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Summer Reading Signup Starts May 31
Mark your calendar now because registration will begin for Mead Library's Summer Reading program for all ages on May 31.

This year, everyone means everyone! There is no minimum age so even babies may join and the time spent reading to them may be recorded.

Registration will be online using links available at our website or in the June issue of this newsletter. Use your own computer or device to join, or stop in and we'll help you on one of our computers.

There will be prizes for children, for teens, and for adults, or the winners may choose a prize package that may be enjoyed as a family. The more you read, the better your chance to win a prize!

Also this year, we'll be counting the number of pages read by those participating in all of our programs. We're trying to hit a million pages so watch the progress at a display on the first floor of the library and....
On your mark, get set, read!

Volume 25, Number 5
May 2016    
Academy Talk to Feature Water Resources

The Mead Public Library Foundation will host a guest speaker from the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters on Tuesday, May 17,  in the library's Rocca Meeting Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A reception will be held in The Loft on the third floor beginning at 6 p.m.
Every day we draw upon the waters of Wisconsin for our sustenance and housekeeping, in our work and our play, as a source of health, prosperity, and inspiration. Flowing through our remote wild lands, our farms and forests, our small towns and suburbs, as well as our cities, water connects us. Wisconsin has a long tradition of careful stewardship of our waters, but we find ourselves facing long-standing challenges and emerging threats to our water resources and aquatic ecosystems. The state of our waters reflects our sense of shared responsibility for their health.

Curt Meine, Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will lead us in a critical discussion of how we are to sustain the waters that sustain us.

Fifteen years ago the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters convened a wide range of water users, scientists, managers, advocates, and policy-makers from across Wisconsin to examine the state of our waters and to recommend actions for improved long-term water stewardship. The Wisconsin Academy's Waters of Wisconsin initiative continues to bring people of varied interests together to focus, not just on the many discrete water issues we must deal with, but with the "big picture" of water in Wisconsin. How can we address our serious water issues before they become crises? How can we align our responses to the reality of the way water works in our landscapes? How can we do so in a time of diminished governmental resources? What emerging needs and opportunities do we have in our efforts to replenish and restore our waters? What can we do in our communities to be effective water stewards? The answers to these and other questions depend on a combination of scientific understanding, coordinated policies, ethical considerations, and practical actions. Even as we wrestle with our immediate water concerns in Wisconsin and beyond, Meine argues that, to sustain our Wisconsin waters for future generations and for all that depends upon them, we can and must develop a comprehensive approach to water stewardship.

Free to the public with advance registration recommended, this special talk is presented by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters in partnership with Mead Public Library with support from Wisconsin Public Radio.

Reception: Please join us for some light refreshment and discussion from 6 to 7p.m. prior to Curt Meine's talk. The reception will be in The Loft on the 3rd floor of Mead Public Library. The lecture and discussion will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rocca Meeting Room on the 1st floor of the library.

If you have any questions or want to modify your registration, please contact Aaron Fai at afai@wisconsinacademy.org or 608-263-1692 ext. 14.
(water photo credit: Curt Meine) 
Hands-on Fun & Learning at Sheboygan Connects

Mead Library held its second Sheboygan Connects event on April 16 with lots of hands-on fun and learning. Thank you to the Mead Public Library Foundation and the Friends of Mead Public Library for funding the event!

Thank you to the Friends of Mead Public Library for purchasing two sectionals (one shown here) to provide more comfortable seating for those enjoying our first floor Jerry Black's Café area. The purchase is in memory of Nancy Lewis, a long-time Friends volunteer and library supporter.
Up and Coming Events at Mead

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

Wii Gaming Drop-in for grades 2-6.
Wednesdays, May 4 & 25, 3:15-5 pm

LEGO Club, drop-in fun for grades K-6.
Wednesday,  May 4, 3:15-4:30 pm

Science-4-Fun, hands-on science for grades 1-6.
Wednesday,  May 11, 3:30 pm

Read to "Faith," the Therapy Dog
Monday,  May 9, 6-7 pm

Art4Fun for grades 2-6. Learn, create, have fun.
Wednesday, May 18, 3:30 pm

Chess for Youth instruction for all ages.
Wednesday, May 25, 3:30-4:30 pm

Learn to use an Arduino microprocessor to make interactive projects, 3D printer demo.
Friday,  May 20, 3-5 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, Tuesday, 6 pm
May 3:     "The Bees"

Book Discussion Group - With Joe Milicia, Thursday, 2 pm
May 5:     "The Piano Shop on the Left Bank"

Nonfiction Book Discussion Group - With Leighanne Metter-Jensen, Tuesday, 5:30 pm
May 10:    "Born to Run"

Fiction Book Discussion Group - With Kim Dalhaimer, Thursday, 6:30 pm
May 19:     "Dept. of Speculation"

 "Make It @ Mead" drop-in, supplies provided.
Teens and older kids welcome too.
Thursday, May 5, 5-7:30 pm: T-shirt craft projects (pictured)

Seasonal Floral Arrangements
Tina Nohl, from the Wreath Factory at Otter Creek,
will demo fresh and silk arrangements.
Thursday, May 5, 1 pm

Herbs for Nourishment and Health
with herbalist Linda Conroy.
First 20 participants may make and take an infused vinegar. Teens welcome too.
Tuesday, May 10, 6 pm

The Book to Art Club

Explore literature through discussion and
hands-on creative projects (supplies provided). Teen welcome too.
Thursday, May 12, 6 pm
"The Girl with All the Gifts"  

Spanish-English Conversation Groups
Improve your fluency in either language. Teens welcome too.
Thursdays, May 12 & 26, 6-7 pm

Computer Basics offers help with word
processing, e-mail, Internet and more.
Thursday,  May 12, 1-2 pm

Academy Talk 
with conservation biologist Curt Meine and hosted by the Mead Public Library Foundation
Tuesday, May 17, reception at 6 pm, program at 7 pm

"Sheboygan's Lakefront and Riverfront:
A City Defined by Water"

History of the City of Sheboygan Series - With Beth Dippel, Sheboygan County Historical Research Center executive director
Thursday, May 19, 6 pm

Movies for adults, 1:30 pm
May 2:          "About Time" (2013)
May 9:          "National Velvet" (1944)
May 16:        "Lassie Come Home" (1943)
May 23:        "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (2015)

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. (for Make It @ Mead and Art4Fun). To request ADA accommodations, email to: mead.as@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 (October-April)

Summer Hours begin Memorial Day:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday  9-5   *   Tuesday & Thursday 9-8   *   Saturday 9-1

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