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Jan's Column 2022

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April 29, 2022 - Trees are Budding

While the temperatures (after that one day that hit 80 degrees (or more according to the thermometer on my porch) have not been particularly spring like, the flora seems to be ignoring the chilly days and nights and just carrying on. The trees are budding out, the grass is growing, the flowers are peeping out of the ground and some have been so rash as to actually bloom. Birds are not only singing as they look for partners, many have begun building nests. Why some are even sitting on nests even as I write. Grouse and turkeys, blue jays and crows, pigeons and mourning doves are all about to beginning nesting (if they haven’t already started). May is the month – which is only a day away from today’s public day—is the month when all the songbirds settle down and start raising families. I hope we are done with the snow at least. I don’t think there is a sadder sight than a robin walking around in the snow looking puzzled as he lifts his tiny shoulders and sings “What the heck?” instead of his usual “Cheer up!” song. If you need some cheering up while waiting for spring to definitively arrive, stop by the library and check out some of these new titles. There’s lots to choose from in this latest batch of books. Enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

Finding Me: A Memoir by Viola Davis. A noted actress's memoir, in her own words, spans her incredible, inspiring life, from her coming-of-age in Rhode Island to her present day


The King’s Shadow: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Deadly Quest for the Lost City of Alexandria by Edmund Richardson. Recounting one of history’s most extraordinary stories, this book transports readers back to 19th-century India and Afghanistan where Charles Masson – deserter, pilgrim, doctor, archaeologist, spy and one of the most respected scholars in Asia – searched for the Lost City of Alexandria during the age of empires, kings and spies.


Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took on a World at War by Deborah Cohen. A prize-winning historian’s revelatory account of a close-knit band of American reporters who, in the run-up to World War II, took on the world’s dictators and rewrote the rules of modern journalism.


The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life by A.J. Jacobs. A master of immersion journalism unpacks the history of the most popular puzzles, and aims to solve the most impossible head-scratchers, from a mutant Rubik’s Cube, to the hardest corn maze in America, to the most sadistic jigsaw


Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith. From a noted cultural critic comes a combination of memoir, criticism, and biography that tells the story of black women in music—from the Dixie Cups to Gladys Knight to Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey—as the foundational story of American pop,


New Fiction

Fevered Star, No. 2 (Between Earth and Sky) by Rebecca Roanhorse. Living avatars, Serapio and Naranpa, fight to stay human in the face of changes that will transform the great city of Tova as tense alliances form and far-away enemies gather in the second novel of the series.


The Baxters by Karen Kingsbury. On Kari Baxter’s wedding day, a building storm brings conflict and doubt to the family until a moment of danger reveals important truths, which could bring them back together or tear them apart.


Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson. Spanning time and multiple points of view, a new voice in indigenous fiction introduces us to Ruby, a bold, complex and unapologetic woman who, adopted by white parents, goes in search of her identity as her life spins wildly out of control.


A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Lianos-Figueroa. A novel illuminates a little discussed aspect of history—the Puerto Rican Atlantic Slave Trade—witnessed through the experiences of Pola, an African captive used as a breeder to bear more slaves.


Little Souls by Sandra Dallas. In 1918 Colorado, as the Spanish Influenza run rampant, sisters Helen and Lutie, after their tenant dies, must care for her daughter, which leads murder, placing them both in danger from the ensuing investigation and the flu.


Take My Hand by Dolen Berins-Valdez. In 1973 Montgomery, Alabama, Civil Townsend, a young Black nurse working for the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, grapples with her role when she takes two young girls into her heart and the unthinkable happens, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them.


Summer at the Cape by Rae Anne Thayne. Over the course of the summer, the sisters must make peace with each other and also individually with their free-spirited, outspoken, activist mother who left their father two decades earlier.


Dream Town, No. 3 (Archer) by David Baldacci. World War II veteran and private investigator Aloysius Archer becomes enmeshed in a lethal, extended web of murder and deceit in 1953 Los Angeles in the third novel of the series following “A Gambling Man”.


