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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.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Money Smart Week and more, @ Your Library

On Thursday, April 26th, at 6:30 pm, Join Anita Reichling and Better Investing Wisconsin for a Money Smart Week event, "Basics of the Stock Market"! 

This presentation provides basic information on stock market investing and is a good introduction for beginning investors. We explain what stock and the stock market are, why to invest, and the miracle of compound interest. The positives and negatives of investing in individual companies and Mutual Funds are also explained. 
How can you make money through investing, sell your stocks, and cash your dividend check? Join us at the library on the 26th to learn more. This is a free, no obligation event to encourage financial literacy as part of national "Money Smart Week", to help consumers learn to manage their finances better. For more information go to: https://www.moneysmartweek.org/about#history

Stop by the library any day this week to have a look at our display of tools and books to help you improve your financial planning and savings skills, as well as connect with local advisors.

Boscobel Public Library History Club
Mark your calendars,  next meeting of the Boscobel Public Library History Club will take place on Thursday evening, May 3rd at 6:30 pm in the downstairs clubroom of the library. We'll be previewing some of the changes in our archive space and discussing a variety of local history topics that several members have been working on. Everyone is welcome to attend. Watch this page for more details, or visit us online at https://www.facebook.com/boscolibraryhistoryclub

Registration for 2018 Summer Library Program, "Libraries Rock!!" is now open. Summer programs and activities will be available for children of all ages every Wednesday morning from 10-11 am, beginning June 7th  thru July 25th. For more information please call the library 608-375-5723

July 12th - 14th, mark your calendars for our annual Big July Booksale the week after the 4th of July. We open the doors at 5pm on Thursday July 12th. Sale runs all day Friday followed by our special bargain Bag of Books Two Bucks sale Saturday morning. Watch this space for more information.  YES, we are currently taking donations of gently used books for the sale.  Please call ahead before you bring large donations, thank you.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

History Club Meets Thursday, March 1st, 6:30 PM

Interested in Boscobel's past, families, architecture, businesses and long history from its origins as a  Wisconsin River port of call, important Milwaukee Railroad stop and thriving Civil War era city to today's  scenic Wisconsin Outdoor Recreation Destination? You're invited to join us at the library this coming Thursday, March 1st at 6:30 PM for the Library History Club and Archive meeting, downstairs in the clubroom.  Everyone interested in remembering Boscobel's past is invited to attend for a friendly discussion and sharing of memories, artifacts, etc.
This month's topic will be focussed on the pioneer Prairie Du Bay settlement and the ferry(s) that crossed the Wisconsin River to Georgetown. We encourage people to bring to the meeting  any materials, photos or scrapbooks they may have related to the topic for "show and tell" sharing.

For more information about the history club and to see some recent discoveries and topics, visit our   Boscobel Public Library History Club and Archive page and discussion group on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you!

Meeting dates and times may be subject to change due to severe weather or other circumstances beyond the library's control. Please check the History Club Facebook Page above, or call the library 608-375-5723 for the latest updates.Thank you!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Library History Club January 4th

thur. January 4th, 6:30 TO 8:00 PM
Join us at the boscobel library 
Boscobel history club

Calling all history buffs to join us at the library for a fun and informative evening exploring Boscobel’s past. This club is just getting organized, so now's a good opportunity to come share your ideas.

Special Topics for January: Boscobel Airport and the Brewery. Please bring photos, memories, mementos you may have of either of these. We're looking especially for a picture of the old, original Quonset Hut airport building. (45 minutes). 

Show and Tell: five minutes each for people who want to share current history projects, artifacts, etc., on any topic related to local history.  (30 - 40 minutes total).

Wrap Up with the Monthly History Mystery question for our next meeting: Soda Bottling Plants in Boscobel !! How many were there, names and products. And we'll talk about the answer to last month's question: Where is the historic Grandfather Clock from Bonnieview on Park Street now located?    Everyone's  invited, hope to see you there!  
                             QUESTIONS? PLEASE CALL THE LIBRARY, 608-375-5723