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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Politics, Antiques and Bright Lights For You

Even better than voting, talk to your Senator! Our District 17 state Senator Howard Marklein will be holding a public listening session at the library from 3-4pm on Monday, February 2nd in the downstairs clubroom. Everyone is invited to drop by to say hello and bring their questions for Sen. Marklein. To learn more about his positions, visit his legislative page at:http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/legislators/senate/1336

Do you have antiques or collectibles? Unusual yardsale treasures? Questions about the value of family heirlooms? Mark your spring calendar: On Friday May 8th from 5-8 PM, your library will be hosting an Antiques Appraisal Fair featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wis. Formerly senior editor of Antiques and Collectibles Books for Krause Publications in Iola, Wis., he has also been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine. Mark is the author or co-­author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, including three editions of the 800 ­page annual Warman's Antiques & Collectibles (available at the library). Moran bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been  active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years and has been a guest on the Antiques Roadshow. 

We are very excited to bring Mark  to our community this spring and we'll be posting more information as the date gets closer. Preregistration for the event begins at the end of March and is required if you wish to have an item appraised. Appraisal fee will be $15 per item, with a portion of the fee being donated toward our library building improvement project. Mark will also be available by appointment for private "house call" appraisals. Please email or call the library today for more information.

Coming Soon to Your Library: A little helping light for the mid-winter blues. It's that time of year again when people start thinking about warmer climates and the last time they saw that big yellow disc in the sky.  According to the Mayo Clinic, "Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that typically occurs each year during fall and winter. Light therapy boxes can offer effective treatment for SAD. A light box mimics outdoor light. Researchers believe this type of light causes a chemical change in the brain that lifts your mood and eases other symptoms of SAD. Most people use light boxes for a minimum of 30 minutes each morning."

Taking a cue from the "Light Cafes" that flourish in far northern countries such as Sweden and Denmark, our library will be adding one or two SAD light boxes to our reading areas. Beginning in mid-February,  people are invited to come in to read, relax and step into the bright light @ your library to help chase those winter blues away. 

Looking for health insurance? Have questions about signing up for the Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare in the media) to get coverage for yourself or family members? Need help updating your existing account during Open Enrollment?  Stop by the library any Monday between now and February 15, from 12:30 - 3:30 PM. SWCAP Coordinator and Licensed Navigator Stefanie Scribbins will be on site to answer question about the ACA's Health Insurance Marketplace, help you compare plans and manage  your enrollment. for more information contact her at  608-348-9766 ext. 507.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year Boscobel!

 2015's looking to be an exciting year at the library! some of what we're currently working on:

E-book Readers and Tablets Support Group:
did you get a new Kindle, Android Tablet, iPad, Samsung Nook or other device this Christmas? We can help you set it up to get free e-books, audiobooks, movies, music and more through our library's Overdrive Digital Media Collection. Watch this page for meeting dates and times or call the library today to set up an appointment.

Urban (Rural!) Sketch Crawl, see  Boscobel one drawing at a time!: Following up on the Urban Sketching phenomena that has spread the joy of casual drawing and sharing art worldwide, we're looking to pull together a group of interested adults and older kids to hang out and draw people, buildings, trees, places and scenes all around Boscobel! You don't need to be an artist to do this, just be interested in drawing, looking, doodling and creativity. Library will provide basic materials (or bring your own pencils, pens, sketchbook, colors.), Urban Sketchers technique resource books, advice, and meeting dates, time and place. Call 608-375-5723 to sign up or email libraryboscobel at gmail dot com.

Spring Storytime!
Preschool age children and their families get ready for another exciting series of reading and activity programs designed to spark your little one's interest in books, provide creative activity, play and social time with other children and give parents and caregivers a chance to meet, talk and help their children find great books to take home and read together.

Technology Makerspace and "Petting Zoo": this yearlong project will bring some new tech tools to the library for patrons to try out and evaluate. New image scanner, 3-D and or wireless  Printers, iPads, digital crafts, QR wearable codes and guides,  MakeyMakey robotics and other unique and forward thinking projects and services will be in the mix as we explore the next generation of library services and collaborations with you, our community! If you have ideas, needs or interests related to this subject area, please get in touch with us.

Boscobel Library now on Tumblr: yet another social media site where we can share images and ideas for great programs, services, activities and events at our library. Click on over and see what we're finding and are up to!

'Till soon....