The Investigator by John Sanford. Working with Homeland Security in Texas to investigate the thefts of crude oil, Letty Davenport, the brilliant and tenacious daughter of Lucas Davenport, is pitted against a militia group as the case quickly turns deadly.


April 22, 2022 - Winter Reading Numbers

Even though there was snow on the ground this past Monday morning and the robins were walking around in a daze singing “What’s up?” What’s up” instead of their usual “Cheer up!” song, the Winter Reading Program is truly over. All the numbers are in which I shall begin to reveal to you in the next sentence. This year we had 139 participants compared to the 123 in 2021. There were 2,736 badges earned compared to the 1,542 earned last year. This intrepid band of readers managed to plow through an astonishing 9,969 books. This is a 25.5 % increase over the 7,942 books read last year. That’s over 2000 more books read. And reading all those books earned lots and lots of dragon dollars many of which were turned in to support local charities (I donate U.S. dollars in the amount of dragon dollars our readers have put towards their choice of four charities). This year the DeForest Area Public Library Endowment was the big winner earning $361( compared to $293 last year) ; Dane County Humane Society received $282 ( compared to $155 last year); DeForest Area Needs Network got $135 and the National Eagle Center received $147 (our Winter theme featured eagles this year, hence this dragon dollar donation option). Thanks to all the participants for reading and donating. Now there are a few weeks for you to relax before you start training for the Summer Reading Program which isn’t that far away – even if there was snow on the ground this week! Below are some of the new books which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

Deaf Utopia: A Memoir and a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle Dimarco & Robert Siebert. A heartfelt and inspiring memoir and Deaf culture anthem by Nyle DiMarco, actor, producer, two-time reality show winner, and cultural icon of the international Deaf community.


Growing up Biden: A Memoir by Valerie Biden Owens. The younger sister of Joe Biden looks back on her childhood in Delaware as the only daughter of a close-knit Irish Catholic family as well as her decades-long career in politics.


Incomparable Grace: JFK in the Presidency by Mark Updegrove. Looks at the brief but transformative presidency of John F. Kennedy, and how he grew in the role after a tumultuous beginning to calmly manage a series of both domestic and international crises.


Playing With Myself by Randy Rainbow. Setting the record straight, the man who conquered YouTube with a stylish pair of pink glasses shares the journey that led to Randy Rainbow, from his childhood as an often-misunderstood little boy to the creation of his trademark comedy character.


Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Memoir by Wil Wheaton. Actor, personality, and all-around nerd, Wil Wheaton updates his memoir of collected blog posts with all new material and annotations as he reexamines a life in Hollywood and fandom.


In on the Joke: The Original Queens of Standup Comedy by Shawn Levy. This account of the trailblazing women comics who forged a path for today’s female comics looks at the obstacles faced by pioneers such as Moms Mabley, Belaine May, John Rivers and Phyllis Diller.


New Fiction

Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close. When Bud, the founder of JP Sullivan’s, drops dead, everyone in the Sullivan family finds themselves doubting all they hold dear, in this unputdownable comedy of manners about three generations of a Chicago restaurant family and the deep-fried love that feeds them.


Memphis (Family Tree) by Tara Stringfellow. Told over the course of 70 years, this spellbinding debut novel traces three generations of a Southern Black family and one daughter, who, channeling her rage into art, discovers with the power of her paint brush, she can change her family’s legacy.


Search by Michelle Huneven. Secretly using her place on the church search committee to write a memoir, with recipes, about the experience, restaurant critic, food writer and longtime member of a progressive Unitarian Universalist congregation, Dana Potowski gets some good material until she realizes that she cares deeply about this institution.


Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Zhang. A Chinese girl struggles to find her place in the 1880s American West after being kidnapped and smuggled, working at a calligraphy school and a San Francisco brothel as anti-Chinese sentiment sweeps across the country.


