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Summer Hours to Change
Mead Public Library's summer hours this year will change.

The library still will be open two evenings a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but the open evenings will be Tuesday and Thursday (instead of Monday and Wednesday).

Being able to visit the library will add to the summer fun being planned on Thursday evenings in downtown Sheboygan.

Keep up with what's happening on 8th St., across the street from Mead Library with our "Mead Cam" video stream. Check it out at Mead's website.

Money Smart Events at Mead
Watch for more information on Money Smart Week events at Mead Public Library. Money Smart Week 2015 will take place April 18-25 with many programs to be held in the community.

At Mead Library, the tentative schedule includes programs on Monday, April 20 and Wednesday, April 22, and Saturday, April 25; children's programs on Wednesday, April 22, during the day and Thursday, April 23, in the evening, and a program for teens on Wednesday, April 22 after school.

More events may be added at Mead as well. Watch for schedules of all Money Smart Week programs in April.

Volume 24, Number 2
March & April  2015     
Time-Saving Self-Serve Options Offered
Mead is now offering two new self-serve options for patrons, both funded by the Mead Public Library Foundation to improve customer service.

You can now pay late fees right at self-check on the first floor of the library. A new machine (at one of the terminals) will take cash or credit to clear your account.

And, you can now pick up your own reserved items. After you're notified that you have a reserved item being held for you, stop in and pick it up at our new self-serve area (located just south of the Customer Service desk). Your items will be labeled with the first four letters of your last name and are coded so that only you can check them out. You may either use the self-check or take your items to Customer Service for checkout. (You will still need to pick up and check out Interlibrary Loan items -ordered through Wiscat from libraries outside of Eastern Shores Library System - at the desk.)

Both of these new services are intended to eliminate the need for customers to wait in line while giving our staff members more time to spend with patrons who need/want personal assistance. Help with using these new services is always available at Customer Service.

Learn to "Make It" with Tech Devices
Make It @ Mead continues on the first Thursday of the month, 5 to 7:45 p.m., in The Loft, with some special programs coming up. Make It @ Mead is a makerspace drop-in. In addition to special monthly features, you're welcome to bring your own project, or use our materials and make things. Many thanks to the Kohler Foundation, Inc., for a grant to purchase supplies and equipment.

On March 5, stop in to play with Arduinos and LilyPads. A tiny yet powerful microcontroller, the Arduino is an open-source, programmable microchip housed on a circuit board that fits in the palm of your hand. The Arduino can be programmed to drive components such as sensors, LEDs, and motors in order to build digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world. Typical beginner projects include simple robots, thermostats and motion detectors.

The LilyPad is a similar device, but is designed for wearables and e-textiles. It can be sewn to fabric and similar materials with conductive thread.

On April 2, take a look at our new Ultimaker2 3D printer! 3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. An object is created by laying down successive layers of filament material until the entire object is created.

It all starts with making a virtual design of the object you want to create. To prepare the digital file created in a 3D modeling program for printing, the software slices the final model into hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers. When this prepared file is uploaded in the 3D printer, the printer creates the object layer by layer.
Wisconsin Theater Topic of Academy Evening
This year's Academy Evening will feature an evening with American Players Theater's David Frank. It will be held on Tuesday, April 28. His presentation is: "From Clash to Consensus: A History of Wisconsin Theater."

Frank tells the story of how he left the British theater for America in 1966 and how he has spent a career reconciling the self-conscious, English approach to theater with the wild innovations he found on the American stage. He recently retired from the American Players Theater where he served as Artistic Director for 23 years and Producing Artistic Director for the past seven years. In 2014, Frank was inducted into the Wisconsin Academy Fellows, which recognizes the best and brightest our state has to offer.

This special talk is free to the public, presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters in partnership with Mead Public Library and UW-Sheboygan. This is the culminating lecture in UW-Sheboygan's 50th Anniversary Lecture Series.

Join us for some light refreshments and discussion from 6 to 7 pm, prior to David Frank's talk, in The Loft on the 3rd floor of Mead Library.

The lecture and discussion will be from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Rocca Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the library.

Registration is encouraged but not required.

Up and Coming Events at Mead


Monday Movie Matinee
- Mondays at 1:30 pm
March 2:    "Here Comes Mr. Jordan"
March 9:    "Murder, My Sweet"
March 16:    "Nothing Sacred"
March 23:    "49th Parallel"
March 30:    "Prisoner of Zenda"
April 6:    "Angels in the Outfield"
April 13:    "Written on the Wind"
April 27:    "The Shop Around the Corner"

Sheboygan's WWII German POW Camps - With Bill Wangemann, Monday, March 2, 6:30 pm

"Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region" -
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from UW-Madison,
Tuesdays, March 3, 10 & 17, activities
Thursdays, March 5, 12 & 19, discussion
Programs begin at 1:30 pm; register for MOOC here

"Books on Tap" - Book discussion at Urbane Bar and Grill, 1231 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
March 3: "Grasshopper Jungle"
April 7: "Station Eleven"

