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On Tuesday October 20th Manawa CARES, Manawa School District, Sturm Memorial Library, the UW-Extension and the School District Service Learning Group is hosting the 1st Annual Read and Feed at Manawa Middle School. The fun starts at 5:30pm when families who have signed up will be fed a spaghetti feast followed by all kinds of fun activities centered around Reading. Storyteller Betty Manion of Waupaca is the featured guest and school district, library, and Extension staff will be presenting mini workshops on spelling, reading, vocabularly, etc.

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Carding in the Rain

Picture of Lyn giving Lynn Steingraber a book bag

The night of September 25th rain was in the forecast and the clouds were ominous as Lyn and I left the Library and made the short walk to Lindsay Field to attend the Manawa Wolves football game. We had with us a huge imitation library card, over forty book bags and a bag of Twix candy bars. We were, you could say, on a mission. Read more »

Kinderfest

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. In short, it's the month when libraries work a little harder than usual to get people signed up for a library card. For several years the library has been hosting visits from the Kindergarten classes at Manawa Elementary School and Saint Paul's School. Read more »

New works by Wisconsin Authors

I’m adding many new books to the collection these days now that the rush of summer is over. In the last two weeks I’ve added several books to the collection by Wisconsin authors. I think we tend to overlook the talent we have right in our collective back yards. Wisconsin is rich with literary talent. Here is what I’ve come across as of late.

A book that will be of high interest to Manawa residents is one by former Manawa resident Tom Hutchison titled The Land of Milk and Money. Hutchison worked for the Manawa Advocate for a few years in the 50s and there is a whole chapter in his book devoted to Manawa. His description of trying to sell advertising for the paper and his anecdotes about Manawa and some of her citizens is absorbing reading. Hutchison also details the valuable work of the Manawa Lions Club which includes an interesting account of how the now famous Manawa Mid-Western Rodeo came to be. Sturm Memorial Library will be adding the book to the online database soon. There is already a short waiting list so call us up to get your name added to the list.

In just one day I added two novels by Wisconsin authors, A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore and No Time to Wave Goodbye by Jacquelyn Mitchard. Moore is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. A Gate at the Stairs was the top feature in the New York Times Book Review a couple of weeks ago. This is huge if you’re an aspiring novelist. Moore is well known for her book of short stories titled Birds of America: Stories. Her story “People Like That Are the Only People Here” which chronicles the illness of an infant and the family’s experience at a Children’s hospital almost takes your breath away as it nails the heartbreak endured by the characters. A Gate at the Stairs features a young college freshman learning the darker ways of the world working as a nanny for a distracted family.

nottimetowavegoodbyeFor those of you familiar with Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first novel The Deep End of the Ocean, her latest is a sequel of sorts and chronicles the Cappadora family and their struggle to resume normalcy after finding their kidnapped son nine years after he was snatched from a hotel lobby. In No Time to Wave Goodbye, the family is pushed to brink again after secrets long buried are uncovered. Mitchard wrote a column for the Milwaukee Journal for many years and had breakout success with “Deep End” when Oprah picked it for her first book club title. Mitchard, originally from Chicago, has lived in the Madison area for most of her adult life. While it’s understandable to think that most writers live “somewhere else”, some of them don’t. Some of them live among us and Wisconsin is blessed with some great writers. We try to support them here at the library by purchasing and promoting their books, hosting author appearances and featuring them in our book club. If you want any further information on the books mentioned here, or the authors try these links.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20090831/GPG0704/908310502

http://www.jacquelynmitchard.com/

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