The Burning Pages, No. 7 (A Scottish Bookshop Mystery) by Paige Shelton. While attending a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet Robert Burns, bookseller Delaney Nichols finds everything going up in smoke when Burns House is burned to the ground, leaving a body in its ashes, and her coworker stands accused of the crime.


Three Debts Paid, No. 5 (Daniel Pitt) by Anne Perry. While defending his former university professor charged with assault, young barrister Daniel Pitt works with pathologist Miriam Croft investigating a serial killer who only seems to kill on rainy days – a case that makes question everything.


Beautiful by Danielle Steel. A famous, young model has her appearance forever altered and loses the people she loves most in a terrorist attack and changes the course and purpose of her life after reading a revealing letter that accompanied her mother's will.


Blood Sugar by Sascha Rothchild. Although she did kill three people, an animal-loving Miami therapist with a successful practice is accused of murdering her husband, who she actually did not kill in a new novel from an Emmy-nominated screenwriter of “GLOW and The Bold Type”.


Death of a Black Widow by James Patterson & J.D. Barker. A case from his very first night on the job, where a woman bludgeoned her kidnapper and then vanished, still haunts a Detroit detective years later and he discovers he is not alone in his search.


April 15, 2022 - Crane Count

Last Saturday I took part in the Annual Midwest Crane Count. During the height of the pandemic the count wasn’t held. Last year it was held but my counting buddy wasn’t up to prolonged time in a confined area with a non-household member, so I did it myself. This year was the first time since 2019 that the crane count was “normal”. We left from my parking lot a little before 5 a.m. and drove to a new counting site location. So we could begin the 2-hour count at 5:30. It was at Paradise Marsh a DNR wildlife area which is up near Cambria. It was very, very, dark. We were on county “letter” roads almost the entire way. It was very dark. There are no street lights. Many roads lack midline striping and fog lines are fairly non-existent. The area was thick with deer in the dawn twilight. We missed the turn off to the DNR parking lot because it wasn’t mark and was on a pot-holed, gravel road. When we stopped the car to check out the site there were cranes unison calling behind us (4 pairs) and in front of us (2 pairs). It is my observation that cranes don’t activate until daylight is well-advanced. The red-patch on their heads is a solar panel, I contend, that needs a certain level of light to power-up the birds.

We tried exploring the area on foot but gave up quickly then circled the area in the car. Pairs of cranes, and families of threes flew across the road the largest grouping we saw was 18. This was after 7 15 a.m. We probably saw about 40 cranes and dodged about the same number of deer earlier in the morning. Wildlife abounds just a little ways out of town. Being awake as the rest of humanity sleeps and watching the rosy-fingered dawn spread across the sky while the birds waken and start singing is awesome in the true sense of the word. You too could become a crane counter. There’s always next year. In the meantime, below you will find some of the books which recently arrived at our library. Enjoy!

April 8, 2022 - 20th Year in This Building

We will be celebrating our 20th year in this building on Saturday, April 9th. I thought I would give you some comparisons that I, at least, find interesting. In 2002, the library had 53,194 books in its collection. In 2021, the last year we have data for, we owned 61,784 books. The library had 2,798 audio items – including books-on-cassette, books-on-cd, and music cds. In 2022, the library owns 7,146 audio items—including digital audio books, books-on-cd, and music cds. In 2002, the library owned 6,381 video items – including VHS and DVD formats. In 2022, we own 12,591 video items made up of DVDs and BluRay formats, but no VHS. No kits or equipment were reported in 2002. In 2022, the library has 4,932 items in this category. During these past 20 years library collections weren’t the only things increasing. For example in 2002, a gallon of gas was (on average) $1.65 this past month in Wisconsin the average was $3.78. A gallon of milk went from $2.76 to $4.02 (on average nationwide). Eggs went from $1.03 a dozen to $2.25. But you know what hasn’t gone up in the past twenty years? How much the library charges for fines and copies. In 2001, fines were raised from 5 cents a day to 10 cents a day for most items and the cost for copies went from 10 cents apiece to 15 cents. That price has remained the same to this very day. Your public library is still quite the bargain. While you’re thinking about the past twenty years and how much (or how little) you have changed, you will find a list of the books which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy! And stop by on the 9th from 10a.m. to 1p.m. to help us celebrate our 20 years in this remarkable building. (BTW, there shall be cake!).

