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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Big Changes and New Programs Ahead!

UPDATE 10/8 Big changes will be coming to the Boscobel Public Library as we swing into our autumn programming schedule. Foremost, the library building will be getting a new HVAC system that will include facility wide forced-air heating and air-conditioning, making the entire building more comfortable and user friendly. Work on the project begins Monday October 12th and is expected to continue through the end of November.
Because the installation will require a significant amount of construction work to remove the old boilers, pipe and steam radiators, as well as to place the new system, library hours and programs will be impacted this month The entire library building will need to to be closed for between 7 to 14 days beginning approximately Monday, Oct. 19th. During that time you may continue to return library materials to the bookdrop at the rear of the building. Van delivery and interlibrary loan service will also be temporarily suspended.
Catalog access and ebook lending services will not be affected and at least two days each week we'll be setting up a "mobile library" lending site at TimberLane Coffee shop to provide checkout, renewal and other support services for our patrons. We'll have more details to share about this project as they become available over the next few weeks, please watch this column or check the library's web page for additional information. 

The HVAC project is part of an overall building improvement project that will eventually include the installation of a lift style elevator to enhance accessibility to the lower level of the building. Additional lower level renovations toward providing more usable library and adult education space are anticipated as a later phase of the project, depending on the availability of funding. If you are interested in learning more about or providing support to our library improvement projects, please contact the library director, Robin Orlandi at 375-5723

Regularly scheduled library program planning will continue, with some events such as our adult book club meeting at alternative sites this month. Upcoming library programs include:
Speak the Word Open Mic Reading at Timber Lane Coffee on October 20th at 6 pm. all readers invited to share either original or favorite author's work, poetry, prose, song or multimedia. Listeners welcome!

NEW in November: Monday Night Drop-In Adult Coloring Book Club, 6 pm. Something new for adults and teens age 16 and older to join in the current craze for grown-up coloring books. Relax, rejuvenate and feel inspired by a collection of gorgeous and complex designs that can be colored with a variety of materials from gel pens to crayons and colored pencils. The library will provide coloring supplies and a variety of coloring sheets and books,anyone interested can drop in from 6 pm until closing to color and visit. have your own books and materials? Feel free to bring them as well. 

Adult Book Club meets every third Tuesday at 6PM at the library. Everyone is welcome to attend, the library will provide reading copies of the current book to be discussed: The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

In November we'll begin two great new programs funded by Wisconsin LSTA grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services: Makerspaces DIY Technology Center at your library and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K) early reading program. 

On Nov. 16th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm parents and children from age 1 to Kindergarten are invited to register at the library for the 1KB4K program. Then  join us for an evening of "Road to Reading" early literacy activities designed to help you and your child(ren) engage important pre-reading skills that will develop a solid reading foundation before entering kindergarten. Registration is required to participate. 

 Beginning the first week of November, our Makerspace Center will feature a different making technology kit every six weeks for kids and adults to try out in the library. Kits include  3-D printers and supporting hardware, LEGO Robotics, Snap Circuits electronics lab, Stop Motion Animation Studio and more. If you or your child recalls enjoying  the electronic Makey Makey board Banana Piano last year, then these kits will amaze you with their potential. Adults and teens with computer, electronics, construction and mechanical skills, we'd love to talk to you about volunteering a few hours to assist others creating projects with these kits. 

For more information about these or other upcoming library programs or other library services, please call the library at (608) 375-5723, email libraryboscobel@gmail.com

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