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Foreword - January 24, 2022

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Mobile hotspots are available for check out at Black Creek Village Library as part of a pilot program this year. Adults with cards in good standing may check out a hotspot for one week with the option to renew (if there are no other holds on the item). You may place a hold on a hotspot, but Black Creek Village Library must be the pick up location. Hotspots must be returned only to Black Creek Village Library and must be brought to the main desk during our regular hours. The hotspots access the internet via the T-Mobile network. Please feel free to contact the library for more information.

To place a hold on a hotspot, enter the following search into www.infosoup.org: T-Mobile 4G LTE hotspot

We continue to showcase first in a series books as we start the new year. The featured series this week is a fantasy series for adults that will appeal to teens too. Prepare to enter a world with multiple Londons, each defined by their level of magic or lack thereof. In Red London, magic is vibrant and strong, and home to Kell, who is a blood magician and one of only two magicians that can travel between the Londons. Grey London has long forgotten the existence of magic and is the home of the ailing King George III. It is also the home of nineteen-year-old Delilah (Lila) Bard, a quick-witted thief with a light touch, a fondness for knives, and dreams of becoming a pirate. Kell serves as an emissary of the royal family, but he’s also been known to smuggle objects between worlds, a practice that is strictly forbidden. Injured and fleeing to Grey London, he encounters Lila, who promptly picks his pocket. A battle of wits and weaponry ensues as Kell seeks to reclaim his contraband. Kell’s latest act of smuggling has unintended consequences, and an unlikely and tenuous partnership is formed. Can this partnership (and their respective worlds) survive? A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab is the first volume of a completed trilogy that takes place in carefully crafted world where magic and power are intertwined.Contact the library to request or or place a hold at www.infosoup.org

We continue to monitor the pandemic. The library remains open for public use within specific limits. Library capacity is limited to 5 people, and library users are asked to limit visits to 30 minutes. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. To protect the safety of library users and staff, face coverings that cover one's mouth and nose are required to enter the library. Masks are available at the library entrance. Curbside service continues to be available. Thank you for helping us make our facility available to you.

Current hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Foreword - January 17, 2022

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Mobile hotspots are available for check out at Black Creek Village Library as part of a pilot program this year. Adults with cards in good standing may check out a hotspot for one week with the option to renew (if there are no other holds on the item). You may place a hold on a hotspot, but Black Creek Village Library must be the pick up location. Hotspots must be returned only to Black Creek Village Library and must be brought to the main desk during our regular hours. The hotspots access the internet via the T-Mobile network. Please feel free to contact the library for more information.

To place a hold on a hotspot, enter the following search into www.infosoup.org: T-Mobile 4G LTE hotspot

Series continue to take center stage as we start the new year, and we’d like to highlight a four-volume teen series that concluded in late 2020. An Ember in the Ashesis the first book in the series by the same name and was written by Sabaa Tahir. The novel and the series that follows is an epic story of individuals fighting to be free of the roles and constraints their society has placed on them. Laia and her family are Scholars, one of the many social groups oppressed by the ruthless Martials. When her brother is arrested and her grandparents are killed, Laia agrees to help the Resistance by posing as a slave and serving the commandant of Blackcliff, the elite Martial academy, in exchange for her brother’s freedom. This decision sets her on path that intersects with the path of Elias Veturius, one of the finest soliders at the academy. He’s trying to live up to his family’s reputation and high expectations even though he secretly wishes to leave the empire and never look back. Elias and Laia meet, an unlikely and tenuous alliance is struck, and the struggle to determine the right path forward intensifies. The story is populated with well-developed characters swept up in an action-packed plot in a carefully crafted and brutal world. The audiobooks are also highly recommended. Contact the library to request or or place a hold at www.infosoup.org

We continue to monitor the pandemic. The library remains open for public use within specific limits. Library capacity is limited to 5 people, and library users are asked to limit visits to 30 minutes. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. To protect the safety of library users and staff, face coverings that cover one's mouth and nose are required to enter the library. Masks are available at the library entrance. Curbside service continues to be available. Thank you for helping us make our facility available to you.

Current hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Foreword - January 10, 2022

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We hope 2022 is off to a good start! A new year is often a time of setting goals, including reading goals. Whether you’re looking to go off your beaten path of your typical reading preferences or are determined to finish a favorite series, we’re here to help!

