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We All Scream for Art Team

Years ago on a trip to The Netherlands, Husband and I attended a retrospective show of Hieronymus Bosch, one of Holland’s most famous artists. This was the first time all of the works by this 15th century artist would be in one place at the same time. After checking in to a scary hotel in Rotterdam we walked to the show and got our place in a very long line. We consoled ourselves over the disappointment of our hotel with the fact that we were attending a BIG event. Are we art scholars? Nope. Are we art experts? Nope. How did we know about this fairly obscure artist? The Little Wolf High School Art Team from some year in the 90s. I bring this story up now because the Art Team of 2016 took 1st place in the statewide competition last week-end in Madison, out-Arting (yes, I made up that word) fifty-three other teams. Hurrah! The competition is hosted by the Wisconsin Art Education Association and the teams are assigned various artists each year and enter different contests about those artists. This year’s theme was Art and Science and the teams were assigned these artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Rube Goldberg, Beatrix Potter, David Macaulay, David Goodsell, Camille Pissarro, Albrecht Dürer, Kate MacDowell, Theo Jansen, Ernst Haeckel, Alfred Hitchcock and Fritz Kahn. Sure, we’ve heard of some of these artists, but how many of us can say we’re familiar with all of them? Which brings me back to Hieronymus Bosch. Read more »

Join the Club!

The Library has had a book discussion group for over 15 years. We meet every other month and discuss a book and a whole lot of other things. We've read books from all genres, about people from all walks of life, and about places all over the world. It has been a fun and rewarding program for the Library and we'd love to have more people join us. Book Club meets on the 1st Wednesday of every other month at 4:00pm. The next meeting will be Wednesday April 6th when we'll be discussiing Jodi Picout's book Leaving Time. Please think about joining this worthwhile group. It's a great way to expand your reading tastes and your social circle. This summer the group plans to hold discussions out in the community and we'll be starting with Winemaker's Daughter some time in June. Read more »

Book Celebrity Sightings!

It has been a week long celebration of reading here in Manawa as both the schools and the Library had festivities to observe Read across America. This annual event held on March 2 (Dr. Seuss' birthday) has inspired the love of reading in generations of children. Manawa Elementary School observed the celebration by designating each day of the week something special and fun. Thursday was "Dress as your favorite book character" day. These clever kids came to the Library after school to show us their costumes of their favorite characters. We were excited to have Thing 1 and Thing 2 and Junie B. Jones, Ninja Turtle, Fancy Nancy and Hermione (Harry Potter's good friend) visit the Library. Nothing makes us happier than seeing familes get excited about books. This community always makes a special effort to celebrate Read across America and the tradition will continue for years to come. Keep on reading!

Reading Celebration!

Why is the famous cat created by the beloved Dr. Seuss featured in this logo for Read across America? Because this national event is celebrated on the birthday of American's most well known children's author. Read across America is the signature event of the National Education Association and has become a tradition in schools, libraries and bookstores across the nation. Sturm Memorial Library celebrates this day each year by hosting a special event after school to get school aged children fired up about reading. The Library always has new copies of Dr. Seuss's books on hand for families to check out after the event and take home to read together on this special day. We  will also take the Readers Oath and enjoy birthday cake in honor of Dr. Seuss. Reading is the foundation to a successful life and Read across America is one way to inspire young people to engage in the reading life.