 16 innings and ended in a Willie Mays solo home run.  We also have many biographies of players, books about stadiums and many team media records books.

Did you know it was sixty years ago that four little league teams started play in Reedsburg. This was the first little league teams in the state of Wisconsin. On May 29, 1951 the first game was held as VFW vs. Hankscraft and the Legion vs. Kiwanis. The official opening was not held until June 15th when the uniforms were delivered. You can discover more about that historic season in an article by Ruth Burmester which was featured in the 1998 book Reedsburg Remembers 150 years.

Are you planning your summer activities, you won’t want to miss our summer program events? Now available on our web site is a complete list of events and information on the summer library program. Our program has activities for all ages. Registration starts the week of June 6.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 12)

If you visited the library in person or online recently, you probably noticed that we made our transition to new software. We’ve appreciated your patience as we learn the new system and work out bugs. Please ask if you have questions-we’re happy to help!

Why do I have fines for things I haven’t returned?In our old system, fines were not assessed until an item was returned or renewed. However, our new system assesses fines as soon as they are overdue. The rules for calculating fines has not changed so you will not end up paying anymore or less than before.

Tips for Narrowing DVD Searches: add “DVD” after the title, use advanced search and choose DVDs from the format drop-down menu, enter a publication date range in advanced search.

More Did You Know about New LINKcat?:  

  1. You can keep a history of materials you check out,
  2. When you’re in your account, any column header with the double arrows mean you can sort the table by that column,
  3.  If you make a spelling error, LINKcat will suggest other spellings,
  4. If you add items to your cart, you can place them all on hold at once when you’re done searching,
  5. New LINKcat allows access to the catalog 24/7,
  6. Online tutorials are available through the help link in LINKcat.

We are always accepting donations of books and materials related to the history of the Reedsburg Area for the Local History Collection. We have just added “The Wit and Wisdom of Grandma Pat” which is a collection of Pat Hyzer’s columns in the Reedsburg Independent.  You can find her views of the latest current event or take a look back at Reedsburg’s past through her columns. The library welcomes donations of family histories, local histories, local cookbooks and photographs for its collection.

Are you “Googling” and browsing for all the wrong answers? Ask someone who can find the right answers 24/7 at the “Ask us a question” button on the bottom of our web page. AskAway is a statewide virtual reference project and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by academic and public librarians around the country. This service is provided through an online chat. Questions can also be submitted through email. Just click the “Ask us a question” button on our homepage and “AskAway”.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 5)

  Were you one of the many moviegoers enchanted by the Oscar winning movie, “The King’s Speech”? Were you wondering how accurate the movie was?  Here’s your chance to find out the rest of the story.  Check out the book! It is apparently a biography of Lionel Logue as well as King George VI, because it devotes a great many pages to Logue's work with King George VI.  Lionel Logue was a vocal coach to King George who helped create modern speech therapy.   The authors, Mark Logue (Lionel’s grandson) and Peter Conradi utilized the private diaries kept by Logue to present a detailed, insider's view of the special relationship Logue enjoyed with the King. Copies of this book are available in our online catalog, LINKcat.

  Thank you for your patience and goodwill as we continue to adjust to our new computer system and you continue to adjust to the new LINKcat. We know there are some things that need fixing and some issues to work out. Staffs at both our library and the South Central Library System are responding to patron questions and known problems as quickly as they can. Please continue to use our LINKcat online form at http://help.linkcat.info/ask/suggestions.html.  Because we are answering more questions than usual at this time, please feel free to stop or call us with questions concerning fines and overdues. If you would like to learn more about the new LINKcat, check out the online help and video tutorials. We will also be holding training sessions later in May. Watch for the dates. We will keep you posted about changes and reintroduction of missed features like our Newspaper Index and the Don’t Miss Lists. 

  Did you know the classic George R.R. Martin’s best-selling “A Song of Ice and Fire” series is a series now on HBO called “Game of Thrones”? This is a perfect time to re-discover the series of fantasy novels before the long awaited next book, “A Dance with Dragons” comes out this July.

  On Friday, May 6 at 10 am the library will be hosting a presentation for Medicare recipients and their family and friends. Retirement expert Mike Lew will present information on how to take advantage of programs for low income Medicare Recipients as well as the many services offered by the local ADRC. Mike will have informational handouts, he will answer questions about the programs, and he will assist with applications for those that might qualify.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 28)

Remember the book sale is this weekend (April 29-May1) during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available as well as magazines. The profits from this book sale benefit the library’s collection. Friends of the Library Preview Night is Thursday April 28  from 6-7 PM.

Watching the construction in downtown Reedsburg makes us remember what it used to look like. This site at the corner of Park and Main Streets was home to the old Ford Garage. The garage was first constructed in 1913 and by 1916 it was a three story cement block structure. All car, truck and tractor repairs were done on second floor with the aid of an elevator. Cars were stored on the third floor. By 1982 the Ford dealership closed, it was one of the twelve oldest dealerships in the country and the oldest in Wisconsin. The building was torn down in 1994.  Pictures of the dealership inside and out are part of our online collection of historic photographs of the Reedsburg area. We have over 5,000 images from Reedsburg, LaValle, Loganville, Rock Springs, Plain and Ironton.

I bet you have discovered the new LINKcat which underwent a complete overhaul last week. The new LINKcat is available 24/7, it will offer improved searching and browsing features, you will have the ability to create multiple, unlimited private lists, and you will have the option to save your reading history.  The link to our catalog is still on our home page and the new LINKcat remains a work in progress, as the software development continues. This means more functionality and features will be added over the next year, so be sure to watch for that. If you need help, South Central Library System has created a series of online tutorials designed to answer most user questions about the new LINKcat. There’s a link to the videos on our home page or click on the help when you are in LINKcat.

If you are not invited to the big wedding in London, check out our display of books about the royal family from the Queen Mum to William. One of the newest books about the marriage is Christopher Andersen’s “William and Kate” a royal love story. This book revels the intimate details of their celebrated courtship and offers a mesmerizing glimpse of the man and woman and the future king and queen they will become. 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 21)

The Library will be closed at noon on Friday, April 22 and closed all day on Sunday, April 24. We are open our regular hours on Saturday April 23. Our book return, located on the Locust Street side of the building, will be open, and LINKcat should be available to renew or reserve books and other items.

Last week our nation kicked off the four year celebration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial. The war started on April 12, 1861 when Fort Sumter was attacked. Our Lobby display case features the Civil War this month.  Publishers are releasing lots of new books about the Civil War, one of our new books is “The Civil War, the first year told by those who lived it”. This book is a collection drawn from letters, diaries, articles, poems, songs and more.

Looking at the Reedsburg area in 1861, it had a population of 1,200 people, 146 men enlisted for service, 111 during the first year of the war. Thirty-three lost their lives 8 were killed, 5 later died of wounds, 1 as the result of an accident and 19 from diseases. The first Reedsburg man to enter the Union army was Washington I. Carver, a student from Milwaukee who enlisted in Co. B 5th Reg. Wis. In 1861, this company went to Washington and was assigned to General Hancock’s division. He was wounded in 1863, and spent 9 months in hospitals but recovered to join the company on Grant’s march to Richmond.  Reedsburg supported the war early as in May 1861, a group of ladies met at the Alba House Hotel to make bandages for the army. Also a Ladies Soldiers Aid Society was organized that met weekly to make and send off supplies and goods to soldiers.  Check out our book display for more titles like “Wisconsin in the Civil War” by Frank Klement and “Exploring Civil War Wisconsin” by Brett Barker.

If it’s time for spring-cleaning at your house, we have books on cleaning out your closets, washing windows and even dusting your blinds.  The library has been cleaning and we have been receiving lots of book donations. The result is one of the largest book sales we have had in some time. It will be happening on Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. So make plans to stop at the library during one of the three big days.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 14)

Happy National Library Week! Join us in celebration with a visit from a READ Dog on Thursday, April 14th from 6-7:30 pm in the children’s area of the library.  The Reading Education Assistance Dog will be available to listen to your child read as part of the READ program. This is a unique method provides children an opportunity to improve their reading skills in a comfortable environment by reading aloud to dogs. Also it’s time to help the Reedsburg Food Pantry with our annual “Food for Fines” campaign. The Library will forgive 50¢ in fines for each food item you bring in. This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry

Remember that the popular Culvers Contest has kicked off this month. Your child can pick up an entry sheet during the month and draw a picture that represents a favorite book character they would like to meet and return it to the library by end of the month. They will receive a free Culvers ice cream cone and a chance to win Culvers kick balls. Thank You Culvers; this is the 15th year that they sponsored this event throughout Wisconsin.

Beverly Cleary is one of America’s most successful living authors. She has written 39 beloved books since 1950. She was born April 12th, ninety-five years ago in a small Oregon community without a library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent there and acted as librarian in a lodge room over the bank. There Beverly learned to love books, and later became a children’s librarian. She was the author of classics like “Mouse and a Motorcycle, Runway Ralph, Ramona” and many others. Because of her classic work she has received many awards, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder award for children’s literature. If you like her books, you might want to read more about her in her own memoirs, “The Girl from Yamhill” and “My Own Two Feet”. Happy 95th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

Remember this weekend we will be transitioning to new software for our online catalog LINKcat. As a result April 15-17 LINKcat and our automated checkout systems will not be available for use. This means service may be slower and a library card will be required for borrowing library materials. Ask at the library for more information or visit our web site for information and videos about the new system. We appreciate your patience and understanding as our staff is learning something new with you.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 7)

The Friends of the Library will welcome Taliesin Historic Researcher Keiran Murphy on Thursday, April 7th at 7 PM. She holds a master’s degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin and has worked at Taliesin since 1994. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin home in Spring Green, one of the nation’s historical and architectural treasures.. The Taliesin estate encompasses 600 acres and includes five Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings.

Next week April 10-16 is National Library Week, a nationwide observance to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers to their schools and communities. We are the heart of the community, a place where people come together for meetings, programs, research, job searching, homework assistance, a good book and a nice cup of coffee. People of all ages and backgrounds find entertainment, develop skills and come to find their place in the community. This 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 pantry. For each food item brought into the library, we will waive 50¢ in overdue library fines. This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry. You may drop off food items even if you don’t have fines. The Food Pantry appreciates your help.

New LINKcat is coming!

What does this mean for you?
During our downtime, you WILL be able to:
• Check out with your library card
• Pick up your holds
During downtime you WILL NOT be able to:
• Check out without your library card
• Pick up holds for other family members unless you have their card.
• Pay fines
• Place holds, search LINKcat or access your account online.
Additional downtime Information:
• Items WILL NOT be due during this time.
• Holds waiting for you WILL NOT expire.
• Staff WILL NOT have access to your account to provide any information.
How can you HELP us?
• If possible WAIT to return items until we are operating on new system.
• Be patient with us while we learn the new software.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 31)

Well it’s that time of the year for you to plan your springtime projects. We can help you think about planting your garden, grilling, organizing your closets or help you find some fresh cleaning ideas. If you have been doing your spring-cleaning already 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 book sale. The Friends of the Library use the proceeds from the book sale to purchase new items for our collection. We will be having a large sale this spring on the weekend of April 29th.

We have just added a new Discover Wisconsin episode to our collection of DVDs “Hill Country” which looks at the communities of LaValle, Wonewoc, Union Center, Hillsboro, Elroy and Sparta. These’s communities are connected by the same highway, but also the 400 state bike trail and the Baraboo River. This video shows great shops, down home cooking and hometown spirit in these communities. A special feature to this episode is host Stephanie Klett who has a family connection to her hometown of LaValle.

Did you know fifty years ago Elvis Presley gave one of his only concerts of the sixties as a benefit in Hawaii? The March 25, 1961 concert was used to kick-start the struggling building campaign for the USS Arizona Memorial whose fundraising efforts were stalled at the time. The concert featured Elvis and an all-star lineup of entertainers and raised just over $54,000 toward the $500,000 goal for the memorial. Because of the interest this concert generated many public and private donations were made. The memorial was dedicated in 1962. We have books and videos on the sunken battleship and the memorial, which is dedicated to remembering all those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

I bet you have driven by it, but now you can get an inside historical look at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Spring Green estate Taliesin. The Friends of the Library will be hosting Keiran Murphy at the library on Thursday, April 7 @ 7 PM. Keiran is the historic researcher for Taliesin Preservation Inc. and has worked for them since 1994. The Taliesin estate is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.  It encompasses six hundred acres and includes five Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 24)

 
Make sure you visit the library Thursday night on March 24 @ 7PM; the Friends of the Library will be sponsoring a program about how our state park land was acquired during the national conservation movement in the mid to late 1800s. Author Mary Schueller is from Richfield, Wisconsin and has published two books “Rustic Reflections of Copper Falls State Park” and “Soldiers of Poverty” which tells the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps. This program feature images that will illustrate the rustic architecture in the Wisconsin parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. (Did you know the CCC had a camp between Ironton and LaValle during the 1930’s?  The “History of Ironton” book by Delbert Winn has a short history of the camp, including many pictures of it.)  

One-half of the world’s most prolific and beloved animation teams: Hanna-Barbera was born one hundred years ago on March 24, 1911. Joe Barbera created the Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts for MGM that garnered seven Oscars. Working with Bill Hanna they provided some one hundred-cartoon series. We have many of them on DVD including the groundbreaking sitcom-style shows “The Flinstones” and the “Jetsons”.  Check out our display case featuring many of the shows we have on DVD including a vintage Wilma Flintstone doll from the sixties.

Images of our state Capital have splashed across the country lately. The history of the building and the fires that destroyed its predecessors are included in some of our books. Discover the history and take a tour with the 1991 book “Wisconsin State Capital guide and history” or Stuart Levitan’s illustrated sesquicentennial history “Madison”.  Did you know that the capital is 284 feet, 5 inches tall from the ground floor to the top of the statue on the dome, making the building three feet shorter than the nation’s capital in Washington DC.

When visiting the library, take notice of the new newspaper display rack that was purchased with funds donated in memory of Keith Pelton. The Friends of the Library give a special thank you to his family for this donation.   Did you know that the library subscribes to close to 20 newspapers, including national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune? Some state newspapers we have are the LaCrosse Tribune, Messenger of Juneau County, Home News and the Sauk Prairie Star.

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 17)

 
Sixty years ago on March 5, 1951, an accident changed music forever when a band from Clarksdale, Mississippi drove to Memphis for an audition with Sam Phillips. The band Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats began experimenting with ways to produce a decent sound.  Their amp became loose and fell from the roof of the car during the trip. They stuffed some paper into the amp and Sam chose to emphasize this during the recording. The song “Rocket 88” a reference to the popular Oldsmobile car was recorded and by June was at #1. This song has been claimed to be the first rock and roll song.  It raucous, unbridled energy certainly foreshadowed much that was to follow.  Later Sam Phillips discovered Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and others.  To learn more about Sam Phillips try the book “Good Rockin’ Tonight” by Colin Escott, which is a history of, Sun Studios or the new biography “Sun King, the life and times of Sam Phillips” by Kevin Crouch. We also have the song “Rocket 88” on the CD “Memphis celebrates 50 years of rock and roll”.

A month has passed since the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl and we have been adding new materials for you to relive the glory of the past season. “Green, Gold & Glorious” by the Green Bay Press-Gazette commemorates the season with stories and great photos from early season momentum to complete coverage of the Super Bowl XLV.  We also have other books on order, so watch for more books on the Packers 13th Championship.  Our DVD collection includes the new Super Bowl XLV champion’s disc. This disc features highlight compilations of the regular and post season games. It also features bonus items like media day and post game ceremonies. We have an additional copy in our rental collection. The Free rental cart is your chance to find a bestseller or newly released DVD. These items have a seven day checkout and 30¢ /day overdue fee but are a great chance to find an item with a very long waiting list.

Make plans to join us at the library on Thursday, March 24 @ 7 PM. Author Mary Schueller will be here for an presentation which will bring to life the story of how our state park land was acquired during the national conservation movement in the mid to late-1800s. This is a great way to honor the Devils Lake State Park Centennial this year.

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 10)

 
This week is Teen Tech Week 2011 (March 6-12), a national initiative aimed at teens, librarians, educators, parents and others to encourage teens to take advantage of libraries nonprint resources. The 2011 theme, “Mix and Mash @ your library” focuses on encouraging teens to use library resources to express their creativity by developing their own unique online content and safely sharing it by using online collaborative tools.  The library has many types of technology available including DVDs, music, gaming, video production, online homework help, social networking, tech workshops, audio books and more. Thursdays, we host an “After School is Cool” program for 5th-8th graders. Have your teen join us, this week (March 10).
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 you teach someone how to do your favorite craft.  We have a large collection of books on doing it; check out our display of them by the circulation desk.  Also on display this month is a quilt made by Kola Luetkens of Ironton, which is made of squares of different sports teams rally towels. It really is something to see, from bright yellow Green Bay Packers Title towels to a towel from St. Louis Cardinals Playoff game. (Guess the staff member that owns this quilt)  If you would rather read a fiction book involving crafts, try the booklist of crafty fiction titles from our web page.

“Remember the Alamo,” the war cry of General Sam Houston, one hundred seventy-five years ago. March 6 was the anniversary of the fall of the Texan fort that is now, San Antonio, TX. The siege, led by Mexican general Santa Ana began Feb 23 and reached its climax March 6, when the last of the defenders was slain. We have your books about Jim Bowie and Davy Crocket as well as books about the Alamo. Also in our collection, we have the classic John Wayne movie “The Alamo”,

Award winning author Jack Ezra Keats was born ninety-five years ago on March 11, 1916. He was the author and illustrator of more than 85 books for children. Including such classics as “Peter’s Chair, Whistle for Willie and The Snowy Day”. Keats was one of the first successful picture book illustrators to use African-American and Hispanic children as his central characters. We have many of his works in our collection of children’s books.

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 3)

 
You’re in a hurry, you’re in a line here at the library and the person right in front of you is checking out what seems like the library’s entire collection of Dr Seuss, T.D. Jakes and Stephen King. You feel your blood pressure rise as that little voice inside your head whispers, “You are going to be late!” At the far end of the line, you see the library staff busily scanning out books, but the line seems ominously long. The unconscious tapping of your foot is interrupted by an exasperated mumble up ahead, “Where is my card? It was just here”. Repeated anxious glances at your watch does not help, but what can you do? With no time to wait, you decide to take matters in your hands. You can now walk over to the library’s self check out machine. In mere moments, you scan your card, scan your books, and print a date due receipt. You can’t help but break into a little smile as you take your receipt and make your way to the exit. Maybe you won’t be late after all. We hope you have discovered our self-check machine which is celebrating its 3rd birthday this week. The self-check is great service that we have been excited to offer. It may be quicker, and more private, but it is just an option for checkout.  We’ll still be glad to check out your items. So come in and give our self-check a try. (We’ll be there to help if you need it).

The most popular books being checked out of America’s libraries are cookbooks which lately has overtaken health and medicine titles.  Library Journal magazine reports “67% of respondent libraries have listed cookbooks more than any other category of nonfiction circulation.  This section at our library also circulates very well. Among the top circulators right now are “The $5 dinner mom cookbook” by Erin Chase and “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics” by Ina Garten and “Pioneer Woman Cooks” by Ree Drummond.  What is leading to the interest is the economy and people’s desire to cook meals at home instead of going out; as well as the popularity of cooking shows. We have many of the cooking shows (Paula Deen, Rachael Ray, Alton Brown, Julia Child) on DVD.  Also we are adding books in special diets (gluten free, vegan) as more patrons are asking for that topic.

Did you know it was fifty years ago that John F. Kennedy signed an order that established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. The Peace Corps has made a difference in the lives of people living in developing counties and in the lives of the volunteers who work in those lands.  We have on order a new book by Stanley Meisler “When the World Calls”.  This book carries us through organization’s fifty-years of history and leaves us convinced that 200,000 volunteers really did make a difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 24)
Reedsburg Public Library
 
We now have the 1040 instruction books and most of the basic state and federal tax forms here at the library. But links to additional forms and information are available on our web site.  We also offer free income tax assistance for qualified individuals at our library through partnerships with AARP and the Sauk County Aging & Disability Center. To sign up for an appointment call the Sauk County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-800-432-3710.

The Friends of the Library start their spring series of speakers on Thursday, February 24 @ 7PM. Paul Schonfeld will talk about the recent digitization project he undertook for the library last year. He will share the history of Sauk County as depicted in the Library’s photo collections. Images are available to view on the library’s web site.  Also this spring the Friends will be sponsoring Mary Schueller and her talk about “State Park Movement of Wisconsin”. In April we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin. For more information on these programs or joining the Friends of the Library visit the library’s home page at www.reedsburglibrary.org

Last week President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to fifteen individuals; this is the highest honor that any person can receive, unless they serve in the military, from the government. One of the individuals was ninety-year old hall of famer Stan (The Man) Musial. 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 tiles and three MVPs.  Stan Musial spent 22 seasons with the Cardinals leading them to three World Series titles.  We have the new book “Stan Musial: baseball’s perfect knight”.  This book is by the St.Louis Post-Dispatch and tells his story from childhood to post-baseball through archival photos. Among the other winners were George H.W. Bush, Jean Kennedy Smith, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, Congressman John Lewis, John H. Adams, and Yo-Yo Ma. For the full list you can search the web, here at the library or from your home.

 

Getting a little tired of snow? Need a little lighter look at life? You need to think about spring.  It is just around the corner.  So start planning your flower and vegetable garden.  We have lots of gardening books to help you plan what should go where in the garden. Think spring! Think spring! Think spring!

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 17)
Reedsburg Public Library
 
Visiting the library while growing up, I remember seeing books in the children’s area with silver and gold Newbery and Caldecott Medals on them. I knew those books were extra special, awarded by the American Library Association as being the best of the best in written (Newbery) and illustrated (Caldecott) children’s books.   In January, the 2011 book winners were released.  “A Sick Day for Amos McGee” by Erin Stead won the 2011 Caldecott Medal.  Honors also go to “Dave the Potter” by Bryan Collier and “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein.  The Newbery Award for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children went to “Moon over Manifest” by Clare Vanderpool.   The Theodor Seuss Geisel 2011 award winning book is “Blink and Gollie” by Kate DiCamillo.  Each of the award winning books is available here at the library as well as many of the past winners.
Are you buying a new washing machine and want to know more about these front-loading types and see which one has the best repair record? We have Consumer Reports the magazine, but if you don’t want to visit the library, you can now access Consumer Reports via our web site. You can read the same articles you’d see in the print issue, complete with rankings and graphs. (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 let us know if having this available has been useful for you.

Remember that “February is Library Lovers Month” is a celebration of libraries of all types and is a great time to recognize the important role libraries play in our lives. Show your love of the library by making a donation, becoming a Friend’s member, volunteering at the book sale, telling your friends about us, or sharing your comments and ideas!

We have created a new facebook page for you out there in cyber world and are looking for “friends”. Our facebook updates include lots of information about library happenings, book recommendations, discussions and more. Friend us today and encourage your friends to follow us too. You can also follow us on Twitter for daily updates. Hope to see you online!

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 10)
Reedsburg Public Library
 
On Feb 7, 1867 in the big woods of northwestern Wisconsin near Pepin, Laura Ingalls Wilder was born.   The author of Little House on the Prairie and its sequels recalled her childhood across the western plains of the United States. In 2009 the Wisconsin State Historical Society published on their website more than a dozen original letters written during the Civil War by relatives of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Visit the digital collection of turning points in Wisconsin history at www.wisconsinhistory.org

We are accepting donations of books and materials related to the history of the Reedsburg Area for the Local History Collection. We have just added two new books to this local reference collection “Hidden History of Wisconsin Dells” by Ross Curry. Curry has been chronicling the Dells region for over sixty years. This book includes stories from Rock Springs, Reedsburg and Lyndon Station.  The other new book added is “My Travels with Agnes Moorehead” by Quint Benedetti.  He was Agnes personal manager and publicist for a decade. This memoir is of their time together, from giving her a pig for Christmas to travels to her farm in Ohio with stops in Reedsburg to see her mother.

Just like any other business the library looks at numbers to evaluate the past year. We set a new circulation record for the year in 2010.  Library patrons checked out 292,850 items and we welcomed 259,473 visitors through the library’s doors. By these indications the library is being very well used. We held 657 programs (including storytimes, school visits, Summer Library Programs and Evening adult programs) with a total attendance of 15,749 children and adults. If you haven’t used your Library lately, we invite you come in and see what all the excitement is about!

Library services go beyond books and printed materials. I recently ran across a list of 12 things that libraries do: Libraries sustain democracy, break down boundaries, level the playing field, value the individual, nourish creativity, open young minds, return high dividends, build communities, support families, build technology skills, offer sanctuary and preserve the past. Help us celebrate Library Lover’s Month, visit us today.

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 2)

 
Will the Lombardi trophy come home to Green Bay, Wisconsin? We will know on Sunday, Feb 6th as it is Super Bowl Sunday, the quintessential American sports extravaganza.  A new book we have relives the excitement and emotion of last year’s game. “ World Champs: The Official Behind the Scenes Perspective of the Super Bowl XLIV Champion New Orleans Saints” is the vision of Michael Hebert, team photographer.  The book offers the ultimate fan a special glimpse inside the amazing run with never before seen photos and personal quotes from the team.  We also have many past Super Bowl programs, books and the NFL Films series “America’s Game”. This forty part series profiles every Super Bowl winner using first-person accounts to tell the story of each team.

One hundred years ago on February 6th in Tampico, Illinois, President Ronald Reagan was born. Our lobby display case is remembering the former sportscaster, motion picture actor, governor and President. He was the first divorced person and the oldest to be elected president.  A visual celebration of all that is Ronald Reagan can be found in the new book “Ronald Reagan: 100 Years” which is the official centennial publication of Reagan foundation. The book offers inspiring and uplifting homage to one of America’s greatest legends.

Website of the Week: www.printwhatyoulike.com
Are you tired of wasting paper and ink when you print a page from the Internet? Try out printwhatyoulike.com to print only the parts of a webpage that you want!

Remember if the Reedsburg School District cancels classes due to weather conditions, the Reedsburg Public Library cancels all programs for children and adults on that date also. We may still be open but be sure to check before coming out in the hazardous weather.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 27)
Reedsburg Public Library
 
Remember the book sale is this weekend (Jan 28-30) during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available as well as magazines. The profits from this book sale benefit the library’s audio book collection.  The Friends of the Library Preview Night is Thursday January 27 from 6-7 PM.

“Challenger, you’re a go at throttle up”, “Roger, Houston, Go at throttle up”. Those were the last words spoken between Mission Control in Houston and the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. Moments later the shuttle disintegrated killing its seven-person crew. Can you believe it was twenty-five years ago, can you remember where you were? I still remember the statement from President Reagan that night, “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God." Our collection of space books includes astronaut memoirs that provide a detailed history of the shuttle program. “Riding Rockets” by Mike Mullane who was an astronaut in the mold of the early pioneers of NASA through his 35 years there. Another astronaut’s memoir is “Sky Walking” by Thomas Jones, its picks up where Mullane memoir leaves off, telling the story of the post Challenger shuttle program and the loss of the Columbia shuttle. Both books are testaments to humankind’s fierce desire to explore and are timely reminders that space flight remains a dangerous, but worthy adventure.

Last week the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears added another chapter to their long time rivalry. We have just added the DVD set of “Greatest Rivalries: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers”. Here are six classic games with original broadcast, which will make you experience some unforgettable triumphs for whichever team you are of fan of.

Interested in getting your taxes done, but need some forms? We are starting to get in many of the state and federal tax forms at the library. But links to additional forms and information are available on our web site.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 20)

January 20, 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration. During his short tenure, President Kennedy accomplished an extraordinary amount: the fight for civil rights, the call for public service, the peaceful removal of nuclear missiles from Cuba, the eloquent defense of West Berlin and a free Germany, the creation of the Peace Corps, the commitment to space travel and technology, and the recognition of the importance of the arts to our society. Our lobby display case is remembering the Kennedy legacy. His years had a major impact on the world, and left a legacy that continues to be felt throughout the United States and internationally. Kennedy’s presidency shaped history and inspired millions, including past and current heads of state, politicians, civic leaders and ordinary people from all walks of life.

If you have a new Blu-ray player, you may be interested to know that you can get Blu-ray discs from the library. Several libraries in our system circulate them, and you can find Blu-rays in LINKcat. Simply enter bluray in the keyword box and limit the results to Blu-ray DVD to see the available titles. If they become more popular we will look at adding them to our collection.
More and more people are turning to handheld portable devices and since Christmas one of our top questions has been about books for them (eBooks). If you have an eReader, iPad, iPod or other compatible player you should check out “Overdrive” (a link to it is on our web page). “ Overdrive” is a library resource that lets you download FREE eBooks and audiobooks for use on your personal devices. You can check them out for a week or 2 and then they disappear from your computer or ereader. Currently on our web site you will find a YouTube video that demonstrates the transfer of ebooks to an ereader.

Holiday Gift Fund Drive is about to end for another year. If you haven’t taken time to make your donation yet please do so soon.  The Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donations in for the Holiday Gift Fund. This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Brad & Maureen Palmer, Julie Workman, Susan DeBaets, Shirley Werner and Patricia Wilde. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 13)

 
Ten years ago on January 6, 2001 a fast moving fire destroyed two of LaValle’s historic buildings as heavy snow sliding from a roof struck electric wires. The weekend fire destroyed Dave’s Hardware and the River Mill Restaurant.  The wooden framed Hardware building dated back to the 1840’s and had wooden floors and high ceilings. Our historic photographic collection includes images from Jeff Seering and others of that night in LaValle. A link to the collection of fire images is available on our web site as well as other historic LaValle photos.
If you visited the Reedsburg Library anytime in the late 1980’s, 1990’s or 2000’s most likely Darlene Soback helped you find what you needed or helped with checking out your items.  During her years here at the library, there have been many changes: the library outgrew its location at 345 Vine and moved to the present location at 370 Vine, there were changes in technology and a growing library system and interlibrary loan system.  Last week Darlene retired and we wish her the best. But she assures us that we will continue to see her as a library patron that now has time to read.

The IRS recently announced that tax forms will not be mailed directly to residents this year, but commonly used paper forms will still be available at the library as they come in this month. Forms are also available online.  You can find a link on our web site

 ABC’s crime fighting show Batman premiered forty-five years ago on January 12, 1966.  The series was based on the DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane in 1939. Adam West starred as millionaire Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter ego, Batman.  Both Adam West and Burt Ward have written about their time with the series. Checkout their books “Back to the Batcave” and “Boy Wonder”.

Holiday Gift Fund Drive is about to end for another year. If you haven’t taken time to make your donation yet please do so soon.  The Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donations in for the Holiday Gift Fund. This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Jean Smith. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 6)

 
The Library will be closed @ 5 PM on Thursday, January 6 for staff training on the new and improved LINKcat system coming in mid-January.  Also the library will be closed all day on Sunday, January 16 for system migration.  Watch for more information on the New LINKcat!

January 1, 1956 fifty-five years ago, John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage” was released.  It was widely acclaimed and helped Kennedy earn national recognition. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957 and remains one of the definitive books written on both political courage and the U.S. Senate.  We have an original edition of this book as well as an audio edition that is read by his children Caroline and John F Kennedy Jr. 

Which recording artist has the most popular song this week? How long has it been on the charts? Answers to these and other questions about music and recording artists can be found on the music charts, the first of which was introduced by Billboard magazine on January 4, 1936.  Billboard, the official trade magazine of the music industry is available via the LINKcat system. Magazines can be checked out for two weeks from our library. Not only are magazines available from other libraries, but we also have a large variety of titles to choose from. (Current issues are in-library use only.)

What is the value of the library to you? To find out, just visit our home page and on the left hand column you will find a Library Value Calculator.  Now you will know how much you would pay out-of-pocket if the library didn’t exist or if these services and resources weren’t available at no cost.

Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donations in for the Holiday Gift Fund. This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to James and June Pawlisch, Walter and Susan Lloyd and Rex and Ardell Albers. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 30)

 
Just a reminder:  During the New Year’s holiday we will be open Friday, December 31 from 8:30 am to 1 pm and closed on Saturday, January 1 and Sunday, January 2nd.
Last week our column looked at the new and improved LINKcat that will be coming in early 2011. During the transition The old LINKcat and the automated checkout system will be unavailable for three days prior to the move to the new system. To help minimize Delivery backlog during this downtime, please keep library items until the specified due date. During the transition, it may take us a bit longer to process new items. If you are unable to find a new or pre-publication title in LINKcat, please contact your library for assistance.  Library staff will also be learning something new and we ask for your patience.

Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donations in for the Holiday Gift Fund.  This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it.  Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Christine Schrank, Carolyne & Jan Aslaksen, Tamara Kissack, Allene Liegel, Carolyn Vansickle, Kevin & Joleen McBride, Anonymous, Heather Rasmussen, Laura Rasmussen, Megan Rasmussen, Tayt Rasmussen, and Hollie Rasmussen. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

As 2010 comes to a close did you know: The number of items borrowed each year has increased from 158,649 in 1996 to more than 280,000 in 2010. This will be more than an 8% increase. Also that internet use will be more than 43,000 in 2010 this is more than double the use in 2003.
After the holiday and your house cleaning did you find extra books, CDs and DVDs that you are no longer using? The library is accepting these items to either add to our collection or to put in the book sale.  The Friends of the Library use the proceeds from the book sale to purchase new items for our collection. 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 23)
 
Several popular books have become feature length films and are either out on DVD or are in theaters now: Legends of the Guardians by Kathryn Lasky, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, and True Grit by Charles Portis.

In early 2011 there will be improved LINKcat as libraries in the South Central Library System will transition to a new software. Why the move? The software we are using is old and outdated. Our new software will allow us to make changes and offer features that the old software could not support. It will also provide access to the catalog 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Features of the new catalog: You can choose to save a history of everything you read, enjoy improved keyword searching features and customer information (your holds, lists, barcode numbers, password, etc.) will transfer automatically to new system. Find out more of what to expect during the transition from one system to another, next week. So stay tuned!

The Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donations in for the Holiday Gift Fund.  This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Kay & Dave Daley, Ryan, Tyson and Aysha Holtz, Mark Kvernen-Edward Jones, Harold & Carolyn Van Duser, Paul Higgins, Yvonne Brekke, Tom & Delores Geimer, Gloria Judge. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

Just a reminder: the Library will be open on Friday December 24th from 8:30 am to 1 pm but closed on Saturday, December 25th and Sunday, December 26th.  Also to celebrate the New Year’s holiday we will be open Friday, December 31 from 8:30 am to 1pm and closed on Saturday, January 1 and Sunday, January 2nd.  Season’s Readings to all.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 16)

 
You know him as Rob Petrie or Dr. Mark Sloan and from movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins. Dick Van Dyke was born December 13, 1925.  He is celebrating his 85th birthday. We have many of his films available as well the award winning Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder. He put together a treasury of classroom laughter in “Those Funny Kids!” a 1978 edition, which includes a joke about Reedsburg. On page 66 in our large print edition, you will find this joke: “Discipline is basically a parent’s job, it seems to me, and yet many parents either look to the school to do it, or shirk the job entirely. In Reedsburg, Wisconsin, the principal summoned an eighth grade boy’s parents to a conference and explained that their son was a real problem, adding, “You’ll just have to let him grow up if he is to amount to anything. Does he have any responsibilities at home at all? Why, yes replied his mother. He has to brush his teeth”.

Forty years ago on December 21, 1970 Elvis Presley paid a visit to President Richard Nixon at the White House. The meeting was initiated by Presley to become a Federal Agent at large; Egil Krogh, a White House staffer, remembers this historic meeting in his book “The day Elvis met Nixon”.  The events leading up to and after the meeting are detailed with photographs including Presley’s handwritten letter and thank you notes from Nixon for the gifts. The photos made from this meeting are most requested item from the National Archives. That includes request for the Bill of Rights or even the Constitution.

Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donations in for the Holiday Gift Fund.  This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. The Friends hope to raise more than the successful drive last year, when over $1500 was raised to purchase new materials for the library. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Kathy Horkan, Monica Liegel, Norma Hammer, Dave & Sandy Champeau, Enid Mikonowicz, Erna Schwartz, Daniel & Deborah Dee, Ken & Jeanne Benzel, Bruce & Karen Duckworth, Richard & Elizabeth Pannier, Sherri Schmitz, Dan & Karen Riebs, Mary Newport, Lorraine Grantin, Nathan Adelman, Claire Adelman, Linda Meyer, Jeanette Rose, Dorothy Sivam, In Memory of Sarah Pulvermacher, and In Memory of Sean Connolly. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 9)

Last week we heard the news of the passing of Leslie Nielsen, it reminded you of his great lines and moments, they were always with great timing and impeccable deadpan delivery.  We have some of his best moments on DVD from Dr. Rumack in “Airplane” and Lt. Frank Drebin of “Police Squad” and the “Naked Gun” movies. Did you know that the Naked Gun movie series is based from the short lived Police Squad television show? We have both on DVD and have as well, his 1993 autobiography “The Naked Truth”. 

Are you starting to feel panicked about the upcoming holiday season? Are you expecting a houseful of guests and have no idea what to feed them? Are you looking to give your friends and family homemade gifts, but have no idea where to start? If you answered ‘yes’ to just one of those questions, have no fear. We are well stocked when it comes to holiday craft and cookbooks. Now that you feel a little less stressed knowing we have the tools to help you with your preparations, you’re probably wondering where to find the books you need on our shelves. Our craft and cookbooks are found in non-fiction. This month however, they are even easier to find, as many are on display throughout the library.  Times to get busy...the holidays are just around the corner!

Web Site of the Week: (http://www.christmas-cookies.com)
For those of you who give home-made cookies for Christmas presents and want to get an early start on baking, here's a treasure house of recipes for cookies - chocolate snowflake macaroons, fudge-pecan chewies, no-bake cathedral windows, cornflake wreath cookies, low carb snickerdoodles, rosettes, and about 550 other varieties.

Remember that Santa will be the special guest at our 2nd Saturday program this Saturday, December 11th from 10:30-11:30 am.  Bring your camera to have your child’s picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus by our big tree.  There will also be other activities happening in the library’s community room.

Now you have the opportunity to present a book or other item to your library, many others will have the opportunity to enjoy it. Here is your chance to do just that. The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund Drive has started. For $5 and up you can suggest the item of interest. This week we thank Phil & Jan Hasler and Mary L. Baumgarten for their donation. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 2)

November 21st, Stan Musial turned 90 years old.  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.  We have just added “Stan Musial, baseball’s perfect knight” to our collection. This book by the Post-Dispatch tells his story from childhood to baseball through archival photos. We also have his 1964 autobiography and the new bestseller by Wayne Stewart.  After all of this time, those of you fortunate enough to have see him play or to have listened to those broadcasts on summer nights, can still picture him, like we picture no other. He is America’s greatest living sports hero, a declaration based on more than statistics, an affirmation endorsed by those who have played with him, know him, met him. Baseball has only one “perfect warrior”, one “perfect knight”. He is the one and only “Stan the Man”.

This spring, bestselling author Susan May Warren, visited the library in research of her newest released novel “Nightingale”. This is a story of a scarlet woman who meets a wounded warrior and how divine fate heals them both. Its set in Reedsburg (Roosevelt), Wisconsin in 1945 and the POW camp located here. It’s a love story with a hint of suspense, written in part in letters.  We have just added this book to our collection.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund Drive “O’ Christmas Tree”, 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 enjoy it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive was very successful last year with over $2,000 being donated for purchase of new materials. Names of contributors are posted at the library. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

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.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 25)

The Library will close on Thanksgiving Eve, November 24th at 6 pm and remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th.  We will reopen on Friday November 26th at 8:30 am. The library book drop is always open to return library books and other materials. The outside book drop is located on the Locust St. side of the building. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat, using our online catalog.  A link to it can be found on our web site. www.reedsburglibrary.org

Andrew Carnegie often referred as the “Patron Saint of Libraries” was born 175 years ago on November 25th. He donated $56,162,622 for the construction of 2,509 library buildings throughout the world. He donated $40,000,000 for the construction of 1,679 public library buildings in the United States. Sixty Wisconsin communities were the recipients of 63 public library grants from Andrew Carnegie including Reedsburg.  We received $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie towards the building of the former library across the street from where we are now.  The red brick and stucco building designed by Claude and Stark was opened on January 1, 1912. Theodore Jones has a photographic history called “Carnegie Libraries Across America”. This book is an illustrated chronicle of the heart of America’s historic public library system.  Our former library building is featured in Kristin Visser’s “Frank Lloyd Wright & the Prairie School in Wisconsin”.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund Drive “O’ Christmas Tree”, 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 enjoy it. Here is your chance to do just that. The drive was very successful last year with over $2,000 being donated for purchase of new materials. Names of contributors are posted at the library. This week a “Thank You” goes out to Elliott Steiner, Penelope Steiner, Adam Steiner, Isaac Steiner, and Phoebe Steiner. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain was born 175 years ago in Florida, MO. on November 30, 1835. Twain based many of his novels, short stories and essays on his life experiences. Two of his most famous works, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” were based on Twain’s youth. The settings are similar to Twain’s childhood home of Hannibal, MO.  You can watch a tour of “Mark Twain’s Hannibal” on DVD.  This tour takes you to the Hannibal area including many places featured in Twain’s writings.  He also died 100 years ago on April 21, 1910 and has a recently released best-selling book. His autobiography volume one has been released which had to wait 100 years to be published, by his wishes, as he saw the work too personal or too scalding for immediate publication.

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 18)
Reedsburg Public Library

Robert F. Kennedy’s Birthday is on November 20th he would have been 85 years old this year. Robert Kennedy answered the call to action to create a more just world and in the process he influenced generations of social, political and cultural leaders. We have on display a replica of a 1968 campaign poster and are featuring a book display by and about the Kennedy family. In our collection we have his 1967 book “Seek a Newer World” which is a powerful collection of essays that grew out of his speeches, travels and experiences as Attorney General. This book addresses what RFK perceived to be the challenges of the time and they provide a fascinating insight into the President he might have been.  On DVD we have the moving tribute film from the 1968 Democratic Convention by Charles Guggenheim. This stunning film “Robert Kennedy Remembered” was shown on all national television networks in 1968 simultaneously.

Our evening book group is Tuesday, November 23 at 6:30 pm. We will be discussing the UW-Go Big Read 2010 book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Skloot recounts the little-known story of the origin of the “HeLa” cells that have directly aided many advances in modern medicine. This is the story of Henrietta Lacks, the African-American cancer patient who was the unwitting donor of the cells. The discussion will provoke a range of issues related to bioethics and diversity. A UW –Madison graduate student will be here to lead the discussion. Copies of the book are still available here at the library for checkout.

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Eve, November 24th at 6 pm and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th. The library book drop is always open to return library books and other materials. The outside book drop is located on the Locust St. side of the building. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat, using our online catalog.  A link to it can be found on our web site. www.reedsburglibrary.org

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund is in full swing this year. When you present a book or other items 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 and listed here in our column. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.  Be one of the first to give. Avoid the Christmas rush.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov 11)

Wisconsin author, Jerry Apps will be at the library on Tuesday, November 16th at 7 pm. Apps will highlight his new novel “Cranberry Red” which is the fourth novel in his Ames County series. The book brings the story into the present, portraying the challenges of agriculture in the twenty-first century. Apps was born and raised on a Wisconsin farm and is the author of more than 25 books, many of them on rural history and country life. This is a Reedsburg Fermentation Fest event sponsored by the Friends of the Library in partnership with the Worm Farm's Key Ingredients Exhibit.

The last few weeks the library has been changing for the better as we are getting some more efficient and cost saving upgrades.

Do you realize that as new as our building still seems it was under construction 13 years ago? Since that time many of the light fixtures have become obsolete, very inefficient and costly to maintain. Now thanks to a grant from the WPPI and the Reedsburg Utility we are getting an entire lighting upgrade this month. We are moving to more efficient fixtures and bulbs that cost less to maintain and use.  This installation of the new lights should be completed by Thanksgiving.  So in the meantime as the installers move from area to area to get the light fixtures all changed we ask for your patience and understanding.  If you are unable to see to read titles or call numbers or get into an area that may be under construction, just ask us and we will be glad to help you.

We have also upgrading our phone system.  Maybe you have noticed that the night message and our voice mail system haven’t been working.  Our new phone system has been installed and we are setting up the different features as we go.  So as we get used to new phones and how they work we again ask for your patience.  Our new system uses VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology, which is phone service over the Internet rather than traditional phone lines. We apologize for any interruption in service during the switch to this new system. Our night message system will be back soon, just remember our hours are: Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-8PM, Friday 8:30AM-5PM, Saturday 9AM-4PM, Sunday Noon-3 PM.

Also the computer lab area of the library has had some hardware and software upgrades. The Madison College (MATC) computer lab that is located here at the library installed new computers, and we have added some upgraded programs. (12 computers) Also during this time we are working on some of our computers to have the same features. So you may find some computers missing as they are being upgraded, but we still have 18 computers available as well as laptops to use at the library.

One of the biggest changes here will happen in January, 2011 as the South Central Library System’s LINKcat online catalog will be migrating from our current Dynix system to the new Koha system. It will still be called LINKcat but the program behind it will be different. It will function more like just using the Internet with lots of new features.  You will be hearing more about this in the next few weeks as we get more training on it.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (November 4)

If you have lots of great used books lying around, please consider donating them to the library. Not only do we add them for our book sales during the year, but they may also be added to our collection. What a savings for the library. We accept donations of books and audio materials through out the year.

In Wisconsin- with its farmer’s markets, community gardens, sustainable food blogs, and even "Eat Local Challenges"—food has become something of a favorite pastime. Check out a special article on PortalWisconsin.org that looks at 'Key Ingredients: America by Food,' a Smithsonian-produced exhibit touring six Wisconsin communities through a partnership with the Humanities Council. The exhibit, which was launched last week in Reedsburg, examines how habitats shape eating habits; how farming methods, family recipes and notions of hospitality reflect culture; how technological advancements influence American kitchens; and how food might help us find common ground. Also on the PortalWisconsin.org day trip section is John Ivanko’s day trip to Reedsburg and how you can make it complement of your Key Ingredients experience here in Reedsburg.

Throughout historic downtown Reedsburg the storefront windows are filled with colorful red and white-checkered fabric (gingham). This is a guide to mini-exhibits related to Key Ingredients and we are one of those. Our display is filled with cookbooks on loan from members of Wisconsin Homemakers Association.  Our display features books like one from the1800s written in German and our library copy of Dawn Wells “Mary Ann Gilligan Island Cookbook”.  Cookbooks often shed light on the ordinary lives of women. As women traditionally did most of the home’s cooking. Recipes show the preparation methods common in historical times. Also many books include directions for household activities beyond the preparation of meals.

 We have just added Effie Leatherman’s “Midlin Times” to our local history collection. This book is a look at Nelson Slater Gardner, Civil War’s unsung hero. Not only is this a look at the life of Nelson Gardner but the Wisconsin Co. A 19th Infantry Division during the Civil War. The Division was made up of Reedsburg citizens. We have in our historic photographic collection, tintype photos of each member of the group.  These photos are also available online at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/reedsburglibrary/sets/72157624276532419/.
Family histories are one of America’s favorite and most enriching hobbies. Our local history room has a large collection of family histories and area histories. We would certainly welcome your family history or materials related to Reedsburg and Sauk County area.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 28)
Reedsburg Public Library

Remember the book sale is this weekend (Oct 29-31) during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available as well as magazines. The profits from this book sale benefit the library’s collection. Friends of the Library Preview Night is Thursday Oct. 28 from 6-7 PM.

Also the library will be busy on the afternoon of Friday, October 29th at 3PM. Preschoolers, their parents and siblings are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join us for a parade down Main Street to “Trick or Treat” the downtown merchants.

October 28, 2010 marks the 45th anniversary of the final section of the Gateway Arch being put into place. The arch in St. Louis reflects the role of the city during the westward expansion during the nineteenth century. The landmark symbol is featured in a large coffee table book we have by Robert Moore. Filled with remarkable photos of the monument few have seen, along with the amazing story of building the largest stainless steel structure in history. Can’t visit St. Louis we have on video the construction of this international symbol as well as official behind scenes tour video narrated by Bob Costas.

A collection of public domain eBooks is now ready to enjoy from the OverDrive website (on our web site) ! These titles are no longer under copyright protection and include many classics. Choose from over 15,000 titles that never expire and don’t count against your library checkout limit.  These eBooks are for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy them, give them away or re-use them under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with these eBooks or online at www.gutenberg.org.  For use with Adobe Digital Editions software.  Instructions on how to download content are available from the ‘tips’ link at the top of the introduction to the collection.

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 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 21)
Reedsburg Public Library

Remember to get your tickets (available at the Library and the Chamber) for best-selling Wisconsin author Michael Perry. They are free but you must have a ticket.  He will be at the CAL Center on Saturday, October 23 @ 7 PM. His presentation of “Beer, Tents, Kidney Stones and Sneezing Cows” will cover everything from existentialism to volunteer firefighting and likely a cow joke. Perry is a humorist and the bestselling author of the memoirs “Population 485”, “Truck: A Love Story” and “Coop”.  This promises to be a popular and wonderful program.

The teen years are a time when many kids reject reading as being just another dreary assignment. The goal of Teen Read Week (this week) is to encourage young adults to read for sheer pleasure as well as learning. Also to remind parents, teachers and others that reading for fun is important for teens as well as young children and to increase awareness of the resources available at libraries. Our own Youth Services Librarian Kris Houtler visited the area high school last week to talk to freshmen about the library. For complete after school programs for teens visit the teen blog on our library web site.

Did you know that one 11-year-old girl is responsible for Abraham Lincoln’s now-famous beard? During the presidential campaign of 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell wrote to candidate Abraham Lincoln urging him to grow a beard. “If you will let your whiskers grow, you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. “Whiskers”, Grace predicted, would bring more votes. Lincoln answered her in a letter dated October 19, 1860 in which he said growing whiskers might be viewed as a “silly affectation”. Nonetheless, Lincoln did grow a beard not long after and was even able to meet little Bedell during an 1861 train stop on the way to his inauguration. For more information, check out the picture book by Karen Winnick, “Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers”.

The American comedian who, as host of “The Tonight Show” established the standard format for television chat shows including the guest couch and the studio band would have been eight-five on Saturday, October 23. Johnny Carson the king of late night television was born in 1925 at Corning, Iowa.  We have books about him and about the Tonight Show.  We also have DVD’s from his 30-year reign on the show.  So you can relive some of the brightest, funniest and most touching moments from his television career.
Also mark your calendar next weekend is the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale (Oct 29-31).

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 14)
Reedsburg Public Library

The ever-popular Silent Auction is ending on Saturday, October 16th at 4PM. The Friends of the Library thank everyone for their donations and visits to the library the last couple of weeks. But there is still time for you to support the library and finish your holiday shopping. Auction items are on display at the library and listed on our web site with the current bid. Some of the items available in the auction are: wildlife artwork, celebrity photographs, casino play and stay packages, Brett Favre memorabilia and unique Green Bay Packer items. Complete auction information is available at http://www.reedsburglibrary.org/

Remember to get your tickets (we have them and the Chamber does) for best-selling Wisconsin author Michael Perry. They are free but you must have a ticket.  He will be at the CAL Center on Saturday, October 23 @ 7 PM. His presentation of “Beer, Tents, Kidney Stones and Sneezing Cows” will cover everything from existentialism to volunteer firefighting and likely a cow joke. Perry is a humorist and the bestselling author of the memoirs “Population 485”, “Truck: A Love Story” and “Coop”.  This promises to be a popular and wonderful program.

Did you celebrate 10-10-10 by reading “David Letterman’s Top Ten Lists” from his late-night talk show? These books offer a laugh-out loud-funny countdown on topics ranging from current affairs and personalities to pure silliness. 
Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Visit Your Library:
10. Email notification system for when your item is on hold, overdue or when it will be overdue. 
9. Exhibits and programming.
8. Recreational Reading. 
7. DVDs, Videos, CDs, and Audio Books. 
6. Use of a personal computer. 
5.  Large Print Book Collection. 
4. Downloadable audio books to your home computer via OverDrive.
3. Bestsellers & more that you can reserve with your card number in person, over the phone, or on your computer.
2.  Books from all over the world we can get you via Interlibrary Loan. 
1. It’s your library.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct 7)
Reedsburg Public Library

It’s been nice seeing new faces stopping by the library this week and checking out the Friends of the Library Silent Auction. It’s back after two years to raise funds for various projects at the library. You still have time to stop in and bid, it run through Saturday, October 16th at 4PM. Auction items are on display at the library and listed on our web site with the current bid. Some of the items available in the auction are: wildlife artwork, celebrity photographs, casino play and stay packages, Brett Favre memorabilia and unique Green Bay Packer items. Complete auction information is available at http://www.reedsburglibrary.org.  During the auction you can check the current bids online or at the library but they are only updated early each morning. Bid high and bid often seems like a good motto to us.

“Good Grief!” The first “Peanuts” comic strip debuted on October 2nd in 1950, that’s sixty years ago. Featuring four characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Shermy and Patty, and it was published in seven daily newspapers. As its popularity grew, the comic strip was syndicated, new characters were added, and the original characters developed into their own personalities. The “Peanuts” characters have since appeared in books, in advertisements, on greeting cards, on U.S. postage stamps, in several television shows, on the cover of Time magazine and in a musical play, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. All of this was due to the talents of Charles Monroe “Sparky” Schulz. David Michaelis biography of Charles Schulz is a product of nearly seven years of research and firsthand interviews. You go deeper into Schulz’s staunch German-American Minnesota roots and you will connect the dots between the real Schulz and the one we know via the media.  We have many videos and books to relive your favorite moments of Charlie Brown’s gang.  We have just added from the Charles M. Schulz Museum a film called “A Boy Named Charlie Brown” which brings viewers into the shy world of the cartoonist who created the gang.

The Reedsburg Public Library and other libraries have been improving communities for many years and in the process haves had significant impact on the lives of individual residents. Many of these are inspirational stories that deserve to be told. A new project has been underway called “Libraries. For Real Life!” which reinforces the reality that today’s public libraries are vibrant, dynamic, community resources that meet the information, education, and recreational needs of residents of all ages. Some people have found a new job with assistance from the library, or perhaps the library was instrumental in helping complete a high school or college degree. Maybe you attended a workshop or presentation that started you on a new career, or perhaps you got research help to deal with a personal or family member illness. We have a link on our website for you to begin sharing these stories about how important your local library has been to you.

