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Volume 25, Number 1
January 2016    
"Cheeseheads" Premiere on Jan. 31
Mark your calendar now for this very special event! Mead Public Library will host the Sheboygan premiere of the film, "Cheeseheads: The Documentary," by filmmaker/producer John Mitchell, on the afternoon of Sunday, Jan 31.
"Cheeseheads: The Documentary" is the story of a manʼs journey to rediscover his Wisconsin roots after twenty years away. It also looks into the deeper meaning of being a Cheesehead, well beyond the clichéd notion represented in the media, and discovers that Wisconsin is a place like none other, filled with some of the most hard-working, passionate, and generous people on earth, who are obsessed with beer, cheese, and football, especially when all three involve the Green Bay Packers.
The film will be screened beginning at
2 p.m. at the Stefanie H. Weill Center For The Performing Arts in downtown Sheboygan, just a half block north of Mead Public Library. Those who attend will have an opportunity to "walk the red carpet" and may dress glam, showing Wisconsin spirit in your most creative way, or come as you are.       
From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., join John Mitchell for an after-party at Mead Public Library in the Rocca Meeting Room. Participants may meet and talk to Mitchell and autographed DVDs will be on sale for $20 with $5 going to purchase DVDs for public high schools and libraries in Wisconsin (cash or check only). Sample foods and beverages with a Wisconsin flair.

The "Cheeseheads" Sheboygan premiere screening and party are free and open to all, sponsored by the Mead Public Library Foundation and the Friends of Mead Public Library. The film is rated PG (all audiences) and is one hour and 52 minutes in length.

Mitchell explained how he created the documentary: "I toured Wisconsin for three years interviewing hundreds of 'Cheeseheads' from every corner, some well known, most not. I shot at factories, sports bars, and breweries, tailgated and toured museums. People even invited me into their homes to share their thoughts. I met with Mayors around the state (Tom Barrett and Paul Soglin for starters), US Senator Ron Johnson, as well as Gov. Scott Walker at the Capitol in Madison. Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler even got involved, as did Bart Starr, Chester Marcol, Dave Robinson, 'Outdoors Wisconsin' host Dan Small, actor Chris Mulkey, and many others.

"What started out as my journey to discover the Cheesehead passion, turned into the journey of a lifetime. This film is an intimate and humorous exploration of that sense of place that makes you who you are, about the amazing people you meet along the way, and about being a part of something bigger than oneʼs self."

Mead Wins "Common Heritage" Grant
Mead Public Library has received one of 38 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to bring historical records and artifacts currently hidden in family attics and basements across the country and make them digitally available to the wider public and for posterity. The grant is for $10,802.
Mead librarian, Debbra Voss, wrote and will administer the 18-month grant, "Preserving the History of Sheboygan through Digital Images." A series of "scan day" events in the community will help residents of the area preserve personal photographs, letters, memoirs, posters, artwork, and other items that represent the history and culture of the region. With the owner's permission, the materials will be made accessible through "Recollection Wisconsin," a statewide digital repository that contributes content to the Digital Public Library of America. 

The first "scan day" event will be held at Mead Library on Saturday, March 5; other events will be scheduled throughout the year and into 2017. Residents also will have an opportunity to make appointments to have their items scanned, or may contribute already-digitized images for preservation in "Recollection Wisconsin."
1911 base ball team
As part of the grant, Mead Library will collaborate with three other local history organizations. The Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum will develop an exhibit featuring selections from digitized sources. The library will host a six-part series of public lectures on local history by Beth Dippel, the director of the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center. Also, the Wade House will offer a related set of public events, "Restoring the Past," inviting visitors to participate in hands-on historic restoration activities.

This grant is among the first awards made under NEH's new Common Heritage grant program, which was created in April 2015 as part of "The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square," an agency-wide initiative that seeks to enhance the role of the humanities in civic life.

Common Heritage grants allow historical societies, libraries, archives, museums, colleges and other local institutions to host "digitization days" encouraging members of the public to share materials important to their family or community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, family letters, and works of art. These items will be digitized, along with descriptive information and context provided by the community participants. Contributors will receive a free digital copy of their items to take home, along with the original materials.

1904 Sheboygan Turners
NEH Common Heritage grants also support public programming that celebrates and expands knowledge of the community's past and the diverse histories of its members.

"We know that America's cultural heritage isn't found only in libraries and museums," said NEH Chairman William D. Adams, "but in our homes, in our family and community histories, and the stories and objects we pass down to our children. These new NEH Common Heritage grant projects will help capture this vitally important part of our country's heritage and preserve it for future generations."

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Up and Coming Events at Mead

Preschool Storytime, a 30-minute early literacy storytime for children age 3-5
Wednesdays, Jan. 6-May 18, 9:30 & 10:30 am

Wii Gaming Drop-in for grades 2-6
Wednesdays, Jan. 6 & 27, Feb. 3 & 24, 3:15-5 pm

Lego Club, drop-in fun for grades K-6
Wednesdays, Jan. 6 & Feb. 3, 3:15-4:30 pm

Science-4-Fun, hands-on science for grades 1-6
Wednesdays, Jan. 13 & Feb. 10, 3:30 pm

Sundown Storytime, 30 minutes of fun and learning for kids of all ages and their families
Thursdays,  Jan. 7-April 28, 6:30 pm

Art4Fun for grades 2-6. Learn, create, have fun
Wednesdays,  Jan. 20 & Feb. 17, 3:30 pm

