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Volume 25, Number 9
September 2016    
Many Events to Celebrate "True Grit"!  
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.

Join with Mead Public Library in a community read of True Grit by Charles Portis. All events are free and open to the public. Free copies of the book available at all events and participating libraries beginning Sept. 16, while supplies last. Check our website for more information on a full slate of free programs and events! NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Administrator Discusses Library
Meet Darrell Hofland, Sheboygan's new city administrator. Hofland was the city administrator in Grafton for almost 26 years, during a time of dramatic change there, he said in a recent interview. Grafton created a regional retail hub and medical center and Hofland also worked in the area of economic development, downtown redevelopment, and developing parks and open space.

Hofland said, "It's important for the city administrator to strive for balance between maintaining the rich cultural history and authenticity of the downtown area, and the need and desire for establishing sustainable goals throughout the entire city for the future."

As part of that plan, Hofland added, "We are looking at ways to provide not only essential or necessary services but also those additional amenities that improve citizens' quality of life. These are the kinds of things that are important in maintaining and growing our population base. For example, Mead Public Library is a shining example of an outstanding city service."

"Even with some recent cuts to the budget and staffing, Mead Library Director Garrett Erickson has done a commendable job in maintaining services, including customer service, and embracing technology as part of the solution," Hofland said. "Garrett has his eye on the long-term needs of public libraries in the area with his involvement with the Eastern Shores Library System and the potential system merger."

Hofland said he recognizes that Mead Public Library "continues to enhance its program offerings to attract additional patrons, including the community's youth and generations of lifelong learners. I am impressed with the strong relationship between the library and our school district. By the time they become adults, the library has become a comfortable, vital part of students' lives, a place to which they will then bring their own children."

He said that he is impressed at the level of support by the Mead Public Library Foundation, and also the Friends of the Library. "They play a critical role in underwriting the cost of construction additions and needed annual program funds," Hofland added.

Up and Coming Events at Mead

Read to Faith, the Therapy Dog
Tuesdays, Sept. 13 & 27; Oct. 11 & 25; Nov. 8 & 22; Dec. 6, 6 to 7 pm

Preschool Storytime for children age 3-5.
Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Dec. 14, 9:30 & 10:30 am

STEM Simple Machines for grades 1-6, intro to basics of engineering and physical science. Wednesday, Sept. 21, 3:30 pm

Sundown Storytime for kids of all ages and families
Thursdays, Sept. 29-Dec. 15, 6:30 pm

LEGO Club, drop-in fun for grades K-6
Wednesdays, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, 3:15-4:30 pm

Little Listeners for children 2-up
Thursdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 17, 9:30 & 10:30 am

Sheboygan Children's Book Festival, Oct. 7-9

Science-4-Fun, hands-on science for grades 1-6.
Wednesdays, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, 3:30 pm

Art4Fun for grades 2-6. Learn, create, have fun.
Wednesdays, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, 3:30 pm

Wii Gaming drop-in for grades 2-6
Wednesdays, Oct. 26 & Nov. 30, 3:15-5 pm; Nov. 23, 2-4 pm

Friendship Bracelet Make and Take
Friday, Oct. 28, 9 am-1 pm drop-in

Star Wars Character Visit, Saturday, Nov. 5, 1-3 pm
International Games Day, Saturday, Nov. 19, 12 to 2 pm

The Makerspace is open to all ages; children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

"Make It @ Mead"
drop-in, supplies provided.
Thursdays, 5-7 pm,
Sept. 1:   Sharpie Shibori
Oct. 6:    No-Sew Sock Monkeys and Plush Monsters
Nov. 3:   Cards for Holidays

Tinker Time
First Tuesdays, 2 to 4 pm; Third Thursdays,
9 to 11 am; Last Mondays, 5 to 7 pm.
Sunday Crafternoon
Second Sundays, 1 to 4 pm
Drop in during open studio time for self-guided tinker time or craft time. Supplies and equipment available, but feel free to bring your own.

Curiosity Labs with Sigma-Aldrich Corp. scientists featuring themed science presentations and hands-on group experiments on second Mondays at 6:30 pm. For older children and adults; register for each workshop at the www.meadpl.org events calendar.
Sept. 12: Chemiluminescence
Oct. 10: What is DNA?
Nov. 14: Flavors and Fragrances
Dec. 12: Water Filtration

ARTery Night in the Library
Thursday, Sept. 15, 5:30 to 7:30 pm drop-in
Create a tunnel book of your favorite escape, inspired by John Michael Kohler Arts Center's Escape Routes exhibit.

