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Friday, February 27, 2015

Helen Mears' 58th Annual Art Reception

The GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club is again sponsoring the Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest, hosted at the Boscobel Public Library. The 58th annual contest is open to all 7th and 8th grade students from any private, public, parochial or home school. 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. 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 Tuesday, March 3rd 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. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Helen Farnsworth Mears was born in Oshkosh on December 21st, 1872. Helen’s first achievement came at 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. Mears continues to be regarded as Wisconsin’s premier sculptor. Artist and businesswoman Lorinda Larson-Dull and artist and teacher Carole Young will be this year’s contest judges.Both artists are active professionals with many fine pieces to their credit. Each artist has received recognition for both artistic work in juried shows as well as awards in their specific disciplines of sculpture and painting. Carole's work was shown during the month of February at Timberlane Coffee in Boscobel and several pieces are currently on display at the Boscobel Public Library. Members of the GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club would a like to extend their appreciation and sincere thanks to area teachers and their students who are participating in the contest and sharing their talents. This years entries will include work from both Boscobel and Wauzeka school districts. 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 art exhibit 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.

Spring Storytime Begins March 1st!

Spring Storytime for children ages infant to pre-k is right around the corner! Mrs. Schmitz has cooked up eight weeks of exciting themed readings, activitities and learning programs for little ones and their parents/caregiver. Here's a printable bookmark /schedule of what we have in store for you beginning March 1st:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Live coverage from the Wisconsin State Capitol

We're testing using live streaming video here. let us know if you'd like to see more video features. Live coverage from the Wisconsin State Capitol: Right To Work Debate. This feed courtesy of WisconsinEye network:Wisconsin Eye Public Affairs Capitol Right to Work Debate Live Stream

Monday, February 9, 2015

Enlightenment, Antiques and Youth Art Month

NEW at 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 to help people feel energized and lift their mood during short, grey winter days, our library has added a Lightphoria SAD light desk. Best used early in the morning, but available anytime during library hours, approximately 30-45 minutes seated at this bright light station can help to chase those winter blues away. Everyone's invited to stop by to learn more and take a turn basking in the bright light@ your library. 

Celebrate March,Youth Art Month, at Your Library: GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club and the Boscobel Public Library presents the 58th Annual Helen Mears' Art Exhibit of 7th & 8th Grade student work  March 3rd thru 31st, 2015.  Awards Ceremony and Reception Thursday, March 3rd, 5:30 PM Everyone welcome! Refreshments will be served.
For more information please call 375-5723. We'll be writing more next week about Helen Mears and the history of the exhibition, stay tuned. 

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.

Remember, your Boscobel library card gives you access to all the libraries in SW Wisconsin, from Dickeyville to Viola, as well as loads of online entertainment, e books, movies and reference resources that are not available through regular Internet services. Enjoy our public WiFi service and computer workstations with printers and scanners so you can get  work done, connect with friends and family or just relax and web surf or browse local collection.  While our library building may not be huge, our capacity to connect you and your family with entertainment, information and educational materials is just that.