April 1, 2022 - April Fools' Day

Today is April Fools’ Day. It is a holiday celebrate in much of Europe, parts of the Middle East and the United States. There are many pranks associated with it including sending people on hunts for left-handed monkey wrenches. Ukraine has some interesting customs – and since it is so much in the news these days I thought I would tell you what Wikipedia has to say about them. April Fools' Day is widely celebrated in Odessa and has the special local name “Humorina” - in Ukrainian. This holiday arose in 1973. An April Fools’ prank is revealed by saying, (in Ukrainian) "April the First, I trust nobody" - to the recipient. The festival includes a large parade in the city center, concerts, street fairs,and performances. Festival participants dress up in a variety of costumes and walk around the city fooling around and pranking passersby. One of the traditions on April Fools' Day is to dress up the main city monument in funny clothes. Humorina even has its own logo — a cheerful sailor in a lifebelt. During the festival, special souvenirs bearing the logo are printed and sold everywhere. Since 2010, April Fools' Day celebrations include an International Clown Festival and both are celebrated as one. Breaking News!! New Flash!! James Patterson has announced he will write no more. He has hung up his pen, broken his pencils, and unplugged his laptop! But don’t despair. There are still many new books which recently arrived at the library. They are listed below. Enjoy!

March 25, 2022 - The Year 2002

The year 2002 was an interesting year for many reasons. Cast your mind back to those thrilling days of your when Windows XP was being shipped on computers. Napster was filing bankruptcy. Computers came with disk drives although flash drives were coming into common use I am leading off with this because 2002 was the year this library moved from the shopping plaza on Main Street (where North and South is now) to our current location. That move was occurring 20 years ago today and last week and back to the end of February. By 20 years ago today we had had our soft opening, had pretty much all the phones and computers working, had most of our collections mostly in place (although not mostly in order), and were welcoming you all to the beautiful new library. A lot has changed since then. We have filled out shelves and rearranged collections and brought in different furniture and some of the faces of library staff have changed as well. We plan on having our 20th Anniversary of the library being at this location on April 9th at an open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hope to see you there! As much as some things change over the course of 20 years, some things remain the same or almost the same. I, for example, am still here. This column for example is still here. There is something to be said for persistence! Think of how many columns have been written over those 20 years. Say I missed a few weeks every year but even so, that number approaches 1,000. Think of how many books that were mentioned on average maybe a dozen so 12, 000 books. Does that seem possible? Check my math but I think that's right. In the meantime, below you will find some more books to add to that total. Enjoy!

March 18, 2022 - Signs That Spring Has Indeed Arrived Early

While Spring doesn't officially arrive until this coming Sunday at 10:33 a.m., the signs that Spring has indeed arrived early--as predicted by Booky, the library's prognosticating Badger)-- abound. Robins that were appearing only in pairs or foursomes a couple of weeks ago are now flocked up in trees looking for berries while waiting for the warm weather and melting snow to bring earthworms to the surface. We have shifted to Daylight Savings Time which works great for me. My cats during the Standard Time portion of the year are trying to roust me out of bed anytime after 3 a.m. although I can usually "simmer" for a while (as my grandmother used to call that state of not being quite awake nor really asleep). Now I'm getting to sleep, actually sleep, until past 4 a.m. and I get to go to bed an hour "early". You can see how Daylight Savings Time works well for me. Along with the robins and other birds as harbingers of Spring, we also have motorcycles. I have spotted more than 12 over this past weekend alone. Our final indicator -- aside from the April like warmth we are having this week-- is that we are into the final basketball tournaments of the month. One news channel is calling for the possibility of a winter storm on Thursday night. I guess we'll have to wait and see if the Badgers have to slog their way through snow to get to their NCAA game in Milwaukee on Friday night. All the signs are pointing towards Spring having arrived. Oh, yeah. The Spring book titles are also arriving some of which are listed below. Enjoy!

