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      August-September 2013 Edition

Welcome to Our Library's Newsletter!

With all the fundraising for the library and all the support of the Summer Reading program to highlight and celebrate in this edition of the newsletter, you'll be reading many, many thank yous. Consequently, I found myself feeling lucky and grateful to work at our library. Seeing first-hand how the community comes together to make the library vibrant is a wonderful thing. And being able to see those efforts in conjunction with the Summer Reading Program really drives home the reason why the library is such a positive force. The act of people becoming excited about lifelong learning and reading, people becoming engaged with communication and each other--sometimes it staggers me. I love to hear "library stories". I love it when people share with me how the library, or reading, has bettered their lives. It lights up their entire faces when they tell their stories. Sometimes it's a simple story about the quality of their lives: a retired person finally has the time to read and picks up a book, gets hooked on an author, and discovers a new passion. Sometimes it's a more elemental story: a person finds a job because the library has Internet and the staff help them fill out online applications. And sometimes, like for me, it's a story about a child's education blossoming through reading. My personal story is that I was a terrible student. C's and D's all through early elementary until one day I picked up the book, "Watership Down", by Richard Adams. I devoured it, fell in love with it, read it over and over. It was way past my reading level, but it didn't matter. I started reading--that was the book that did it. And my grades changed. I went from being a horrible student to becoming an honor roll student. How can I not love libraries? Opportunity is inside of those books and those computers. So be informed, be entertained, and read on Wautoma. I know you have a story to share.

-Nicole Overbeck,

Wautoma Public Library Director 


Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program was lively, educational, and downright fun! Over 85 children signed up and everyone really dug into reading!  Please take the time to thank our sponsors by visiting them. Clicking on an icon below will direct you to their websites for more information about these fine establishments. Without their help, the Summer Reading Program would not have been possible.

Thank you also goes out to Susan Courter, geologist from Everyday Rocks; the Camp Parkside Kindness Zone; Barb Barker from UW-Extension 4-H; Jean Jenks; Mary Adams; Crystal Ascher; Noel DeVito; Christina Blaszczyk; Cassandra Laykovich; and all participants that made this a summer to remember. Thank you all from the Wautoma Public Library.


Taste of Wautoma

The Taste of Wautoma was a lovely evening. 164 attended, raising $5,104.50 for the library. Please visit the restaurants who donated their talents and time to show our appreciation: the Moose Inn, Stoneridge Piggly Wiggly, Heath Farm Market, Candle Freak Gallery & Gifts, Dairy Queen, Culvers of Wautoma, El Popo Tienda Mexicana, and Mt. Morris Mill & Coffee Shop. Likewise, acknowledgments are owed to Pioneer Floral and the Waushara Argus for helping; as well as to Thrivent Financial Cares for donating $300 to the library. Last but not least, our appreciations go to all of the wonderful silent auction donors, volunteers, and attendees. This night could not have been a success without everyone's help.


Book and Bake Sale

Food! Friends! Books! On August 10th in the back meeting room, the Friends of the Wautoma Public Library will be hosting our annual book and bake sale during Augustfest. For this event we gather donated books, movies, music, and more the entire year long. Everything we couldn't fit in the ongoing Friends of the Library book sale room will finally be up for grabs. Plus, there will a wide assortment of sweets and bakery.


Kant & Kent Super Storytime

As seen at the library in Wild Rose, duo Kant & Kent are coming to Wautoma for a Super Storytime on Friday, September 20th at 4:00pm. This program is recommended for children ages 6 and younger. Join the team of Mr. Kent from Wild Rose and Miss Erin (Kant) from Wautoma Libraries for not-to-miss stories, puppets, felt, fingerplays, drawing stories, songs, craft, and more!


Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

Please join us for the Friends of the Wautoma Library's annual meeting on Thursday, September 26th at 11:30am. The Friends provide financial assistance for items and activities not covered by the budget such as furnishings and equipment like the video surveillance system and the Children's DVD rack. Members promote wider use of the library and encourage gifts, endowments, and memorials to the library. As a Friend you can:

* Donate baked goods, books, or other library materials

* Volunteer a few hours a week as a library aide            

* Assist at the Holiday Open House & Augustfest booksale 

* Have a special talent or expertise for a library program
* Serve on a committee or be a board member  


Games Galore

Love games? Then here is the group for you! This new program, Games Galore, is going to meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 4:15-5:15pm. Games Galore is open to 12-16 year olds. Board games, card games, video games, group-created games... be creative!


