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Foreword - October 18, 2021

We know how much you enjoy browsing the library shelves and are happy to announce that the library has reopened 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.

The library continues to provide take-and-make activities for all ages. Stop in to discover our latest activities.

The Scholomance is a school of magic in which survival is far from certain, and every choice has potentially deadly consequences. No trip to the restroom or supply closet can be considered routine, and allies are a must. Choose your menu wisely since some of the options may be poisoned. There are not any instructors on site to save you, either. Outcast Galadriel (El) Higgins is committed to surviving, and she has decided the erstwhile hero of her class, Orion Lake, must die. True, he saved her twice, but his actions did put her in danger the first place. How can she have any hope of proving her powers, some which may fall on the dark end of the magic spectrum, if Orion keeps interfering? A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik is the first of planned trilogy that creates an elaborate, albeit sinister, magical world in which being an outcast isn’t just lonely—it can be deadly. Teen and adult fans of Harry Potter are sure to enjoy this book. (Better yet, there’s no need to wait long for the second book—The Last Graduate—which was just published last month.)

Current hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Foreword - October 11, 2021

We know how much you enjoy browsing the library shelves and are happy to announce that the library has reopened 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.

The library continues to provide take-and-make activities for all ages. Stop in to discover our latest activities.

Cooler temps = fewer mosquitoes and excellent conditions for disc golf! Lake Park has a disc golf course, and Black Creek Village Library has three sets of regulation disc golf discs and instructions available for checkout. Check out a set for some free family and/or friendly fun. (If our experience with regular Frisbees are any indication, mistakes also have a high entertainment value.) Ready, aim, toss!

Current hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Foreword - October 4, 2021

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We know how much you enjoy browsing the library shelves and are happy to announce that the library has reopened 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 15 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.

The library continues to provide take-and-make activities for all ages. Stop in to discover our latest activities.

Fall is a season of crisp air, crunching leaves, and seasonal traditions. In Rainbow Rowell’s graphic novel Pumpkinheads, the setting is a pumpkin patch-themed park and our heroes are two work friends—Josiah, who is sad to see his final season at the park to come to an end, and Deja, who is on a mission to get Josiah to finally talk to his crush of three pumpkin seasons, The Fudge Girl (actual name: Marcy). Their mission takes them on a zig-zagging trek through the assorted booths and food stands as the friends reflect on the end of an era and future possibilities. Will Josiah finally talk to Marcy? You’ll have to read the book to find out, but rest assured that there’s humor, heart, a bit of action, and a quest for vengeance. The book captures that sense of “lasts” associated with the senior of high school and the thrill of new opportunities on the horizon.

Current hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

September 20, 2021

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We know how much you enjoy browsing the library shelves and are happy to announce that the library has reopened 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 15 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.

We know that back-to-school jitters aren’t limited to those new to school. Fortunately, there are chapter books that tackle the ups-and-downs of school for middle grade and tween readers too.

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez tackles the challenges of a new school in a new city as faced by twelve-year-old Malú. When her mom accepts a visiting position as a professor in Chicago for two years, Malú leaves sunny Florida and her father behind to face seventh grade as the new kid. Things get off to a rocky start as she tries to follow the first rule of punk: be yourself. However, once she recruits a few other misfits to form a punk band (The Co-Co’s) and audition for the school talent show (despite only a week to rehearse with a drummer who technically has never played the drums), things start to look better. The unconventional Co-Co’s don’t make the cut but Malú is determined to rock on, though the obstacles are considerable. This engaging book explores questions of identity, mothers and daughters, and living up to expectations in a way that is will resonate with tweens.

Other recommended books include:
The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin

Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

New Kid by Jerry Craft

Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes

Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School by Emily Jenkins

Mercy Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Current hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

Foreword August 9, 2021

As the new library director, I hope this is a situation where better late than never applies and you will allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rachel Hitt, and it’s been a pleasure meeting you at the library. I’m a Wisconsin native and former teacher (though that was a while ago), and I appreciate the way working in a library lets me tap into the elements of teaching that I enjoyed. I enjoy reading, naturally, and most of my reading lately has been courtesy of audiobooks. (I even have favorite narrators!) I enjoy reading a wide range of books and try to read a variety of books and genres across all age groups. When I’m not reading you may find me in my vegetable garden (listening to audiobooks as I work), though I did take the plunge with a flowerbed this year. I also enjoy baking, crochet, and spending time with family and friends.

We’re keeping a watchful eye on the COVID-19 case rates and the latest public health recommendations. We’d like to be sure we’re doing our part to protect public health as we serve our community, and we appreciate your flexibility and support.

Kids may not quite be ready to start thinking about school, but a new school year is right around the corner. The Black Creek Village Library is serving as a collection point for the 16th Annual Back-to-School Drive sponsored by Community 2000. The school supplies most urgently needed are listed on the Facebook page of Community 2000 – Seymour. Donations will be accepted through August 23.

Our current hours are:

M-Th: 9am-7pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-2pm

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