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Foreword: January 23, 2020

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It’s a year that ends in zero, what does that mean…CENSUS time!

The census is and can often be confusing and complicated to understand. To some, it can even feel invasive and intrusive. The basic idea is that the framers of the Constitution included in the document that the entire population of the United States is to be counted every ten years. The guiding principle behind this mandate was to ensure fair representation, by determining how many seats each state receives in the House of Representatives-as this legislative body is based on population.

An accurate count can benefit a community in other ways as well, by ensuring that its fair share of federal funding, grants and other support distributed based on census data is received. The more people who respond or are “counted” in a community during census time, the more resources of this like are available to that community.

This year, the Census Bureau is offering an online method of response. Not only could this help save participants’ time, it will also cut down on some of the spending that the bureau does on follow-up via paper mailing, phone and property visits. If you do not have a computer at home, you can visit us or one of the other local libraries to utilize our public access computers.

Next week, I will discuss safety and security in regards to this year’s census count, so stay tuned!

Fact of the Week:

By January, each day gains between ninety seconds and two minutes of extra daylight. In February, that increases to around two and a half minutes added to each day.

Hang in there, every day counts!

Next Week at the Library:

§ Fri. Jan. 31 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime

§ Fri. Jan. 31 - 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime

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: January 16

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Are you going on a road trip soon? Maybe your commute just got longer, or you are simply sick of listening to the radio. We have some great new audiobooks for you to check out! Audiobooks have the same lending period as print books: 28 days. We collect a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction titles. We also have an ever-expanding collection of juvenile audiobooks that the whole family can listen to. No more fighting over the radio!

According to recent studies, listening to an audiobook can improve focus and attention span. Listening, rather than reading, can also help improve pronunciation and reading accuracy. Audiobooks are also a great alternative to anyone with visual impairment or reading disorders, such as dyslexia.

“Cabin fever” can be especially daunting with young children in the house. Come on by the library on Friday mornings for our weekly storytime and craft. We love to see all ages at the library!

Fact of the Week:

Sales of audiobook titles more than doubled within the last decade, with the industry recording over 2 billion dollars in revenues for the 2016 fiscal year!

Next Week at the Library:

  • Fri. Jan. 24 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Jan. 24 - 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime

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: January 9, 2020

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Is one of your new year’s resolutions to get involved in a book club? You are in luck! We are reviving our book club for 2020! The first pick is The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. You can read the book through the month of February, and we will be discussing either in person-on February 26th-or through our online Page Turners Facebook group. You can add your comments and thoughts anytime! We have plenty of copies for you to pick up at the library, just ask!

The table topic this month is WILD! We want to know what wild animal you would want to tame and keep as a pet. Get creative and get a prize for sharing! We will post your answers on the Table Topic window.

We certainly hope winter will be quick and calm this year, we deserve one! In case it is not; however, just a reminder that the library will be closed if Seymour Area School District closes or ends their day early due to inclement weather. If this happens, we will backdate all items to our last open day so that late fees are not incurred!

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 January 13th, please sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, or email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Fact of the Week:

Snow falls at 1 to 6 feet per second. The average snowflake varies in size from about penny-sized down to the width of a human hair!  

Next Week at the Library:

  • Mon. Jan. 13– 6:00pm Lawyer in the Library
  • Fri. Jan. 17 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Jan. 17 - 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime

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: January 2, 2020

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All of us here at the library are looking forward to a fantastic new year!  In 2019, we had over 25,000 separate visits! Some of you came to browse the collection, which accounted for almost 55,000 items checked out since January 1, 2019. Some of you came to use our computers, which accounted for around 2,300 separate public computer logins. Some of you came to one of our adult, children’s or family programs, which accounted for the over 3500 attendees at library events. Some of you called to find a number or address and some of you donated your time, money or items to the library. Whatever your interaction with us this year was, we thank you for making the library a busy, fun and useful center of activity!  

Speaking of activity, we have a fun hallway project this month! We want you to design your own robot. Choose from either a standard head or body and then you fill in the rest! We will put your creation in the hallway for all to admire.

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 January 13th, please sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, or email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org

Fact of the Week:

The warmest winter day ever recorded in Wisconsin came on February 26, 2000. A temperature of 69 degrees was recorded in the Beloit-area just north of the Illinois border!

Next Week at the Library:

  • Tues. Jan. 6 – 6:00pm Black Creek Village Library Board Meeting
  • Fri. Jan. 10 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Jan. 10 - 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime

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

Foreward: December 19, 2019

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As a reminder-and probably no big surprise-the library is closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, we have some great family programs coming up during the days we are open!

 

Monday, December 23rd at 11am we will welcome back the Zoomobile! Staff from the NEW Zoo in Green Bay will bring a variety of animals for a “meet and greet” visit so participants can get up close and personal! This is a great program for all ages and no signup is required.

 

On Thursday, December 26th we will be providing supplies for Tiny Tile Coasters! Use real ceramic tiles to create a unique design. The fun starts at 1pm and requires no signup. Anyone eight years old and younger can still attend, but will need an adult companion.  

 

Friday December 27th will bring a visit from the Great Zoomalata at 11am. He will be showing us how to make several types of balloon animals with a side of silly entertainment! A special thanks goes to the Black Creek Advancement Association, who are sponsoring this program! Signup is required, as space is limited-so call and reserve your spot(s) today.

 

Fact of the Week:

The largest library in the world was founded in 1800 and is the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. It is the largest both in physical size: 2,100,000 square feet, and number of items: over 167 million!

 

Next Week at the Library:

 

  • Mon. Dec. 23 – 11:00am - Zoomobile Visit
  • Tues. Dec. 24 – CLOSED
  • Wed. Dec. 25 - CLOSED
  • Thurs. Dec. 26 – 1:00pm - Tiny Tile Coasters
  • Fri. Dec. 27 - 10:15am – Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Dec. 27 – 10: 30am –Preschool Storytime
  • Fri. Dec. 27 – 11:00am – Balloon-Twisting Class with The Great Zoomalata (Signup Required)

 

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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