Tidbits, Tips, & Tidings

2014 Fox Cities Book Festival

The 2014 Fox Cities Book Festival begins today! We are thrilled to be able to share some fantastic authors with you this week, and we hope you will participate and share our love of connecting writers and readers.

The Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library will be hosting several authors you won't want to miss:

Rick Chrustowski
Monday, April 7, 2014 @ 6:30PM
Little Chute Public Library

Discover the fascinating ways Rick observes nature and the step-by-step process of making a book. Rick will showcase his drawing talents and feature slides of his farmhouse and studio. Be sure to join us for a fun hour with a favorite author.

Wendy Welch
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 6:30PM
Little Chute Public Library

Welch's book, The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap, is about the little bookstore that could: how 2 people, 2 cats, 2 dogs, and 38,000 books helped a small town find its heart. Visit the author's blog at http://wendywelchbigstonegap.wordpress.com/.

Marnie Mamminga
Thursday, April 10, 2014 @ 4:00PM
Kimberly Public Library

Mamminga's book, book, Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts, takes us to Wake Robin, the cabin her grandparents built in 1929 on Big Spider Lake near Hayward. Along the way she preserves the spirit and cultural heritage of a vanishing era.

Carl Corey
Saturday, April 12, 2014 @ 10:00AM
Little Chute Public Library

Corey has been a photographer all of his adult life. The kind of photography he does is called art documentary photography, which means that his photos are accurate depictions of real people and real places. Visit his website at http://carlcorey.com/ for more information.

Gae Polisner
Saturday, April 12, 2014 @ 11:30AM
Little Chute Public Library

Polisner writes both women's and young adult fiction. Her new book, The Summer of Letting Go, is scheduled for publication on March 25, 2014. Her young adult book, The Pull of Gravity, tells the story of teenagers Nick Gardner and Jaycee Amato, who set out on a secret journey to find the father who abandoned their friend Scooter, who died of a rare disease. Learn more about Polisner at http://gaepolisner.com/.

Celebrate reading and lifelong learning by participating in the wide array of programming available to you this week during the Fox Cities Book Festival! The current schedule with authors, times, and venues can be found online at www.foxcitiesbookfestival.org.

Help for the Homeless

For the 5th year in a row, Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library is participating in a drive to collect new hygiene items for Help for the Homeless. And to inspire you to donate to this worthy cause, we are offering a Fines Amnesty period for the length of the drive, March 3-30, 2014. Receive $1 off your library fines for every item you donate to Help for the Homeless during this period. (Your donation is not applicable toward fees for damaged or lost materials or bills.) All donations go to support agencies working with the homeless in the Fox Cities. Here's an example of how your donations can change lives:

"Our clientele often have been couch hopping and/or have not had a stable place of their own for quite some time. The support we get through this drive allows us to offer our residents and their children the items they need, like diapers, wipes, toothbrushes and shampoo. These simple provisions, that we often take for granted, allow us to help our residents reach larger goals like employment, education and parenting. 'When I came to the House of Hope, I had nothing but the clothes on my back. I was immediately provided the hygiene products I needed and I really appreciated how comfortable it made me feel to know I didn’t have to worry about these things and I had everything I needed.
From a House of Hope Program Resident -Carrie Schatzman, House of Hope Program Manager

Most urgent needs include:Help for the Homeless helpers

  • Soaps: Laundry, Dish, Bar, Soft, Shower Gel, Shampoo
  • Diapers (sizes 3- and Pull-Ups)
  • Deodorant (unscented)
  • Wet Wipes for babies
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Paper Towels
  • Disposable Razors
  • Tampons

Even if you don't need to take advantage of the Fines Amnesty period, please consider bringing your donation to Help for the Homeless to the library today. Donation boxes are placed at the entries to both library locations. Thanks in advance for supporting those in need in your community!

Random Acts of Kindness

In my last post, I wrote about the 2014 Fox Cities Reads selection, Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. I hope many of you have picked up a copy of the book and are discussing it with family, friends, and neighbors. 

