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Foreword: April 11, 2019

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It’s National Library Week!  You can participate by visiting your local library, and/or sharing how your library has made a difference in your life and your community by posting on social media and using the hashtag #MyLibraryMyStory or tagging the Black Creek Village Library in your Facebook post.

The Black Creek Village Library now has a watt meter available for checkout!  The Watts Up? watt meter measures exactly how much electricity each of your appliances is using.  It includes instructions to help you test the efficiency and calculate the annual energy usage of each electronic item in your home.  The watt meter will be stored behind the circulation desk, so if you’re interested in checking it out or just taking a look at it, feel free to ask the next time you’re in.

Check out our newest display featuring Juvenile Series.  We have all topics for every interest, and with many juvenile series, you don’t have to start at the beginning or read them in order.  Also kids, don’t forget to try out our Easter Egg scavenger hunt.  On the back of each hidden egg is a scrambled word with a clue about where the next egg is hiding.  There is a prize at the end for everyone who completes it.                                                                                                                                                                     

It’s less than a month until our budgeting seminar on May 9th, brought to us by NeighborWorks in partnership with Fox Communities Credit Union.  This seminar will cover:

  • Financial capability and behaviors
  • Spending plans – creating one and sticking to it
  • Budgeting apps
  • Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound goals
  • How a high credit score may save you money

Join us at 5:30 pm for this free event, and take control of your financial future!

The Friends of the Black Creek Village Library have released their newest raffle basket.  It has an Easter theme, and includes a $10 gift card to Sal’s, Easter treats, hand-crafted tulips, an Easter pail, bunny-themed gifts, chicken tic-tac-toe, stickers, a decorative towel, and much more.  As always, tickets are $0.25 each or 5 for $1.00.

Once again, the Black Creek Village Library is a drop off location for the Village-Wide Rummage Sale forms.  The deadline for turning in your forms is 5 pm on April 19th

Our newest book club book pick is Storm of the Century by Stephen King: Copies of this thriller are available at the circulation desk for check out.  The next meeting of the Black Creek Library Page Turners will be Wednesday, April 24th.  Feel free to join us for the in-person discussion at 1 pm, some or all of the online discussion questions posted throughout the day, or both!  You decide!  Here is the link to the online discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2168740469821856/?source_id=87182937411.  You can also access the discussion through the Black Creek Village Library’s Facebook page.

Having legal trouble?  We can help!  Attorney Robert D. Sweeney from Sweeney Law Offices S.C. specializes in just about everything, and has been able to help a lot of our patrons by providing free, confidential legal advice at the Black Creek Village Library on the second Monday of every month from 5 – 6:30 pm.  Time slots have been filling up quickly, so make sure to reserve yours as soon as possible.  To reserve a 30 minute time slot on May 13th, please sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, or email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Next Week at the Library:

  • Thurs. Apr. 18th @ 6:30 pm – Friends of the Black Creek Village Library Meeting
  • Fri. Apr. 19th @ 10:15 am – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Fri. Apr. 19th @ 10:30 am – Preschool StoryTime
  • Fri. Apr. 19th @ 3:30 pm: Flash Friday – Craft Day!

Have a great week, everyone!

Library Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Foreword: April 4, 2019

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A huge thank you to State Representative, Jim Steineke, for stopping in for a tour of our library, and for talking about how libraries create strong communities.  We couldn’t agree more!  In fact, next week, April 7-13, is National Library Week, and it’s a whole week dedicated to celebrating libraries.  Libraries (even small ones like ours,) provide much more than free access to books, movies, CDs, and online resources, they also provide access to computers and internet, educational programs and resources, news, job and career resources, and so much more.  If you or someone you know haven’t visited the library in a while, stop in and see how things have changed, or check out Infosoup.org to see everything that’s available with just a library card.  As always, library cards are free.

In honor of Money Smart Week, (which is this week,) we have a new Budgeting and Money Management Display.  Find books about everything from saving money, to reducing your cost of living, to how to deal with identity theft situations, and everything in between. No matter your financial situation, there is an expert who has written a book to help.  And don’t forget to join us next month for our Neighborworks budgeting seminar on May 9th from 5:30 – 6:30pm.  Neighborworks is a partner of Fox Communities Credit Union, and helps people buy and maintain their homes, as well as providing financial counseling and budgeting services.

Another great way to save money (and your health) is by using homemade cleaning products to clean your house.  Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30 pm is our Naturally Clean program!  Learn how easy it is to clean your home (and your body) using natural products you can find in your own kitchen pantry! Materials and containers will be provided for the "make and take" portion of the program.  As always, this is a completely free event!  Bring your friends!

