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JUNE 29, 2007
Sundae Thursday a success!

People lined up for chocolate and strawberry sundaes to celebrate the birthplace of the ice cream sundae, Two Rivers, Wisconsin.


and music...


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JUNE 28, 2007
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There's a place where you can stroll the white sand on seven miles of Lake Michigan beaches~~~

Where trophy trout and salmon abound offshore and in the streams~~~

Where quiet parks and scenic countryside await you, where the ice cream sundae was born~~~

Where 13,000 people are eager to share their rich heritage and warm hospitality~~~

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JUNE 28, 2007
The library fix

The library fix

When politics gets mean and dumb, you can cheer yourself up by walking into a public library.

By Garrison Keillor

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 June 27, 2007 | Consumer confidence was down in June, and so was mine, though for other reasons. I see politics stuck in a spiral of dumbness and the Republican candidates -- the Cavalcade of Unhappy White Men -- leading the way. The other day, Mr. Giuliani came out against "putting government in a situation where government is in charge of so many different things," and a short time later he called for the government to build a fence the length of the Mexican border, "a technological fence," which I guess means something fancier than a mud fence, possibly using kryptonite. And shortly thereafter, he and his fellow Republican candidates arm-wrestled to see who could be more in favor of torture, or "enhanced interrogation techniques," as it's called now.

When politics gets mean and dumb, you can cheer yourself up by walking into a public library, one of the nobler expressions of democracy. Candidates don't mention libraries -- they're more likely to talk about putting people behind bars and no coddling or shilly-shallying with appeals and that judicial nonsense, just throw them in the dungeon and stick their heads in the toilet and do what you gotta do -- and yet when I walk into the library near my house and see a couple hundred teenagers studying, most of them Hmong or Vietnamese, I see the old cheerful America that Washington has lost touch with, the land of opportunity.

The library is the temple of freedom. Growing up, we kids were aware of how much of our lives was a performance for adults. In school, at church, in Scouts, adults were watching, cueing you, coaching, encouraging, commenting; but in the library, you didn't have to perform for the librarian. She simply presided over an orderly world in which you had the freedom of your own imagination. The silence was not repressive but liberating: to allow your imagination to play, uninhibited by others. 

Of course, a boy's imagination headed in some directions that the public library could not satisfy, or would not satisfy -- I thought that those particular books were kept behind the librarian's counter and that if she liked me, she would let me see them, so I was a very, very good boy, but then it dawned on me that she probably thought a very, very good boy wouldn't be interested in that sort of thing. (This would happen to me often with women.)

Libraries have rushed forward into the new age (whichever one we're in now), and the word "librarian" is out. They're Information Professionals now, and it's a Media Resource Center, and it's wired to the max. Just as we novelists have become experiential document specialists producing sensory-data-based narratives encoded in a symbolic format that informally we refer to as English. But a library is still a library. It's a place where serious people go to have the freedom to think without anybody poking and prodding them, in the company of other serious people who sit silently around us and yet encourage us in our own pursuits and projects. 

My old hometown Carnegie library with the columns and high-domed ceiling was irreplaceable, and so of course it was torn down by vandals in suits and ties and replaced with a low warehouse-looking library that says so clearly to its patrons, "Don't get any big ideas. This is as good a library as you clowns deserve." But the spirit lives on, in the ranks of dedicated women and men who run the place.

The ceremonial strut of

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Category: Library Advocacy


JUNE 28, 2007

 New York, NY – June 4, 2007

Fiction, Abridged


Fiction, Unabridged

Rise and Shine

Literary Fiction

The Thirteenth Tale


Echo Park


The Dead Yard


If You Could See Me Now

Science Fiction

The Stolen Child


To Kill a Mockingbird

Non-Fiction, Abridged

The Beatles


Teacher Man

Personal Development/Motivational

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend

Business Information/Education

The Long Tail

Children’s Titles for Ages up to 8

Knuffle Bunny

Children’s Titles for Ages 8-11 Listening for Lions


Spoiled Rotten America

Short Stories/Collections

This I Believe

Original Work

Hasidic Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Solo Narration – Male

Peter and the Shadow Thieves

Solo Narration – Female

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JUNE 28, 2007
Dragonsdale Book Review from Booklist
Drake, Salamanda (author). Illustrated by Gilly Marklew.
May 2007. 288p. Scholastic/Chicken House, hardcover, $16.99 (0-439-87173-5). Grades 3-6.
REVIEW. First published June 1, 2007 (Booklist).

Illustrated chapter books that don’t belong to cookie-cutter paperback series are increasingly rare; the same goes for light, straightforward fantasies for early middle-grade readers. This title, the first in a hardcover series by an author who claims to be a 16-year-old resident of its made-up world, fills both needs with unusual flair. Set in a land where dragons and their (mostly female) riders train to compete in equestrian-style tournaments, this will delight precisely the audience it’s meant to—young girls who find tame dragons captivating. The story centers on Caroline, who lives and works among dragons but is forbidden to ride. Smoothly folded-in elements include the intense bond she forms with a particularly obstinate, spirited dragon, and the mean-girl machinations of a snotty rival. A literary achievement? Of course not. But the intense emotions of flight and competition are well realized, and details of hoof and stable have been cleverly adapted to the fantasy context, from mucking out fireproof stalls to flying an airborne obstacle course. It’s also worth noting that these dragons don’t speak to their riders, who must rely on subtler cues, which sidesteps the overly convenient interspecies communication found in so many fantasies. Finished off with a die-cut cover and Marklew’s appealing pencil drawings, this one will soar right off the shelves and send readers wheeling around for more.

