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On The Waterfront

Welcome to On the Waterfront, the place where library director Ellen Connor muses about books and libraries and sometimes things in between.

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Our annual adult reading program started on Monday and will run for eight weeks. Biblio Bingo was born about a decade ago and this labor of love has become a staple among our adult readers. Your clever library staff come up with all kinds of categories for books and then we find the books to match the categories. Sometimes this is a real stretch and each year we remark that it might be our last because how long can we keep pulling this stuff off - but somehow we do just that and our readers line up to test their mettle yet another time. This program gets you out of your reading comfort zone and don't we all need that now and then?

If you read a book from four categories in a column, row or diagonal you get a small prize and you earn a drawing slip for wonderful prize baskets put together by our designer, Carol. Some might say it's about the baskets ,but if you heard all the conversations that go on in this place when people bring their books back to get their Bingo card stamped you will know it's really about the books. Readers may not like everything they read, but they never regret the time spent reading. This year's categories include, Bildungsroman, Cats&Dogs, City, Cli-Fi, In the Sticks, Propostion Preposition, State of Affairs, Twitter Fiction, Viet Nam, What's that Smell and Wisconsin 2017. Some of these categories are obvious but for the ones that aren't...well, you'll just have to stop in to find out what they mean and while you're here, we'll talk you into signing up to play Biblio Bingo. Thank you dear readers for requesting this program year after year.

The Library’s first general Book(s) Discussion held on Wednesday January 3 was a great way to ring in the New Year. We had eight participants each take a turn talking about books they were reading, books they had received as gifts over the holidays or books they had a special attachment to for some reason. It was a diverse collection of titles and the free for all format of the program made for a lively discussion.Listed below, in no particular order, are the books mentioned during the discussion. If a copy of the book is in infosoup we’ve provided a link for you to go straight to the catalog and reserve a copy online. The next Book(s) Discussion will be March 7th at 4pm in the Library meeting room. We hope to see more of you here!

The Books

 

Manners and Morals of Victorian America by Wayne Erbsen

Of Human Bondage by Somerset Mauham

Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman

Cherry-Pie Tells All: Peace Corps Reflections of Cherry Shauger by Cherry Shauger

Who Killed These Girls by Beverly Lowry

Bobby Kennedy: a raging spirit by Chris Matthews

Scoop by Jeff Miller

Seventh Decimate by Stephen Donaldson

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime and A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro

A Long Trek Home: 4,00 miles by boot, raft and ski by Erin McKittrick

Endangered by Tim Flach

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg

Prairie Fires: the American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

The Wisconsin Capital: stories of a monument and its people by Michael Edmonds

Vintage Camper Trailers by Paul and Caroline Lacitinola

What a diverse list of books generated by eight people -  and this represents a tiny fraction of the books we’ve been reading or have plans to read. This was a fun way to spend a winter hour. Happy reading everyone.

 

The Huffington Post featured an article of 60 must reads for 2018. There may have been one year in my life that I read 60 books but it was so long ago I cannot remember. I read close to 30 books this year and I consider that an accomplishment. Life seems to get in the way more and more when it comes to the reading life. Of course the online life has something to do that. And even if I could read 60 books in a year, there are still so many books from last year, and the year before that, and the year before that and so on and so forth, that are still waiting for my attention. But if you, dear reader, are inclined to read that many books in a year and you are all caught up from previous years, then I present you with this feast of titles to consider. I like this list because it's anticipating good titles for the coming new year, rather than presenting us with titles already published.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/2018-book-preview_us_5a383493e4b0c6...