Stop by the library this week and welcome our new employee, Maureen Palmer. She is back at the library after seven years as Library Director at Kramer Library in Plain.  Many young adults may remember when she was children’s librarian here.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 30)
Reedsburg Public Library

According to State Superintendent Tony Evers, Libraries are a bargain-especially in Wisconsin.  Here is his editorial for Library Card Sign-up Month (September).
“If you never get to your local library, it’s time to catch up with your neighbors. Six out of every 10 Wisconsin residents are now registered library users, according to new data from the Department of Public Instruction. We’re fortunate to enjoy one of the best-organized library systems around, and this is just one sign of it. In honor of National Library Card Sign-up Month, let me tell you what you’re missing if you have yet to discover your local library: free access not only to the books, CDs, and video materials at your own library, but just about anywhere. Our interlibrary loan service is so effective, in fact, it’s used more per capita than any other state’s, according to federal information released this summer. And don’t forget free, wireless Internet access—virtually everyone in our state can access it at their library—not to mention services that address our current employment crisis, like resume and job-search training and on-line resources for locating available jobs. During an average week in 2009, Wisconsin libraries hosted more visitors than attended Green Bay Packers games all year. Over the entirety of last year, a Wisconsin resident visited a library more than 10 times as often as a Milwaukee Brewers fan went to Miller Park to see a game. Library services help people stay employed and connected, help children learn, and improve the quality of life for all Wisconsin residents. And yet, we don’t pay much for these resources, especially when compared to other states: we rank eighth for the amount of materials checked out to users, but only 21st for how much we pay for it, per capita. If you’re a library worker, thank you for bettering our lives in Wisconsin. If you’re one of those four in 10 who isn’t making regular use of your library, let me encourage you to join the majority of people who know the tremendous value of a little library card”.

Ten years ago on September 28, 2000 the final game was played at Milwaukee County Stadium. The evening was filled with familiar faces from the Milwaukee Braves, Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers. (We have the ceremony on VHS.)  That last night as the lights were turned off in the old park, standard by standard, Bob Uecker closed with “…. so-long old friend, and goodnight everybody”.  Gregg Hoffmann wrote a book that winter “Down in the Valley” a complete history of the stadium filled with pictures from the first game to the last.  We have a program from the final game at County Stadium in the Silent Auction.

The Friends of the Library Silent Auction begins on Monday, October 4th stop in and place your bids.  The current bids are posted each morning at the library and on our web site. Fans of the game show Wheel of Fortune will be excited about our Fortune fan package that includes a t-shirt, hat, pin and signed item. We have tickets to a VIP taping of the hit show along with others. Our auction collection also has signed pictures, beautiful art prints and gift certificates for area business and attractions. If you are a Green Bay Packer fan there are lots of unique stocking stuffer items. Stop in and join the fun of seeing whether you can outbid your neighbor for some of the “one of a kind” items.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 23)
Reedsburg Public Library

 

Join us on Tuesday, September 28 @ 7:30pm for Gary Paul Nabham, author of Coming Home to Eat and Renewing America's Food Traditions.  He is a writer, lecturer, food and farming advocate, ecologist, and conservationist whose work has focused primarily on the plants and cultures of the desert southwest. His books will be featured at our evening book discussion on Tuesday September 28 @ 6:30 pm. This program is part of The Worm Farm Gallery’s “Growing Season” series leading up to the Smithsonian Key Ingredients exhibit in Reedsburg starting in October.

Forty years ago on September 19, 1970 the classic Mary Tyler Moore Show premiered on CBS and during its seven-year run it became one of the most acclaimed television programs ever produced. It was a breakthrough for a leading female character in television. Mary Tyler Moore can still turn the world on with her smile. For more on the Mary Tyler Moore Show check out “Love is all Around: The Making of the Mary Tyler Moore Show” by Robert Alley or watch an episode again, we have them available on DVD.

As the days grow shorter and temperatures chill, the slate of TV shows for the fall heats up with the return of several powerhouse programs; twists on old favorites; and even some new shows thrown into the mix.  But if none of these shows appeal to you, we can help you enjoy classic television by watching DVD’s from our collection. We have classic shows like Bewitched, West Wing, Hawaii 5-0, Wings, Dick Van Dyke, Perry Mason and many others.

The first televised Presidential debate was from WBBM-TV in Chicago on September 26, 1960. Since Richard Nixon and John Kennedy first battled on air in 1960, the presidential debates have become an integral part of the campaign. The rivalry between the two is featured in Christopher Matthews book “Kennedy & Nixon” the rivalry that shaped postwar America. This is the 50th year since Campaign 1960 you can follow the Kennedy team daily on twitter.com/kennedy1960. Experience the day-to-day workings of JFK’s road to the White House. This site will give you links to images and remarks made on each hour of each day of the campaign. 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 16)
Reedsburg Public Library

 

Twenty-five years ago one of the greatest and most influential shows of all time premiered on NBC. September 14, 1985 the Golden Girls starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty hit the TV air waves. The show that centers on four older women sharing a Miami home won three Golden Globes for outstanding TV series during its run.  We have the complete series on DVD here at the library. Betty White today at the age of 88 is still a major force in the entertainment industry. Over the past 70 years, she has starred in numerous award-winning films and television series. She currently stars in a TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” and is working on the launch of her own clothing line.  Our Fall Library auction includes a signed picture and signed copy of her memoir, “Here we go again: My life in television”.

We have items for our fall library auction on display. But if you would like to donate a new item either that you have made or purchased, we would be glad to add them to the auction list. The October 4-16 auction is also a great time to get started on your Christmas shopping. Complete list of items and a few pictures are available on the library web site.  More items will be listed & pictured soon.

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. According to American Library Association there are 151 million public library card holders, 181 million credit card holders. Library cards are about as prevalent as credit cards. Two-thirds of Americans have a library card. For many young people, the first card in their wallet is a library card.

We will be hosting another speaker in partnership with Worm Farm Gallery in the “Growing Season” series next Tuesday, September 21st at 7:30 pm. Ken Meter, economist and author of “Finding Food in Farm Country” will be here at the library.  Ken is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the US. He is president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has taught economics at the University of Minnesota and Harvard Kennedy School. His “Finding Food in Farm Country” studies have promoted local food networks in 45 regions in 20 states and one Canadian province.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 9)
Reedsburg Public Library

Thirty-five years ago on ABC, September 9, 1975 television viewers turned into Buchanan High School in Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY. Gabe Kotter played a high school teacher on “Welcome Back Kotter” as a former Sweathog teaching a new generation of Sweathogs. This was a group of supposedly, unteachable, under-achieving and incorrigible students. We have the first season on DVD here at the library which features the popular theme song “Welcome Back” written and recorded by former Lovin Spoonful frontman John Sebastian. Like many of the popular shows on the era, there was a spawning host of merchandising tie-ins including lunch boxes, dolls, comic books and even a board game.  We have a collectors guide to television toys and memorabilia of the 60s and 70s by Greg Davis, so you can find out what your item might be worth today.

The Library has been busy this week as we started back with our fall programing and regular library hours. We are now open Saturday 9AM-4PM and Sunday NOON-3PM and this Saturday is our 2nd Saturday Family Program. We are happy to announce that Ken Lonnquist and Jon Vriesacker will perform. Jon is a Reedsburg native and we are very excited to have him perform along with Ken.

Coming to the library can be a fun activity for parents and their children. Here 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. Reading is an important activity as it influences all other aspects of our life.  Good reading skills improves grades in other subject areas for a child. 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! September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, the perfect time to make sure kids are equipped with one. A library card can give kids access to materials to research their papers, information for their next book report or just reading that next book in their favorite series. Of course, library cards are not just for kids, adults love them for the same reasons.

Share your opinions with Sauk County! Please take a few moments to complete the 2010 Sauk County Budget Survey. The survey results will be used by Sauk County, to set their countywide priorities for 2010. The survey is available online at our web site www.reedsburglibrary.org

The Friends of the Library group is accepting items for our fall auction. If you would like to donate a new item either that you have made or purchased, we would be glad to add them to the auction list. The October 4-16 auction is also a great time to get started on your Christmas shopping. We have over 100 items including several Green Bay Packers related items to a Homer Hanky from Target Field’s first game this season. List of items is available on the library website and growing everyday.  The money earned goes to support the library collection.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 2)
Reedsburg Public Library

The library will be closed on Monday, September 6th 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 and our online reference desk are also open while we are closed! On Tuesday, September 7th we will resume our regular hours which are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon – 3:00 p.m. Our night message on our phone is broken so if you call us when we are closed you are unable to hear our hours etc. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.

The Titanic set sail on April 10, 1912 from England to New York City, but then an iceberg collided with the ship. The ship remained lost on the ocean floor for almost seventy-five years. Dr. Robert Ballard located the wreck twenty-five years ago on September 1, 1985. The luxury liner was resting on the ocean floor 12,500 feet down, about 350 miles southeast from Newfoundland, Canada. You can discover the Titanic as the team found it with the film “Secrets of the Titanic” or we have many of the books that Robert Ballard has written about this discovery.

Sixty-five years ago on September 2, 1945, the official ratification of the Japanese surrender to the Allies, ending World War Two occurred aboard the USS Missouri at Tokyo Bay.  We have many DVDs and books about World War Two including H.P. Willmott’s “World War Two”. This volume is filled with hundreds of photos, maps and timelines.  You can visit the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii or see the surrender site floor, which is on display in Norfolk, Virginia at the Douglas MacArthur Memorial. Your vacation plans to Norfolk can be helped with our new book “Insiders guide to Williamsburg and Virginia’s historic triangle”. We have many guidebooks available to guide you on your next vacation destination.

You may have driven past Frank Lloyd Wright’s estate in Spring Green and always want to visit it. We have two house tour tickets in our Silent Auction. The two hour tour features the interior spaces and exterior courtyards and gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s private residence. We also have other unique travel destinations like The National Mississippi River Museum, Mid-Continent Railroad and more. The Friends of the Library group is accepting items for our fall auction. The October 4-16 auction is a great time to get started on your Christmas shopping.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 26)
Reedsburg Public Library

 

Five years ago:  August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina moved into the Gulf of Mexico and grew into one of the most devastating hurricanes in US history.  Destroying communities up and down the Gulf, levees were breached and within two days more than 80 percent of New Orleans was under water.  We have two exclusive books by the Biloxi’s Sun Herald which documents Hurricane impact on the Gulf Coast. “Katrina: before & after” captures homes, businesses and other locations before and after the disaster. “Katrina: 8 Hours that changed the Mississippi coast forever” will help you understand this terrible natural disaster.  Four years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Saints defeated the heavily-favored Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl.  Sean Payton’s new book “Home Team” is an inspirational story of a city recovering from disaster and a team with a history of heart-break, seen through the eyes of the coach who taught them both how to win.  Our lobby display looks at the NFL’s first game of the season New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings with pictures and other artifacts from the January’s NFC Championship game.

Our Adult Book Discussion Groups are back this September. We have copies of books so you can be ready to join us. Our daytime group will meet Tuesday, Sept. 14 @ 10AM. They will be discussing Sandra Brown’s “Rainwater” and Laura Levine’s “Killer Cruise”.  The Evening group meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month. Tuesday September 28th will be Gary Paul Nabhan. He is author of “Coming Home to Eat” and other books. He will be the featured speaker that evening at our Key Ingredients program.

For many fans going to a football game, one of their purchases is the Official Gameday Program. The Program features articles, rosters of the team and their opponent, and other valuable information.  The Friends of the Library Silent Auction will have many different Gameday programs included in our Green Bay Packers Packages. But one package has eight programs from the 2008 Green Bay Packers season. This is the season that Aaron Rodgers made his debut as a starter and marked the first time since 1992 that a quarterback other than Brett Favre started a regular season game for the team.  The Friends of the Library group is accepting items for their Fall Auction (October 4-16). This is also a great time to get started on your Christmas shopping with casino packages, celebrity items and more that will be available for bids.

Did you know that it was fifty years ago that one of the most beloved and well-read children’s books first asked the enduring question: “Do you like green eggs and ham?”  This Seuss classic was a result of a wager between the author and his editor at Random House. Could he use 50 words, write an intelligent, entertaining children’s book? He did and won $50, one dollar for each word.  We have this book in our collection which according to Publishers Weekly is the fourth-bestselling English language children’s book of all time.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 19)

Friends of the Library held another successful book sale over Reediculous Day Weekend. Thanks to every one who volunteered at the sale and visit the sale. The proceeds will help the Friends of the Library in their purchases of DVDs and audio books this year.  Mark your calendar for our next one October 29-31. When you are cleaning, remember the library before throwing away books, CDs and DVDs in good used condition.

The Web is in constant flux. Most websites get updated on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis, and a lot of good stuff gets thrown out to make way for the new. Wouldn’t it be great if you could go back in time to see that a given website looked like last month, last year or even 10 years ago. Well Sherman, what you need is the Wayback Machine (www.waybackmachine.org). This is a cool directory that stores cached copies of other websites throughout history. Enter any URL and you’ll get a list of cached pages dating back to 1996, if the site was actually around back then. It’s really something to see how CNN.com was reporting the events of September 11, 2001. Ten different versions are stored, from various times during the day.

The Friends of the Library are starting to receive items for their Fall Auction (October 4-16). This is a great time to get started on your Christmas shopping with casino packages, celebrity items and more. We have just received a signed Paula Deen cookbook added to our signed book collection, which includes the popular Betty White.  Items will be on display starting in September.

The Hall of Fame baseball player, Iron Man Cal Ripken Jr was born fifty years ago on August 24, 1960. We have a six DVD collection of baseball game broadcasts. These are a tribute to his on-field success from his six-hit game and the power of his three-homerun stunner to postseason performances, All-Star Game accolades and the night he overtook the all-time consecutive games played streak.

Remember that we are looking for donations, of old and new local organizations cookbooks of the Reedsburg area, to add to our local history collection. They are an important documentation of our heritage. Cookbooks have sometimes been passed down from generation to generation. Having these books in our local collection will be a way of connecting to the history of Reedsburg and the many past family kitchens.  So far we have added Holy Family Church 75th Cookbook, Ironton-LaValle School Cookbook, South School, Pineview School, St. Peter’s 1983 cookbook and 1993 Lands End employees cookbook. We are really looking for an early 1990s LaValle Swimming Pool Fundraiser Cookbook.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 12)

One of the special collections at the library is the local history collection. We are a collector of histories, photos, and articles on not only Reedsburg but also local communities like LaValle, Loganville, Rock Springs, and Ironton. With the LaValle annual celebration last weekend, we wanted to shine the spotlight on a rare item in our collection, an issue of the LaValle Weekly. One of 4 papers that were printed in LaValle, this one was published 1941-43. Many think that LaValle was named because of the French term the “valley” but the June 4, 1941 issue has a different story. H.E. Blank’s local column talked about his interview with Peter LaValle whose father founded LaValle. He stated that his father, Martin LaValle was born in 1835 in Stevens Point. He studied civil engineering and became a federal surveyor. In order to maintain communication with the Surveying Department of the government, it was necessary to give a locality a name where he was working. So he called it the LaValle Government Post. Martin LaValle founder was an Irishman and not French and was a father of three sons. His son, Peter, was only five when his father died and they were living near Missoula, Montana at that time. Victor lives in Idaho and Markus in Colorado. None of the LaValle brothers had any offspring. So the family name LaValle was doomed with the passing of the three sons of the founder. And now you know the rest of the story…  The library welcomes donations of family histories, local histories, and photographs for its collection. For more information contact the library.

Annie Oakley was born on August 13, 1860 in rural Ohio, one hundred and fifty-years ago. She was the first female celebrity to come out of the American West-between 1885 and 1905.  She is best known for starring in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. She made a name for herself as an athlete and a record-breaking sports shooter. Bring this modern-minded woman into your life with “Bull’s-Eye” a photobiography of Annie Oakley by Sue Macy. “The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of Superstardom in America” by Larry McMurty doesn’t sidestep myth and history, but is an entertaining book on two legendary icons on the Old West. She was one of the star attractions of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show for 17 years.

Libraries are instrumental in shaping the quality of life in our communities, and capturing and sharing these personal stories is a way to capitalize on the goodwill libraries generate. This will be especially important as we progress through the difficult economic times that are plaguing libraries across the country. These stories have the potential to dramatically reinforce public attitudes toward libraries. Visit the link on our web site “Libraries For Real Life!” which reinforces the reality that today’s public libraries are vibrant, dynamic community resources that meet the information, education, and recreational needs of residents of all ages. Sharing your story is critical to the continued success of our vital community institution.

Some of our summer programs have ended but there are still activities going on through the month of August. Check the calendar on our website www.reedsburglibrary.org for the most up to date list of activities still meeting this month.  Or you can just call and we’ll tell you what we have going on.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Aug 5)

Bargain hunters and Book Lovers take note! The Friends of the Reedsburg Library will be holding a fundraising sale of hundreds of adult and children fiction and non-fiction books in hardcover and paperback. The Reediculous Days Book Sale is Friday and Saturday August 6 & 7 during regular library hours. Funds raised will be used to purchase DVD sets and audio books. If you have books you would like to donate bring them to the library anytime through out the year.

Wisconsin celebrates its rural heritage at the state’s most popular and most historic annual event, the state fair. It features numerous midways, stages and hundreds of animals from August 5-15.   Well you may enjoy mini donuts, and batter-fried cheese curds in Wisconsin, but did you know they were invented at the Minnesota State Fair?  Now all the fun of being at a fair can be enjoyed with “Minnesota State Fair: an illustrated history” by Kathryn Koutsky. If you can’t make 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.

On August 6, 1945 (sixty-five years ago), the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing 70,000 people. Three days later, a second bomb struck Nagasaki, killing another 40,000. On the 65th anniversary of the bombings, several books explore this military decision and the people behind it. American Prometheus by Kai Bird is a rich sympathetic portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, hero, patriot and “Father of the Atomic Bomb” who remains a key figure in 20-century American history. Stephane Groueff’s Manhattan Project, the untold story of the making of the atomic bomb has a non-technical narrative of the actual making of the first atomic bomb with an accent on the personal cases of the participants and the industrial companies that built it.  The American b-29 bomber the Enola Gay which dropped the atomic bomb is in the National Air and Space Museum collection.  This is one of the 34 legendary World War II aircraft in the new book “In the Cockpit 2 planes of Smithsonian” which provides close-up access to the instrument panels, controls, and crew stations.
Twenty-years ago Iraqi invaded Kuwait and President George H.W. Bush ordered a military buildup on August 7, 1990.  This would be called Desert Shield.  Check out our display of books and videos on the Gulf War of 1991 which ended in an overwhelming victory for the allied coalition forces.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 29)

LIBRARY'S TOP 10 TIPS FOR A GREAT SUMMER!
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 long rainy days.
6.  Get audio books 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.  Don't forget the Library also has lots of guidebooks, travel magazines, and maps.
10. Have fun, enjoy yourself, and relax!

July 28th is the 65th birthday of cartoonist Jim Davis, his character “Garfield” is featured in many books and videos here at the library. We have a signed Jim Davis 8x10 of Garfield picture that will be featured in our Library Auction. The popular library auction will be held on October 4-16. This is a great time to get started on your Christmas shopping with casino packages, celebrity items and unique Packers items. Donations of items are accepted and will be on display after Labor Day.

Author J.K. Rowling gave her fictional character Harry Potter July 31st for a birthday, the same as her own.  He is 11 years old in the first book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and made his film debut in 2001.  Happy 45th Birthday to author J.K. Rowling! We have the collection of Harry Potter books and films. If you haven’t read or watched them you should, they are riveting reading.

Seventy-five years ago, one invention changed the way people read books forever. On July 30, 1935, Penguin book publishers introduced the first modern paperback book. Sir Allen Lane’s “Ariel the Life of Shelley” has the distinction of being the first of its kind, sparking a trend that would ultimately help make books more accessible and less expensive.  We will have many different paperbacks at our Book Sale in August. Our Reedikulous Days Book Sale will be Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th. As usual we will have adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback. Funds raised will benefit the library collection. Book donations are accepted any time at the library. Friends of the Library members can get in a day early with preview night on Thursday, August 5th from 6-7 PM.  Become a member to get this first look.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 22)

This summer we have been “Making a Splash” as children and adults have set sail with activities and chances to win prizes. Did you know adults can read or listen to seven books and have their form entered for a chance to win prizes at the end of the program in August. A complete calendar of events can be found on our library home page. Speaking of making a splash did you hear about the story of LaValle resident Thomas Maycroft? He was born in England and came to America at the age of 23. On his journey to America the vessel on which he was traveling, a ship called “Atlantic” was wrecked when it struck a rock near Halifax and most of the passengers lost their lives. You can read an account of the accident in the Reedsburg Free Press September 23, 1926.  The article tells how he cling to the sides of the wreak holding on to ropes and how they were rescued by some fisherman.

Make plans to join us on Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th for our Reedikulous Days Book Sale. As usual we have adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books in hardcover and paperback. Funds raised will benefit the library collection. Book donations are accepted any time at the library. Friends of the Library members can get in a day early with preview night on Thursday, August 5th from 6-7 PM.  Become a member to get this first look.

Last week one of baseball leaders passed away, New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner. He earned seven World Series titles and 11 pennants during his ownership. His larger-than-life outbursts transcended sports and made him a pop culture figure whose firings were parodied in commercials and on the TV comedy “Seinfeld”.  Even Jerry Seinfeld said “Who else could be a memorable character on a television show without actually appearing on the show? That’s how huge a force of personality he was”. Peter Golenbock wrote “George the Poor Little Rich Boy who built the Yankee Empire” and Bill Madden wrote “Steinbrenner the last lion of Baseball”, both books are available via LINKcat.  We have the 1977 World Series on DVD with all six games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. (That was the season when George took advantage of the new free-agency rules and got Reggie Jackson.) Reggie’s five home runs in the series broke a 15-year Yankee championship drought. We also have the 2007 ESPN miniseries “The Bronx is Burning” which also looked at George Steinbrenner and the Yankees during 1977.

We have received many wonderful comments about our historic area photo collection now online for public viewing. Our collection of over 5,000 historic images is from Reedsburg, LaValle, Loganville, Rock Springs, Plain and Ironton area. A link to the collection is on our web page and a special thanks to Paul Schonfeld and Sauk County UW Extension, Arts and Culture Committee.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 15)

We are happy to host author Terese Allen at the library on Tuesday, July 20th at 7 PM. Wisconsin has an food tradition that reflects the richness of an ethnically and agriculturally diverse region. Learn stories behind some of this states favorite food and recipes like cream puffs, Hmong egg rolls and fish boils. This program is part of series of speakers this season at the library in partnership with Friends of the Library and the Worm Farm Gallery.

Are you buying a new washing machine and want to know more about these front-loading types and see which one has the best repair record? We have Consumer Reports the magazine, but if you don’t want to visit the library, you can now access Consumer Reports via our web site. You can read the same articles you’d see in the print issue, complete with rankings and graphs. (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.)  Let us know if having this available has been useful for you.

Harper Lee’s evocative novel of tomboy Scout Finch coming of age in a Depression-era Alabama town was published July 11, 1960- fifty years ago. A bestseller almost immediately, it received a Pulitzer Prize on May 1, 1961. Librarians voted it the best novel of the 20th century. We have copies available in hardcover, paperback, audio and the classic motion picture.

Twenty years ago on July 12th Northern Exposure started as an eight episode replacement series on CBS. It returned for seven more episodes in the spring of 1991. That first season, we meet Dr. Joel Fleischman; an urban New York yuppie that consents to four years of rural servitude after Alaska pays his medical school tuition. Cicely, Alaska is a delightful place to visit, even if it’s only for an hour at a time. We have all the seasons of Northern Exposure on DVD; also in our collection is a Rob Morrow book of photographs called “Northern Exposures”.

We have just added to our collection “Green Travel Guide to Southern Wisconsin” an environmentally and socially responsible travel guide by Pat Dillon. This guide surveys the best green restaurants, lodgings, shops, and activities southern Wisconsin has to offer.  Dine at independent, locally owned eateries that serve up delicious fare grown and raised by farmers right down the road.  Overnight at peaceful inns that sponsor workshops on topics ranging from cheesemaking to sustainability.  Scour markets that sell locally foraged mushrooms, berries, and syrups as well as arts and crafts created by local artisans.  Bicycle through southern Wisconsin, stopping at small-scale farms where travelers are not only welcome but encouraged to visit. If you are looking to discover even more of Wisconsin, don’t forget we have many guide books and Discover Wisconsin epsiodes on DVD. That will take you down the most scenic alternative routes, revealing the natural beauty and people of the Badger State.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 8)


Last week Dick Clark, the legendary host of “American Bandstand” was honored at the 2010 Daytime Emmys. Ryan Seacreast and other stars gave a touching tribute. Simon Cowell said, “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand did more for music than any other 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.

One of the dynamic duos on ABC television from 1966 to 1968 is celebrating his 60th birthday on July 6th. Bert John Gervis Jr best known as Burt Ward played Robin on television and the theatrical spin-off “Batman”. He wrote the tell-all autobiography “Boy Wonder: My life in Tights”, which describes his life at the time that he played Robin.  Also check out our Dynamic Duos fiction display including such duos as Jesse Stone & Sunny Randall, Elvis Cole and Joe Pike and Stephanie Plum & Lulu. Do you have a favorite duo?

Gary Coleman passed away after a long illness at the end of May.  Do you remember when he visited the Reedsburg area? The October 14, 1982 Reedsburg Times Press headline was “TV Star Visits Area”: “NBC television star Gary Coleman, who stars in “Different Strokes” was in the area this past weekend. Gary and his father, Willy are neighbors in Zion, IL to Roger and Joyce Spencer and their son Jason, who also have a home on Lake Redstone. The Coleman’s came up to Lake Redstone this weekend to visit their neighbors. On Saturday they visited the Wounded Knee tavern in Lime Ridge, where Gary was photographed playing a video game.”

Visit our library web site and let your fingers do the talking with the Sauk County 2010 Budget Survey. This is your opportunity to let Sauk County government officials know which programs and services are important to you.

The Friends of the Library are starting to get items for their popular Library Auction. Mark your calendar for October 4-16. This is a great time to get started on your Christmas shopping with casino packages, celebrity items and unique Packers items. One of the historic items is an NFC Championship game program signed by Brett Favre; this was his last game as a member of the Green Bay Packers. Donations of items are accepted. We will start to display the items after Labor Day.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 1)

   On July 4th we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence with picnics, parades and fireworks. But the first 4th of July celebration in Reedsburg happened July 4th, 1849.  The following account is quoted from Merton Krug’s “History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley”.

  “The first thing that was done in way of preparing for the day, was to raise a liberty pole, regretting very much that they had no flag to fly.  While the men pondered gravely the women resolved that the village should not pass a flagless Fourth, and set their wits to work to devise a plan to get sufficient material for the Star Spangled Banner. The men wore blue denim and so did many of the women, but this, after much wear, was not very blue, so it was put upon a white background. The men wore buckskin reinforcements on seats and knees, and to economize as well as to get pieces that were of a brighter blue, the women cut out denim patches under the buckskin and made them into stars. A woman’s undergarment furnished a square of white and some stripes, while by a little shortening of the men’s shirts some red strips were obtained.

  When the flag was completed, and before attaching it to the pole, the women determined to confide the secret of their achievement to a young man whom they all highly admired.  “Horace Croswell was the ladies’ man at that time and the general confidante.  They spread the flag before him. He looked at it skeptically. “That won’t do” he immediately declared, glancing at the six-pointed stars. No doubt his admiration for the women’s resourcefulness was immense. Yet he chose to tell them of their mistake, so it could be corrected without any of the other men learning of it. “The national flag” he continued, “has only five points!” The stars were all ripped off; and as there was no material with which to make new ones one point of each was cut off, and the others twisted into place. Then the millwright’s daughter, Miss Agnes McClung, embroidered on a piece of cloth this charming couplet: “The Star Spangled Banner, long may it wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”. This was stitched to the flag and the work was pronounced complete. Such is the story of the first flag unfurled over present site of the city of Reedsburg, July 4, 1849.” 
  They combined their possessions to form quite an array of food that no one person could have provided. A program followed the meal and after that boards were put down for dancing.  This was the first dance held in Reedsburg.  When settlers spoke of the dance years later they said, “It was the most enjoyable 4th of July they ever spent.”

The Library will be open our normal hours July 3rd and 5th, but closed Sunday July 4th.
 We have lots of programs left this summer be sure to check out our schedule of summer events, in the Parks & Recreation Brochure, our Summer Library Program brochure or online at www.reedsburglibrary.org.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 24)

Thanks to the Friends of the Library for the donation that made it possible for us to add many more episodes of Discover Wisconsin to our DVD collection. It is one of the longest-running tourism shows in the country. This weekly show is dedicated to Wisconsin tourism showcasing our many great vacation treasures.  From Hayward to Viroqua and ice cream to wine our new collection will make you want to discover your own backyard, here in Wisconsin.

The Rock Springs School had their last school day of school. Did you know that the first school in Ableman (Rock Springs) was in 1856? Col. Ableman built the log cabin and Miss Maria Welton was the first schoolteacher. Later the school was located in a frame building on the corner of River and Maple Streets. That building was torn down and later replaced by a water station. In 1900, Rock Springs Elementary School was built on a hill overlooking the town. At the time it was built, the town was thriving as the result of several quarries located nearby. In 1921, an addition was made to the school. There were four classrooms in the old school, accommodating kindergarten through eighth grade and two in the new addition for ninth and tenth grade. The junior and senior years of high school were held in Reedsburg. In 1972, $500,000 was allocated from Reedsburg Area School District to construct the present building.  Discover more about Sauk County Schools with the book “Good Old Golden Rule Days” a history of Sauk County country schools.  Also take look at remaining one-room schools in Doug Ohman’s “Schoolhouses of Minnesota”.  This book is filled with 120 color photographs with tales on the evolution of lunch pails, consolidation of rural schools, profiles of bullies and teachers’ pets and more.

Did you know that June 25th marks the anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn? Often referred to as Custer’s Last Stand, it is where George Custer and the 256 men under his command lost their lives in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Learn more from acclaimed historian Dee Brown in the book “Showdown at Little Big Horn”, including events through the eyes and ears of the participants from both sides. “They Died With Custer” by Douglas Scott is about the archaeological reclamation of the battlefield site of the Little Big Horn. A military archeologist (Scott), a forensic archeologist (Conner), and a forensics anthropologist (Willey) combined talents to preserve and identify the material evidence of the events that took place there after a wildfire stripped the scene of vegetation and exposed the site to erosive processes and human curiosity.  There is also a new bestseller by Nathaniel Philbrick, “The Last Stand”.  It looks at Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Ahoy readers! Set sail for the Reedsburg Public Library as we are making a Splash.  We have activities for children of all ages. Adults can read or listen to seven books and get a free book bag (while supplies last). Then their form will be entered for a chance to win more prizes at the end of the program in August. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for their sponsoring of this program. Complete calendar of events can be found on our library home page

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 17)


June is Turkey Lovers Month, National Soul Food Month, but here in Wisconsin it’s Dairy Month. Since 1937, June has been set aside as a time to pay tribute to the vital role milk and dairy products play in the American diet and the outstanding contribution of America’s dairy farmers.  We are celebrating here in Reedsburg this week with “Butterfest”. The history of Reedsburg butter dates back to 1887. This is when the Prairie du Sac Creamery purchased a site for a plant here in Reedsburg. The story of Reedsburg butter is interesting. Did you know in 1895 the creamery was making a total of 40,000 pounds of butter? After a fire destroyed it a new plant was built across from the depot at South Park and Railroad Streets. It became one of the largest and best arranged in the state. In 1902 it had 120 regular patrons who delivered their milk daily to the Reedsburg Creamery. Their total output that year was 300,000 pounds of butter. This plant was purchased by Dolly Madison and also produced ice cream and bottled milk. Butter was also produced on South Pine Street at the Nestle Building now the Foremost Farms Plant. This is the plant where 50 million pounds of butter a year were produced in the early seventies and the reason that each year we celebrate “Butterfest”.  The library's local history files include a folder of articles on Reedsburg's rich history with butter.  We have just order a new book in celebration of this special month “Great Big Cheese Cookbook” which is a compendium of recipes from over 60 world class chefs, featuring more than 300 classic and modern cheesy delights.

The library is in need of a 2003 and a 2005 Reedsburg High School yearbook. If you have one you would like to donate or sell, please contact Sue at the library.

Helen Thomas retired last week, she was a fixture at the White House as a female journalist who has covered presidents since 1960. Also the author of five books including “Thanks for the Memories Mr. President: Wit and Wisdom From the Front Row at the White House” and the 1999 memoir “Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times”.  She served for 57 years as a correspondent from the Eisenhower to the Obama administration. She is best remembered for her “Thank You Mr. President” comment like she used in the movie “Dave”. Also she was the only member of the White House Press Corps to have her own seat in the White House Briefing Room. All other seats are assigned to media outlets, rather than specific people.

At the Library, our summer program is called “Make a Splash-Read”.  Thirty-five years ago a splash hit the movie screen, Jaws opened on June 20, 1975. This thriller film was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the Peter Benchley’s novel.  It is regarded as one the greatest films of all times, we will be showing it at the library on Friday, July 30 during our Friday Movie series.

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 10)

Last Tuesday the former First Lady Barbara Bush celebrated her 85th birthday. She is the author of a couple books that look at her White House and post White House years. Remember her first book “Millie’s Book” that in 1992 spent 23 weeks on the bestseller list. We have it as the Bush’s dog Millie describes a day in the life of George HW Bush and family discussing morning briefings, deliberations in the Oval Office, and short breaks for squirrel hunting.

Listening to a Milwaukee Brewers game the last month has been different without Bob Uecker. The former big league ballplayer and Hall of Fame broadcaster is one of the funniest men.  To relive some of many great laughs and Brewers memories try “Bob Uecker Mr. Baseball” on CD.  This tribute is a mix of his Brewers radio highlights along with some hilarious moments of his entertainment career.  Did you also know that Bob Uecker is the author of “Catcher in the Wry” a book about his baseball career including his World Series season with the St. Louis Cardinals. Enjoy these while Bob is recovering from his surgery. Baseball in Wisconsin is not the same without him.

Did you know that the VCR was introduced thirty-five years ago on June 7,1975. The Sony Corporation released its videocassette recorder, the Betamax, which sold for $995. Eventually, another VCR format, VHS proved more successful and Sony stopped making the Betamax. We still have some films available on the VHS format and a growing collection on DVD.  (Sorry no Betamax versions although I think I still have some at home.)

The Summer Library Program kicked off to a great start with a large number of kids, teens and adults registrations.  Complete information about activities and the June Calendar of Events is available on our web site. Remember even grown-ups can have fun with our adult reading program this summer.   “Make a Splash” is running through August. Read or listen to seven books and receive a blue book bag, while supply lasts. Your form will also be entered in the drawing for a chance to win prizes at the end of the program. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for your support in the Adult Reading Program.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 3)

The Friends of the Library have recently donated to the library’s growing collection of Playaway audio items.  June is audio book month, so this is a great time to discover what Playaways are. A Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audio book. They are an MP3 player that comes preloaded with one book and takes one regular AAA battery to play. We even have rechargeable batteries you can check out, so you can start listening as soon as you get to your earphones. (Our supply of batteries is limited and it is one way you can help us stretch our budget dollars by using your own batteries. The less batteries we have to buy the more Playaways we can buy.)  You just simply plug in earphones and enjoy. Playaways allow bookmark insertions to remember where you stopped listening and you can adjust the speed of the narrator’s voice. They work with most headphones, speakers or car adapters.  Our collection includes novels, biographies, learning a language, business and best sellers. Playaways are available for 4-week check out and are also available from other libraries via LINKcat. For a list of titles available in Playaway format, search LINKcat using the keyword Playaway. 

Well at this time of the year, our favorite television shows go out with a season finale or final episode. The shows “Lost, “Law & Order” and “24” are ending.  Do you wonder how they all began; we have available in our LINK system of libraries the first season of the shows. These will help you answer your questions about how did they get on the island or who is Jack Bauer. Our LINK system includes materials at over fifty libraries in the South Central Library System.

The Summer Library Program has begun with a large number of kids, teens and adults registering this week. Complete information about activities and the June Calendar of Events are available on our web site. Remember even grow-ups can have fun with our adult reading program this summer. Adults can read or listen to seven books and receive a blue “Make a Splash” book bag, while supply lasts. Your form will also be entered in the prize drawing at the summer.

On our web site you will find a link to the Sauk County Budget Survey for 2011. The Sauk County Finance Committee is looking again this year for input on the importance of programs and services provided by the county (like your library).  Take time to respond to the survey.  If you don’t have a computer at home come into the library to use the ones here.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 27)


Thursday, May 27th we will be turning our community room into a Computer Training Lab. Library staff will be available to answer questions or provide assistance as you work. This is a great opportunity to work on your resume, start an e-mail account, fill out a job application online or just explore the Internet and get answers to your questions as they come up. Seats are 1st come and all are welcome from 1-3 pm.

Summer Library hours start this weekend (Memorial Day Weekend).
Summer hours are: Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm, Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Sunday Closed. The library will be closed on Memorial Day, May 31st, to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us. Our book return will be open, which is located on the Locust Street side of the building. Remember LINKcat should be available on our web site to request and renew materials during the holiday weekend.

Every Memorial Day, Americans remember the debt of gratitude we owe to our veterans. On this important day, communities across our Nation stop to remember and to honor the great sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.   Through the course of our Nation's history, more than 41 million Americans have served the cause of freedom and more than a million have died in its name.  On this noble American holiday, we solemnly pause to remember the men and women who gave their lives in service to our Nation. We honor those generations and individuals who fought for liberty and in defiance of tyranny that this unique experiment in self-government might long endure.
Our display case this month looks at War Memorials across the globe, one of those memorials is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. This memorial in Washington is made of polished black granite it reflects not only the veterans name but also the expressions of the visitors and the landscape. As you touch a name on the wall, you can’t help but think of the sacrifice made, the life that was lost and the family that was left behind. Three Reedsburg’s soldiers Cpl. Thomas Klemp, PFC. Michael Prothero, and Pvt. Jerome Schuett gave their lives in Vietnam. Our local history archives collection includes rubbings of there names from the Vietnam Memorial. All war memorials across our country serve as a silent reminder of all the Americans who died in war. The Reedsburg Public Library closes each year on Memorial Day. They do this to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us.

Did you know that more public libraries offer free meeting rooms than there are conference centers, convention facilities and auditoriums combined? Every day 225,000 people use library meeting rooms at a retail value of $11 million. That’s $3.2 bullion annually (based on 286 business days per year).  Yes we offer a Conference Room and a larger Community Room for meetings during and after library hours. We also have study rooms available during library hours for one on one discussion. Policy and applications for the Conference and Community Room are available on our web site.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 20)


Did you know that every day, Americans borrow 2.1 million DVDs from libraries, and we spend over $22 million for DVD rentals at outlets like Netfix and Redbox vending machines. Library DVDs are free and most DVDs checkout for at least seven days.

Thirty years ago, May 18, 1980 a major eruption happened in southwestern Washington.  Mount St. Helens blew steam and ash more than 11 miles into the sky. Our display case in the lobby is featuring many jars of ash and even a damaged leaf from the 1980 eruption.  We have just added Frank Gohlke’s book “Mount St. Helens” which is a collection of photographs of terrain around the volcano from 1981 until 1990 as you will see slow regrowth in the dramatic selections of photographs. Also we have books about visiting the site today  and videos of the eruption that happened thirty years ago.

May is Wisconsin’s Archeology Month, check out our display of books about archeology and archeology sites across the world. Did you know Sauk County has three unique sites, Yellow Thunder Memorial, Man Mound and the Hulbert Creek Garden Beds? The garden beds are located at the corner of County Road H and Birchwood Road. The site is three acres of approximately 1,000 year old Native American raised bed gardens. This site is managed by Sauk County Historical Society’s Archeological Committee which is chaired by Rob Nurre.  Rob will be discussing this site and how the Native Americans grew their food here on Tuesday, August 17th.  This program is just one of the many in partnership with the Worm Farm and in celebration of Smithsonian Key Ingredients program coming in October.

Are you looking forward to the summer and making a splash @ your library during our summer reading program. The summer reading program is for everyone-not just kids. Starting June 1, children, teens and adults can all make some waves and make a splash while reading. A complete calendar of programs and events can be found on our web site and paper copies of the brochure are now available at the library and will be coming home via schools soon.

Remember that we are looking for donations of old and new local organizations cookbooks of the Reedsburg area, to our local history collection. They are an important documentation of our heritage. Cookbooks have sometimes been passed down from generation to generation. Having these books in our local collection will be a way of connecting to the history of Reedsburg and the many past families kitchens.  Thank you so far for the donation of Holy Family Church 75th Cookbook, Ironton-LaValle School Cookbook, South School, Pineview School, St. Peter’s 1983 cookbook and 1993 Lands End employees cookbook.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 13)


Happy Children’s Book Week! This is an annual event sponsored by the Children’s Book Council to encourage the enjoyment of reading for young people. We kicked off this special week last Saturday when we had a visit from Curious George. You can find pictures of this special 2nd Saturday library program on our library web page.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 27th as we will have our community room set up as a Computer Training Lab.  Library staff will be available to answer questions or provide assistance as you work. This is a great opportunity to work on your resume, start an e-mail account, fill out a job application online or just explore the Internet and get answers to your questions as they come up. Seats are 1st come and all are welcome on Thursday, May 27th from 1-3 pm.

Minnesota is where the Mississippi River begins, where the world’s coldest temperature was recorded, and where you can “shop’ til you drop” at the world’s largest shopping mall, Mall of America. Minnesota has been called the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and between the lakes are abundant prairies, rolling hills, northern forests, the shoreline of Lake Superior and the canoe area at the Boundary Waters. State history includes many stories: those of Native Americans, French-Canadians, iron miners, lumbermen, lighthouse keepers and hardy pioneers from Germany, Scandinavia and Central Europe. There’s Mississippi River lore and stories about Paul Bunyan, a mythical lumberjack of huge size and strength and his companion, Babe the Blue Ox.  On May 11, 1858 Minnesota joined the Union as the 32nd state. We have many wonderful books about Minnesota like “How to Talk Minnesotan” by Howard Mohr, and “Six feet under” a graveyard guide to Minnesota by Stew Thornley. We also have books like “Minnesota State Fair” and “Cabins of Minnesota”. .  Check out a book and read about Minnesota the star to the north.

Happy 85th Birthday to Yogi Berra, widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. He was born May 12, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri and is the author of four books. We have his 2003 memoir “Ten Rings” which collects a lifetime of stories of his ten championship seasons. His ten championship rings are more than any other player of the 20th century.  Check out our display of baseball books by and about some legends of the field. Coming soon are books about Hank Aaron and American League MVP Joe Mauer.

Are you planning your summer activities and don't want to miss our summer program events? Now available on our web site is a complete list of events and information on the summer library program. Our program has activities for all ages. Registration for Children and teens starts the week of June 8.  Adult program starts June 1st.

Have you had a chance to look over our Free Rental Cart?  Has it been your “lucky day” to find a bestseller or newly released DVD? These items have a 7 day checkout and 30¢/day overdue fee but a great chance to find an item with a very long waiting list.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 6)

It’s springtime and we can help you with all of your projects. From planting a garden, landscaping your yard and even organizing your closets, we have books that can help. Rhubarb is a great springtime tradition for some of us. You may only have it in pies, bars and other desserts, but we can help you explore new ways of using it. Theresa Millang’s “Joy of Rhubarb” is a versatile cookbook of this spring delight. Also if you want to know more including it’s history try Sandi Vitt’s “Rhubarb: More Then Just Pies”.

Are you Googling and browsing for all the wrong answers? Ask someone who can find the right answers 24/7 at the “Ask us a question” button on the bottom of our web page. AskAway is a statewide virtual reference project and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by academic and public librarians around the country. This service is provided through an online chat. Questions can also be submitted through email. Just click the “Ask us a question” button on our homepage and “AskAway”.

Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books. He was a four-time Caldecott Honor Winner for “Inch by Inch”, “Frederick”, “Swimmy”, and “Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse”.  We have many of his books including his first “Little Blue and Little Yellow” which was published in 1959.  He was born May 5, 1910 one hundred years ago in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Sixty-five years ago (May 8, 1945) was V-E Day. Victory in Europe Day commemorates the unconditional surrender of Germany to Allied Forces, ending WWII in Europe. If you want to learn more about World War II, check out some items from our display. We also have a large collection of non-fiction and fiction books on the subject from home life in Sauk County to the battlefront.  Our nation honors the World War II era with the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. It is one of the war memorials featured in our display case this month.

Make sure you plan to join us at the library for our 2nd Saturday Program on Saturday, May 8th at 10:30 am.  We will have a special guest joining us “Curious George”.  He is the protagonist of a series of popular children’s books by the same name, written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey. The books feature a curious monkey named George, who is brought from his home in Africa by the Man with the Yellow Hat to live with him in a big city. Around the world, the adventures of Curious George have been translated in many languages. Curious George will be here Saturday, May 8th from 10:30 am -11:30 am.

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 29)


We have the results from our Library Survey posted at the library and on our web site. Thank you to everyone that filled out our survey, for helping us in creating our strategic plan for the next several years.  The survey included comments on a number of issues, from staff assistance to collection development and more.  One of the concerns was that we have items that patrons or customers don’t know how to find, an example was new DVD’s.  So here’s the scoop: There is already a long long waiting or “holds” list on new DVD’s and best seller books before they are released.  If you want to get on the waiting or “holds” list you can do that yourself by placing a hold in the online catalog or if you ask a staff member they will be glad to assist you. Holds can be placed as soon as the item appears in LINKcat, which is long before it’s release. (We don’t have any secret collections here in Reedsburg they are all linked and available.) Another suggestion is to watch our new “Free Rental” cart to see what is available there.  We have new DVD’s and best seller books that you might not have to wait so long to read or watch.

The library is looking for donations of old and new local organizations cookbooks of the Reedsburg area. We are adding cookbooks from local organizations and families to our local history collection, as they are an important documentation of our heritage. Cookbooks have sometimes been passed down from generation to generation. Having these books in our local collection will be a way of connecting to the history of Reedsburg and the many past family’s kitchens.

For the 14th consecutive year, Culvers is sponsoring a coloring event in celebration of National Library Month. Children 11 and under are invited to participate in the Communities Thrive @ Your Library campaign by picking up a drawing sheet at the library. All children who complete drawings will receive a coupon for a free scoop of frozen custard from Culver s and be entered into a drawing for other Culvers prizes. Deadline for entry is Friday April 30th.

Celebrate May Day with Mayberry and the Andy Griffith Show, a time to visit the sleepy North Carolina town at the center of the 1960’s comedy. Relieve your memories of Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee and the rest. Stop by the library and pick up a copy of Aunt Bee’s Cookbook or an episode on video or DVD. Did you know that: The Andy Griffith Show ranked among the top ten television shows in the nation during each of its eight original prime time seasons. And even more astounding, ever since the original run ended in 1968 the show has been seen literally every day on televisions in this country as well as throughout the world! Mayberry represent a kind of idealized view of what America was. It contains such heart, such a sense of community, and reminds us of what Andy said to Opie when he was leaving the town during the 1986 reunion movie. “There’s something about Mayberry and Mayberry folk that never leaves you. No matter where life takes you. You always carry in your heart the memories of old times and old friends”.

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 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 15)

This week is National Library Week, a nationwide observance to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers to their schools and communities. We are the heart of the community, a place where people come together for meetings, programs, research, job searching, homework assistance, a good book and a nice cup of coffee. People of all ages and backgrounds find entertainment, develop skills and come to find their place in the community. You gather for book discussions, storytimes with your children, and to join the Friends of the Library in their good work. This 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 pantry. For each food item brought into the library, we will wave 50¢ in overdue library fines. This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry. You may drop off food items even if you don’t have fines. The Food Pantry appreciates your help.

Thank you to everyone that filled out our survey to help us in creating our strategic plan for the next 5 years. We have heard you.  We thank you for the compliments and for the suggestions of how we can make this a better place.  In the following weeks we will try to cover some of the things that we are doing to answer your suggestions in this column, and if we change can’t change how it is,  explain why.  Survey report available at your library starting this week.

Loretta Lynn was born seventy-five years ago on April 14th. The Coal Miner’s Daughter was one of the leading country vocalists and songwriters during the 1960s.  We have her best-selling autobiography, which was made into an Academy Award winning film starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones in 1980.  Also in our collection is her 2002 memoir “Still Woman Enough” and her favorite recipes are included in her cookbook “You’re Cookin’ It Country”.  Loretta Lynn did an interview with Ralph Emery that is included in our Ralph Emery collection. Emery Memories is an incredible collection of 43 CDs of audio interviews with all the legends of the Country Music.

The Minnesota Twins opened their franchise’s sixth ballpark since its start as the Washington Senators. The new Target Field brings baseball back to the Minnesota outdoors since the days of Metropolitan Stadium. The stadium was located in Bloomington now the site of Mall of America; even home plate is still located in the middle of a theme park.  We have a new book “Twins at the Met” which is packed with fond recollections and candid comments from those who were there. This book captures the rich and colorful history of Minnesota Twins who are celebrating their 50th season this year.

Make plans to join us for our spring book sale blowout sponsored by the Friends of the Library on Friday April 23rd through Sunday, April 25th. Hundreds of items will be priced as “free will offering”. Friends member preview night is Thursday April 22 from 6-7 PM. The Friends group will be purchasing audio books from the proceeds of this sale.

Take a sneak peck at our summer library schedule, as it will be published in the city Rec Brochure. A link is now available on our web page.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 8 )

Remember that the library will close at 5 PM on Thursday, April 8th 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, visit and learn. Regular library hours will resume on Friday morning at 8:30 AM. While the library is closed, items may be returned through our book return, located in the east wall of the library building on Locust Street. LINKcat, our online catalog will be available during the time to place holds and manage your account.


Forty-years ago on April 7, 1970 the Seattle Pilots took the field as the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium as they were greeted by 37,237 fans. They were routed by the California Angels 12-0 and would finish fourth in the AL West with a 65-97 record that season. Our library display case is celebrating the Brewers milestones and players this month. You will find ticket stubs, bobble heads and even a replica Seattle Pilots jersey.  To discover more about Seattle Pilots and their one season before Milwaukee, try Kenneth Hogan’s book “1969 Seattle Pilots” major league baseball’s one year team.


Twenty-years ago on April 8, 1990 the death of Ryan White was the major news story of the day. He put the face of a child on AIDS and helped promote greater understanding of the disease. His 1991 book, “Ryan White my story” describes how he got AIDS, the legal battle to return to school and his being an spokesman for issues concerning the deadly disease.  As President Reagan said at the time “It’s the disease that’s frightening, not the people who have it”.  Copy of the book is available in our nonfiction collection.


Remember next week (April 11-17) is National Library Week 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 pantry. For each food item brought into the library, we will wave 50¢ in overdue library fines. This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry. You may drop off food items even if you don’t have fines. The Food Pantry appreciates your help.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 1)

Remember that the library will close Friday, April 2nd at Noon and is closed on Sunday, April 4th.  We are open Saturday April 3rd from 9 AM – 4 PM. The book return will be open all weekend. (It is located on the Locust Street side of the building.) LINKcat, our online catalog will be available its regular hours to renew books and place holds. Also mark your calendar: the library will close early (at 5 PM) on Thursday, April 8th for a staff in-service.

We are starting to get more audio books in a fourth format. Along with the regular books on cassette and CD and MP3 players, (Playaways), we now have audio books on MP3 CDs. The biggest difference is the number of CDs needed for each audio book. The MP3 format compresses the audio file at a higher rate, allowing a larger file to be placed onto a CD, which means fewer CDs per title. In addition, MP3 CDs can only be played on an MP3-compatible CD player or on any computer with the appropriate software.
Libraries touch many lives each day in very meaningful ways, and we are collecting and sharing those stories. On our web page visit the link to “Libraries for Real Life” an online resource to share your story. In celebration of National Library Week, everyone who submits a story is automatically entered in a drawing for prizes including $100, $50 and four $25 prizes. It takes only minutes, but can pay huge dividends for the library. This project- “Libraries for Real Life” reinforces the reality that today’s public libraries are vibrant, dynamic community resources that meet the information, education and recreational needs of residents of all ages

Fifty-years ago this March, Elvis Presley returned to the United States and was honorably discharged from the Army with the rank of sergeant on March 5. His missing years are told in Andreas Schroer book “Private Presley” and in fellow soldier Rex Mansfield’s “Sergeant Presley”, which are both available in our collection.  Elvis would not return to television till May 12, 1960 when he appeared as a guest on Frank Sinatra Timex Special. This special is known as “Welcome Home Elvis” taped in late March 1960. Fifty years later you can watch this on DVD, as we have it in our collection. The original broadcast drew an enormous viewer ship. The TV special featured Sammy Davis Jr, Joey Bishop, Peter Lawford and Nancy Sinatra. Elvis performed “Fame and Fortune” and “Stuck on You” which were the two sides of his first post-Army single.  He also performed a duet with Sinatra. As Elvis performed Sinatra’s classic “Witchcraft”, Frank performed the Elvis classic “Love Me Tender”. It is still great to watch 50 years later.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 25)

You can Celebrate Spring Break @ Your Library next week. Check out our web site for dates and times of the programs we are offering: Learn to Knit/Crochet, Movie Day and Wii Fun Day.
Did you know that the Library has an Electronic Magnifying Reader, for visually impaired patrons?  This portable unit is available for checkout or use in the building.
The library can help with all 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 supper, we have an extensive collection of cookbooks here at the library. We have “Dinner on Hand”, “Fix It and Forget It”, and “Top Secret Recipes” and these are just a few of the titles available to you. Spring is a great time to start grilling again, come in and check out our selection of grilling cookbooks too.
We have added a new book to our Local History Collection.  “The Challenge of Success” by George Paulson.  It is an autobiography of the long time editor of Reedsburg Times Press. This book is reference only, so it is available any time you stop at the library.

Children’s author Bill Cleaver would have been ninety years old on March 24th. Bill Cleaver became interested in writing as a child and spent many long hours in the public libraries as a young adult. He wrote 279 stories for pulp magazines and wrote sixteen novels for children. We have his famous Caldecott & National Book Award title, “Where the Lilies Bloom” in our collection. Mr. Cleaver died in 1981 at the age of 61.


