Tidbits, Tips, & Tidings

Suggestion Box: Hours

We get requests about the library's open hours fairly often. Some people want earlier, some later, some more hours on the weekends. Here's the latest:

For the record, we would love to be able to open earlier in the day (and every night of the week)! However, we only have funding to support a certain number of hours per day/week/month, and the current funding won't support adding hours. In fact, at the beginning of 2015, the library had to cut hours of service because approved staffing levels couldn't support the number of hours the library was open. This is further complicated by the fact that we have two locations to service rather than one.

When we made the change in January of this year, we examined traffic patterns - both in check outs and in door counts, providing service to people of all ages, and how to keep both library locations open as much as possible. While some might want the library open earlier in the day, traffic use also indicates that use in the evening is as strong as morning activity. We also need to be available at hours when students may be coming in to find homework resources. In addition to those factors, we need to be cognizant of library programming - when do we offer story time and how long do evening adult programs typically run. It's no easy feat to figure out the ideal schedule for all people, and we realize that we won't be able to make everyone happy.

We appreciate the input, so keep it coming! If there's a big push for earlier open hours, we can re-examine our current schedule to see if there's any way to accommodate the requests. Not all things will be possible due to our budget constraints, but we are willing to constantly review and ponder different solutions.

Banned Books Week 2015

Banned Books

Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries and schools. Celebrate the freedom to read what you want, and the library’s promise to help make that possible, during Banned Books Week, September 27 - October 3, 2015. Visit the library to check out a frequently challenged title, now on display.

New InfoSoup Coming Soon!

We are excited to announce a new upgrade to the InfoSoup Catalog. The official launch date is September 14th, but you can start using the New InfoSoup now. We hope you'll like some of the new features, especially having related journal articles appearing in search results and the ability to check out digital materials without having to leave the catalog. 

Give it a try at http://search.infosoup.org and learn more about the changes at http://infosoup.info/new.

As with anything new, there may be a few kinks to work out as we settle into the new catalog. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions!

How to Keep Track of Library Events

The library has wonderful, FREE programming for all ages available year 'round, and it can be hard to keep track of it all in the midst of other opportunities that are available in the Fox Cities. We have a few different ways for you to stay informed about library events and hope you'll take advantage of them.

  1. Like the library's Facebook page and subscribe to our events. You can subscribe to our events by scrolling down on our Facebook page and looking for "Upcoming Events" in a box on the left. Simply click on the Subscribe button, and you'll receive our event posts in your feed.
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  2. Twitter user? Follow our Twitter feed for posts about upcoming events, library tidbits, and more.
  3. We also have an email newsletter that is sent out biweekly. It includes events, book club selections, and other highlights about library services. Sign up here if you'd like to give it a try.
  4. Watch the library's website homepage for program highlights or check the website calendar.

If you have suggestions for programming you would like to see at the library, please post in the comments and we'll see what we can do!

Strike a Pose!

Feeling your super powers strengthening this summer from all of the super reading you've been doing? Well, here's your chance to show them off and share your creativity at the library! Join in our super reader photo contest, Strike a Pose. Here's how.

Like the Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Facebook page and join the event #BamPowRead. Post a photo to the event wall, taken in the library, showing us your best super reader pose by July 24.

Visit the event page to vote for your favorite entry from July 27-31. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners!

General Information

  • Contest begins July 6, 2015 and will run through July 24, 2015. Voting (Liking) will take place July 27-31.
  • Anyone is welcome to participate in the contest.
  • All entries must be submitted to the Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Facebook event page titled #BamPowRead or by email to kim [at] mail [dot] owls [dot] lib [dot] wi [dot] us.
  • Voting (liking) closes at 11:59PM on July 31.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, August 3rd via Facebook message. (First, second, third place prizes will be awarded.)
  • Winning entries will be displayed at the library.


