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LIBRARY HOURS
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Fri 10AM - 5PM ~ Sat 10AM - 1PM

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Watch the Solar Eclipse at the Library, August 21st!

Join us next Monday, August 21st from 12:30 to 2:30 at Gazebo Park next to the library for our Solar Eclipse Watch (weather permitting!).  Eclipse facts books, crafts, and free solar glasses will be available until supplies run out. You'll also be able to make your own pinhole projector, another way to safely to view the eclipse. 

MAXIMUM ECLIPSE OCCURS AT 1:12 PM; Boscobel will experience @ 85% of "totality", meaning that in our area approximately 85 percent of the sun will be hidden behind the moon during the eclipse.

Remember: At NO TIME is it safe to look directly at a solar eclipse with the naked eye. Regular Sunglasses won't provide the needed level of filtering to protect your or your children's eyes!  Read Eye Safety Information

History, Science and Other Interesting Facts about Solar Eclipses



TIME Video: Brief History of Solar Eclipses


NASA Interactive Eclipse Maps and Information

 Eclipse Time and Date Map

Eclipse Trivia

NASA Live Stream of the Eclipse and Interactive Maps

Live Stream view of  Eclipse "Totality"

Wisconsin Eclipse, from Isthmus Magazine

Remember: At NO TIME is it safe to look directly at a solar eclipse with the naked eye. Regular Sunglasses won't provide the needed level of filtering to protect your eyes! Eye Safety Information

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Big July Booksale, Begins Thurs. July 6th, 5:00 pm thru Sat. July 8th, 1pm.

NOTICE: Rear Ramp Entrance To Library Now OPEN
Library Booksale Will Be Overflowing with Bargains for All Ages!

It's that time again, the Boscobel Public Library's annual Big July Booksale is just a few days away! 
Our storage room is packed floor to ceiling with loads of great titles, movie DVDs, magazines, audiobooks, toys, puzzles and more for children and adults of all ages.  You're sure to find a great bargain for every member of the family at this year's sale! Most items $1. or less, and don't forget about Saturday Bargain Bag Day, a grocery bag of books for $2.00 or bag of magazines for $1. This booksale is the library's largest fundraiser of the year and proceeds from the sale help us to afford special programs or purchases, like LEGO and Snap Circuit sets, and our brand new color copier. Every purchase benefits the library in some way and helps us to re-home gently used books with new readers!

The library is still seeking adult booksale volunteers. Sign up at the library. Whether you can share an hour or an entire afternoon, any amount of time you can spend helping out makes a big difference.  For more information about the sale or volunteering, please call or drop by the library, 375-5723
Boscobel Public Library Annual Booksale  July 6th thru 8th

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Library Program, "Build a Better World" Begins Wednesday June 7th, 10 AM

Boscobel Summer Library Reading Program begins Wednesday, June 7th, 10 am, all ages!

School's almost "zout"! and families are thinking about summer fun, programs, and activities to keep the kids busy and engaged. Your library is ready to help! We have an exciting lineup of fun, creative and educational programs beginning on June 7th, at 10 am as we kick off SLP 2017, "Build a Better World". 

Some of this year's featured guests and programs include making Flower Bombs with master gardeners Peggy Therault and Kerry McCabe on June 14th, Let's Fly, all about airplanes and other flying things with Tom Pelz on June 21st,  Pop Go The Catapults, using recycled materials to build amazing toys with Rich Bucholtz on July 12th and Let's Travel to India, food, customs and costumes with Robin Connelly on July 19th. Summer Library Program will take place from 10 to 11 am every Wednesday morning, from  June 7th through July 19th.

 Each week's planned program includes a variety of activities and challenges for children age pre-k through 6th grade, snacks, take home projects and books related to that week's theme.  Infants and toddlers from birth to 35 months and their parents can join the self-guided "Rubber Ducky" read-aloud club, while older pre-teens and adults will find a wide variety of drop-in activities including reading and puzzle challenges, games of chance, walking tours, disc golf and other surprises designed to intrigue and entertain all summer long. If you haven't signed up yet, now's the time to stop by the library and learn all about the exciting and educational summer we have planned for you and your family. We'll see you soon, @ Your Library!

ELEVATOR REMINDER!
A friendly reminder: construction of our library's new elevator is underway and the back entrance is temporarily closed. When you visit the library building, please be sure to use the front entrance. If you have trouble getting up or down stairs, please call us before you arrive and our staff will be glad to assist you to return or select books or other items for checkout. We apologize for the inconvenience; soon our new elevator will allow everyone to move through the building with the greatest of ease and will allow the library to add additional public space for more events, special collections and relaxing with a good book. If you haven't already, please consider making a donation to the library's Elevator Fund, which helps us to meet the full cost of the important project. We are currently $8000. short of our goal of $30,000. and continue to need your help!  If you'd like additional information or have questions or suggestions for us, please call the library at 608-375-5723  Visit us online at http://boscobelpubliclibrary.org, or on our Facebook page, Boscobel Public Library. We'll see you this summer!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Hello Sunshine! Summer Library Programs, Storywalk, Historical Tours Big July Booksale and More!

 Summertime in Boscobel is just around the corner, be sure to join us for great programs for June to September. "Build a Better World" Summer Library Reading Programs for all ages begin June 7th. Reading, educational activities, games, contests, drop-in activities and special guest performers are all in store to entertain and amazing children and adults alike.  Pre-registration is now open! Call or stop by the library to register today.