Remember that the library will close Friday, April 2nd at Noon and is closed on Sunday, April 4th.  We are open Saturday April 3rd from 9 AM – 4 PM. The book return will be open all weekend. (It is located on Locust Street) and LINKcat, our online catalog will be available it’s regular hours to renew books and place holds. Also mark your calendar as the library will close early (@ 5 PM) on Thursday, April 8th for a staff in-service.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 18, 2010)


Fifty years ago March 9, 1960 a reception was held in Reedsburg at the Badger Theater. An unknown Senator, John F. Kennedy made a scheduled appearance that day. His other stops on March 9th were in Mauston, Baraboo, Sparta and LaCrosse with Mrs. Kennedy by his side. About 150 people turned out at the Badger Theatre according to the Reedsburg Times Press. Senator Kennedy was campaigning for votes in the Wisconsin primary election to be held April 5. He was seeking the presidential nomination from the Democratic Party. In Reedsburg he praised the primary system as a means by which presidential candidates can become familiar with the major problems of different states. He mentioned specifically the decline in the income of state dairy farmers in his talk. He also expressed alarm in the drop in farm income.

You can follow the Kennedy campaign fifty years later on twitter.com/JFK_1960.  Experience the day-to-day workings of JFK’s road to the White House. This site will give you links to images and remarks made on each hour of each day of the campaign.  We have in our collection the DVD “Primary” an interesting film made by Robert Drew.  This film is one week of round the clock access of Senator Kennedy as he toured the cities and towns of Wisconsin, campaigning against rival front-runner Hubert Humphrey in the state’s pivotal primary election. With minimal narration and ground breaking technique unseen in TV news reporting at the time.  This historical document is particularly interesting because it will give you a flavor of the politics of the time.  On our web page you will find a link to see images of Senator and Mrs. Kennedy’s visit to Reedsburg fifty years ago. Did you know that our Library Director Susan Steiner met Senator Kennedy as a grade school student in Fennimore, Wisconsin during the primary campaignShe got to shake his hand and he autographed a notepaper for her before he got into the helicopter to leave.

With thousands of books and audiovisual materials released each year, how do you know what to read next?  Did you know about the databases “What Do I Read Next?” or “Novelist” that are both available on our web site?  You can search more than 100,000 titles and 58,000 plot summaries by genre, subject, author, title and more using What Do I Read Next?  For fiction reviews and annotations, author read-alikes, what we’re reading, and discussion guides turn to Novelist.

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 11)


This week is Teen Tech Week 2010 (March 7-13), a national initiative aimed at teens, librarians, educators, parents and others to encourage teens to take advantage of libraries nonprint resources. The 2010 theme — Learn Create Share @ your library — fosters teen creativity and positions the library as a physical and virtual place for safe exploration of the many types of technology available at libraries, including DVDs, music, gaming, video production, online homework help, social networking, tech workshops, audio books and more. Thursdays, we host an “After School is Cool” program for 5th-8th graders, this week March 11th its “Wii Fun” day. Have your teen join us.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 16th at 7 PM. We will be hosting a presentation on Wisconsin’s role in gangster history. Chad Lewis will discuss the deadly bank robberies, explosive shootouts, brutal murders, and daring kidnappings, which are part of gangster history in Wisconsin.  Chad will be releasing a new book this spring “Wisconsin Road Guide to Gangster Hot Spots” which gives you the real story behind the movie “Public Enemies”.  The book will be filled with directions to get you started on the adventure that will have you walking in the footsteps of Wisconsin most notorious gangsters!  The Friends of the Library are happy to invite Mr. Lewis back to the library. He has been very popular here as a lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. Chad has been featured on the Discovery Channel and is the author of the Hidden Headlines series and also the co-author of the Road Guide to Haunted Locations book series. Last year he wrote “Minnesota Road Guide to Gangster Hot Spots”.

March is National Craft Month! Check out our display of Picturing America prints throughout the library. These are high-quality color reproductions of masterpieces of American art. The Picturing America program is an initiative to strengthen the understanding of America’s history and founding principles through American art and art forms

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (March 4)

Attn: Non-Library Users and Library Users, we have extended our library survey until Saturday, March 6th.  We hope this additional time will help you, help us with future planning at the library.  It's a brief survey to see how people use the library today, what services or formats we might need to add in the future and to check in and see what we're doing well and what things we might want to improve upon. Even though we have received over 100 surveys’ that is a very small percentage of our users. There is a link to the online version of the survey from the Library website. Paper copies of the survey are available in the library. We will share the results of the survey during National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010.

Remember from your childhood, that rubber-like substance packaged in a plastic egg that can bounce, stretch and pick up pencil marks; it has amazed kids and adults for the past 60 years! Yet it was not intended to be a toy at all. Were it not for happenstance, Silly Putty would not exist. It was developed while trying to find a synthetic rubber for tires during WWII.  It was launched to the public on March 1, 1950. The sixty-year-old popular toy has sold more then 300 million eggs. It even went to the Moon in 1968 with the Apollo 8 astronauts. Mark Rich’s “100 Greatest Baby Boomer Toys” is a great nostalgic book of toys and playthings from the baby boomer generation. This book is filled with photographs and text discussing the origins, value and history of more than 100-featured toys, including Silly Putty and Tinker Toys.

Before highways as we know them today existed, roads used by drivers in the United States consisted of “auto trails” or informal, marked routes. As automobile travel became increasingly important in America, the federal government appointed a joint board on Interstate Highways on March 2, 1925. Eighty-five years ago, this board created the first system of highway numbering in the US. Standardized road signs identifying the routes were also introduced. The most famous of routes is the mother road, Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.  We have many books and DVDs to revisit the people and places that made this road an American icon.  We also have books and videos available on another “auto-trail”, the Lincoln Highway. It was called the “Main Street across America” and followed 3,000 miles from New York to San Francisco. Michael Wallis book “Lincoln Highway” captures the 13 states that the highway passes through with stories and photographs.

Mark your calendar! Our daytime book discussion group “On the Lighter Side” will be meeting on Tuesday, March 9th at 10 AM.  We will be discussing “Winter Study” by Nevada Barr.  This is her 14th mystery thriller featuring National Park Service ranger Anna Pigeon. Anna joins the team of Winter Study, a research project intended to study the wolves and moose of Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park.  Copies of the book & discussion questions are available at the library. Discussion questions are also available on the library web site. New members are welcome to join us for this discussion.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 25)

Hope to see you at the library Thursday night, February 25th at 7 PM as we welcome Harvey Baumgartner. He will present living off the earth as described in his book “Dancing in the Dew, A New Way of Living on Planet Earth”.  Mr. Baumgartner was born and raised on a dairy farm near Monroe, Wisconsin, where he learned to appreciate the magic of nature. Following his military service, Harvey searched for answers to life’s big questions in the mountains of the American West.  Harvey, his wife, and their two small children left LaFarge, Wisconsin for Idaho - on horseback. That trip and Harvey’s adventures working with ranchers, outfitters and the Forest Service provided material for the authentic picture of Western life chronicled in his book. Baumgatner made a second primitive trip west in 1998 this time by covered wagon. Harvey moved to Elroy, Wisconsin in 2000 to be close to his daughter and her family. He moved to a twelve-acre hilltop hayfield in 2002 and built his sod home, where he continues to maintain a simple but contented lifestyle, farming, writing and enjoying his natural surroundings.

We have just added the films “Trail of Vengeance” and “Rainbow’s End” two classic “B” western films of the 30s. Throughout the 30s the snide, snarling presence of Warner Richmond elicited instantaneous boos from front row kids. He was a busy B-western villain, starring with such western heroes as Tex Ritter, Gene Autry and Hoot Gibson. Did you know he grew up here in Reedsburg? Werner Paul Raetzmann was one of seven children born to a German-born father and Wisconsin-born mother. His father William Raetzmann was a printer and his mother Emilie (Amelia) Licht raised her family of eight children. (Some reports show that he was born in Racine, Wisconsin but that is in error as his family was living in Reedsburg. The 1880, 1900 and 1910 census records all show the family, including Werner living in Reedsburg, where his brothers and sisters were born. )

Thirty-years ago on February 22, 1980 an United States team made of amateur and collegiate hockey players led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the Soviet team which was considered the best hockey team in the world.  The United States went on to win the gold medal by winning their final match over Finland. Now during the Olympics this would be a great time to watch the 2004 motion picture “Miracle”. The film tells the most thrilling tales in sports history of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.  “Miracle” is inspirational and uplifting, qualities we are as much in need of today as we were during the winter of 1980.

We are conducting a survey of library users to help with the future planning for the library. It's a brief survey to see how people use the library today, what services or formats we might need to add in the future and to check in and see what we're doing well and what things we might want to improve upon. There is a link to the online version of the survey from the Library website. Paper copies of the survey are available in the library. We will share the results of the survey during National Library Week,
April 11-17, 2010.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 18)

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Feb 25th at 7 PM as author Harvey Baumgartner will be joining us at the library.  Harvey lives in the Elroy-Hillsboro area and is an adventurer, philosopher and author. He will present living off the earth, his way of life, as described in his book “Dancing in the Dew, A New Way of Living on Planet Earth”. This book is a journal that describes in detail the materials used to construct and survive in his sod house as well as the dream that inspired its creation. Writing by candlelight in three-ring spiral notebooks after each day’s construction, Harvey also recorded authentic accounts of his Western experiences as a cowboy, mule packer and mountain man. He takes readers with him and his family on cross-country trips by horseback and covered wagon and inside a Lakota naming ceremony. This book has a message for all: Regardless of economic conditions, life can be good and full of joy. Mr. Baumgartner will read excerpts and discuss ideas in his book with participants. He will answer your questions about his sod home lifestyle: How is it made? How to do you live without electricity and plumbing? What do you do out there? What brought you to that wind-swept hilltop? Copies will be available for sale and we have a copy in our collection for checkout.

We are conducting a survey of library users to help with future planning for the library. It's a brief survey to see how people use the library today, what services or formats we might need to add in the future and to check in and see what we're doing well and what things we might want to improve upon.  There is a link to the online version of the survey from the Library website. Paper copies of the survey are available in the library. We will share the results of the survey during National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010.

The Washington Monument, the tallest building in Washington D.C. is visible from miles away. This fitting tribute to our first president was dedicated 125 years ago on February 21, 1885. We have many books and videos on planning your trip to Washington D.C. to see this monument. Did you know that this iconic landmark has been featured in a number of film and television depictions? Dan Brown references the symbolic meaning of the shape in the novel “The Lost Symbol”. The monument is destroyed in disaster films such as “2012” and “Mars Attacks”, used as a backdrop in the final scene of the movie “In the Line of Fire”.

Last week former Texas congressman Charlie Wilson died, he championed covert CIA support for Afghan Mujahidin in the 1980s. His life was chronicled in the book “Charlie Wilson’s War” and the hollywood film which starred Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. We have the film and true story behind the film available on DVD.  Also Phil Harris, the salty, tattooed captain who starred in the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” died last week. We have the popular book on the hit show “Deadliest Catch” and the show is available through our online catalog.

The Friends of the Reedsburg Library would like to thank everyone who donated to this years “Star Spangled Holiday Fund Drive”.  We made our goal of $2000.  Watch for the new additions to our collection.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 11)

Love is in the air; Valentines Day is only a few days away. So it seems like the perfect time to watch a favorite romantic movie, episodes featuring your favorite TV couple or to read a favorite love story. I’m sure you have your own favorites of each but here are some of the favorites of others. There are some great movies, “Casablanca”, “Gone with the Wind”, “Dr, Zhivago”, “Titanic”, “and An Affair to Remember", or the modern version “You’ve Got Mail”.  Some of the best couples from television were Lucy and Ricky, Homer and Marge, Rachel and Ross, Sam and Diane, Gomez and Morticia, Jim and Pam, Bobby and Pam, Rob and Laura and so many more. (Can you figure out what TV shows those couples were in?) Or if you would rather read aloud (to share) a good book you could try, “Gone with the Wind’, “Pride and Prejudice”, “Wuthering Heights”, “Love Story” or some more modern novels that were made into movies like “P.S. I Love You” or “Notebook”. Any of the above suggestions will help you celebrate a quiet inexpensive Valentine's Day at home.

Your library has been here for you through these tough economic times. Indeed, we’re with you in good times and in bad. As someone wrote, “We stock the "medicine" to cure what ails your soul”. Be it a lack of knowledge about a new life skill, made suddenly necessary by these trying times; or a longing for an imagined world to escape into. We understand that you may have had to cut back. That’s why we have stepped up our efforts to serve you–by adding more new items in all areas including Audio books  (Playaways and CD’s), and DVDs. You’ve been responding in kind and using us in record numbers. You’re checking out more books, DVDs, and CDs than ever before; we have set new records throughout 2009. Of all the government agencies, the public library gives you the best return on a modest investment of your tax dollars. There is no limit to how much you may use your library. It gratifies us when you use us to the fullest extent. Lean on us. Use us as much as you want: You can never use us up.

Please help us this month by doing a brief survey on library services and needs for today and the future. There is a link to the online version of the survey from the library website. Paper copies of the survey are available in the library. We will share the results of the survey during National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010.

Twenty-five years ago on February 8, 1985 the Dukes of Hazzard aired its last show, “Opening Night at the Boar’s Nest”. There was just so many ways you can wreck a car as declining ratings ended the seven-season show on CBS. Check out our display case this month as we remember some of highlights from 25 (1985) and 50 (1960) years ago.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Feb 4)

Fifty years ago on February 1, 1960, four African American college students attempted to desegregate Woolworth's lunch counter. After being denied service on the first day, they left, only to return the following day with their friends. Again, they were denied service, but by the end of the week, their bravery had prompted hundreds to join them, and Woolworth's finally agreed to desegregate. The success of this sit-in sparked similar ones throughout the South and led to the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which was set up to direct the activities of students working in the civil rights movement. This incident is referred to as the “Greensboro Sit-in”.  Check out our display of books on the Civil Rights Movement including Charles Cobb’s “On the Road to Freedom”. Cobb leads us from Washington, D.C., through eight southern states to visit the places where pioneers of the civil rights movement fought for freedom. Even today you can see apart of that lunch counter at the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.

Check out our display of the works of Robert B. Parker, an American crime writer. His most famous works were the Spenser novels, which were the starting point for a tv series “Spencer for Hire”, on television during the late 1980s. Parker died last week at the age of 77. He authored more than 60 books. Besides crime writing, Parker also wrote a novel inspired by the life of Jackie Robinson, "Double Play" and westerns like "Appaloosa," "Resolution" and "Brimstone.
The Friends of the Reedsburg Library Holiday Fund Drive “Have a Star-Spangled Holiday”, is ending soon. When you present a book or other items to your library, many others will have the opportunity to read, watch or listen to it. Here is your chance to do just that. Names of contributors are posted at the library. This season we are creating a flag. We will put a star on our flag with your name for as little as $5.00 or donate over $30 for your name on a stripe. Thank you to Laura Rasmussen, Heather Rasmussen, Hollie Rasmussen, Megan Rasmussen, and Tayt Rasmussen, Betty Jo Bialaski, Clarence Bittner for their donations this week.

We are conducting a survey of library users to help with future planning for the library. It's a brief survey to see how people use the library today, what services or formats we might need to add in the future and to check in and see what we're doing well and what things we might want to improve upon.  There is a link to the online version of the survey from the Library website. Paper copies of the survey are available in the library. We will share the results of the survey during National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 28)

Remember the book sale is this weekend (January 29th – 31st) during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available as well as magazines. The profits from this book sale benefit the library’s audio book collection.

The Sauk County Land Conservation Department, along with Green Plan-It and the Sauk County Master Gardeners are selling worm compost bins. We have one on display including pictures of how it works and the order forms. The display has been traveling around the county libraries this winter; we will have it here for next couple of weeks.

January 18th the American Library Association announced their annual books awards. For excellence in illustration the Caldecott Medal was award to “The Lion and the Mouse” by Jerry Pinkney. For author of the most distinguished contributions to American literature for children, the Newberry Medal went to “When you Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead. Both books have been added to our children’s collection.

Do it yourself, online or on paper. The library has many new tax guides to help you navigate your 2009 income and small business taxes .We also offer free income tax assistance for qualified individuals at our library through partnerships with AARP and the Sauk County Aging & Disability Center. To sign up for an appointment call the Sauk County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 1-800-432-3710.

The Friends of the Reedsburg Library Holiday Fund Drive “Have a Star-Spangled Holiday”, is still in full swing. When you present a book or other items to your library, many others will have the opportunity to read, watch or listen to it. Here is your chance to do just that. Names of contributors are posted at the library. This season we are creating a flag. We will put a star on our flag with your name for as little as $5.00 or donate over $30 for your name on a stripe. Thank you to Tom Geimer, R. Tom Arbogast, and Sue DeBaets for their donations this week.

We are conducting a survey of library users to help with future planning for the library. It's a brief survey to see how people use the library today, what services or formats we might need to add in the future and to check in and see what we're doing well and what things we might want to improve upon.  There is a link to the online version of the survey from the Library website. Paper copies of the survey are available in the library. We will share the results of the survey during National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 21)

We are conducting a survey of library users to help with future planning for the library. It's a brief survey to see how people use the library today, what services or formats we might need to add in the future and to check in and see what we're doing well and what things we might want to improve upon.  There is a link to the online version of the survey from the Library website. Paper copies of the survey are available in the library. We will share the results of the survey during National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010.

Remember Captain Barney Miller, Wojo, Fish, Harris and the others of the 12th Precinct. The ABC network comedy series “Barney Miller” first aired thirty-five years ago on January 23, 1975.  We have the first season available on DVD. You can watch as Barney Miller maintains order over his squad room of detectives as nearly all of the action of the show takes place in the squad room where the citizens and criminals are brought in to complicate the mix.

The National Football League is now on the run toward the Super Bowl. We have many new books that have been added to the library this football season.  One of the top stories of the season was Brett Favre ending up in Minnesota. That journey to purple is told in unbelievable drama and suspense in “Purple Reign” and for those people who don’t like Favre we have the new “I Love/I Hate Brett Favre”.  This book is a unique flipbook format that balances both sides of the argument. Two new books filled with photos are “Tennessee’s Team” a pictorial history of the Tennessee Titans ten years in football. “Titletown’s Team” is a book that chronicles the ninety years of the Green Bay Packers.  Other books that have been added are “Greatness” the rise of Tom Brady and “Dan Rooney” which is a compelling story of a NFL team owner.  Our football section of books also includes yearbooks and team guides of the many different teams. We also have game highlights and team histories of most of the NFL teams, on DVD. There is still more football to be enjoyed this season.

Interested in getting your taxes done, but need some forms? We are starting to get in many of the state and federal tax forms at the library. But links to additional forms and information are available on our web site.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book Fund is still in fill swing this year. If you wanted to donate but your end of the year budget didn’t allow it, you still can. 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 season with over $1,000 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names are posted at the library, on the stars and stripes of the flag. This week “Thank You” goes out to Jean Smith. The Friends of the Library thanks all donors for your continued support.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 14)


The Library wishes Happy 30th Birthday to Albert Pujols who was born January 16, 1980.  One of the best players in baseball today, he is currently first baseman of the St. Louis Cardinals. He has been selected as an All-Star eight times in nine seasons, won MVP three times and a World Series ring in 2006. You can remember the 2006 World Series with the St Louis Post-Dispatch book “We Shocked the World”, every moment of the triumph over the Detroit Tigers with full-color pictures.  Our DVD collection includes all of the games of the 2006 series also. Watch as the Redbirds claim the biggest prize of all. If you’re not a Cardinals fan, we can help you think spring as we have many different baseball game broadcasts on DVD.  There are less than 90 days until baseball’s opening day in 2010.


Thirty-five years ago on January 18, 1975, George Jefferson a successful businessman, millionaire and owner of seven dry cleaning stores came into our lives. We watched on CBS as George and his wife moved to their ritzy penthouse apartment on Manhattan’s fashionable East Side. As the opening theme song “We’re Movin’ on Up” showed the moving van in front of “their de-luxe apartment in the sky."  Did you know that the Jeffersons was a spin-off of All In The Family and lasted eleven seasons? It is the longest-running comedy with a predominantly African American cast in the history of American television. We have the first seasons of the Jeffersons available on DVD for seven-day checkout to relive your nights from 35 years ago. 


The National Football League is now on the run toward the playoffs. You can relive the excitement of the playoffs of last season with the “2008 Season in Review” DVD. This NFL films uses exclusive audio from over 130 players & coach wires and 1.7 million feet of game film. See the entire season from kickoff to the Lombardi Trophy.  We have many different team highlight films on DVD and books. Including playoff teams like Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers.


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 Friday January 29, Saturday January 30 and Sunday January 31 during library hours.


Help us plan for the future! Can we improve your library experience? Let us know by participating in our survey. Please visit our web page for an online survey or pick up a copy of the survey at the library.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Jan 7, 2010)

We are participating in the Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge. The Challenge is open to all Wisconsin 3rd through 10th graders and will run from January 4, 2010 through February. Score 500 points by reading 500 pages and earn a free ticket to a Bucks home game at the Bradley Center! The Milwaukee Bucks remind you “the more you read, the more you win!” Pick up your Reading Package materials at the library.

Our lobby display case honors the life and times of Elvis Presley. He was known the world over by just his first name. He is also regarded as one of the most important figures of the twentieth century. Our display features many items from his movies and music career, including many pictures of his beloved home, Graceland. We have many of his movies, music and books available for checkout to help you remember a man named Elvis. Elvis Aaron Presley was born seventy-five years ago on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, MS. This weeks Elvis trivia question is “The famous wedding scene in Blue Hawaii was filmed at what Kauai Hotel?” We have Blue Hawaii available for checkout, or watch for the answer next week and more trivia questions are available on our web page.

Also born seventy-five years ago on January 8 is Robert Osbourne Denver, best known for his role as Gilligan on the television series “Gilligan’s Island”. Bob Denver also played Maynard G. Krebs on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”. We have many books about Gilligan’s Island as well as all the episodes on DVD. Denver recreated his Gilligan character as a bartender in the movie “Back to the Beach” which we have on DVD. He complained about having been stranded on an island with a guy who could make a nuclear reactor out of coconuts but could not fix a hole in a boat.

Friends of the Library say “Thank You” to:  Sandra Lloyd, Lorraine Grantin, Rex & Ardell Albers. These are this week’s donors to the Friends of the Library’s Star Spangled Holiday Gift Drive.

The library is currently reviewing its long-range or strategic plan. The mission of the Reedsburg Library is to anticipate the needs of our community and provide for people of all ages relevant and appropriate library materials, services and centers for meeting and learning. We’d like you to participate in planning for the coming years, please visit our web page for an online survey or pick up a copy of the survey at the library. All input is welcome and important to us. We are collecting data until the end of February and then a report from that information will be published.

 

 

 

 

he Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 31, 2009)

“The British are coming! The British are coming!” These are the famous words associated with Paul Revere, who was born 275 years ago on January 1st. Revere was immortalized for his “midnight ride” in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride” (we have an illustrated edition). Some famous paintings of Paul Revere are part of the Picturing American exhibit we have on display at the library. Above our Science Fiction collection is a copy of John Singleton Copley’s “Paul Revere-1768” and above our 28 day DVD collection is Grant Wood’s “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”.  The Picturing America collection brings the story of our nation to life through high-quality color reproductions of masterpieces of American art. This collection is placed throughout the library. Thanks to the National Endowment for the Humanities for this donation.

Thirty years ago on December 27, 1979, CBS-TV premiered a new prime time serial “Knot’s Landing”. A spin-off from the hit program “Dallas”, the show stared Ted Shackelford as “Gary Ewing” who leaves Texas for a California life. Other stars include Joan Van Ark as his wife “Val”. Michelle Lee plays their neighbor “Karen”, whose husband played by Don Murray. The show became a huge hit, running until 1993.   We have the first season of Knots Landing on DVD as well as many seasons of Dallas, just some of the many television shows we have in our collection.

Friends of the Library say “Thank You” to:  Claire Adelman, Nathan Adelman, In Honor of Letha Adelman, Karyn Krug, Mike Gargano, James & June Pawlisch, Richard & Elizabeth Pannier. These are this week’s donors to the Friends of the Library’s Star Spangled Holiday Gift Drive.

Just a reminder: We will be open Thursday January 31 (New Year’s Eve) from 8:30 am to 1pm and the Library will be closed to celebrate the New Year’s holiday on Friday, January 1. Ring in the New Year with a good book from the Reedsburg Public Library

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 24)

This year on December 24th, we are remembering Kit Carson’s 200th birthday. Christopher Carson, born in 1809 was a trapper, scout, Indian agent, soldier and authentic legend of the west. Carson traveled through so much of the American West. Discussions about his life adventures can be discovered in our history of the west section at 978. We have videos and books about gunfighters, explorers and events of the “Wild Wild West”. 

Also celebrating a Christmas Eve birthday is Ryan Seacrest, who will be 35 this year. Seacrest is a radio and television host and best known for his role on “American Idol” the reality show that airs on Fox.  Idol is one of the most popular shows of the year and the new season will be starting in January. We have some of the stars like Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Reuben, Fantasia, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood in our music collection.  Also in our DVD collection are some of the past seasons with the best and worse moments available on DVD. If American Idol isn’t your “thing” we have lots of other performers on CD you could check out.

Friends of the Library say “Thank You” to: Jim & Ann Jennings, Kay & Dave Daley, Bill & Barb Klang, Cindy Powers, Joan & Neal Pulvermacher, Carolyne White, and Mary Newport. These are this week’s donors to the Friends of the Library’s Star Spangled Holiday Gift Drive.

Just a reminder: the Library will be open on Thursday December 24th from 8:30am to 1 PM but closed on Friday, December 25th.  Also to celebrate the New Year’s holiday we will be open Thursday January 31 from 8:30 am to 1PM and closed on Friday January 1.

Season’s Reading to you from your local library this holiday season.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 17)

From celebrity gossip to struggles with alcoholism to the joys and trials of fatherhood, from intimate and uplifting tales of travel to lifestyles of the rich and unhappy, there are few things more thrilling than getting a glimpse into someone else’s life story. We have a large collection of memories, located in our nonfiction collection at 921 (biographies).  Some of the newest and hottest in our collection are Ted Kennedy’s “True Compass” and Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue”. For the entertainment fan there is Paul Schaffer’s “We’ll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives”, telling of his show business life. Also available are Andy Williams’ tell-all autobiography, “Moon River and Me” and Patrick Swayze’s “Time of My Life”. These are just some of our new memoirs that will put you into someone’s real life while reading.

Sixty-five years ago on Dec 16, 1944, the German Army was in retreat and Allied forces were on German soil. But a surprise German offensive was launched in Belgian Ardennes Forest. This became the Battle of the Bulge.  For an incisive portrait of this battle and the rest of the war forward try “No Less than Victory” by Jeff Shaara.  He is one of the grand masters of military fiction. This book concludes the epic tale of the war in Europe from the Battle of the Bulge through the German surrender.  Another good read on this subject is Alex Kershaw’s epic story of the most decorated platoon during this battle, “The Longest Winter”. The narrative moves from the GIs’ combat experience at the Bulge to their POW experience until the closing days of the war. This is a good read for observing the sixtieth anniversary of the Bulge.

I bet you didn’t think it was twenty years ago that the “Simpsons” premiered on the Fox network of television. December 17, 1989 is when the hottest animated family premiered as a weekly half-hour sitcom. This longest running television series in history is featured in our lobby display case.  Discover people and places of Springfield, including a series of stamps by the United States Postal Services. The Simpsons is the first television series still in production to receive this recognition.

Friends of the Library say “Thank You” to Cary Stage, Jeanette Rose, Sherri Schmitz, In Memory of Dorothy Meyer, Daniel & Deborah Dee, In Honor of Hubert & Margaret Mundth,
Norma Hammer, Dorothy Brennan, Keith & Vera Pelton.  These are this weeks donors to the Friends of the Library’s Star Spangled Holiday Drive.

Just a reminder: the Library will be open on Thursday December 24th from 8:30am to 1 PM but closed on Friday, December 25th.  Also to celebrate the New Year’s holiday we will be open Thursday January 31 from 8:30 am to 1PM and closed on Friday January 1.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec 10)

Are you starting to feel panicked about the upcoming holiday season? Are you expecting a houseful of guests and have no idea what to feed them? Are you looking to give your friends and family homemade gifts, but have no idea where to start? If you answered ‘yes’ to just one of those questions, have no fear. We are well stocked when it comes to holiday craft and cookbooks. Now that you feel a little less stressed knowing we have the tools to help you with your preparations, you’re probably wondering where to find the books you need on our shelves. Our craft and cookbooks are found in non-fiction. This month however, they are even easier to find, as they will be our book display for the month! Time to get busy...the holidays are just around the corner!

The Christmas tree tradition is originally from Germany. By the 1840s the tree was widely known in the United States. The publication of “Kris Kringle’s Christmas Tree” in 1845, a children’s book about the custom, helped to popularize the holiday tree. The first trees in America were gifts themselves, filled with gingerbread, sugarplums and other homemade ornaments. By 1994, 85 percent of all American homes contained a decorated tree at Christmas time. Stop in the library this holiday season to see our wonderful patriotic decorated Christmas trees; we are open seven days a week. Enjoy a cup of warm coffee from the Friends of the Library coffee cart while you read a magazine or newspaper.

The Friends of the Library “Have a Star Spangled Holiday” Drive 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. With your gift of as little as $5 your name or someone you designate will be a star on our flag or donate over $30 for a name on a stripe. Help the Friends of the Library as we build our flag. The drive was very successful last year with over $1,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Dec.3)

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:The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold in theatres December 2009; The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan in theaters February 2010; Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll in theatres March 2010; Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney in theaters April 2010; The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks in theatres April 2010; Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer in theatres June 2010; Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary in theaters August 2010.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Fund Drive “Have a Star-Spangled Holiday”, is already in fill 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. This week “Thank You” goes out to Tamara Kissak, Irene Schoellig, Carolyn & Harold VanDuser, Anonymous, Jerona Rykunyk, Dick Anfang, Yvonne Brekke, Enid Mikonowicz, Erna Schwartz, Gloria Judge, Shirley Burmester, Mark Kveren-Edward Jones, Christine Schrank. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

The big holiday item this year is the Amazon Kindle reader, even Sports Illustrator reader Peter King said “I peered over the shoulder of the woman in 
front of me for a minute and saw bright,easy-to-read type, and I thought of every bookshelf in our apartment being full, and I thought, “I know exactly
what I want for Christmas”. 
The Friends of the Library purchased a Kindle II for the library this summer. This e-book reader is much easier to read than the old e-book readers
we had six or seven years ago. The screen is easy on the eyes and it is light to hold. (Much lighter than a hardcover book.)  You can get a view of it
and
check it out for two weeks, filled with over twenty titles to enjoy. Reserve the kindle the next time you are in, as the waiting list is now into
January.
See what e-book readers are all about.  Are they something you might like to own?
Do you wish you could receive a reminder BEFORE your library materials are due? Now it is possible to sign up to receive e-mail notices two days before your items are due!  If you are interested, ask us to sign you up for pre-overdue notices - we're happy to help!  To participate, we will also need to have your e-mail address on file and your account must be set up to receive e-mail notices about holds and overdue items. 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov.26)

“Go, dog. Go!”, “Do you like my hat? I do not like that hat”. “Are you my mother?” How many children have learned these words in their very earliest reading experiences? The books for early readers that were written by Philip Dey Eastman rank among the most popular of all time. This protégé and colleague of Dr. Seuss is so popular that frequently their books are mistaken for each others. P.D. Eastman was born November 25, 1909 one hundred years ago, take a trip down memory land explore your favorites like “Go Dog Go”, “Sam and the Firefly” or “Are You My Mother!”.

Remember that the library will be closing on Thanksgiving Eve at 6 pm and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day. The library book drop is always open to return library books and other materials. The outside book drop is located on the Locust St. side of the building. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat, our online catalog.  A link can be found on our web site. (www.reedsburglibrary.org)

The Friends of the Library Holiday Fund Drive “ Have a Star-Spangled Holiday”, is already in fill 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. This week “Thank You” goes out to Phoebe Steiner, Isaac Steiner, Adam Steiner, Elliott Steiner, Imelda Adelman, Helen Cunningham, Dave and Sandy Champeau. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.

Well the Reedsburg football team made it back to Camp Randall for the state championship game for the second year in a row.  Do you know the story of Camp Randall, good time to check out the story of Camp Randall during the Civil War, “Soldiers When They Go” by Carolyn Mattern. Discover 100 years of Reedsburg football history with Jeff Seering’s book “A Century of Gridiron Memories”.  We also have highlights of last years state championship game in our DVD collection. CONGRATULATIONS to the Reedsburg Football Team for winning the championship game.  When available we’ll add the winning game DVD to our collection

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library ( Nov.19)

In the famous “Chuckles Bites the Dust”, episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, we saw the WJM-TV crew struggling to contain the urge to joke about the comic circumstances surrounding the death of Chuckles the Clown. David Lloyd, the writer of that episode, died last Wednesday. At the episode’s end, Moore, who had previously lectured her station mates for poking fun, finds herself erupting in laughter during the minister’s eulogy. This episode was ranked as one of the top television episodes of all time. If you don’t remember how Chuckles died, you can borrow the episode from us and watch it.  David Lloyd was a giant in the industry working on many memorable shows that we have on DVD, here at the library. Some of his works are episodes of Cheers, Wings, Bob Newhart Show, Mary Tyler Moore, Fraser and others.

The library will be close on Thanksgiving Eve, November 25 at 6 pm and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. The library book drop is always open to return library books and other materials. The outside book drop is located on the Locust St. side of the building. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat, our online catalog.  A link can be found on our web site. (www.reedsburglibrary.org)

The Friends of the Library Holiday Fund Drive “ Have a Star-Spangled Holiday”, is already in fill 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, this year we are creating a flag. So we will put a star on our flag with your name for as little as $5.00 or donate over $30 for your name on a stripe. 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, avoid the Christmas rush.


The Inside Story @ Your Library (Nov.12)

Friends of the Library will be welcoming local author David Rhodes to the library on Tuesday, Nov 17th @ 7 PM. His latest book “Driftless”, returns to the midwestern landscape, offering a fascinating and entirely unsentimental portrait of a town apparently left behind by the march of time. Intimate and funny, wise and generous, Driftless is an unforgettable story of contemporary life in rural America. David Rhodes worked in fields, hospitals and factories across Iowa as a young man. After receiving an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1971, he published “The Last Fair Deal Going Down”, “The Easter House” and “Rock Island”.  In 1977, a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. Driftless is his first book since. Join us in welcoming and discussing his work on Tuesday, November 17th.

On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall opened after twenty-eight years. A symbol of the Cold War, it was the border between East Germany and West Germany. Its opening began reunification of the two Germanys by the summer of 1990 and the end of the Cold War. The radio broadcast of this historical moment is included in “We Interrupt This Broadcast” by Joe Garner.  This book also includes many historic broadcasts. A new book out this fall is by W.R. Smvser’s “Kennedy and the Berlin Wall”.  It tells the story of the Berlin Crisis and the authors experience as a diplomat in Germany during the period. “Tear Down This Wall” by Romesh Ratnesar, provides an account of President Reagan’s defining moment, his speech and his relationship with Gorbachev. Also check out our display of books and videos on the Cold War.

 “Sesame Street” premiered forty-years ago on November 10, 1969.  This show educates children while they have fun. It takes place along a city street, featuring a diverse cast of humans and puppets. Through singing, puppetry, film clips and skits, kids are taught letters, numbers, concepts and other lessons.  Learn more with Michael Davis who wrote a complete history “Street Gang” or watch an episode on DVD or VHS, from our collection.

Now that the World Series is complete, you can still keep watching some of the greatest World Series games on DVD. We have the Minnesota Twins of 1987, Boston Red Sox of 2007, New York Yankees of 1977, Chicago White Sox of 2005 and St. Louis Cardinals of 2006. Included is a complete broadcast of the series games with most spectacular plays. Also included is every dramatic inning, every powerful pitch and every key hit.

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct.29)

The Reedsburg Public Library and other libraries have been improving community lives for many years and in the process hves had significant impact on the lives of individual residents. Many of these are inspirational stories that deserve to be told. A new project has been underway called “Libraries. For Real Life!” which reinforces the reality that today’s public libraries are vibrant, dynamic community resources that meet the information, education, and recreational needs of residents of all ages. Some people have found a new job with assistance from the library, or perhaps the library was instrumental in helping complete high school or college degree. Maybe you attended a workshop or presentation that started you on a new career, or perhaps you got research help to deal with a personal or family member illness. We have a link on our website for you to begin sharing these stories about how important your local library has been to you.

As the days grow shorter and temperatures chill, the slate of TV shows for the fall heats up with the return of several powerhouse programs; twists on old favorites; and even some new shows thrown into the mix.  But if none of these options appeals to you, we can help you enjoy classic television by watching DVD’s from our collection. We have classic shows like Bewitched, West Wing, Friends, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Perry Mason, Doris Day, Adam’s Family, Leave it to Beaver and many others. Come in and check out an old favorite today

 “The Great Pathfinder” Daniel Boone was born, 275 years ago on November 2nd. He is famous for opening up the West to settlers, blazing the Wilderness Road across the Appalachian Mountains through the Cumberland Gap and establishing the Boonesborugh settlement in Kentucky. A symbol of pioneering spirit, Boone was a skilled outdoorsman, a soldier and an avid reader. You can learn more about this iconic figure in history by reading Robert Morgan’s biography “Boone” where his life comes fully alive on the pages.  We also have some of the Fess Parker television series “Daniel Boone”. Remember the popular theme song describing Boone as a “big man in a coonskin cap”, despite the fact that the real Daniel Boone wasn’t big and didn’t actually wear a coonskin cap. 

We will be looking for you to bring your preschoolers or for you to come to watch our 7th annual Preschool Pumpkin Parade that will be held on Friday, October 30th. It starts at the library at
3 pm and then goes down Main Street to “Trick or Treat” the downtown merchants. 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct.22)

“A good library is a place, a palace where the lofty spirits of all nations and generations meet.”
Samuel Niger- Geklibene Shriftn.

The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale Friday, October 23, Saturday, October 24 and Sunday October 25.  The sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. There is a special preview hour on Thursday, October 22 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.

The Friends of the Library are once again sponsoring a coffee cart at the library this fall so come in out of the cold and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while reading one of our newspapers. We subscribe to over 10 of them, including national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Some state newspapers we have are The Green Bay Press-Gazette, The LaCrosse Tribune, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. We also have some area newspapers including The Sauk Prairie Eagle, Spring Green Home News and the Messenger of Juneau County in our collection.

Join us for our 7th annual Preschool Pumpkin Parade, Friday October 30th at 3 PM. Preschoolers, their parents and siblings are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join us for a parade down Main Street to “Trick or Treat” the downtown merchants. Hotshotz Photography Studio will provide a photo opportunity before and after the parade.

With pumpkins all over town, why not try a pumpkin recipe? Here is an easy recipe for
Pumpkin Soufflé from the Milwaukee Sentinel published on November 21, 1974.
2 cups dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cloves
3 cups milk
6 egg yolks, beaten
1 cup pumpkin pie filling
6 egg whites
Stir together bread crumbs, raisins, sugar, spices and salt. Heat milk until bubbles form around edge of pan; blend one-fourth cup into egg yolks. Gradually add egg yolk mixture to remaining milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and mix in pie filling. Blend into breadcrumb mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff, but not until dry peaks form. Fold into bread mixture. Put into greased soufflé dish (1 1/2 quart). Bake in preheated 350-degree oven 50 to 55 minutes until golden brown and firm to touch. Serve immediately. Makes six to eight servings.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct.15)


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.  
                                                                               
Web Site of the Week: http://www.reedsburglibrary.org/local_his.html   
This is the official site of the Reedsburg Public Library’s local history collection. It is where you can find out what’s included in the collection, view the index to the historical photographs, and the index to our newspaper collection. Also there are direct links to Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library databases that are available to library cardholders.

Teen Read Week:  The teen years are a time when many kids reject reading as being just another dreary assignment. Next week is a time to encourage young adults to read for sheer pleasure as well as learning. Also to remind parents, teachers and others that reading for fun is important for teens as well as young children to increase awareness of the resources available at libraries. This year’s national theme is “Read Beyond Reality @ your library”. Watch for special programs and contests at your library.
Remember the library’s book sale next weekend October 23-25th.  Join the Friends for an early peek at 6 PM Thursday October 22nd.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Oct.1)

Jimmy Carter aspired to make government “Competent and Compassionate”, and responsive to the American people and their expectations. His achievements were notable, but in an era of rising energy costs, mounting inflation, and continuing tensions, it was impossible for his administration to meet these high expectations. He was the first President to be born in a hospital, which happened eighty-five years ago on October 1, 1924. Carter has been a prolific author in his post-presidency, writing 23 books in a variety of topics, including humanitarian work, aging, religion and poetry.  One of the new items in our collection is “Sunday Mornings in Plains” a Bible study with Jimmy Carter. He has taught Bible study at his church in Plains for the last 25 years, and now those classes are on CD. Among his other more recent books is “Beyond the White House: Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope”. This is the story of President Jimmy Carter's post-presidency. Through The Carter Center, which he and Rosalynn Carter founded in 1982, he has fought neglected diseases, waged peace in war zones, and built hope among some of the most forgotten and needy people in the world.

The Minnesota Twins end their regular season baseball play, at the Metrodome on Sunday, October 4th.  We can help you relive some of the magical moments of indoor Minnesota baseball. We have the 1987 World Series games on DVD as well as team media guides and yearbooks.

“Country Roads” as John Denver describes in his famous song can take you many places. Why not follow them to the library, as October is Country Music Month. The library has music by many country legends like Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Roy Rogers, Loretta Lynn, and also country stars such as Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, and Toby Keith.  Did you know that country music legend Dolly Parton wrote a children’s book “Coat Of Many Colors” based on her first hit song? A poor girl delights in her coat of many colors, made by her mother from rags, because despite the ridicule of the other children she knows the coat was made with love. Even for the non-country music fans, you will find some Nashville sound facts by stopping in the library this month.

What if I told you Ralph Emery kept every interview he ever did for 40 years in a warehouse in Nashville. Well it’s true! For the first time Ralph has released his life's work in a collection called “Emery’ Memories”. This is Ralph Emery conducting audio interviews with all the legends from the great years of Country Music. A collection so incredible it took 43 CDs & 2 DVD’s to capture it all! It has been called the greatest release in the history of country music.  There are interviews with such people as Tex Ritter, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Jim Reeves, Martina McBride, George Bush and many more.  Come into the library and check them out.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 24)
Reedsburg Public Library

Just sit right back and remember it’s been forty-five years since a ship set sail on September 26, 1964. That ship was the S.S. Minnow and the show was “Gilligan’s Island”. It has been rerun more than any other series in TV history. The first episode was “Two on a Raft” and the next time you watch any of the early shows notice the flagpole in the harbor in the beginning sequence of the show. It is at half-staff, because the opening of the show was filmed the same day the pilot episode was, November 22, 1963. The pilot episode had different actors portraying Mary Ann, Ginger and the Professor’s characters and it explained how they landed on an uncharted desert isle but was not aired on television until 1992. This show was cancelled when it was a top show to make room for “Gunsmoke”. The library has all the seasons of “Gilligan’s Island” as well as a large collection of books and videos on shipwrecks and survival.  Celebrate the 45th Anniversary by checking out Mary Ann’s Cookbook and making her Coconut Cream Pie.

Sherwood Schwartz created both “Gilligan’s Island” and "The Brady Bunch," another one of television's favorite shows. After a long successful run in prime time, it has also become a TV cult classic, with spectacular success in syndication. The Brady’s are celebrating their 40th anniversary. The first show aired on September 26, 1969 when Michael and Carol Brady were married. In this premiere episode called "The Honeymoon", the wedding day festivities progress smoothly except for the family pets, a cat and a dog, which don't go along with the idea of peaceful coexistence. Now four decades after their first burst onto the television landscape, “The Brady Bunch” remains TV’s favorite family. It went from being a ratings sleeper during its five-year fun to a place of honor in American pop culture history.

These two shows (Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch) have not left television since they first premiered. Their theme songs are part of Americana. They both had hit reunion movies, cartoon series and hits on Broadway. Check out our display case that features collectible television memorabilia from the sixties and seventies.  See if you remember the shows.

Well fans of Patrick Swayze can take a behind-the-scenes look at his Hollywood life that is both entertainment and inspiration.  Put your name on the reserve list for “The Time of My Life”, Patrick Swayze’s memoir coming out next week.

Did you know that Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) was born September 26, 1774 (235 years ago). Johnny had a vision to plant apple saplings and seeds across the United States so that no one would be hungry as they settled the west. Because of his strange dress, unusual manner and eccentric mission, he became a legend.  Watch Disney’s “American Legends” which relates the stories of Johnny and other legends. Even after 200 years some of the trees Johnny planted still produce apples!

The Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 17)
Reedsburg Public Library

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 South Central Library System; this 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 then are processed.)

 MAGAZINES- You may check out back issues of any of our magazines. These issues will be under the 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, more available from other libraries.

COMPUTERS-The Library has twenty Internet stations with word-processing programs and you can also bring in your wireless devise to use the Internet here. 

PROGRAMS- Children’s programs include storytimes, after school programs and family programs. Adult programs include book groups, computer classes and instructional programs. Summer Library program is offered for all ages.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN- You can try to get any book, movie, etc from other libraries via LINKcat. If your title isn’t available, we can try what we call Outerlibrary loan to get titles from libraries out of the South Central System.

MEETING ROOMS- We have a Conference Room (a small meeting room) and the Community Room that are available for meetings during and after library hours. A deposit or fee is required for use of the Community Room. Study Rooms are also available during library hours but no reservations are allowed. 

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, and a Magnifier.  The magnifier or portable video magnifier is designed for use by individuals with low vision. This system includes a camera unit and a black and white monitor with a handle for transport. Objects and text are magnified from 15 to 25 times original size.

 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 Inside Story @ Your Library (Sept 10)
Reedsburg Public Library

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. If you do not have a library card or if someone you know does not have one, the Reedsburg Public Library staff suggests that you get one. There are many benefits to owning a library card. Thousands of books, magazines, audio books, DVD’s, software, and reference materials are available for check out. If your library or other libraries in the system do not own the item that you are looking, the Outer-Library Loan service insures that the library will look for it in other locations throughout the U.S. In exchange for showing a photo I.D. and spending a few minutes filling out a short form, you will have access to a world of information. What a great deal!

This fall several popular books will be coming to local theatres as feature length films. These movies are based on the following books: “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” by Judi Barrett, “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak, “New Moon” by Stephanie Meyer, and  “Lovely Bones” by Alice Sebold.  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.

Two-time American League MVP, four-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner, member of seven World Series teams and the first man to break Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. These are just some of the accomplishments outfielder Roger Maris achieved in his 12-year baseball career.  Born September 10, 1934 (seventy-five years ago) Roger Maris signed a baseball contract right out of high school. Maris was an all-around player who inspired a generation of baseball fans. Learn more about his magical summer with Ron Smith’s “61*”, one of the most captivating summers in baseball history; a summer that the most celebrated record in baseball fell. This book covers every thing from its spring training dispatches, through each and every home run, through the controversial so-called 'asterisk' ruling, to the final record-breaking home run, 61* chronicles in week-by-week format the home run race, up to and including the Yankees' World Series victory that year.

Charles Kuralt would have also celebrated his 75th birthday on September 10th. He is remembered most for the more than 600 episodes of “On the Road”, filed from every state in America. He was an author of seven best selling books and his slow mahogany voice on “Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt”. Remember Charles Kuralt as he should be remembered as he gave us stories of hope and unheralded heroes. The library has the books he wrote and they are also available on audio, so you can hear him tell the stories. Some of the “On the Road” episodes are also available on video and relive his stops in Sauk County and the Wisconsin’s Apple River.

Remember the library is now open till 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM to 3PM.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (September 3)
Reedsburg Public Library

The library will be closed on Monday, September 7th 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 and our online reference desk are also open while we are closed! On Tuesday, September 8th we will resume our regular hours which are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Last week the nation lost one of its leaders, Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, the last surviving brother in an enduring political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history. He was the author of several books including “America Back on Track” and the children’s book “My Senator and Me: A Dog’s Eye View of Washington D.C.” His memoir “True Compass” will be published this month, you can put your name on the waiting list for it when it comes out.  In the meantime you can enjoy some new books about him including “Ted Kennedy: Scenes from an Epic Life” by the award winning photographers of the Boston Globe, and “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.” This book captures magnificently the life and historic achievements of Senator Kennedy.

Well once again Brett Favre took over the news of the last few weeks, love him or hate him we will always remember his years in Green Bay. He was an instrumental part in turning the much-ridiculed Packers into a perennial premiere NFL team.  We have a large selection of Brett Favre Packer books and DVD’s. His best selling book from 2004 “Favre” recounts that December night when Brett lost his father and took the field on Monday night in Oakland, CA. Mark McHale a coach at Southern Mississippi wrote the book “10 to 4: the Brett Favre journey from Rotten Bayou to the Top of the NFL”.  This book is a powerful story of how the persistence of this young assistant coach enabled a raw, but gifted youngster to prove himself at college football’s highest level and lay the foundation for becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. One of our newest books is “Letters to Brett Favre” by Thomas Hapka, a fan tribute of an accumulation of letters written to Brett upon his first retirement. 

Happy 80th Birthday to George (Bob) Newhart who was born September 5, 1929, he is best known for playing psychologist Dr. Robert Hartley, on the 1970s sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show” and as innkeeper Dick Loudon on the 1980s sitcom “Newhart”.  Both shows are available on DVD here at the library as well as some of his film roles in “Elf” and “The Rescuers” Bob also has written 2006 memoir “I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This”.

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (August 27)
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Have you come in yet to get your chance to see and try out the Amazon Kindle II?  Soon it will be available for checkout and then there might not be a chance to get it for a while. We think it will be more popular than the e-book readers we had several years ago. So now is your chance to check it out in the building and see what it’s like.  Just ask at the circulation desk.

Virginia Lee Burton was a talented author of some of most enduring books ever written for children. She was the winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for “The Little House”. (Available in LINKcat.)  Burton wrote and illustrated books that include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations and a dash of nostalgia. Some of her stories concern technological change and often bring inanimate objects to life: the characters are apt to be buildings or machines. Like some of our favorites “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” and “Choo-Choo”.

Top 10 Free Things to do at your library:
1) Get on the Internet (use your library card to log onto our computers or bring your laptop to use free wireless). 2) Get the newest books. 3) Get the newest DVDs. 4) Get the newest CDs. 5) Place a hold on back issues of your favorite magazines. 6) Bring the kids to storytimes. 7) Download audiobooks onto an iPod, or MP3 player or to your computer, or burn to disk. 8) Attend educational and entertaining programs. 9) Access numerous library databases (business, investment, literature, genealogy and lots more). 10) Get a library card it’s free too! (Bring a photo id with your current address to your library and get started today!)

Our Summer Library Program is coming to an end, the library has been very busy and we have set records of circulation, use of computers and of the number of people visiting the library. There were an average of over 1100 visitors/day for each open day in July. 

Join us for an end of the summer Family Movie Night on Thursday August 27 @ 6:30 pm. We will be showing “The Incredibles”, this PG film is about Mr. Incredible (A.K.A. Bob Parr), and his wife Helen (A.K.A. Elastigirl), who are the world's greatest famous crime-fighting superheroes in Metroville. Always saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they have no choice but to retire of being a superhero and are forced to live a "normal life" with their three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (who were secretly born with superpowers). Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top-secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction. You may bring a snack for your family and we will have” Kernel Popcorn Factory” popcorn. They make over 40 different kinds of homemade popcorn.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (August 20)

Economic woes have dominated the news for more than a year now, but for some the effects of the slumping economy have been personal, and often devastating. Job loss is an increasing problem in local communities, but there is a glimmer of hope. We will be hosting “Job Searching Workshop” on Thursday, August 20th at 1 PM. This session will be taught by Madison Area Technical College instructors. It will focus on the basic mechanics of using Microsoft Word to build your employment documents and some general tips on setting your resume or application apart from other applicants. The session will also look at some online resources and employment websites that allow you to upload your resume online.

Luaus, leis, hula dancers and ukuleles! Surfing, snorkeling and coral reefs! Whales and seals! Volcanoes and lava flows!  The attack on Pearl Harbor. These are images of Hawaii, which became our 50th state 50 years ago on August 21, 1959.  Check out our list of fiction books on Hawaii on our website for a reading in paradise experience.

Walking into the library this last week, you may have notice the cast of the Wizard of Oz standing in the entry way. This film classic was first released seventy years ago in 1939. This film classic based on the book by L. Frank Baum features Dorothy and her dog Toto. The two are swept into a tornado and land in a fictional place called Munchkinland. To get home she must go and see the Wizard of Oz, on the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. The cast includes Judy Garland as Dorothy, Frank Morgan as the Wizard, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Bert Lahr as the Lion, Jack Haley as the Tin Man and Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West.  But did you know that before the rest of the world saw Judy Garland skip down the yellow brick, people in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin were already humming the soundtrack on their way home. The makers of “The Wizard of Oz” selected Oconomowoc as a test site to measure audience response before the movie went into worldwide release.  The screening on August 12, 1939 was opened as a five-day run at the Strand Theatre in downtown Oconomowoc was billed locally as the movie’s world premiere.

Learn more about historic movie theatres of Wisconsin with Konrad Schiecke new book, as his book catalogs theatres, opera houses, community halls of the mid-19th century to the ornate movie palaces of the late 1920s and 30s. Around 900 Wisconsin theatres are arranged by town including our own Badger Theatre. This book is library use only and is located in our local history collection, so it will always be here to look at in the building.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (August 13, 2009)

Looking for a Job? Need Help Developing a Resume? Start @ the Library!
MATC Librarians will be leading a 90-minute workshop on Thursday, August 20th. Focus on the basic mechanics of using Microsoft Word to build your employment documents and some tips to set you apart from other applicants. We'll also look at some online resources and employment websites that allow you to upload your resume online. The wireless lab will be available during this workshop.


Did you know that August 11th marked the 90th anniversary of the Green Bay Packers? A group of husky young athletes were called together by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun on August 11, 1919.  They gathered in the editorial room of the old Green Bay Press-Gazette building and organized a football team. Lambeau and Calhoun struck the initial spark a few weeks before, during a casual street corner conversation. As the football season is starting now with training camps, stop by and remember the years before Starr and Favre as we are celebrating nine decades, 12 world championships and generations of history.

