Foreword - News and to-dos

Foreword: January 2, 2020

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

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

Foreword: December 12, 2019

Change is great! If you have been in our children’s section recently you may have noticed a rainbow of colors on our picture book spine labels. We have just completed moving and sorting our entire picture book collection into “Neighborhoods”-essentially mini-locations. Every book has a different color on its label that corresponds to its Neighborhood and each Neighborhood has a precise location in the catalog indicating where it can be found.

These books used to be separated by first letter of the author’s last name, but now they are grouped together by subject matter and theme. For example, we now have an Animals Neighborhood and a Things that Go Neighborhood. If you are looking for a Curious George book, it would be in the Favorites and Characters Neighborhood. The books are still shelved alphabetically within the neighborhoods. We think this will make the collection easier to browse and more fun to peruse. Staff worked very hard and we are thrilled about this change!

The Wolf River Beavers 4-H Club has a collection box inside the library for new pillows, twin size sheet sets and twin size comforters. They are collecting these items for the COTS homeless shelter and the box will be here until Friday, December 20th!

Fact of the Week:

For most of the country, outdoor Christmas lights were not widely available until the late 1920’s as electricity was needed for use. The largest display of lit Christmas trees is recorded as happening on November 2, 2015, when the Hallmark Channel lit 559 Christmas trees in New York City’s Herald Square!

Next Week at the Library:

  • Fri. Dec. 20 – 10:15am- Baby/Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Dec. 20 - 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: December 5, 2019

It is the last month of 2019! A new month means a new Table Topic and Hallway Project. For December, our question to you is: What is the best thing that happened to you in 2019?  For our Hallway Project, we have various ornament shapes you can decorate and personalize. While you are here, try your luck at our holiday-themed scavenger hunt and try to unscramble all the words! Turn in your completed word list for a prize!

Congratulations to Amy W., the winner of the Thanksgiving raffle basket created by the Friends of the Library. The new basket is out, so come take a look and try your chance at winning! Tickets are a quarter each or five for a dollar.

Do not forget to nominate a worthy friend or neighbor for the 2020 Black Creek Citizen of the Year award! You have until Tuesday, December 10th to get your submissions in. Look for the nomination box on our front counter.

Fact of the Week:

90% of candy canes are sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the single biggest week for sales is the second week of December.

 

Next Week at the Library:

 

  • Mon. Dec. 11 – 5:00pm – Lawyer in the Library
  • Fri. Dec. 15 – 10:15am- Baby/Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Dec. 15 - 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: November 28, 2019

Did you know that the week of Thanksgiving coincides with National Game & Puzzle week? What a perfect time to bring out a puzzle or board game. After the cooking, eating and cleaning are all finished get some exercise-for your brain that is! Playing games can strengthen connections in your brain as well as your connections to others.

We have a great collection of board games for you to use while you are here at the library. From classics (“Mr. Green in the Library!”) to fresh updates (Monopoly Harry Potter!) we have something for every age. We have gotten several fun puzzles as donations recently and have put them out on tables for those who are up to the challenge! We also have a giant memory game to check out as well as learning game kits.

Don’t forget about our fun program on Friday: a Holiday kick-off for kids to make and personalize a gift for a loved one. We will also have craft supplies out to make cards and gift tags! No sign-up is necessary, drop in when you can from 11am-3pm.

Fact of the Week:

The first jigsaw puzzles were made by a man named John Spilsbury, a Berkshire mapmaker, in 1760. They were maps of the then British Empire cut into pieces. He named them “dissected maps.” The term “jigsaw puzzle” was not used until around 1910.

Next Week at the Library:

  • Tues. Dec. 3 - 6:00pm- Black Creek Village Library Board Meeting
  • Fri. Dec. 6 – 10:15am- Baby/Toddler Storytime
  • Fri. Dec. 6 - 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

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