— Jennifer Mattson

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JUNE 27, 2007
Point Beach State Forest

9400 County Highway O
Two Rivers, Wisconsin 54241

Point Beach offers 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, with dunes, a lighthouse, camping, and hiking, biking, skiing, nature, and snowmobile trails.

Children walking in the sand

Children walking in the sand at Point Beach.
Photo by Linda Schuhmacher

The forest is open year round. Point Beach pumphouse.
Photo by Jim Aasen

Bright orange sunrise over lake
Lake Michigan sunrise
Photo by Gary Coenen

Day use areas are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. In early morning, the sun rising over Lake Michigan can creat dramatic silhouettes or cast a rosy glow over the quiet beach.

Vehicle admission stickers are required. Hourly, daily, and annual stickers are available at the entrance station.

Beach in rosy morning light

Point Beach at sunrise
DNR Photo by Bonnie Gruber

How to Get There

To get to Point Beach from Two Rivers, the nearest community, take County Highway O north about 4 miles; the entrance road will be on your right.

From the north on Wisconsin Highway 42, take Manitowoc County Highway V east to County Highway O and go south about 2 miles; the entranceroad will be on your left.

Related Sites

Both links exit DNR:

For more information about Point Beach State Forest, e-mail or phone (920) 794-7480.

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JUNE 26, 2007
About Two Rivers

It's great to live here, and just as nice to visit.

Whether you own a home on one of our tree-shaded streets or stay in a motel on Lake Michigan's shore, you'll appreciate our blend of modern city services and natural beauty.

Lake Michigan defines our city, touching some five miles of our southern and eastern sides. Neshotah Park, a popular gathering place, provides several hundred yards of white-sand beach for swimmers, sunbathers, volleyball players and castle builders.

Our city also stands at the junction of two of the state's most scenic bicycle trails. On the 5-mile Mariner's Trail, you can ride north from Manitowoc in the lake's cooling breezes, just a few yards from the water.

Continue through Two Rivers and you pick up the Rawley Point Trail, which winds six miles through the pine and hemlock forest, all the way to the historic Rawley Point Lighthouse at Point Beach State Park.

The Point Beach State Forest forms Two Rivers' northern boundary. Its 2,900 acres of woods and sand dunes and six miles of unspoiled public beachfront attract thousand of visitors year-round.

Of course, many prefer to ride the lake's waves. Our marinas dock numerous pleasure boats and a thriving sport fishing community. Charter captains are glad to show anglers why we say Two Rivers is "Where the Big Fish Bite." Each year, they bring in trophy catches of brown and rainbow trout, coho salmon, and the ultimate prize, chinook salmon, some weighing 30 pounds or more.

You'll also enjoy learning about our history. The Rogers Street Fishing Village celebrates the lives of the commercial fishermen who helped build our city and the small fishing fleet that still brings in whitefish, chubs and smelt for restaurant meals and family dinners. A few blocks away, historic Washington House marks our city's official status as the "Home of the Ice Cream Sundae." An antique soda fountain there lets you order up a sundae and remember how it used to be.

Our residents enjoy our quiet, safe neighborhoods. The new Sandy Bay Highlands subdivision, perched on a hill on our east side, offers dozens of quality lots for future homeowners. It's just a mile or so away from our brand new high school, opened in 2002.

Two Rivers has a robust manufacturing and service economy, a downtown shopping district where retailers offer old-fashioned personal service, plenty of lodging, and good places to stop for a meal.

Pay us a visit. You may find yourself wanting to stay for a lifetime.

© Copyright 2003 Two Rivers. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

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JUNE 25, 2007
Sundae Thursday!

Two Rivers Celebrates

Sundae Thursday

June 28, 2007

Downtown Washington Street, Between 17th and 18th Street

5:30 p.m. Cold Stone Creamery sundaes are served

5:30 p.m. Blue Ribbon Enterprise Amusements

Central Memorial Park

5:30 p.m. Sheltered Reality Drum Band 

6:30 p.m. American Family Insurance Chldren's Sundae Eating Contest

7:00 p.m. Tow Rivers Municipal Band Concert

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JUNE 22, 2007
Two Rivers Farmers/Crafters Market

The Farmers/Crafters Market

From May 5, 2007 until November 15, 2007

Wednesdays from 2 until dusk
Saturdays from 7 AM until 1 PM

The market is a fast-growing addition to the Main Street program. All summer long, Central Park is filled with great produce and wonderful hand-crafted items from our vendors. The market puts on numerous special events during the year including the Honey Festival, Dairy Promotion, Bless Your Pet day at the market and new this year, the Potato Festival - a salute to the spud!

