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Library Foundation Offers New Website

The Mead Public Library Foundation has launched its own website. You can see the site here to get information on the many ways that the Foundation, as well as the Friends of Mead Public Library, support the programs and services available to the public.
The new website is full of information about the library and the Foundation, funding accomplishments and priorities, and ways to support the library, including joining the Renaissance Society, volunteering or being an advocate. The website also offers a way to make a secure, online donation to the Mead Public Library Foundation. Take a look!
Volume 25, Number 8
August 2016    
Meet Your Makerspace!  
Makerspace, meet your makers... 
Let us introduce you to your brand new Mead Public Library Makerspace. Come see what is offered in motion!

Drop in and check it out at one of these introductory sessions: Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2 to 4 pm; Thursday, Aug. 18, 9 to 11 am; Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5 to 7 pm.  We'll have demonstrations and a brief orientation. Supplies and equipment will be available to use. The Makerspace is open to all ages, but children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. More details about the Makerspace and fall programs here. 
The equipment available in the Makerspace includes: Apple iMacs with Adobe Creative Suite software, Apple iPad Air 2 tablets, Canon PowerShot digital camera, Canon CanoScan flatbed scanner for photos and documents, digital video converter (VHS to digital copy), GoPro action camera, Wacom Cintiq creative pen and touch display, Ultimaker2 3D printer, Silhouette Cameo precision cutting machine, sewing machine, Arduino and Lilypad electronic prototyping kits, plus art, jewelry, papercrafting, fiber arts, and other craft supplies.

Equipment in the Makerspace was funded by the Kohler Foundation, the Friends of Mead Public Library, and the Mead Public Library Foundation. The Digital Media Lab is part of the Makerspace, and that equipment was funded by the Green Bay Packers Community Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (via a Library Services and Technology Act grant), and the Mead Public Library Foundation.  
Jim Gill to Appear in Concert
Mead Public Library will host children's performer Jim Gill as the first opening act at the Levitt AMP Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 5:30 p.m. The concert is free to the public with funding from the Kohler Foundation, Inc. The library also will offer coloring for all ages and garden-size games to play from 5 to 7 p.m. The location is the concert green space adjacent to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Jim Gill, an award-winning musician and author, offers more than a show to watch.  Each concert is an opportunity for family play! In concert, Jim strums energetic rhythms on his banjo while everyone claps, sings, dances and even sneezes along to the silly and inspiring musical games that he creates. The concert will feature songs from his newest CD release, Vote For Jim Gill!  Jim will also lead families in active favorites such as "Spin Again" and his "Silly Dance Contest!" Jim Gill's distinctive music play creates a family room experience wherever the concert is held.  Come and join in the fun!

Jim Gill is a musician and author with unique credentials among children's artists.  Jim is a child development specialist, completing his graduate studies in child development at the Erikson Institute of Chicago with a special emphasis on the study of play.  For this reason, each of Jim's recordings and books is created as an opportunity for playful interactions between a child and a caring adult.  Anyone who has experienced one of Jim's family concerts knows that rather than performing for the children and parents, Jim leads them to sing and play together.

Jim has released seven award-winning CDs of music play for young children that are favorites in family rooms, classrooms and playrooms.  Jim is also the author of two children's books.  His latest, A Soup Opera, is a sing-along opera inspired by concerts that Jim performs with symphony orchestras.  The book received an American Library Association award in 2010.

True Grit Schedule Available Soon!
Join with Mead Public Library this fall in a program from the NEA Big Read, "True Grit" by Charles Portis. All events are free and open to the public. Free copies of the book are available at all events and participating libraries beginning Sept. 16, while supplies last.
From the moment it was published, Charles Portis' True Grit earned acclaim from critics as a classic Western tale. In the decades since, readers of all ages and fans of all literary genres have fallen in love with the indelible voice of Mattie Ross, as she recounts her youthful quest to avenge the murder of her father with the aid of a down-at-heels federal marshal named Rooster Cogburn. The rousing adventure story inspired two award-winning films, but on the page, readers will discover fully the rich humor, inventive prose, and compelling characters that have made the book a masterpiece of American storytelling.
We have a full schedule of events, book discussions and movie screenings planned. A complete schedule will be available beginning Aug. 8 on the Mead Library website and in brochures at Mead Library.
First up is the chance to saddle up for The Dang-Its and Jessica's School of Dance.