Once again, the Black Creek Village Library is a drop off location for the Village-Wide Rummage Sale forms.  The deadline for turning in your forms is 5 pm on April 19th

Our newest book club book pick is Storm of the Century by Stephen King: Copies of this thriller are available at the circulation desk for check out.  The next meeting of the Black Creek Library Page Turners will be Wednesday, April 24th.  Feel free to join us for the in-person discussion at 1 pm, some or all of the online discussion questions posted throughout the day, or both!  You decide!  Here is the link to the online discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2168740469821856/?source_id=87182937411.  You can also access the discussion through the Black Creek Village Library’s Facebook page.

Having legal trouble?  We can help!  Attorney Robert D. Sweeney from Sweeney Law Offices S.C. specializes in just about everything, and has been able to help a lot of our patrons by providing free, confidential legal advice at the Black Creek Village Library on the second Monday of every month from 5 – 6:30 pm.  Time slots have been filling up quickly, so make sure to reserve yours as soon as possible!  To reserve a 30 minute time slot on April 8th or May 13th, please sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, or email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Next Week at the Library:

  • Mon. Apr. 8th @ 5:00 pm – Lawyer in the Library
  • Wed. Apr. 10th @ 6:30 pm – Naturally Clean
  • Fri. Apr. 12th @ 10:15 am – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Fri. Apr. 12th @ 10:30 am – Preschool StoryTime
  • Fri. Apr. 12th @ 3:30 pm: Flash Friday – Cartoons and Coloring!

Have a great week, everyone!

Library Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Foreword: March 28, 2019

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Read Across America is kicking off their digital calendar with reading resources for every month of the year.  Each month, a new carefully selected title is promoted, along with an activity or a theme to help grow young readers.  April’s theme is animals, and the book pick is Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies.  For more great books about animals, April book picks for middle grade and teen readers, and for the entire April reading and literacy calendar, go here: https://www.readacrossamerica.org/animals/.  The entire 2018-19 calendar can be found here: https://www.readacrossamerica.org/.  To request this Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals from your library, go here: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb2171170__Ssong%20of%20the%20wild__Orightresult__U__X7?lang=eng&suite=def.

Coming in April – a new scavenger hunt to help beat spring fever!  Miss Krista has hidden several Easter eggs around the library with a scrambled word and a clue to help you find the next egg.  Solve the clues to win a prize!  You can also win a prize by decorating an egg for our hallway project or by answering our table topic question: what are you most excited about for spring?  We’ve also added a bunch of spring-themed books to our spring picture book display to keep the spring theme going throughout the whole library!

Our newest book club book pick is Storm of the Century by Stephen King: “They’re calling it the Storm of the Century, and it’s coming hard. The residents of Little Tall Island have seen their share of nasty Maine Nor’easters, but this one is different. Not only is it packing hurricane-force winds and up to five feet of snow, it’s bringing something worse. Something even the islanders have never seen before. Something no one wants to see.

Just as the first flakes begin to fall, Martha Clarendon, one of Little Tall Island’s oldest residents, suffers an unspeakably violent death. While her blood dries, Andre Linoge, the man responsible sits calmly in Martha’s easy chair holding his cane topped with a silver wolf’s head...waiting.

Linoge knows the townsfolk will come to arrest him. He will let them. For he has come to the island for one reason. And when he meets Constable Mike Anderson, his beautiful wife and child, and the rest of Little Tall’s tight-knit community, this stranger will make one simple proposition to them all: ‘If you give me what I want, I’ll go away.’” (from the publisher.)

Copies of this thriller are available at the circulation desk for check out.  The next meeting of the Black Creek Library Page Turners will be Wednesday, April 24th.  Feel free to join us for the in-person discussion at 1 pm, some or all of the online discussion questions posted throughout the day, or both!  You decide!  Here is the link to the online discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2168740469821856/?source_id=87182937411.  You can also access the discussion through the Black Creek Village Library’s Facebook page.

Having legal trouble?  We can help!  Attorney Robert D. Sweeney from Sweeney Law Offices S.C. specializes in just about everything, and has been able to help a lot of our patrons by providing free, confidential legal advice at the Black Creek Village Library on the second Monday of every month from 5 – 6:30 pm.  Time slots have been filling up quickly, so make sure to reserve yours as soon as possible!  To reserve a 30 minute time slot on April 8th or May 13th, please sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, or email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Tax form update: we now have Wisconsin forms! 

Next Week at the Library:

  • Fri. Apr. 5th @ 10:15 am – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Fri. Apr. 5th @ 10:30 am – Preschool StoryTime
  • Fri. Apr. 5th @ 3:30 pm: Flash Friday – Librarian’s Choice!

Have a great week, everyone!

