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Foreword: January 29, 2018

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A big congratulations to our first ever Kid Reader of the Month, Vivien Matts! She is 11 years old, and received several nominations.  Vivien loves to read, especially fiction novels.  Some of her favorite books include Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.  She also loves roller derby and painting, and wants to be an astronomer when she grows up.  Her favorite thing about the Black Creek Village Library is how friendly and helpful everyone is.

To nominate someone for Kid Reader of the Month, you can access the form on our website: http://www.blackcreeklibrary.org/kid-reader-month, through our Facebook page (here’s the direct link that will take you to the online form:) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3ZHQZQM, or fill out a paper nomination form at the library.  All winners will have their picture in the paper, along with a short interview.

Speaking of kids, it can be difficult as parents to monitor the quality and content of the media our children are being exposed to.  This can be a cause for concern, especially because we know that all forms of media significantly impact development - socially, cognitively, emotionally, and even physically. With children spending an average of 50 hours a week in front of a screen, it is more important than ever to make sure we are making responsible choices for our children when it comes to media content.

Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org) is a great resource for parents to help us make educated choices about the media our children are consuming.  There are lists, reviews, forums, and blogs about movies, TV, websites, YouTube videos, video games, books, apps, etc.  There’s even a search box in which a parent can select the child’s age (it’s even possible to select an age range,) and then select the type of media they’re looking for. This search will bring up hundreds of materials appropriate and recommended for this age or age range. It’s a completely free, non-profit organization – and parents can also sign up for weekly emails that provide lists of age-appropriate materials and content for children.  Check it out – I know you won’t be disappointed.  Let’s keep our children’s minds healthy!

Please remember that when the Seymour Area School District schools are closed due to weather, we are also closed, so you might want to call before you make the trip if you’re not sure.  All items will be backdated to our last open day when we check them in, so items will not be late.

Have a great week, everyone!

This Week’s Programming Schedule:

  • Thursday, Feb. 1st @ 6:00 PM – Knitting
  • Friday, Feb. 2nd @ 10:15 AM – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Friday, Feb. 2nd @ 10:30 AM -  Preschool StoryTime
  • Friday, Feb. 2nd  @ 3:15 PM – FLASH Friday – LEGOS!

Foreword: January 22, 2018

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Have you tried Storytime lately?  It has changed in a big way.  Miss Sue, our new Storytime substitute, has been making Friday mornings exciting for everyone!  She has decades of experience in children’s programming and early literacy, and we are so happy to have her.  We’ve been having lots of fun singing, dancing, and of course, reading great stories.

Storytime isn’t the only excitement on Fridays.  Don’t forget about Flash Friday, our after-school program, which is just as fun, but designed for older kids.  Two weeks a month we focus on everyone’s favorite – Legos!  We have a huge selection of Legos, and the Lego Free Build is a great opportunity to build whatever you want while spending time with friends.  This week we’re playing board games!  Bring your own or play one of the many fun games we have here.

And now onto the announcement you’ve all been waiting for.  We have a new Youth Services Specialist!  Please welcome Kay, who comes to us with a background in both education and library science.  She is starting this week, so watch for a new face the next time you come in.

There are still two weeks left to do the Milwaukee Bucks reading challenge.  Anyone in grades 1-8 can participate, and you’ll get one point for every page you read.  250 points will get you a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks home game as well as an opportunity to shoot a post-game free-throw on the court.  Participants who earn over 500 points will also have their names entered into a drawing to win official Milwaukee Bucks items, a chance to participate in the Bucks Ball Exchange, and be recognized on court before each game.  Final scores need to be turned in before Monday, February 5th to qualify for prizes.

We also want to remind everyone that when the Seymour Area School District schools are closed due to weather, we are also closed, so please make sure to call before you make the trip if you’re not sure.  All items will be backdated to our last open day when we check them in, so items will not be late.

Have a great week, everyone!

This Week’s Programming Schedule:

  • Thursday, Jan. 25th @ 6:00 PM – Knitting
  • Friday, Jan. 26th @ 10:15 AM – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Friday, Jan. 26th @ 10:30 AM -  Preschool StoryTime
  • Friday, Jan. 26th @ 3:15 PM – FLASH Friday – Board Games

Library Hours:

Mon - Thurs. 10:00am - 8:00pm

Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sat. 10:00am - 4:00pm

Foreword: January 15, 2018

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Good news! Our rearranging project is complete (for now!) Here is where to find items that have been moved:

· Adult fiction audiobooks are now on the paperback shelf in the center of the library.

· Adult non-fiction audiobooks are now shelved with the adult non-fiction books.

· Young-adult audiobooks are now shelved with YA fiction.

· New non-fiction audiobooks are now displayed on the New Arrivals shelves in the center of the library.

· TV series are now on the opposite wall of the media area – where audiobooks used to be.

· Paperbacks are in the same spot they always were, but are now consolidated. Larger print paperbacks are now combined with regular print paperbacks instead of being shelved in the Large-Print section.

Our favorite giraffe, Twiga, is back from vacation. She is feeling very well-rested and got a lot of reading done during her time off. Find her in her latest hiding spot to get a prize! As always, there is a clue at the circulation desk.

The Friends of the Black Creek Village Library have released their January raffle basket! This basket has something for everyone in the family – toys, hand-made creations, (including a crocheted embellished kitchen towel, and a knit bag,) fleece gloves, snacks, treats, hot chocolate to keep you warm, two $5 gift certificates, and all kinds of other goodies. The proceeds from these baskets help to support the library and we appreciate all of the time, thought, and money the Friends of the Black Creek Village Library put into them, as well as all of you for buying raffle tickets!