Don't Miss

Market Special Days:
June 2 - Bring your pet to market
June 16 - Dairy Princess & Dairy Promotion
July 7 - Eunice Kuehnl's Apron Show
July 14 - Market Madness
July 21, 25, & 28 - Christmas in July
Aug. 11 - National Farm Market Day
Aug. 18 - Customer Appreciation Day
Aug. 25 - Honey & Harp Festival - with Becky Folgert 2007 Wisconsin Honey Queen
Sept. 8 - Grandparents Day

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JUNE 22, 2007
The Cool City Classic Car Show & Cruise Night


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The Cool City Classic Car Show & Cruise Night

Cruise Night Friday June 29, 2007 beginning at 6:00 PM in Silver Creek Park, Manitowoc and ending up in Two Rivers' Neshotah Park.

The Cool City Classic Car Show Saturday June 30, 2007 from 9-5 PM right on Washington Street in downtown Two Rivers.

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JUNE 20, 2007
PaperCuts - a model library blog

Library blogs are found across the country. One that has received many accolades from librarians and patrons is out of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Their blog entitled PaperCuts (click here and take a look yourself: ) has fresh postings daily on a wide variety of topics that library patrons find useful.

The Topeka library also has a blog devoted to teens entitled Graffiti (click here for a look: ).

Please take a look at these two very well managed blogs.

Let us know via a comment how we are doing here at LPL!

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JUNE 19, 2007
LPL and Social Software
Lester Public Library has increased its Web presence by utilizing what is known as ‘social software.’
Social software as defined by Wikipedia (a fine example of social software in and of itself!):
Social software enables people to rendezvous, connect or collaborate through computer-mediated communication. Many advocates of using these tools believe (and actively argue or assume) that these create actual community, and have adopted the term "online communities" to describe the social structures that they claim result. They are used inside organizations or by communities of practice/interest
The more specific term collaborative software applies to cooperative work systems and is usually narrowly applied to software that enables work functions. Distinctions between usage of the terms "social" and "collaborative" is in the applications not the tools, although there are some tools that are only rarely used for work collaboration.
Our direct links to these tools include:
These tools listed above are only the tip of the iceberg! Some others that may be familiar to you include:

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JUNE 15, 2007
“The Deadly Embrace” is the winner of the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction for 2007
W.Y. Boyd Literary Award recipient named
CHICAGO –Robert Mrazek’s novel “The Deadly Embrace” is the winner of the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction for 2007. 
The W.Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award honors the best fiction set in a period when the United States was at war.  The $5,000 award and citation, donated by author W.Y. Boyd, recognizes the service of American veterans and encourages the writing and publishing of outstanding war-related fiction.
“Robert Mrazek has written an excellent work on a critical period in the Second World War,” said jury chair Robert Schnare.  “It is a very compelling tale that enables the reader to obtain a perspective of what it was really like in war-weary England in the days before the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944.”
The intrigue, the tension, and the secrecy surrounding those critical days before the invasion are chronicled through the eyes of American officers, Lieutenant Elizabeth “Liza” Marantz and Major Sam Taggaret.  They must uncover who is killing women who may know the date of the invasion. We follow these two individuals as they battle the British and American chains of command in their effort to uncover the identity of the individual to compromise the invasion.
The author uses his narrative to keep the reader in suspense as Lieutenant Marantz and Major Taggaret race frantically to discover who is behind this conspiracy.   This, according to Schnare, helped depict the stakes that were at risk in keeping the vital secret of the invasion from the Germans in order to save thousands of Allied lives and not alter the course of the war.
Members of the 2007 W.Y. Boyd Literary Novel Award Jury are: Chair, Robert Schnare, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.; Lawrence Clemens, United States Naval Academy, Nimitz Library, Annapolis, Md.; Nancy Davenport, Consultant, Washington, DC; Maxine Reneker, Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library, Monterey, Calif.; James Schenkel, Library of Congress, Washington, DC; and Ronald Steensland, Panama City, Fla.
The W.Y. Boyd Literary Award will be presented on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

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JUNE 15, 2007
Visit Boolist Online for book reviews and more!

Featured review: Reference
Shearer, Benjamin F., editor. Home Front Heroes: A Biographical Dictionary of Americans during Wartime. Jan. 2007. 3 vols., 935p. Greenwood (978-0-313-33420-7).
Here is a unique A–Z biographical dictionary that profiles 1,001 individuals whose actions “affected how the United States made, supported, perceived, and protested its major war efforts from the Revolution to Gulf War II.” The editor is a librarian who has written and edited several reference works, and the 65 contributors are experts in history and other relevant areas. Numerous black-and-white portraits enhance the biographical sketches, which highlight the subjects’ wartime contributions (although some oddly allude to multiple marriages and offspring when those details seem irrelevant)....
@Visit Booklist Online for other reviews and much more....

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JUNE 15, 2007
Hey Two Rivers!!! We are going to Blog!

What is blogging and why bother... This is one more way to maintain open communication about what interests you, our customers, and what we, your library, has to offer.

Feel free to comment on this entry!

Let's blog!

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