  • Any photographs depicting violence, nudity, profanity, and/or lewd gestured will not be posted and will be automatically disqualified from the contest.
  • Cameras will not be provided.
  • Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  • Hard copy photos will not be accepted.

Have some fun as a family and show us how "super" you think the library is. Show us your super reader powers this month!

Fun Summer Science

Here's a random little tidbit for you, just in time for the July 4th weekend... We all enjoy grilling and enjoying the fabulous summer sun, but did you know you can cook outside with solar energy that won't require using gas or charcoal?

I recently ran across an article on how to build a solar-powered oven out of a pizza box. The article described how to make s'mores with simple materials you can (mostly) find around your house. Give it a try with your family over the long weekend, and post your results in the comments.

Think we should try this at the library? Maybe we will!

Poolside Page Turners

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Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy a good read by the pool or on the beach. After hunting around online, I found some great suggestions for page-turners that will keep you entertained on these sultry, sunny days we've been enjoying lately. See anything familiar? Or something new? Give one a try and suggest some of your own in the comments. 

Many of these titles are available as audiobooks, too - perfect for a summe road trip! Happy reading!

Kimberly Memory Project Videos

I am happy to announce the release of the Kimberly Memory Project Video Interviews collection!

Thanks to our awesome volunteer, Mary Lamers, the Kimberly Public Library is now the proud owner of 12 videos including interviews of Kimberly residents and slideshows of family photos. A search for Kimberly Memory Project in InfoSoup will bring up the list of available titles. People interviewed include:

There is also a wonderful video about Kimberly World War II veterans. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Memory Project by interviewing or being interviewed. We appreciate Mary's hard work and for our wonderful residents who were so willing to share their stories. A piece of our history has been preserved and is available for us all to check out, learn, and remember.

Bookish Opportunities

I love this quote from Albert Einstein:

And I'm a librarian, so of course I believe this to be true! :)

I'm writing this post during National Library Week 2015 (April 12-18) and am feeling grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the community, serving the needs of residents, and inspiring & supporting lifelong learning and the love of reading.

We are fortunate to be a part of the Fox Cities where many "bookish opportunities" are available throughout the year. April is always particularly thrilling as we welcome the celebration of the Fox Cities Book Festival and Fox Cities Reads. Both events bring high caliber authors to our neck of the woods and provide the chance for us to mingle with writers, to read and discuss, and to learn from those around us.

The Kimberly-Little Chute library will be hosting 6 authors at our locations. Be sure to check out who's coming and sit in on a presentation you find interesting. Then go further afield and check the schedule for all Festival events and visit other local venues to catch your favorite authors. There's something for everyone!

The 2015 Fox Cities Reads author, Christina Baker Kline, will also visit the Fox Cities during the Book Festival. The author of Orphan Train will be making several presentations during her visit. All programs are free and open to the public and are listed on the Reads website.

I hope you'll join in the fun and help us celebrate the love of the written word and those special people who bring us to worlds both real and imagined. 

Big Library Read

It's that time again! Time for a Big Library Read on Wisconsin's Digital Library. A Big Library Read means that unlimited copies of a specific e-book are made available for a period of time, so unlimited numbers of people can read the same book, discuss it, learn and grow.

The title available this time around is Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates. Here's the synopsis:

"Shakespeare professor and prison volunteer Laura Bates thought she had seen it all. That is, until she decided to teach Shakespeare in a place the bard had never been before - supermax solitary confinement. In this unwelcoming place, surrounded by inmates known as the worst of the worst, is Larry Newton. A convicted murderer with several escape attempts under his belt and a brilliantly agile mind on his shoulders, Larry was trying to break out of prison at the same time Laura was fighting to get her program started behind bars. Thus begins the most unlikely of friendships, one bonded by Shakespeare and lasting years - a friendship that, in the end, would save more than one life."

The e-book will be available for check-out March 17-31, 2015. Download a copy, tell your friends, and get together to discuss this remarkable book.