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Artist-in-Residence, Stephanie LH Harvey

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Meet the Library's Artist-in-Residence, Stephanie LH Harvey

The library is excited to introduce our Artist-in-Residence, Stephanie LH Harvey! Through a generous grant from the Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival, Stephanie will bring art and education together at the Little Chute Public Library this Spring. During her time as artist-in-residence, Stephanie will teach three Street Art Workshops, create an original mural in the Little Chute Library, and lead a community mural project during Cheese Fest 2017.  Keep reading to learn more about Stephanie, her work, and all the great programs she's bringing to the library!

 

Artist’s Statement
I am often asked why I make art.  The answer always involves something the French sculptor Marisol said:  “I was born an artist. Afterwards, I had to explain to everyone just what that meant.”   Although I am always trying to figure out exactly how and why art is such an enormous part of my life, I do know the importance of an artist’s ability to send a message to the community.  For me, the traditional gendered roles need to be reevaluated.  In my art, I strive to do this in any way that I can.

Much of my recent work comes from my feelings of being pulled two very different ways because I am a woman.  I am torn between these two vividly different and wildly ensued people, or a place to call home in between the two.  There is a maiden-named, tattooed, wild painter with ink under her fingernails.  She glamorously drinks wine at gallery openings and self-expresses at any and all costs.  In opposition, sits the stay at home wife and mother of two.  An apron-clad woman who can wipe runny noses, organize a bake sale, and change a diaper in one motion.  


For me, personally, rejecting the traditional feminine rolls has its consequences.  Although I do not completely confine myself to the stereotypical housewife and mother, I feel pressure to demonstrate my womanhood.   I find myself baking cupcakes more than necessary, insisting to wear mascara most every day, and proving my proficiency in other “lady-like” activities, in an attempt to somehow overcompensate for being a feminist.  I wonder why I do not just think of myself as an artist, but as a female artist.  Much of my inspiration for my art comes from these gender-geared labels and the connotations that float around them.

Stephanie Harvey is a photographer and print maker with a passion for community art projects. She attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art, which is where she fell in love with printmaking. Much of Stephanie's work is based on the reevaluation of traditional gender stereotypes. She strives to make a stand for a more comprehensive understanding and acceptance while still trying to maintain a bit of lightheartedness about the subject. Stephanie enjoys the enthusiasm that comes from teaching children and exploring art.

                      

 

Upcoming Events
(visit the Calendar of Events for more details and links to register for Street Art Workshops)

Artist Preview - Now through March 2
See Stephanie's work and the work of other stencil artists, on display now at the Little Chute Public Library.

Meet the Artist- Monday, March 6th, 4:30-6:30PM at the Little Chute Public Library
Stephanie will begin work on her original mural in the Little Chute library. Visit with Stephanie, see what she's creating, and learn more about her art and upcoming classes.

Middle School Street Art Stenciling Workshop - Monday, March 27th, 1:00-3:00 at the Little Chute Public Library. Open to grades 6-8. Registration begins March 1st. Call the library to sign up, 788-7825.

Adult Street Art Stenciling Workshop - Monday, April 10th, 6:00-8:00PM at the Little Chute Public Library. Open to ages 18 and up. Registration begins March 1st. Call the library to sign up, 788-7825.

High School Street Art Stenciling Workshop - Monday, June 26th, 1:00-3:00PM at the Little Chute Public Library. Open to teens entering grades 9-12. Registration begins June 5th. Call the library to sign up, 788-7825.

 

Learning history of street art is just the start of getting immersed in the world of easily accessible art.  There really are endless possibilities for sharing and showing your art once you learn how to create and use stencils.   In addition to the actual process of creating reusable stencil art, we will also be focused on the principles of design and bettering yourself as an artist.  Class will end with brightening up a local area in our community. 

Cheese Fest Mural in Doyle Park - Stephanie will be creating an original mural in Doyle Park on Sunday, June 4th during Cheese Fest. Join her for this interactive art project to be a part of this community-created art

              

2017 Fox Cities Reads

Fox Cities Reads

Fox Cities Reads is happy to announce that Stella by Starlight by best-selling author Sharon Draper has been selected for the 2017 one book, one community reading program. Pick up a copy of the book and participate in discussions & events leading up to the author's visit to the Fox Cities April 4th & 5th, 2017. More information about the book & author can be found on the Fox Cities Reads website.

2016 Fox Cities Reads

Fox Cities Reads

Fox Cities Reads is happy to announce that Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by best-selling author David Sheff has been selected for the 2016 one book, one community reading program. Pick up a copy of the book and participate in discussions & events leading up to the author's visit to Little Chute on April 18th. More information about the book & author can be found on the Fox Cities Reads website.

