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Lego Lab

Meets Every Fourth Tuesday from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Join us for Creativity and imagination in action! Work individually or in teams to create this month's challenge. We will have a new theme every month that will be revealed at the program. Please do not bring your own legos.

This program is for ages 7-12. Call the library for details at (920)596-2252.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm

Birkie Adventure

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 6:30pm

What’s a Birkie? Just the largest cross-country ski marathon in North America!

Brian Nischke will share some facts about the Norwegian roots of the American Birkebeiner, also known as the "Birkie" and tell a story or two about his experiences as a competitor in this event.
Stick around to sample some hot cocoa and Norwegian lefse.
Call the library for details at 920-596-2252

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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.

Author Event with Miranda Paul

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (All day)

Read Across America Week Features Children’s Author, Miranda Paul

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 1.  That is the day that children’s author, Miranda Paul, will be at Manawa Elementary School to speak with students, staff and community members.  Miranda Paul will be giving three presentations at Manawa Elementary School:
•    4K and K    12:00 - 12:30 p.m.    Story Time with Miranda
•    Grades 1-3    12:40 - 1:25 p.m.    What Does a Writer Do?
•    Grades 4-6    1:35 - 2:35 p.m.    Fiction vs. Nonfiction
The public is invited to join us for any or all of the presentations. 

Following the presentations, Miranda Paul will be appearing at Sturm Memorial Library for a Meet & Greet/Book Signing complete with cake from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Miranda Paul is a award-winning children’s author of One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. She currently has published eight children’s books with four more on the way (two in 2018 and two in 2019).  Her titles have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named to several recommended and “best of” reading lists. 10 Little Ninjas also was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month (August 2016). Miranda makes regular appearances at schools, libraries, and bookstores, and has been a guest presenter at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center along with environmental activist Isatou Ceesay. Miranda also serves as Mentorship chair for We Need Diverse Books™ (, volunteers for Books for Africa, and is a regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers (Wisconsin Chapter). She believes in working hard, having fun, and being kind. Learn more about her current and forthcoming titles at

Miranda’s visit to Manawa is part of Read Across America week activities planned by Manawa Elementary School and Sturm Memorial Library.  Please join us in welcoming Miranda Paul, a Wisconsin children’s book author, to Manawa.

by Jennifer Krueger, District Library Media Specialist

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Anime Club

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 3:30pm

Who: Teens grades 7+

What: Watch Anime, snack, and discuss

When: 3:30 p.m.

Where: Sturm Memorial Library meeting room