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4th Annual National Night Out!

It's hard to believe but the first Tuesday in August is right around the corner - as a matter of fact it happens to be next Tuesday August 1st. And the first Tuesday in August is starting to mean something in Manawa as the city prepares to celebrate its 4th annual National Night Out. The fun will take place at the beautiful Lindsay Park shelter starting at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m. The entertainment this year includes the comedy juggling routine of Truly Remarkable Loon and live music with the bluegrass band The Chord Trackers. Mixed in with all of that will be games for kids, a special appearance by the Waupaca County K-9 Unit, tours of fire trucks and ambulances and police cars and some hotdogs hot off the grill and delicious root beer floats. This citywide event is sponsored by the Manawa Police Department, The Manawa Rural Fire and Ambulance Department, the City of Manawa, the Manawa Lions Club and the Sturm Memorial Library. Special support from the Waupaca County Sheriff's Department, Sturm Foods, First State Bank, Premier Bank and the A. Sturm & Sons Foundation make this annual party a truly community effort. We hope to see a lot of folks there - the weather forecast looks very fine and if there is a sweeter place than Lindsay Park on a summer evening we haven't found it. Read more »

Raising a village of readers

The Library's summer reading program is a hit with the kids not because they get to enter drawings for prizes that have nothing to do with reading but because they get to "purchase" a book of their choice if they reach their reading goal. The kids love this and put a lot of thought into choosing their book and are so happy when they pick them up. The preschool kids get to pick out a paperback picture book from a display of them that are purchased ahead of time at a discounted rate. This excitement about books is what makes the summer the best time of year for staff. The better part of all this though is that this is all made possible by generous donations from the Manawa area business community. Read more »

Summer Fun is Coming!

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.

Lindsay Park Saturday June 3rd - Be There!

The Manawa PB Quackers Duck Race and Family Fun Day will be Saturday June 3rd at Lindsay Park from 10am to 2pm. This first time event is a mega fund raiser for the Manawa area Project Backpack program that provides healthy food backpacks for area families on week-ends during the school year. The flagship event is the Duck Races that will be held on the Little Wolf River that runs along the park. This event also includes music, concessions, vendors, games and sports tournaments. All of the proceeds for the event will be used to support Project Backpack for the 2017-2018 school year. The musical entertainment includes Children's Performer David Landau (sponsored by the Library - starts at 11am) and area favorites Megan Pethke and Jeanne Bauer. Ducks are available for sale all over town, including here at the Library, for $5.00 apiece. That's a good price considering first prize is $1,000! We hope you have your calendars marked for this great event that supports a good cause. For more information contact Saundra Coyle at manawapbteam@gmail.com. For information on the Library's music event call 920-596-2252. Let's all show up for a great time next Saturday!