March 11, 2022 - If you don't like it, wait five minutes

Well, you know what they say about Wisconsin weather: "If you don't like it, wait five minutes." It certainly has been a topsy-turvy week weather-wise. Why wasn't it only Saturday that we had fifty-degree weather and rain during the day followed by some rip-roaring thunderstorms that night. This was followed a day later with a snow storm that started in the wee hours of the morning and came down with great vigor until 8 a.m. when it started to clear off. Is this the traditional March (weather) Madness that we all associate with basketball playoffs (both high school and collegiate)? I would say "yes". Is it the only March Madness snow storm for the season? I would say "We will have to wait and see." I would have to say, observing this snow storm on Monday morning that it is a very pretty snow. It has hung very nicely in the trees and covered the detritus that winter has strewn about on the ground. Of course, this snow-globe-winter-wonderland look won't last. By Tuesday, of this week it's supposed to be forty degrees which should get rid of most of this latest snow fall. If this roller coaster weather has had a negative effect on your normally cheery outlook. take a break by escaping into a book. Below are some of the newest titles which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

March 4, 2022 - Harbingers of Spring

This past weekend, I made a very quick trip out to Kearney, Nebraska to see the start of the sandhill crane migration. Long-time readers of this column know that this is an annual pilgrimage for me. At least it was until 2019 when a blizzard intervened, and then there was 2020, and then there was 2021. Those two pandemic years didn't keep the cranes from migrating (I saw thousands of cranes standing on the sandbars of the Platte River on a live-streaming webcam.) they just kept me from joining up with the flack. Ah, but this year! The weather and the downturn in Covid cases put me on the road. On Valentine's Day a survey of the area had over 27,500 cranes in the area. By the time I got there on Friday, late afternoon, there were maybe four times as many. I also go before the tourist season really starts so the cranes hang out, gleaning the cornfields, very close to the road. A huge flock grabbed air and launched into the sky so close to my car that I could hear the wind through their wings. This awesome sight is a rite of spring for me. Not only are there cranes, meadowlarks are around singing and huge, migratory flocks of red-winged black birds dot the landscape. Spring is definitely right around the corner -- or about 600 miles due west of here. Below you will find some of the new spring titles which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy! and keep your eyes and ears tuned for the arrival of our avian harbingers of spring!

February 25, 2022 - The End of February

We are only a few days away from the end of February, and what an unsettled month it has been. A little bit of snow (very little actually; we are in a drought after all), warm-ups followed by overnight lows in below zero, our first ever snow squall weather alert, and sunny, fifty-degree weather a couple of days later. The end of February looks to be a bit of ice and a bit of snow and then on to March. March as we all know, comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. By the time March 1st -- just in time for Mardi Gras-- the temperatures may be rising again. High School basketball tournaments start the 10th of March (girls followed by boys) and flow through the 19th right into the NCAA tournaments. Now those of us who have lived in Wisconsin for more than a few minutes know that there is always a major, wet, snow storm during this time period. This one is almost for sure the last snow storm of winter, because spring arrives on March 20th. All that being said, there are only a few more weeks of winter weather to be gotten through, and what better way to get through them than with a good book? Below you will find a listing of some of the recently-arrived books at the library. Check them out, and enjoy!