Help for the Homeless

Help for the Homeless

Help ease the financial strain on area homeless and crisis programs by donating new hygiene items to area shelters. To encourage people to participate in Help for the Homeless, the library will be offering Fines Amnesty for items donated at the library from February 22nd through March 12th.

A Minion Reasons to Read: Winter Reading Program

Celebrate a ‘Minion” reasons to read this January! Join us for a Minion-themed BINGO-style reading program. Open to all ages, birth through adults. Read and complete activities to earn weekly prizes and a chance to win a grand prize.

Mary Janssen Silent Auction

Mary Janssen

The library will be holding a Silent Auction throughout the month of February consisting of artwork collected by Little Chute resident, Mary Janssen. Her family donated the artwork in hopes that it could be sold to raise money for the Friends of the Library (FOLKS), who support the library's collections, programs, and services. Stop by the Kimberly Library to make your bid(s) today!

Frozen: Winter Reading Program

Beat the winter blues! Join us for a Frozen-themed BINGO-style reading program. Open to all ages, birth through adults. Read and complete activities to earn weekly prizes and a chance to win a grand prize. Sign up begins Monday, January 5th - visit the Kimberly or Little Chute Public Library to pick up your BINGO card. The reading program will run from January 12 through February 7, 2015. 

Library Hours Changing in 2015

Due to long-term challenges with staffing 2 locations under current staffing levels and the desire not to cut funding for materials as has been done in the past, the Library Board made the difficult decision to cut open hours beginning January 5, 2015.

Display Space Available

Do you have a unique collection at home that you would like to share with your community? We have display cases at both library locations and are looking for people interested in sharing their talents and treasures. Enjoy this opportunity to share your collections and sign up today. Displays are for non-profits only. Contact Kathy at the library if you're interested - 788-7515 or 788-7825,

Kimberly Library Closed

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The Kimberly Library is temporarily closed due to the power outage from this week's storm. The Little Chute Library is open. Come on in if you need to recharge devices or to take a break from cleaning up from the storm.

Library Displays

Both library locations have display cases in which we either promote upcoming programs or share the work and talents of community members. These displays always offer visual and informative richness to your day, and we encourage you to visit often to see what's new. 

August 12th through September 21st we will host Art in Flight: An Exhibition of Carved Birds. The display will be representative of the work of woodcarving instructor Bill Wright and his students. Exhibitors will also be hosting a program in the Kimberly Civic Wing on August 14th at 6PM, and you are invited to meet the artists and learn more about woodcarving. For more information about the program, please call Bill Wright at 532-4429.

If you have a collection you would like to share in our displays, please call 788-7515 and ask for Kathy. We look forward to sharing your talents with the community!

National Library Week

Communities Matter - National Library Week 2013

Happy National Library Week!  We have several special events lined up for you: Spring Tales for kids; Fox Cities Book Festival authors - Jess RileyBarbara JoosseW.H. Beck, and Lesley KagenAfternoon Book Club; and Creative Community. Join us and help celebrate libraries, literacy, and lifelong learning at your local library!

World Book Night 2013

On April 23, 2013, 25,000 volunteers from Berkeley to Boston and Sitka to Sarasota will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across the country.  The Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library is proud to be a partner in World Book Night U.S. for a second year.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially printed paperbacks to light or nonreaders across the United States on one day. Volunteer book lovers help promote reading by going out into their communities and sharing free copies of books they love. The mission of World Book Night is to seek out those without the means or access to printed books.  Thirty-two diverse books were chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians through several rounds of voting. The printing of the free books was possible due to generosity of the authors, publishers, and book manufacturing companies.  
 
Six volunteers in our community will be picking up their books at the Kimberly Public Library and sharing them in locations as diverse as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, schools, food pantries, and more.  This year, our community members will be giving out copies of: 
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Middle School by James Patterson
  • Population 485 by Wisconsin author Michael Perry
Bestselling authors Ann Patchett and James Patterson are this year’s honorary chair-people. James Patterson said: “In my experience, when people like what they are doing, they do more of it. This is the genius of World Book Night — it gets people reading by connecting them with amazing, enjoyable books.” “I’m very proud to be a part of World Book Night,” Ann Patchett added.  “I’m all in favor of getting books into the hands of people who might not otherwise have access to them.”
 
Although it is too late to be a giver this year, those interested in participating in the future can sign up for updates on World Book Night 2014 online at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/
 
Visit the Kimberly or Little Chute Libraries to check out one of the World Book Night 2013 on display now!

Fox Cities Reads

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The 2013 Fox Cities Reads is underway! This year's author is Richard Louv, and two of his books, Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, have been selected for this year's Reads program. Join us for some fun Reads events taking place at the Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library during March and April 2013.

2012 Fox Cities Reads

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Join in our community-wide read of this year's Fox Cities Reads book, Make the Impossible Possible, by award-winning author and presentor, Bill Strickland. Find out more about the author and the book at www.foxcitiesreads.org