Foreword - News and to-dos

Foreword: February 19, 2018

By on

Audiobooks are probably the best thing to ever happen to busy booklovers.  We hear from our patrons over and over again how wonderful it is to listen to them on long car rides, daily commutes to work, and even while baking or cleaning the house.  Our patrons are clearly not the only ones with a strong appreciation for audiobooks.  More and more audiobooks are being produced each year, and our collection is growing weekly with new, amazing titles.

The Audio Publishers Association has recently announced the nominees for the 2018 Audie Awards.  You can find the list here (https://www.audiopub.org/winners/2017-audies-1) and here (http://www.booklistreader.com/2018/02/06/audiobooks/2018-audie-award-finalists-announced/).  You can also find a printed copy of the list at our circulation desk.  Maybe you’ll find your next favorite!  If the audiobook you’re looking for is not on the shelf, you can look for it on Infosoup (http://infosoup.org/), OverDrive (https://wplc.overdrive.com/), or RB Digital (http://infosoup.rbdigital.com/) – all free with your library card.

Did you know that also free with your library card is access to dozens of free resources, like the Auto Repair Reference Center?  Simply enter the year, make, and model of your vehicle to access repair information, technical service bulletins, recall information, electrical wiring diagrams, vehicle specifications, videos about how auto components function, guides to ownership and maintenance, auto troubleshooting and diagnostic information, as well as labor and repair estimates if you’d rather not attempt to do the repairs yourself.  This can all be found on http://www.infosoup.info/resources.

This time of year, most of us are in the mood for spring cleaning (which is way more fun while listening to an audiobook!)  If you’re wondering what to do with the items you’ve cleared out, the Black Creek Village Library is a drop off location for two amazing causes.  The Lutheran churches of Seymour and Cicero are hosting a shoe drive to raise money for their yearly youth gathering.  All sizes of shoes, boots, sandals, sports cleats, etc. are welcome, as long as they’re dry and clean and in good condition.  We’re also collecting hygiene items for homeless families in the area, sponsored by 91.9 and 91.5 The Family.  Items collected will remain in the area they were collected and will help local families.

It’s tax season again, but because of budget cuts, the IRS will no longer send us federal tax forms.  Fortunately, there are still a number of ways to get them:

440 Security Blvd.

Green Bay, WI 54313

(920) 662-5999

Hours: Mon. Closed; Tue. 8:30am – 4:30pm; Wed. Closed; Thu. 8:30am-4:30pm; Fri. 8:30am - 4:30pm

  • Appleton Public Library

225 N. Oneida St.

Appleton, WI 54911

(920) 832-6177

Hours: Mon. – Thu. 9am – 9pm; Fri. 9am – 6pm; Sat. 9am – 5pm; Sun. 12pm – 5pm.

  • Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) between 7am and 7pm Mon. – Fri. to have forms and instructions mailed to you within 7-10 days. 

While we cannot answer any tax-related questions, there are several resources available to help:

  • The IRS Interactive Tax Assistant (https://www.irs.gov/help/ita) will provide answers to tax law questions, as well as general filing questions.
  • The IRS Frequently Asked Questions page: (https://www.irs.gov/faqs). 
  • Free live chat services are available on many tax preparation websites if you create an account with them.

Have a great week, everyone!

This Week’s Programming Schedule:

  • Thursday, Feb. 22nd @ 6:00 PM – Knitting
  • Friday, Feb. 23rd @ 10:15 AM – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Friday, Feb. 23rd @ 10:30 AM -  Preschool StoryTime
  • Friday, Feb. 23rd @ 3:15 - FLASH Friday

Library Hours:

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

Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sat. 10:00am - 4:00pm

Foreword: February 12, 2018

By on

A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our School’s Out activities on Friday.  We hope you all had as much fun making sun catchers and weather vanes as we did.  Our next installment of School’s Out Friday will be March 2nd.  Stay tuned for more details, although we can tell you that if you like tie-dye and stuffed animals, you will like this.

Keep an eye out for the newest Friends of the Black Creek Village Library Raffle Basket – just in time for Valentine’s Day.  It’s full of Valentine’s Day themed goodies – cookbooks, games, a fidget spinner, red mittens, greeting cards, coasters, a journal and pens, a hot cocoa mug, a heart-shaped pin, and more chocolate than you could possibly imagine.  Tickets are $0.25 each or 5 for $1.00.

Even though it hasn’t been that long since we were all in school, it’s true what they say – use it or lose it.  So when our kids come to us wanting help with their homework, it’s frustrating (and completely normal) to not remember how to divide fractions or diagram a sentence.  The good news is, the Black Creek Village Library has a great selection of Common Core books and DVDs for both adults and children.  Check Infosoup.org or ask one of our librarians for help.