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, Tuesdays, 6 pm
Sept. 6:   "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"
Oct. 4:    "True Grit"
Nov. 1:   "Me Before You"
Dec. 6:   "Be Frank With Me"

Nonfiction Book Discussion Group - With Leighanne Metter-Jensen, Tuesdays, 5:30 pm
Sept. 13: "How We Got to Now"
Oct. 11:  "When Breath Becomes Air"
Nov. 8:   "Yes, Chef: A Memoir"
Dec. 13: "Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Justice"

Fiction Book Discussion Group -With Kim Dalhaimer or Violet Arndt, Thursdays, 6 pm
Sept. 19: "Trinity" (Kim)
Oct 17:   "Nightingale" (Kim)
Nov. 21: "Zazie in the Metro" (Violet)
Dec. 19: "They May Not Mean To, But They Do" (Kim)

Book Discussion Group - With Joe Milicia, Thursdays, 2 pm
Oct. 6:      "True Grit"
Nov. 3:     "My Brilliant Friend"
Dec. 1:      "The Night Circus"

Sheboygan History Scan Days by appt. only (459-3400, ext. 3422) Sept. 6 & 15, Oct. 4 & 20, Nov. 1 & 17, 9 am to 8 pm, at Mead Library. Bring City of Sheboygan photos and artifacts for preservation. Call for information on appointments at other locations.

Community Curated Brown Bag Lunch at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 11:30 am

History of the City of Sheboygan Series - With Beth Dippel, Sheboygan County Historical Research Center executive director
Thursday, Sept. 15, 6 pm: Sheboygan's Historic Connections
These programs are funded in part with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which administers the Library Services and Technology Act.

Gaming Tournaments
Mario Kart Wednesday, Sept. 14, 3-5 pm
Super Smash Bros. Wednesday, Oct. 26, 3-5 pm

Movies for Teens
Wednesday, Sept. 21: Captain America at 3 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 11:        Paper Towns at 3:30 pm
Thursday, Oct. 13:      Fault in Our Stars at 3:30 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 30:  Ghostbusters (2016) at 3 pm

Teen Tech in the Makerspace, 3-5 pm
Friday, Oct. 7, 3D Printing
Friday, Nov. 4, LEGO Mindstorms

 Sheboygan Teen Book Festival, Oct. 7-9

Teen Crafts in the Makerspace, 3-5 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 12: Perler Bead "Pixel Art"
Wednesday, Nov. 9:  Button Making

International Games Day drop-in
Saturday, Nov. 19, Noon to 2 pm

Movies for adults, 1:30 pm
Sept. 12: "Race" PG-13, 2016, 134 min.
Sept. 19: "The Intern" PG-13, 2015, 121 min.
Sept. 26: "True Grit" G, 1969, 128 min.
Oct. 3:     "Bridge of Spies" PG-13, 2015, 135 min.
Oct. 10:   "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2"  PG-13, 2016, 94 min.
Oct. 17:   "Concussion" PG-13, 2015, 123 min.
Oct. 24:   "The Finest Hours" PG-13, 2016, 117 min.
Oct. 31:   "The Big Short" R, 2015, 130 min.
Nov. 7:     "Hello My Name is Doris" R, 2015, 95 min.
Nov. 14:  "In the Heart of the Sea" PG-13, 2015, 122 min.
Nov. 21:  "The Choice" PG-13, 2016, 110 min.
Nov. 28:  "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"  PG-13, 2015, 136 min.

Computer Basics offers help with word processing, e-mail, Internet and more.
Thursdays, Sept. 8 & 15; Oct. 13 & 20; Nov. 10, 1-2 pm

The Book to Art Club
Explore literature through discussion and hands-on creative projects (supplies provided). Held in the ARTery in the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 6 pm
Thursday, Sept. 8: "The Patron Saint of Ugly"
Tuesday, Oct. 11:    "True Grit"
Thursday, Nov. 10: "The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend"

Poetry Circle with Karl Elder
Bring poems (including yours) to read and discuss.
Wednesdays, Sept 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 7, 6:15-8 pm

100 Thousand Poets for Change at Deland Home, 1107 N. 4th St.,
Saturday, Sept. 24, 1 pm, open mic
2 pm, Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin Poet Laureate
2:30-4 pm, music by Classic Racket

Producing "Sleep" Thursday, Sept. 29, 6 pm
With Anne Horjus, author/illustrator of the 2013 book "Sleep"  

The Loft Knitting Circle open to all levels 
Saturdays, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, 1-3 pm

Friends of Mead Big Book Sale
Thursday, Oct. 20, 9 am to 8 pm; Friday, Oct. 21 & Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 am to 5 pm

"The Unknown Craftsman: Creating, and Re-creating, Furniture Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright" Monday, Nov. 14, 6 pm, Program with Alan Anderson about the craftsmen who produced Wright's designs

The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Thursday, Nov. 17, 6 pm
Multimedia program with Beatles scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz

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.

Regular Hours Begin Labor Day:
Monday-Thursday  9-5   *   Friday & Saturday  9-8   *   Sunday 1-5 (Oct.-April)

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