Library Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Foreword: March 21, 2019

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Arbor Day is fast approaching and we’re celebrating with our first outdoor program of the year to soak up the spring weather!  (As long as the spring weather cooperates, that is...  otherwise we’ll be inside in the community room.)  Since there’s no school, adults, kids, and families can drop in anytime between 2-4 pm on Monday, April 22 to repot your choice of tree and take it home to care for.  Choose between Tamarack, Fraser Fir, and White Birch trees.  All supplies will be provided, as well as instructions on how to care for your tree, and reasons why trees are so important.  There will also be an Arbor Day themed basket provided by the Black Creek Advancement Association to be raffled off to participants of this program.

For all of you who have expressed interest in the Friends of the Black Creek Village Library group, their meeting is tonight (March 21) at 6:30 pm in the library.  Feel free to drop by and learn more!

The next meeting of the Black Creek Library Page Turners is next Wednesday, March 27th.  Copies of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells are available at the circulation desk for checkout.  Feel free to join us for the in-person discussion at 1 pm, some or all of the online discussion questions posted throughout the day, or both!  You decide!  Here is the link to the online discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2168740469821856/?source_id=87182937411.  You can also access the discussion through the Black Creek Village Library’s Facebook page.

Having legal trouble?  We can help!  Attorney Robert D. Sweeney from Sweeney Law Offices S.C. specializes in just about everything, and has been able to help a lot of our patrons by providing free, confidential legal advice at the Black Creek Village Library on the second Monday of every month from 5 – 6:30 pm.  Time slots have been filling up quickly, so make sure to reserve yours as soon as possible!  To reserve a 30 minute time slot on April 8th or May 13th, please sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, or email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Tax form update: we now have Wisconsin forms! 

Next Week at the Library:

  • Wed. Mar. 27th @ 1:00 pm – Black Creek Library Page Turners discuss The Time Machine
  • Fri. Mar. 29th @ 10:15 am – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Fri. Mar. 29th @ 10:30 am – Preschool StoryTime
  • Fri. Mar. 29th @ 3:30 pm: Flash Friday – Librarian’s Choice!

Have a great week, everyone!

Library Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Foreword: March 14, 2019

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Because of public libraries and the internet, humans have access to more information than ever before.  Freedom of Information Day is an annual event on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, who is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and the foremost advocate for openness in government.  Each year, the James Madison Award and the Eileen Cooke State & Local Madison Award are presented by ALA (American Library Association,) on Freedom of Information Day to recognize those individuals or groups that have championed, protected, and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know.  ("Freedom of Information Day", American Library Association, November 1, 2018.) 

If you’re passionate about protecting intellectual freedom, net neutrality, and public policy, go to The American Library Association’s website, (http://www.ala.org/,) for information on advocacy and ways you can get involved.  If you’re looking for information and need a starting place, https://www.infosoup.info/resourcesprovides access to information on a wide variety of topics, including news, academics, government & military, health, business, jobs, consumer reports, automotive, local history, genealogy, books & literature, and so much more.  And as always, if there’s a topic that you need help researching, please stop in and talk to one of your friendly neighborhood librarians.  We’re always happy to help.

We couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming event, Naturally Clean, with our very own Lori Amerson!  Learn how easy it is to clean your home (and your body) using natural products you can find in your own kitchen pantry! Materials and containers will be provided for the "make and take" portion of the program.  Join us for this free (yet priceless,) event on Wednesday, April 10th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Feel free to bring your naturally-minded friends!

The next meeting of the Black Creek Library Page Turners is Wednesday, March 27th.  Copies of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells are available at the circulation desk for checkout.  Feel free to join us for the in-person discussion at 1 pm, some or all of the online discussion questions posted throughout the day, or both!  You decide!  Here is the link to the online discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2168740469821856/?source_id=87182937411.  You can also access the discussion through the Black Creek Village Library’s Facebook page.

Having legal trouble?  Sign up for Lawyer in the Library!  Attorney Robert D. Sweeney from Sweeney Law Offices S.C. specializes in just about everything, and provides free, confidential legal advice at the Black Creek Village Library on the second Monday of every month from 5 – 6:30 pm.  To reserve a 30 minute time slot on April 8th, please sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, or email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Tax form update: we now have Wisconsin forms! 

Next Week at the Library:

  • Thurs. Mar. 21st @ 6:30 pm – Friends of the Black Creek Village Library Meeting
  • Fri. Mar. 22nd @ 10:15 am – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Fri. Mar. 22nd @ 10:30 am – Preschool StoryTime
  • Fri. Mar. 22nd @ 3:30 pm: Flash Friday – Game Day!

Have a great week, everyone!

Library Hours:

Mon. – Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Fri. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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