Canning Class

Is this the year you're going to learn how to can vegetables, make pickles, or freeze corn? Or maybe you just need to refresh on the basics of food preservation because you want to preserve some of the summer's harvest? Then you are in luck because three classes will be offered at the library through UW-Cooperative Extension:


*Pickling, Wednesday, August 28 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

*Canning Vegetables, Wednesday, September 11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

*Freezing & Drying Foods, Monday, September 23 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.


You won't want to miss it! Space is limited so call (920) 787-2988 to reserve your spot.


Signed Packer Football

Soon available for viewing at the library... a signed Packer football! This official NFL football has been signed by Green Bay Packer #89 Wide Receiver James Jones and has actually been played in a Packer game. This special football was awarded to Wautoma Public Library for being a winning library in this Summer's "Leap into Reading" program sponsored by the Packers, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Edvest Wisconsin's College Savings Plan. Watch for the football, going on display soon!


 Prairie Poster Art Challenge

As a part of the Prairie Enthusiast's September 7th Prairie Day Festival, the Prairie Sands Chapter of the Tri-State Prairie Enthusiasts organization and the Marquette and Waushara County Libraries are having a children's Prairie Poster Art Challenge from August 8th-August 27th for children ages 2-18. A prairie is a grassland community of many different interconnecting lifeforms. The Prairie Enthusiasts are looking for posters that reflect this diversity and interconnectedness. Poster forms are available at the library.


Key Club Kid's Hour

The Key Club Kid's Hour is going to be on Monday, August 26th from 10-11am. The exciting theme this time is going to be animals. Geared towards children of preschool and early elementary ages, do not miss joining in on the fun crafts, activities, and more.


What's Wautoma Reading Now?

Share what book or audiobook you're reading or listening to by writing a review! To be a part of the fun, pick up a review sheet next time you're at the library or reply to this newsletter with "Review Sheet" in the subject heading to have one e-mailed to you.
What's Wautoma Reading Now? is open to everyone! All ages, all titles! Here are your reviews!

Review #1

Erin Kant         

Erin enjoys reading: picturebooks and YA titles. 

Book: World War Z 

Author: Max Brooks   

Erin says, "The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. The author is on a quest to chronicle its history by interviewing survivors from around the world about their experiences. Though I was expecting more quick-paced action and gore, World War Z is very imaginative and the audiobook was fun because it has a full cast including stars such as Alan Alda, Carl Reiner, and Mark Hamill."  

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Review #2

Tom Pawlacyk
Tom enjoys reading: new mysteries.
Book: Silken Prey
Author: John Sandford
Tom says, "If you are a fan of Sandford's 'Prey' series, you won't want to miss this one. If you've never read any books in the series (about a cop in Minneapolis), you shouldn't read this one - because then you'll want to visit the library to borrow the first 24 'Prey' novels, and will spend all summer reading!"

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Review #3

Nicole Overbeck
Nicole enjoys reading: survival/true stories, sci-fi and fantasy, thinkers, humor, and romance.
Book: Lifeboat
Author: Charlotte Rogan
Nicole says, "Life and death decisions collide with right and wrong. A good book for discussion as issues of the cost of survival vs. ideals of humanity; gender; class; and personality arise. Interesting read."

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Day Book Club
The Day Book Club meets every second Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm. New members always welcome.
Evening Book Club
The Evening Book Club meets every second Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. New members always welcome. 
August 8th - Wild by Cheryl Strayed

September 12th - The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

October 10th - Here If You Need Me by Kate Braestrup

6th-8th Grade Book Club

The 6th-8th Grade Book Club is back! Once called the "Smashing Spiders," this group is deciding on a new name. Please also note the new day and time as well: club meets are now on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 4:15-5:15pm.

September 10th & 24th - Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

October 8th & 22nd - When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

November 12th & 26th -  


Monday - Wednesday: 9-6
Thursday: 9-7
Friday: 9-6
Saturday: 10-3
Closed Sundays

Contact Information  
Wautoma Public Library 
410 West Main Street 
Wautoma, WI 54982 
(920) 787-2988 
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