We continue to shine a spotlight on series with our first book of a series displays. This week, we’re giving special attention to the The Greystone Secrets series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The Greystone children—Chess (age twelve), Emma (age ten), and Finn (age eight)—have a stable, albeit a bit too predictable, life with their mother until the day they arrive home from school to find their mother upset over the kidnapping of three children in Arizona—who share the kids’ names and birthdays—which is really strange. The next day, their mom leaves on an unexpected work trip and leaves them in the care of an acquaintance (who has a daughter, Natalie) with nothing but a mysterious letter as an explanation. Convinced their mother is in danger and that they are somehow connected to the kidnapped children, the Greystone children join forces with Natalie to find their mother and unearth whatever truths she’s hiding. The story is told in chapters that alternate between the three Greystone kids’ points of view, which highlights the importance of each child’s contributions and their roles in each other’s lives. The Strangers is filled with mystery, adventure, and a compelling twist. It is recommended for tweens who enjoy page-turners that will keep them guessing. Contact the library to request the book or place a hold at www.infosoup.org

We continue to monitor the pandemic. The library remains open for public use within specific limits. Library capacity is limited to 5 people, and library users are asked to limit visits to 30 minutes. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. To protect the safety of library users and staff, face coverings that cover one's mouth and nose are required to enter the library. Masks are available at the library entrance. Curbside service continues to be available. Thank you for helping us make our facility available to you.

Current hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Foreword - January 3, 2022

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Happy New Year!

Are you in the mood to start a new series in the new year? Stop in the library and check out our displays featuring the first book in a series for a variety of genres and ages.

One series we’d like to highlight is The Kopp Sisters series by Amy Stewart. The first book in this series is Girl Waits With Gun , which finds inspiration in the historical record. Constance Kopp and her two sisters (Norma and Fluerette) live quiet, isolated lives on their small farm in New Jersey. After their buggy is struck and overturned by an automobile while on a routine trip into Paterson. Constance, a tall and formidable woman, politely demands the contact information for the driver (Henry Kaufman) before forcing the issue with her considerable presence. When the line-item invoice for the damage done to their buggy is ignored, Constance visits his place of business and pins Kaufman against the wall when he threatens Fleurette. So begins his campaign of threats and intimidation against the sisters, which only strengthens Constance’s determination to bring him to justice despite considerable odds. It unites compelling characters, a plot with escalating stakes (threats, family secrets, and scandal!), and an implicit commentary on expectations held by society for women at the time. Constance Kopp became one of the first female deputy sheriff’s in the country. The series continues to follow the sisters with the author noting when she has taken creative license. Contact the library to request or or place a hold at www.infosoup.org

We continue to monitor the pandemic. The library remains open for public use within specific limits. Library capacity is limited to 5 people, and library users are asked to limit visits to 30 minutes. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. To protect the safety of library users and staff, face coverings that cover one's mouth and nose are required to enter the library. Masks are available at the library entrance. Curbside service continues to be available. Thank you for helping us make our facility available to you.

Current hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Foreword - December 27, 2021

As the year draws to a close, we’d like to say “thank you” to all of you who have used the library in the past year and support our mission to provide access to the library’s many resources!

The holidays are a good time to remind you that even when the library doors are closed, you can access materials 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection. The Wisconsin Digital Library provides access to a state-wide collection of e-books, e-audiobooks, and digital magazines that are free with your library card! While you may have to place a hold on in-demand items, there are collections of Lucky Day items that are available with no waiting, and you have the option of searching only for titles currently available. Titles can be downloaded to your device using the Libby app. Links to the Wisconsin Digital Library can be found on the library homepage or the Infosoup homepage. You may access it directly at www.wplc.overdrive.com Not sure where to start? Please contact the library for assistance.

The library continues to provide take-and-make activities for all ages. This week, we’re providing an activity pack for school-age kids to help fill those winter break hours, though all ages may enjoy activities such as a winter scavenger hunt.

We continue to monitor the pandemic. The library remains open for public use within specific limits. Library capacity is limited to 5 people, and library users are asked to limit visits to 30 minutes. Children under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. To protect the safety of library users and staff, face coverings that cover one's mouth and nose are required to enter the library. Masks are available at the library entrance. Curbside service continues to be available. Thank you for helping us make our facility available to you.

Black Creek Village Library will be closed on December 31 and January 1 in observance of the holidays.

Current hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

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