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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Launch Party, Feb 11th, 4-5 PM.

Did you know that Boscobel Public Library and Great Rivers United Way are giving away free books? All children from birth to age 5, living in zip codes 53805, 54657, 53826, 53827 or 53821 are eligible! So, come one, come all, families and caregivers! Join us on Tuesday, February 11, at Boscobel Public Library, 1033 Wisconsin Avenue, Boscobel, for the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library launch party. We'll be celebrating with a fun, interactive story time, tasty snacks, and a take-home craft project. We’ll also be sharing information about this free book program.

So what's Imagination Library? Some years ago, famous Country Western singer Dolly Parton decided that she wanted to put books in the hands of every child, to give them an early learning advantage before they started school. This program took off across the U.S., and with the help of generous funding partners like United Way, the program now mails books to children all around the world.

Families in sponsored regions may sign up any child age 4 years 9 months or younger to receive a free, high quality book in the mail, once a month, until the child turns 5. There's no income limit or other qualification needed to join the program. Just sign your child up and keep your mailing address up-to-date if you move. That's it.

At the launch party, Julie Nelson from Great Rivers United Way will talk about how the program works and the important funding role United Way plays in making books available in our area. She'll also be on hand to assist families with signing up for the program and to answer any questions you might have.

If you can't make the launch party, no worries! The Boscobel library will have sign up brochures available that include the registration form. Or, save a stamp - online registration is free and easy using a library computer or your mobile device. Our Boscobel staff are happy to help you get started and answer your questions.
We look forward to seeing you and the kids on February 11th from 4 to 5:00 p.m. for a fun and informative library program that helps you to build a free home library for your littlest readers, a great way to give them a head start on learning, and on life! 

If you have any questions please call the library at (608) 375-5723, or check either of our organizations’ Facebook pages:

Friday, August 16, 2019

September 17th Book Signing, "Smile Because It Happened", with author Carole Young

We're pleased to announce a book signing with Carole Young at the Boscobel Public Library on Tuesday, September 17th from 1-4 pm, for "Smile Because It Happened, A Guide to Living the Rest of Your Life", a moving new memoir based on correspondence between Carole and her intrepid daughter Stacey.

Stacey's "self described life as a 'mother of three beautiful children, wife, daughter, interior designer, crazy gardener, life-long learner, martial artist and artist with a paint brush', " takes readers trekking to Morocco, Costa Rica and ultimately through her greatest challenge, an inspiring journey of courage and hope in the face of the unthinkable. Stop by the library on the 17th to meet and talk with the author, and listen to stories from this loving guide to life.

To purchase an advance copy or learn more, visit the publisher, Little Creek Press

Friday, June 14, 2019

Summertime and the Reading Is Fine!

Jump on into summer reading at our library. With July just around the corner, it's time once again for our annual Big July Booksale fundraiser! Starting July 11th, the downstairs clubroom of the library building will be filled with gently used books for all ages, DVD movies, magazines, puzzles and more. Sale opens Thursday night at 5pm, come early for the best selection and take home some great new reads for the long summer days ahead.

Summer library programs for all ages are also in full swing. For children age 3 to 12, every Wednesday morning there are special "A Universe of Stories" activities, reading challenges, LEGO kits, a big variety of summer themed books to check out and lots of other kids and parents to meet and visit with. Toddlers and parents can enjoy "Rubber Duckie" read-a-long activities and Miss Evy will be in the kids room reading stories for everyone! 

Adults and teens, share your "Boscobel Stories" by filling up and decorating a one-of-a -kind "storytile", that will go on display in the library with many others. To learn more about the "My Boscobel Story" summer program, click the #BoscoStories tab above.

For additional information about our summer library offerings, please stop by or call the library, 608-375-5723.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Welcome to Summer at Your Library

The 2019 Summer Library Reading Program "A Universe of Stories" kicks off at the library on June 3rd at 10 AM. Bring the kids and join us for an exciting summer of special guests, reading challenges, spin-the-wheel prizes, drop in crafts and scavenger hunts and super collection of special out of this world books guaranteed to keep the kids reading all summer long! Summer Library program is open for all children and their families. Help kids to "beat the summer slide" and go back to school next year reading ready from day one of class.
Reading grows strong kids and communites. Join us @ your library!
ReadersAre Leaders!
Teens and Adults can step into history with the "Your Boscobel Story" project, an interactive, community storytelling project that lets you share your favorite Boscobel story, memory, tall tale or event through words, pictures and objects.  To learn more stop by to library' have a look at the storywall and watch it grow all summer long. Pick up a free storytile box and join in the fun by adding your own tall tales!

Boscobel History Club meets the first Thursday of every month

On June 6th, 6:30 pm in the downstairs clubroom at the library,  join us for the monthly meeting of the library's local history club. Come and share your questions and stories about Boscobel's past, or just stop by to listen. We cover everything from local family history, historic homes, long gone businesses, famous Boscobelians and local attractions like the Boscobel Fairground and Quarter mile track, Opera Houses and WI River ferries. All are welcome to attend and bring their souveniers from Boscobel's rich past. SPECIAL TOPIC THIS MONTH: SCANPRO3000, the library's brand new digital microfilm reader. We'll be demonstrating this new machine's capabilities to take a deep dive into Boscobel news dating back to 1862.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

NEW! Bed Time Storytime begins March 6th

NEW! Spring Pre-K Storytime is now Bedtime Storytime at the Boscobel Library, March 6th thru April 24th. Join us with your littlest ones each Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 6:30 pm. Kids wear your PJ's and bring your favorite stuffed animal and even a blanket! There will be sleepytime stories, finger plays and crafts to enjoy and get everyone ready for a good night's rest, adults included! We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Library History Club Meets Thursday, March 7th at 6:30 pm.

Some topics for discussion include:
  • The History and maps/ layout of the old Boscobel Fairground between today's High School location and the southern end of Kronshage Park. When was the last fair held? Who exhibited there, what events, individuals and organizations were involved with the fair?
  • Boscobel's GAR Hall History and Historical Collection; this important building, its founders and caretakers, and its contents are vital to our community's local history.
  • The Crooked Creek and other One-Room Schoolhouses serving Boscobel, a project Nancy Rutherford from the Boscobel Depot Museum is working on. 
  • Planning a special Saturday History Club meeting for out of town Boscobel natives to come visit with their historical treasures and stories. We are looking at April 20th for the date; come to the meeting and help us plan! If you or someone you know has information, recollections, memorabilia or just plain curiosity about these subjects or other "points of interest" from Boscobel's long and rich history, come join us on the 7th for a fun and interesting visit and discussion as we work to pull stories from the past together for future generations. Please call the library with any questions or for further information, 608-375-5723.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Winter Weather Alert!!

 Heads Up Boscobel: Due to the extreme cold weather forecast for our entire state, the City of Boscobel offices will be closed all day Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st.
The Boscobel Public Library will be closing at 6:00 pm (Tues) today, and will also be closed on Wednesday the 30th. On Thursday the 31st, the library plans to re-open for regular hours of 1:00 - 8:00 pm, unless the forecast changes for the worse. Please call ahead, (608) 375-5723 before venturing out, or check for announcements here or on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BoscoLibrary/. We can renew your items over the phone or online.
STAY SAFE! Limit travel, bundle up, be careful and pay extra attention to weather updates and warnings over the next two days. As Dr Seuss would say, It's easy to freeze below zero degrees! Take care and stay warm everyone!