Woodstock took place 40 years ago on August 15th and the book world is paying tribute with a variety of books on the subject. This event brought more than half a million people to Max Yasgur’s farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Woodstock signaled the popularity and potency of modern rock ‘n’ roll in American society. It ultimately led to the creation of today’s popular music empire and celebrity culture. We have the new Mike Evans book, “Woodstock, Three Days that Rocked the World”. It is filled with 288 full color pages on the origin, the event and the aftermath.

Seventy-five years ago August 18, 1934, was the day that a right fielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates was born, Roberto Clemente. He died in a plane crash in 1972 while delivering supplies for Nicaraguan earthquake survivors. He is considered to have opened the door for Hispanic players in Major League Baseball, much as Jackie Robinson did for African Americans. Clemente has been the subject of numerous books, articles and documentaries. We have the David Maraniss’ book “Clemente” that tells of the passion and grace of baseball’s last hero. . More August events and activities are represented in our lobby display case from Woodstock to President Obama’s birthday to the last season of the Minnesota Twins playing in the Metrodome.

Some of our summer programs have ended but there are still activities going on through the month of August. Check the calendar on our website (www.reedsburglibrary.org) for the most up to date list of activities still meeting this month.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (August 6)

Looking for a job? Need Help developing a resume? You can start at the library, mark your calendar for Thursday August 20th from 1-2:30 PM.  MATC librarians will be leading a 90-minute workshop, here at the library.  They will be focusing on the basic mechanics of using Microsoft Word to build your employment documents and some tips to set you apart from other applicants. We'll also look at some online resources and employment websites that allow you to upload your resume online.

Wisconsin celebrates its rural heritage at the state’s most popular and most historic annual event, the state fair. It features numerous midways, stages and hundreds of animals from August 6-16.   Well you may enjoy mini donuts, and batter-fried cheese curds in Wisconsin, but did you know they were invented at the Minnesota State Fair?  Now all the fun of being at a fair can be enjoyed with “Minnesota State Fair: an illustrated history” by Kathryn Koutsky. If you can’t make 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.

Did you know it was thirty-five years ago that President Nixon resigned from the office of President? On August 9, 1974 it became effective at noon as Nixon was under threat of impeachment as a result of the Watergate scandal. We have the classic breaking news book and movie “All the President’s Men” that unearthed the scandal. Now we know that Bob Woodward’s legendary anonymous source (Deep Throat) was, Mark Felt.  He wrote “A G-Man life” and Bob Woodward wrote “The Secret Man” the story of deep throat, and Mark Felt wrote “A G-Man’s Life”.  Both books are available to checkout.

Some of our summer programs have ended but there are still activities going on through the month of August. Check the calendar on our website ( www.reedsburglibrary.org) for the most up to date list of activities still meeting this month.

Are you looking for books or audios for your children or teens? The South Central Library System now has Don’t Miss Lists just for them! Lists available include new fiction books for preschool, primary, pre-teen, and teen age groups, new non-fiction, foreign language books, new CDs and cassettes, and new DVDs. In addition to new materials, there are also lists of books from Read On Wisconsin, a statewide book club headed by First Lady Jessica Doyle. To access the lists go to www.linkcat.info and click on Children and teens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 30)

The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale this weekend, Friday July 31 and Saturday August 1. The sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. There is a special preview hour on Thursday, 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.

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 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. This region is filled with natural and historic wonders.  One of our books is “The Black Hills Yesterday and Today” by Paul Horsted is drawing praise from the press and readers alike.  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.
August is National Inventors Month a time to value creativity and inventiveness and importance of inventions and inventors to the quality of our lives. We are celebrating at our Family Game Night on Tuesday, August 4th from 6:30-8pm.  Local inventor David Jisa will show off his family game called Roll-It Tic-Tac-Toe. David is a teacher in Wisconsin Dells and developed this game to help motivate students to learn. In addition to Roll-It Tic Tac Toe, hatchlings of downtown Reedsburg will be providing games for families to try. All area families are welcome and there is no need to register.

On August 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, instantly killing 70,000 people. Three days later, a second bomb struck Nagasaki, killing another 40,000.  This was the first time in history that such a devastating weapon had been used by any nation. On the 65th anniversary of the bombings, several books explore this military decision and the people behind it. “American Prometheus” by Kai Bird is a rich sympathetic portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, hero, patriot and “Father of the Atomic Bomb” who remains a key figure in 20-century American history. Stephane Groueff’s Manhattan Project, the untold story of the making of the atomic bomb has a non-technical narrative of the actual making of the first atomic bomb with an accent on the personal cases of the participants and the industrial companies that built it.  

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 23)

Have you wondered what the new e-book readers were all about?  What they looked like, how easy it was to read the screen and other questions about them.  Sony and Amazon have recently released new e-book readers and there are more companies coming out with them soon.   The Friends of the Library purchased a Kindle II from Amazon for the library. This e-book reader is much easier to read than the old e-book readers we had six or seven years ago. The screen is easy on the eyes and it is light to hold. (Much lighter than a hardcover book.)  But you can test all that for yourself. Before we start allowing it to be checked out and leave the building, we are keeping it available here in the library.  Stop in and check it out in the building for an hour and then later this year we will have it ready to circulate. See what e-book readers are all about.  Are they something you might like to own or borrow from us?

One of the most popular first ladies was born on July 28, 1929. Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis would have been eighty this week. She was one of the most famous and admired women in the world. Many of us remember the strength and courage that Jacqueline Kennedy possessed during that stark November so many years ago. This week the library has a special display of past magazines that featured Jackie covers. I think this quote from the former first lady tells it all, as she has been a symbol in America for much of what was good and dignified.
“I have been through a lot and I have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments as well. I have come to the conclusion that we must not expect too much from life. We must give to life at least as much as we receive from it. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love and happiness are all interwoven into one single indescribable whole that is called LIFE. You cannot separate that good from the bad. And, perhaps, there is no need to do so either”.
---Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis

Remember the semi-annual book sale is Friday and Saturday (July 31 & August 1) during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available with many surprises including magazine storage boxes.
Harry Potter’s birthday is July 31 as author J.K. Rowling gave her fictional character the same birthday as her own. Check out our display case filled with a Harry Potter collection.  Or try the Harry Potter Read-A-Like book display or the booklist on our web site for other fantasy series books for children and teens.

The library has an LCD projector that can be borrowed for meetings or parties?
Other AV equipment also available includes iPod Shuffles, a Digital Camcorder and more

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 16)

uly 20, 1969 is the 40th anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon. Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed lunar module Eagle at 4:17 EDT and remained on the lunar surface 21 hours, 36 minutes and 16 seconds.  This was almost science fiction at the time. We have a display of space books and videos at the library by the standup of Neil Armstrong. You may enjoy the new book Craig Nelson’s “Rocket Men” which is the epic story of the first men on the moon or Tanya Stone’s “Almost Astronauts”.  This book tells the story of 13 women who underwent a battery of physical endurance tests and psychological analysis to determine their readiness to travel in space during early 1960s.  Discover the long road home from the moon in Buzz Aldrin’s “Magnificent Desolation”. His second memoir describes what he saw, how he felt in space and his difficult years following the moon landing.
Don Knotts was born 85 years ago on July 21st. He is an actor who is most known for his portrayal of the loveable deputy Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show. Jesse Donald Knotts was a comedic genius. He displays a true gift for portraying the nervous, hypertensive fall guy. He received five Emmys for the Andy Griffith Show and is most known for “The Apple Dumpling Gang” and the ABC sitcom “Three’s Company”. He was also in the “Ghost and Mr. Chicken”, “Incredible Mr. Limpet”, “Reluctant Astronaut”, “The Love God” and “The Shakiest Gun in the West”. We have just added Stephen Cox’s book “The Incredible Mr. Don Knotts” an eye-popping look at his movies. This book will answer what ever happened to Barney after he left Mayberry. Don Knotts was one of the earliest TV stars to make the transition from small screen to the big screen. This book will take you through all of his films and is as fun as watching one of the movies themselves.

Did you know it was twenty years ago when a film about a baseball field, father-son reunion was in the theaters? It was “Field of Dreams”, a 1989 film staring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster in his last film appearance. It was adapted from the novel “Shoeless Joe” by W.P. Kinsella. Different aspects from the film still resonate today and thousands of people come to reconnect with their love ones or just have a catch in what many consider a sacred baseball place in Dyersville, Iowa. We can help you plan your weekend or day getaway with many different travels guides to Iowa at 917.77 in our nonfiction collection.

The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1.  The sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. There is a special preview hour on Thursday, 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.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 9)

Baseball has always been more than just a game. A part of the fabric of American culture and tradition rich in legends, folklore and history, a never-ending story where every game is a new nine-inning chapter of superstar players that stand out above the rest. They are the ones that bring the fans out to the ballpark and only one game brings them all together at once. Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is going to be held on Tuesday, July 14 at beautiful Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  We are celebrating the All-Star game with our lobby display case. It’s filled with All Star moments and items in honor of the host city of St. Louis.  We can help you plan or learn more about St. Louis, Missouri the “Gateway City” from the arch to the 1904 World’s Fair.  Discover our new book “Eating St. Louis” by Patricia Corrigan which looks at the unique food culture of the city. Or learn about the history of Anheuser-Busch with “The King’s Reign”.  Baseball fans will want to checkout our St. Louis Post-Dispatch book “Busch stadium Moments” a full-color hardcover book or DVD “Busch Stadium Moments”. The former stadium, nestled in the heart of downtown, just a stone's throw from the Mississippi River, Busch Memorial Stadium welcomed millions of Cardinals fans in its 40-year history.  Playing host to eight National League Championship Series and six World Series, fans witnessed many record-breaking events and fabulous plays.  We can help you relive the memorable moments from McGwire to Gibson to the Wizard of Oz to the Fall Classic. 
Web Site of the Week: www.explorestlouis.com
The Official Travel Portal of St. Louis offering complete travel planning information for visitors and groups including information All Star Game events for non-ticket holders.  It’s less then a seven-hour drive from Reedsburg and makes a great weekend great away.

Have you notice that your local library seemed especially busy this time of the year. We have nearly 600 children, teens and adults signed up for summer library programs in this first month. 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.

Jean Craighead George, a Newberry Medal-winning author who was born on July 2, 1919 into a family of naturalists, and a deep love and respect for nature is evident in everything she has written. Her books include nonfiction and fiction, picture books and novels, and she is probably best known for “Julie of the Wolves” and “My Side of the Mountain”. Both are wonderful middle-grade novels with notes of outdoor adventure and survival themes, and both inspired several sequels.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (July 2)

Independence Day commemorates the birthday of the United States. As the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, it is a major American holiday and an important time for celebration. Today, communities across the nation mark this major midsummer holiday with parades, fireworks, picnics and the playing of the “Star Spangled Banner”. Many Fourth of July customs have not changed since our earliest celebrations. But some communities across the nation have developed their own special traditions:

 The Declaration of Independence is fading yellowing parchment and is almost illegible but still a revolutionary document that is remembered in “Why Freedom Matters, by Daniel Katz”. A motley collection of articles more or less remotely connected to patriotism and the American way of life. Caroline Kennedy’s “A Patriot’s Handbook” is a large book that portrays her vision of the land that she loves. This book is 646 pages of poems, songs, essays, and writings, The Declaration of Independence, the Salute to the Flag, pictures, everything and anything that means or speaks of America.
 Website of the Week: http://photo2.si.edu/firew/firew.html.  This web site is filled with tips from Smithsonian photographs to make your next pyrotechnic photography the best yet.
We are closed for the Independence Day holidays July 3 & 4. Our book drop on the Locust St. side of the building will be open and LINKcat will be available to place holds on items, check what is available or look at your account.  Our regular hours will resume on July 6th. 

Visit our library web site and let your fingers do the talking with the Sauk County 2010 Budget Survey. This is your opportunity to let Sauk County government officials know which programs and services are important to you.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 25)

ARE YOU READY FOR SUMMER? Last Sunday marked the official start of summer: the season of baseball, ice cream, lemonade, sandals, sunburn, fireworks, and most importantly, vacation!  I wish you all lots of warm, sunny days, and time to enjoy them! But when the days get really hot, remember that your Library is cool. The air conditioning is working just fine, so come on in, relax, enjoy the cool air, and pick up some great titles for summer reading! Great summer reading is what makes you eligible to enter the Adult Summer Reading Program “get your green on @ your library”, If you listen or read five books you can get a free bag (while supplies last) and then you’ll still have another chance to win some grand prizes from local merchants, book rental coupons and even Lambeau Field items at the end of the summer program. Just fill out an entry form when you have read or listened to the 5 books and hand it to staff member at the desk. They will take care of the rest.
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 books 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!

 Did you know that June 25th marks the anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn? Often referred to as Custer’s Last Stand, it is where George Custer and the 256 men under his command lost their lives in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Learn more from acclaimed historian Dee Brown in the book “Showdown at Little Big Horn”, including events of the days and weeks through the eyes and ears of the participants from both sides. “They Died With Their Boots On” by Douglas Scott is an archaeological reclamation of the battlefield site. As forensic and archeologist combined talents to preserve and identify evidence after a wildfire stripped the scene of vegetation and exposed the site.

We also wish author Eric Carle a Happy 80th Birthday on June 25th; he is the author of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and many others.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 18)

It's Butterfest week here in Reedsburg. The history of Reedsburg butter dates back to 1887, when the Prairie du Sac Creamery purchased land to build a creamery here in Reedsburg. The story of butter in Reedsburg is interesting. Did you know in 1895 the dairy was making a total of 40,000 pounds of butter? After a fire destroyed the creamery a plant was built across from the depot at South Park and Railroad Streets. It became one of the largest and best arranged in the state. In 1902 it had 120 regular patrons who delivered their milk daily to the Reedsburg Creamery. Their total output that year was 300,000 pounds of butter. This plant became a Dolly Madison and also produced ice cream and bottled milk. Butter was also produced on South Pine Street at the Nestle Building now the Foremost Farms Plant. This is where 50 million pounds a butter a year were produced in the early seventies and the reason that each year we celebrate Butterfest. Today it is the only plant within the Foremost Farms Company that makes butter. The library's local history files include a folder of articles on Reedsburg's rich history with butter.
 
Don't forget Father's know best this Father's Day Weekend.
This summer, 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. We have a large display of Wisconsin travel guides to plan your camping or weekend getaway.

June has been designated National Audio Book Month. Whether listening while traveling on vacation, relaxing at the beach, or sitting in a deck chair in the yard or patio, audio books are a delightful way to catch up on your summer reading. More than 23 million Americans enjoy audio books and listen whenever their eyes are busy but their brains are free to learn or be entertained. They listen to a wide range of formats, from the still present cassette to CDs, MP3 CDs, memory cards and self-playing digital audio books (Playaways), as well as downloading to an iPods or other digital music players, mobile phones, personal organizers and even GPS receivers. As cassettes decline, one format that is experiencing explosive growth is downloadable audio. What's more, interest in this format and technology is actually bringing new listeners to the audio book experience. Libraries are getting into downloading, too. We offer patrons the option of downloading directly from our web site to their home computer and we also offer pre-loaded digital players (Playaways) for borrowing. If you are interested in learning more about downloadable audio books either call us here at the library or use the link on our home page. (www.reedsburglibrary.org) After you enjoy listening to your favorite audio book this summer, fill out an entry form in our Adult Summer Reading Program. Just fill in the title for a book that you have listened to or read and enter to win prizes.  If you listen or read 5 books you will win a recyclable book or shopping bag. (While supplies last.)

Inside Story @ Your Library (June 11)

Sixty-five years ago on June 6, 1944, 170,000 men of the Allied forces pulled off the largest land invasion of World War Two. They hit the beaches on the shores of Normandy, France. This was the turning point of the war.  With the anniversary and the dedication of the National World War Two Memorial, book publishers are releasing new and reprinted books on the war. Author Douglas Brinkley has a book on D-Day that is the story told through the experiences of those who were there. "Voices of Valor" is a book of memories-some tragic, some humorous, and all of them imbued with human drama. This book includes two audio CDs of stories of the fighting men who were the voices of valor. Infantryman Al Littke of the 16th Regiment Combat team, for example watched the naval bombardment of Omaha Beach as he was waiting in a boat to join the landing. "With all the fire power, it should be a cinch", he recalled to himself. "I thought I was untouchable". To learn more about World War Two, visit the library; we have a large collection of non-fiction and fiction books and videos on the subject from the home life in Sauk County to the battlefront.

Happy 75th Birthday wishes to Donald Duck who was “born” or introduced on June 9, 1934 in the Disney short “Orphans’ Benefit”.  Now you can watch that cartoon in  “The Chronological Donald”, one of the “Disney Treasures” series. You can enjoy Donald in all of his solo starring shorts from "Donald and Pluto" in 1936 to "Chef Donald" in 1941. Also discovered on this DVD is a tribute to the man who was the voice of Donald Duck for 50 years. Check for other Donald Duck cartoons that we own or borrow them from another library.

The Summer Library Program kicked off to a great start with a large number of kids, teens and adults registrations.  Complete information about activities and the June Calendar of Events are available on our web site. Remember even grown-ups can have fun with our adult reading program this summer. “Get your green on @ your library” is running till August 1. Read or listen to five books and receive a green book bag, while supply lasts. Your form will also be entered in the drawing for a chance to win prizes at the end of the program.

 

 

The Inside Story @ Your Library (June 4)

If you are listening to Milwaukee Brewers games, you might hear about the Webb Burger Run.  When the Brewers score 5 or more runs, its five burgers for five dollars at George Webb Restaurants.  Well there really was a George Webb who operated a chain of hamburger restaurants in Milwaukee. Did you know he was from Cazenovia?  That’s just one of the many discoveries that you can find here at the library. You never know what you will come across in the past newspapers. We have all of the Reedsburg, LaValle and Rock Springs newspapers available for viewing on microfilm.

We have just added a book “Doc’s Tale, the Art and Science of Veterinary Practice” by Dr. Robert Sartori, who grew up on a Kendall, Wisconsin dairy farm. Dr Sartori has practiced veterinary medicine for over 50 years in south central Wisconsin. He operates a clinic in Sun Prairie today. The book is anecdotal and recounts actual experiences of Dr. Sartori as he served the needs of animals and their owners over the years.


FYI: John Grisham was in Mississippi House of Representatives, 1984-1990. Jack Kerouac never owned a car nor had driver’s license. Charles Dickens was an amateur magician. Stephen King has had 15 cameos in movies and on television.


The Friends of the Library have recently donated some more Playaways to the library’s growing collection of Playaway audio items.  June is audio book month, so this is a great time to discover what they are. A Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audio book. They come preloaded with one book and take one battery to play. We even have batteries you can check out. You just simply plug in earphones and enjoy. Playaways allow bookmark insertions, remember where you stopped listening and adjust the speed of the narrator’s voice. They work with most headphones, speakers or car adapters.  Our collection includes novels, biographies, learning a language, business and best sellers. Playaways are available for 4-week check out and are also available from other libraries via LINKcat. For a list of titles available in Playaway format, search LINKcat using the keyword Playaway. 


Richard Scarry would have been 90 years old on June 5th. This author and illustrator of children’s books was born in Boston, MA. His two widely known books of the more than 250 he wrote are “Richard Scarry’s Best World Book Ever” and “Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You”. The pages are crowded with small animal characters that live like humans. More than 100 million copies of his books have been sold worldwide.


Are you planning your summer activities and don't want to miss our summer program events? Now available on our web site is a complete list of events and information on the summer library program. Our program has activities for all ages. Registration for Children and teens starts the week of June 8.  Adult program starts June 1st.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May21)

The true impact of war is often lost in the numbers. It is only when a human face is introduced that we fully understand what it means to go to war.  This weekend our country memorializes its war heroes and we have books that help humanize the war experience in a powerful way.  A new book we have is the “World War II- Definitive Visual History” which leads the reader on a chronological journey through the war. An oversized book filled with hundreds of photographs, graphics and maps.  A new DVD we just added is “Remembering Vietnam- the Wall @ 25” which tells the story of its unlikely beginnings to its current status as most visited monument in Washington. Drawing millions each year to grieve, pay tribute or heal old wounds. Many leave personal tokens and mementos as offerings. This DVD also looks at a group from Wisconsin who left an motorcycle they made at the memorial.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day.  We do this to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us. We can help you plan your Memorial Day Weekend with books on camping, hiking and walking. May is National Barbecue Month. You can get involved in this celebration by checking out a grilling book that is filled with the season’s sauciest recipes.

Did you know that May 23rd is the seventy-five anniversary of when Bonnie Parker, the gun toting girlfriend of trigger-happy Clyde Barrow were both killed on a lonely Louisiana dirt road. As poet Bonnie had predicted: “Some day they’ll go down together… to a few it’ll be grief- to the law a relief- but it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde”.  We have the new Jeff Guinn book “Go Down Together” which tells of their journey into crime and mayhem. From the bad decisions, robberies, car chases and shooting sprees to the inevitable end of these outlaw lovers. Also available on DVD, we have the 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde” starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

Well last weekend the Milwaukee Brewers road trip took them to St. Louis, remember old Busch Stadium. Nestled in the heart of downtown, just a stone's throw from the Mississippi River, Busch Memorial Stadium welcomed millions of Cardinals fans in its 40-year history.  Playing host to eight National League Championship Series and six World Series, fans witnessed many record-breaking events and fabulous plays.  We can help you relive the memorable moments from McGwire to Gibson to the Wizard of Oz to the Fall Classic.  In our collection, we have the St. Louis Post-Dispatch book “Busch Stadium Moments” a full-color hardcover book or DVD “Busch Stadium Moments”.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May14)

This week is Children’s Book Week, an annual event, to encourage the enjoyment of reading for young people. It’s a time to celebrate the amazing choices you have at the library. From comics to mysteries, from magic to history, you can find anything between the pages of a book!

The library can help with all your springtime projects. We have books that can help you plant a garden, landscape your yard, start the grilling season, organize your closets or give you some fresh cleaning ideas. Stop by the library and choose some books to inspire you this spring or just ones that will be helpful in your project. Join us on Tuesday, May 19 at 7 PM for Master Gardener Mary Symak as she presents the basics of growing your own vegetables with her program “Going Green- Growing Vegetables”.
Summer is just around the corner and that means our summer reading programs will be starting. Our programs are available for all ages (babies to adults). For more information check out our web site, or pick up a brochure

Did you know that the library has 2 watts energy meters available for checkout? Using the meters you can estimate the cost to run your household appliances. Ask at the desk if you want to use one.

Remember the big craze of the nineties, the famous Beanie Babies.  The stuffed animal made by Ty Inc is featured in our display case this month. It was 15 years ago that the first nine were introduced and since then hundreds of different models of the plush animals have been released.  The display contains many examples of the different animals from Ronnie Bear that was a tribute to the USS Ronald Reagan to the September 11th hero dog to the Princess Diana bear.  This display will be in the case until the end of the month.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (May 7)

The community of Reedsburg has had a library for 110 years this week, but the whole story of the library starts back in January 1998. The Reedsburg Women’s Club requested the Wisconsin Library Commission, to come and speak to citizens about starting a library. As a result of this meeting, Mayor Crook (yes that really was his name) appointed a library committee to generate interest for a library. In 1899, ten citizens gave $25 each toward the library.  According to the March 2, 1899 Free Press, “The committee in charge of the library decided to invest the money on hand in books and open its doors in the near future”.  So the first library opened its doors May 8, 1899. It was located in the back room of the Post Office owned by Mr. and Mrs. D.O. Stine, on the corner of Main and S. Park Street (currently Gavin Bros.) The Women’s Club members offered to perform the services of a librarian, with hours of operation 7-9 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday and also on Saturday afternoon from 2-5 pm. May 8th a “Book Reception” was held at which visitors came to see the library and gifts of books were received. Officially the first loaned books to the public happened on Saturday, May 13, 1899. The Women’s Club committee operated the Free Library until December 1899 when it was presented to the Mayor and the City of Reedsburg and became the Reedsburg Public Library. With this presentation, the city was asked to support the new facility and in January 1900, the Common Council appropriated $300 for this purpose, to be paid in two installments of $150 each, one in January 1900 and one in July 1900. The City of Reedsburg has faithfully continued to support and maintain our library for the free use of her citizens since that time.

Celebrate the library’s 110th birthday on Friday, May 8th. The Friends of the Library will be giving out pens and other surprises here at the library.

May 8th is also the 125th birth anniversary of President Harry S. Truman, who was the 33rd president upon the death of Franklin Roosevelt, April 12, 1945. Truman was born at Lamar, MO and was the last of nine US presidents who did not attend college. The white house he was born in is still standing. He was born in the downstairs, southwest bedroom of the house. This room measures only 6 feet 6 inches by 10 feet 9 inches. The frame house is 20 by 28 feet, has six rooms, four downstairs and two upstairs. He was affectionately nicknamed “Give’em Hell Harry” by admirers. Truman died in 1972. You can plan your Truman trip to Missouri with Gary Ferris’ book “Presidential Places” or Brian Lamb’s “Who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb, a tour of presidential gravesites”.

You can celebrate the start of Children’s Book Week on Saturday May 9th with our 2nd Saturday Program at 10:30 am with special guest Clifford the Big Red Dog! This is an hour-long celebration of Clifford with crafts and the chance to have your picture taken with this book star.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 30)

Thursday, April 30 the library will open at 1 PM for staff in-service. This in-service is part of an effort to better serve library customers through staff training and development.  It is a day for our staff to listen, visit and learn. Regular library hours will resume at 1 PM.  While the library is closed, items may be returned through the exterior book returns, located in the east wall of the library building.

The annual Culver’s National Library Month children’s coloring contest ends April 30. Pick up a coloring sheet at the library and return them by April 30 for a coupon for a free scoop of Culver’s custard and the chance to win additional prizes.

April is National Poetry Month, Here’s a poetry month haiku: “April’s here again, National Poetry Month, Celebrate with us. Attend a workshop!Write a poem of your own! Or, hear from others. Library events, our programs are everywhere.
Learn more in your branch. It's Poetry Month, We're all getting involved, Why not come join in? “ Complete information on the Hatchlings Inaugural Poetry Palooza is available on our library home page.

Take note that the library summer hours will be starting 4 weeks early this year. So Saturday May 2nd the library will close at 1 PM and be closed Sundays until fall.  This is due to a reduction in funding from Sauk County. More cuts may be on the way in the 2010 budget, if this concerns you please contact your county representative today! Even if you live in the city you have a representative on the Sauk County Board.  A list of Sauk County Board representatives is available on our web site or at the library desk.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 23)
The Friends of the Reedsburg Library will be holding a book sale this weekend April 24-26. This book sale looks like it could be the largest sale of the year. It will be held during our regular open hours and will feature discarded and donated items. There is a special preview hour on Thursday, April 23 from 6-7 pm for Friends’ members. Join today to get the first deals at all of our book sales throughout the year! Individual membership dues are just $5 per year, or the family can join for $10. Donations of gently used materials are appreciated all year long.
Eudora Welty an award-winning American author who wrote about the American South would have been 100 years old on April 13, 1909.  Her short stories are classics; we have a collection of some of her best.  Steve Dorner was inspired by one of her stories, “Why I Live at the Post Office” and used her name Eudora, for an Internet email program. We have celebrated not only Eudora’s birthday this month, but we have a display of Mississippi writers.  From Pulitzer Prize winners to revolutionaries who initiated momentous cultural change, no other state in the country can claim as many honored, awarded and revered writers as Mississippi.  We have many to choose from Tennessee Williams to John Grisham to William Faulkner and even Brett Favre.

In Wisconsin politics, there is perhaps no more famous family than the La Follettes. At the center sat one woman, often overshadowed by her husband and sons, yet an influential reformer in her own right. Belle Case La Follette was a lawyer, journalist, editor, suffragist and counselor who provided much of the intellectual sophistication behind the Progressive Movement for which her husband was known. The first woman graduate of the University of Wisconsin law school, La Follette devoted much of her life to the cause of women's rights. Born in a farm between LaValle and Wonewoc in Juneau County (near Club Chapparal), on April 21, 1859, one hundred fifty years ago.  We have a display of books about this family including Lucy Freeman’s biography “Belle” and the new Bob Kann book “Belle and Bob La Follette” partners in politics.

Remember there is still time to enter Culvers Coloring Contest. If you’re eleven years old or younger, you can win cool prizes by drawing a picture of your favorite animal from your favorite book. Just pick up a coloring sheet, from the library, during the month of April, then draw your picture in the space provided and turn it back in. You’ll get a certificate for a free single scoop of Culver’s Custard and be entered in a drawing for prizes.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 16)

Major League Baseball’s season has started and if you don’t have a satellite dish or cable TV, we can help you watch some classic complete game broadcasts.  We have eight unique collections of games from classic world series including Minnesota Twins 1987, Chicago White Sox 2005, St. Louis Cardinals 2006, New York Yankees 1977, and Boston Red Sox 2004.  These World Series games are complete and include great bonus features. We have other collections of greatest games, including the Chicago Cubs and Cal Ripken Jr.  Thank you to the Friends of the Library for purchasing many of these collections.

On April 8, 1974. Henry Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935. Playing for the Atlanta Braves, Aaron broke the record at Atlanta in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished his career in 1976 with a total of 755 home runs. The thirty-fifth anniversary of this home run is celebrated in our lobby display case, where you’ll see books, pictures, bobble heads, ticket stubs and more of this baseball legend. Hammerin’ Hank was the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1957, the year the Braves won the World Series.
National Library Week is still being observed as we celebrate libraries and librarians.  Food for fines will be ending on Saturday at 4 PM. For each food item brought in to 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. Also you may just drop off food items if you don’t have fines.

Include us in your plans on Saturday, April 18 from 3 - 5 PM, as children ages 4-9 can enjoy over nine holes of Kiddy Links at the Friends of the Library 3rd Annual Golf Inning. Registration information and tee-time are available at the library. Come in and support this fundraising effort and have a great time, rain or shine.  There will be a special appearance by President Obama, Elvis Presley and football legend Brett Favre.

Got change? April 19th is the start of National Coin Week. This week is devoted to promoting the history and love of coin collecting.  We have price guides and books on getting started in collecting.  David Ganz wrote “The Official Guidebook to America’s State Quarters”, which was the most successful coin program in history and kicked off a collecting craze. Celebrate National Coin Week by donating your coins to the Friends of the Library change jar.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 9, 2009)

The last rounds at County General on NBC’s ER has happen as we said good-bye to many years of this Emmy award winning series. Did you know that novelist Michael Crichton author of the Jurassic Park created ER?  We have the first ten seasons on DVD, so you can start at the beginning and follow the doctors on their rotations. This was the longest-running prime time drama on TV. It lasted 327 episodes, that’s 90 more than Friends, which premiered the same week.

It’s Cherry Blossom time in Washington D.C. Thousands of visitors from around the world come to witness this in spring each year. The famous trees, a gift from Japan in 1912, signal Washington’s rite of spring with an explosion of life and color. Try the new book by Ann McClellan “The Cherry Blossom Festival”. This excellent book tells of the development, meaning and symbolism of The Cherry Blossom Festival. Visit the web site www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org for a web cam of the blossoms and complete festival activities.

The Library will be closed at noon on Friday, April 10 and closed all day on Sunday, April 12. Our book return located on the Locust Street side of the building will be open, and LINKcat should be available to renew or reserve books and other items.

National Library Week (April 12-18) 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 pantry. For each food item brought into the library, we will wave fifty cents in overdue library fines. This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry. Also you may just drop off food items if you don’t have fines.
Other activities National Library week (April 12-18):

Monday, April 13 “Tales of Desperaux” will be shown at 1 PM, this Rated G movie is a tale of three unlikely heroes. 
Tuesday, April 14, there will be special puppet show by Project Recovery. They are a community-based outreach program designed to present information and literature on disasters, recovery and health coping skills. The stories presented are aimed at those that were affected by the flood last June. This Puppet Theatre will be held at 3:30 PM in the Community Room.
 Tuesday April 14 at 6:30 PM, Assistant Director Sue Ann Mobley will be hosting a discover program into genealogy at your library. Discover what sources the library has and how to use them.
Wednesday, April 15 @ 7 PM  Linda Bethke, director of the Soaring Eagle Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be the speaker on the topic of Owls of Wisconsin. A live owl will be present for viewing.
Saturday, April 18 at 3 PM, children can enjoy over nine holes of Kiddy Links at the Friends of the Library 3rd Annual Golf Inning. This event is appropriate for children ages 4-9. Registration information and tee-time is available at the library. Come out and support this fund raising effort and have a great time.  There will be a special appearance by President Obama, Elvis Presley and football legend Brett Favre.  Complete events and activities are available on our monthly calendar, available at the library or print your own via our web site.

The Inside Story @ Your Library (April 2, 2009)

On April 8, 1974. Henry Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935. Playing for the Atlanta Braves, Aaron broke the record at Atlanta in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished his career in 1976 with a total of 755 home runs.  The thirty-fifth anniversary is celebrated in our lobby display case, where you’ll see books, pictures, bobbleheads, ticket stubs and more of this baseball legend.  Hammerin’ Hank was the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1957, the year the Braves won the World Series. 

Do you want to learn how to fix your old toilet or faucet without relying on a friend or having to call a plumber to your rescue? You can learn the mysteries of basic plumbing at the library with books such as "Do Your Own Plumbing," "All Thumbs Guide to Plumbing," "Step-by-Step Basic Plumbing," and "Installing & Repairing Plumbing Fixtures." These books won’t win any awards for creative titles, but they’ll give you amazing insights into the world of PVC, CPVC and PB pipe. You, in the privacy of your own home, can learn why plumbing pipes have water-filled traps, what a flapper is, what a ball peen hammer looks like, and how to fix a cartridge faucet or a diverter valve. Personally, I had no idea that there were screws hidden underneath "index caps" on faucet handles. I think it’s a plot to keep us from attempting our own home repairs, but now I’m in on the secret.

We even have some truly interesting (as opposed to truly educational) plumbing-related books at the library. Try checking out "The Vanishing American Outhouse: A History of Country Plumbing" or "The Plumber: The True Story of How One Good Man Helped Destroy the Entire Philadelphia Mafia." If you want to design your own outhouse, try Bob Cary’s “ The All-American Outhouse” filled with stories, design and construction.

Take a sneak peck at our summer library schedule as its published in the city Rec Brochure. A link is now available on our web page.

 

 

 

 

our Library: The Inside Story (March 26)

John Wesley Powell was born March 24, 1834 (175 years ago). He always had an adventurous spirit. In 1869, Powell led an expedition through the Grand Canyon, covering nearly 1,000 miles of uncharted canyons and rapids. Future expeditions through the Grand Canyon, led to mapping the terrain and gathering information. Introduce yourself to the Grand Canyon through videos and books.  We even have the season three episodes when the Brady Bunch family went on a vacation there.  

Web Site of the Week: http://www.stopyourekillingme.com
Here’s a site for the mystery lover, know the name of a character, but can’t remember the author? Want to know which book comes next?

Did you know that the Library has an Electronic Magnifying Reader, for visually impaired patrons?  This portable unit is available for checkout.

The library can help with all 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 supper, we have an extensive collection of cookbooks here at the library. We have “Dinner on Hand”, “Fix It and Forget It”, and “Top Secret Recipes” and these are just a few of the titles available to you. Spring is a great time to start grilling again, come in and check out our selection of grilling cookbooks too.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 19,2009)

It’s time during this economic mess to make good use of your local library. Here are five ways to save some money and enrich yourself or your family.
1) Try books before you buy them: If the shelves and baskets of books around your house are any indication you love buying books. Make sure a book is one that you or your kids will read more than once, by checking it out at the library first. Visit your library once a week or more to refresh your stock.
2) Check out DVDs, too:  Libraries aren't all about books. Our good public library system is also going to be stocked with movies. You can check these out for free, and, although you sometimes have to wait for titles, you can also keep them longer than three nights. Think of what you'll save on late fees and club fees.
3) Sample music for free: Though there will be a wait for popular new music, we have albums that you can listen to before you buy. If you wanted to, you could listen to your favorite artist, learn about their lives and even check out their concert appearances. We have many concerts on DVD; look for the yellow music sticker. 
4) Attend the free cultural events: We have storytimes, adult cultural programs and other family events that you might have to pay for elsewhere.
5) Go hog wild with audio books:  Audio books are one of the favorite things at the library; these are really expensive to buy. The selection at many subscription download sites isn’t good in all types of books. But we have stock in abundance, making it easy to keep you and your kids occupied during road trips long and short, or while you are working out. We even have one really cool service, that lets you check out audio books directly to your home computer. You don’t even have to get out of your seat to download great entertainment.

March is WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH. Check out our small lobby display case of historic famous women dolls. Here are a few titles with that theme.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Your Library: Inside Story (March 12)

Several popular books will be coming to the big screen as feature length films. Movies based on the following books will be available for viewing this month: “Confessions of a Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella, “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman, “Watchmen” by Alan Moore, “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez, and “Angels & Demons” by Dan Brown. If you have watched your favorite story try reading it to see the comparison. Come to the library and discover our display of “You Seen the Movie- Now Read the Book”. 

In honor of St Patrick’s Day, there are a lot of books written by and about Ireland and the Irish people. One of them is “My Dream of You” by Nuala O'Faolain.  This is a story within a story: Kathleen, the 50-year-old narrator, is searching for love and identity in her return to her homeland, At the same time, she is a writer who is researching the historical tale of an English woman's adulterous affair with an Irish stable hand 150 years previously. Check out our display of Irish fiction for more titles and formats.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: MLB Spring Training
 http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/spring_training/
Will 2009 be our year?  Check out the Brewers and their rival teams in Spring Training. This Major League Baseball site provides news, schedules, results and photos, along with video and audio clips. Let's play ball!

Did you know that the Friends of the Library sell tote bags? These bags are available in a beautiful blue color. They are made from sturdy canvas and just the thing for families and teachers who take out LOTS of picture books, or for any serious library user. (They make a great gift too!) These bags will not only help you get organized, but will also protect your library books and media materials from bad weather or other damage. The bags are $10.00 each and the profits support the activities and programs sponsored by the Friends. Bags are on display at the Circulation Desk.

Join us for our 1st in a series of looking at Library Resources on Thursday, March 19 @ 6:30 PM.  In this month’s session we will look at the shared online library catalog, LINKcat. This online catalog also provides public access to reference databases. Did you know that the LINKcat system gives you access to nearly 3 million items representing over 790,000 different titles. No registration is needed for this class.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 5, 2009)

Coping with tough economic times can be stressful for parents and kids alike. Check out the list of children’s books on our web page that deal with tough economic times. Books like Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona and her Father” tell the story of a family who’s routine is upset when her father unexpectedly loses his job.  Keith Greenberg’s “Erik is Homeless” is a photographic essay about a nine-year old boy who is homeless in New York City. Make plans for our After School Club on Thursday March 26 at 3:30 PM. We will be showing “Kit Kittredge”; based on the “American Girl” series of dolls and books.  Kit is a young girl living during the struggles of the Great Depression. When the bank takes her father’s auto dealership back, Kit's father is forced to head for Chicago to look for work, leaving his family struggling to make ends meet. Kit helps her mother turn the family home into a boarding house. Join us for this movie and learn about the boarders they take in and the hobos they befriend.
 
The idea of producing a teenage doll for young girls came to Ruth Handler, confounder 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 just added Stefanie Deutsch new book “Barbie, the first 30 years” a look at 1959-1989 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 50 years ago.

The “Wind in the Willows” embodies the meaning of true friendship. Written in 1908 by Kenneth Grahame, “The Wind in the Willows” has become a classic in children’s literature. The story that takes place on a river is based on Grahame’s upbringing on the River Thames in England. Share this classic story by reading the “Wind in the Willows” aloud to your children. Celebrate Kenneth Grahame’s 150th Birth Anniversary on March 8th, by watching the Disney movie “The Adventure of Ichabod and Mr. Toad” or by reading the “Wind the Willows”.

Sunday March 8th kicks off Teen Tech Week here at the library. A celebration aimed at getting teens to discover the different technologies offered by the libraries, such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, electronic games and more. For more information check out our Teen Blog, available on our web page.

Join us Tuesday March 10 @ 6 PM for “Water’s Edge”.  This program is presented by the Red Cross and will be a free flood preparation presentation. Learn valuable techniques to keep your home and family safe this flood season and enter to win prizes to help you be Red Cross Ready.

Your Library: Inside Story (Feb 26, 2009)

“During tough economic times, people turn to libraries for their incredible array of free resources, from computers to books, DVDs and CDs, for help with a job hunt or health information. The average annual cost to the taxpayer for access to this wide range of resources is about $31, the cost of one hardcover book. In good times or bad, libraries are a great value!”  American Library Association President Jim Rettig

By the Numbers: Just like any other business the library looks at numbers to evaluate the past year. We set many new circulation records in 2008. Library patrons checked out 262,214 items and we welcomed 246,664 visitors through the library’s doors. By these indications the library is being very well used. We held 567 programs (including storytimes and Summer Library Programs) with a total attendance of 12,483 children and adults. If you haven’t used your Library lately, we invite you come in and see what all the excitement is about!

Library services go beyond books and printed materials. Ten years ago just 25 percent of public libraries provided Internet access. Today 99 percent of all U.S. public libraries do so. In Wisconsin, all public libraries have Internet connections, and almost all of them provide high speed access. The most important impact of having library computers wired to the Internet is providing this service to citizens who would otherwise not have Internet access.
From books to web access to online resources, the library’s role in lifelong learning is an essential part of helping all citizens. The Library has a valuable role in the community and shares its resources providing the wide range of services that citizens need.

This May we will celebrate the first library in Reedsburg, 110 years ago.  Do you know where this library was located?
Tuesday February 24th was August Derleth Day here in Wisconsin as the author was born 100 years ago on February 24, 1909 in Sauk City.  He brought honor and distinction to himself, his community and his state during a lifetime spent in writing and publishing. He is best known for his “Sac Prairie” novels depicting the historical evolution of Sauk City and Prairie du Sac. Discover August Derleth one of the most prolific Wisconsin authors as we have many of his works available for checkout.

Do it yourself, online or on paper. The library has many new tax guides to help you navigate your 2008 income and small business taxes.We also offer free tax assistance with income tax at several of our libraries through partnerships with AARP. Sign up for an appointment with the Sauk County Aging and Disability Resource Center at  1-800-432-3710. They are here at the library on most Fridays until the tax deadline.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 19,2009)

Celebrate Library Lovers Month in February!  Support your library by joining us for some of our regular programs.  Needles and Hooks is every Monday from 3 – 4:30 PM.  This is for all ages that are interested in knitting, crocheting and any other stitching crafts. Our adult evening book discussion group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 24th at 6:30 PM. They will be discussing “Lottery” by Patricia Wood, which offers a glimpse of the world as seen through the eyes of a man with limited cognitive abilities but boundless generosity of spirit. Copies of the book are available at the desk and new members are welcome to join us.  We also have children’s programs, and after school programs for kids and teens. Learn more about our programs, at the library or on our web page. Our monthly calendar is also available online or at the library. There is always something new to discover at your library.

Forty years ago, Elvis Presley made the most important recording session of his career at Chips Moman’s American Studios. He hadn’t had a top five record since 1965 when he walked into Chip’s studio. He recorded the classics “In the Ghetto”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Don’t Cry Daddy” and “Kentucky Rain”.  All them were substantial hits and three of them became “gold” records.  Now the library can help you get an extraordinary insight into Elvis Presley, rediscovering his musical roots. We now have the “Memphis Sessions” in our CD collection.  These songs stand as a personal triumph for Elvis, a performer at the turning point, an artist who that winter in Memphis was again sharp, eager and alive. And the music he created there will always prove it.

Well once again, Brett Favre called it a career after 18 seasons in the NFL. Although Brett brought much excitement to the New York Jets this year, he will always be remembered as a Green Bay Packer.  Brett will walk away owning every major NFL record from passing yardage and touchdowns to games won and consecutive games started. He was an instrumental part in turning the much ridiculed Packers into a perennial premiere NFL team. He will be missed on Sundays, but not forgotten. We have a large selection of Brett Favre Packer books and DVD’s.  One of our newest items is a set of DVDs of the Green Bay Packers greatest games selected by the fans. This is a complete television broadcast of nine of Brett Favre’s unforgettable moments in Green Bay. From the unforgettable Monday night classic in Oakland to the snow globe game last year. These broadcasts are an essential piece of Packers history.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 12, 2009)

Abraham Lincoln was born Feb 12, 1809 in Hardin County, KY.  He is celebrating the bicentennial (200 years) of his birth.  Our lobby display case is featuring a theme of Lincoln from his log cabin years to Springfield and to Washington. Included in the display is an April 1865 newspaper recalling the death of the President.  When a Reedsburg soldier heard of the news, he carried it back with him after the war.   Later it was given to the library.  This year there has been wealth of recent publications on Lincoln that retrace his life and legacy, hoping to shed new or merely refocused light on all that is already known about the man.  Ronald White’s “A. Lincoln” is an imposing doorstopper of a book, close to a thousand pages and exhaustively annotated and referenced. White’s research benefits from the availability of the recently completed Lincoln Legal Papers, which offer a more thorough view of Lincoln’s law practice.   Come in and see all the new titles that are available about Abraham Lincoln and his family. Or from home check LINKcat for the most recent titles.

On Feb. 9, 1964, at 8 p.m. ET, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, forty-five years ago.  You can watch all four Sullivan shows on which the Beatles made live.  We have a two-disc DVD set called “The Four Complete Historic Ed Sullivan Shows Featuring the Beatles”.  Not just the parts with the Beatles but each hour-long program in its entirety, commercials included. It provides an unvarnished picture of the popular culture of that year, and thus, the impact the Beatles had on it.  The Ed Sullivan Show was American popular culture, more than fifty million Americans, over half of TV-viewers tuned in every Sunday Night. More than seventy million watched the Beatles debut.  The Ed Sullivan show was a variety show like no other with animals, acrobats, puppets, plate-twirlers, stand-up comics, nightclub singers, and performers from the latest hit musicals and ballets. On Feb. 9, 1964, The Ed Sullivan Show was the stage on which this change was dramatized. The Beatles were the young and the new; almost all the other acts were the old and the stale. That night, at least to every kid I knew, the future looked clear, happy, and ours.

Make plans to join the Friends of the Library in welcoming Professor Ken Grant of UW-Baraboo-Sauk County to the library on February 17 @ 7 PM.  Mr. Grant will be presenting a program on “Wisconsin Writers writing about Wisconsin”. There are an amazing number of works with Wisconsin settings, both real and imagined. Learn about how our state’s creative writers have adapted living in Wisconsin for our entertainment and enlightenment.  His presentation will offer a thumbnail history of Wisconsin's literary history and discuss what makes Wisconsin writing distinct.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 5)

It’s been fifty years since a single-engine plane crashed into a snow-covered Iowa filed, instantly killing three men whose names would become enshrined in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.  The passing decades haven’t diminished fascination of “the day the music died” on Feb 2, 1959 when 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, you will find the Clear Lake Newspaper from February 1959. A new addition to our collection is “The Winter Dance Party” on DVD.  This is a live authentic re-creation of the final tour and it is captured at the same theatre in Green Bay Wisconsin as the original tour played. Over 29 songs 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?  Also 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.
Web Site of the Week: http://data.desmoinesregister.com/holly/
Des Moines Register Buddy Holly Section which includes a timeline, special features and video interviews. The special tour of the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake is very interesting
One of the greatest living baseball players, Hank Aaron is celebrating his seventy-fifth 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.  It 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, where he moved from a city that loved him to Atlanta where he was showed little affection. Aaron finished the final season of his fabulous career with the Milwaukee Brewers. “The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous” by Brewer teammate Don Money is more or less a diary of this first season back in Milwaukee in 1975. It 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. We also have videos on display including a Sports Century episode on Hank Aaron and his appearance on Home Run Derby.
Remember that “February is Library Lovers Month” is a celebration of libraries of all types and is a great time to recognize the important role libraries play in our lives. Show your love of the library by making a donation, becoming a Friend’s member, volunteering at the book sale, telling your friends about us, or sharing your comments and ideas

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 29)

Remember the semi-annual book sale is this weekend (January 30-Feb 1) during library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available as well as magazines. It will be a Super Bowl Weekend of Super Savings. Profits benefit the library’s audio book collection.

Super Bowl XLIII will be played in Tampa, Florida on Feb 1. The quintessential American sports extravaganza not only celebrates the nation’s finest pro football teams but also has morphed into an unparalleled commercial and cultural touchstone, with its celebrity watching and compelling television advertising. Ken Leiker and Craig Ellenport have edited “The Super Bowl: An Official Retrospective” a pictorially rich history of the game in all its aspects, featuring an informative running text and six longer essays by men who’ve won the “Big One”: Bart Starr, Phil Simms, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, Doug Williams and Roger Staubach. The mostly color photos capture the Super Bowl’s storied players, coaches and key moments.  A great addition to this book is the DVD, “In Their Own Words”. On display this week in our DVD collection is the critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated series “America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions”, this forty part series profiles every Super Bowl winner using first-person accounts to tell the story of each championship team. Each episode takes the viewer inside the locker room of each winner, featuring never before told, behind the scenes stories from the participants. A “Who’s Who” of Hollywood stars lent their voices to this series, serving as narrators for various episodes. Alec Baldwin, Gene Hackman, Ed Harris, Martin Sheen and Bruce Willis all can be heard on America's Game.

Jack Roosevelt Robinson, athlete and business executive, first black to enter professional major league baseball was born ninety years ago January 31, 1919. Jackie Robinson’s first season is discussed in Jonathan Eig’s book “Opening Day”, recalling the events of 1947 when under intense media and public scrutiny, Robinson made history. This account of the inaugural season includes his experiences (good and bad) with fellow players and fans throughout the National League. Jackie had a key role in leading the Dodgers to the World Series at the season’s end, while also winning the first-ever Rookie of the Year award for his stellar play. He proved that a black man could combine courage with skills and earn respect on his own terms. Check our display of books on Jackie Robinson and our web page for a list of books on Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball.  

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 22)

For most all of nine seasons, William Petersen has played a forensic entomologist and the night-shift supervisor of the Clark County, Nevada forensics team on CSI in front of 21 million viewers per week. And now the farewell has happen to the character that made him famous.  CSI will remain unchanged, according to producers though fans will sorely miss Petersen.  You don’t have to have Grissom leave your life as the library has many seasons of CSI on DVD and novels based on the characters available for checkout.

We are participating in the 2009 Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge. The Challenge is open to all Wisconsin 3rd through 10th graders and will run till February 23rd.  Score 500 points by reading 500 pages and earn a free ticket to a Bucks home game at the Bradley Center! The Milwaukee Bucks remind you “the more you read, the more you win!” Pick up your Reading Package materials at the library.

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 Friday January 30 and Saturday January 31 during library hours.

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 instead. 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.
We are starting to get in many of the state and federal tax forms at the library. Additional forms and information is available from the state and federal government tax web site.  A link can be found on our home page (www.reedsburglibrary.org).
As we now prepare for the term of our new president, it a perfect time for you check out our Inauguration display case this month. Honoring 220 years of the Presidency, this exhibit displays inaugural programs, medallions, posters and buttons from many of the past inaugurations.  Bring your camera with you to the library and get your picture taken with the new President as we have a life-size standup by our display case.

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 15)

Black civil rights leader, minister, advocate of nonviolence and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize was born eighty 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 new 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.

Nostalgic comedy set in Milwaukee during the 1950s, Televisions “Happy Days” premiered thirty-five 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 till 1984 and had three spin-offs.  Check out our display of the first season available on DVD or learn about the show with the new book “Happier Days” by Marley Brant which takes us behind the scenes at Paramont studios filled with classic shows of the era. 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.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund has been in fill 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 $2,000 being donated for the purchase of new materials.
 Names of contributors are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to
Rocha Family, Samuel Roch, Donna Hofmann, Rex & Ardell Albers, Irene Schoellig, Dan & Sue Debaets
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 Friday January 30, Saturday January 31 and Sunday Feburary 1.  Their will be thousands of videos, magazines and books available.  There is a special preview hour on Thursday, 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 (January 8,2009)

Regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture, Elvis Presley was born, in a two-room shotgun house, built by his father on January 8, 1935.  Known the world over by his first name, he starred in 33 successful films, globally; he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist.  Look for the life-size Jailhouse Elvis in the library. That’s where you will find films, television appearances and some acclaimed record-breaking concert performances on video.  Also some books about the life and times of Elvis Aaron Presley including the new “Elvis Speaks” his thoughts on fame, family, music and more in his own words.

This month the state of Alaska is celebrating their fifthy anniversary. Did you know it was not always a part of the United States. It was first settled about 15,000 years ago by an Asiatic group who crossed the Bering Land Bridge. In 1867 US Secretary of State William Seward purchased Alaska for 7.2 million dollars or about two cents per acre. Believed that Seward made a blunder and it was dubbed as Seward’s Folly. There are many great books set in Alaska. Among them is Jack London’s “Call of the Wild”, the story of a suburban dog’s fight for survival in the Alaskan Klondike.  You can cruise or visit via rails this winter across Alaska on DVD.

Twenty-five years ago on January 4, 1984 NBC aired the first episode of Night Court, which centers around a Manhattan Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Harold T. Stone (Harry Anderson). We can help you relieve this staple must-see TV line up show of the 80s, as the first season is available here at the library. Relieve Dan Fielding, Bull Shannon the 6’8’’ bald bailiff as court is back in session and Judge Harry T. Stone is presiding.

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 Letha Adelman, The Rasmussen Family, and Jean Smith. The Friends of the Library thanks you for your continued support.