Read to "Faith" the Therapy Dog
Mondays, Jan. 11 & Feb. 8, 6-7 pm

"Happy Birthday, Henrietta" BINGO with prizes and a treat, age 4-up, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 pm

Chess for Youth instruction for all ages
Wednesdays, Jan. 27 & Feb. 24, 3:30 pm

Little Listeners, 20-minute early literacy storytime, age 2-up
Thursdays, Feb. 4-April 28, 9:30 & 10:30 am

Princess & Pirate Party
Craft, ice cream treat and sing-along for ages 4-11 (dress up if you'd like) Preregistration required; 459-3400, x 3404, beginning Feb. 3
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 pm

Learn to use an Arduino microprocessor
to make interactive projects, 3D printer demo
Fridays, Jan. 22 & Feb. 19, 3-5 pm

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2:30-5 pm

"Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" movie
Monday, Feb. 15, 2 pm

For adults; no registration required. Pick up a copy of the book or reserve/purchase it yourself.

Books on Tap at Urbane Bar & Grill,
1231 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, Tuesdays, 6 pm
Feb. 2: "Provence, 1970: M.F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste" by Luke Barr

Nonfiction Book Discussion Group - With Leighanne Metter-Jensen, Tuesdays, 5:30 pm
Jan. 12: "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down" by Anne Fadiman
Feb. 9: "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande

Fiction Book Discussion Group - With Kim Dalhaimer, Thursdays, 6:30 pm
Jan. 21: "Green Road" by Anne Enright
Feb. 18: "Under the Volcano" by Malcolm Lowry

"Make It @ Mead" drop-in event for adults, teens, older kids with adults, supplies provided
Thursdays, 5-7:30 pm,
Feb. 4:    Knitting on a knitting loom

The Book to Art Club
Explore literature through discussion and hands-on
creative projects (supplies provided)
Thursdays, 6 pm
Jan. 14:    "Hogfather" by Terry Pratchett
Feb. 11:    "Unfathomable City" by Rebecca Snedeker and Rebecca Solnit

Spanish-English Conversation Groups
Improve your fluency in either language; participate/converse in English and Spanish.
Thursdays, Jan. 14 & 28, Feb. 11 & 25, 6-7 pm

The Loft Knitting Circle open to all levels. Bring a project; knitting help available.
Saturdays,  Jan. 9, Feb. 13, 1-3 pm

Poetry Circle with Karl Elder. Bring along poetry to read and discuss.
Wednesdays, Feb. 17, 6:15-8 pm

Discover and Download Mead E-content
Tuesday, Jan. 12 & Saturday, Jan. 16, 10:30 am
    (Overdrive for books, audiobooks, magazines)
Tuesday, Feb. 2 & Saturday, Feb. 6, 10:30 am
    (Hoopla for movies, music, comics, books, audiobooks)
Tuesday, Feb. 23 & Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:30 am
    (Freegal music and Zinio magazines)

Computer Basics offers help with word processing, e-mail , Internet and more.
Thursdays, Jan. 14 & 21, Feb. 11 & 18; 1-2 pm

Mead's 2nd Annual Cribbage Tournament
Two-handed games, round-robin format (approximately 9 games).
Prizes to top 2 finishers. Preregistration required;
call 459-3400, x 3422, beginning Jan. 4 (ending Jan. 21).
Saturday, Jan. 23, 9:30 am

"A Glimpse of France"
Learn about French culture through music, film and sightseeing with Debbie Desmoulin.
Fourth Tuesdays, Jan-April, 6:30 pm
Jan. 26:    Who Are the French?
Feb. 23:    Bienvenue to the Francophone World of Song and Dance

"Cheeseheads: The Documentary"
Sunday, Jan. 31 Sheboygan premiere
2 pm: Screening at Stefanie H. Weill Center
4:30 pm: After-party with director John Mitchell at Mead Library

Introduction to Watercolor
Hands-on concepts and techniques presented by Dionne Landgraf, assoc. professor of art at Silver Lake College. All supplies provided. Preregistration required; 459-3400, x 3422, beginning Jan. 11
Sundays, Feb. 14, 21 & 28, 1:30-3:30 pm

Adults can learn about health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Check the library's website calendar for dates and times of programs and enrollment opportunities.

Movies for adults, 1:30 pm
Jan. 4: "Angel and the Badman" (100 min)
Jan. 11: "Hundred Foot Journey" (122 min)
Jan. 18: "Ace in the Hole" (112 min)
Jan. 25: "War Horse" (146 min)
Feb. 1: "Age of Adaline" (109 min)
Feb. 8: "Heaven Can Wait" (120 min)
Feb. 15: "Singin' in the Rain" (103 min)
Feb. 22: "Mr. Holmes" (105 min)
Feb. 29: "The Sea Hawk" (127 min)

No registration needed for our programs (unless indicated). All of our events are free, thanks to funding from the Friends of Mead Public Library, the Mead Public Library Foundation, and the Kohler Foundation, Inc. (Make It @ Mead and Art4Fun). To request ADA accommodations, email to: meadweb@meadpl.org at least a week in advance. Mead Library may take photographs and video at programs. Notify a staff member if you do not want to participate.

Regular Hours:
Monday-Thursday  9-8   *   Friday & Saturday 9-5    *   Sunday 1-5
Closed Jan. 1 for New year's Holiday and Feb. 12 for staff in-service

Thanks to the Friends of Mead Public Library for sponsoring the distribution of this e-newsletter.