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2018 Summer Programs!

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!. If you havent registered yet, on-site registration will be available thru June 9th, 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.

For summer crafts the library is currently looking for the following clean, recycled items to be donated.  Please bring items to the library during regular hours or call us to arrange a pickup/drop off. We appreciate the help of our friends and neighbors in making our  "Libraries Rock!!" program a great fun, creative play, reading and learning opportunity for everyone in our community. 


Author Visit and Book Signing, April 18th 3:30- 5:00 PM

Join former Boscobel resident and author Lila Lerdahl Schwenk as she reads from her new book, Penalties of the Truth. Learn the fascinating, true story of her brother Larry Lerdahl's struggle and redemption from childhood trauma. Stop in and enjoy visiting with the author, pick up a copy of the book and sample tasty refreshments. 

From 7:00 to 7:45 PM, join members of the library's Frieda's Readers Bookclub for a Q&A session and discussion with the author.

It's time for Spring Storytime! 
Every Wednesday through April 12th, join Boscobel's children's librarian Miss Gina for a great story at the library. Have fun learning, reading, singing, listening, exploring great books and meeting new friends! All families and caregivers welcome!

The GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club is again sponsoring the Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest and Exhibit, hosted at the Boscobel Public Library. The 60th annual contest is open to all 7th and 8th-grade students from any private, public, parochial or home school. We invite you to join us in celebrating the creative talents of Boscobel's middle school students! 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 and students. 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 Friday, March 17th 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. This year's contest and judging coordinator is local artist, businesswoman, and past president of the GFWC Boscobel Woman's Club, Lorinda Larson-Dull. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. Join our celebration at the library this coming Friday to honor the achievements of the young artists of our community. 

Helen Farnsworth Mears was born in Oshkosh on December 21st, 1872. Helen’s first achievement came t 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 where it can be viewed. Mears continues to be regarded as Wisconsin’s premier sculptor. 

Members of the GFWC Boscobel Woman’s Club would like to extend their appreciation and sincere thanks to area teachers and their students who are participating in the contest and sharing their talents.  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 library and the art exhibit during the month of March 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.

Here in Boscobel we're on our mark getting ready for this year's Summer Library Reading Program for all ages. Registration is now OPEN!
Program begins Wednesday June 8th, 10 AM. For complete & printable schedule, click the upper right corner of the image below:

Thur. July 7th 5pm thru Sat July 9th, 1pm

PAST EVENTS                                                              

Come one, come all poets, storytellers, marathon conversationalists, sweet talkers, versifiers, language lovers and friends! Join us in the house at TimberLane Coffee on October 22nd, from 6 - 8 pm. All readers, writers & listeners welcome. Open mic, 5 minute rounds.Bring your own work or borrow ours. Books of poetry, food, snacks, drinks and desserts available.
Tag us online : #BoscoPoets

On Friday, May 8th, 2015 from 5-8pm, join us at the library for an exciting  antiques and collectibles appraisal event featuring author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran of Iola, Wis.  This is the week after the citywide yardsale, so there will be plenty of opportunities to discover the value of any new "finds" at Boscobel's very own version of an  "antiques roadshow"! 

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. He has served as editor of Antique Review East magazine; as producer of Atlantique City, an antique show held in Atlantic City, N.J.; and as editorial director of F+W Media's Antiques Group.

He 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. Stop by the library for a first hand look at these books!

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. Here's a couple of videos of Mark in action: Hedburg Library in Janesville        Rum River Library in Anoka, MN

Pre-registration is required for those wishing to have an item appraised. Cost is $15.00 per item, payable at time of registration. To register, please call or stop by the library, or email libraryboscobel @ gmail for more information. Appraisal time slots fill rapidly so contact us early for best options, 608-375-5723.  Spectators are welcome to come and watch. 

Categories of objects for appraisal may include:

Fine art, including paintings, drawings, prints and statuary.
Furniture (usually smaller pieces are best).
Ceramics, including figural pottery, vases, dishes, kitchenware and stoneware.
Glassware, including lighting, marbles and souvenir items.
Vintage photographs, including snapshots, tintypes, ambrotypes and daguerreotypes.
Advertising, including posters,  lithographed tin, paper and figural objects.
Folk art, including carvings, quilts, weathervanes, windmill weights and "outsider" art.
Assorted toys, including dolls (bisque, composition and plastic), windups and mechanical banks.
Metalware, including iron, bronze, brass, pot metal, silver, silver plate.
Clocks, including mantel, hanging and figural.
Costume jewelry, including brooches, bracelets, earrings.
Musical Instruments, including string, wind and reed instruments.
Sports Memorabilia.

Excluded items: all weapons, including swords and knives (though folding knives with advertising are accepted); traps (like leg-hold); Nazi memorabilia; coins and paper money; fine jewelry, including precious gems; Beanie Babies.

Questions about objects not covered here can be submitted to Moran in advance to determine if they are appropriate. Suggested categories for advance inquiry include, but are not limited to: Oriental, Native American and other tribal objects (African, Oceanic); ancient artifacts (Egyptian and other early cultures); fossils and minerals; books; automotive items; nautical and military-related objects; sports memorabilia (including baseball cards); records; antique tools and technological objects (typewriters, cameras, assorted machinery or instruments for scientific measure, like sextants, telescopes, microscopes, etc.). When in doubt, email inquiry can often address this.

Opinions of value are informal, and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations, which require a certified appraisal.

Moran's books include:
Antique Trader Guide to Oriental Antiques
Antique Trader Furniture Price Guide
Antique Trader Clock Guide
Antique Trader Guide to Metalware
Antique Trader Vintage Salt & Peppershakers
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 43rd Edition, 2010
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 44th Edition, 2011
Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles, 45th Edition, 2012
Warman's Fenton Glass: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Fenton Glass, Vol. 2
Warman's Guide to Majolica Pottery
Warman's Arts and Crafts Furniture
Warman's Country Antiques
Warman's Fiesta Ware: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, Fiesta Ware
Warman's Gas Station Collectibles
Warman's McCoy Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Companion, McCoy Pottery
Warman's McCoy Pottery, Vol. 2
Warman's Red Wing Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman's Roseville Pottery: Identification and Price Guide
Warman’s Guide to Vintage Cookie Jars
Warman’s Guide to Lalique Glass
Warman’s Guide to Tobacco Antiques and Collectibles
Warman’s Guide to Sterling Flatware
Warman’s Guide to Dolls, Vintage to Modern

For more information, contact:

Mark F. Moran Appraisals of Antiques & Fine Art
N7326 Maple Ridge Trail
Iola, Wis. 54945

Visit Moran's website at markfmoran.com. http://facebook.com/Markfmoran


OPEN MIC NITE AT TLC! Come one, come all poets, storytellers, marathon conversationalists, sweet talkers, versifiers, language lovers and friends! Join us in the house at TimberLane Coffee on April 9th, beginning at 6 pm. All readers, writers & listeners welcome. Open mic, 5 minute rounds.Bring your own work or borrow ours. Books of poetry, food, snacks, drinks and desserts available.
Tag us online : #BoscoPoets

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