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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Dickey Drops Art 365 Exhibit Opening, Saturday 10 AM - 1 PM

Join us at the Library this coming Saturday from 10am to 1pm for the grand opening of the Dickey Drops Art 365 Exhibit. Have you ever found a free "dropped" artwork around Boscobel or the surrounding communities? Wonder what it would look like if a year's worth of these  4" x 4" artworks dropped daily were put together in one place? Come meet the artist and discover why some artists leave their work in public for some lucky random stranger to find and enjoy! This exhibit will run the entire month of January, be sure to tell your friends and stop by the library to be amazed by this collection!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

History Club Meets This Thurs, 12/6, Help Your Library Next Monday 12/10

Boscobel Library History Club and Library Archive will be meeting This coming Thursday, Dec 6th at 6:30 PM in the downstairs clubroom of the library. History Club is open to the public for everyone interested in Boscobel and the surrounding area's past. We look at and discuss old photos, businesses, families, people events, places and more. 

Each month we feature a special topic, followed by an open meeting "show and tell" where people can talk about their local history interests, share mementos from their personal collections or projects, and ask questions to try to figure out  "the rest of the story". All subjects and interests related to local history get covered during these fascinating discussions!  

This month we'll be talking about "local color", memorable characters, dramatic events and "notorious" stories from Boscobel's past. The club meetings and member's work add information to the new and growing library archive of original and reference materials related to local history. 

At this Thursday's meeting we will also be displaying the recently acquired Karsten Obituary Index, a treasure trove of family and biographical information dating back to the early 20th century.  Everyone with an interest in local and regional history or just plain curious about what the club does is welcome to join us for an exciting evening traveling back in time. For more information, please call the library 608-375-5723. 

Calling all Library Friends to Stand With Us at City Hall December 10th, at 7 PM
It's city budget time again and the library needs you, your family, kids and friends to join us for about fifteen minutes next Monday, Dec 10th, 7pm at Boscobel City Hall, 1006 Wisconsin Ave. It's the public comment meeting for Boscobel's 2019 City Budget. We're asking everyone who cares about the library to come to City Hall and stand with us to show how much the Boscobel Library matters for people in our community. And to thank our council for their past and continuing financial support of the library. We look forward to seeing everyone there: Your Library, Your Community, Friends for Life!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Storytime tomorrow 11/28, History Club next Week!

Come one come all for pre-k Storytime, Wednesday mornings 10:30 am at the library. This week’s stories are about princes, princesses, knights, castles and maybe a dragon or two. 

Library History Club and Archive meeting December 6th

Next Boscobel History Club Meeting will be Thursday, December 6th , 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs clubroom. This month's topic will be tall tales, notorious stories and colorful characters from Boscobel's History, followed by open meeting show and tell for people to share their historical treasures and projects, ask questions and figure out the connections that weave our town's past together. This meeting is free and open to the public, everyone is invited to attend. We'll also have updates on Boscobel Library Archive projects and recent acquisitions!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Leaves are Falling, Books are Calling!

Leaves have started falling and books are calling at your Boscobel Public Library as we head into the winter reading season. Our shelves are full of new books , hi-speed WIFI  and public computers are at your service and fall programs for all ages are  are getting underway. Here's just a few of the events we have planned for our community in the coming months:

Fall Storytime for toddlers thru pre-k begins this week with "Nuts About Squirrels!", and takes place every Wednesday morning from 10:30 to 11:00 am through December 5th. Children, families and friends will enjoy an entertaining, story reading and related activities including sing and dance-a-longs, coordinated play,  crafts or activity sheets and books to take home related to each week's special theme. There is no charge for this program and all pre-k and younger children are invited to join us for reading fun, learning and meeting new friends. Our October 17th program theme will be "The Messys". We hope to see you then!

Get Out and Vote! The midterm election takes place November 6th. The last day to register to vote, either online or by mail (postmark date) is October 17th.  Voters can also register at their Municipal Clerks Office thru November 2nd, and, with proper ID,  at their polling place the day of the election. Absentee ballots may be requested online at https://myvote.wi.gov. This website also provides more information about important deadlines, registration, access for voters with special needs and acceptable ID. To learn  even more about the candidates, issues, how to register and Voter ID requirements, a voter information shelf  has been set up at the library.  Midterm elections fill important legislative seats  at both the state and national levels.   Everyone is encouraged  to stop by,  check on their voter registration status ahead of election day and to participate in this vital democratic process which is denied to so many others around the globe.
Boscobel Library Local History Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the downstairs clubroom of the library. Next meeting will be November 1st.  This new group is one of the fastest growing library programs and is for anyone interested in sharing and learning more about local Boscobel and surrounding communities' history.
Each month a different history topic is discussed followed by "Show and Tell", with members bringing in all types of memorabilia and stories. At October's meeting, JoAnne Wedge described how Meller's Drugstore stocked the classroom books and other supplies needed in one room schoolhouses,  Some recent items displayed included the first, 1904 edition of Sparks,  the Boscobel High School year book; A copper bottle opener from the Boscobel Brewery;  Images and family history from John Puckett and Sons Builders and block manufacturing;  Promotional items such as Seemann Drugstore fans, a Mayme Contoit jewelry box, Parker-Hildebrand Co. crockery and  many photos and documents of individuals, homes, businesses and places that are long gone but not forgotten, and which contain important details of community history and culture.