February 18, 2022 - Noticeably Longer Days

A bit of a cold snap followed by a bit of a warm-up followed by a bit of a cold snap and suddenly we are heading into the 3rd week of February. After Presidents’ Day on Monday, February 21st, we shall be done February holidays. We will also, probably, be past the time when sub-zero daylight high temperatures are possible. The days are getting noticeably longer. Since those darkest days of the year – way back in the middle of December when sunset was at 4:22 and sunrise at 7:18 we have leaped forward to sunrise at 6:51 and sunset at 5:33. We’re gaining a minute at sunrise and sunset everyday as we march forward to March and edge closer and closer to the astronomical first day of spring, also known as the spring equinox. We recently passed St. Valentine’s Day which is a time that some birds start seriously dating. The Great Horned Owl and Rock Pigeons have not only started dating, they have started picking out apartments and china patterns. The rest of the owls that hang around Wisconsin will join the Great Horned Owls in the last couple of weeks of March as will the mourning doves. Signs of spring are starting to pop up if you know where to look. Soon, it won’t matter where you look. For now, I’m sure we have a few more snow storms (or the threat of them) to get through. Until then, we have basketball and books to get us through. Below are some of the new books which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

February 11, 2022 - Extra Hour of Daylight

We passed the first February holiday last week with Booky the Badger predicting an early spring. This past Sunday, it certainly felt like Booky's prediction was right on target with temperatures (at least on my back porch) reaching a sultry 41 degrees. February has so many holidays. Groundhogs' Day, Valentine's Day, Lincoln and Washington's birthdays combined into President's Day, and the Super Bowl. As we get further into February, the days continue to get noticeably longer. Since the first of the year we've gained twenty minutes of daylight in the morning and a little over forty minutes in the evening. That extra hour of daylight is invigorating. Our avian friends are certainly feeling more vigorous. Song birds are starting to practice their pickup lines for once the dating season truly gets underway. Chickadees are starting to engage in aerial combat as they start eyeing potential nest and territory sites. Owls are hooting away defending nests and looking for dates. Life is starting to stir. These longer evenings and longer mornings aren't just good for one's attitude. Both of these periods of expanded light are ideal times to pick up a book and read! Below you will find some of the recently-arrived books at the library. Check them out and enjoy!

February 4, 2022 - Winter Reading

By the time you read this, Booky, our prognosticating Badger shall have us all know whether or not winter will entrench itself for a long, cold spell. By the time you read this we all may be smiling because winter is on its way out and we might be expecting an early spring. Speaking of an early spring, as I’m sure you all recall that not only is the Winter Reading Program underway, but that it will not end until spring (officially) arrives in the area on roundabout March 20th. That being said, and since we are just finishing up the month of January, that means you still have nearly two months in which to participate. And I would encourage you to sign up. So far we have 101 people actively participating in the reading program. That means reading and logging books, taking part in activities, writing reviews, earning badges, and taking part in competitions. Sure, the numbers look impressive. So far, 3,042 books have been rad, 590 have attended or partaken in activities, 21 reviews have been written, and 1,055 badges earned. These numbers are even more impressive when you consider it was a mere 101 individuals who achieved these. Think of how many more books could be read, reviews written, badges earned if you joined the Winter Reading Program and participated. Join today and see what numerical heights we can scale. And to help inspire you to read, below you will find some of the books which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

January 28, 2022 - Animal Forecasters

It is hard to believe that a week from today we will not only be in the month of February, but also past that mid-winter holiday all of us weather-watchers look forward to (whether with hope, or dread, or, perhaps, trepidation). We shall roll past Ground Hogs Day next Wednesday. We usually trot out Booky our prognosticating badger on that day to challenge Punxsutawney Phil and Sun Prairie's Jimmy the Ground Hog. Our Booky has proved a remarkably accurate forecaster so you may want to watch our social media for his prediction. Unlike his fellow predictors of the remaining length of winter who get up at the crack of dawn, Books prefers to wake up gently, have his cup of coffee, read the newspaper, and then step outside to see what day might hold. Even if all three of these animal forecasters predict an extended winter season you can be sure of a couple of things. First, that no matter how long the winter weather persists, the Winter Reading Program will end on the first day of spring by March 20th. The second thing you can be sure of is that while the days are getting longer there is still prime reading time to be had in the evenings (and mornings too). And finally, there are plenty of new books for you to peruse, skim, and dig into. Below are some of the new titles which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

