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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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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.

The solar eclipse party we had here at the Library was so much fun. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for photos of the event. The glasses were gone in no time but the friendly folks of Manawa willingly shared their glasses with others who could not get their own pair. There is another total solar eclipse coming to the US in 2024. That is only seven years away. If you want to get into an area of totality though, you better start making your plans now.

Thank you to everyone who came to the event today. We were fortunate to get quality safety glasses from STARnet (Science-Technology Activities & Resources for Libraries) with support from NASA @ my Library, the Space Science Institute and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. While the weather looked dicey earlier in the day, by the time the peak viewing time came arund the sun was out and it was warm. That's when the bottled water provided by Premier bank was much appreciated. (It did get a little cooler though when that sun was 80% covered)

There is something special about sharing a big event like this with your community. We're so glad so many people felt the same way. We will do it again in 2024!

Eclipse Party Flier

A total eclipse of the sun will occur through a path of the United States on Monday August 21st. Unforunately Wisconsin is not in this path but that doesn't mean we can't have a party! The Library was able to get 200 pair of glasses that will alllow safe viewing of the sun as the moon travels a path and for a few brief minutes comes between Earth and the Sun. The Library will also be trying to stream the eclipse in an area of totality and we'll also have a craft activity and some kind of treat. This is a family event and because of issues of safety no child 12 and under that is not accompanied by an adult will be able to wear the glasses to view the sun. There will be other things for young children not with an adult to do if they come to the party. The last time the United States saw a total eclipse was in 1979. That's almost 40 years ago folks! If you're lucky enough to be traveling to an area that will see the total eclipse we wish you perfect conditions and a life altering experience. For those of you who will be here in Manawa, even an 80% eclipse will be fun to see - as long as you have those safety glasses on!

BTW, be wary of purchasing eclipse viewing glasses online. There are many counterfeit glasses hitting the market that are not safe. Even if the glasses have the safety logo on them, they might now protect your eyes.

We hope to see you here on the 21st. The fun starts at 12:30, with prime viewing time at 1:15pm.

School is out and the good times will be rolling here at the Library starting Monday June 12th. The Library has been hosting a summer reading program for over 30 years and 2017 promises to be a good time. Staff are excited about the theme for this summer - Build a Better World. We'll be building things with Legos, Keva Planks, Lincoln Logs, Mega Blocks and more. We'll also be creating artwork and fun crafts, doing science projects, decorating the Library and of course...READING. We all love to read and we work hard to find the right book at the right time for every child. It can happen! When kids are ready to take a break from reading, they can have some fun doing other things. Music, art and play are all very important in developing reading skills in young people so it all works hand in hand. Tune into our website, our calendar, our Facebook page or stop in for a schedule of all the fun events coming your way in the next several weeks. We hope the Library is a destination place for all area families this summer.

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