April 2012
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The Newsletter of the
Winneconne Public Library

I hope you will enjoy the new format for our library newsletter. I switched to this format so that I could pass on library news and updates to more patrons than the newsletter reached in the past.

Introducing Winston Alfred Hedgehog


Picture of Winston, the Baby Hedgehog playing with his paper tube.

     Don't be alarmed if you see a new face in the library this spring. He's the newest member to the library family-our pet hedgehog, Winston.

     Winston was just a baby-about six weeks old when we first brought him into the library on April 16. He made his official debut on  Monday, April 23 with a baby hedgehog shower and new pet open house. More than 100 people came to meet Winston! Don't worry, if you weren't able to attend the shower, Winston is at the library taking visitors daily. In fact, he has entertained several students who've visited the library with their classrooms in May! 

     The library staff are all excited about the new pet, and so are many of the patrons! His arrival was announced via our facebook page a couple weeks before he arrived, and people have been buzzing about it ever since! As part of the preparation, the library staff included patrons in the process of picking out his name. Four names were chosen by library staff members to form a poll from which patrons could vote for the name they liked best. Winston won with overwhelming results!  


Top 5 FAQ's about Winston


Q:  How big is he going to get?

     A. Right now he is about the size of a softball when he rolls up tight. He won't get much bigger than that.


Q:  Does it hurt to touch him? Is he poky?

     A: No, he is very soft on the bottom, like a bunny. On top, when he has his quills down, petting him feels like petting a brush with plastic bristles. When he puts his quills up, they feel more prickly, but he is extremely friendly and only does that when he's startled, or when you wake him up from his nap! 


Q: How do you hold him?

     A:  The best way to pick him up is to scoop him in both hands from the bottom and lift up. It's easier to pick him up if he's wide awake. For Winston's safety, we are only allowing library staff to pick him up and hold him.


Q: Does he like to play?

     A: Yes! He LOVES to run. He likes to push ping pong balls around with his nose. He loves to crawl around in a cardboard tube. I even saw him try to bite a toy motorcycle once! He's a curious little guy.


Q: What is his favorite book?

      A:  Winston is still a baby, so he can't read yet, but he loves to be read to. He doesn't have a favorite book - yet. Can you recommend one?


Summer Reading Program Preview
Dream Big this summer at the Winneconne Public Library! Once again, we have an exciting line-up of performers and fun reading clubs designed to make your summer fun and engaging! For a sneak peek of the clubs we will be offering, visit our library calendar of events. Flyers with summer reading club descriptions are also available at the library or on our website.

You may begin to register for summer reading clubs at our kick-off event on Wednesday, June 6 from 1-4pm. At the kick-off event, we'll have a Meet & Greet with the Paws 4 Reading Therapy Dog teams! Meet Scout and Lilly before you read to them! You'll be able to make crafts and get your face painted, too.
 Dream Big Summer Reading Program Clipart
Ancestry.com Library Edition
The library now subscribes to ancestry.com library edition! This comprehensive database is free to patrons who wish to access it using library computers or the library's wireless internet service. 12 people recently attended a class introducing the resources of ancestry.com library edition with an emphasis on searching Census records taught by Mara Monroe, reference libraancestry.com library edition logorian at Oshkosh Public Library.  More classes may be offered in the future. Email the library director to express your interest and be put on a waiting list for the next class!
A Craft Club for Adults!
A couple of crafty patrons decided it would be fun to start a club at the library where people can get together to talk about and DO something they all love to do: making crafts! It doesn't matter if you are an expert or just getting started. It doesn't even matter what type of craft is your forte! This is a club for anyone who is interested in being creative and any level of talent picture of craft suppliesand skill. Just bring your supplies and your drive to get crafty! The first meeting of Hooks N Needles is Tuesday, May 22 from 4pm to who knows when?
News from the Friends of the Library


Annual Business Meeting and Volunteer Reception
The Friends of the Library held their annual meeting  Thursday, May 17. A chicken dinner was served, compliments of library staff. The dinner was our way to thank the Friends members for everything they do for the library, and also to thank all the library volunteers for the huge difference they make at the library. The meal was followed by the Friends Annual meeting, which gave highlights of the year past and introduced new ideas for the coming year. The Friends approved to purchase some new comfortable furniture as their contribution to one of the goals of the library's strategic plan: to make the library environment a more welcoming and comfortable place to encourage people to come and stay for awhile. Recognition was given to volunteers at the end of the evening. Anyone interested in learning more about the Friends of the Library or becoming a member may stop by the library for more information, or visit the Friends page on our website. An annual membership in the Friends of the Library costs only $5!

Used Book Sale
The Friends of the Library Annual Used Book Sale will be held the same weekend as the Chamber of Commerce Car Show.  On Saturday, June 2 from 9am - 4pm, you can shop the book sale for great bargains on books of all kinds!

If you've got extra books to spare, the library is accepting donations of gently used books to put in the book sale. Bring in your donations to the library between now and Thursday, May 31. Books must be in good condition. We will not accept National Geographic magazines.

Sovereign State Days Flea Market and Craft Fair
The Friends of the Library have taken on management of the craft fair and flea market at the annual Sovereign State Days celebration. If you are interested in having a booth at this event, please contact Friends of the Library President, Cheryl Baker or visit our website to download the flyer for more information.
Fundraiser Updates
The Friends of the Winneconne Public Library have been busy trying out new fundraisers this year! In addition to managing the craft fair at Sovereign State Days, they are selling VandeWalls chocolate bars and t-shirts with the library logo on them inside the library year-round! Just recently, they started selling kids t-shirts with depiction of our new library pet! They also have large and sturdy bookbags for sale.


As you can see, there are many exciting things happening at the library. We really are So Much More Thank Books! Come in and visit us today, or visit our website for even more details on what the library has to offer!
Holly Selwitschka
Director, Winneconne Public Library
Feature Articles

Meet our New Library Pet
Summer Reading Sneak Peek
Ancestry.com class
New Hooks N Needles Craft Club
Friends of the Library
Winston's Pictures
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New Items
Upcoming Events
 picture of craft supplies
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