We have also updated and expanded our Homeschool section.  We know that homeschooling can be difficult without the proper resources for guidance and support.  We have some great resources for both homeschooling families and families that are considering homeschooling.  If you are a homeschool family or looking into it, you might also check out HSLDA.org and thehomeschoolmom.com to connect with homeschool groups and families in the area.

It’s tax season again, but because of budget cuts, the IRS will no longer send us federal tax forms.  Fortunately, there are still a number of ways to get them:

440 Security Blvd.

Green Bay, WI 54313

(920) 662-5999

Hours: Mon. Closed; Tue. 8:30am – 4:30pm; Wed. Closed; Thu. 8:30am-4:30pm; Fri. 8:30am - 4:30pm

  • Appleton Public Library

225 N. Oneida St.

Appleton, WI 54911

(920) 832-6177

Hours: Mon. – Thu. 9am – 9pm; Fri. 9am – 6pm; Sat. 9am – 5pm; Sun. 12pm – 5pm.

  • Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) between 7am and 7pm Mon. – Fri. to have forms and instructions mailed to you within 7-10 days. 

While we cannot answer any tax-related questions, there are several resources available to help:

  • The IRS Interactive Tax Assistant (https://www.irs.gov/help/ita) will provide answers to tax law questions, as well as general filing questions.
  • The IRS Frequently Asked Questions page: (https://www.irs.gov/faqs). 
  • Free live chat services are available on many tax preparation websites if you create an account with them.

The Black Creek Village Library is once again a drop off location for Black Creek Citizen of the Year nominations, sponsored by the Black Creek Advancement Association.  If you have someone in mind who is deserving of this honor, please stop in and fill out a nomination form.

Have a great week, everyone!

This Week’s Programming Schedule:

  • Thursday, Feb. 15th @ 6:00 PM – Knitting
  • Friday, Feb. 16th @ 10:15 AM – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Friday, Feb. 16th @ 10:30 AM -  Preschool StoryTime
  • Friday, Feb. 16th @ 3:15 FLASH Friday - Crafts

Library Hours:

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

Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sat. 10:00am - 4:00pm

Foreword: February 5, 2018

By on

Who’s excited about no school on Friday?  We are!  Don’t forget to let us know if you plan to be here for School’s Out: Sun Catchers and Weather Vanes at 2 pm on Friday.  Here’s how to RSVP: sign up in person at the library, call us at (920) 984-3094, email us at bcl@blackcreeklibrary.org, or send us a message on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/blackcreekvillagelibrary/.  Easy!

“And Best Picture Goes to…” our new February displays!  This month, we’re celebrating Award Season with fan (and academy) favorite movies, as well as a whole shelf full of favorites recommended by our patrons.  If you have a book (or CD, or movie) to recommend, let one of us know the next time you’re here.

We also love to hear from kids.  What is your favorite book and why?    In fact, that’s our table topic this month, and all participants will get a prize.  You will also get a prize for drawing a picture of a bug, even though bugs aren’t our favorite (but maybe they’re yours!)  Our hallway project this month is: “If you were to discover a new insect, what would it look like?”  We can’t wait to see all of the creative ideas you come up with.

It’s tax season again, and if you’re looking for federal tax forms, we unfortunately do not have them.  Don’t panic, though, because there are still a number of ways to get them:

440 Security Blvd.

Green Bay, WI 54313

(920) 662-5999

Hours: Mon. Closed; Tue. 8:30am – 4:30pm; Wed. Closed; Thu. 8:30am-4:30pm; Fri. 8:30am - 4:30pm

  • Appleton Public Library

225 N. Oneida St.

Appleton, WI 54911

(920) 832-6177

Hours: Mon. – Thu. 9am – 9pm; Fri. 9am – 6pm; Sat. 9am – 5pm; Sun. 12pm – 5pm.

  • Call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676) between 7am and 7pm Mon. – Fri. to have forms and instructions mailed to you within 7-10 days. 

The Black Creek Village Library is once again a drop off location for Black Creek Citizen of the Year nominations, sponsored by the Black Creek Advancement Association.  If you have someone in mind who is deserving of this honor, please stop in and fill out a nomination form.

Have a great week, everyone!

This Week’s Programming Schedule:

  • Thursday, Feb. 8th @ 6:00 PM – Knitting
  • Friday, Feb. 9th @ 10:15 AM – Baby/Toddler StoryTime
  • Friday, Feb. 9th @ 10:30 AM -  Preschool StoryTime
  • Friday, Feb. 9th @ 2:00 PM – School’s Out: Sun Catchers and Weather Vanes!

Library Hours:

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

Fri. 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sat. 10:00am - 4:00pm

Foreword: January 29, 2018

By on

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

By on

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

Pages