The Milwaukee Bucks reading challenge has come to the Black Creek Village Library! Anyone in grades 1-8 can participate, and you’ll get one point for every page you read. 250 points will get you a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks home game as well as an opportunity to shoot a post-game free-throw on the court. Participants who earn over 500 points will also have their names entered into a drawing to win official Milwaukee Bucks items, a chance to participate in the Bucks Ball Exchange, and be recognized on court before each game. Final scores need to be turned in before Monday, February 5th to qualify for prizes.

There is no school on Friday, February 9th, so instead of our usual Flash Friday, we are making sun catchers and weather vanes in the community room! Plan on being here between 2-4 pm if you want to join in on the fun.

We also want to remind everyone that when the Seymour Area School District schools are closed due to weather, we are also closed, so please make sure to call before you make the trip if you’re not sure. All items will be backdated to our last open day when we check them in, so items will not be late.

Have a great week, everyone!

This Week’s Programming Schedule:

  •  Thursday, Jan. 18th @ 6:00 PM – Knitting
  • Thursday, Jan. 18th @ 6:30 PM – Friends of the Black Creek Library Meeting
  • Friday, Jan. 19th @ 10:15 AM – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Friday, Jan. 19th @ 10:30 AM - Preschool StoryTime
  • Friday, Jan. 19th @ 3:15 PM – FLASH Friday – Free Lego Build

Library Hours:

Mon - Thurs. 10:00am - 8:00pm

Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sat. 10:00am - 4:00pm

Foreword: January 8, 2018

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With the holidays behind us, we can now begin to focus on other important things, like Summer Reading!  This year’s theme is Libraries Rock (which we all know is true!)  We have already started planning some great events and activities that we know you’ll love.

We have also lined up several great adult programs for 2018.  With spring on the way (okay, not quite yet – although it feels like it after all the cold,) we have asked gardening expert Megan Cain to join us this April to talk about how our gardens can feed us all year long.  We also have extreme couponer Dannelle Gay from operation40k.com, coming in May to share the story of how she managed to save 40 thousand dollars in one year!  She will also share some great money-saving tips so that others can do the same.  Last but not least, we have Chad Lewis joining us again this September to discuss the Bizarre History of Wisconsin.

As always, we welcome suggestions about what kinds of programs you would be interested in attending.

We have already started our rearranging project, so look for non-fiction audiobooks in our non-fiction section, and YA audiobooks in the YA section.   This is all to make more room for DVDs in the media area.  Our DVD collection is growing rapidly - partly due to the many great donations we’ve received!  Fiction audiobooks will eventually be moved to the paperback area in the center of the library.

Don’t forget to make a self-portrait while you’re here for our January hallway project and to check out our Kid Reader of the Month.  Our feature this month is “I can’t remember the title, but the cover was blue!”  We have a great selection of blue books displayed across from the circulation desk.  Maybe you’ll be reunited with one of your old favorites!

We also want to remind everyone that when the Seymour Area School District schools are closed due to weather, we are also closed, so please make sure to call before you make the trip if you’re not sure.  All items will be backdated to our last open day when we check them in, so items will not be late.

Have a great week, everyone!

This Week’s Programming Schedule:

  • Thursday, Jan. 11th @ 6:00 PM - Knitting
  • Friday, Jan. 12th @ 10:15 AM – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Friday, Jan. 12th @ 10:30 AM -  Preschool StoryTime
  • Friday, Jan. 12th @ 3:15 PM – FLASH Friday – Crafts

Library Hours:

Mon - Thurs. 10:00am - 8:00pm

Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sat. 10:00am - 4:00pm

Foreword: January 1, 2018

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Thank you to all of our patrons and friends for making this a great year at the Black Creek Village Library.  We are on track to exceed our circulation numbers from 2016, thanks to all of you!  The higher our circulation numbers, the more money we are allotted to purchase new materials for everyone to enjoy - so keep up the good work!  We also had over 26 thousand visits to our library this year, and almost 4 thousand attendees to our programs.

Coming in 2018, we are planning to do some rearranging to make better use of our space.  One of the more immediate changes will be moving the adult audiobooks to our current paperback section in the middle of the library to give us more room for DVDs in the media area.  Our DVD collection is growing rapidly, partly due to the many great donations we’ve received.  Teen audiobooks will be shelved with the teen books, and all non-fiction audiobooks will eventually be filed in our non-fiction section.

We will also be adding a new children’s librarian to our staff in 2018.  While no decision has yet been made, the deadline for applications has passed, so hopefully we can all look forward to a new face in the near future.

Don’t forget to make a self-portrait while you’re here for our January hallway project and to check out our Kid Reader of the Month.  Our feature this month is “I can’t remember the title, but the cover was blue!”  We have a great selection of blue books displayed across from the circulation desk.  Maybe you’ll be reunited with one of your old favorites!

We also want to remind everyone that when the Seymour Area School District schools are closed due to weather, we are also closed, so please make sure to call before you make the trip if you’re not sure.  All items will be backdated to our last open day when we check them in, so items will not be late.

Have a great week, everyone, and a happy New Year!

This Week’s Programming Schedule:

  • Monday, Jan. 1st – Library Closed
  • Thursday, Jan. 4th @ 6:00 PM - Knitting
  • Friday, Jan. 5th @ 10:15 AM – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Friday, Jan. 5th @ 10:30 AM -  Preschool StoryTime
  • Friday, Jan. 5th @ 3:15 PM – FLASH Friday – Free Lego Build

Library Hours:

Monday – Closed

Tues. – Thurs. 10:00am - 8:00pm

Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sat. 10:00am - 4:00pm

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