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Skype Info Sessions
ACA Enrollment
Deputy Director to Retire
Survivor Shares Story
Program on Response to UFO Reports
Skype Info Sessions Set
Learn the basics of Skype, a service that lets you make phone calls, video calls, group calls and more, all over an Internet connection. Skype can be used to video chat with distant relatives or to interview for a job.

Sessions are set for Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.;
Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.

We'll have some laptops to practice on, but feel free to bring your own laptop, tablet or other mobile device.
Computers Available for ACA Enrollment
If you're interested in enrolling for health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, our public computers/wifi access are available. Information about enrollment and finding local help is on our website and available at the second floor Help Desk.

We're also planning public information sessions, so watch for dates and times.
Giant Book Sale in November
The Friends of Mead Public Library will hold a Giant Book Sale featuring DVDs, CDs, cassettes, gift books, some library "retired" books, and a good selection of older, unique books. Also for sale will be a large number of records from a private collection and many children's CD-ROMs.

The sale will take place in the library's Rocca Meeting Room on Friday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m.
New Legal Research Tool Available
LexisNexis Library Express gives you the same quick and easy access to information that professionals in business, law and government turn to every day.

LexisNexis Library Express is a powerful, Web-based research tool tailored for public libraries that delivers comprehensive news, business and legal information from over 10,000 of the most credible sources available.

This service is available on computers at the library, and by remote access through Mead's website.
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Volume 21, Number 6
November & December 2013   
Mark Zehfus

Deputy Director to Retire
Some 20 years ago, The Sheboygan Press published an article about a Mead reference librarian, also a Marine Reserve officer, headlined "Colonel Library." Now, as the "colonel," Deputy Library Director Mark Zehfus looks toward retirement at the end of 2013, he still connects his military and library careers. "I've had two great careers, serving with good people in both of them, and serving the public good." Zehfus left library school to join the Marines, but after an active duty career as an engineering officer stationed mainly in California, returned to the library field, joining Mead as a reference and cataloging librarian in 1989. In 2006 he became business manager and was later named deputy library director.

During his library career, he said the most significant change has been the demise of the card catalog "because that was with us for 100 years. For 10 years after it disappeared, people still asked for it. But the card catalog had rules and constraints, and to be able to do what we can do now with keywords and have results in seconds-that's what computers have done for us."

He added, "I think there should always be books on shelves, but I also think libraries have to change. I'm not sure what we have to change into, but if we stay with the old ways, we'll be obsolete, if not extinct."

As for retirement, Zehfus has a long list of books that he hasn't had a chance to read yet-in between plans for lots of outdoor activities.

Display Honors Renaissance Society Members
Next time you visit Mead Library, take a look at the beautiful new first floor display honoring the members of the Renaissance Society, donors to the Endowment Fund of the Mead Public Library Foundation. The Foundation helps to fund many programs and services, including the Sheboygan Children's Book Festival, Brainfuse homework help, Sheboygan Reads, and so much more.

Prospective members may either make an initial one-time contribution of $500 or pledge the same amount to be paid over a five-year period. As a Renaissance Society member, you will be invited to the Yuletide Gala to gather with fellow Society members, Friends members and library colleagues, all of whom are interested in the future well-being of Mead Public Library.

To join, or for more information about the Renaissance Society, pick up a brochure at Mead Library, or contact Library Director Garrett Erickson at 920-459-3400, ext. 3414, or Bernard Markevitch, the president of Mead Public Library Foundation. 
Holocaust Survivor
Shares Her Story
Regina Jacob, a Sheboygan resident and survivor of the Jewish Holocaust, decided she was ready to share her story of survival. She gave a signed copy of her account to be added to the Jewish Holocaust Collection in the Fela and Anschel Warschau Room at Mead Public Library.

The purpose of the collection is to acquire and make available materials about the Holocaust contributed from the personal collections and files of Sheboygan residents who survived the Holocaust and its aftermath.

Jacob wrote her testimony in 1996, but until now, had kept it private. The account begins, "All my sisters were killed by the Germans in Poland in World War II. There is no one of my family left."

The Warschau Room, located on the second floor of the library, is named for survivors Fela and Anschel Warschau. Fela died in 2006 and Anschel died earlier this year. Other Sheboygan residents who contributed items to the room when it opened in 2001 were Robert Matzner, Lucy Matzner, the late Morris Zelpe and the late Lucy Baras. 
Program on Government Response to UFO Reports

If you believe that UFOs are hallucinations or cases of mistaken identity, you have lots of company. Is it possible that the U.S. government encouraged that line of thinking- in order to keep the public from demanding serious answers about UFO sightings?