As I mentioned in my last post, Wonder inspires compassion and urges us to "choose kind" - to consider how one act of kindness can affect another person and our community as a whole. This week, February 10 -16, is Random Acts of Kindness Week, and The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation urges us to practice kindness and pass it on to others. What a wonderful fit for this year's Reads program! Has reading Wonder inspired you to pay it forward? Do you practice kindness daily? What are your favorite ways to show compassion and unexpected kindness to those around you?

Visit the Foundation's website for Kindness Ideas, and find a creative way to celebrate this week. Pay someone else's library fines off. Offer to return a neighbors books to library on your way to work. Volunteer to help out at your local library or school. Get involved in your community. Read Wonder and discuss it with your family.

More information about the 2014 Fox Cities Reads can be found at www.foxcitiesreads.org.

2014 Fox Cities Reads

Each year, the public libraries of the Fox Cities and UW-Fox Valley come together with the goal of building a larger sense of community and to promote literacy through a program called Fox Cities Reads. We select an author and book title to promote, and we encourage the people in our communities to read the book and think, talk, listen, and grow together.

“Past Fox Cities Reads selections have taken readers places that they might otherwise never go,” states Joe Bongers, Fox Cities Reads co-chair. “Through the pages of these books we’ve ridden along with volunteer firefighters in rural Wisconsin and glimpsed the perilous conditions experienced by migrant workers along the U.S./Mexico border. We’ve seen life improved by the arts and education in inner city America, and most recently, we explored the vital role that nature plays in the health and well-being of all people. We’ve had the opportunity to discuss these books with the authors and our neighbors, learning more about the world, ourselves, and each other in the process.”

This year’s Reads selection is entitled, Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. Wonder has been on the New York Best Seller list for middle grades for over 58 consecutive weeks and was chosen not only for its widespread appeal, but also because we believe the book will provide an opportunity to engage a large portion of our community in discussions about bullying, accepting people who are different than ourselves, and about disabilities and challenges in general.

Wonder is a story that inspires compassion, self-reflection, and empathy. The characters are unique and yet familiar in some way, so that your heart immediately intertwines with the story of this special boy, Auggie, his family, friends, and others who challenge him along the way. While written for middle school ages, the writing is entertaining for people of any age or walk of life and will lead to valuable family discussions about what it is to be a friend, to stand up for others different than ourselves, and to find our own way in a complicated world.

The precepts in the book are things that all of us should consider and grow from. One precept, or rule to live by, states, "When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind." The book has started a Choose Kind movement across the country where people can sign a pledge to make a difference through random acts of kindness.

We are thrilled that Wonder has been selected as the 2014 Fox Cities Reads and hope that people of all ages will read, talk, listen, and grow while considering how they can make a difference in their community. Learn more at www.foxcitiesreads.org and stop by the library to pick up a copy of the book today!

Thank You, Cheesefest!

The library is blessed to have wonderful community support through a strong network of faithful volunteers to financial donations that make special projects possible.

The Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival has provided generous support for the library for several years now, and with their help we have been able to focus our early literacy efforts into the creation of a very successful 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. We were thrilled this past Fall when they again chose to honor the library with a grant that enabled us to purchase new books to enhance our early literacy collections at the Gerard H. Van Hoof Library in Little Chute. It has been exciting to see the new materials coming in and being put into the hands of eager young readers and their families.

new books with a thank you Cheesefest sign

Stop by the library to see the display of materials purchased with this grant, check some titles out for your family, and thank those who serve or work each year at the Cheese Festival for making this dream possible.

New Books @ the Library

Hopefully, you've noticed the New Materials section of the library's homepage. Here's an example of what this week's section looks like:

New Materials with book covers

Because so many books are checked out as soon as they hit the shelves, this is a great place to check up on what's new to the library even though they might not be on the new book shelf when you come in. Clicking on a book cover for any of the categories will take you to a list of recently added materials where you can then check InfoSoup for availability and place a hold.