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 1, 2009)

Have you heard of Andrew Johnson, he was the 17th President of the United States, upon the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? Did you know he was the first US President to be impeached?  He served as a member of the senate after his White House years and also was a tailor in Tennessee. December 29, 1908 is when he was born, two hundred years ago.  Learn more hum ours thing about him and other Vice Presidents in the new book “Veeps” by Bill Kelter. Veeps tells the sordid, head-scratching, perversely-entertaining stories of these men we've chosen to ride shotgun in the biggest rig in democracy, without ever seriously considering the possibility that they might have to take the wheel.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book 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 $1,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Christine Schrank, Tom Geimer, Walter & Sandra Lloyd, Mary Newport, Luanne Krohn,Kenneth & Jeanne Benzel, Lisa Petersen. The Friends of the Library thanks you for your continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

Your Library: Inside Story (December 25)
For many people, decorating their home and Christmas trees with ornaments is one of the most enjoyable ways to capture the magic and excitement of the holidays. Ornaments became a major hit in 1880 at F.W. Woolworth of the five and dime fame, which reluctantly stocked his stores with German-made ornaments. By 1890, he was selling $25 million worth of ornaments at nickel and dime prices.  In 1973, Hallmark introduced six glass ball ornaments and 12 yarn figures as the first collection of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments. When the first line of ornaments was introduced, they were unique in design, year-dated and available only for a limited time, which was new in the world of ornaments. Our lobby display case is celebrating the thirty-five years of Keepsake Hallmark Ornaments. You will see many specific themes of ornaments from trains to football to Disney and more.  We even have available for checkout a value guide of Keepsake ornaments for you to explore your collection or revisit your Christmas past.  Our collection of Hallmark ornaments will be featured till the end of December.

Last week Florida authorities finally closed the case of TV host John Walsh’s son, twenty-seven years after the child went missing.  Did you know that he wrote a 1997 bestseller, “Tears of Rage” which tells the untold story of the Adam Walsh case? This book answers many questions, like how he was able to move forward through his nightmare and the national awareness he made to law enforcement agencies and parents.  Also in the news, was Caroline Kennedy, however you feel about the Senate decision, you can enjoy one of her works.  She authored over five books from poems to politics. You will be enrich your heart and mind with her 2007 “A Family Christmas” or enjoy her 1991 “In our Defense” the bill of rights in auction, which she wrote with Ellen Alderman.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book 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 $1,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Yvonne Brekke, Kay Daley, Eleanor Normington, Kevin & Joleen McBride, Scott & Sara Baker, James Pawlisch. The Friends of the Library thanks you for your continued support.

The library will be closed on December 24th and December 25th. Our book drop is always open as a convenience to patrons so that they may return library books and other materials. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat on our web site. Also make note that we will be Closed New Year Day January 1, but open New Year Eve December 31 till 1 PM. Join us for our Family Film “Kung Fu Panda” that will be shown at 10AM, part of the week long movie week. Complete movie information, titles and time are available on our web site.

Your Library: Inside Story (December 18)

Are you starting to feel panicked about the upcoming holiday season? Are you expecting a houseful of guests and have no idea what to feed them? Are you looking to give your friends and family homemade gifts, but have no idea where to start? If you answered ‘yes’ to just one of those questions, have no fear. We are well stocked when it comes to holiday craft and cookbooks. Now that you feel a little less stressed knowing we have the tools to help you with your preparations, you’re probably wondering where to find the books you need on our shelves. Our craft and cookbooks are found in non-fiction. This month however, they are even easier to find, as they will be our book display for the month! Time to get busy...the holidays are just around the corner!

You know him as Rob Petrie or Dr. Mark Sloan and from movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins. Dick Van Dyke was born December 13, 1925, the actor and comedian will be celebrating his 83rd birthday. We have many of his films available as well the award winning Dick Van Dyke Show and Diagnosis Murder. He put together a treasury of classroom laughter in “Those Funny Kids!” a 1978 edition, which includes a joke about Reedsburg. On page 66 in our large print edition, you will find this joke
   “Discipline is basically a parent’s job, it seems to me, and yet many parents either look to the school to do it, or shirk the job entirely. In Reedsburg, Wisconsin, the principal summoned an eighth grade boy’s parents to a conference and explained that their son was a real problem, adding, “You’ll just have to let him grow up if he is to amount to anything. Does he have any responsibilities at home at all? Why, yes replied his mother. He has to brush his teeth”.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book 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 $1,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Jeanette Rose, Tamara Kissack, Enid Mikonowicz, Mark Kvernen-Edward Jones, Carolyn & Harold VanDuser, Joan & Neal Pulvermacher, Heidi & Bob Feller, Tara Newman, Keith & Vera Pelton, Shirley Burmester, Julie Adelman, Linda & Cary Stage, Erna Schwartz, Gloria Judge, Mary & Jeff Seering, Bill & Barb & Jeremy Klang, Sherri Schmitz, Carolyn VanSickle.
The Friends of the Library thanks you for your continued support.

Your Library: Inside Story (Dec 11)

Dec 3, 1968 was the first airing of Elvis’s 1968 television special. This extravagant entertainment special features Elvis in some of his greatest and best-loved moments captured on video. Elvis in black leather and the great red “Elvis” letters are just a couple of iconic images that come from this program.  Now forty- years later still considered ground-breaking, this career-changing special has a contemporary feel and Elvis’s informal jamming in front of a small audience is regarded as a forerunner of the “unplugged” concept, later popularized by MTV.  This special features Elvis at his best with some of the richest moments in music history ever filmed for television. To relive his television moment we have in our collection a deluxe three disc DVD release that contains all the video footage in existence from this show including bloopers and incomplete performances, many not seen before. Also our lobby display case features many pictures and artifacts from this special, including a replica ticket to the show taping in the summer of 1968.

Do you wish you could receive a reminder BEFORE your library materials are due? Now it is possible to sign up to receive e-mail notices two days before your items are due!  If you are interested, ask us to sign you up for pre-overdue notices - we're happy to help!  To participate, we will also need to have your e-mail address on file and your account must be set up to receive e-mail notices about holds and overdue items. 

People use and value the library for a multitude of reasons. From applying for jobs and taking online courses to conducting research and reading for pleasure, the library has a lot to offer.  Visit our web page (Value of the Library) to calculate the value of the library services you use.  How valuable is the library to you? 

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book 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 $1,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Dale Emery, Willard & Kay McDonough, Richard & Elizabeth Pannier, William Schuette, Villari's Family Fitness, David & Sandy Champeau

You many use it every day, but did you know it was designed as a pointing device to help users interact with their computers. The computer mouse was developed forty years ago on Dec 9, 1968. Its use didn’t become widespread, however, until 1984 when Apple attached it to its Macintosh computer.

Your Library: Inside Story (Dec. 1)

Feast your eyes on the holiday season’s most delicious new books to be inspired or delighted as sometimes holiday miracles come in unexpected places. Try some of the many new holiday books during December which is ‘Read a New Book Month”.  Rita Mae Brown excites us again with a holiday caper with “Santa Clawed”.  Author Don Reid of the legendary Statler Brothers weaves a tender tale of love and redemption in “O Little Town”.  One of the warmest, most delightful Christmas stories ever is told by Dave Barry in “The Shepherd, the Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog.  Watch for displays of Christmas stories, traditions and music throughout the library this December.
We enjoy celebrating birthdays here at the library of famous politicians, celebrities, and authors, particularly if we have books or DVD’s by or about them. Ozzy Osbourne is celebrating his 60th birthday on December 3rd. Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, his wife, Sharon, and teenage heirs to the throne gave MTV camera crews the keys to the kingdom for documenting the Osbourne way of life.  This reality show is available through LINKcat on DVD or you can read the inside story with “Officially Osbourne” or “Ordinary People” by the Osbourne Family.

Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donation in for the Holiday Gift Fund.  This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. The Friends hope to raise more than the successful drive last year, when over $1000 was raised to purchase new materials for the library. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Cindy Powers, Robert & Dixie Fusch, Phoebe Steiner, Isaac Steiner, Adam Steiner, Elliott Steiner.

What if I told you Ralph Emery kept every interview he ever did for 40 years in a warehouse in Nashville. Well it’s true! For the first time Ralph is releasing his life's work in a collection called “Emery’ Memories”. This is Ralph Emery conducting one on one audio interviews with all the legends from the great years of Country Music. A collection so incredible it took 43 CDs & 2 DVD’s to capture it all! It has been called the greatest release of country music history in the history of country music.  There are interviews with such people as Tex Ritter, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Jim Reeves, Martina McBride, George Bush and many more.  Come into the library and check it out.

Your Library: Inside Story (Nov. 27)

November is Aviation Month, marking the anniversary of the first flight. In November 1782, the experiments of French brothers Joseph, Michel, and Jacques Etienne Montgolfier resulted in the invention of the hot air balloon. You can learn about the history of Wisconsin aviation with Michael Goc’s book “Forward in Flight”. This is the first and only definitive story of aviation in Wisconsin. From hot air ballooning in the 1850s to the astronauts who walked on the moon--with biplanes, barnstormers, and Air Force bombers in between--Forward in Flight is a must-read for aviation buffs everywhere.  We have many books about planes throughout history and famous aviators for you to celebrate with.  We even have the television show “Wings” available on DVD. This show was set at the fictional Tom Nevers Field on the island of Nantucket, where the brothers Joe and Brian Hackett (starring Timothy Daly and Steven Weber) operated Sandpiper Airlines.

November is also Native American Heritage Month. We have a display of tribe histories and even cookbooks available for checkout, to help you learn more about Native American cultures and their past.  The display for items in this topic includes a DVD set about the making of the Crazy Horse Monument. It tells you the human side of this unique family story, and shows you how the mountain workers measure and drill on this unique sculpture. Check it out today.

If you can’t get enough football this fall, we have added, the history of several of the NFL teams on DVD, to our collection. If Jets are your passion, the complete history of the New York Jets (before Brett Favre) is one of the teams we recently added. But we have other teams such as The New York Giants, the Denver Broncos, the Green Bay Packers (with Brett Favre), the Oakland Raiders, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Kansas City Chiefs and more.  Check one out and learn the history of your favorite team.

Join the Needles and Hooks group on Monday’s from 3 – 4:30.  All ages are welcome. On Monday December 1st, they will be learning how to crochet a bag from plastic grocery or other plastic store bags.  This is a good way to recycle plastic bags and it makes a very sturdy shopping bag.  This group meets from 3:00 – 4:30 every Monday but you don’t have to be here during that whole time. If you aren’t able to attend and have plastic bags to recycle bring them to the library desk, the crafters will appreciate them.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund is in fill 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 $1,000 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names of contributors are posted at the library and listed in this column. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.  Be one of the first to give. Avoid the Christmas rush.

Your Library: Inside Story (November 20)

You and your family can “Give Thanks for Chocolate” as part of the Family Time @ the Hartje Center. Thursday, November 20th from 6:30-7:30pm families are invited to embrace the November weather and enjoy hot chocolate and smores provided by Hatchlings located in The Blue Heron. Our own Kris Houtler will be telling stories as part of the family activities.

On his blog, The Simple Dollar: Financial Talk for the Rest of Us, Trent Hamm shared a story about being interviewed recently by a newspaper reporter who asked him, “What’s your single best tip for saving money?” After giving an ordinary answer, he said the question continued to pester him until he realized that the single action that has had the strongest positive effect on my spending over the last few years has been discovering my public library.  Use your public library to help save your money.

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Eve, November 26 at 6 pm and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving Day, November 27. The library book drop is always open as a convenience to patrons so that they may return library books and other materials. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat, our online catalog.  A link can be found on our web site.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund is in fill 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 $1,000 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names of contributors are posted at the library and listed here in our column. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.  Be one of the first to give. Avoid the Christmas rush.

November 21st is the 70th birthday of actress and author Marlo Thomas.  She is the author of the two volumes set “The Right Words at the Right Time” and star of the hit television show “That Girl”. We have both items available for checkout. Did you know that “That Girl” was the first show to focus on a single woman who was not a domestic or living at home?  It aired from 1966 to 1971.

Forty-five years ago on November 22, 1963 was when President John F. Kennedy was slain by a sniper while riding in an open automobile at Dallas, Texas. There are hundreds of books and videos on the four days that changed America. We have many that can be checked out to experience the moment-to-moment action. Like the classic William Manchester book “The Death of a President” and Jim Garrison’s book “On the Trail of the Assassins” which was the basis for the movie JFK.

Your Library: The Inside Story (November 13)

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, ninety years ago the Allied and Central powers ended World War One. We have many books and videos on this topic. One of the few books that delivers a comprehensive account of the war is John Keegan’s “The First World War”. It combines thoroughly researched descriptions of history, technology and means of warfare with nuances of psychology and mystery of the Great War.  You can find our collection of WWI books on the Red Baron, Doughboys and  the famous Zimmerman telegraph at 940.5 in our nonfiction collection.

The world of books lost another acclaimed author last week, Michael Crichton. Famous for his technological thrillers like “The Andromeda Strain” and “Jurassic Park” which dominated best-seller lists for decades and translated into Hollywood hits. He also created the hit television series “ER” which is available on DVD here at the library as well as many of his books in regular and large print. Mr. Crichton used fiction to explore the moral and political problems posed by modern technology and scientific breakthroughs.

Forty-five years ago we all remember the famous picture of Lyndon Johnson’s grim swearing-in ceremony in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Cecil Stoughton, the White House photographer who shot the iconic image of the event died last week. His photographs of the Kennedy years were published as “The Memories-JFK 1961-1963” part of our nonfiction collection. Just one of the many Kennedy books available for checkout and on display this month.

Make sure to mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 18 at 7PM. Paranormal investigator and author will be back at the library for a presentation on Mysterious Creatures of Wisconsin. His programs have always been very popular and this one will not be any different as you will go on the hunt for some of Wisconsin’s most elusive creatures!

Your Library: Inside Story (November 6)

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 is 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 on the “The Magic of Peanut Butter” filled with 100 new and favorite recipes.

Several popular books will soon becoming to local theatres as feature length films. Movies based on the following books will be coming to a theater near you:
In the theatre (November) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
(December)The Reader byBernhard Schlink; The Tale of Despereaux byKate DiCamillo; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button byF. Scott Fitzgerald;
 Marley and Me by John Grogan
(January) Hellraiser byClive Barker; Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
Watching your favorite story will soon be a reality for some readers. Come to the library and check out these titles. You may discover a new book to add to your favorite list.

The world of books lost an acclaimed author last week with Tony Hillerman’s death at the age of 83. He was the author of the acclaimed Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels and creator of two of the officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Although best known for the Navajo series, Mr. Hillerman also wrote children’s and nonfiction books, including a memoir and a celebration of the Southwest called "Hillerman Country," with photographs by his brother, Barney. Some of his works were made into big-screen and television movies.  Come in and check out some of his works.

Website of the week (even though Halloween is over, or maybe it’s good that it’s over when you see these pumpkins): http://www.extremepumpkins.com/index.html

Your Library: Inside Story (Oct 30)

He was the youngest man to have ever served as president.  He was the first president to ride in an automobile, to submerge in a submarine, and to fly in an airplane. Although his best remembered quote is “Speak softly and carry a big stick”.  Born one hundred and fifty years ago on October 27, 1858 our 26th President was Theodore Roosevelt.  We can help you learn why TR made it onto Mt. Rushmore with Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson. Try Jean Fritz’s book “Bully for You” for the younger readers. We also have his autobiography available for checkout. 

The Friends of the Library will be once again sponsoring a coffee cart at the library this fall so come in out of the cold and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while reading one of our newspapers. We subscribe to over 10 of them, including national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Some state newspapers we have are The Green Bay Press-Gazette, The LaCrosse Tribune, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel We also have some more local newspapers including The Sauk Prairie Eagle and we have just added the Messenger of Juneau County to our collection. This newspaper is an award winning paper serving all of Juneau County including the Wonewoc, Hustler, and Mauston area.

This week our Youth Service’s Librarian Kris Houtler is very busy. She will be part of the Food, Family, Fun Program at the Hartje Center on Thursday, October 30 from 5-6:30 pm. She will be telling stories and as part of the family activities. Friday, October 31st is the 6th Annual Preschool Pumpkin Parade (Halloween Walk). Preschoolers, their parents and siblings are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and join us for a parade down Main Street to "Trick or Treat" the downtown merchants. Parade will leave the library at 3 PM.  Hotshotz Photography Studio will provide a photo opportunity before and after the parade.

Thank you to all of the sponsors of our fall silent auction and everyone who came in to bid. The last day to pick up your winning bids is on Saturday, November 8th by 4 PM.

Your Library: Inside Story (October 22)

Have you been in yet to look at the items in our auction? It will be ending at 4 pm on Saturday, October 25. There is still time for you to get to the library, and bid on your favorite item for you or someone on your holiday list. Check out our web site for a complete list of items and current bids.

Have you heard this true story from a past presidential election year? During the presidential campaign of 1860, 11-year-old Grace Bedell wrote to candidate Abraham Lincoln urging him to grow a beard. “If you will let your whiskers grow, you would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. “Whiskers”, Grace predicted, would bring more votes. Lincoln answered her in a letter dated October 19, 1860 in which he said growing whiskers might be viewed as a “silly affectation”. Nonetheless, Lincoln did grow a beard not long after and was even able to meet little Bedell during an 1861 train stop on the way to his inauguration. For more information, check out the picture book by Karen Winnick, “Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers”.

The Friends of the Reedsburg Library will be holding a book sale this weekend October 24-26. This book sale looks like it could be the largest sale of the year. It will be held during our regular open hours and will feature discarded and donated items. There is a special preview hour on Thursday, October 23rd  from 6-7 pm for Friends’ members. Join today to get the first deals at all of our book sales throughout the year! Individual membership dues are just $5 per year, or the family can join for $10. Donations of gently used materials are appreciated all year long.

For parents, the scariest part of Halloween night isn’t the roving bands of pint-sized ghouls and goblins canvassing their neighborhood but their little one’s earnest question, “Mom where’s my costume?” We are here to the rescue with many books to give you an idea in creating a “spooktacular” night, Some of the costume ideas are easy to create and even easier on the wallet.  Mark your calendar for our annual Preschool Pumpkin Parade on October 31st.  It will be leaving the library at 3 pm on the parade through downtown businesses.

Your Library: Inside Story (October 16)

Teens will be reading for the fun of it as the Reedsburg Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week this week, October 12-18. We join hundreds of other libraries, schools and bookstores that are encouraging teens to celebrate this year’s theme, “Books with Bite @ Your Library”.  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.

  Teen Read Week spotlights books that teenagers enjoy. 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.

  Everyone who has ever used a dictionary as a reference can thank Noah Webster for creating a dictionary that has been revised and abridged and is still used today. Noah Webster was born 250 years ago on October 16, 1758 in Hartford, Connecticut.  Today Noah’s work is still being updated and used as a recource for people who use words every day! We have an large variety of dictionaries available for checkout from visual to geoglogy to foreign languages.

The Friends of the Library will be hosting three big events next week.
  • Silent Auction kicks off on Sunday, October 19th  and goes through Saturday October 25th . Stop by and pick up a handout of auction items or visit us online.
  • On Tuesday October 21 at 7 PM join Fred Dahlinger, circus historian and author.  He  will take a look back at the history of American Steam Music. The "calliope" was originally envisioned as a safety device for locomotives and steamboats, but it became an icon of the circus.
  •Fall Book Sale will be the weekend of October 24th during library hours. It’s not too late to join the friends to get in to the members only preview night on Thursday October 23.

Your Library: Inside Story (October 9)

Trying to save some money without spending too much time searching for information? Whether you’re looking for cheap gas prices, back-to-school savings, low-cost prescription drugs, or energy saving tips for your home, Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton has created a website that gathers easily-accessible information and resources all in one place. Barbara’s Guide for Penny Pinchers features links to government and private-sector websites with helpful tips on saving money. There is a direct link to the page on our web site. You can search for the cheapest gas station near you by zip code, calculate energy savings for your home, learn about Wisconsin’s Rideshare Program, save on health insurance, find information about college scholarships, and, of course, look for information and events available at the public library!

Did you know that Cabbage Patch Dolls debuted twenty-five years ago? October 7, 1983 these popular dolls debuted. More than 3 million of the dolls were sold for the holiday season in 1983. Today, there are several varieties of Cabbage Patch Kids. We have books on collecting and pricing dolls and also on pop culture toys. They are located in our non-fiction collection at 688.72

Teens will be reading for the fun of it as the Reedsburg Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week, October 12 – 18, 2008. We join hundreds of other libraries, schools and bookstores that are encouraging teens to celebrate this year’s theme, “Books with Bite”. 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 younger ones. Check out our Teen Blog for special programs and contests all week.

Julie Andrews celebrated her seventy-three birthday last Wednesday October 1.  She was in “Sound of Music, Mary Poppins” and the author of “Mandy, and Dumpy the Dump Truck”.  Did you know we have a nice picture and bag donated by Julie Andrews that will be included in our fall silent auction? Mark your calendar for October 19-25 as our auction will only run for one week. This is a great chance to shop for holiday gifts for anyone on your list and support your library at the same time. We have started displaying the items here at the library in the entryway, behind the circulation desk and online on our web page. A complete list of items and how to bid information will be released soon.  So be sure to come in and pick up a copy, or keep watching our web site for updates.

Your Library: Inside Story (October 2)

October 1st is the 84th birthday of the 39th President of the U.S., Jimmy Carter. Former President Carter is the author of many books including the fiction book “Hornet’s Nest”. We have a signed copy of this book in the up coming Friends of the Library Silent Auction. Mark your calendar for October 19-25 as our auction will only run for one week. This is a great chance to shop for holiday gifts for anyone on your list and support your library at the same time. We have started displaying the items here at the library in the entryway, behind the circulation desk and online on our web page. A complete list of items and how to bid information will be released soon.  So be sure to come in and pick up a copy, or keep watching our web site for updates.

Author Donald Sobol was born on October 4, 1924.  He was a journalist in New York in the forties and created this unique format of 10 short mysteries in one book, with cliffhangers that readers can solve themselves. These Encyclopedia Brown books are perfect for sharpening logic skills and powers of observation. These books lend themselves perfectly to being read aloud. If you get stuck, you can flip to the back of the book to discover just how Encyclopedia Brown and his loyal sidekick Sally Kimball solved the crime. You and your kids can read or reread these stories, as many of the books have been reprinted and you’ll have no problem finding copies here at the library.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Marketplace
: http://marketplace.publicradio.org/
Once at the site, click on the banner that says “America’s Financial Crisis”
How did we get into this mess, and how do we get out? How will the “bailout” work? What are the key elements of the plan before Congress? Why is 700 billion the magic number? How will the financial crisis affect you and your family? Are your IRA’s safe? What do you need to know? Check out this National Public Radio site for complete coverage of America’s financial crisis.

Last week representatives of the South Central libraries and government officials got together for their annual celebration. System Celebration is South Central Library System’s annual thank you to the staff, trustees, and mayors/village presidents of SCLS member libraries for their support and efforts throughout the year, and awards are an important component of that recognition. Congratulations to North Freedom Public Library for receiving the “Library of the Year” award, for its innovative user service and their beautiful new building. North Freedom joins a small list of Sauk County libraries that have been chosen as Library of the Year.

Your Library: Inside Story (Sept. 25)

Now that the last game was held in historic Yankee Stadium, the Yankees have left the field, fans have filed out and the lights have faded. A New Yankee Stadium will open next season, but now you can recount the story of this extraordinary landmark with the new book “Yankee Stadium: Official Retrospective”. This book will take you from the field to the dugout, from the press box to the clubhouse, from George’s office to Monument Park. Every corner of the stadium is revealed. Yankee Stadium is more than a ballpark; learn more about the iconic moments in history that have taken place within its walls with this new book.  To get more into the stadium’s past, try the new DVD “Yankee Stadium” Baseball Cathedral.  You will love this two disc set with more then two hours of history about the stadium with commentary by everyone from George Bush to Aaron Boone. We also have the mini-series “The Bronx is Burning” which is based on the best-selling novel.  Relieve this inspiring story of 1977 in New York. Did you know that Babe Ruth christened Yankee Stadium with a game-winning three run homer into the right field bleachers.  Yankee Stadium opened as, the House that Ruth built, eighty-five years ago this past April 18th.

You have notice the television ads about the digital television switch next year.  We have representatives of Wisconsin Public Television on hand at the library on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 PM to provide a presentation on the digital TV transition. During this presentation you will learn about the background of digital television, and how to make the transition. 

As the days grow shorter and temperatures chill, the slate of TV shows for the fall heats up with the return of several powerhouse programs; twists on old favorites; and even some new shows thrown into the mix.  But if none of these shows appeal to you, we can help you enjoy classic television by watching DVD’s from our collection. We have classic shows like Bewitched, West Wing, Friends, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Perry Mason and many others.

Web Site of the Week: http://epguides.com/grid/fall.shtml
Check here for all the fall network schedules.

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (Sept. 18)

7 Ways Your Public Library can help you during a slow economy.

1. You can get pretty much any book at the library: A book habit can be expensive. Even second hand books can add up if you read a lot. Even the smallest library can access inter-library loan services to get you even the most obscure and out of print material.

2. Yes, we have movies:  We have the recent or popular titles. If you’re looking for a rare film, perhaps older or on an obscure format, libraries can save you a ton compared to buying it on ebay.

3. Kids Activities:  Any library worth its salt offers a summer reading program for kids. Often with prizes, programs and events all summer long. Libraries also offer storytimes, arts and crafts, computer classes, movie nights and reading clubs for kids of all ages.

4. Save Money and maybe enrich your life!: Libraries offer cultural programs and are host site for seminars in estate planning and government activates. We have large collection of book titles in home buying, estate planning and even health issues.

5. Make new friends: Library book clubs and book discussion groups are great ways to meet people.

6. Find a new job!: We have many books on resume writing, interviews and computer training. We offer computer training and often are the host site for job fairs to the public.

7. Libraries listen to consumers!: We like to call them patrons, but we really do listen. Do you want a storytime for kids after 5 pm? We did it! Want more books about home finance or budgeting? Just fill out a suggestion form. Libraries often go to great pains to seek out what the community wants, letting us know directly is great. The complaint or suggestion of a patron carries a lot of weight with library directors and boards, so you are being heard.

Watch for the Silent Auction coming in 4 weeks.  Check our web page to see some of the items to be auctioned.

Your Library: Inside Story (Sept. 11)

Share your opinions with Sauk County! Please take a few moments to complete the 2009 Sauk County Budget Survey. The survey results will be used by Sauk County, to set their countywide priorities for 2009. The survey is available online at our web site www.reedsburglibrary.org

Join the Friends of the Library in welcoming Bruce Goeser on Tuesday, September 16th at 7 PM. Bruce is the author of “Binding Rails” a story of 16 people getting on a train in Seattle. Throughout the train ride their stories are revealed as the ride binds all of their lives together.  Mr. Goeser currently lives in Mauston but was born in Plymouth on the family dairy farm. He has loved trains since he was a child and even walked on the railroad tracks to get to class.  Join us on Tuesday evening as he discusses his work.  His books will be available to purchase.

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!

Website of the week: http://www.homeworkspot.com/  HomeworkSpot.com is a free homework information portal that features the very best K-12 homework-related sites.  Start the school year off with a little help.

BE A FRIEND! The Friends of the Library will be holding their fall meeting on Thursday, September 11th at 1 p.m.  All library supporters are invited!  Wouldn't now be a great time to join the Friends? The meeting will be in the Conference meeting room at the library. Thanks the Friends of the Library for funding the adult summer reading program again this year!

Your Library: Inside Story (Sept. 4)

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month
It’s time again to observe National Library Card Sign-Up Month. With school back in session, students can use their library cards to get homework help, conduct research for papers, or find a title for their next book report. It’s no wonder studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Many cards in your wallet promise reward, but only one card - your library card can bring you the world. That’s why it’s called “The Smartest Card”. From health to history, from food to fundraising, whether it’s online or in print, you can find it @ your library. And a library card will get you there. Visit your library and sign up for one today. It’s your ticket to a world of opportunity, and no doubt the smartest card you can own. Visit the library this month and check out our life-size person made out of library cards from libraries around the country.
Did you know this information about some technology formats?
• Tapes first reels and then cassette date back over 100 years. Valdemar Poulsen developed the magnetic sound recording tape in the 1890s.
•CD-ROM stands for Compact Disc-Read Only Memory. CD-ROMs can hold 650mb of data or 681,984,000 bytes. This translates to 250,000 pages of text or 20,000 medium resolution images. In comparison, a 3.5-inch diskette holds about 1.44 MB of data. Remember when that was considered a lot.
• VHS is an acronym for Video Home System, a format introduced by JVC in 1976 to compete with Sony’s Betamax format, introduced a year earlier. Betamax has of course gone the way of the Eight Track tape.  You are unable to buy this format in most stores now.
•DVD stands for Digital Video Disc. This format was first introduced in US markets in 1997.
Web Site of the Week: Remember the Eight Track tape? Although it had a short commercial life, it paved the way for the portable listening devices in use today. The technology that lead to the development of the eight track tape started in the labs of William Powell Lear, who dropped the project to concentrate on building the Learjet. For more on the history of the Eight Track tape see http://www.recording-history.org

Your Library: Inside Story (August 28)

The library will be closed on Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day. While we’re closed, check your account or place holds via our online catalog (LINKcat). Our book drop and our online reference desk are also open while we are closed! On Tuesday, September 2 we will resume our regular hours which are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon – 3:00 p.m.

August 26th is National Dog Day. Did you know that more people have dogs for pets than any other animal in the country? Why, because they are loving and loyal companions. They treat us better than we treat each other. Here is one day to recognize and honor them for their love loyalty and lifesaving skills. We have many books on Dogs from training to breeds and even to help name your dog.

Web Site of the Week: http://www.earthalbum.com/
Earth Album allows you to view some of the most stunning photos in the
world courtesy of Google Maps and Flickr. Just click on a spot on the
giant map and you'll see an immediate display of pictures other users
have uploaded to the photo-sharing service, flickr.  Then zoom in for
more specific peeks into people's lives.   You might want to bookmark
this site as the images change every few weeks.

Check the calendar on our website for the most up to date list of our fall programs.  Storytime themes, and book discussion books have all been selected for our fall programs. A complete list of dates and times are available on our web site. Our Friends of the Library Speaker Series starts in September. Author Bruce Goeser will talk about his novel and his travels on the Empire Builder.  Come to the program on Tuesday September 16th @ 7 PM.

Did you know that Lyndon Johnson would have been 100 years old on August 27th? He was born August 27, 1908 in Texas and became the 36th President after the Kennedy assassination. You can learn more about LBJ from our new DVD, “LBJ, A Remembrance” which covers the life of the former President through his friends, colleagues and adversaries.  We have a signed book by both of the President daughters that will be featured in our Library Silent Auction. Mark your calendar; the auction will only run one week this time from October 19-25.

Your Library: Inside Story (August 21)

One Hundred and fifty years ago:
August 21-October 15, 1858 at Ottawa, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln began a series of debates with Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas that would propel him to national notoriety. The seven spirited public debates throughout the state of Illinois wrestled questions of slavery in US territories. Douglas won re-election, but Lincoln gained eloquence to be chosen Republican Party’s candidate in the 1860 election. Allen Guelzo’s new book “Lincoln and Douglas” gives us an astute, gracefully written account of the celebrated debates of 1858.  Many of the locations of the debates are remembered with plaques and statues that will help with your Lincoln journey.  Don Davenport’s “In Lincoln’s Footsteps” a historical guide to the Lincoln sties in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, will help you find your way.

Last week the baldheaded, baritone-voiced soul crooner Isaac Hayes died. He was famous for the theme from “Shaft” which won both Academy and Grammy awards. Learn more about the music and books we have on him in our Library Blog, available off our web page. We have a nice picture of Isaac with signature in our Fall Library Silent Auction. Mark your calendar; the auction will be one week only this time, October 19-25.

 

We are getting to the end of summer, but the days of old fashioned pleasures are still happening across the country. August 21st kicks off the Minnesota State Fair where the mini donuts and batter-fried cheese curds were invented. This fair has captured the imagination and the taste buds of the entire nation.  Now all of the fun from the beginning is in the new illustrated history “Minnesota State Fair” by Kathryn Koutsky. If you can’t make to the top of the Ferris wheel, we have books on Ferris wheels and country life on the farm.

JOKE OF THE WEEK: A man took his dog to see a movie.  All through the movie, the dog laughed at the funny parts and cried at the sad parts.  When the movie was over, the lady sitting behind them tapped the man on the shoulder and
said, "Sir, I couldn't help noticing your dog.  All through the movie he
laughed at the funny parts and cried at the sad parts, truly amazing!"
The man replied, "I was surprised myself because he didn't like the book
at all."

Your Library: Inside Story (August 14)
Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation.  Youngsters will never get tired of this toy-comes-alive tale with a happy ending, so you may also want to seek out Don Freeman's next creation. Don Freeman was born August 11, 1908.  He came to New York in the 1920s to become a jazz musician, but discovered his true love was drawing and sketching the people and places around him. His picture books are suitable for ages 3 and up, and they are about topics as varied as a New York City doorman who is secretly an artist on the side, to a beloved bear who gets lost inside a washing machine. His books have wonderful themes of friendship and characters that are honest and sincere and learn lessons about always being themselves.  Celebrate his 100th Birthday with “Earl the Squirrel, A Pocket for Corduroy, Norman the Doorman or the original Corduroy” Which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

We are busy planning our fall programs now that our summer programs coming to an end. Sign up for storytimes starts on Monday August 25. Check the calendar on our website for the most up to date list of our fall programs. There is something for everyone from three different book discussion groups for adults to the kids and teen programs. The Friends of the Library’s popular Silent Auction is returning in October and the Local History Speaker Series starts in September. Author Bruce Goeser will talk about his novel and his travels on the Empire Builder.  Come to the program on Tuesday September 16th @ 7 PM.

Mark your calendar for Friday August 15th 10AM-2PM. American Girl Hair Salon.

Bring your American Girl Doll to the Library for a new hair-do.  There will also be a display of American Girl books to check out.
All Money raised at this event will be donated to RAFT (Reedsburg Area Flood Team).  All participants will be entered into a drawing for fun prizes including two gently-used American Girl Dolls and clothes.

 

 

Your Library:Inside Story (August 7)

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 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 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. This region is filled with natural and historic wonders.  One of our newest books is “The Black Hills Yesterday and Today” by Paul Horsted is drawing praise from the press and readers alike.  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.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
50 Things Being Blamed on Rising Oil Prices
http://blogs.wsj.com/buzzwatch/2008/07/03/idea-watch-50-things-being-blamed-on-rising-oil-prices/?mod=fpa_blogs
From the rise in school lunch prices to robot military aircraft to the
Japanese sashimi shortage!   This 7/3/08 Wall Street Journal blog entry
lists more than 50 ways that rising fuel costs are affecting our lives.
Every item is linked to the article or television story that explains the
problem. You can add a comment or read the many responses to this thought
provoking list.

Registration for fall children’s programs begins on Monday, August 25. Storytimes for children ages 3-5 who have not yet attended kindergarten will have a variety of times and days of the week from which to choose. Programs for children in kindergarten through grade 8 will have sessions after school. Watch the newspaper and the library website for specific Information. The fall session begins in September.

Also note the other activities coming up for September and October, as plans are already under way for the book groups, adult evening programs, storytimes, after school groups and more.

Some of our summer programs have ended but there are still activities going on through the month of August. Check the calendar on our website ( www.reedsburglibrary.org ) for the most up to date list of activities still meeting this month. Keep reading and help us reach our summer reading goal.

Your Library: The Inside Story (July 31)

Did you know that NASA has been around for fifty years? July 29, 1958 President Eisenhower signed a bill creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to direct U.S. space policy. We have a display of books and videos about astronauts like John Glenn and space missions like Apollo. We have two new DVDs for the space explorer in you. “Magnificent Desolation” walking on the moon transports you to the lunar surface, where you can walk alongside the 12 astronauts who have been there, experiencing what they saw, heard and felt.  Ron Howard’s “In the Shadow of the Moon” has, for the first time, a combination of archival material much has never before been seen.  Also interviews of the surviving astronauts as they tell the story of the Apollo space program. Only 12 American men have walked upon the moon surface and remain the only human beings to have stood on another planet. Both programs are a wonderful chance to step where no man had step before.

The dog days of summer are here - six sultry weeks named after Sirius, the Dog Star - and with them come "Air Conditioning Appreciation Days." You've never heard of them? They are celebrated from early July to mid-August each year, according to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) in Arlington, VA. This is when cooling needs nationwide are usually at their peak (and when indoor dogs spend all day lying on the linoleum floor directly in front of the cool air vent). They  (and we) stay cool and comfortable thanks to the invention of air conditioning!
If you don't have air conditioning in your home or apartment, you will be happy to know that the Library is cool and comfortable, and we are open every night from Monday thru Thursday until 8:00 PM, till 5 PM on Fridays, and 9-1 on Saturdays. So if YOU need to beat the heat, come on down! Stock up on books and movies, enjoy browsing our magazines, reading our newspapers, using the computers, and appreciate our air conditioning!

Our “What’s Buzzin @ Your Library” adult reading program is ending on August 2nd. There is still time for you to read or listen to a book and its very simple to enter to win. Just fill out an entry form for each item and put it in the entry box at the circulation desk. Get your summer reads turned in! Not only will you be helping with the total books read this summer but also you will have the chance of winning a prize in the final drawing. The more books that you have read the more entries you have so the greater your chance of winning. Just some of the prizes included are from the Deli Bean, MPS Photography, Blue Heron, Touchdown Tavern and more.

Your Library: The Inside Story (July 24)

The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale July 25-26. The sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. There is a special preview hour on Thursday, July 24 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.

Additional event for our Summer Library Program: More details coming soon, watch for more information at the library or on our web site. Curt Strutz (Bassmeister) is coming! This is a fun and energetic guy who brings the excitement of fishing into the lives of children. His shows are both entertaining and educational, and are chock full of fast-paced ventriloquism, comedy, audience participation, visual props, and puppets. Children will enjoy being directly involved on stage with demonstrations and become "stars" of the stage right along with the crazy antics of The Bassmeister himself! See you there!

Did you know? (Some footnotes to authors careers) John Grisham was in the Mississippi House of Representatives (1984-1990). Jack Kerouac never owned a car nor had a driver’s license. Charles Dickens was an amateur magician. Stephen King appeared in 15 movie and TV cameos.

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.

Our “What’s Buzzin @ Your Library” adult reading program is ending on August 2nd. There is still time if you to read or listen to a book and its very simple to win. Just fill out an entry form for each item and put it in the entry box at the circulation desk. Get your summer reads turned in! Not only will you be helping with the total books read this summer but also you will have the chance of winning a prize in the final drawing. The more books that you have read the more entries you have so the greater your chance of winning. Prizes include coupons to area business including Dells Boat Tours.

Your Library: The Inside Story (July 17)

This summer, 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 scenes or plan that low gas trip in Wisconsin or what to eat when in Chicago.

The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale July 25-26. The sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. There is a special preview hour on Thursday, July 24 from 6-7 PM for Friends’ members. Join today to get the first deals at all of our book sales throughout the year!

Did you know about theses milestone birthdays this month. Tennis star Arthur Ashe was born sixty-five years ago on July 10, 1943. Arthur became a legend for his list of firsts as a black tennis player.  Learn more about his US men’s championships in his 1993 biography “Days of Grace” a memoir.  Former President Gerald R. Ford was born ninety-five years ago on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska. He was born as Leslie King and became the only nonelected vice president and president of the United States. After his death in 2006, Douglas Brinkley released the biography “Gerald R. Ford”.

Because many of the South Central Library System libraries have suffered significant flooding in recent weeks, (including 3 Sauk County libraries, Plain, Rock Springs and LaValle) the South Central Library System has set up a Flood Help website (http://www.scls.info/pr/floodhelp/). If you'd like to volunteer your time, expertise, or resources, please visit their Flood Help page for more information. We are helping assist Rock Springs and LaValle patrons until their libraries are reopened.  We encourage all Reedsburg Library patrons that have materials that were damaged in the flood to contact us so that fines and damages can be assessed or waived.  If you need Internet access, someplace to read the daily news or email your family, we can help here at the library.

 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 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: The Inside Story (July 10)

 I have read that one of the strangest things found in a library book was
a piece of bacon!   As far as I know, we have never had anyone use bacon
as a bookmark here, but we have had family photos, tickets stubs, blank
checks, a maple leaf, Popsicle sticks, Q-tips, and even dental floss! 
Have you ever found a really odd item in a library book?  Please email me
at: rplstf@scls.lib.wi.us.  I’d love to hear about it! Free bookmarks are available at the Circulation Desk.   As well as helping you mark your page, these handy bookmarks also provide the Library’s hours, telephone number, and website address.

Patrons often ask us "What does 'IN TRANSIT' mean as the status of a
library book in the online catalog? The catalog can tell you many things
about an item in our collection or another libraries collection.  It gives the title, the author, where it lives on the shelf (the "CALL Number."), which SCLS library owns the book (the “LOCATION"), how many pages are in the book, and more.  But most importantly, it tells you whether or not the item is actually on the shelf, listed under "STATUS." If an item is "IN TRANSIT," that means that the item is physically on its way from one library to another.  As for those other mysterious STATUS notations, here's a cheat sheet of definitions: *In Library - It's available! (Or, it is at the moment). * DUE mm/dd/yy - It's checked out, and due on the date listed. * ON HOLDSHELF - It's already reserved at Circulation for someone else to pick up. * MISSING/Trace - It's AWOL, and we or another library are looking for it. * MENDING - It's damaged and is being repaired so it's not available for checkout.

BE A FRIEND!
The Friends of the Reedsburg Library welcome new members and need your support. Won't you join the Friends today?  It's only $5 for an individual membership and $10 for a family. This is a great time to join as our Friends Only Book Sale Preview Night is coming on Thursday July 24th at 6 PM.

Your Library (July 3)

Summer: the season of baseball, ice cream, lemonade, sandals, sunburn, fireworks, and most importantly, vacation!  I wish you all lots of warm, sunny days, and time to enjoy the summer! But when the days get really hot, remember that your Library is cool. The air conditioning is working just fine, so come on in, relax, enjoy the cool air, and pick up some great titles for summer reading! Great summer reading is what makes you eligible to enter the Adult Summer Reading Program “What’s Buzzin’ @ Your Library”. Just fill out an entry form for each book or audio book and put it in the entry box at the circulation desk. The Grand Prize drawing will happen after August 2nd.

What do you do on summer Saturdays?  Go to the beach?  Check out some
yard sales? Work on the lawn?  Do chores around the house?   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 8:30
a.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---its all @ your library!

Because many of the South Central Library System libraries have suffered significant flooding in the recent weeks, (including 3 Sauk County libraries, Plain, Rock Springs and LaValle) the South Central Library System has set up a Flood Help website (http://www.scls.info/pr/floodhelp/). If you'd like to volunteer your time, expertise, or resources, please visit their Flood Help page for more information.
 
  We are closed for the Independence Day holidays July 4 & 5. Our book drop on the Locust St. side of the building will be open and LINKcat will be available to place holds on items, check what is available or look at your account.  Our regular hours will resume on July 7th. 

 We have lots of programs left this summer be sure to check out our schedule of summer events.  Lots of fun things to do yet this summer here at the library, so check our schedule in the Parks & Recreation Brochure, our Summer Library Program brochure or online at www.reedsburglibrary.org.

Your Library: The Inside Story (June 26)

  June has been designated National Audio Book Month. Whether listening while traveling on vacation, relaxing at the beach, or sitting in a deck chair in the yard or patio, audio books are a delightful way to catch up on your summer reading. More than 23 million Americans enjoy audio books and listen whenever their eyes are busy but their brains are free to learn or be entertained. They listen to a wide range of formats, from the still present cassette to CDs, MP3 CDs, memory cards and self-playing digital audio books, as well as download on iPods and other digital music players, mobile phones, personal organizers and even GPS receivers. As cassettes decline, one format that is experiencing explosive growth is downloadable audio. What's more, interest in this format and technology is actually bringing new listeners to the audio book experience. Audible.com, a leading provider of downloaded audio books, has reported that 50 percent of their first-time customers have never listened to an audio book before. Libraries are getting into downloading, too. We offer patrons the option of downloading directly from our web site and we also offer pre-loaded digital players for borrowing. If you are interested in learning more about downloadable audio books either call us here at the library or use the link on our home page. (www.reedsburglibrary.org) After you enjoy listening to your favorite audio book this summer, fill out an entry form in our Adult Summer Reading Program. Just fill in the title for a book that you have listened to or read and enter to win prizes.

This summer, 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. We have a large display of Wisconsin travel guides to plan your camping or weekend getaway.

Summer floods have closed some of our area libraries in Plain, LaValle and Rock Springs. You can return your items from those libraries here and we can change the pick-up locations of your holds items for faster delivery. Small town libraries are the heart of many communities and the damages to them are heart breaking. We hope they are all open and running yet this summer, but we are willing to help in any way that we can.

Your Library:Inside Story (June 19)

Last weeks historic flooding of our area has made people think about what to do now and in the future to prevent flood damage. We have three books that FEMA has produced “Protecting building utilities from flood damage”, “Above the flood: elevating your floodprone house”, “Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting”.  Just a few of the titles available at the library.
We have heard how Lake Delton even made the news in Germany and Africa.  Have you wondered about the history of this man made lake? Try Michael Goc’s book “Lake Delton: an illustrated history”.  This 2004 books is filled with historic photos that will bring back memories of this area. Do you have images of the area flood damage that you would like to share for our Historic Photographic Collection. Send your images to rplstf@scls.lib.wi.us or visit our web site for more information.
Did you know that America’s favorite lasagna-loving cat celebrates his 30th birthday June 19, 1978. Garfield, a modern classic comic strip was created by Jim Davis and has brought laughter to millions. We have a signed Jim Davis portrait of Garfield to be included in our Library’s Silent Auction this October. Till then enjoy our large collection of Garfield comic books in our kid’s collection.

It will finally be the first weekend of summer, 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 long rainy days.
6.  Get audio books 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.                                                            
 10. Be sure to just have fun, enjoy yourself this summer, and relax!

Your Library: The Inside Story(June 12)

American statesman, US senator, and only president of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis was born 200 years ago on June 3, 1808. Did you know that: He served some of his military service in Prairie du Chien and Portage?  He fell in love with the daughter of his commander and future President Zachary Taylor? In 1978 President Carter restored his citizenship? That his home “Beauvoir” in Mississippi reopened last week.  Katrina heavily damaged it in 2005.  We have two new books on Katrina that were published by Sun Herald Newspaper of Biloxi. “Katrina Before and After” tells the story of destruction on the Gulf Coast. There are shots of areas on the Gulf before and after the storm. “Katrina Eight Hours that Changed the Mississippi Coast Forever” documents the effect Katrina had on the Gulf Coast.  This book on the devastation was a best seller in 2005. 

Pulitzer Prizing winner author David Maraniss tackled the life of Vince Lombardi in his 1999 biography “When Pride Still Mattered”.  Vince Lombardi was born ninety-five years ago on June 11, 1913.  Maraniss looks at the coach of the Packers from 1959 to 1967. Lombardi turned perennial losers into a juggernaut, winning back-to-back NFL titles and Super Bowls. This book reveals far more about the man than wins and losses.  Lombardi’s legacy is alive today via our collection of NFL Films and books like Maraniss’ that takes a look back to the sixties and life in Green Bay Wisconsin.
June 14th is National Flag Day. It was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. In that year, Congress asked that all public buildings fly the flag on June 14. The idea quickly caught on and many people wanted to participate in waving the flag. A teacher from Fredonia, Wisconsin, Bernard J. Cigrand, had the kids in his school observe Flag Day, or, as he called it, Flag Birthday. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. It wasn't until 1916 that Flag Day was officially named as a holiday. And it wasn't until 1949 that the National Flag Day bill was signed. But teachers and kids had been celebrating it long before that!
Did you know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!                    Website of the week: http://www.usflag.org/ Here you can learn all about the many flags that we have had in the United States, flag etiquette and the history of Flag Day.

Your Library:Inside Story (June 5)

 “I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” by Robert F. Kennedy.

The United States was engaged in an unpopular war halfway around the world.  Richard Nixon was well on his way to claiming the Republican nomination and the Democrats were locked in a struggle to determine whether to continue the policies of the sitting Democratic president or to choose a candidate who opposed the war and other key administration policies.  The year 1968 was somewhat like today, forty years ago a candidate was trying to convince the nation that a new way of conducting its business was in order.  That was Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  On June 6, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy won the California presidential primary defeating Democratic Sen. Eugene McCarthy.  That night, Kennedy thanked a crowd of supporters at the ballroom of his headquarters hotel, the Ambassador.  After finishing his speech to the cheers of his audience, he stepped down from the podium, not knowing that an assassin awaited him.  He died the next day.  America was stunned by the tragedy, many mourning a leader they had hoped would have gone on to the White House to carry on the tradition of another slain Kennedy- his brother, John.  A new book “The Last Campaign” written by Thurston Clarke, takes a look at the engaging, evocative glory of Bobby Kennedy’s 82 days of running for the Presidency.  Newsweek’s Evan Thomas has released the biography, “Robert Kennedy: His Life” and we also have Robert Kennedy in his own words on audio CD.  You can hear the important speeches of his life.  The movie “Bobby” that came out last year is a look at 22 individuals at the Ambassador Hotel that night and how the assassination changed their lives forever.  These are just some of the items we have on Bobby Kennedy, check out our display of books on him and the rest of the Kennedy Family.

Did you know?  That we have a collection box for used eyeglasses for the Lions Club.  It is located near the front door.
Did you know?   That we provide free wireless Internet access, all you need is a laptop with a wireless card, and you can surf the web using our high speed Internet connection.  Tell your friends.

Have you picked up our June calendar of Events or have seen it on our website? It is filled with activities for all ages, from babies to adults.  For complete Summer Library Program information, check out our website with a day-by-day activity feature.  Watch for more information on our new Loganville program.

Your Library: Inside Story (May 29)

Everyone is all excited about the new Indiana Jones movie that opened on May 22nd. If you haven’t been to it or are waiting to go, consider picking up a copy of the “The Lost Ark of the Covenant” solving the 2,500 year old mystery of the fabled biblical ark by Tudor Parfitt to hold you over. Billed as a “real-life Indiana Jones,” Parfitt is a professor of Jewish studies and an intrepid explorer in his own right.  In this book, he details his lengthy search for the artifact Indiana Jones first sought: the Ark of the Covenant, which once contained the hard copies of the Ten Commandments.  And how does it end?  Do they find the Ark?  Or does the book have the same ending as the original Indiana Jones movie?  You’ll just have to read it to find out…

May 24, 2008 marks the 125th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge, the world’s first cable suspension bridge, reaching 1,595.5 feet to span New York City’s East River, connecting Brooklyn with Manhattan.  Ken Burns’s Academy Award-nominated documentary “The Brooklyn Bridge” is a great overview of how the bridge was built and its cultural significance. There are two excellent children’s books “The Brooklyn Bridge- The Story of the World’s Most Famous Bridge” by Elizabeth Mann and “Brooklyn Bridge” by Lynn Curlee.  We also have many books and videos about other famous bridges like Golden Gate, George Washington, London Bridge and wooden covered bridges.  If you are planning a trip to the Brooklyn Bridge we have a collection of New York guidebooks available at 917.47.

May 28th is the 100th birth anniversary of Ian Fleming, author of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” which was made into a popular movie for children, as well as the James Bond series of books. Ian was born in London, England and died at Canterbury, England in 1964. We have many of his books available for check out as well as the James Bond series of movies.

We have started our Summer Library hours.  They are:
(Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm, Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Sunday Closed)
Summer Library Program registration starts Monday, June 2.For more information, visit our website.

Your Library: Inside Story (May 22)

"Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends."- General Eisenhower
Every Memorial Day, Americans remember the debt of gratitude we owe to our veterans who gave their lives for our country. On this important day, communities across our Nation stop to remember and to honor the great sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.   Through the course of our Nation's history, more than 41 million Americans have served the cause of freedom and more than a million have died in its name.  On this noble American holiday, we solemnly pause to remember the men and women who gave their lives in service to our Nation. We honor those generations and individuals who fought for liberty and in defiance of tyranny that this unique experiment in self-government might long endure.
Summer Library hours start Memorial Day Weekend.
(Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm, Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Sunday Closed) The library will be closed on Memorial Day, May 26th, to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us. Our book return will be open, which is located on the Locust Street side of the building. Remember LINKcat is available on our web site to request and renew materials during the holiday weekend.

Are you planning your summer activities and don't want to miss our summer program events? Now available on our web site is a complete list of events and information on the summer library program. Our program has activities for all ages. Registration starts the week of June 2nd.
We can help you plan your Memorial Day Weekend with books on camping, hiking and walking. May is National Barbecue Month, you can get involved in this celebration by checking out a grilling book that is filled with the season’s sauciest recipes.

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 15)

Happy Children’s Book Week

This week on the calendar there are many things, like Safe Boating Week, Police Week, Reading is Fun Week and also Children’s Book Week. Since 1919 Children’s Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores and anywhere there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers and families celebrate children’s books and the love of reading. This year’s theme is “Rise Up Reading”. One of the best ways to celebrate the week is to read aloud to your child. Some read-aloud resources include “How to Read Aloud to Your Child”, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” by Jim Trelease and “Reading Magic” why reading aloud to our children will change their lives forever by Mem Fox.
Gifts. Did you know that the Library accepts and appreciates donations of books and money? The Friends of the Library will turn your new or used books, CDs, videos or DVDs into money for the library at their book sales. Items may be dropped off here. 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 a special nameplate inside the book.

Are you planning your summer activities, you won’t want to miss our summer program events? Now available on our web site is a complete list of events and information on the summer library program. Our program has activities for all ages. Registration starts the week of June 2.

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 8)

Minnesota is where the Mississippi River begins, where the world’s coldest temperature was recorded, and where you can “shop’ til you drop” at the world’s largest shopping mall, Mall of America. Minnesota has been called the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and between the lakes are abundant prairies, rolling hills, northern forests, the shoreline of Lake Superior and the canoe area at the Boundary Waters. State history includes many stories: those of Native Americans, French-Canadians, iron miners, lumbermen, lighthouse keepers and hardy pioneers from Germany, Scandinavia and Central Europe. There’s Mississippi River lore and stories about Paul Bunyan, a mythical lumberjack of huge size and strength and his companion, Babe the Blue Ox.  On May 11, 1858 Minnesota joined the Union as the 32nd state; this year marks the 150th Anniversary of statehood. Our display case takes a deeper look at this state and its famous citizens.  We have many wonderful books about Minnesota like “How to Talk Minnesotan” by Howard Mohr, and “Six feet under” a graveyard guide to Minnesota by Stew Thornley. We also have new books like “Minnesota State Fair” and “Cabins of Minnesota”.  For children there are Mary Casanova’s award winning “Moose Tracks”,  “Meet Kirsten” of the American Girl series and of course Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic “On the Banks of Plum Creek”.  Check out a book and read about Minnesota.

Are you Googling and browsing for all the wrong answers? Ask someone who can find the right answers 24/7 at the “Ask us a question” button on the bottom of our web page. AskAway is a statewide virtual reference project and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by academic and public librarians around the country. Service is provided through an online chat. Questions can also be submitted through email. Just click the “Ask us a question” button on our homepage and “AskAway”.