January 21, 2022 - Third Week of January

We are well into the third week of January and well into the Winter Reading Program. This third week of January seems to me – and admittedly I am running on memory and observation (and memory of observations)—to always be the coldest week of the year. It is always so heart-lifting to have the days get longer but there is an old weather adage that says “as the days lengthen, the cold strengthens”. This does seem to be the case in Wisconsin. And during these cold days of January, what better activity then to curl up with a good book? All those good books you read can be added to your Winter Reading Log and redeemed for dragon dollars to use in our store. If you don’t need any prize you and donate to one or some of the charities for which I am willing to convert dragon dollars to U.S. dollars and make that donation. Below you will find some of the new books which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy (and sign up for the Winter Reading Program, and record what your read!)!

Speaking of the Winter Reading Program, this Saturday – well before the first football kickoff of the divisional playoffs – we have a juvenile eagle and some raptor friends coming to the library. There will be two sessions. The first at 10 a.m. and the second at 11:30a.m. Since this program has limited space, we are offering it twice. This is your opportunity to meet some majestic raptors in person. Our friends from Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center will introduce you to a live bald eagle and a great gray owl, along with two other raptors. Registration is required due to limited space. 

January 14, 2022 - Packers

What about those Packers, eh? Sure they clinched the top seed and a bye week but really. Losing to the Detroit Lions? That is just so wrong. Let me just say, in my humble opinion, that winning is a habit and every game is important and should be played to win. And that's all I have to say on that subject. Moving on, I'm sure you have all noticed because you are keen observers of the world, that the sunlight is returning.We get our coldest weather as the sun starts hanging in the sky longer. It is really noticeable, to me anyway, once one gets through with the holidays and gets back to a regular work routine. Back in December, on the 14th to be somewhat precise, sunset was at 4:30. From that date on, we started gaining light at the end of the day. Tomorrow, on the 15th the sun will set at 4:55. Sunrise too has begun to get earlier. After getting later and later until the 2nd of January (and for a few days afterwards) it was 7:33 a.m. Today it rises at 7:30 so we've gained three minutes on the front end of the day. All-in-all we're making good progress. Speaking of progress, are you making progress in adding books to your Winter Reading Record? Are you making progress in using Hoopla the library's new book/magaine/comics/movie/audioboo/music streaming service? If you need help with Hoopla we are here to help you! Give us a call or stop in. If you need books to read to help your progress in the Winter Reading Program, you will find some new titles listed below which may engaging your desire to read. Enjoy!

January 7, 2022 - Eating Properly

We are just finishing up the first week of January, 2022. I hope that you did all the things you needed to do to insure a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year and by that I mean eating black-eyed peas, corn, peas (which represent pennies, dollars, and gold); or pork or bacon (because they're fat and will bring a "fat" new year?); or eating 12 grapes quickly for good luck in each of the next 12 months; or pomegranates for abundance -- just think of all those juicy seeds!; or noodles for longevity (because they are long?); or rice because it is a staple (if you've got it, you won't starve?); honey and oranges because they are sweet and expensive?); or fish (herring on the front stoop if your Scandinavian) for abundance; or cabbage because it's green, looks like money, and in slang terms "cabbage" is money. If you haven't insured your good luck for the year yet, there is still probably time to correct things by eating properly but don't delay! Good luck is already coming your way since there is a Winter Reading Program underway for you to record what you read and earn prizes as well as attend fascinating programs on our theme "Soar with Reading" which is about eagles and other raptors. To help start you reading -- you did make that resolution, right? To read a book a day checked out from your public library or read through Overdrive or Hoopla/)-- a list of the books which recently arrived at the library are listed below. Enjoy!