 The Library History Club is dedicated to sharing, capturing and  documenting these memories of our community so that future generations will be able to encounter them through the library's newly established history archive. Club meetings are open to all. For more information or to volunteer, please contact the library at 608-375-5723 and visit our Boscobel Public Library History Club page on Facebook.

Frieda's Readers Bookclub meets at the library the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm, in the library reading room. Next meeting is October 16th, when the club will be discussing their scary October pick, Mystic River by Dennis LeHane. The club is open to all adult readers and visitors are welcome !  Copies of each month's title are available for checkout at the library. Come join in a lively discussion about books, literature and life in general. 

For information about these and other ongoing library programs and services, please contact the library at 608-375-5723.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hope to see everyone at the library tomorrow, Thursday, August 2nd at 6:30 pm, for the Boscobel Library History Club.
This month's mystery is The Boscobel Orphan Train. An article in the June 3rd, 1870 edition of the Boscobel Journal is titled "Homes For Boys Wanted", and refers to 30 boys being brought to Pittmann's Hall in Boscobel on the 17th by Mr. E. Trott from the Children's Aid Society of New York for "distribution" to local farms and families. We are looking for any family stories, images, letters, family members or descendants or other memories related to this important event in local and national history, https://www.neh.gov/…/feature/lost-children-riders-the-orph…
From 1824 to 1929, more than a quarter million abandoned babies and "street rats" from slums in East Coast cities were sent west on trains by the Aid Society in hopes that they would be adopted by rural families. Their story is part of the fabric of our country and one that many descendants continue trying to piece together. Your participation is welcome and help appreciated!
For more information about the Orphan Trains that visited states across the midwest, visit the following webpages: 

History of the Orphan Trains: https://www.neh.gov/humanities/2007/novemberdecember/feature/lost-children-riders-the-orphan-train

Iowa Public Television short: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGhzXU5_f_k

Author Kristina Baker Klein, who wrote the book,  The Orphan Train, talks about her research and work: https://youtu.be/WDJx8m5DCL4

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

At Your Library This Summer!

2018 Summer Library Reading Program, "Libraries Rock!!"
Calling all kids ages 3-12 and families, this week kicks off the 2018 Summer Library Reading Program, "Libraries Rock!!", taking place every Wednesday from 10 to 11am, June 6th thru July 27th in the downstairs clubroom and outside at the Lion's Gazebo. Get ready for a whole parade of great music-themed activities, special guest musicians, reading challenges and clever DIY music makers' crafts!. On-site registration will be available and is required for all families. Parents with toddlers and infants will be able to join in a drop-in DIY "Rubber Ducky" Club early literacy program with Jenni Lund upstairs in the children's room. We are seeking parents and grandparents to volunteer as program helpers on Wednesday mornings from approximately 10 to 11:30 am. Please call the library at 608-375-5723 to volunteer or to learn more about the program.

Annual Big July Booksale takes place the week after the 4th of July, from Thursday 7/12 thru Saturday7/14. The library is now accepting donations of all kinds of gently used books, recent magazines, DVDs, and audiobooks. If you have a large amount to donate (more than two grocery bags), please call the library first before bringing in your donations. Booksale volunteers are needed and shift sign-up sheets will be available at the library starting this week.

Boscobel History Club Meets June 7th, 6:30PM
Calling all history buffs to join us at the library for a fun and informative evening exploring Boscobel’s past. Boscobel Public Library History Club meets this Thursday evening, June 7th at 6:30 pm in the downstairs clubroom of the library. Our new archive space will be open and we'll be discussing a variety of local history topics.

Topics for June include: And Then It Was Gone, Lost residential and commercial buildings in Boscobel, especially any with unusual stories attached to them. Please bring photos, memorabilia, scrapbooks and stories to share (40 minutes). Show and Tell: ten minutes each for people to bring in historic items or collections to share and discuss, and to ask questions about any topic related to local history (30 - 40 minutes total). Wrap Up with the Monthly History Mystery question for our next meeting: historic Boscobel hospitals, where they were originally located and memorable people associated with them. History Club is open to the public and we encourage anyone curious about local history or the club to drop in and attending a meeting.

Frieda's Readers Adult Bookclub meets at the library on June 19th, 7pm, upstairs. This month's read is Ivan Doig's, The Bartender's Tale. The book is available for checkout at the library. Bookclub meets the third Tuesday of every month and is open to the public; everyone is welcome to attend, new members and guests are very welcome!

For additional information about these programs or other library services, please feel free to stop by or call 608-391-0611. Find us on Facebook at the Boscobel Public Library page.