Have you notice the Reedsburg Fabric Mural in our lobby at the library, it was dedicated 10 years ago. This mural was not meant to be a map of Reedsburg, but to applaud the Main Street restoration, to evoke memories of buildings that no longer exist, and to include houses of historical and or architectural interest. Stop by and take a look at this beautiful work of art, created by several local artists and historians.

GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT: Thursday, May 8, 6 - 8 p.m.
Video games aren't just for kids anymore! Have fun playing the latest games and find out for yourself how they can help adults of all ages stay active and alert. Come and see what all the talk is about.  Adults only, please.

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 1 )

Eco-friendly living is a hot trend, whether carbon offsetting that flight to Miami or using fewer plastic shopping bags. Celebrate Earth Day with these fresh “green” books, printed on recycled paper, of course.  Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. who was riding his bike to Oscar Party long before green was cool has written, “Living Like Ed” a guide to the eco-friendly life. This book provides a wide array of practical options for anyone who wants to make his life a little-or a lot-greener.  Organizations are resource guzzlers so the illustrated “True Green @ Work” says.  It is a DIY manual for workers wanting to reduce their company’s carbon footprint. Both of these books will bring shades of green to earth-friendly living for diehards and everyone else.

Celebrate May Day with Mayberry and the Andy Griffith Show, a time to visit the sleepy North Carolina town at the center of the 1960’s comedy. Relieve your memories of Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee and the rest. Stop by the library and pick a copy of Aunt Bee’s Cookbook or an episode on video or DVD. Did you know that: The Andy Griffith Show ranked among the top ten television shows in the nation during each of its eight original prime time seasons. And even more astounding, ever since the original run ended in 1968 the show has been seen literally every day on televisions in this country as well as throughout the world! The show and Mayberry represent a kind of idealized view of what America was. It contains such heart, such a sense of community, and reminds us of what Andy said to Opie when he was leaving the town during the 1986 reunion movie. “There’s something about Mayberry and Mayberry folk that never leaves you. No matter where life takes you. You always carry in your heart the memories of old times and old friends”.

Join the Friends of the Library on Tuesday, May 6th @ 7 PM as Amish author Richard Dawley will be back at the library to discuss his new book “Amish Snowbirds in Pinecraft, Florida”. This one of a kind community bordering Sarasota, Florida is a unique blend of Amish and Mennonite groups mostly from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana who take a break from winter’s chill to bask in the sun. Dawley is also the author of “Amish in Wisconsin”.

GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT: Thursday, May 8, 6 - 8 p.m.
Video games aren't just for kids anymore! Have fun playing the latest games and find out for yourself how they can help adults of all ages stay active and alert. Adults only, please.

Your Library: The Inside Story (April 24)

Our Spring Book Sale Blowout sponsored by The Friends of the Reedsburg Library is on Friday April 24, Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26 in the Community Room of the Library. Thousands of items, including videos and magazines will be available as “free will offering”. The Friends group will be purchasing audio books from the proceeds of this sale.

April is National Poetry Month, a time when we honor the rich language of verse. Caroline Kennedy’s “A Family of Poems” is a collection of poems from her family that they cherished from all five continents. She also shared her mother’s favorite poems in “Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis”. This is an intimate view of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her world. Younger readers will enjoy “This Place I Know” a collection of poems of comfort. It is the result of schoolchildren in lower Manhattan after September 11th.  This volume is filled with richly diverse and powerfully life-affirming verse.

Participate in the Statewide Library Impact Study
NorthStar Economics, Inc. has been retained by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to study the economic impact of public libraries in Wisconsin. To gather information for the study, NorthStar Economics is interviewing library users and non-users throughout the state, as well as gathering additional input through an online and print survey.
Want to participate? Access the survey online or pick up a printed copy and return it to the library. The survey is 41 questions long and takes 5-7 minutes to complete.  The link to the survey is at www.reedsburglibrary.org. Let the department of Public Instruction hear from you.Please direct questions about the survey or the study to Alan J. Hart, Vice President & Director of Operations or David J. Ward, President at nstar@northstareconomics.com or (608) 441-8060.

Thinking about starting an edible garden this summer or maybe looking for
some no-fail groundcover to replace that costly lawn?  Check out this web site of the week. The Better Homes & Garden gardening site is chock full of gardening tips and ideas. : http://www.bhg.com/gardening/

There still is time to take part in the popular Culver’s Contest kicks off. Your child can pick up an entry sheet during the month of April to draw a picture that represents a favorite book and return the entry to the library. They will receive a free Culvers ice cream and a chance to win the grand prize.

Your Library: The Inside Story (April 17)

Happy National Library Week! You can still be part of our celebration this week. Our Food for Fines promotion will end on Saturday April 19th. Bring in a non-perishable food item and we’ll forgive 50¢ in fines for each item.  This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry

Children can enjoy over nine holes of Kiddy Links at the Friends of the Library 2nd Annual Golf Inning on Saturday, April 19th at 3 PM. This event is appropriate for children from ages 4-9. All other family members are welcome at no cost. Registration information and tee-time is available at the library. Come out and support this fund raising effort and have a great time.  Funds raised will go toward purchasing a Wii game console for library programming.

Spring is in the air and the boys of summer are back to play ball. Major League Baseball’s season has started and we have many books that are homerun hits. You will find “Shoeless Joe” the novel that the movie “Field of Dreams” was based on and Robert Parker’s “Double Play” a mystery featuring Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Some other books available on baseball are: “Faithful” by Stephen King, “Luckiest Man: The Life of Lou Gehrig” by Jonathan Eig, and a children’s book “Roberto Clemente” by Jonah Winter. 

Friday April 18th is the 85th Anniversary of when 74,000 fans attended Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. Babe Ruth christened it with a game-winning three run homer into the right field bleachers.  Yankee Stadium opened as, the House that Ruth Built, and soon the Yankees will leave the field, fans will file out and lights will fade. A New Yankee Stadium will open next season, but now you can recount the story of this extraordinary landmark with the new book “Yankee Stadium: Official Retrospective”. This book will take you from the field to the dugout, from the press box to the clubhouse, from George’s office to Monument Park. Every corner of the stadium is revealed. Yankee Stadium is more than a ballpark; learn more about the iconic moments in history that have taken place within its walls with this new book.  We also have the mini-series “The Bronx is Burning” which is based on the best-selling novel.  Relieve this inspiring story of 1977 in New York.

Our Spring Book Sale Blowout sponsored by The Friends of the Reedsburg Library is coming up on Friday April 24, Saturday April 25 and Sunday April 26 in the Community Room of the Library. Thousands of items, including videos and magazines will be available as “free will offering”. The Friends group will be purchasing audio books from the proceeds of this sale.
 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 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: Inside Story (April 10)

National Library Week (April 13-19) 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. Our theme this year is “Have a European Holiday @ Your Library”. We will also be holding a food drive for the local pantry again this year. For each item brought in, the library will wave fifty cents in overdue library fines. This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry. We have a variety of events this week. Tuesday, April 15th @ 7 PM, come and see Julia Pferdehirt as she presents “They Came to Wisconsin” which tells the story of a wide variety of immigrant groups who settled in Wisconsin during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Children can enjoy over nine holes of Kiddy Links at the Friends of the Library 2nd Annual Golf Inning on Saturday, April 19th at 3 PM. This event is appropriate for children ages 4-9. All other family members are welcome at no cost. Registration information and tee-time is available at the library. Come out and support this fund raising effort and have a great time.  Funds raised will go toward purchasing a Wii game console for library programming.

The popular Culvers Contest is going on this month. All month long your child can pick up an entry sheet and then draw a picture that represents a favorite book and return the entry form to the library where you will receive a coupon for a free Culver’s cone. Grand prizes will be given away at the end of the month.
 
Joseph Krumgold author of Newbery medal winners “Onion John” and “And Now Miguel” was born one hundred years ago on April 9, 1908. He died on July 10, 1980; we have both of his award winning books in our children’s section. He was the first author to receive the Newbery medal for excellence in American children’s literature twice.   This year’s winner of the Newbery medal is  “Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village” by Laura Amy Schlitz.  Check at the library for a list of past winners, the award has been given yearly since 1922.

Your Library: Inside Story (April3)

1968 is recognized as being a pivotal year in the United States and the world.
Forty years ago on April 4th The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in Memphis Tennessee. We remember the fury and violence of the Democratic Convention in Chicago as it propelled us toward a tipping point in politics. As well as Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy was assassinated in June 1968. This time was tragic and galvanizing, truly as revolutionary as it felt.  Oral history readers would enjoy the “1960s a Decade a Change” by the students of D.C. Everett High School in Western Wisconsin. Tom Brokaw has written “Boom: Voices of the Sixties” which profiles the time when Ike was in the White House till the Man was on the moon. His book is based on the History Channel’s show “1968”. Both items are available here at the library. Check out our lobby display case this month as we explore the events of that turbulent year that still affects the American landscape this year.
Web Site of the Week: National Civil Rights Museum: http://www.civilrightsmuseum.org
This web site has an interactive tour of the museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The National Civil Rights Museum was built around the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
The popular Culver’s Contest has started. Your child can pick up an entry sheet during the month of April to draw a picture that represents a favorite book and return the entry to the library. They will receive a free Culvers ice cream and a chance to win the grand prize.

The library can help with all 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. Running out of supper ideas? We have an extensive collection of cookbooks here at the library. We have “Dinner on Hand”, “Fix It and Forget It”, and “Top Secret Recipes” and these are just a few of the titles available to you. Spring is a great time to start grilling again, come in and check out our selection of grilling cookbooks too.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 27)

We are celebrating the birthdays of three authors at the library this week. Children’s author Betty MacDonald, investigative reporter Bob Woodward and former Vice President Al Gore.

Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor of the Washington Post, celebrated his 65th birthday on Wednesday, March 26. He was an investigative reporter for The Washington Post and helped uncovered the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation, in the seventies. Woodward has written 12 best-selling non-fiction books. That is more than any other contemporary American writer. Copies are available of all his books, at the library.

Have you heard of the children’s series with Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, featuring characters parents turned to when their children’s behavior is out of control?  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle was famous for her “Won’t Pick Up the Toys Cure” and “Answer- Backers Cure.  Author Betty MacDonald was born 100 years ago on March 26, 1908. She was born as Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard in Boulder, Colorado, and she died in 1958 at Carmel Valley, California. In 2007, Betty MacDonald's daughter, Anne MacDonald Canham, published a new book, “Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle”, based in part on stories created by her mother, plus her own creative tales. The book is attributed to both mother and daughter.  The Mrs Piggle-Wiggle books are great read aloud books whether your children have behavior problems or not.
Former Vice President Al Gore was born sixty years ago on March 31, 1948. Winner of the popular vote in 2000, now known as a prominent environmental activist, he was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the author of many books including “Earth in the Balance” and “Inconvenient Truth” based on his academy award-winning documentary. We have many of his books including his wife’s book “Picture this”. It includes photographs to give us an intimate view of their home, their work as a member of the Clinton administration, and their travels around the world.
Watch for upcoming details for National Library Week Celebration April 13-19.  For the latest events and milestone trivia in the world check out our Library Blog.  Ryan our Webmaster adds a new birthday, anniversary, trivia or library event to it every day.  The link to the blog is: http://reedsburglibrary.blogspot.com/

  
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 @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 20)

Eighty years ago children’s public television pioneer Fred Rogers was born on March 20th.  To honor Fred Rogers who died of cancer 5 years ago, March 20th has been promoted as “Sweater Day”.  Mr. McFeely (David Newell) of Family Communications is asking everyone everywhere from Pittsburgh to Paris to wear their favorite sweater.  “It doesn’t have to have a zipper down the front like the one Mister Rogers wore on the program, it just has to be special to you”.  Fred Rogers has inspired that sort of direct, personal confidence. His gentle, reassuring tone was absolutely genuine. Mr. Rogers duplicated this tone in his writings, too. The titles show his willingness to tackle subjects that kids want to know about, and sometimes adults can't figure out how to discuss: going to the potty, when a pet dies, making friends, going to the dentist, moving, adoption, stepfamilies, and divorce, even death. He also tackled some topics just for fun. A musician himself, Mr. Rogers has a video about musical stories. Another of his books is just about kindness. One of his videos is about circuses. But throughout it all, he consistently presented this powerful message: “You are special. I'm so glad to know you”. We have missed him for five years in our neighborhood, but we have videos and books to keep passing on the words of Mister Rogers to the next generation of library users.

Remember that the library will be closed Friday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22. The book return will be open.( It is located on Locust Street)  LINKcat, our online catalog, is available to renew books and place holds.

One of the world’s most popular writers was born one hundred years ago on Saturday March 22, 1908. Louis L’Amour was primarily a western writer but has written short stories, fiction and nonfiction. His works are enormously popular, and most have gone through multiple printings.  We have many of his over hundred titles available.  Some of his titles have been made into films including “Shadow Riders” and “The Sacketts” starring Tom Selleck.

The library has state and federal tax forms available. Stop in early to make sure we have the form you need. If you are planning to file your taxes online here at the library please check at the desk before you begin, so we can be sure that the computer is reserved for an appropriate amount of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 13)

Last week, arguably, the greatest quarterback ever to play professional football announced his retirement after seventeen years in the National Football League. Brett Favre retired as the holder of most of the career NFL quarterback performances records. The Mississippi gunslinger’s legendary career is by now familiar to most, from his high school days at Hancock High to his times on the frozen tundra at Lambeau Field. If you want to relive these moments, we have many books and videos about Brett and his family. His best selling book from 2004 “Favre” recounts that December night when Brett lost his father and took the field on Monday night in Oakland, CA. Mark McHale a coach at Southern Mississippi wrote the book “10 to 4: the Brett Favre journey from Rotten Bayou to the Top of the NFL”.  This new book is a powerful story of how the persistence of this young assistant coach enabled a raw, but gifted youngster to prove himself at college football’s highest level and lay the foundation for becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.  The popular DVD “Favre 4 Ever” narrated by Billy Bob Thornton is the ultimate tribute to one of the greatest heroes in sports. It includes personal interviews as they relive the pivotal events of a legendary life.  The pivotal events include a near fatal car accident, a disastrous rookie season, an unforgettable Monday night, a triumph over addiction to pain killers and a glorious victory in the Super Bowl. The football world as we know it will never be quite the same again, but we can help you relive the special moments now and in the future.

Did you know that between 1853 and 1929, nearly 150,000 children were transported from New York City to the homes of farm families, particularly in the Midwest. Join us for the program “Orphan Train Rider- One Girl’s True Story” on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 PM. Clark Kidders program will bring the story of his paternal grandmother Emily Reese Kidder of Milton to life. She was an orphan child in 1909. Clark is the author of many books including “Orphan Train Rider”.  This presentation will include video, pictures and tape recordings related to the story.  The program is brought to you by the Friends of the Library and The Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Thursday, March 6 was a historic day at the library; our new self-check station is now available. It may be quicker, and more private, but it is just an option for checkout. We’ll still be glad to check out your items. So come in and give our self-check a try. This is one of the many great services that we are excited to offer.


Your Library: Inside Story (March 6)

The Reedsburg Library has many magazines on such topics as cooking, money, the outdoors, fashion, current news and celebrity gossip. All past issues of magazines can be checked out for a two-week period. This week is the 85th anniversary of Time Magazine; it was first published on March 3, 1923. Also on March 4, 1974 People Magazine was officially launched with a cover photo of Mia Farrow. Both magazines are part of our large collection. Although the current issues can’t be checked out, you can sit down with a cup of coffee and read them here.

Charles Darrow was unemployed during the depression, for two years he tried to sell a game he devised. This game called “Monopoly” made him a millionaire. It was invented seventy-five years ago on March 7, 1933. Check out our display case this month as we have many different versions of his world famous game on display. For more on the history of ”Monopoly” try reading one of Philip Orbanes’ books “Monopoly” or “The Game Makers” the story of The Parker Brothers.

We’ve got something new:
You’re in a hurry, you’re in a line here at the library and the person right in front of you is checking out what seems like the library’s entire collection of Dr Seuss, T.D. Jakes and Stephen King. You feel your blood pressure rise as that little voice inside your head whispers, “You are going to be late!” At the far end of the line, you see the library staff busily scanning out books, but the line seems ominously long. The unconscious tapping of your foot is interrupted by an exasperated mumble up ahead, “Where is my card? It was just here”. Repeated anxious glances at your watch does not help, but what can you do? With no time to wait, you decide to take matters in your hands. You can now walk over to the library’s self check out machine. In mere moments, you scan your card, scan your books, and print a date due receipt. You can’t help but break into a little smile as you take your receipt and make your way to the exit. Maybe you won’t be late after all.

Self-Check is a GREAT new service that we are excited to offer. It may be quicker, and more private, but it is just an option for checkout.  We’ll still be glad to check out your items. So come in and give our self-check a try. (We’ll be there to help if you need it).

Your Library: Inside Story (Feb 28)

Best known as Thurston Howell III on the 1960s hit sitcom “Gilligan’s Island”, Jim Backus would have celebrated this ninety-fifth birthday on Monday, February 25.  (He died on July 3,1989.)  The radio, television, and film actor was famous for his roles as “Mr. Magoo” and as Hubert Updike III on “I Made Joan”. He also played James Dean’s father in “Rebel Without a Cause”. We have all these movies and shows available on DVD. We also have books on his Gilligan Island years.  Jim and his wife were the author of many books including the best seller, “Forgive us our Digressions” which includes great thoughts for anyone going through an illness or difficult period in life.

One of the most important moments in television history happened twenty-five years ago on February 28, 1983. The most watched episode of television was the final farewell for the 4077th MASH. As the characters on MASH said their tear-filled goodbyes, 106 million Americans watched.  This was more than watched the Super Bowl that year. You can relive this moment today as we have the final show “Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”.  This motion picture length finale wraps up nicely the futures of the characters, as the war ends and they go home. We have many books on the series including the fiction book that the original motion picture was based on and later the television series.

Getting a little tired of snow? Need a little lighter look at life? You need to think about spring.  It is just around the corner.  So start planning your flower and vegetable garden.  We have lots of gardening books to help you plan what should go where in the garden. Think Spring! Think Spring! Think Spring!

Check out our new Library blog on our home page. This is a place you can check to discover the Library’s newest resources and services.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK:  http://www.biography.com/blackhistory
Born into poverty, Madame C.J. Walker went from picking cotton to
starting her own beauty product business. She is believed to be the first
self-made woman millionaire in the United States. Langston Hughes was a famous poet and writer who published his first two books before graduating college.
Wilma Rudolph was the first American woman to win three track-and-field gold medals in a single Olympics. What do all of these people have in common?  All three are notable
African-Americans.  As a result of people like them who have changed the
world, a month has been designated to honor the contributions made by
African-Americans in this country.  We celebrate Black History Month in
February.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 21)

The Wisconsin Presidential Primary has had a major part in election history.  Discover the candidates through their books. Hillary Clinton is the author of many books.  We have her bestseller from 1993 “It Takes a Village”, and her 2003 memoir of the White House years, “Living History”. Candidate Barack Obama wrote “Dreams From My Father” which is the story of race and inheritance. His second book, “The Audacity of Hope”, is about his thoughts on reclaiming the American dream.
Republican candidate John McCain has written five books in the last few years; one of the best known is “Faith of My fathers” which is a personal family memoir of his grandfathers service in World War Two and his service in Vietnam.  Senator McCain’s political years are covered in the 2002 memoir “Worth the Fighting For”.  Former Governor Mike Huckabee is the author of three books including “From Hope to Higher Ground” which tells his visions of restoring America’s greatness.  All of these books are available here at the library to review and reflect during the coming months of this historic Presidential race.

The next time you are at the library please pick up a prediction page, available on top of the item return. The prediction page has questions for adults and children and will be included in our Time Capsule. Our after school group, 5th Grade Fun, created this project for our 10 years @ 370 Vine St. celebration. Items or prediction sheets to be included in this project can be done any time before Saturday March 1st.

Have you heard?  You are going to be able to speed up your stop at the library. Are you tired of waiting in lines at the library? Come in after March 4th and let us help you learn how to quickly check out your own items.  You’ve learn to find the items you requested on the “Hold” shelves so now you’ll be able to check them out. This will free up staff to get items back on the shelves or help you find something that you are looking for.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Feb 14)

This month is Library Lover's Month a celebration of libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone to recognize the important role libraries play in the cultural and economic success of local communities and the nation as a whole. Whether you depend on the library for bestselling books, children's storytimes, entertaining programs, gallery exhibits, or access to computers and the Internet, residents are encouraged to visit the library and show how much you love your library this month. When you check out a library item at the circulation desk, through February pick up a 10 Years @ 370 Vine Celebration pen, while supplies last.

Join the Friends of the Library in welcoming Bruce Goeser on Tuesday, February 19th at 7 PM. Bruce is the author of “Binding Rails” a story of 16 people getting on a train in Seattle. Throughout the train ride their stories are revealed as the ride binds all of their lives together.  Mr. Goeser currently lives in Mauston but was born in Plymouth on the family dairy farm. He has loved trains since he was a child and even walked on the railroad tracks to get to class.  Join us on Tuesday evening as he discusses his work.  His books will be available to purchase.

Next week is the 57th annual observance of National Engineers Week (February 17-23).  Check out our display of books and videos on skyscrapers, dams, bridges and stadiums.  Try one of the new History Channels ” Modern Marvels” series on DVD. We have many volumes from the technology and architectural wonders collection.  This show goes beyond the nuts and bolts and into the hearts of these innovations and the minds of the geniuses behind them. From the history of the sugar industry to the longest bridge in the world to the world’s first atom bomb, the series shows the ingenuity that gave way to the inventions and engineering feats that are a part of modern-day life.

Have you brought in something for our Time Capsule to be opened in January of 2018?  In January we celebrated 10 years at 370 Vine St. and to mark the next 10 years we would like you to put items or pictures of something from this time period.  We also have a prediction sheet to fill out where you can predict how things will be in 10 years.  Please come in and help us fill our Time Capsule.  Your addition to it may be very interesting in 10 years.

Your Library: The Inside Story (February 7, 2008)

Remember we are participating in the 2008 Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge. The Challenge is open to all Wisconsin 3rd through 10th graders and will run from January 2, 2008 through February 22, 2008. Score 500 points by reading 500 pages and earn a free ticket to a Bucks home game at the Bradley Center! The Milwaukee Bucks remind you “the more you read, the more you win!” Pick up your Reading Package materials at the library.

Last week mystery writer, radio and TV personality Margaret Truman, the only child of former President Harry Truman died. She was the author of 23 Washington-based mysteries beginning with “Murder in the White House” in 1980. Follow-up books took place in other famous D.C. sites such as the Smithsonian and Supreme Court. She also wrote nine non-fiction books, including biographies of her father and mother. We have many of her books also available on audio.

If you came in to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary at 370 Vine Street last week, I hope you enjoyed the treats or the program.  It is fitting that at this time of a 10-year anniversary we are looking and planning for expansion.  Jan Aslaksen, the architect that is working on this project will be here at the library to take public input about the library on Tuesday, February 12.  Watch for times next week, or call the library.

This week two important children’s authors are celebrating milestone birthdays.  Modern day children’s author Judy Blume is seventy on February 12th she is best known as the author of “Are you there god? It’s Me, Margaret” and “Superfudge”.  Also author and illustrator Norman Bridwell will be eighty on February 15. He is the person behind the popularity of Clifford the big red dog.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 31, 2008)

TV Land viewers have lost a couple of familiar faces this last week. Suzanne Pleshette, played Bob Newhart’s 1970s TV wife and started in the comedy western “Support Your Local Gunfighter. She was also in the classic Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”.  Allen Melvin also passed away last week.  He is best known as Sam the butcher from the “The Brady Bunch.” Melvin played many roles on the “Andy Griffith Show” and on the “Dick Van Dyke Show”. We have these shows available on DVD in our video collection to help you remember these familiar faces.

A hero to blacks and whites, Rosa Parks was born ninety-five years ago on February 4, 1913. She was a seamstress and on a fateful day in Montgomery she refused to give up her seat to a white man during a ride home from work. This simple act sparked the civil rights movement. We have many books on the Civil Rights Movement including the children’s book “The Bus Ride That Changed History” by Pamela Edwards. This book tells the story but is interspersed with modern-day cartoon characters guiding readers through the events and posing questions via dialogue-balloon conversations. All this happened because of one woman’s bravery.

We are still celebrating our 10 years @ 370 Vine Street, our weeklong celebration ends on Saturday. Stop in for drawings, treats and information on how to participate in our Time Capsule. Amnesty Week is also happening which is the time to return all your overdue  & lost materials and not receive a fine. Saturday, February 2nd spend the day or come for just a movie at the library during our Family Movie Day. The Walt Disney Classic “Cinderella” (Rated G; 75 min) will kick things off at 10 AM. (See this movie before it is returned to the Disney Vault.) This film is Disney magic at its best.
“Ratatouille” (Rated G; 110 min) will be at 12:30 PM, in this animated comedy Remy a French rat with a cultivated palate, rises from his humble beginnings to become head chef at a Paris restaurant. How this happens is the stuff of Pixar magic. This is a riotous family film. “Daddy Day Camp” (Rated PG; 93 min) will end the day at 2:30 PM. This movie is just released to DVD; it is a sequel to the 2004 film “Daddy Day Care”. Charlie and his fellow day care owner Phil want to take their business to the next level. They take on the challenge of renovating a day camp in the woods to hilarious results.

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 24, 2008)

The Friends of the Library will be holding their first book sale of the year this weekend, January 25, 26 and 27. The book sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. Friends’ members will have a special preview hour on Thursday, January 24 at 6:30 - 7:30 PM.  Join the Friends today to get the “first deals” at all of our book sales throughout the year!

January 26, 1998, ten years ago, the new Reedsburg Public Library opened at 370 Vine Street. Efforts of the community were reward when the new 15,400 square foot state of the art library containing more shelf space, a more spacious reading area, more computers and meeting rooms opened. The single floor structure with special rooms for the children’s story hour, local history research and meeting rooms were a much need change from the crowded conditions of the old library. The first week the library opened 5,745 people visited the building. New records were set every month that first year and have been broken several times since. Our celebration week, is from Sunday January 27- Saturday February 2nd.   Join us Tuesday, January 29th @ 6:30 PM for our family concert program. Diane Michaels will be hosting an hour filled with stories from all over the world, using authentic ethnic instruments to bring multicultural tales to life. Saturday February 2nd will be our Family Movie Day with movies being shown all day, come for just one or enjoy the day.  Check out our building display, stop in for drawings and special treats (cake, & cookies) or return your overdue and lost materials with no questions asked.

 

Playoffs and Super Bowl fever has hit the library the last couple of weeks, we have many books and videos for your football fever. Mark McHale wrote a new book “10 to 4” the Brett Favre journey from Rotten Bayou to the Top of the NFL.  This new book is a powerful story of how the persistence of this young assistant coach enabled a raw, but gifted youngster to prove himself at college football’s highest level and lay the foundation for becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.  Then to get you through the days till the Super Bowl, watch one of the new DVDs we have in our collection. Each team that won the NFL's biggest game, the Super Bowl, is studied in the “America’s Game” series.  From dynasties to one-shot wonders, from the undefeated to the unexpected, America s Game tells the stories behind the story of all 40 Super Bowl champions. Each episode is a 60-minute documentary featuring key members of the winning team telling behind-the-scenes accounts from their championship season. With classic NFL Films action combined with news clips and photos, highlights from team radio broadcasts, footage from inside team meeting rooms, sideline audio and other exclusive features, America s Game provides an epic and intimate portrait of 40 distinct championship teams, in one groundbreaking series.

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 17, 2008)

Numbers! Just like any other business the library looks at numbers to evaluate the past year. We set many new circulation records in 2007. The Library checked out 259,214 items and welcomed 249,875 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!

January 17th would be the 70th birthday of John Bellairs.  He was born January 17, 1938 in Marshall Michigan and was the author of several children’s mystery and horror books.  Some of his best-known books are “The House with a Clock in its Walls” and “Figure in the Shadows”, part of a series featuring the orphan Lewis Barnaveldt and his uncle, who is a witch. Another popular series features the character Johnny Dixon (The Eyes of the Killer Robot). Bellairs died at Harverhill, MA. Mar 8, 1991. After his death, many of his partial manuscripts were completed and published by writer Brad Strickland.  We have many of John Bellairs books available in our children’s mystery collection.  Both children and adults have enjoyed these books.  If you are looking for a scary book give one of them a try.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book Fund has been very successful this year as we raised over $1,000.00. This money will be used towards new playaways, large print books, dvds, children’s books and other library materials. There is still time to give, remember when you present a book to your library; many others will have the opportunity to read it.  This week “Thank You” goes out to Jane Leverance, Sue Debaets, Ardell Albers, Jean Smith, Carolyn Vansickle, John & Eleanor Normington, Irene Schoellig, and Janice Wirth. The Friends of the Library thanks you for your continued support

Mark your calendar for next Friday and Saturday, January 25 and 26th, it’s our first big book sale of the new year.  There will be a large collection of paperbacks, magazines and hardcover for children’s and adults.  Donations of books for our sales can be done throughout the year.

Read this column next week for more details about of “10 years @ 370 Vine Street” celebration.  There are movies, drawings, a family program, time capsule project, amnesty week, and treats during the week of January 27 – February 2.

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 10, 2008)

President Nixon opened his memoirs with a simple sentence: “I was born in a house my father built”.  January 9, 1913 Richard Milhous Nixon was born ninety-five years ago in that little Yorba Linda, CA house. Where today you can still imagine a young boy sitting by the window of the attic he shared with his three brothers, looking out to a world he could then himself only imagine. Nixon authored ten books during his post-presidency, including his memoirs and “No More Vietnams” that we have in our collection.  There are many other new books about Nixon’s life and his times including “Richard Nixon: A Life in Full” by Conrad Black, Elizabeth Drew’s “Richard M. Nixon” or the bestseller “Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power” by Robert Dallek. No matter your viewpoint of President Nixon learn more about him by checking out a book today.

Did you know that the former Library Building closed ten years ago on January 10, 1998 as approximately 225 volunteers braved sub-zero wind chill factor to transfer books from the old library to the new building. The library closed that Saturday at 4 p.m. and the City of Reedsburg went without a library for two weeks as the new library was being completed.  The Carnegie Building first opened January 1, 1912 when an informal reception was held with hundreds of people visiting the building and enjoying the program that afternoon. Two years of planning for a new library was over, with help from Mrs. George Morse who donated the lot on the corner of South Locust and Vine Street and Andrew Carnegie, who donated $10,000. The library was a red brick and stucco building with a long roof accented in the front by gables and surrounded by windows on either side of the vestibule entrance. Rows of windows on the other three sides were placed high on the wall to allow maximum interior wall space for bookshelves. Designed by Claude and Stark who did many libraries, this one had a raised basement that housed a community room for public events and a main floor that contained the library. Patrons entered at mid-level, halfway between the basement and the first floor. The Library had a half hexagon circulation desk, a fireplace, and built-in bookshelves and periodical racks. In 1922 kindergarten classes were held in the basement because South School was too crowded. By 1950 the children’s room was moved to the basement and an addition was added in 1970. When the library opened officially on January 12, 1912 there were only 3,490 volumes (books), circulation was 14,180 and there were 1,668 borrowers. Hours of operation were Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 2:30-5:30 and 7-9 pm and Friday 7-9 pm. On January 26, 1998 the new library opened across the street from the Carnegie building. Today we have approximately 65,949 items and 9,771 registered patrons. Circulation for 2006 was 249,233. Our current hours are: Monday – Thursday 8:30-8, Friday 8:30-5, Saturday 9-4 and Sunday Noon – 3.
 
Watch for the 10 year celebration of The Reedsburg Public Library @ 370 Vine Street.  A schedule of special programs, and drawings for prizes will be posted at the library and available online at www.reedsburglibrary.org.

Your Library: Inside Story (January 3, 2008)

We are participating in the 2008 Milwaukee Bucks Library Reading Challenge. The Challenge is open to all Wisconsin 3rd through 10th graders and will run from January 2, 2008 through February 22, 2008. Score 500 points by reading 500 pages and earn a free ticket to a Bucks home game at the Bradley Center! The Milwaukee Bucks remind you “the more you read, the more you win!” Pick up your Reading Package materials at the library.

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 Friday January 25 and Saturday January 26 during library hours.

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 instead. 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.

We are starting to get in many of the state and federal tax forms at the library. Additional forms and information is available our web page.

Your Library: The Inside Story (December 27)

Say Kids! What time is it? Do you remember the first popular children’s show, which was brought to TV by Buffalo Bob Smith, and was one of the first regular NBC shows to be shown in color. Sixty years ago on December 27, 1947 “Howdy Doody” premiered which was set in the circus town of Doody-ville, populated by people and puppets. The “Peanut Gallery” was bleachers filled with children that participated in activities such as songs and stories. There were characters liked Clarabelle  (played by Captain Kangaroo’s Bob Keeshan), storekeeper Cornelius Cobb, Ugly Sam and others.  They even showed filmed adventures of Gumby. You can relive some special moments in television history or your childhood with “Howdy and me” as Buffalo Bob Smith tells his story or watch season two of Happy Days. As Ritchie Cunningham gets to interview Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody for his school newspaper and gets an excusive picture of Clarabelle without makeup.

Forty-years ago on December 31, 1967 in Green Bay, Wisconsin it was 13 below zero and a wind chill of minus-46.  The Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers were playing in the NFL Championship game. Bart Starr with only 13 seconds remaining dove behind Jerry Kramer and Ken Bowman to clinch a third straight championship in the Ice Bowl. It was voted as the Greatest Game in National Football League history and is available on DVD or VHS at the library.  The complete remarkable 1967 season is remembered in Jerry Kramer’s diary “Instant Replay” which is a reminder of the glory days of pro football.  We have many other memorable books about and by Packers Legends like Bart Starr, Ron Kramer, Paul Horning and many others.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book 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 $1,000.00 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Jan Saari, Mary Newport, Chris Schrank, Harold & Carolyn Van Duser, Diana & John& Brett Bolt, Michael Gargano, James & June Pawlisch, Kevin & Joleen McBride, Kenneth & Jeanne Benzel. The Friends of the Library thanks you for your continued support.

The library will be closed all day on Monday December 31, 2007 and Tuesday January 1, 2008.
Our book drop is always open as a convenience to patrons so that they may return library books and other materials. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat on our web site. Ring in the New Year with a good book from the Reedsburg Public Library.

Your Library: The Inside Story (December 20)

Have you tried our collection of downloadable audio books from “OverDrive”. What are downloadable audio books? They are digital versions of printed books that you can access through the Internet. They can be played from your computer or from a variety of portable devices that support Windows Media Player 9.0 and above. You can also play your audio books from Pocket PCs and even some Smartphone devices. Audio books can be accessed from any computer as long as you have your library card and password. To try downloadable audio books, go to our home page and clink on download audio books @ home. There are many popular titles to choose from and the list is always growing

Did you know? The tradition of decorating evergreen trees during the winter season is thousands of years old. During the year’s longest night (the Winter Solstice), lit candles were placed within the branches to herald the return of the sun & longer days. Presents left beneath the tree were originally for forest spirits to encourage their return. These customs, along with many others like Yule logs, filled stockings and mistletoe were kept alive by Scandinavian and German immigrants who would later introduce them to their new adopted lands.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we often forget what it’s all about. Take a look at these sites for some holiday reflection:

All about Chanukah; or is it Hanukkah?
http://holidays.kaboose.com/chanukah/history/chanukah-about.html

Christmas
http://www.cnn.com/EVENTS/1996/christmas/history.html

Kwanzaa
http://www.boulder.lib.co.us/youth/holidays/kwanzaa/kwanzaa1.html

The library will be closed all day on Monday December 24, Tuesday December 25, Monday December 31 and Tuesday, January 1, 2008. Our book drop is always open as a convenience to patrons so that they may return library books and other materials. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat on our web site.

 “Seasons Readings” from the Reedsburg Public Library.

Your Library: The Inside Story (December 13)

Did you have a Spirograph? How about Shrinky Dinks? Mr Potato Head? Or a Slinky? Relive your childhood at the Library this month as our display case showcases a toy time line for your entire family. Toys occupy a central place in our lives and in American culture. Both the kinds of toys available and the ways that we interact with them have been shaped by social, economic and cultural developments of the last 70 years. Even the idea of ‘play’ itself has been promoted as an important element of a happy, healthy American childhood. But toys are more than mere commercial products. They connect us to own past, providing meaningful memories of childhood interests, traditions and personal relationships that continue long into adulthood.  Our display includes timeless classics such as Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Cabbage Patch Kids.  Did you know that Monopoly, now seen as a celebration of capitalism, was originally conceived to illustrate the immorality of corporate monopolies? Or that Play-Doh began life as a wallpaper cleaning compound? Learn more and enjoy the toys of Christmas past all month long.

Join us Saturday, December 15th at 10 am for the pulse-pounding, brain rattling thriller that redefines the action genre. We will be showing “Bourne Ultimatum” the movie just released to DVD.  It is based on the book, “Bourne Ultimatum” by Robert Ludlum. This movie is an entertaining and satisfying conclusion to this series of “Bourne” movies.

Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donation in for the Holiday Gift Fund.  This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. The Friends hope to raise more than the successful drive last year, when over $1000 was raised to purchase new materials for the library. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Yvonne Brekke, Claire Adelman, Nathan Adelman, Letha Adelman, Keith & Jan Gretenhart, Tammy Kissack, Joan & Neal Pulvermacher, Judith Cable, and Karen Duckworth.

Your Library: The Inside Story (December 6)

The National Football League is now on the run toward the playoffs and our Green Bay Packers are having a historic season.  Many new books have been released this fall. Remember last season when the Packers played a game on the NFL Network and Brett Favre was a welcome, but uninvited, guest during the network’s pre-game show.  Rich Eisen recalls the moment in his book “Total Access: A Journey to the Center of the NFL Universe”.
   The Pittsburgh Steelers are celebrating their seventy-five years this season, follow the journey in “Dan Rooney: my 75 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL”. This is a compelling story of this NFL team owner. Or be the eyes of a general manager in the NFL in Tom Callahan’s “The GM” an inside look at the dream job and the nightmares that go with it. 
  Have you heard of the Pottsville Maroons who won the 1925 NFL championship? They defeated the Chicago Cardinals but later had their championship rescinded. Learn more in the new book “Breaker Boys: The NFL Greatest Team and the Stolen 1925 Championship”. 
  Sunday Night Football pre-game host Tiki Barber remembers his playing days with the New York Giants in “Tiki: My life in the game and beyond”.
 Green Bay fans may want to check out the new “25 Greatest Moments in Lambeau Field History” by Cliff Christl or Bob Harlan’s “Green and Golden Moments”.  That should be enough football for you until the New Year.

Friends of the Library would like to thank all those who have already sent their donation in for the Holiday Gift Fund.  This is your chance to present a book to your library so many others will have the opportunity to read it. The Friends hope to raise more than the successful drive last year, when over $1000 was raised to purchase new materials for the library. Names of people who have donated are posted at the library. This week “Thank You” goes out to Isaac Steiner, Adam Steiner, Elliott Steiner, Dave & Sandy Champeau, Jeanette Rose, Sherri Schmitz, Enid Mikonowicz, Edward Jones Investments/Mark Kvernen, Bill & Barb Klang, Erna Schwartz, Tom Geimer, Jim and Carol Sebranek, Ellen Friede, Holtz Lime, Gravel & Excavating, Darrell& Sharyl Schlieckau, The Rocha Family, Gene & Geneva McNaughton, The Krieski Family, Richard & Elizabeth Pannier, Linda & Cary Stage, Shirley Burmester, Walter & Sandy Lloyd, Robert & Dorothea McCarthy, and Thomas, Jill, Ryan, Aysha and Tyson Holtz.

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 @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: The Inside Story (November 29)

Feast your eyes on the holiday season’s most delicious new books to be inspired or be delighted as sometimes holiday miracles come in unexpected places. Try some of the many new holiday books during December which is ‘Read a New Book Month”.  “Candy Cane Murder” by Joanne Fluke, will delight fans with its delicious combination of foul play and mouthwatering recipes.  “An Christmas Promise” by Donna Van Liere delivers her next inspirational gem a deeply moving story about a second chances and the gift of love. Celebrate fifty years of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas” a Christmas classic. Debbie Macomber can take you home with new books “Christmas Wishes”, and “Where Angels Go” two classic Christmas stories sure to be a seasonal delight.  Caroline Kennedy latest volume “A Family Christmas” includes her favorite holiday themed poems and stories as well as a letter she wrote to Santa as a child in 1962.  Watch for displays of Christmas stories, traditions and music throughout the library this December.

American author Louisa Mae Alcott’s 175th birthday is November 29.  She was born in 1832 in Philadelphia, PA. Her most famous novel was Little Women, the classic story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Louisa published over 30 books and collections of stories. We have many including Little Women, Joy’s Boys. Also available is A Long Fatal Love Chase that was too shocking to be published during her lifetime. It tells a compulsive tale of love, desire and deceit. It’s publication more than a century after being written marks a new page in literary history.

Introducing our newest library service Ready Reserves or sometimes called “Open Holds”. You can pick up your own holds on the Open Holds self, check them out at the desk and in 2008 you will be able to check them out at an Express-Check-Out and never have to stand in long lines. Look for the Open Holds Shelf near the circulation desk where the new books were located.

If you are in need for help in getting ready for the holidays check out your library. We have a wonderful collection of holiday crafts books, cookbooks, videos and CD's. Now is the time to get started planning!

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: 25 SECRETS OF THE MONA LISA
http://www.livescience.com/history/071018-mona-lisa.html
Did the Mona Lisa have eyebrows? What did daVinci's masterpiece look like before centuries of pollution, varnish and other alterations?  Pascal Cotte of Lumiere Technology scanned the famous painting with a multi-spectral imaging camera. The digitization found numerous details that had been unseen for many years. You can further explore these findings at "True Colors of the Mona Lisa Revealed" at http://www.lumiere-technology.com/Pages/News/news3.htm.:

Your Library: The Inside Story (November 22)

Last week, children, parents, teachers, booksellers, and librarians all across the United States celebrated Children’s Book Week. First celebrated in 1919, this noble cause is as important now as ever. During Children's Book Week, and indeed every week, parents have the opportunity  to share with their kids the joy and wonder of reading. Share the magic of books with your children!  Everyone who's ever cried with Wilbur the Pig, laughed with Snoopy, run with Tom and Huck, or just spent an afternoon with Harry Potter, knows how a book can change lives in great and small ways.

Now that the Writers Guild of America strike is transforming November into all reruns and putting other shows into limbo, what’s a TV watcher to do? We have the answer here to get your TV fix during the strike try checking out a classic television series. Some recent releases we have or are available in LINKcat: Comedies: “Friends”, “Frasier”, “Cheers”, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “Barney Miller”,  “The Office”, or “Seinfeld”.  Dramas: “The West Wing”, “24”, “Lost”, “Friday Night Lights”.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book 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 are posted at the library.

Did you know author Jack Schaefer was born November 19, 1907 (one hundred years ago). We have his bestseller “Shane” which was later made into an award-winning film.  This was his first success as a novelist. Few realized that Schaefer himself had never been anywhere near the west. Nevertheless, he continued writing successful westerns.

Your Library: The Inside Story (November 15)

We are celebrating Charles Schulz’s 85th birthday this month at the library, check out our lobby display for our collection of Charlie Brown and his friends. Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip is the feature of a new major biography now available at the library. “Schulz and Peanuts” by David Michaelis, is a product of nearly seven years of research and firsthand interviews. You go deeper into Schulz’s staunch German-American Minnesota roots and you will connect the dots between the real Schulz and the one we know via the media.  We have many videos and books to relive your favorite moments of Charlie Brown’s gang.

The library has added more Playaway audio books for 28-day checkout. Playaways are audio books that are the size of a credit card. The whole book is on just a small audio player, so no tapes or CD’s to change. You just add your headphones; an AAA battery and you’re ready to listen! Playaways allow bookmark insertions, remember where you stop listening, and allow you to adjust the speed of the narrator’s voice. Playaways work with most headphones, speakers, and car adapters. Library users can now search and place holds on copies from our library and other libraries. When using LINKcat just do an author search, Playaway, and a list of titles will appear. If you need help with that ask at the Main Desk.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Gift Fund is in fill 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 $1,000 being donated for the purchase of new materials. Names of contributors are posted at the library. The Friends of the Library thank you for your continued support.  Be one of the first to give. Avoid the Christmas rush.

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Eve, November 21st at 6pm and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving, November 22nd. Our book drop is always open as a convenience to patrons so that they may return library books and other materials. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat on our web site.

Your Library: The Inside Story (November 8)

My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you
write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.   Elmore Leonard (American author)

Oklahoma, the 46th state, celebrates its 100th anniversary of statehood on November 16, 2007. The new state became a focal point for the emerging oil industry, as discoveries of oil pools prompted towns to grow rapidly in population and wealth. Tulsa eventually became known as the "Oil Capital of the World" for most of the 20th century, and oil investments fueled much of the state's early economy. There was once even an oil well underneath the Capital at Oklahoma City.  We have many books on the people and places of Oklahoma from the Trails of Tears to the Dust Bowl and Route 66. There are many famous Oklahomans:  Geronimo, Gene Autry, Gordon Cooper, James Garner, Brad Pitt, Carrie Underwood, Dizzy Dean, Mickey Mantle, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Will Rogers, Wiley Post and mystery author Tony Hillerman. Will Rogers the great American humorist once said, “A man only learns by two things. One is reading, and the other is association with smarter people”. Many of the famous Oklahomans are included in our biography collection.

Saturday, November 10th is the kickoff to our celebration of Children’s Book Week.  “Spot” will be visiting our 2nd Saturday program at 10:30 AM.  Children’s Book Week is a great time to make a visit to your local library for activities, fun events and to find books you and your children will love. We encourage families to visit us together and choose new books to read. Books open new worlds for children, improving their lives through education. Bring your children for a visit today.

This November we will be offering four short introductory computer classes. The classes are offered in both daytime and evening sessions during the week of November 12th. Each class is set up as a basic overview of the subject matter: “Using Library Computers”, “Introduction to Microsoft Word”, “E-mail Basics” and “Intermediate E-mail”. A complete schedule of times is available at the main library desk or available on our web site.  No registration required. 

Friday November 9 is an early release day from school. Join us for a showing of the newly release to DVD movie “Ratatouille”.  It will be shown on the big screen in the Community Room at 1 PM.

Web site of the week: http://www.oklahomacentennial.com/
Documentary celebrating 100 years of Oklahoma history with an overview, highlights and reenactments of the most important state events to date.

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 @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: Inside Story (Nov. 1)

The Friends of the Library will be holding their fall book sale this Friday, November 2, Saturday, November 3 and Sunday November 4, during regular library hours. This sale features discarded and donated items. A free will offering or donation is all it takes to be the proud owner of some new to you books from our book sale.
Wisconsin author Rose Doering will be at the library on Tuesday, November 6th at 7 PM to discuss her book “Burbles and Me”. It a story of a tremendous adventure about a seventy-year-old woman traveling alone and becoming stranded at a run down cabin in the remote area of Alaska. The lead character struggles to survive alone with a bitter cold and snowy arctic winter. Rose was born and raised in central Wisconsin and has three children living in Sauk County area. She has always enjoyed the outdoors and traveling and includes some of her special experiences in the book. Alaska has always been the author’s favorite state for fishing and panning for gold.
The youngest of five children, Rose has dedicated the book to the memory of her sister, Arlene McWilliams who was killed by a bull while doing family chores on the family farm near LaValle.  The author now lives in the Town of Clifton in Monroe County near Kendall, where she is retired and enjoys writing about her many interesting experiences.
The Friends of the Library are once again sponsoring a coffee cart at the library. Come in out of the cold and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while reading one of our newspapers. (Donations to help cover the cost are appreciated!) We subscribe to several newspapers, including national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, state newspapers such as The Green Bay Press-Gazette, The La Crosse Tribune, Baraboo News Republic and The Sauk Prairie Eagle.
Website of the week (even though Halloween is over, or maybe it’s good that it’s over when you see these pumpkins): http://www.extremepumpkins.com/index.html

 

 

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (November 1)

The Friends of the Library will be holding their fall book sale this Friday, November 2, Saturday, November 3 and Sunday November 4, during regular library hours. This sale features discarded and donated items. A free will offering or donation is all it takes to be the proud owner of some new to you books from our book sale.

Wisconsin author Rose Doering will be at the library on Tuesday, November 6th at 7 PM to discuss her book “Burbles and Me”. It a story of a tremendous adventure about a seventy-year-old woman traveling alone and becoming stranded at a run down cabin in the remote area of Alaska. The lead character struggles to survive alone with a bitter cold and snowy arctic winter. Rose was born and raised in central Wisconsin and has three children living in Sauk County area. She has always enjoyed the outdoors and traveling and includes some of her special experiences in the book. Alaska has always been the author’s favorite state for fishing and panning for gold.
The youngest of five children, Rose has dedicated the book to the memory of her sister, Arlene McWilliams who was killed by a bull while doing family chores on the family farm near LaValle.  The author now lives in the Town of Clifton in Monroe County near Kendall, where she is retired and enjoys writing about her many interesting experiences.

The Friends of the Library are once again sponsoring a coffee cart at the library. Come in out of the cold and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while reading one of our newspapers. (Donations to help cover the cost are appreciated!) We subscribe to several newspapers, including national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, state newspapers such as The Green Bay Press-Gazette, The La Crosse Tribune, Baraboo News Republic and The Sauk Prairie Eagle.

Website of the week (even though Halloween is over, or maybe it’s good that it’s over when you see these pumpkins): http://www.extremepumpkins.com/index.html

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 @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.


Your Library: The Inside Story (October 25)

Forty-five years ago, thirteen days in the fall of 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union came as close as they ever would to global nuclear war.  Robert Kennedy’s behind the scenes story of the thirteen days is told in “Thirteen Days: A memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis” as he describes the personalities involved in the crisis and the actions of the President. We learn the daily, even hourly, exchanges between the Russian representatives and America. In firsthand immediacy we see the frightening responsibility of two great nations holding the fate of the world in their hands. Hollywood told the story in “Thirteen Days” starring Kevin Costner. This is an inside look at how the administration responded to the crisis and tug-of-war that ensued between the Russians and United States. Based on the book “The Kennedy Tapes”, both film and book are available at the library.

October is Country Music Month and also Minnie Pearl’s 95th birthday anniversary, with her straw hat and its dangling $1.98 price tag, she is country music’s preeminent comedian and one of the most widely recognized comic performers in American history. We have Minnie Pearl’s autobiography and many episodes of  Hee Haw where she was in the cast of the hillbilly-themed variety show. You can just picture hearing her classic great-hearted holler of "How-DEE!”

The library has music by many legends like Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Roy Rogers, Loretta Lynn, and many others. But did you know that country music legend Dolly Parton wrote a children’s book “Coat Of Many Colors” based on her first hit song? A poor girl delights in her coat of many colors, made by her mother from rags, because despite the ridicule of the other children she knows the coat was made with love. We have a large collection of biographies of some of country’s favorite stars like Gretchen Wilson, George Jones, Johnny Cash, the Judd’s and many others. Even for the non-country music fans, you will find some Nashville sound facts by stopping in the library this month.

The 2nd film in our partnership with Wisconsin Public Television is Saturday, October 27th at 10 AM. “Waging a Living” chronicles the day-to-day battles of four low-wage earners fighting to lift their families out of poverty

Your Library: The Inside Story (October 18)

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.

Web Site of the Week: http://www.reedsburglibrary.org/local_his.html   This is the official site of the Reedsburg Public Library’s local history collection. It is where you can find out what’s included in the collection, view the index to the historical photographs, and the index to our newspaper collection. Also there are direct links to Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library databases that are available to library cardholders.
You know the song “A Boy Named Sue” by Johnny Cash, did you know that Shel Silverstein wrote it.  Shel Silverstein cartoonist and children’s author would have been seventy-five on October 18th.  He is best remembered for his poetry that included A Light in the Attic” and “The Giving Tree”.  Learn more with “Meet Shel Silverstein” by S. Ward, a wonderful children’s biography of this interesting man.

You may recall that the Library participated in the 60 Books Project.  It was a book, arts, writing and journaling project, which ran from August 2005-August 2006. This collection of books has finally been digitized! To see the collection go to: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/Arts.WIBookFestival

Your Library: The Inside Story (October 11)

This year the crown jewel of the National Football League, Lambeau Field, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Our lobby display case features many memorable moments in stadium history like the classic Ice Bowl and when the Packers held the NFL rushing leader Barry Sanders to -1 yard.  Come in to see the memorabilia that has been collected from Lambeau Field, i.e. photos, ticket stubs and official game programs.  Learn more about the Stadium in the book “Lambeau Field: Green Bay’s National Treasure”. This book chronicles the stadiums history and features more than 450 photos that provide a pictorial history of the Green Bay Packers home field. Celebrities such as then Vice President Richard M. Nixon and actor James Arness of “Gunsmoke” have attended ceremonies at the stadium. The unique story, in words and pictures chronicles the stadium’s earlier renovations and take fans on a Lambeau Leap down memory lane, recounting the Ice Bowl, Snow Bowl, Mud Bowl and other unforgettable games and performances. Also available that Packer fans of all ages will enjoy is “Legends of Lambeau Field” DVD.  This fascinating video brings you the definitive story of the greatest stadium in pro football. It chronicles all the epic moments and includes rare footage, game winning highlights, insider stories and includes previously lost footage of the Ice Bowl. 

The Friends of the Library will be welcoming back author and paranormal researcher Chad Lewis at the library on Tuesday, October 16th at 7 PM to discuss his new book “Hidden Headlines of Wisconsin”.  This presentation will showcase over 200 unusual articles from Wisconsin newspapers like “Mysterious Thing in the Sky” or “Chicken has Human Face” or “Cows Bark Like Dogs”.  These are just some of the unbelievable accounts that will be showcased Tuesday night. Chad brings over 13 years of research experience and is also the author of “Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations”.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: INTERNET SLANG TRANSLATOR
http://www.noslang.com/
This site translates Internet acronyms and terms commonly used in email,
chat rooms and text messaging into readable text.  POS?  GTG?  W/E?  IF
these terms mean nothing to you, you’ll want to check this out. This site
is especially useful for people whose children and grandchildren are now
talking in virtual tongues while communicating online.