Friday, Sept. 16 in the North High School - Commons.
From 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., git yer dancin' boots on! Instructors will help you learn to dance with that western flair.
From 7:30 to 9 p.m., enjoy a live performance by The Dang-Its: a little honky-tonk, a little western swing and a little Americana means a lot of dancin' and singin' for all! Come in your best western gear, or come as you are! A mighty thirst and hunger? The North High School Booster Club will be selling food and beverages.
The NEA Big Read also will feature an Old West Poetry Contest that begins on Sept. 15 with cash prizes for teens and adults.

Other events in September and October will include:
presentations by Mike Earp, retired U. S. Marshal and author of "U.S. Marshals: The Greatest Cases Of America's Most Effective Law Enforcement Agency"; "True Grit Live" with the Sheboygan Theatre Company; and Western-themed Mingle Mystery, plus book discussions and movie screenings.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Up and Coming Events at Mead


Movies for kids and families, Mondays,1 pm
Aug. 1:     "Open Season: Scared Silly" (PG)
Aug. 8:      "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" (PG)
Aug. 15:    "The Peanuts Movie" (G)

Drop-in Wii gaming for grades 2-6
Thursdays, Aug. 4, 11 & 18, 10 am to noon

Jim Gill in Concert for kids and families, Thursday, Aug. 4, 5:30 pm at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Festival Green (funded by the Kohler Foundation, Inc.)

"Make It @ Mead" drop-in, supplies provided.
Thursdays, 5-7 pm,
Aug. 4:   Coloring (at the JMKAC Festival Green)

Stop by for the Levitt AMP Sheboygan Concert on Aug. 4. Mead Library will host children's performer Jim Gill at 5:30 p.m. We'll also have coloring for all ages and garden-size games to play.


Gaming on Thursdays at 2pm
Aug. 4:      Jack Box Party Pack 2 (bring a smartphone or tablet if you can)
Aug. 11:     Mario Bros. Open Gaming

Monday Sports Movies for Teens
Aug. 8:        Bring It On, 2 pm

Tuesday New Release Movies for Teens
Aug. 2:      Jurassic World, 2 pm
Aug. 9:      Allegiant, 2 pm
Aug. 16:    San Andreas, 2 pm

Friday Retro Movies
Aug. 5:      Jurassic Park, 2 pm
Aug. 12:    The Village, 2 pm
Aug. 19:    The 'Burbs, 2 pm

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

Books on Tap at Urbane Bar & Grill, 1231 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, Tuesday, 6 pm
Aug. 2:    "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson

"Romance on the Rocks" Book Discussion at Luz de Luna,
920 Michigan Ave., Sheboygan, Tuesday, 6 pm
Aug. 16:    "Sustained" by Emma Chase

These programs preserve and highlight the heritage of the City of Sheboygan and are funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act. (Get more information about scan days on our website, by phone, or at the library.)

Scan Days by appt. only (459-3400, ext. 3422) Aug. 2 & 18; 9 am to 8 pm at Mead; Aug. 3, 10 am to 3 pm at the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center.

History of the City of Sheboygan Series -
With Beth Dippel, Sheboygan County Historical Research Center executive director
Third Thursdays, 6 pm
Aug. 18:   Sheboygan's Infrastructure: Scenic Parks to the Fire Department
Sept. 15:  Sheboygan's Historic Connections
All of our programs are free, thanks to funding from the Friends of Mead Public Library, the Mead Public Library Foundation, and the Kohler Foundation, Inc., and grants as specified. 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.

Summer Hours:
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.