Welcome to the Boscobel Public Library!
Serving the information, entertainment and educational needs of Boscobel and our surrounding communities since 1916. 1033 Wisconsin Ave., Boscobel, WI 53805 Phone 608-375-5723 Email: libraryboscobel at gmail.com Facebook: Boscobel Public Library Twitter: BoscoLibrary Search for and order books here: Library Catalog and Account Access or click the Library Catalog Help tab above.
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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!

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


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!

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!


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!.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Tis the Season for Reading & Greeting!

Temperatures are falling, books are calling! As we reach the first day of winter this week and the joyous season that follows, all of us at the Boscobel Library would like to wish you and your families all the best that this season of peace has to offer. At the library, our Season's Readings' shelf is chock full of your favorite Christmas authors and stories, from Debbie Macomber to Charles Dickens. We have holiday movies too, to add to that festive feeling and keep the kids busy while you're wrapping presents! The library will be open this week during regular hours but will be closed Friday 12/23 thru Monday 12/26, as will the City of Boscobel.

The week after Christmas, on Thursday, December 29th from 6 to 7:30 pm, join us in the downstairs clubroom of the library for a surprise Family Movie Night! We'll have New Year's crafts to make and take home, popcorn and other tasty snacks to enjoy and fun for the whole family! All ages welcome.

As we prepare to ring in a New Year, there are many plans afoot at your library! We'll be kicking off a grant funded Digital Images project with the GAR Hall and other partners to preserve historically important local photographs taken before 1970. This grant is in conjunction with the state-wide ECHO (Exploring Cultural History Online) project. Watch this column and our webpage to learn more about this exciting opportunity to preserve and share Boscobel's history.

In 2017 we'll also begin the planning proposal phase to see a brand new elevator installed at the library, even as we continue working to raise much-needed funds for the project. A new elevator will enable adults and children living with mobility issues independent access to the lower level of our building and will open the downstairs area to provide more comfortable public spaces for programs and services. During this season of giving, please take a moment to lend your support to this important community project by making a donation to the Boscobel Library Elevator fund; every amount helps to bring us one step closer to our $30,000 goal. Watch the fund thermometer at the southwest corner of the library to see how we're doing, and help to spread the word. Our sincere gratitude to those who have already given, we're well on the way to $5000 this week thanks to each of you!

Spring Storytime, Frieda's Readers' Bookclub, political and public issues forums, movie nights, Helen Mears student art exhibit, Summer Library Program and our Big July Booksale are just a few of the things we have planned to share with you in 2017. On behalf of our Boscobel Public Library staff and Board of Trustees, we thank our priceless volunteers, friendly patrons and generous community for your amazing support throughout the year. To each and every one of you and your families may your holidays be merry and bright!

For more information about any of these services, programs or goals, please contact the library: Call 608-375-5723, stop by, or visit us online at http://boscobelpubliclibrary.org or the Boscobel Public Library Facebook page, or email libraryboscobel@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Hours and Christmas Cartoon Celebration

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, the library will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov 24th and Friday, November 25th. Regular hours resume Saturday morning at 10am. We wish everyone a safe, tasty and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

On Saturday, December 3rd, as part of Boscobel's Community-wide Christmas Celebration, the library will be staying open late to celebrate! We'll be bringing a special guest, cartoon and caricature artist John Mundt, to the library from noon to 4PM. John will be here to brighten your holidays with free cartoon portraits for the entire family! Children and adults are welcome to come and have their picture drawn and to watch John in action as draws amazing likenesses suitable for gift giving, wall decorations and stocking stuffers.

All day long we'll also have tasty treats to eat and drink, Christmas movies playing,  drop-in activities for adults and kids and a mystery gift guessing game- guess the gift to win a prize! There will be something for everyone as you make your way downtown to enjoy a big bright Boscobel celebration.  For more information about other Christmas Celebration events around town, visit the Boscobel Chamber of Commerce event calendar.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party, Nov. 21st!

WHAT: This party will be celebrating all things WIMPY KID!
WHO: All kids currently in Grades 3rd thru 6th are invited!.
WHEN: Monday Nov. 21st from 6 tp 7:30 PM
WHERE: Boscobel Public Library, 1033 Wisconsin Ave.

There will be games, snacks, trivia, a scavenger hunt, prizes 

and a drawing for a copy of WK's brand NEW book, Double Down!
Loads, tons, piles of FUN, don't miss it!