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.