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The next "Best of 2017" we are featuring is NPR's Book Concierge. We love this treasure trove site of books that were highlighted through the year on NPR. It also features NPR staff favorites. You can sort by author, genre or even by categories like "rather short" or "rather long". It is a visual feast as well that could match the best Pinterest page out there. Have fun, but be prepared to add at least twenty "must read" books to your list.

https://apps.npr.org/best-books-2017/

Covers from some of Publishers Weekly Best Books

There are many reasons for booklovers to enjoy this time of year. For some it is making lists of books they'd like to get as gifts for the Christmas holiday. For others it is the thought of giving books as gifts to other appreciative booklovers. For us here at the Library it is the coming of the "Best Books of 2017" that we will be reading in the next month or so. There are many different entities that produce these lists and while there are certainly some titles that keep appearing on the different lists, it is amazing how many unique titles there are. There are also lists for young people's literature that we enjoy reading and talking about. We use these lists for figuring out books purchases, for deciding books to read for book club and for creating that chaos in our own lives that every reader knows about...more books on a list we already cannot get through. Click on the link below to see Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Books of 2017. The titles include fiction and non-fiction. Chances are infosoup has all of the titles so if you think you want to read one of the books you can order it directly through the catalog or you can call the Library and we'll reserve it for you.

https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2017

 

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The Library will close at 5:30pm on Wednesday November 22 and it will be closed on Thursday November 23 and Friday November 24. The Library will be open during regular hours on Saturday which are 9am to 12pm. We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday. We also want to express how thankful we are that we serve a community that supports the Library in ways big and small and we are especially thankful for our patrons who make the Library a vibrant and meaningful place. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

“It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you've made, and there's this panic because you don't know yet the scale of disaster you've left yourself open to.”

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

Our next read for the SML Book Club is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiquro and what a timely choice because it was recently announced that Mr. Ishiguro was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature. This prestigious prize always raises the profile of a writer and that will make for a more interesting discussion come December. "Never Let Me Go" is a novel about cloning and is set in a dystopia not altogether unrecognizable. The book was adapted for a movie starring Keira Knightley in 2010. Other works from Mr. Ishiguro include The Remains of the Day which also became a well-known movie starring Anthony Hopkins. We are looking forward to reading and discussion "Never Let Me Go" and we invite anyone who is interested in the book and joining the discussion to attend the next book on the 1st Wednesday in December. If you want to place a hold on the book click here. If you want us to reserve a copy for you give us a call at 920-596-2252. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Kazuo Ishiguro and look forward to the discussion in December.

We're having our October book discussion this week (Wednesday at 4pm) and we'll be discussing Meet Halfway: Milwaukee Stories by Jennifer Morales. This is one of many interesting books the Library's Book Club has read and discussed through the years and there promises to be many more. The fun of reading a book and then getting together to discuss it with others cannot be overstated. Reading is such a personal experience and we all take in a writer's work in different ways and to listen to others talk about the same book you just read and compare how it made them feel with how it made you feel is sometimes a great experience. We always welcome new members - there is no leader for this group - you aren't required to say anything at all during the discussions if you don't feel like it and we pick our books by consensus based on recommendations from the members. If you're looking for a way to spend a pleasant hour in the company of others and you like to read, consider attending Book Club. We meet every other month on the first Wednesday of the month at 4pm. Sometimes we even have treats.

We regret to have to inform all of our faithful users that the front entrance will again be under construction for up to two weeks starting Monday September 18th. This is an unforeseen circumstance and we know it will be an inconvenience for you but together we'll get through it. The back entrance will be open but there are steps to navigate so if you need assistance call us from the parking lot if you have a cell phone or call ahead if ncessary and we'll come out to assist you. Also, if you are coming to pick up materials and want us to deliver them to you in the parking lot we'll be happy to do that. By the end of the month this will be another memory in the life of the Library. We'll get through it!

Also, there might be some construction noise again but it shouldn't be as bad as last time.

Thank you for your patience and for using the Library.

Fall is in the air, the kids are back in school and Saturday hours are back! The Library is open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturdays are a fun time to visit the Library and the friendly staff love nothing more than seeing folks come through the door. Yes, the end of summer is always a little sad, but there's something to be said for settling down into the comfortable routine of school year life. We hope a Saturday morning visit to the Library will be part of your routine.

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