But these aren't the only 4 categories available for you to explore! Click on the New Materials page link and, in addition to the categories above, you'll find new biographies, large print, kids fiction & kids nonfiction. The new materials lists are a wonderful way to explore the library. If you have ideas for additional categories, please post a comment and we'll see what we can do!

Discover New Authors

Read everything by your favorite author and looking for something new? Give Literature-Map, the tourist map of literature, a try!

Go to http://www.literature-map.com/. You will be asked to enter the name of an author you like. Click "continue" and Literature-Map will create a visual map of author names related to your favorite. The closer two authors are, the more likely someone will like both of them.

I tried Lisa Scottoline and received this (her name is in the middle of the map):

literature map result for lisa scottoline

I have enjoyed some of the authors in the map, but also see many I haven't tried yet. If I select a name closest to my search of "Lisa Scottoline," it's more likely I'll like their writing, too.

So if you're looking for something new this summer, give Literature-Map a try. There's nothin' better than discovering new authors to love, especially in the lazy days of summer!

Stay in the Loop @ the Library

hearing loop logoThe Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS) has been awarded Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds to improve accessibility at six (6) of its member libraries’ locations by installing hearing loops. Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library is proud to be one of the participants in this project and is happy to announce that hearing loops have been installed at the service desks at both of its locations.

A hearing loop can cover a small area at a service desk or circle a meeting room. The loop is connected to a sound system and transmits sound wirelessly to a receiver called a T-coil in the listener’s hearing aid or cochlear implant. No additional equipment is required. Hearing loops are discreet and flexible because they allow listeners to use them anywhere within the range of the loop.

I am enthusiastic about the new hearing loops and am happy to report that a library patron with hearing loss recently emailed, “I’ve used the T – Coils in both Kimberly and Little Chute. Both are fantastic! The fidelity is phenomenal!” I hope the installations will result in improved service for those in need of assistance.

More individuals have hearing loss than any other disability. Installing hearing loops at library service desks ensures that public library services are fully accessible to patrons with hearing loss. Learn more about hearing loops online at http://www.hearingloop.org/.

Learning from Argo

We have been happy to begin a new partnership with the Kimberly Senior Citizens to show a monthly Mid-Week Matinee at the Kimberly Library. We started with The Life of Pi, then Lincoln, and this month it will be Argo. Many of the movies we show are either based on a book or have historical ties where we can take a step back in time and learn from our history.

Argo is one of those opportunities to take a look at where we've been and to learn from the historical context of the story. With that in mind, I decided to put together a brief bibliography of library resources for people who would like to learn more about the topic of the Iran hostage crisis. Take a look at the titles below and learn more about the story surrounding this Academy Award winning film.

ArgoBibliography of Related Materials for Argo

Mendez, Antonio J., and Matt Baglio. Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History. New York: Viking, 2012.

Wright, Robert A. Our Man in Tehran: The True Story Behind the Secret Mission to Save Six Americans During the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked with the CIA to Bring Them Home. New York: Other Press, 2011.

Slavin, Barbara. Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2007.

Farber, David R. Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Harris, David. The Crisis: The President, the Prophet, and the Shah-- 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam. New York: Little, Brown and Co, 2004.

Sick, Gary. October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan. New York: Times Books, 1991.

Jordan, Hamilton. Crisis: The Last Year of the Carter Presidency. New York: Putnam, 1982.

Moody, Sidney C. 444 Days: The American Hostage Story. New York: Rutledge Press, 1981.

Stempel, John D. Inside the Iranian Revolution. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1981.

How Fiction Can Change Reality

Friend and stellar librarian, Elizabeth Timmins, from the Muehl Public Library in Seymour recently shared a link with me of a video on TEDEd that I loved and want to share here with you. The brief video, How Fiction Can Change Reality, asks you to consider how fictional experiences might change your perspective on everyday life. Reading can be an escape from real life and can lead us into other worlds we could have never dreamed of, but reading also captures our thoughts and dreams in a way that can change how we feel about current events and issues.

Watch the video and consider the question it poses. Has reading a work of fiction changed your perspective on a situation in your life?