Also this year, we'll be hosting Historic Boscobel Walking Tours. Pick up a free tour guide at the library or print one from this website, see the "Walking Tour" tab above. We'll be adding two new tour guides by June 1st, watch for the big reveal here!

Library Storywalks for kids will be back at the Boscobel Depot Park this summer, Join us for opening day of the Boscobel Farmer's Market. Our "Learn About Disc Golfing" kits will be available for checkout to take down to Kronshage Park and try out on the city's multilevel challenge disc golf course..

The library's Big Annual July Book Sale will take place as always the weekend following the 4th of July. Our storage room is already packed to the ceiling with a huge variety of donated boks, dvds, puzzles and more. Earlybird sale opens Thursday, July 6th at 5:00 PM and runs through noon Saturday, July 8th. Most items $1.00 or less.

In August the library will be teaming up with other community organizations to welcome historical reenactors to our community, as we work together to celebrate Boscobel's rich heritage. More information about these and other events will be coming soon to this web page as well as regular column in the Boscobel Dial. We look forward to seeing all of you and your families this summer~ let the sun shine!

Results and Photos from 60th Annual Helen Mears Art Exhibit, March 2017
The photos below are from the 60th Helen Mears Contest reception last Friday, sponsored by the GFWC Boscobel Woman's Club and the Boscobel Public Library. This year's contest judge, artist  John Larsen is shown talking to the 7th and 8th-grade students and parents about their work and the importance of art and creative expression in our lives and culture. Everyone in the community is invited to stop by the library and enjoy the student's work, which will be on display through March 31st.

This year's winners were as follows:
Painting or Drawing Category
First place: "Outside Otter" by Emma Stimpson
Second place:"You're Beautiful Inside and Out" by Brynleigh Frasier
Third place: "Savanna Horizon" by Morgan Richardson
Honorable Mention: "Mother Moon" by D.K. Tyler 

Sculpture Category
 First place:"Summer Bonfire" by Jaden Lathrop
Second place: "Big Brother's Dragon Skull" by Naedene Puckett-Heisz
Third place: "The Mysterious Planet of Muricana" by T. Fischer and Nick Jenson
Honorable Mention: The Bison by Travis Kearney




















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The GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club is again sponsoring the Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest and Exhibit, hosted at the Boscobel Public Library. The 60th annual contest is open to all 7th and 8th-grade students from any private, public, parochial or home school. We invite you to join us in celebrating the creative talents of Boscobel's middle school students! The Helen Mears Art contest is unique to Wisconsin. The goal of the contest is to promote the visual arts within the local community and to offer encouragement to the creative talents of developing artists and students. The Helen Farnsworth Mears art contest participants’ artwork will be displayed at the Boscobel Public Library during the month of March, which is Youth Art Month.

A public awards ceremony and reception will take place at the library on Friday, March 17th at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. At that time winning entries will be honored for first, second and third place in the categories of painting and sculpture. Honorable mention will also be awarded, as will participation certificates for all students whose artwork is represented. This year's contest and judging coordinator is local artist, businesswoman, and past president of the GFWC Boscobel Woman's Club, Lorinda Larson-Dull. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Join our celebration at the library this coming Friday to honor the achievements of the young artists of our community.

Helen Farnsworth Mears was born in Oshkosh on December 21st, 1872. Helen’s first achievement came t the age of 20. Her clay image of a woman and winged eagle entitled “Genius of Wisconsin” was commissioned for the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. She traveled to Chicago to chisel the design into a nine-foot piece of marble; the sculpture now stands in the Wisconsin state capital where it can be viewed. Mears continues to be regarded as Wisconsin’s premier sculptor.

Members of the GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club would like to extend their appreciation and sincere thanks to area teachers and their students who are participating in the contest and sharing their talents. Every student's entry is unique and creative in its own way and a diverse variety of work, materials, and themes are anticipated. GFWC Officers and Arts Committee members would like to encourage everyone to visit the library and the art exhibit during the month of March and show your support for the artistic talents of our local youth. For additional information, please stop by or call the library at 608-375-5723.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Preschool Storytime Feb 22nd, Bookclub next Tuesday February 21st!

It's time to start waking up from a long winter's nap! Here are a few of the new events coming this month to your library. Watch here for more programs and activities to sprout up soon!

SPRING PRESCHOOL STORYTIME BEGINS FEBRUARY 22ND
Calling all moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers, here comes Spring Preschool Storytime a! Beginning February 22nd, join us every Wednesday morning at the library from 10:15 to 10:45 to learn, laugh, read sing and grow! Our children's librarian Gina Schmitz will share an amazing story each week about everything from All Kinds of Elephants to Little Red Wagons. Each week will have a different fund and educational theme, as well as related activities and books to take and read at home. For a complete 8 week schedule, call or stop by the library or check our Boscobel Libary Facebook Page Everyone with preschool age children is welcome to attend this free program, we look forward to seeing you soon!

FRIEDA'S READERS BOOKCLUB MEETS FEBRUARY 21 ST, 7PM

The Boscobel library's adult book club, "Frieda's Readers" will meet this coming Tuesday evening at 7pm in the library reading room. This lively discussion group will be talking this month about B.A. Shapiro's novel The Muralist,a compelling story about American WPA artists and their country's reluctance to get involved in the Second World War during a time when refugees were fleeing Europe to escape Hitler's burgeoning juggernaut, " Alizee Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at an auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists."

The club is open to the public and copies of this month's book can be picked up at the library beforehand. Come and enjoy some good company, lots of laughs and smart conversation, all are welcome!.