That question, and one answer to it, will be part of a presentation by author and professional speaker Richard Thieme, who will present a free, public program at Mead Public Library. It will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the library's Rocca Meeting Room.


The field of UFO research "is so full of nonsense that it has been discredited," said Thieme in an interview. "But we are painstakingly attempting to show that one can do serious research in this field."


Thieme is one of a team of researchers who wrote the book, "UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry." It describes how the military and intelligence communities responded, from World War II to the present, to credible reports from credible people of UFO sightings.


"How did the government respond to something they knew was real, yet decided to debunk to the public?" he said. "The CIA determined that UFOs were not a threat to national security, but reports of UFOs were and needed to be debunked."  An example of their success is that UFOs reported as news in respectable newspapers like the NY Times and Washington Post were gradually replaced by fantastic fanciful accounts in tabloids.


With nearly 1,000 footnotes, almost 600 pages, and five years of research, "this book is a work of history," Thieme said. "It is not about UFOs so much as the government's response to UFOs. With serious academic research, we connect the dots to show what was going on. It makes for a fascinating story and reads like a detective novel."


Before embarking on his current career more than 20 years ago, Thieme was an English literature instructor, then an Episcopal priest and holds two master's degrees. He now travels to speaking engagements all over the world, focusing on the deeper implications of technology, religion and science. He has spoken at computer conventions, security and intelligences conferences and to many government agencies, including the National Security Agency, the Pentagon, the FBI, the US Secret Service, and many universities and private businesses.


More than 1,000 people attended events at Mead Public Library as part of the annual Sheboygan Children's Book Festival. Events included presentations by authors and illustrators, character visits, a bookmark craft project, book signings and sales. A special feature this year was a set of author/illustrator "trading cards" given out to participants. Other Festival events were held at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and at Bookworm Gardens.

Up and Coming Events at Mead

"All About Skype" - Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1 p.m.

"UFOs and Government"
- With author Richard Thieme, Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.

Book Discussion Group
- With Joe Milicia, Thursdays, 2 p.m.
Nov. 7: "The Round House"
Dec. 5: "Telegraph Avenue"

Film Series for Adults
- Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m., "Widows' Peak"

Nonfiction Book Discussion Group
- With Leighanne Metter-Jensen, Tuesday, Nov. 12,
5:30 p.m., "Exploding the Phone"

Library Poetry Circle
- With Karl Elder, Wednesdays, Nov. 13 & Dec. 11, 6:15

Friends Giant Used Book Sale
- Friday, Nov. 15, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17, 1-5 p.m.

Fiction Book Discussion Group
- With Nanette Bulebosh, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 21: "Ford County"
Dec. 5: "Telegraph Avenue"

Mead Library Board
- Thursdays, Nov. 21 & Dec. 19, 3:45 p.m.

"Women Offenders: Why Should We Care?"
- With Linda Pischke and Rick Cawthon, Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m.

Download Library E-book Workshop
- Thursday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m. & Wednesday,
Dec. 18, 1 p.m.

International Games Day - All ages, board games and Wii games, Saturday, Nov. 16,
1-3 p.m., third floor

Storytime in Spanish
- With volunteer Dana Morales (all children and families welcome), Saturdays, Nov. 2 & 16 & Dec. 14, 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime - Wednesdays through Dec. 4, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

LEGO Club - Wednesday, Nov. 6 & Dec. 4, 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Wii gaming - Grades 3-6, Wednesdays through Nov. 27, 3:15-5 p.m.

Sundown Storytime - Thursdays through Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m. ("Dora the Explorer" play on
Dec. 12)

Little Listeners - Thursdays through Nov. 21, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

International Games Day - All ages, board games and Wii games, Saturday, Nov. 16,
1-3 p.m.

Art4Fun - With artist Mary Tooley, grades 3-6, Wednesdays, Nov. 20 & Dec. 18,
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Fox & Branch Family Concert - Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.

Preschool Dance Party - Wednesday, Dec. 11, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Movie for Kids - Friday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., call 459-3400, ext. 3404 for title information  
Persons with disabilities who need other accommodations should e-mail to meadweb@meadpubliclibrary.org at least 7 days in advance. Mead Library may take photographs and video at programs. Notify a staff member if you do not want to participate. Library programs are free to the public, funded by the library's Everhard-Forrer Fund and the Friends of Mead Public Library.

Regular Hours  Library Hours - Mon. - Thurs. 9-8   *   Friday & Saturday 9-5   *   Sunday 1-5
Library Closed on Nov. 28 & 29; Dec. 24, 25, 29, 31 & Jan. 1