books

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.

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!