Your Library: The Inside Story (October 4, 2007)

We all remember the misadventures of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver and his family: his patient, understanding, all-knowing and firm father, Ward and his impeccably dressed mother June, and Wally, Beaver’s good-natured all-American brother. “Leave It to Beaver” premiered fifty-years ago on October 4, 1957 as a family sitcom that was a stereotypical portrayal of the American family life. Other, less than perfect characters balanced the perfectness of the Cleaver family.  This show has remained popular in reruns, and we even have two seasons of it on DVD for checkout.  The book “Leave It to Beaver Guide to Life: Wholesome Wisdom from the Cleavers” by Jennifer Colella is a fun read.  In this guide to life, memorable photos from the show complement every 1950’s cliché or kernel of wisdom found within this all-American family.

Teens will be reading for the fun of it as the Reedsburg Public Library celebrates Teen Read Week, October 14 – 20, 2007. 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.  There will be activities and special prizes for teens during Teen Read Week, watch for details.

Madeleine L'Engle, whose novel A Wrinkle in Time has captivated generations of children and adults since the 1960s, died late last month.  She was 88 years old. The Newbery Medal winner wrote more than sixty books, including fantasies, poetry and memoirs, often highlighting spiritual themes and her Christian faith.  26 publishers rejected her most famous book, “A Wrinkle in Time”, before it was accepted by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1962.  The next year, it won the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in children’s literature. Her books are timeless, but at the same time contemporary.  She made art for children, real art.

Your Library: The Inside Story (September 20)

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month
It’s time again to observe National Library Card Sign-Up Month. With school back in session, students can use their library cards to get homework help, conduct research for papers, or find a title for their next book report. It’s no wonder studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Many cards in your wallet promise reward, but only one card- your library card can bring you the world. That’s why it’s called “The Smartest Card”. From health to history, from food to fundraising, whether it’s online or in print, you can find it @ your library. And a library card will get you there. Visit your library and sign up for one today. It’s your ticket to a world of opportunity, and no doubt the smartest card you can own. Visit the library this month and check out our life-size person made out of library cards from libraries around the country.
As the days grow shorter and temperatures chill, the slate of TV shows for the fall heats up with the return of several powerhouse programs; twists on old favorites; and even some new shows thrown into the mix.  But if none of that appeals to you, we can help you enjoy classic television by watching DVD’s from our collection. We have classic shows like Bewitched, West Wing, Friends, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Perry Mason and many others. This premiere month brings many major anniversaries in TV land.  We have the following shows on DVD and many books on the shows and the actors from them.

Thirty five years ago on September 17, 1972 the most innovative and celebrated TV series ever produced was first aired.  Set in the 1950s during the Korean War, MASH explored the lives of the men and women serving in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital stationed behind enemy lines. The show lasted an astonishing 11 years, and was started with a book written by Dr. Richard Hornberger using the name Richard Hooker it was a fictional account of his years at the 8055 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Korea.  We have the book MASH and some of the others in the series featuring the same characters.

Web Site of the Week:  http://epguides.com/grid/fall.shtml
Check here for all the fall network schedules.

Your Library: The Inside Story (September 13)

Do you remember 1957?  To some of us it doesn’t seem that long ago, to others you may have only heard about it.  1957 is the subject of our lobby display case.  This was the year when you saw the continued growth of bigger taller tail fins on new cars and when the Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik 1.  The hits at the movies included “Twelve Angry Men”, “The Yearling”, “Love Me Tender” and “The Bridge Over The River Kwai” and popular TV shows were “Perry Mason” “Wagon Train” and “Maverick”. The music continued to be Rock and Roll with artists like “Little Richard” and two new Teen Idols, Paul Anka and Ricky Nelson. The popular toys were Hula Hoops, Frisbees and Pogo Sticks.  Also you will remember events like Little Rock Nine, the arrest of serial killer Ed Gein and the Milwaukee Braves winning the World Series. Some local events that happened in 1957 included the Big Store Fire and the Open House for the 3rd addition to Webb High School.  In 1957 you could buy hamburger 3 lbs. for $1, oranges 49¢ for 2 doz., a living room set for $147 and a baby crib for $17.95.  Of course the average hourly wage in 1957 was $1.88.  Popular books in 1957 were, Dr, Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat”, Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”, Jean Kerr’s “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” and John F. Kennedy’s “Profiles in Courage”.  Take home a book from our display of people and events of the 1950’s.

Join us for a sneak preview of the new PBS series, “The War”, produced and directed by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick.  It will be featured on Wisconsin Public Television this fall. This series tells the story of World War II through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women who experienced this life-changing event.  We are having two showings one on Saturday, September 15th at 10 am and an encore presentation will be held on Sunday, September 16th at 12:30 pm.

The 2007 football season is just now under away with America’s most popular sport about to consume the hearts and minds of millions. The NFL may be laboring these days under the gray clouds of some of its players murky off the field behavior, but now that the first games are under way, those concerns are overshadowed. We have many new items available now to feed your football frenzy.  Some new DVD’s include the “History of the Colts”, “History of the Chicago Bears”, “Games of Glory Collection” (New England Patriots) and “Football Follies”.  We have the 2007 Green Bay Packers Yearbook and Media Guide also available for checkout.

Your Library: The Inside Story (August 30)

The library will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of Labor Day. While we’re closed, check your account or place holds via our online catalog (LINKcat). Our book drop and our online reference desk are also open while we are closed! On Tuesday, September 4 we will resume our regular hours which are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sat. 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon – 3:00 p.m.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City. In 1887, Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday. President Grover Cleveland, in 1894 signed a bill to make it nation-wide observance.

Today, Labor Day reaches far beyond the United States. Puerto Rico and Canada celebrate it on the same day we do. In Australia, it's known as "Eight Hour Day," for the achievement (after a great struggle) for shorter working hours. In Europe, Labor Day is observed on May 1. Most Americans consider Labor Day the end of the summer, and the beaches and other popular resort areas are packed with people enjoying one last three-day weekend. Stop in to get your book to read or listen to on this relaxing day.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: BOOK CUT SCULPTURE
http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/gallery.php?id=1


I love when art is created about books especially when it’s beautiful. This book-cut sculpture is not only about a book; it’s made from a book.  Su Blackwell, an English artist, has taken books and created fantastic art images out of their pages.  She has created sculptures of many famous books, including The Secret Garden, Alice In Wonderland, The Quiet American, and more.  These sculptures are very personal, elegant, and have a magical quality about them.  Unfortunately, the pictures on her website are small and so make it difficult to see the intricacy and detail of the artwork.  Nevertheless, these sculptures are incredible and
well worth a look.

Get a sneak preview of Ken Burns’s upcoming PBS documentary, “The War”. It can be seen at the library on Saturday, September 15 th at 10 a.m. or Sunday, September 16 th at 12:30 p.m. The film explores the changes in the lives of a few men and women during the devastating years of WWII. This will be the first of four programs this fall at the library in partnership with Wisconsin Public Television to offer a series of movies on important topics in history and in contemporary society.

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 @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (August 23)

Last week, Merv Griffin, another of TV’s legends died. He was known for his creation of “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy” and was a longtime talk show host. We have a 3 DVD set that includes a decades worth of his interviews including Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F Kennedy. We also have his two books that take readers into stories of his long career.

Have you wondered what your library is worth to you? How much would you have to pay out of your pocket for services provided by the library? Through a link on our web page you can find that information out. Enter the number of times per month you or your family use each of the library services. It will then calculate the estimated retail value of each service. It might surprise you.

Did you know: If you want Harriet to quit calling, provide the library with your email address, then hold and overdue notices will be sent to you via email.

We can help you relive many of the popular summer concerts in the park.

Our CD collection has performances with many of the groups the have played in the park, such as The Dang-Its, Copper-Box, Barbary Coast Dixieland Band, Moon Gypsies, Shady Grove and many others. We also have music available from the artists of the Wheels & Wings Blues Fest.

The time is here for registration for our popular children program, such as storytimes, and after school activities. Complete information on programs can be found at the library or on our web site.

Pick up a copy of our September calendar of events. There are activities for all ages this fall at the library, including a new program in cooperation with Wisconsin Public Television. Come in and see what that’s all about.

Your Library: The Inside Story (August 16)

August 16 th, 1977 Elvis Presley died at Graceland. Our lobby display case honors the life and times of Elvis Presley. He was known the world over by just his first name. He is also regarded as one of the most important figures of the twentieth century. Our display features many items from his movies and music career, including many pictures of his beloved home, Graceland. We have many of his movies, music and books available for checkout to help you remember a man named Elvis.

Nearly everyone has built a castle out of sand. These transient magical structures engage the imagination and challenge the sculptor’s skills. Making sandcastles at the beach is a time honored family tradition that is remembered on August 17 th as that is Sandcastle Day! Summer after summer you make valiant efforts to infuse sandy structures with inspiration. You need to read “Sandcastles Made Simple” by renowned sand sculptor and winner of international competitions Lucinda Wierenga. It’s a step-by-step guide for building sensational creations and projects for the younger children. Similar in beauty to castles made of sand is sand dunes. An amazing natural features sculpted by winds and the underlying landscape. We have many books to engage the imagination and the challenge of sand. From the weathering process and geology or how the Great Pyramids were built over 4,000 years ago on a limestone shelf, just like sand castles but out of the reach of lake or ocean waters.

The City of Reedsburg will have the sounds of the blues in the air with its “Wings and Wheels” celebration this weekend. If you have a need to discover the history and sounds from the top stars of the Blues like B.B. King, W.C. Handy, Ray Charles, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim and more. We have the seven part PBS series that follows the blues from its African roots to the Mississippi Delta origins, up the river to Memphis and Chicago, then to New York, United Kingdom and beyond. This set is filled with footage and classic music. Dan Aykroyd’s book “Elwood’s Blues” is an informative and entertaining collection of conversations with the legends and rising stars of the blues, drawn from his popular radio series “The House of Blues”. We have music and books that will appeal to every blues and music fan. We also have available many CDs of artists or group from this years and past years “Wings and Wheels”.

Remember that our Open House is Wednesday, August 22 nd from 5-7 PM. Join us as we showcase many our available resources and highlight some of the new materials and equipment. Learn about our fall schedule of programs and events and get a behind the scenes look at your library. Refreshments will be served.

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 @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

 

 

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (August 9)

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. In 1990 during the 50 th anniversary there was an estimated 350,000 to 500,000 bikers in the town that normally has only an 8,000 population. (That would be nearly half to three fourths of the entire population of South Dakota.). The Black Hills offers everything from thick evergreen forests on some of the oldest mountains in North America to prehistoric moonscapes and mysterious geological formations. Edward Raventon’s Island in the Plains “chronicles the natural history of the Black Hills from the geologic rumblings that shaped the landscape to the contemporary conservation issues that threaten its special ecosystems.” 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. This region is filled with natural and historic wonders.

Some of our summer programs have ended but there are still activities going on through the month of August. Check the calendar on our website ( www.reedsburglibrary.org ) for the most up to date list of activities still meeting this month. Keep reading and help us reach our summer reading goal.

You are invited to an Open House @ the Library on August 22 nd from 5-7 PM. We are hoping to have library users and non-users come in to see all the areas in the library and learn how the library serves as a great research and literary resource. Learn how you can help maintain, enhance, & improve the library. Check us out to see what’s new! If you are new to town or have lived here awhile and have intended to stop in, mark this date and time on your calendars. Refreshments will be served and tours will be offered.

Also note the activities coming up for September and October, as plans are already under way for the book groups, adult evening programs, storytimes, after school groups and more.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: STATE AND COUNTY FAIRS http://www.breedersworld.com/fairs.html
Who doesn’t love the fair?   Fairs provide all kinds of old fashioned pleasures:  jam-judging, pie eating contests, hog calling, hayrides, livestock shows, country music, and much more.  And at night, the midway lights up the fairgrounds and the place to be is on top of the Ferris wheel!  This website provides a state-by-state guide to all the fairs.

Your Library: The Inside Story (August 3)

Remember 1977, the year Jimmy Carter became President, “Roots” was airing on ABC television, and Star Wars was a hit at the theatre. On August 3, 1977 in Tarzana, California, Tom Brady was born. He is one of the best playoff quarterbacks of all time, a three-time Super Bowl winner, and a Pro Bowl player. You may know of his life from the newsstand but you can learn more in the book “Moving the Chains” by Charles Pierce, or you can watch one of his winning super bowl games available on DVD. We also have on DVD the New England Patriots 2002 Team Video. This highlight recaps the 2002 season with great action, plays and excitement. We have lots of football books and videos available as the NFL training camp season kicks off. Prepare yourself now for the 2007 season.

The life and times of Elvis Presley is the topic of the lobby display case. Thirty years ago on August 16 th, Elvis Presley died at Graceland. He was known the world over by just his first name. He is also regarded as one of the most important figures of the twentieth century. Our display features many items from his movies and music career, including many pictures of his beloved home, Graceland. We have many of his movies, music and books available for checkout to help you remember a man named Elvis.

If you are working on getting in shape this summer but are getting a little bored, try listening to a book while working out. Audio books are a great time saver; it's like getting two things done at the same time. We have a great selection of audio books. Titles are available in CD and cassette and MP3 format. Have you tried our newest the “Playaways”? They are an MP3 player that has just one book permanently loaded on it. They won’t skip while exercising and you don’t have to change CD’s or cassettes. All you need to start listening is 1 AAA battery and a set of earphones.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (July 26)

Hold the Harry Potter! We know it's been a long hard wait for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”!  And if you've signed up for the library's hold list, you'll likely have to wait longer than the release day last week.  Even though the library system has ordered many copies, our hold list has passed the 1000 mark. Here are some tips for managing your hold on the latest Harry Potter and any other popular titles:

• If you will be out of town or otherwise unavailable, change your holds to "inactive" while you're gone (don't forget to
switch them back when you've returned!)

* if you've bought a book because you just couldn't wait
any longer, please cancel your hold so the list moves faster for other customers.

While you’re waiting for your turn at “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, check out our Harry Potter Read-A-Likes booklist on our web site for other fantasy series books for children and teens.

The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale during “Reedikulous Days”, July 27-28. The sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. Friends’ members will have a special preview hour on Thursday, July 26 from 6-7 PM. Join today to get the first deals at all of our book sales throughout the year!

Saturday July 28 th is the last day to enter our “Find it” @ the library Reedsburg Trivia Questions Contest. The winner will receive a gift certificate to Longley’s Restaurant. Use the clues provided and the historic photos to answer 12 questions for a chance to win the grand prize. The questions are fairly easy so if there is more than one correct entry we’ll draw to select the winner. Make sure your entry has been turned in by 1 PM July 28 th. Also the Adult reading program will be ending July 28 th. Get your summer reads turned in! Not only will you be helping with the total books read this summer but also you will have the chance of winning a prize in the final drawing. The more books that you have read the more entries you have so the greater your chance of winning.

Your Library: The Inside Story (July 19)

The dog days of summer are here. They are six sultry weeks named after Sirius, the Dog Star and with them come "Air Conditioning Appreciation Days." You've never heard of them? They are celebrated from early July to mid-August each year, according to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) in Arlington, VA. This is when cooling needs nationwide are usually at their peak (and when indoor dogs spend all day lying on the linoleum floor directly in front of the cool air vent). They - and we - stay cool and comfortable thanks to the invention of air conditioning! During this time of summer: the season of baseball, ice cream, lemonade, sandals, sunburn, fireworks, and most importantly, vacation!  I wish you all lots of warm, sunny days, and time to enjoy them! But when the days get really hot, remember that your Library is cool. The air conditioning is working just fine, so come on in, relax, enjoy the cool air, and pick up some great titles for summer reading!

On July 20, 1976 the greatest home run king of them all, Hank Aaron hit his last home run at old County Stadium. Now, Giants outfielder Barry Bonds slugs his way closer and closer to Aarons mark. Aaron finished his final season of his fabulous career with the Milwaukee Brewers. “The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous” by Brewer teammate Don Money is more or less a diary of this first season back in Milwaukee in 1975. It 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.

Make plans to attend the last film in our Summer Hitchcock Film Festival on Tuesday July 24 th at 6:30 PM for “Psycho”, one of the most discussed films ever made. This film is recognized not only as a genre classic but also as a movie classic. Robert Bloch’s 1959 novel, Psycho, was inspired by the true-life exploits of Ed Gein. In the book, the story centers on Norman Bates, a pudgy 42 year old whose mother apparently has a penchant for offing lone female guests at the motel they run together. Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel and also bought many copies of it so he could hide the ending. See the “Master of Suspense” on the library’s big screen and enjoying the ending to the “Psycho” story.  

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 @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: The Inside Story (July 12)

Have you notice that your local library seemed especially busy this time of the year. We have nearly 600 children, teens and adults signed up for summer library programs in this first
month. 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.

The summer tradition of concerts in the park is back in full swing, as you enjoy the music under the stars. We can help you enjoy the past performances with many of the groups like Dang-Its, Copper-Box, Barbary Coast Dixieland Band, Moon Gypsies, Shady Grove and many others on CD. We also have music available from all the artists of last years Wheels & Wings Blues Fest.

This last week the city of Memphis, Tennessee celebrated the 50 th anniversary of Stax recording studio. Stax was a major player in the creation of the Southern Soul and Memphis soul music styles. Cranking out a massive catalog of smash soul hits by the likes of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Luther Ingram, Albert King, Booker T. & the MG’s, Rufus Thomas and other artists whose influence remains vital in the music today. We can help you celebrate the anniversary with the new 50 th anniversary Stax CD Collection of classic hits. It’s a good place to start your exploration of the Stax Sound. For more history and a walk through the halls of the famous studio, try Rob Bowman’s “Soulsville USA” a best selling book with compelling biographies of the promoters, producers and performers who made and sold the music. On DVD we have “Soul Comes Home” a once in a lifetime concert held in Memphis with a gathering of soul music’s biggest stars performing their greatest hits. The library can help you get down to the music this summer with CD’s, DVD’s and books about your favorite singers and groups. We can also help you plan your trip to Memphis or anywhere else with travel books on the city and its musical region.

Web Site of the Week: www. soulsvilleusa.com

The web site of the Museum of American soul music in Memphis, TN. Where you will find exhibits, photos, records, video footage and plan your visit to Soulsville.

Your Library: The Inside Story (June 21)

ARE YOU READY FOR SUMMER? This week marked the official start of summer: the season of baseball, ice cream, lemonade, sandals, sunburn, fireworks, and most importantly, vacation. But when the days get really hot, remember that your Library is cool. The air conditioning is working just fine, so come on in, relax, enjoy the cool air, and pick up some great titles for summer reading! Great summer reading is what makes you eligible to enter the Adult Summer Reading Program “Find It @ Your Library”. Just fill out an entry form for each book read or listened to and hand them to a staff member at the desk. A large prize drawing will happen at the end of the summer. Included with other items, we have had donations for prizes from several local businesses.

We are having an adult Mystery Book Group, with a spin this summer. Rather than everyone reading the same book, you pick a book from the same mystery topic. The topic changes each month (June is Humorous, July is Culinary, August is Medical). Read one book or several, and then come to the morning group, the evening group or come to both. The evening meeting will be Monday, June 25 at 6:30 PM. Suggestions of titles and authors are displayed in the library or available on our web site. The book group’s will meet next month at 10 AM on July 10 and 6:30 PM on July 23.

Make plans to be at the library on Tuesday June 26 th at 6:30 PM for the second film in our Summer Hitchcock Film Festival. See the “Master of Suspense” on the library’s big screen. The second film to be shown will be Rebecca an adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s best selling 1938 novel. A major success, Rebecca went on to become the most successful film of 1940, earning $2.5 million in its first year of release. It also garnered an impressive 11 Oscar nominations. The film has been remade three times for television and adapted for radio. It is the story of a shy ladies companion staying in Monte Carlo with her stuffy employer, when she meets the wealthy Maxim de Winter. . She and Max fall in love, get married and return to Manderlay, his large country estate in Cornwall. Max is still troubled by the death of his wife, Rebecca in a boating accident the year before. The second Mrs. de Winter meets the housekeeper Mrs. Danvers and discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderlay. This is one of those typical films from the amazing director that chills, entertains and puts you on the edge of your seat each time you watch it.

Now is the time to voice your support for Sauk County libraries. Take a moment to fill out the Sauk County Budget Survey. Let the Sauk County Finance Committee know your opinions on how tax dollars should be best spent in the county. The library question is near the end of the survey. For your convenience we placed a link to the survey on our web page. The survey is available until June 30, 2007. Please take the survey to share your opinion with your Sauk County Board members.

Your Library: Inside Story (June 14)

June 14th is National Flag Day. It was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. In that year, Congress asked that all public buildings fly the flag on June 14. The idea quickly caught on and many people wanted to participate in waving the flag. A teacher from Fredonia, Wisconsin, Bernard J. Cigrand, had the kids in his school observe Flag Day, or, as he called it, Flag Birthday. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. It wasn't until 1916 that Flag Day was officially named as a holiday. And it wasn't until 1949 that the National Flag Day bill was signed. But teachers and kids had been celebrating it long before that!

Did you Know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!

Website of the week: http://www.usflag.org/ Here you can learn all about the many flags that we have had in the United States, flag etiquette and the history of Flag Day.

LIBRARY'S TOP 10 TIPS FOR A GREAT SUMMER!
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, but never got around to.
5.  Borrow videos or DVDs for those long rainy days.
6.  Get audio books 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.  Don't forget the Library also has lots of guidebooks, travel magazines, and maps.
10. Have fun, enjoy yourself, and relax!

The Sauk County Finance Committee is looking to solicit input from Sauk County residents. They want to know your opinions on how tax dollars should be best spent in the county.  For your convenience we placed a link to the survey on our web page. The survey is available until June 30, 2007. Please take the survey to share your opinion with your Sauk County Board members.

To learn more, stop by the library, call 768-READ (7323), visit our web site: http://www.reedsburglibrary.org, listen to the Book Report on Tuesday @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: The Inside Story (June 7)

The Reedsburg Public Library will kickoff the Summer Library Program next week with several exciting activities. Junior Lunch Bunch will be held on both Tuesday, June 12 and Wednesday, June 13 at noon in the Community Room. Preschoolers and their parent/caretaker are invited to bring a sack lunch and blanket, and join Kris and Laura for books, songs and action rhymes. Registration is not required. Friday June 8 is “After Hours Game Night” for teens, stop by the library for more information and registration. It’s starting to be a busy time here at the library, visit our web site or stop by to get a summer brochure of all our activities and events.

We are having an adult Mystery Book Group, with a spin. Rather than everyone reading the same book, you pick a book from the same mystery topic. The topic changes each month (June is Humorous Mystery). Read one book or several, then come to the morning group, the evening group or come to both. The first meeting will be Tuesday, June 12 at 10 AM. Suggestions of titles and authors are displayed in the library or available on our web site.

Make plans on be at the library on Tuesday June 12 th at 6:30 PM as we kick off our Summer Hitchcock Film Festival. See the “Master of Suspense” on the library’s big screen. The first film to be shown will be North by Northwest a supreme Hitchcock package: an immaculately presented roller-coaster ride of wickedly ingenious thrills, laughs and surprises, it is quite simply the pinnacle of this director’s career. View the famous crop dusting plane scene and the Mount Rushmore chase this Tuesday. This film is enjoyable even after repeated viewings. How many of today’s thrillers will be such fun in 25 years time?

The Sauk County Finance Committee is looking to solicit input from Sauk County residents. They want to know your opinions on how tax dollars should be best spent in the county.  For your convenience we placed a link to the survey on our web page. The survey is available until June 30, 2007. Please take the survey to share your opinion with your Sauk County Board members.

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 31)

The Lincoln Memorial stands in Washington D.C. on the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument to the 16 th President. It was dedicated 85 years ago on May 30, 1922, fifty-seven years after Lincoln’s death. New York architect, Henry Bacon, modeled the memorial in the style of a Greek temple. The classic design features 36 Doric columns outside, symbolizing the states in the Union at Lincoln's death. We have many books on the memorial and its construction including the National Park Services official guidebook. Also available for check out is the History Channel’s Presidential Memorials video tour.

The Sauk County Finance Committee is looking to solicit input from Sauk County residents. They want to know your opinions on how tax dollars should be best spent in the county.  An online survey is available for residents to voice their opinions until June 30, 2007 on our web page. Please take the survey to share your opinion with your Sauk County Board members.

Have you read everything by your favorite author? Let us help find a new author! Complete the form, available on our web site. Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll give you some new reading suggestions. (A librarian will respond within one week.) This new service is provided by librarians from the South Central Library System.

Gifts. Did you know that the Library accepts and appreciates donations of books 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. Items may be dropped off here. 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 a special nameplate inside the book.

Are you planning your summer activities, you won’t want to miss our summer program events? Now available on our web site is a complete list of events and information on the summer library program. Our program has activities for all ages. Registration starts the week of June 4.

To learn more, stop by the library, call 768-READ (7323), visit our web site: http://www.reedsburglibrary.org, listen to the Book Report on Tuesday @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: The Inside Story (may 24)

Some of the displays we have at the library until the end of the month are marking some big milestones.

Did you know, or can you believe it was forty years ago on May 22 that Mister Rogers Neighborhood premiered on PBS. Fred Rogers hosted this long-running children’s program as each episode began the same way, with Mister Rogers coming home and singing his theme song, "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" and changing into sneakers and a zippered cardigan sweater. We have many of Fred Rogers books, episodes of the show and even a CD of songs from the neighborhood.

“May the force be with you” entered the modern lexicon as a new kind of science fiction film thirty years ago on May 25th. George Lucas’s space epic ”Star Wars” featured stunning special effects and was a smash hit worldwide. Check out our display of novels based on the saga of films and many books and videos about the films including books on George Lucas.

When you are in the library you may have notice John Wayne standing around. A lifesize replica of Michael Morrison (John Wayne) is near the many books and films by and about the Academy Award winning film actor. He was born one hundred years ago on May 26 th in Winterset, Iowa.

The 35 th President was born ninety years ago on May 29 th, John F Kennedy was the youngest man ever elected to that office. We have a display of books on him and his famous family. Our display case takes a deepier look into John Kennedy’s life including a photo of his visit to Reedsburg during the 1960 Primary. We have a copy of the award winning film “Primary” that follows presidential hopefuls John Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary. You will even see Senator Humphrey campaigning on the streets of Tomah.

Summer Library hours start Memorial Day Weekend.
(Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm, Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Sunday Closed) The library will be closed on Memorial Day, May 28 th, to honor those who have sacrificed so much for us. Our book return will be open, which is located on the Locust Street side of the building. Remember LINKcat is available on our web site to request and renew materials during the holiday weekend

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 17)

This last week the Queen of England was in the United States to honor the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown, America’s first permanent colony. It has been 400 years since the three-sided fort was raised on the banks of the James River. We have the new book "Savage Kingdom” by Benjamin Woollery. Drawing on new discoveries, and neglected sources this book challenges the image of Jamestown as we have come to know it. The author emphasizes the financial and religious aims of colonization and the bounty the settlers would uncover and produce. We also have a new DVD, "The New World: Nightmare in Jamestown". With exclusive access to forensics and archaeology, National Geographic reveals shocking new evidence of starvation and disease, secret plots and Spanish spies. Authentic recreations bring to life one of the most dramatic chapters in America's history.

Are you Googling and browsing for all the wrong answers? Ask someone who can find the right answers 24/7 at the “Ask us a question” button on the bottom of our web page. AskAway is a statewide virtual reference project and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by academic and public librarians around the country. Service is provided through an online chat. Questions can also be submitted through email. Just click the “Ask us a question” button on our homepage and “AskAway”.

Spring brings yard clean-up, fertilizing, mulching and the planting of flowers and vegetables. It's also a good time to take a look at your property. The entire home design, including walkways, paths, entries, decks, patios, garages and storage areas add much to the attractiveness and convenience of your home. The library has several new titles to help you plan improvements.

Do you need help finding morel mushrooms, or recipes to use the rhubarb in your garden, check out our recipe and mushroom books at the library.

Web Sites of the Week : http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/

Everything you ever wanted to know about rhubarb and then some, including

history, varieties, festivals and recipes.

http://www.thegreatmorel.com/ Here you can find information on morel mushrooms, with pictures to help you identify the real thing. Happy eating!

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 10)

Well at this time of the year, our favorite television shows go out with a season finale or final episode show. But one of the most popular shows of this season, attracting 25 to 37 million viewers each telecast is American Idol. (An American version of the British show Pop Idol) Kelly, Clay, Reuben, Fantasia, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood are just some of the names from the hit show. They have written books and or released popular music works. We can help you relive the past seasons with the best and worse moments available on DVD or listen to their music releases on CD. Now available at the library is the American Idol magazine, the essential viewers guide for loyal fans. Each issue takes you on the exciting journey from the opening auditions to the grand finale. If American Idol isn’t your “thing” we have lots of other magazines and CD’s you could check out.

This last week, a comedian who found fame and fortune playing a clueless handyman on television died. We remember Tom Poston as George Utley , the handyman who couldn’t fix anything at the New England inn run by a character played by Bob Newhart. We have many of his movies available at the library including “Christmas with the Kranks, Cold Turkey, Princess Diaries 2, Beethoven 5 and the Bob Newhart Show”. (when he was the star’s dim-bulb former college roommate)

The library can help with all your spring time projects. We have books that can help you plant a garden, landscape your yard, start the grilling season, organize your closets or give you some fresh cleaning ideas. Stop by the library and choose some books to inspire you this spring or just ones that will be helpful in your project.

Summer is just around the corner and that means our summer reading programs will be starting. Our programs are available for all ages (babies to adults). For more information check out our web site, or pick up a brochure.

Did you know that the library has two watts energy meters available for checkout. Using the meters you can estimate the cost to run your household appliances. Ask at the desk if you want to use one.

We have some computers classes coming up. May 15 th – 17 th . The classes will be taught using the wireless lab from South Central Library System. They will be: Computer Basics, Tuesday May 15 at 10 AM & 6 PM; Internet Basics, Tuesday May 15 at 11 AM & 7 PM; Internet Search Basics, Thursday May 17 at 10 AM & 6 PM and Email Basics; Thursday May 17 at 11 AM & 7 PM. Then is you want to practice or have questions there is an Open Lab Wednesday May 16 at 6:30 PM and Friday May 18 from 10-11 AM. THERE IS NO COST FOR THESE CLASSES BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register or if you have question call us at 768-7323 (READ)

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 3)

This last week, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and tireless author of books on topics as varied as Vietnam, the deaths of firefighters at the World Trade Center died. David Halberstam became known for his 1972 book “The Best and the Brightest”, which made the case that the government had engaged in an intractable and unwinnable war. He wrote many sports books including “The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship” that told the story of Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams and his decades-long relationship with his teammates. “Education of a Coach” the best seller about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. His classic “Summer of 49” chronicles the heated pennant race between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. We have many of Mr. Halberstam’s books now on display including the 2002 best seller, “War in a Time of Peace”, and a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction.

Sunday is the date for the 1 st annual Golf Inning at the library. Registration begins at 3 PM in the Community Room. The cost is $5/child, which includes 9 holes of library golf and activities in the Community Room if you have to wait. Snacks will be served at the 10 th hole. (Adults & children 3 and under are free) The Golf Inning is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and The Reedsburg Country Club. Proceeds will go to Children’s Programming. More information can be found by calling the library, or by checking our web site.

The Library offers many different types of Audio Visual equipment for rental. We now have an LCD Projector and a Magnifier for rent. The magnifier will help someone who needs larger print to read, as it will magnify newspapers, magazines and other materials. For a complete list of Audio Visual items that can be rented and our rental form visit our web site.

Can you believe it has been 10 years since ground was broken for our library building? Due to the generous contributions of both time and money from many citizens and the City of Reedsburg we were able to built our 15,400 square foot building. Construction started May, 1997 and you can relive pictures of the process throughout 1997 and 1998 on our web site.

Your Library: Inside Story (April 26)

“When I'm near the end of a book, I need to sleep in the same room with it.”
Joan Didion   American essayist and novelist

April is National Poetry Month, a time when we honor the rich language of verse. Caroline Kennedy’s “A Family of Poems” is a collection of poems from her family that they cherished from all five continents. She also shared her mother’s favorite poems in “Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” an intimate view of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her world. Younger readers will enjoy “This Place I Know” a collection of poems of comfort. It is the result of schoolchildren in lower Manhattan after September 11th. This volume is filled with richly diverse and powerfully life-affirming verse.

The library can help with all 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. Running out of supper ideas? We have an extensive collection of cookbooks here at the library. We have Dinner on Hand, Fix It and Forget It, and Top Secret Recipes and these are just a few of the titles available to you . Spring is a great time to start grilling again, come and check out our selection of grilling cookbooks too.

Look forward this summer to joining the summer reading program. It is open to preschool age children through adults. All programs have a mystery theme. Children’s theme is “Get a Clue @ Your Library”, adult program is “Find it @ Your Library” and the teen program is titled “YNK @ Your Library”. (YNK=You Never Know) A complete calendar of programs and events can be found on our web site and in the new Parks & Rec. summer brochure. Check it out as you plan your summer days.

Remember there is still time to enter Culvers Coloring Contest. If you’re ten years old or younger, you can win cool prizes by drawing a picture from your favorite book. Just pick up a coloring sheet, from the library, during the month of April, then draw your picture in the space provided and turn it back in. You’ll get a certificate for a Free single scoop of Culver’s Custard and be entered in a drawing for prizes.

Mark your calendar for the 1 st annual Golf Inning that is being held on May 6 th. Registration begins at 3 PM in the Community Room. Cost is
 $5/child this includes 9 holes of library golf and activities in the 
Community Room if you have to wait. Snacks will be served at the 10th hole. ( Adults & children 3 and under are free.) The Golf Inning is sponsored by The Friends of the Library and The Reedsburg Country Club. Proceeds will go to Children’s Programming. More information can be found by calling the library, or by checking our web site.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (April 19)

A library… should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas- a place where history comes to life”. – Norman Cousins

Spring is in the air and the boys of summer are back to play ball. Major League Baseball’s season has started and we have many books that are homerun hits. You will find “Shoeless Joe” the novel that was the basis for the movie “Field of Dreams” and Robert Parker’s “Double Play” a mystery featuring Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Some other books available on baseball are:” Faithful” by Stephen King,” Luckiest Man: The Life of Lou Gehrig” by Jonathan Eig, and a children’s book “Roberto Clemente” by Jonah Winter.

This baseball season is a special one as it’s the 60 th anniversary of when Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier on April 15, 1947. Jonathan Eig’s new book “Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season”, recalls the events of 1947 when under intense media and public scrutiny, Robinson made history. This account of the inaugural season includes his experiences (good and bad) with fellow players and fans throughout the National League. Jackie had a key role in leading the Dodgers to the World Series at the season’s end, while also winning the first-ever Rookie of the Year award for his stellar play. He proved that a black man could combine courage with skills and earn respect on his own terms. Check our display of books on Jackie Robinson and our web page for a list of books on Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball.  

Join the Friends of the Library on Tuesday, April 24 th at 7 PM as Laurie Greenberg e xplores Wisconsin's cheese heritage and cheeses of today. Laurie will illustrate her talk with stories and photos, drawing on her work with artisan and specialty cheesemakers in Wisconsin. Also on display are other books and DVD’s that are available for check out. Jerry Apps book “Cheese: The Making of a Wisconsin Tradition” explains the lives of the early cheese makers and tells of the many different kinds of cheese made here in Wisconsin. Also available a new DVD on Wisconsin’s artisan cheesemakers called “Living on the Wedge”. You may see some cheesemakers that you recognize from our area, as you travel through southern Wisconsin.

Mark your calendar for the 1 st annual Golf Inning that is being held on May 6 th at 3 PM in the library. Watch this column, our web events page and other notices for more details on this fun family program. It is being sponsored by The Friends of the Library and The Reedsburg Country Club.

 

Your Library: Inside Story (April 19)

A library… should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas- a place where history comes to life”.
– Norman Cousins

Spring is in the air and the boys of summer are back to play ball. Major League Baseball’s season has started and we have many books that are homerun hits. You will find “Shoeless Joe” the novel that was the basis for the movie “Field of Dreams” and Robert Parker’s “Double Play” a mystery featuring Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Some other books available on baseball are:” Faithful” by Stephen King,” Luckiest Man: The Life of Lou Gehrig” by Jonathan Eig, and a children’s book “Roberto Clemente” by Jonah Winter.

This baseball season is a special one as it’s the 60 th anniversary of when Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier on April 15, 1947. Jonathan Eig’s new book “Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season”, recalls the events of 1947 when under intense media and public scrutiny, Robinson made history. This account of the inaugural season includes his experiences (good and bad) with fellow players and fans throughout the National League. Jackie had a key role in leading the Dodgers to the World Series at the season’s end, while also winning the first-ever Rookie of the Year award for his stellar play. He proved that a black man could combine courage with skills and earn respect on his own terms. Check our display of books on Jackie Robinson and our web page for a list of books on Jackie Robinson and the integration of baseball.  

Join the Friends of the Library on Tuesday, April 24 th at 7 PM as Laurie Greenberg e xplores Wisconsin's cheese heritage and cheeses of today. Laurie will illustrate her talk with stories and photos, drawing on her work with artisan and specialty cheesemakers in Wisconsin. Also on display are other books and DVD’s that are available for check out. Jerry Apps book “Cheese: The Making of a Wisconsin Tradition” explains the lives of the early cheese makers and tells of the many different kinds of cheese made here in Wisconsin. Also available a new DVD on Wisconsin’s artisan cheesemakers called “Living on the Wedge”. You may see some cheesemakers that you recognize from our area, as you travel through southern Wisconsin.

Mark your calendar for the 1 st annual Golf Inning that is being held on May 6 th at 3 PM in the library. Watch this column, our web events page and other notices for more details on this fun family program. It is being sponsored by The Friends of the Library and The Reedsburg Country Club.

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 22)

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say”- Italo Calvino

What is smaller than a breadbox and more exciting than a Playstation 3? What is smaller than a book on CD with all the fine sound quality of the best audio books? The answer to all of the above is Reedsburg Public Library’s popular new Playaways! More than twenty new titles have been added to our collection.

Playaways are the first pre-loaded digital audio books already formatted and ready to play. These fabulous little audio books (smaller than a deck of cards) are now available without the hassle and worry of downloading the book onto your own MP3 device. Each Playaway is preloaded with one audio book. You don’t need to have access to a computer in order to use our Playaways. Just put in your earphones and turn it on. Each Playaway holds the entire book, regardless of length. Playtime depends on length of content and ranges from a unit that holds six hours of content to versions that hold 40 hours or more. You have the option of placing digital bookmarks and controlling the speed of the narrator’s voice, all while easily moving both forward and back through the audio book. Playaways are available for a 4-week check out from the library, but currently not reservable. A complete list of titles is available on our web site, just click on the Playaway logo.

Did you know that fifty years ago this month Elvis Presley purchased his home “Graceland”? This National Historic Landmark is the second most visited home in the United States (after the White House) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We have many books and videos on the life and times of Elvis Presley. We also have books on Graceland such as “Dear Elvis, Graffiti from Graceland” a compilation of the best-scrawled tributes of the more than 750,000 people who pause at the long fieldstone wall to leave a message, and “The Graceland Official Guidebook” that shows what a special place Graceland was to Elvis and his friends. It is now suspended in space like a time capsule for those who would like to get a sense of what it was like for Elvis’ father and his friends and family for so many years.

Web Site of the Week: http://elvis.com This is the official site of Elvis Presley.  Here you can find out about his life and career, get photos and trivia, or explore your inner Elvis.  Also you can see pictures and videos of the historic day last year when President Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi visited

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 15)

Top O’ the Morning to you - Although not an official U.S. Holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with parties, parades, and general goodwill for all things Irish. The day commemorates St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. Many Americans celebrate their Irish lineage on St. Patrick’s Day and March has been picked as Irish-American Heritage Month. In recognition of that day on our web site you will find is a list of Irish fiction titles or come in and select a book from the Irish Fiction display. A popular non fiction book we have is “Everything Irish” a lively one volume encyclopedia that has over 900 entries on everything Irish from ancient myths to pivotal historic events, from heroes and terrorists to poets and politicians. There are black and white photos throughout this wonderful book.

Did you know that ninety-five years ago, on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon was born? Nicknamed Pat by her father, referring to her birth date and Irish ancestry, it was not her legal name but she used the name Patricia and it’s even on her tombstone. Learn more about Richard Nixon’s wife here at the library. We have many books on the first ladies and first families. Her daughter, Julie Eisenhower published the book “Pat Nixon, the Untold Story” where you will become part of the close-knit Nixon family scenes that Julie describes throughout the book.

This year is important in television history. Our display case this month features anniversaries of many TV show. Check it out the next time you visit, and relive the special moments from shows like MASH, Cheers, Married with Children and others. There are two big TV anniversaries this week. On Tuesday March 15, 1977, ABC aired a new comedy called Three’s Company. It was a remake of the British sitcom “Man about the House” which revolved around two women and a man sharing an apartment together. As viewers today we can relive those special moments of the show on DVD. We have all eight seasons of the show and Chris Mann’s book “Come and Knock on Our , a guide to Three’s Company”. Also on Saturday, March 19, 1977, The Mary Tyler Moore Show one of the most critically acclaimed shows and one of the most beloved in television history came to an end. The last episode titled “The Last Show” aired as the new owner of WJM re-evaluates the news operation and arbitrarily fires everyone in the newsroom except Ted. We have many of the shows on DVD and video here at the library. Check one out to relive the show that was a breakthrough for female characters in television due to the single, career-minded title character played by the great Mary Tyler Moore.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 8, 2007)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise:
attack it at an hour when it isn't expecting it." - H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

One of the most prominent historians of our times, widely respected, known for his bow ties and horn-rimmed glasses died last week. Arthur Schlesinger was a Pulitzer Prize winning historian and a lifelong confidant of the Kennedy’s. Schlesinger was author of over ten books including award winners “Robert Kennedy and his Times” and “A Thousand Days”, his memoir/chronicle of President Kennedy’s administration. He also won a Pulitzer for “The Age of Jackson”, his landmark chronicle of Andrew Jackson administration. We have many of his books and including his interview on “The Kennedy Mystique” DVD.

Join us for a showing of a "Badger Village: Our Prairie Home", a film about the community of barracks and row houses across the highway from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant. The need for housing came when the U.S. Government decided to build a powder manufacturing plant in Sauk County. Badger Village came from a cornfield in 1942 when seventy farmers were swept off their lands. The village continued through peak and post war years. This program is presented by: Wayne Hatz, a longtime Baraboo resident and Sauk County Historian. Copies of the film will be available for purchase.

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 National Craft Month; or perhaps you can teach someone how to do your favorite craft. To learn that new craft you can come to the library for “Needles and Hooks” anytime from 3-4:30 Thursday afternoons. This group is for all ages and genders and there is bound to be someone to teach you the craft you want to learn. Or if you would rather read a fiction book involving crafts, try these crafty fiction titles:

“Arkansas Traveler” by Earlene Fowler

“A Farewell to Yarns” by Jill Churchill

“How to Make an American Quilt” by Whitney Otto

“A Patchwork Planet” by Anne Tyler

“The Quilter's Apprentice” by Jennifer Chiaverini

“Stitches in Time” by Barbara Michaels

“Uncommon Clay” by Margaret Maron

“Crewel World” by Monica Ferris

Your Library: The Inside Story (February 22)

"No possession can surpass, or even equal a good library, to the lover of books. Here are treasured up for his daily use and delectation, riches which increase by being consumed, and pleasures that never cloy." John Alfred Landford  

Help us celebrate Library Lover’s Month! A library is the grand place where books live. For those that love reading and collecting literature, a library can be a magical place. It's a great place to find volumes on almost every imaginable topic. Library patrons may have a variety of reasons for visiting the library. Have you visited your library lately?  

Book lovers this month have been celebrating some major milestone birthdays of several great literary figures. February 3 rd would have been James Michener’s 100 th birthday. Michener has sold some 37 million copies over the years and still has 23 titles in print. We have many of his books (and access to many more) like his fiction novels “Chesapeake”, “Poland”, “Hawaii” or his memoir “The World Is My Home”. He drew in people to read fiction who were not normally fiction readers.

Another great author was Sidney Sheldon; he would have been 90 on February 11 th. He was a writer who won awards in three careers; as a Broadway playwright, as a TV and movie screenwriter and as a best-selling novelist. We have many of his works, the TV series “I Dream of Jeannie” as well as bestsellers such as “Master of the Game”, and “The Other Side of Midnight”.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America’s most beloved poets was born two hundred years ago on February 27 th. We have many of his works now on display here at the library. Some titles are, “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”, “The Song of Hiawatha”, and “The Birds of Killingworth”.

Johnny Cash is a different type of writer whose birth anniversary is a milestone this month. J.R. Cash was born seventy-five years ago on February 26 th. He was an influential singer and songwriter for country and rock and roll music. We have copies of both of his autobiographies and many of his albums on CD.

Some children’s authors are also celebrating this month. David Wiesner author of the Caldecott award winner “Tuesday” celebrated his 50 th birthday on February 5 th. Sharon Mathis author of “The Hundred Penny Box” celebrates 70 years on Monday February 26 th. Laura Ingalls Wilder would have been 140 years old on February 7 th. Her seven novels for children including “Little House in the Big Woods”, “The Long Winter” and of course “Little House on the Prairie” have been read for generations. Maybe it’s time to reread them during this cold weather. A good web site to visit to learn more about Laura is: http://www.lauraingallswilder.com/

Your Library: The Inside Story (February 15)

Why did the librarian slip and fall on the library floor?

Because she was in the non-friction section.

Join us Monday February 19 th for our “Based on Book” Movie Discussion Group. The movie will be showing at 5 p.m. or join us just for the discussion at 7 p.m. This month’s selection is “Shopgirl” based on Steve Martin’s novella. This 1 hr. 47 min film is a glimpse inside the lives of three very different people on diverse paths, but all in search of the same thing. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library. Join us Monday for some lively discussion and movie theatre popcorn.

February is African American History Month, a time to celebrate the presence and contributions of African Americans. Check out our display of books about Zora Neale Hurston, Marcus Gravey, W.E.B. Dubois, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington or events like The Civil Rights Movement and Little Rock’s Central Rock High School.

Our web site of the week is: http://www.kn.sbc.com/wired/BHM/bh_hotlist.html

This Black History month you can investigate dozens of Internet sites on the Black History Hotlist. Explore links to sites on various topics, issues, incidences, people, poetry and historical events. Interesting websites include those about Buffalo soldiers, the Million Man March, church burnings, Martin Luther King, Jr. speeches and Rita Doves poetry.

Since Monday is President’s Day stop by the library to celebrate this federal holiday in honor of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington’s birthdays. Our book display has books about and written by former Presidents like Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson. Our lobby display case is showcasing Washington D.C. this month in honor of George Washington. General Washington was the first president of the United States (“First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen” in the words of Henry Lee). He was born 275 years ago February 22, 1732 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

Remember that “February is Library Lovers Month” is a celebration of libraries of all types and is a great time to recognize the important role libraries play in our lives. Show your love of the library by making a donation, becoming a Friend’s member, volunteering at the book sale, telling your friends about us, or sharing your comments and ideas!

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 @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Reedsburg Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: The Inside Story (February 1)

February is Library Lover’s Month

By the Numbers:

(Just like any other business the library looks at numbers to evaluate the past year.)

We set many new circulation records in 2006. Library patrons checked out 249,213 items and we welcomed 240,014 visitors through the library’s doors. By these indications the library is being very well used. We held 376 programs (including storytimes and Summer Library Prpgrams) with a total attendance of 9,803 children and adults. If you haven’t used your Library lately, we invite you come in and see what all the excitement is about!

According to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Elizabeth Burmaster “Wisconsin residents love their libraries”. She announced statewide library usage data for last year. In 2005, the state’s 3.2 million registered library users made more than 33 million library visits to check out books, videos, music, and other materials; attend special programming; or use the library’s reference materials and resources, including the Internet. Public library circulation surpassed 57.9 million items, an increase of nearly 2 percent over 2004 circulation. Interlibrary loans, the key indicator of resource sharing among libraries, grew to 5.5 million items, a 13 percent increase over 2004. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics places Wisconsin first in interlibrary loans per capita, eighth in circulation per capita and 11 th in public library visits per capita.

Library services go beyond books and printed materials. Ten years ago just 25 percent of public libraries provided Internet access. Today 99 percent of all U.S. public libraries do so. In Wisconsin, all public libraries have Internet connections, and almost all of them provide high speed access. The most important impact of having library computers wired to the Internet is providing this service to citizens who would otherwise not have Internet access.

From books to web access to online resources, the library’s role in lifelong learning is an essential part of helping all citizens. The Library has a valuable role in the community and shares its resources providing the wide range of services that citizens need.

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 25)

Did you realize that a new work of fiction is published every 30 minutes in the United States? Now available is NoveList, an online resource for finding fiction titles. Whether you’re trying to find the next book in the Cat Who series, looking for the most popular English mysteries or checking the availability of the latest Author Read-Alikes, annotations, or book discussions guides, NoveList should be your resource of choice.

NoveList features include:

*Over 135,000 fiction titles

*Over 36,000 subject headings

*100,000 full-text, searchable reviews

*Over 150 author read-alikes, with more added monthly

*Over 250 book discussion guides

*Over 350 different award lists.

NoveList can help you sift through all those titles to find the ones that’ll keep you up at night, soothe your soul, or make you laugh. Now read the best with the help of your library and NoveList. Find a link to this database by visiting our website. (www.reedsburglibrary.org)

January 26, 1997, ten years ago the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XXXI and returned the Vince Lombardi Trophy to its namesake’s home after a 29-year wait with a 35-21 win over the New England Patriots. Our display case this month relives the magic of the 1996 season. When a wild young quarterback named Brett Favre was the toast of the NFL and the league’s MVP. Come in and see a Mark Chmura used practice jersey or a Brett Favre candy bar. Just some of items remembering this special time and try to believe it’s really been ten years ago.

Mark your calendar for Monday, February 5 th at 7 PM the fourth part of our Tech Talk @ The Library will be held. This month you will see how to access legal information, ordinances, government publications and other information online including State and Federal tax forms and instructions with just a few clicks of a mouse. No registration is needed. The presentation will be held in our community room.

Your Library: The Inside Story (January 18, 2007)

This past week the beautiful star that played Moses wife in “The Ten Commandments” but achieved her greatest claim on TV’s “The Munsters” died. Yvonne De Carlo starred in many films and plays during her career. The library has available some of her movies like “The Band of Angels, The Captain’s Paradise, McLintock, Criss Cross, and Ten Commandments”. But for TV viewers, she will always be remembered as Lily Munster in the slapstick horror “The Munsters”. While it only lasted two seasons it had a long life in syndication. Both seasons of the show are available on DVD at the library.

Yvonne did the forward to the re-released book “The Munsters: a trip down Mockingbird Lane” by Stephen Cox. This book has hundreds of rare photographs and interviews with the cast and crew, which will reveal the deepest and darkest secrets of the Munster family.

Did you know that the former Library Building in Reedsburg opened it doors ninety-five years ago this month. January 1, 1912 an informal reception was held with hundreds of people visiting the building and enjoying the program that afternoon. Two years of planning for a new library was over, with help from Mrs. George Morse who donated the lot on the corner of South Locust and Vine Street and Andrew Carnegie, who donated $10,000. The library was a red brick and stucco building with a long roof accented in the front by gables and surrounded by windows on either side of the vestibule entrance. Rows of windows on the other three sides were placed high on the wall to allow maximum interior wall space for bookshelves. Designed by Claude and Stark who did many libraries this one had a raised basement that housed a community room for public events and a main floor that contained the library. Patrons entered at mid-level, halfway between the basement and the first floor. The Library had a half hexagon circulation desk, a fireplace, and built in bookshelves and periodical racks. In 1922 kindergarten classes were held in the basement because South School was too crowded. By 1950 the children’s room was moved to the basement and an addition was added in 1970. On January 26, 1998 the new library opened across the street from the Carnegie Building. Check out our display of articles remembering the Carnegie Library in Reedsburg. Our book display has many books about Andrew Carnegie and the libraries he helped to build and also copies of ”Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School in Wisconsin”, which has an article about the former Reedsburg Public Library building.

When the library opened officially on January 12, 1912 there were only 3,490 volumes (books), circulation was 14,180 and there were 1,668 borrowers. Hours of operation were Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 2:30-5:30 and 7-9 pm and Friday 7-9 pm. Today we have approximately 65,949 items and 9,771 registered patrons. Circulation for 2006 was 249,233. Our current hours are: Monday – Thursday 8:30-8, Friday 8:30-5, Saturday 9-4 and Sunday Noon – 3.

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 @ 4 PM on AM1400 WRDB or watch Reedsburg Channel on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: Inside Story (Nov 23)
  What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
--Erma Bombeck

Now playing at local theatres across the country are movies that were based on wonderful books. “Running with Scissors” starring Annette Bening as an unstable mother who sends her son to live with his therapist is based on Augusten Burroughs memoir of the same name. Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale” is now the latest James Bond adventure at the theatre. Eric Schlosser’s bestseller “Fast Food Nation” is a fictionalized thriller inspired by the nonfiction expose of the fast food industry. Clint Eastwood directs the best seller “Flags of our Fathers” which is the story of the servicemen who raised the flag during World War Two. Tim McGraw stars in “Flicka” based on the classic story about a boy and his horse that was first published in 1941 by Mary O’Hara. It’s more an inspiring account of growing up and gaining self-assurance than just a horse story. Also coming out over the Thanksgiving Holiday is the film “Bobby” the retelling from 22 individuals, of the night that the Senator was assassinated. We have many books about the life of Robert Kennedy and the night he was assassinated, June 5, 1968.

We encourage you to read novels with your children. Make time to begin a family book club, discuss the characters and their actions, and talk to your children about how you would like them to respond to the situations that arise in the story. Not only will you know what your children are reading, but also you will spend priceless moments with them that neither you nor your children will ever forget.

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Eve, November 22nd at 6 pm and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving, November 23rd. The library book drop is always open as a convenience to patrons so that they may return library books and other materials. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat on our web site.

The Friends of the Library Holiday Book 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 donating families or patrons are posted at the library.

