Looking for a way to get out of the house and meet people? Join us in our spacious community room for a morning of FREE PLAY and adult conversation at the library. Open to families with children 4 and under. No need to register– flexible and fun, age appropriate snacks and toys provided between 9:30-11:00 AM. Begins Wednesday, January 6 - come as often as you like!
The Teen Advisory Board is made up of 6th-12th graders who help to choose materials and plan programs for the Teen area of the library. If you are interested in becoming a member of TAB, contact Terry at 793-7116 or simply come to the meeting. After the meeting join us for Texas Hold’em and snacks. Easy to learn and fun to play!
The deployment of 3200 National Guard members affects more than the service members; it has a huge impact on the families left behind. More than 7,000 Wisconsin children will be without a parent for over a year. It is difficult for a child to be without a parent on their birthday, holidays, and special school events, but kids who have been affected by deployment, say the worst part is worrying everyday about the safety of their parent.
Operation Military Kids (OMK) is a program designed to support the families of deployed service members. Before the Global War on Terrorism, National Guard and Reserve members were gone for short periods of time, but now many are activated and leave home for over a year. During this time families often feel their lives have been turned upside down. OMK builds capacity in local communities and throughout Wisconsin to address issues that these children may be facing.
As part of OMK, the Department of Public Instruction and the Public Library System partnered with the University of Wisconsin Extension Service to provide twenty deployment related books to the seventeen library regions. Each of the state's 480 libraries will have access to the publications and received a summary of each book, compiled to provide families a quick reference to address their particular need. These resources are available to support the children and families of thousands of Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve service members being deployed in 2009 and in the future.
Books are housed in libraries located in Abbotsford, Appleton, Onalaska, Ashland, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin Rapids, Janesville, Rice Lake, Racine, Richland Center, Fond Du Lac, Green Bay, Sussex, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Waupun, Plymouth, and Two Rivers. These communities and the surrounding communities have a concentration of military families and/or have recently experienced the deployment of a local unit. Statewide these resources are available through each library system's inter-library loan program.
Talk with a local librarian for more information and to help request a book. More information can be found at www.uwex.edu/ces/4h/omk .
Come watch Transformers I & II on our big screen. Pizza & Trivia between movies. These movies are PG13, teens under the age of 13 must have a parent bring them to the movie to approve participation—no exceptions will be made. No registration required
Monday, December 7 6:30 PM Join instructor Carolee Crabb and create a variety of hand-made cards. Cost is $7.00 to cover the cost of materials. Participants are also asked to bring their own double stick tape and a pair of scissors. No need to pre-register, simply pay at the door. For more information please call the Reference Desk at 793-7114.
Wednesday, December 9, 11:00 AM Story Circles are a time for people of all ages to recall memories, reminisce and share history and life experiences orally. Share forgotten details with your peers or bring history to life for a younger generation. Come share your story and listen to others share theirs. This month’s topic: Holiday Traditions—What do you remember most about Thanksgiving or Christmas? Which holiday did your family celebrate the most? Did you have a fancy meal or relatives over for a holiday? Did some of your traditions have their roots in European traditions? Were gifts often exchanged for the holidays? What was your most memorable holiday celebration? Story Circles will be held once a month in the Community Room of the library and last for approximately 1 hour. Meetings will be informal and light refreshments will be served. People of all ages are invited to attend. Parents may bring children as long as the children are able to sit quietly and listen for an hour.
Learn how to surf the net, search for information and familiarize yourself with the World Wide Web. Each class is designed for the very beginner and space is limited. Please register by calling 793-7114 or by stopping by the reference desk.