Wisconsin Maritime Museum Brown Bag - Wednesdays at noon
March 4: "WW II Submarines in Wisconsin" with Karen Duvalle
April 1: "Our Maritime Environment" with Rolf Johnson and Wendy Lutzke

Affordable Care Act Info/Enrollment - Wednesdays, 1 to 5 pm

Book Discussion - With Joe Milicia, 2 pm
March 5: "Remarkable Creatures"
April 2:   "White Teeth"

"Make It @ Mead" - Makerspace program, Thursdays, 5-7:45 pm
March 5: Arduino & LilyPads
April 2: 3D Printing

"Celebrating Aldo Leopold" - Saturday, March 7, noon to 3 pm, with DNR wildlife biologist Jeff Pritzl, including screening of "A Fierce Green Fire" at 12:15 and discussion of phenology at 1:45

Spanish-English Conversation Groups - Mondays, March 9 & 23, April 13 & 27,
6 to 7 pm

Nonfiction Book Discussion Group - With Leighanne Metter-Jensen, Tuesdays, 5:30 pm
March 10: "Salt: A World History"
April 14: "I Am Malala"

"Exploring Wisconsin's Outdoors" - Two-part series with David Kuckuk, 6:30 pm
Tuesday, March 10: Thousand Mile Trek on Wisconsin Ice Age Trail
Thursday, March 26: 625-Mile Exploration of Wisconsin Waters

Drop-in Computer Basics - Thursdays, March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23, 1 to 2 pm
Book to Art Club - Thursdays, 5:45 pm
March 12: "Ready Player One"
April 9: "Code Name Verity"

Shakespeare and the History of Modern Theatre - Three part series for teens and adults with Sheboygan Theatre Company Managing Director Tom Berger, Saturdays, March 14, 21 & 28, noon to 1:30 pm

The Loft Knitting Circle - Saturdays, March 14 & April 11, 1 to 3 pm

Mead Seed Library Launch - Learn about seed saving, sponsored by Ivy League Garden Club, Monday, March 16, 6:15 pm

Fiction Book Discussion Group - With Nanette Bulebosh, Thursdays, 6:30 pm,
March 19:  "Girls of Slender Means"
April 16: "From Here to Eternity"

"Echoes from Our Past: A History of Sheboygan in Five Parts"
Illustrated presentations by Bill Wangemann, Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 pm
March 18 : "War and Prohibition"
April 15: "Era of Great Change"

Library Poetry Circle - With Karl Elder, Wednesdays, March 18 & April 15, 6:15 pm

Mead Library Board - Thursdays, March 19 & April 23, 3:45 pm

BookStore Clearance Sale - Saturday, March 28, 9 am to 5 pm

Friends Annual Meeting - Thursday, April 9, 6:30 pm

Friends' "Everything But Books Sale II" - Friday, April 10, noon to 5 pm; Saturday, April 11,
9 am to 5 pm; Sunday, April 12, 1 to 5 pm. CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, more.

Academy Evening - "From Clash to Consensus: A History of Wisconsin Theater" with American Players Theater's David Frank, Tuesday, April 28, 7 pm


Wii Super Smash Bros. Tourney - Wednesday, March 11, 3 to 5 pm

Arduino Drop-in - Fridays, March 6 & 20, April 10 & 24, May 8 & 22, 3 to 5 pm

Movies for Teens -
Tuesday, March 10, 3:30 pm, "Guardians of the Galaxy"
Thursday, March 12, 3:30 pm, "Hunger Games Mockingjay Pt.1"
Monday, March 30, 2 pm, "If I Stay"
Thursday, April 2, 2 pm, "Interstellar"

Most adult programs also welcome teens. Call 459-3400, ext. 3422 for information.


Preschool Storytime - Wednesdays through March 18 & April 8-May 6; 9:30 & 10:30

Wii gaming - Wednesdays, March 4 & 25, April 22& 29, 3:15-5 pm, April 1, 2-5 pm

LEGO Club - Wednesdays, March 4, 3:15-4:30 pm, and April 1, 2-5 pm

Little Listeners - Thursdays through April 23, 9:30 & 10:30 am

Sundown Storytime - Thursdays through April 23, 6:30 pm

Science-4-Fun - With Dr. Angelika Henke of Elementastic Science, Wednesdays,
March 11 & April 8, 3:15 pm, grades 1-6

Art4Fun - With artist Mary Tooley, Wednesdays, March 18 & April 15, 3:30 pm, grades 2-6

Make and Take Mustang Model - Saturday, March 28, 9:30 and 11 a.m., grades
1-6, signup required; call 459-3400, ext. 3404 beginning March 16

"Big Hero 6" Movie - Tuesday, March 31,10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Persons with disabilities who need other accommodations should e-mail to meadweb@meadpl.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, the Mead Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of Mead Public Library.

Regular Library Hours -
Mon. - Thurs. 9-8   *   Friday & Saturday 9-5   *   Sunday 1-5
Closed on Friday, April 3, and Sunday, April 5