Your Library: The Inside Story (November 16)

Most books, like their authors, are born to die; of only a few books can
it be said that death has no dominion over them; they live, and their
influence lives forever
.
 American author William Styron (who died last week at the age of 81)

Happy National Children’s Book Week! This is a great time of the year to make a special visit to your local library for activities, fun events and to find books you and your children will love. We encourage families to visit us together and choose new books to read. Books open new worlds for children, improving their lives through education. Bring your children for a visit today.

Looking for something new to read? Use our database “What Do I Read Next”. Looking for an author that writes similar to a favorite or a fiction book that takes place in a certain location, this database is for you. Search more than 100,000 recommended titles and 58,000 plot summaries by genre, subject, author, title, and more! This mink will help you get to it. http://psw.scls.lib.wi.us/resources/#bks

Saturday November 18 th join us at the library for an afternoon feature film presentation of Dan Brown’s international bestseller, “The Da Vinci Code”. It will be shown at 1 p.m. in the Community Room. Bring your comfortable lawn chair or use one of our chairs. You may bring a snack or drink but we will provide popcorn. No reason to wait for the rental of this hot film, just join us.

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Eve, November 22nd at 6 p.m. and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving, November 23rd. Our book drop is always open as a convenience to patrons so that they may return library books and other materials. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat (our online catalog). We will be open our regular hours on Friday November 24 th.

The Friends of the Library are once again sponsoring a coffee cart at the library so come in out of the cold and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while reading one of our newspapers. We subscribe to over 10 of them, including national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Some state newspapers we have are The Green Bay Press-Gazette, The La Crosse Tribune, and The Milwaukee Journal. We also subscribe to several local newspapers including The Wisconsin Dells Events, both Reedsburg papers and The Sauk Prairie Eagle.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (Nov. 9)
Reedsburg Public Library
 
Wicked people never have time for reading," Dewey said. "It's one of the
reasons for their wickedness." -  Lemony Snicket, The Penultimate Peril (2005)
 
 
Think back to your childhood, what was your favorite book?  Do you
remember The Color Kittens (a little Golden Book about kittens who kept
spilling paint and discovering what new colors resulted)?  Did you love
the Little House books?  How about books by Beverly Cleary?  Encyclopedia
Brown?  Harriet the Spy? Three Investigators? Did your parents read to you?  Each November, Children's Book Week is celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes any place where there are children and books. The theme for the 87th annual observance of Children's Book Week is "More Books, Please!"
Celebrate reading and books with your children, or grandchildren.  Drop
by the Children's Area for lots of great ideas about how to celebrate,
and lots of suggestions for great reading!
 
 
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: READING IS FUNDAMENTAL
http://www.rif.org/parents/
 
To celebrate Childrens Book Week with the kids in your life, take a look
at this website. Whether you're a parent, guardian, grandparent, or an older sibling, you
can help a child learn to love reading!  Just click on the appropriate
age group, and you'll find many resources to help you motivate children
from preschool throughout their school years.  Theres  also a section of
ideas and resources for the whole family. 

Your Library: The Inside Story (Nov. 2)

One of the best bargains ever, Mount Rushmore National Memorial took 14 years to create, at a total cost of less than a million dollars. It was the first time an undertaking of such large proportions was attempted, and many thought it could not be done. Through periods of the Great Depression, sculptor Gutzon Borglum fought to get the money to keep his men going. Sixty-five years ago on October 31, 1941 work was stopped, as funds were no longer available. Our display case features the Black Hills and South Dakota in honor of this anniversary. Whether you’re planning a vacation, or have already been there and want to remember the things you saw, stop in to see the display. Or we have travel books to check out so you can learn more about the history and legends of the Black Hills area.

The Friends of the Library will be holding their fall book sale this Friday, November 3, Saturday, November 4 and Sunday November 5, during regular library hours. This sale features discarded and donated items. A free will offering or donation is all it takes to be the proud owner of some new to you books from our book sale. This promises to be THE LARGEST BOOK SALE EVER.

Mark your calendars for November 6, 2006 at 7 p.m for the first in our series of Tech Talk @ the library, “Using Library Computers”. Come in. and learn about using our online catalog, LINKcat. Learn how to place hold requests, update your record, etc. and learn about using our Internet computers. No registration is required.

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (Sept 28)

As a child, I had two copies of each of my favorite books: one for the
bathtub and one for dry land. ~  Kate Guess

STANDING UP FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT
Banned Books Week 2006 is September 23-30

Banned Books Week was started in 1982 by the American Library
Association, the American Booksellers Association, and the Association of
American Publishers, to raise awareness of censorship problems in the
United States and abroad. For the past 25 years, it has been celebrated
by book sellers, librarians, teachers, students, and book lovers
everywhere.  It is the only national celebration of the freedom to read.

Book banning and other attempts at censorship have a long history.   Some
of the most famous challenges have been to works widely considered
classics of American literature, including J. D. Salinger's The Catcher
in the Rye, Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, John Steinbeck's Of Mice
and Men, and Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn.   The Reedsburg Public Library does not ban these books or any others.  To show our support for your right to read, the library staff has created a display of banned books. I think you’ll be surprised by some of the titles that are displayed! What is your favorite challenged book?   You can log onto the Banned
Books Week Web site ( www.ala.org/bbooks) and vote for your favorite -
from Captain Underpants to The Diary of Anne Frank. Organized by age
group, all of the books listed have faced expulsion from U.S. schools and
libraries in the last 25 years. 

Have you been in the library and notice all of the items displayed with numbers on them. The Friends of the Library will be holding their Silent Auction from October 9-21. This is where you have the chance to bid on a signed picture from a former Miss America or a beautiful deer print “Something in the Air” by Don Kloetzke (667/950). We have over two hundred items on display now, so stop by and see which items you are interested in bidding on and tell your friends about it.

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story ( Sept 14)

Information is being generated faster than at any time in the history of human kind, and trying to keep up can be a daunting challenge. But a single, free card—a library card, the Smartest Card in your wallet—is one of the most powerful tools you can possess.

This card can give you access to books and information on nearly any subject imaginable, from food to fundraising, from health to history, from travel to teenagers. Looking for a bestseller? Tracing your family tree? Preparing for a job?

A library card and the professional librarians at the Reedsburg Public Library are the only tools you need to make sense of the avalanche of information encountered each day. In recognition of all a library card can do, September is being observed as National Library Card Sign-up Month here in Reedsburg and across the country.

A library card is your ticket to a world of opportunity, providing access to a goldmine of books, magazines, CDs and videos, not to mention computers and Internet access. It’s all @ your library, and it’s free!

Public libraries today provide something for everyone—and they are not just about books anymore. They are community centers where people gather for exhibits, lectures, and musical performances—and, quite often, simply for some peace and quiet.

What makes public libraries really special places, however, are the professional librarians available to answer your questions or help you find the resources and services that will best suit your needs. They are trained, dedicated professionals who are there to recommend and help locate materials suitable for various ages and interests and to teach critical information literacy skills—the skills to find, use, and evaluate information in all formats.

National Library Card Sign-up Month is observed in September local libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all and the smartest card a student can own. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

National Library Card Sign-up Month began in 1987 as a way to ensure that everyone experiences the benefits that come from having a library card. Today, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure communitywide access to one of the most unique institutions in our democracy.

So make sure you and your children have the Smartest Card. Get It. Use it. @ Your Library.

There are a lot of programs starting at the Reedsburg Library this fall. September 18 th is the first meeting of the movie discussion group. They will be watching and discussing the movie “Billy Elliot”. If you want to watch the movie with the group come at 5 PM. If you have already seen the movie and just want to take part in the discussion, that will start at 7 PM. Both are in our Community Room. Come and join the group.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Aug 31)

"I had never heard of the title or the author, but I didn't care.  The
decision had been taken.  I pulled the volume down with great care and
leafed through the pages, letting them flutter.  Once liberated from its
prison on the shelf, the book shed a cloud of golden dust." – From the Shadows of the Wind By Carlos Zafon

Since August was “May your Reading be a Haven Month”. Celebrate with an audio book. We have a great selection to help you get away. Listening to them while you drive or work, is a great way to get two things done at once. Titles are available in both CD and cassette format. The Library also circulates 4 digital audio players. We have two iPod shuffles to our collection. The iPods will contain audio books that can be checked out for two weeks. Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a card in good standing. The staff will put the audio book that you request (from our list) onto the iPod or the Otis (the other audio players we have). They are a great way to listen to a book because you don’t have to carry around several cassettes or CD’s just the player. A complete listing of titles is available on our web site, just click on the “Listen up Wisconsin” link. Also watch in late September for the NEW MP3 players that come preloaded with a title. They are called “Playaway, digital audio books”. They will be great because there will be no cassettes, no CD’s, and no downloads, just check out and play.

We need your feedback on our Summer Reading Program. We have available at the library or on our website three different surveys, for adults, families and teens. We hope to receive your feedback on the kind of activities, interests and topics that you would like or do like here at the library. Thanks, to all of you who have completed the survey. You are really helping to make the Library the responsive and dynamic institution we want it to be!

Did you ever wonder how much that old refrigerator is costing you each month? We have a wattage meter available for checkout. The meter will calculate the electrical cost per month for appliances in your house. It's easy to use and a great way to analyze your electric bill. The meters are on loan from The Reedsburg Utility Commission.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Aug. 24)

Joe Rosenthal, the Associated Press photographer who captured the enduring image of the American fighting man in World War II with his depiction of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising a huge American flag over the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, died Sunday in Calif. He was 94 years old. His iconic photo shot on Feb. 23, 1945 became the model for the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington D.C. Had it not been for Joe Rosenthal's famous picture of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, the bloody battle of Iwo Jima might well have been almost forgotten and “Flags of our Fathers” by James Bradley would have never been written. James Bradley was the son of one of the flag-raisers. His father died without talking much about the war and he was determined to learn more about those who participated in the famous photograph. His four year pilgrimage to discover the stories of the flag-raisers, including his father is told in his book, one of the best written about the war. It is soon to be released as a motion picture.

“Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue” by Hal Buell describes Rosenthal’s ten days on Iwo Jima and the role of the flag rasiers and other combat photographers present. More than 100 combat photos along with other shots of the flag raising, lend a great perspective to this story that has never been thoroughly recounted.

For more on Joe Rosenthal go to our web site of the week: http://www.newseum.org/ This site is an interactive museum of news.

To learn more about the movie “Flags of Our Fathers” go to this link: http://www.flagsofourfathers.net/

We are busy planning our fall programs now that our summer programs have ended. Sign up for storytimes starts on Monday August 28. Check the calendar on our website for the most up to date list of our fall programs. There is something for everyone from three different book discussion groups for adults to the kids and teen programs. The Friends of the Library’s popular Silent Auction is returning this October and the Local History Speaker Series starts in September.

For 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 @ 4 pm on AM1400 WRDB, or watch Reedsburg Channel 12 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: Inside Story (Aug 17)

“Public libraries are anonymous places, most people come to them in silence and alone”. Gavin Lambert

Nearly everyone has built a castle out of sand. These transient magical structures engage the imagination and challenge the sculptor’s skills. Making sandcastles at the beach is a time honored family tradition which is remembered on August 17 th as that is Sandcastle Day! Summer after summer you make valiant efforts to infuse sandy structures with inspiration. You need to read “Sandcastles Made Simple” by renowned sand sculptor and winner of international competitions Lucinda Wierenga. It’s a step by step guide for building sensational creations and projects for the younger children. Similar in beauty to castles made of sand is sand dunes. An amazing natural features sculpted by winds and the underlying landscape. We have many books to engage the imagination and the challenge of sand. From the weathering process and geology or how the Great Pyramids were built over 4,000 years ago on a limestone shelf, just like sand castles but out of the reach of lake or ocean waters.

During 2006, the oldest of the baby boomer generation have been turning 60. Among others, 1946 saw the birth of musician Dolly Parton, baseball great Reggie Jackson and financier Donald Trump. August 19 th is the birthday of Bill Clinton roughly six weeks younger than his successor George W. Bush who was born on July 6. Our main display case honors the Presidential Birthdays of Clinton and Bush. Artifacts from the Presidential years are on display this month.

This weekend the City of Reedsburg will have the sounds of the blues in the air. August 19 th the 1 st annual “Wings and Wheels” is at the airport from 4-11 PM. If you have a need to discover the history and sounds from the top stars of the Blues like B.B. King, W.C. Handy, Ray Charles, Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim and more. We have the seven part PBS series that follows the blues from its African roots to the Mississippi Delta origins, up the river to Memphis and Chicago, then to New York, United Kingdom and beyond. This set is filled with footage and classic music. Dan Aykroyd’s book “Elwood’s Blues” is an informative and entertaining collection of conversations with the legends and rising stars of the blues, drawn from his popular radio series The House of Blues. This book compiles the best as they discuss their music, life on the road, and a variety of other subjects. We have music and books that will appeal to every blues and music fan.

Web Site of the Week: http://www.history-of-rock.com/blues.htm

The origins of blues is not unlike the origins of life. For many years it was recorded only by memory, and relayed only live, and in person. The Blues were born in the North Mississippi Delta following the Civil War. Influenced by African roots, field hollers, ballads, church music and rhythmic dance tunes called jump-ups evolved into a music for a singer who would engage in call-and-response with his guitar. He would sing a line, and the guitar would answer.

Your Library: The Inside Story (Aug 10)

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. In 1990 during the 50 th anniversary there was an estimated 350,000 to 500,000 bikers in the town that normally has only an 8,000 population. (That would be nearly half to three fourths of the entire population of South Dakota.), The Black Hills offers everything from thick evergreen forests on some of the oldest mountains in North America to prehistoric moonscapes and mysterious geological formations. Edward Raventon’s Island in the Plains “chronicles the natural history of the Black Hills from the geologic rumblings that shaped the landscape to the contemporary conservation issues that threaten its special ecosystems.” Whether you’re planning a vacation, or have already been there stop in, we have travel books to learn more about the history and legends of this place like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane or why Mount Rushmore was carved there. and videos to view this beautiful scenery. This region is filled with natural and historic wonders.

Some of our summer programs have ended but there are still activities going on through the month of August. Check the calendar on our website ( www.reedsburglibrary.org) for the most up to date list of activities still meeting this month.

Also note the activities coming up for September and October, as plans are already under way for the book groups, adult evening programs, Friends of the Library Silent Auction and more.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: STATE AND COUNTY FAIRS

http://www.breedersworld.com/fairs.html
Who doesn’t love the fair?   Fairs provide all kinds of old fashioned pleasures:  jam-judging, pie eating contests, hog calling, hayrides, livestock shows, country music, and much more.  And at night, the midway lights up the fairgrounds and the place to be is on top of the Ferris wheel!  This website provides a state-by-state guide to all the fairs.

Your Library: The Inside Story (August 3)

"To this day if you come to my house, you'll see books around. Books on
anything from Jewish philosophy to The Art of War... I want to expand
myself. ." -- Rapper LL Cool J

LIBRARY'S TOP 10 TIPS FOR A GREAT SUMMER!
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, but never got around to.
5.  Borrow videos or DVDs for those long rainy days.
6.  Get books on cassette or CD 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.  Don't forget the Library also has lots of guidebooks, travel magazines, and maps.
10.Have fun, enjoy yourself, and relax!


But cooler weather is on the way because it’s time for football training camps to start up again. This weekend the Pro Football Hall of Fame will formally enshrine the newest class of members. We have many books about the game of football and current members of the hall of fame. John Madden, new Hall of Fame member, wrote “All Madden: Hey, I’m Talking Pro Football”. This is a fun to read book, written like John Madden announces. He babbles on and on about weird things, but he does come up with a lot of great insights and football facts just like he does in game commentaries. Another new member, Green Bay Packer Reggie White wrote an autobiography “Reggie White In the Trenches.” It is a fast paced, inspiring account of his colorful, sometimes controversial career, both in the pros and in the pulpit. His book is packed with insights, observations and stories of his twelve years in the NFL including his championship season. Can you believe that was ten seasons ago?

Your Library: The Inside Story (July 27)

The dog days of summer are here - six sultry weeks named after Sirius,the dog star - and with them come "Air Conditioning Appreciation Days." You've never heard of them? They are celebrated from early July to mid-August each year, according to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) in Arlington , Va. This is when cooling needs nationwide are usually at their peak (and when indoor dogs spend all day lying on the linoleum floor directly in front of the cool air vent). They - and we - stay cool and comfortable thanks to the invention of air conditioning!

If you don't have air conditioning in your home or apartment, you will be happy to know that the Library is cool and comfortable, and we are open every night from Monday thru Thursday until 8:00 p.m. and 9-1 on Saturdays. So if YOU need to beat the heat, come on down! Stock up on books and movies, enjoy browsing our magazines, use our computers, and appreciate our air conditioning!

On July 20, 1976 the greatest home run king of them all, Hank Aaron hit his last home run at old County Stadium. Now, Giants outfielder Barry Bonds slugs his way closer and closer to Aarons mark. He finished his final season of his fabulous career with the Milwaukee Brewers. “The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous” by Brewer teammate Don Money is more or less a diary of this first season back in Milwaukee in 1975. It 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.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: LIBRARY THING

http://www.librarything.com/

Here's a really fun website for people who love books and libraries. Library Thing allows you to catalog your own books, and then share your "library" with other people. The real fun begins when you compare lists and find out who shares your tastes. See what books you have in common with others, make new friends, find new books, have fun! So far, about 30,000 users have signed up, and they have cataloged a total of some two and a half million books. This is actually a site that's easier to understand if you take a look. So, check it out, but beware--- this site is alleged to be addictive!!

Remember to stop at the library on Friday and Saturday for our annual Reedikulus Book Sale. New selection of adult and children books in paperback and hardcover will be available.

Your Library: The Inside Story (July 20)

Our “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales” Summer Program is in full swing at the library! There are still lots of activities ahead so come join Kris, and Laura for loads of fun.


For dogs or cats, or almost any other pet, the library has a very good collection of books. Books to help you decide what kind of pet you should have and how to take care of them after you get it. Are you a "dog person’ or a "cat person?" Or do you prefer some other animal for a pet? Here are some titles that might help you decide which breed of a dog to get. "Choosing a Dog: Your Guide to Picking the Perfect Breed" by Nancy Baer and Steve Dunno and "Dogs and Their People: Choosing and Training the Best Dog for You" by Steve Diller. They help you match your lifestyle and personality with dog breeds. "Woof! Woof! Uncle Matty’s Guide to Dog Training" is a DVD that can help you train your dog once you have just the right one. . A non-fiction cat title is "National Geographic Cat Shots" by Michele B. Slung. This is a collection of wonderful cat photographs from 1934 to the present. We also have several cat behavior books that could be helpful to understanding your cat, including “Good Owners, Great Cats” by Brian Kilcommons and “Roger Tabor’s Cat Behavior” by Roger Tabor.


There are also lots of fiction titles written about cats and dogs. There are more than three thousand titles listed in our database. While most of us are familiar with the Lillian Jackson Braun series of mysteries, "The Cat Who . . ." and Rita Mae Brown’s series about "Sneaky Pie." Do you know about, the "Midnight Louie" series by Carole Nelson Douglas or the series that Lydia Adamson writes set in New York with an off-Broadway actress as the detective helped by her cats. Have you heard about the dog lovers mysteries by Melissa Cleary? There are also several other dog mystery authors, Susan Conant, Laurie Berenson, and Carol Benjamin to name a few.

The Friends of the Library will be holding a book sale during Reedikulous days, July 28-29. The sale is during our regular open hours and features discarded and donated items. Friends’ members will have a special preview hour on Thursday, July 27 from 6-7 PM. Join today to get the first deals!

Your Library: The Inside Story (June)

"Summer afternoon--summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two
most beautiful words in the English language."
(Edith Wharton, Backward Glance, 1934  (chapter 10)

ARE YOU READY FOR SUMMER? Last week marked the official start of summer: the season of baseball, ice cream, lemonade, sandals, sunburn, fireworks, and most importantly, vacation!  I wish you all lots of warm, sunny days, and time to enjoy them!
But when the days get really hot, remember that your Library is cool. The air conditioning is working just fine, so come on in, relax, enjoy the cool air, and pick up some great titles for summer reading! Great summer reading is what makes you eligible to enter the Adult Summer Reading Program “Paws to Read”. Just fill out an entry form for each book read or listened to and hand them to staff member at the desk. Every person entered will receive a prize.

 

Do you like guessing games? Stop by the library this week and match the library staff pets with their pet’s name. Over 10 pet’s photos are on the wall for you to match the pets name with their picture. Three grand prizes will be awarded.


Did you know that Sunday was the 130 th anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn? Often referred to as Custer’s Last Stand, it is where George Custer and the 256 men under his command lost their lives in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Learn more from acclaimed historian Dee Brown in the book “Showdown at Little Big Horn”, including events of the days and weeks through the eyes and ears of the participants from both sides. “They dead With Their Boots On” by Douglas Scott is an archaeological reclamation of the battlefield site. As forensic and archeologist combined talents to preserve and identify evidence after a wildfire stripped the scene of vegetation and exposed the site.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: www.literarytraveler.com
It's vacation time!- sunny beaches, road trips, new adventures,  other locales etc. Literary Traveler is a website for bibliophiles with wanderlust.  This site offers articles on traveling to the places that provide settings for many classic tales, author's homes, graves, and more. There is a listing of places of interest, authors, books, and tours
It's a fascinating way to travel through books.

Your Library: The Inside Story (June)

June has been designated National Audio Book Month. Whether listening while traveling on vacation, relaxing at the beach, or sitting in a deck chair in the yard or patio, audio books are a delightful way to catch up on your summer reading. More than 23 million Americans enjoy audio books and listen whenever their eyes are busy but their brains are free to learn or be entertained. They listen to a wide range of formats, from the still present cassette to CDs, MP3 CDs, memory cards and self-playing digital audio books, as well as download on iPods and other digital music players, mobile phones, personal organizers and even GPS receivers.

As cassettes decline, one format that is experiencing explosive growth is downloadable audio. What's more, interest in this format and technology is actually bringing new listeners to the audio book experience. Audible.com, a leading provider of downloaded audio books, has reported that 50 percent of their first-time customers have never listened to an audio book before. Libraries are getting into downloading, too. We offer patrons the option of downloading directly from our web site and we also offer pre-loaded digital players for borrowing. (Otis MP3 players and iPod Shuffles) If you are interested in learning more about downloadable audio books either call us here at the library or use the link on our home page. ( www.reedsburglibrary.org )

Web site of the week: www.audiofilemagazine.com/ The magazine for people who love audio books. Or www.audible.com is one of many sites to buy downloadable audio books.

After you enjoy listening to your favorite audio book this summer, fill out an entry form in our Adult Summer Reading Program. Just fill in the title for a book that you have listened to or read and win a prize. Every person entered will receive a prize.

Your Library: The Inside Story (June )

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years .” ~Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi" Atlantic Monthly, 1874

There is an essence to fatherhood that flows across differences in appearance, occupation and fame. Each one of these three books explore the connection between father and child or even father-figure and child, revealing in varied ways an experience common to us all. Rather than being about one life, Larry King’s “My Dad and Me” is a collection of stories about fathers of Larry’s famous friends. He offers remembrances of the many fathers, good and bad, who influenced the lives of celebrities, from actors to astronauts.

Al Roker’s “Big Shoes” is a collection of honest, straightforward examinations of fathers. It shares father-child remembrances of seeing movies together, eating sandwiches, singing show tunes from Roker and other celebrities. Nearly every essay explores fatherhood from the point of view of a son or daughter, though the Daily Show's Jon Stewart explains it from a dad's standpoint. The key to paternity, he says, is low expectations: "I just hope that when I look at [my young son], he doesn't cry. In that sense, I've already achieved my goal." In the final piece, Roker reminds readers that when dad's no longer here, it's up to his kids to fill his "Big Shoes" and keep walking.

“A Twist of Lemmon” is a tribute to Jack Lemmon by his son Chris Lemmon. It’s a collection of memories and stories of there shared life. Filled with experiences and emotions and the terms he faced with his father’s death from cancer. “Twist of Lemmon” is a delightful and thoughtful read that will satisfy both fans of Jack Lemmon and those who simply enjoy a good book.

Did you know? In the U.S. there are approximately 66.3 million fathers across the nation. (Source: US Census Bureau.) Nearly 95 million Father’s Day cards were expected to be delivered in 2005 in the U.S. making it the fourth-largest card-sending occasion, right behind Mother’s Day. (Source: Hallmark research) Happy Father’s Day –Dad!

Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales
Summer Fun @ the Reedsburg Public Library
June 9-15
 

The Reedsburg Public Library kickoffs the Summer Library Program with several exciting activities.  Kids who are entering grades 6th through 8th are welcome to an After Hours Game Night on Friday, June 9th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Middle School Age children are invited to play a variety of board games set up throughout the library and games on the computers.  Pizza will be served.  Pre-registration is required for After Hours Game Night.  Look for the signup in the Teen Area of the library.
          Junior Lunch Bunch storytime will be held on both Tuesday, June 13 and Wednesday, June 14 at noon in the Community Room.  Preschoolers and their parents/caretakers are invited to bring a sack lunch and blanket, and join Kris and Laura for a storytime called Down on the Farm with books, songs and action rhymes about farm animals.  Registration is not required. 
Baby Storytime for babies 0-24 months, their siblings and parents will be held on Thursday, June 15 at 10:30am in the Community Room.  Kris will present books, songs and rhymes that will delight the youngest crowd.
          Children going into 4th and 5th grades are Quest Seekers and will meet three Thursdays during the summer from 1:00-2:00pm.  The first program is an Animal Crafts day on Thursday, June 15.  Sign up to be a Quest Seeker in the Childrens Area of the library.
          Family Movie Night is Thursday, June 15 and the animal classic, Homeward Bound, will be shown at 6:30pm.  Please bring pillows and blankets to be comfortable on the Community Room floor.
          Visit the Reedsburg Public Librarys website to discover all of this summers activities: www.reedsburglibrary.org.

Your Library: The Inside Story (June 1)

Add sparkle and glamour to your DVD watching this June with the one and only Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn would have turned 80 on June 1 st this year. It’s an anniversary that rises intriguing questions if she was still alive, what would she look like? Would her iconic status also have survived? And how would she feel about the people still squabbling over her legacy? June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, Norma Jean “Marilyn” was born, twenty years later she bleached her hair blonde and changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. The most famous actress in the world died in 1962, however this screen icon lives on through her films. Throughout the years Marilyn has dazzled audiences, and become a defining symbol of womanhood. Her untimely end only added to the allure and mystery of Hollywood’s most sought-after starlet. As Clark Gable said “Marilyn is a kind of ultimate. She is uniquely feminine. Everything she does is different, strange, and exciting, from the way she talks to the way she uses that magnificent torso. She makes a man proud to be a man”.

Take time to celebrate her magic, Marilyn Monroe’s style sophistication and glamour with “Seven Year Itch”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, “How to Marry a Millionaire” and bonus DVD “Marilyn Monroe-Final Days”. Just some of the films available for checkout at your local library. The bonus DVD includes a documentary about the star’s unfinished final film project, “Something’s Got to Give”. A romantic comedy, directed by George Cuckor and co-starring Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse, was plagued with production difficulties and went over schedule and budget until Marilyn was fired and then re-hired.

Did you know that Marilyn had a sister? Few knew that until the book “My Sister Marilyn” by Berniece Miracle told the story she kept private for fifty years. It includes more than forty photographs of Marilyn with her family and friends. This is just one of the many books on display this week at the library.

Web Site of the Week: www.MarilynMonroe.com –the official site of the Hollywood icon, with lots of photos, a list of Marilyn's favorites, a timeline, quotes, and more.

For 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 @ 4 pm on AM1400 WRDB, or watch Reedsburg Channel 12 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

         

Your Library: The Inside Story (June 8)

Information is the oxygen of the modern age.  It seeps through the walls
topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
 - Ronald Reagan, quoted in The Guardian (London), 14 June 1989

June 14 th is National Flag Day. It was first observed in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Continental Congress' adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. In that year, Congress asked that all public buildings fly the flag on June 14. The idea quickly caught on and many people wanted to participate in waving the flag. A teacher from Fredonia, Wisconsin, Bernard J. Cigrand, had the kids in his school observe Flag Day, or, as he called it, Flag Birthday. This observance was also the beginning of Cigrand’s long years of fervent and devoted effort to bring about national recognition and observance of Flag Day. It wasn't until 1916 that Flag Day was officially named as a holiday. And it wasn't until 1949 that the National Flag Day bill was signed. But teachers and kids had been celebrating it long before that!

Did you Know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!

Website of the week: http://www.usflag.org/ Here you can learn all about the many flags that we have had in the United States , flag etiquette and the history of Flag Day.

Summer Library Program registration week has kicked off to a great start with a large number of kids, teens and adults registering and getting started with their summer reading. Next week is the start of Junior Lunch Bunch, Reedsburg Readers, Preschool Players and other programs. Check out our web site or visit the children’s section of the library for time and dates or to see if registration is needed.

For all the latest on what’s happening here, stop by the library, call 768-READ (7323), visit our web site: http://www.reedsburglibrary.org, listen to the Book Report on Tuesday @ 4 pm on AM 1400 WRDB, or watch Reedsburg Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV.

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 27)

During Memorial Day weekend, I think of the poppies that veterans groups sell to raise funds for different causes. Wild poppies only flower when other plants in their direct neighborhood are dead. Their seeds can lie on the ground for years and years, but only when there are no more competing flowers or shrubs in the vicinity (for instance when someone firmly roots up the ground), will these seeds sprout. Wild poppies flowered on the battlefield of the Western Front, because the whole front consisted of churned up soil. In May 1915, seeing the blood-red poppies blooming in the fields where many friends had died John McCrae, a medical officer, was inspired to write his poem “In Flanders Fields”. It commemorates the deaths of thousands of young men who died in Flanders during the grueling battles there. This poem remains to this day the most memorable war poem ever written. It goes like this:

I N FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country . Take a moment this weekend to remember those brave soldiers .

Summer Library hours start Memorial Day Weekend.
Monday-Thursday 8:30 am-8 pm,

Friday 8:30 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm, Sunday Closed

Your Library: The Inside Story (May21)

Happy 150 th Birthday to author Lyman Frank Baum!

Chances are you have seen the 1939 MGM movie, “The Wizard of Oz” at one point or another in your lifetime. But the chances maybe greater that you do not associate it with Mr. Baum, the author of the book on which the film was based. In fact, most people have probably never heard of him at all unless they have read his work or were born around the time when he was popular. Whether it is shown on television annually or checked out the video has become a staple of American popular culture. Young or old, we know where the famous, unforgettable lines originate; we know the characters by heart: Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, as well as the Munchkins. Oz is as familiar as our own backyards. Although the movie and the book differ in minor ways, the premise is similar and so are most of the characters. The only significant difference, that might matter to a child and possibly to an adult, is that in the movie, Dorothys journey to Oz is only a dream, purely imaginary, in other words, not real. In the book, however, there is no such rationale. Instead it invites the child to use his or her imagination as a creative, transforming force and to accept the journey, and Oz as a real place full of hope over the rainbow, where the child could escape ordinary life. Baum believed in the power of the imagination in the child. Oz really existed if only we believed it did.

His humble tombstone reads only, "L. Frank Baum 1856-1919" yet there was so much between those dates that children and adults still discover and rediscover when they open their hearts to the magic of imagination which was Baums pilot. With mixed emotions, I watched The Wizard of Oz again and wished that Baum could have known the impact his book had upon the world.

Look forward this summer to joining the quest for a good book with the summer reading program, open to preschool age children through adults. A complete calendar of programs and events can be found on our web site.

Your Library: The Inside Story (May 11)

"My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence." ~ Dame Edith Sitwell
 
This is the time of the year when our favorite television shows go out with a  season finale or final episode show.  This week after seven award winning seasons, the Bartlett Administration leaves the White House and the West Wing.  Thanks to the Friends of the Library you can relive the first season and how it all began.  We have the first five seasons available on DVD and the official companion, by Ian Jackson. This book is simply a description of the episodes of the first season with photos of the stars and scenes during filming. There are notes and comments from all the crew which add depth and charm. This hit show comes to the end on Sunday, with the presidential succession.
 
One of the most popular shows this season, attracting 25 to 33 million viewers each telecast, is American Idol. (An American version of the British show Pop Idol.) Kelly, Clay, Reuben, and Fantasia are just some of the names from the hit show. They have written books about and released music from the show. We can help you relive the past seasons with the best and worse moments available on DVD or listen to the seasons best music release CDs. This weeks show calls on Americas first idol, Elvis as the finalists of the show went to Graceland for the Elvis theme and critique by music producer Tommy Mottola.
 
We can help you plan your own visit to Graceland.  We have a tour guidebook of Graceland and guidebooks to Memphis. Elviss home has recently been placed on the National Register of historic places.  Touring Graceland is a one-of-a kind experience that will lead you on Elviss fascinating journey to superstardom. Experience the cultural changes that lead to the birth of Rock n Roll and see, first-hand, how Elvis became the most celebrated entertainer in the world. If you cant go there check out our video tour of the mansion or visit our web site of the week.
 
Web Site of the Week: http://elvis.com    This is the official site of Elvis Presley.  Here you can find out about the Kings life and career, get photos and trivia, or explore your inner Elvis.  Also you can see pictures of the Idols dramatic entrance through the gates of Graceland.


Your Library: The Inside Story ( May 4, 2006)

One of the most popular parts of the newspaper is the comic strip. There is a lot of work and effort that goes into creating that 3 or 4 picture strip. May 5 th is National Cartoonist’s Day, a time to recognize the value of humor in our lives, and the people who create the cartoons that help to put that humor there. Grab your paper and your pencils as we have many books to help you start drawing. Learn about the lives and work of cartoonists like Charles Schulz and Hanna-Barbera. Cartoons are good family friendly fun and we all could use a good laugh each day as we read today’s comics.

On display at the library in honor of Cartoonist Day is a copy of Clare Briggs cartoon book. One of the greatest comedy artists American journalism has ever produced was born here in Reedsburg. Clare Briggs was the creator of “ When a Feller Needs a Friend” , “ Ain't it a Grand and Glorious Feeling?” and “ The Days of Real Sport”.   His most popular cartoons depicted his boyhood in Reedsburg and made the town's "Old Swimming Hole" and his childhood friend "Skinny" famous. He died January 3, 1930, and according to his request his ashes were scattered over New York Harbor. The keen observation and gentle humor of Briggs are evident in his cartoons and make his work just as enjoyable today as when it first appeared.

Is springtime making your reading time a little shorter for novels? You can find answers to your questions about your springtime activities like gardening, traveling, grilling, exercising or just about any topic, here at the library. Here is a great recipe for all that rhubarb in your garden. Rhubarb Coffeecake

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter or margarine, one egg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, one teaspoon baking soda, two cups flour, one cup sour cream, 1 1/2 cups diced rhubarb
Topping: 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, one teaspoon cinnamon, one tablespoon butter, 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Cream together butter or margarine and sugar. Blend in egg. Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add alternately with sour cream to sugar mixture.
Fold in rhubarb. Spread in 9"x 13" pan.
For topping mix together the five ingredients and sprinkle on top of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Best served warm! It also makes a great dessert served with ice cream.

For all the latest on what’s happening here, stop by the library, call 768-READ (7323), visit our web site: http://www.reedsburglibrary.org, listen to the Book Report on Tuesday @ 4 pm on AM 1400 WRDB, or watch Reedsburg Channel 11 on Reedsburg Utility Cable TV


 

 

 

 

 


 

he Reedsburg Public Library celebrated National Library Week with all kinds of movie fun.  Anna Jo Lubasi, age 4, won the guessing contest.  Her guess was 2,030 and the jar was filled with 2,028 pieces of movie candy.  The library is continuing the celebration with its Culver's Coloring Contest until the end of April.  Stop in the Children's Area of the Library to pick up a color sheet and turn in the Calling All Critters picture for a free Culver's Custard coupon.

 

 

 

Your Library: The Inside Story (april 20)

April 22, Mother Earth and her inhabitants will be the focus of citizens worldwide. Check out our display of nature and environmental conservation and protection titles. Did you know that Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was co-founder of Earth Day? As many as 20 million Americans participated in environmental rallies, demonstrations, and other activities as part of the 1970 Earth Day, thirty-seven years ago. Gaylord Nelson’s beliefs and his story are told in “Beyond Earth Day” and his biography “The Man from Clear Lake.” Both books are available from your public library.

April is National Poetry Month, a time when we honor the rich language of verse. Caroline Kennedy’s “A Family of Poems” is a collection of poems from her family that they cherished from all five continents. She also shared her mother’s favorite poems in “Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis” an intimate view of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her world. Younger readers will enjoy “This Place I Know” a collection of poems of comfort. It is the result of schoolchildren in lower Manhattan after September 11 th. This volume is filled with richly diverse and powerfully life-affirming verse.

We have a complete list of Summer Library Program events and activities listed on our web site. Check it out as you plan your summer days. Remember there is still time to enter Culvers Coloring Contest. If you’re ten years old or younger, you can win cool prizes by drawing a picture of your favorite animal from your favorite book. Just pick up a coloring sheet, from the library, during the month of April, then draw your picture in the space provided and turn it back in. You’ll get a certificate for a Free single scoop of Culver’s Custard and be entered in a drawing for prizes.

Your Library: The Inside Story (April 12)

“Children want to do what the grownups do. Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.” - Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary is one of America’s most successful living authors. She has written 39 beloved books since 1950 and sold 91 million copies worldwide (Harry Potter series has sold 120 million). Beverly Cleary was born April 12 th, ninety years ago in a small Oregon community without a library. Her mother arranged with the State Library to have books sent there and acted as librarian in a lodge room over the bank. There Beverly learned to love books, and later became a children’s librarian. She was the author of classics like “Mouse and a Motorcycle, Runway Ralph, Ramona” and many others. Because of her classic work she has received many awards, including the Laura Ingalls Wilder award for children’s literature. If you like her books, you might want to read more about her in her own memoirs, “The Girl from Yamhill” and “My Own Two Feet”. Happy 90 th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

Web Site of the Week:http://www.beverlycleary.com

The World of Beverly Cleary springs to life at this site. Many of Cleary's characters are listed including Ramona Quimby, Socks, Mitch and Amy Huff, Henry Huggins, Beezus, and Ribsy the Dog.

Remember that the library will be closed Friday, April 14 and Sunday, April 16. The book return will be open. It is located on Locust Street and LINKcat is available to renew books and place holds.

Join the Friends of the Library for their final speaker of the Spring Local History Series. Author Robert Birmingham will be at the library on Tuesday, April 18 @ 7 PM to present Fort Blue Mounds and the Black Hawk War. Next year marks the 175 th anniversary of the Black Hawk War of 1832, a pivotal event in Wisconsin history. This presentation describes the tragic conflict from the perspective of a frontier lead mining town, Blue Mounds, where the townspeople built a fort to defend against attack. Mr. Birmingham will also describe the role that Fort Blue Mounds played in the Black Hawk War and the fascinating and informative results of archaeological excavations at the fort site.

Your Library: The Inside Story (March 30)

Happy National Library Week!
April 2nd to 8th is National Library Week, a time that has been set aside to celebrate the many contributions libraries, librarians and library workers make to their communities.  This week is the perfect time to come in, enjoy a movie related treat, and see how one of our oldest American institutions can help each of us cope with and contribute to the rapidly changing world in which we live.
  We have a variety of events, and contests to help celebrate National Library Week. Our theme this year is Lights Camera, Read. Enter our contests at the main library desk, (Movie Theatre Candy Guessing Contest and a Movie Trivia Question Contest) to win prizes.
  The popular Culvers Contest kicks off this week. Your child can pick up an entry sheet during the month of April then draw a picture that represents a favorite book and return it to the library by April 30th.  They will receive a free Culvers ice cream cone and a chance to win the grand prize.
  All weeklong will be our Food for Fines, bring in a non-perishable food items and well forgive 50 in fines for each item.  This is an opportunity to clear up your fines and help the local Food Pantry
   Saturday, April 8 @ 10 AM is the popular 2nd Saturday Series. Children through the age 8 and their families are invited for fun activities.
 
BOOKS INTO MOVIES - 2006 OSCAR WINNERS:
Brokeback Mountain is based on the book Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx.  Capote is based on Capote, a Biography by Gerald Clarke.  If you liked the movies try the book for the full story.
  Other nominees based on books include...
Munich: Based on the book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli
Counter-Terrorist Team
by George Jonas
The Constant Gardener: Based on the book, The Constant Gardener: A Novel by John le Carre
Pride & Prejudice: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Your Library: Inside Story (March 23)

“A library… should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas- a place where history comes to life”. – Norman Cousins

Our Spring Book Sale Blowout sponsored by The Friends of the Reedsburg Libary is this Friday-Saturday (March 24 th and 25 th) in the Community Room of the library. Thousands of items, including magazines, books, videos and more will be available for a low price. All items are priced as “free will offering”.. The Friends group will be purchasing audio books from the proceeds of this sale.

We have been planning a variety of events, contests and treats to help celebrate National Library Week which runs from April 2 through April 8. Our theme this year will be “Lights, Camera, Read”. There will be a Movie Theatre Candy Guessing Contest and Movie Trivia Contest. Enter at the main desk in the library to win prizes. All week long you can exchange “Food for Fines”. This means you bring in a non-perishable food item and we forgive 50¢ in fines for each item. On Saturday, April 8 @ 10 AM is the popular 2 nd Saturday Series, that will entertain children through the age 8 and their families with fun activities.

Watch for special displays and complimentary refreshments during the first week in April. We invite you to join us often during National Library Week and take advantage of the many resources we have available for you.

The popular Culver’s Contest kicks off. Your child can pick up a entry sheet during the month of April to draw a picture that represents a favorite book and return the entry to the library. They will receive a free Culvers ice cream and a chance to win the grand prize.

March is WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Here is a few titles with that theme.

My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Awakening by Kate Chopin
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

March, 2006 "Will he or Won't he " - Display @ Reedsburg Library!

 

Will he or won't he return, the off season news for the fans of the Green Bay Packers is explored at the library this month. Stop by to see our display case of Brett Favre memorabilia showcasing his career from Hancock High School to the frozen tundra of Green Bay.

 

 

February is Library Lover’s Month @ Your Library

February is Library Lover’s Month at Reedsburg Public Library. Library Lovers' Month is a month-long celebration of public, school and private libraries of all types. This is a time for everyone to recognize the important role libraries play in the cultural and economic success of local communities and the nation as a whole. Whether they depend on the library for bestselling books, children’s storytimes or access to computers and the Internet, Reedsburg residents are encouraged to show how much they love their local public library this month. There are many ways you can love your library.

Contribute: Consider a tax-deductible gift to your public library. Reedsburg Public Library has memorial programs, endowments and other opportunities to support quality library services. Some other ways you can contribute to your library are:

Be a Friend: Join Friends of the Reedsburg Library, a support group of volunteers who provide fundraising and other assistance for the public library. As a member, you will be kept informed of library funding issues.

Volunteer

Volunteer your time. Opportunities might include delivering reading materials to shut-ins or one of the most important and necessary position is that of indexing the local newspapers.

Promote Your Library

Your Library: Inside Story (January 26, 2006)

"An insufficiency of pigs is one of the great faults of modern children's
books." ~Frederick Laws

“Challenger, you’re go at throttle up”, “Roger, Houston, Go at throttle up”. Those were the last words spoken between Mission Control in Houston and the space shuttle Challenger on January 28, 1986. Moments later the shuttle disintegrated killing its seven-person crew. Can you believe it was twenty-five years ago, can you remember where you were? I still remember the statement from President Reagan that night, “ We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God." Commemorating the 25 th anniversary of that tragedy, two astronauts have written memoirs that, combined, provide a detailed history of the shuttle program from the beginning. “Riding Rockets” by Mike Mullane who was an astronaut in the mold of the early pioneers of NASA through his 35 years there. Another astronaut’s memoir is “Sky Walking” by Thomas Jones, its picks up where Mullane memoir leaves off, telling the story of the post Challenger shuttle program and the loss of the Columbia shuttle. Both books are testaments to humankind’s fierce desire to explore and are timely reminders that space flight remains a dangerous, but worthy adventure.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: NASA'S JOURNEY TO THE PLANET PLUTO
http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/
New Horizons is the first mission in NASA's New Frontiers program of
medium-class planetary missions.  It will be the first spacecraft to
visit Pluto and its moon, Charon. The site includes a timeline, web cam images, and information for teachers and students, and lots more.

Super Bowl XL, that’s 40 will be played in Detroit on Feb. 5. Those of us who’ve been alive for all of them might be feeling our age, yet there’s something about this sporting event that makes everyone feel young. The quintessential American sports extravaganza not only celebrates the nation’s finest pro football teams but also has morphed into an unparalleled commercial and cultural touchstone, with its obsessive celebrity watching and exorbitantly compelling television advertising. Ken Leiker and Craig Ellenport have edited “The Super Bowl: An Official Retrospective” a pictorially rich history of the game in all its aspects, featuring an informative running text and six longer essays by men who’ve won the “Big One”: Bart Starr, Phil Simms, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, Doug Williams and Roger Staubach. The mostly color photos capture the Super Bowl’s storied players, coaches and key moments, including a series of stop action sequential shots of legendary game winning drives, stalwart goal line stands and critical individual efforts. Great addition to this book is the super cool DVD, “In their Own Words” which accompanies the book.

Your Library: Inside Story (November 24)

What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
--Erma Bombeck

Now playing at local theatres across the country are movies that were based on wonderful books. Adventure waits as “Zathura” opened in theaters last week. The story is based on Chris Van Allsburg’s book “Zathura”. Twenty plus years after “Jumanji”, Van Allsburg picks up where he left off, with two boys discovering an oblong box in the park that unleashes a new series of reckless characters. “Chicken Little” by Irene Trimble, is Disney’s newest computer animated film. It is about a small chicken that becomes a big hero. The blockbuster release last week was “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. The book was written by J.K. Rowling and is the fourth in her Harry Potter series. New to video last week was “Christmas with the Kranks” which is based on the John Grisham book “Skipping Christmas”. We encourage you to read these or other books with your children. Make time to begin a family book club, discuss the characters and their actions, and talk to your children about how you would like them to respond to the situations that arise in the story. Not only will you know what your children are reading, but also you will spend priceless moments with them that neither you nor your children will ever forget.

If you have a favorite author and would like suggestions of authors that are similar, our database “What Do I Read Next” will assist you. It is available on our web site. The database is accessible from the library or from home. Search more than 100,000 recommended titles, 58,000 plot summaries by genre, subject, author and more. We also have this in print if you would prefer to use that format.

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving Eve, November 23rd at 6pm and will be closed all day on Thanksgiving, November 24th. Our book drop is always open as a convenience to patrons so that they may return library books and other materials. Items may also be renewed or requested through LINKcat on our web site.

 

Your Library: Inside Story ( November 10)

The world is full of wonder and excitement for children. Remember the book characters you loved from your childhood such as Curious George, Mike Mulligan, or the Lorax. Books and reading are the tools that pave the way to learning and are the cornerstone of education. We can’t start to soon to develop a love of books with our children.

Children’s Book Week is observed this year from November14-20 and people across the country will be celebrating in schools, libraries, bookstores and homes. Since 1919, when Children’s Book Week was first observed in the United States, the observance has succeeded because of community support and the firm belief in the importance of reading. Now, more than ever, we need community volunteers to work as reading tutors, to help support activities for children, and to contribute donations that can be used as program incentives.

The Reedsburg Public Library is celebrating Children’s Book Week 2005 by inviting Clifford the Big Red Dog to the library for a night of family fun. Please join us on Tuesday, November 15 for snacks, crafts, and books. This event will be from 6:00 to 7:30pm and Clifford will be available for photo opportunities.

We’d also like to encourage you to spend time reading with your child during this very special week. Here are some ideas for celebrating Children’s Book Week at home.

There is no greater gift for a young child than to help instill in them a love of reading and books. When passed from adult to child, and from generation to generation, reading becomes a lifelong treasure that opens one’s mind to the wonders of the world.

Reading programs for children are a year-round emphasis at the Reedsburg Public Library, but Children’s Book Week is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on old and new favorite children’s books that can be found at your library.

Your Library:Inside Story (November 3, 2005)

We are returning to Mayberry at the Reedsburg Library in honor of the 45 th anniversary of the premiere of the Andy Griffith Show. (It premiered on October 3, 1960). Now you can visit the sleepy North Carolina town at the center of the 1960s comedy. Our display case is filled with memories of Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee and the rest. Stop at the library, look at our display case and pick up a copy of Aunt Bee’s Cookbook or an episode of Mayberry on video or DVD. We also have available a Mayberry Mind-Benders trivia sheet to help you remember our friends in Mayberry. Did you know that: The Andy Griffith Show ranked among the top ten television shows in the nation during each of its eight original prime time seasons. And even more astounding, ever since the original run ended in 1968 the show has been seen literally every day on televisions in this country as well as throughout the world! The show and Mayberry represent a kind of idealized view of what America was. It contains such heart, such a sense of community, and reminds us of what Andy said to Opie when he was leaving the town during the 1986 reunion movie. “There’s something about Mayberry and Mayberry folk that never leaves you. No matter where life takes you. You always carry in your heart the memories of old times and old friends”.

The Friends of the Library are once again sponsoring a coffee cart at the library so come in out of the cold and enjoy a hot cup of coffee while reading one of our newspapers. We subscribe to over 10 of them, including national newspapers such as the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Some state newspapers we have are The Green Bay Press-Gazette, The LaCrosse Tribune and The Sauk Prairie Eagle.

The Friends of the Library will be holding their fall book sale this Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 during library hours. The sale features discarded and donated items. Free will offering or donation is all it takes to be the proud owner of some new to you books from the book sale.

Your Library: Inside Story (October 27)

“Country Roads” as John Denver describes in his famous song can take you many places. Why not follow them to the library, as October is Country Music Month. The library has music by many legends like Johnny Cash, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Roy Rogers, Loretta Lynn, and many others. But did you know that country music legend Dolly Parton wrote a children’s book “Coat Of Many Colors” based on her first hit song? A poor girl delights in her coat of many colors, made by her mother from rags, because despite the ridicule of the other children she knows the coat was made with love. Even for the non-country music fans, you will find some Nashville sound facts by stopping in the library this month.

Former naturalist Ken Lange will be at the library on Tuesday, November 1 @ 7 PM to talk about this latest book “A Naturalist’s Journey”. Ken was the naturalist at Devils Lake State Park for 30 years, and relates his love affair with the land and people of the Baraboo Hills and Sauk Prairie Region. “A Naturalist's Journey” describes the bountiful wildlife, plants and landforms of this area, with focus on Lange's favorites, such as the eastern white pine, talus rock and the Steinke basin. “It is interaction of the people and the land that makes the Baraboo Hills and Sauk County a special place”, author Ken Lange says in his latest book. Join us for this special program.

The next free book sale will be at the library on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 during normal library hours. There will be hundreds of paperback and hardcover books on sale. Children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction will be available with many surprises. The library accepts book donations for the sale throughout the year.

Keep turning in your grocery receipts from Viking Village and Village Market (must use their card).

 

Hope to see you this Friday, October 28 th at 3 PM for the Preschool Pumpkin Parade. For more information about it and our other programs contact us at 768-7323.

 

 

 

Your Library: Inside Story (October 20)

“I get a feeling of nostalgia whenever I visit Reedsburg” – Agnes Moorehead

Join the Friends of the Library on Saturday, October 22 at 10 a.m. for the third in The Fall Author Series. Charles Tranberg of Madison, the author of “I Love the Illusion”, the definitive biography of Agnes Moorehead will be here. The new book includes her local ties to Reedsburg. The Moorehead family first came to Reedsburg in 1919 as John ( Agnes' Father), a Presbyterian minister, assumed the pastorship of the First Presbyterian Church. Mollie (Agnes' Mother) who was musically talented, served as organist, choir director and vocalist. In the 1920's the family left Reedsburg and assumed a pastorate in Ohio, where in 1938, John suffered a fatal heart attack, and died. Mollie came back to Reedsburg after Dr. Moorehead's death. She was a special lady to everyone in Reedsburg and Agnes often visited her mother here. Agnes became Reedsburg’s most famous citizen and was the guest speaker at the dedication of the new city hall complex in 1971. Agnes spoke of experiencing a "feeling of nostalgia" whenever she visited Reedsburg. Mollie passed away in 1990 at the Sauk County Heath Care Center. The Moorehead family is interred in Dayton, Ohio.

We know Agnes Moorehead as icon “Endora” in Bewitched but she has been in over 60 films like Citizen Kane, Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Show Boat and Pollyanna. She burst on to the Hollywood scene during the glory days of radio. All of these titles are available from the library as well as the first season of Bewitched.

After attending our program about actress Agnes Moorehead you will be ready to watch the summer hit movie “Bewitched”. This version stars Nicole Kidman as a witch living among mere mortals. It will be released on Tuesday October 25, the same day as the entire second season of the show is released. You can place a hold on a copy of the movie now, by using LINKcat on your home computer or by calling us.

Web Site of the Week: http://www.harpiesbizarre.com This Bewitched fan site is filled with episode guides, scripts, cast information, and interviews. This site includes an interview with Charles Tranberg about his new book on Agnes and samples of some of her Archives of Materials in Madison. Available on the page is a telegram from Debbie Reynolds sent to her at Box 114, Reedsburg WI regarding the 1966 Emmy Award loss to a fellow Bewitched cast member. Also includes current news and stories about the stars and this classic show from the sixties.

Your Library: Inside Story (October 13)

"With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political
climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one but
no one at all can tell you what to read and when and how."
                                                Doris Lessing

October is Family History Month, a time to celebrate your family and discover the past. Discovering your family’s history is one of America’s favorite and most enriching hobbies. It’s a powerful way to connect with your roots while preserving them. We would certainly welcome your family history or books of local interest to our local history collection.

Our library offers a Local History Room that houses a microfilm machine, and a special collection of books relating to the Reedsburg area. The collection includes family histories, city directories, cemetery guides, and county plat books. We also have a large collection of historic photographs of the area. Prints from this collection of photographs may be purchased. We are a treasure trove of material to aid both the hobbyist and the serious genealogist.

Our microfilm collection includes all of the Reedsburg newspapers, County Census Records, Sanborn City Maps, Union Vets. & Widows (1890), and Citizenship Naturalization Records. We have just added to our collection the microfilm copies of The Rock Springs Townsmen, The LaValle Advisor, The LaValle Sentry, The LaValle Booster and The LaValle Weekly. Feel free to stop and use our microfilm machine and read from the past. Just the other day, I came across an article in the November 10, 1921 Reedsburg Free Press about author Sinclair Lewis. The distinguishe