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Apr 17

Spring is Here!

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM by Craig Jacobson

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chasing spring.jpgAfter such a harsh winter, isn’t it wonderful that spring is finally here?!  As the flowers start to bloom and the weather begins to warm up, why not take a peek at some of the books that Frank L. Weyenberg Library has to offer on this wonderful season.  Bruce Stutz’s Chasing Spring: An American Journey Through a Changing Season, is a very interesting read.  The book describes his three-month car journey to discover spring, including stunning recaps of his observations of bird migrations, the melting of snow on the Rocky Mountains, and nature in its purest form from the lovely blooming of wildflowers to the intensity and terror of a tornado outbreak.  This book truly takes the reader on a fascinating, informational, and uplifting journey through this unique season.

how do you know spring.jpgLooking to get the kids interested in learning more about the season?  We have a number of books that are sure to be educational, as well as interesting, to help familiarize your little ones with the changes in our environment.  Here are a few titles to think about: The Nature and Science of Spring by Jane Burton, How Do You Know It’s Spring? by Allan Fowler, and the fun and witty, The Little Witch’s Spring Holiday book by Linda Glovach, which is packed with fun ideas for crafts and games surrounding the season.

A great website to check out for spring craft ideas to do with the kids is: http://fun.familyeducation.com/family-time/entertainment/34243.html. There are so many fun and inexpensive ideas on here that will really get the kids excited about spring!

Also don’t forget that anything you see on EasiCat, can be requested from other libraries.  Please ask a librarian or give our reference desk a call if you would like assistance with this.

Are you a teen or a parent of a teen looking for ways to have fun and get creative?  Consider writing a poem or two about the sights and sounds of the season or any other topic you would like and enter in our Teen Poetry Contest.  What better way to get involved and have fun basking in this great time of year?!  Please go to our website to find rules and further information on our Teen Poetry Contest.

There is so much joy to be found in the season of spring.  Remember to appreciate it while it is here, either by going out for a nice walk and getting some fresh air with a loved one or by taking the time to stop and enjoy the flowers.  Spring is definitely in the air!

Apr 03

Celebrate National Poetry Month With the Frank L. Weyenberg Library!

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:40 AM by Craig Jacobson

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As April begins, we have several programs at the library that celebrate the written word through poetry.

maxgarland.jpgFirst, the 2014 Fine Art Series sponsored by the Weyenberg Public Library Foundation continues our second event of the year.  Max Garland of Eau Claire is the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2013-2014 and our Communities Read author for 2014.  Garland left a ten-year career as a mail carrier to pursue his love of poetry. His first collection, The Postal Confessions, earned him the prestigious Juniper Prize for Poetry. Garland chronicles his years carrying the mail in a classic American voice, discovering deeply felt significance within everyday experiences often drawn from the lives of the folks who lived on his rural mail route.  As Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, Garland hopes to “reach out to those who may feel alienated from the world of poetry (or art), and yet have deeply felt experiences to record and honor…. [P]oetry is still a means of expression open to everyone.  It’s one of those things that’s just too important to be left to experts.” Join us on April 10th at 6:30pm; this event is free of charge and open to the public. 

poetrycontestlogo.jpgThroughout the month of April, teens are encouraged to submit up to two poems for the Weyenberg Library Teen Poetry Contest.  Visit the library’s gallery space in May to view submissions and vote for your People’s Choice Award Winner.  Guidelines for entries are located at http://www.flwlib.org/index.aspx?nid=159.  We look forward to sharing the creativity of our community’s young adults.

On April 24th, carry a “Poem in Your Pocket” to share at the library and around the community.  The library staff is excited to share a favorite poem with patrons and we look forward to seeing what you have to share with us.  To learn more about Poem in Your Pocket day and how you can participate in your community, visit www.poets.org.

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Just in time for National Poetry Month, the Juvenile Non-fiction collection has some great new titles to explore and share.  A new series of books by Jill Kalz highlight a variety of subjects and encourage children to try their hand at writing a bit of poetry themselves.  Follow the links to locate them at your library today: Pucks, Clubs, and Baseball Gloves , Thorns, Horns, and Crescent Moons, Tickles, Pickles, and Floofing Persnickles, and Trust, Truth, and Ridiculous Goofs.  Also new to our collection are Pug and Other Animal Poems by Valerie Worth, Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and Poems To Learn by Heart selected by Caroline Kennedy.  In addition to these new titles, you will find a variety of children’s poetry collections at call number 811 in the Juvenile Non-fiction area.

Young or old, there is something for everyone at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library this April.  We look forward to seeing you!

Mar 13

Luck of the Irish

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

irish blessings cover.jpg“Wherever you go and
Whatever you do,
May the luck of the Irish
Be there with you.”

Everyone is Irish on March 17, so Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you.  The Emerald Isle, with its 40 shades of green is considered to be one of the prettiest countries in the world.  That fact is easily seen in the book, Irish Blessings: a photographic celebration, where beautiful color photographs accompany sixty traditional blessings.  Other books that help you journey through the beautiful countryside of Ireland would be Journey Through IrelandA Guide to Stone Circles, The Pipes Are Calling, and The Most Beautiful Villages of Ireland.  PBS can take you on a special tour of Historic Pubs of Dublin, with Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) as your special tour guide.  Not only will he tell you about these special establishments, but he will also give you a feel for this country- it’s history and its people.  Should you want to travel to Ireland you wouldn’t want to miss a thing.  Ireland’s Best Trips, Back Roads Ireland, and National Geographic Traveler: Ireland are wonderful guides that point out great road trips and off-the-path excursions while you are there.

most beautiful villages cover.jpgThe beauty of this country can also be found in their music.  The sounds of fiddle, bodhran, bones, guitar, mandolin, whistle, and bagpipes come together to form the music that is unique to Irish songs and ballads in Coming Home, Celtic Wedding Music, The Bagpipe, Leahy, Clancy Brothers, The Road Less Traveled, One More Song, Wedding and Love Songs, The Very Best of the Irish Tenors, Come Dance With Me in Ireland, Greatest Hits, and Celtic Divas.  Irish dancing as in Jig and The Best of Riverdance is just as joyful as their music.

 There’s nothing more Irish than Irish stew.  If you’d like to try your hand at that or other Irish delicacies like pork sausages with colcannon, buttered cabbage, brown soda bread, Irish apple cake, or fluffy lemon pudding you might want to check out Rachel’s Irish Family Food, The New Irish Table, The Little Irish Baking Book, Cooking the Irish Way, The Irish Pub Cookbook, and The Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors.

shannon cover.jpgWith all the beauty that is Ireland, the heart of Ireland is her people. The Irish Way, The Great Hunger, This Great Calamity, Ireland, a Terrible Beauty, and The Irish: sinners, saints, gamblers, gentry, are all books that tell the history of what these people have endured.

There are quite a few stories that take place in Ireland whether you like mysteries, historical fiction, or just a good book.  Here are a few suggestions: Trinity, Lion of Ireland, This Cold Country, A Star Called Henry, My Dream of You, In the Company of Others, A Week in Winter, The Last Storyteller, The Matchmaker of Kenmare, The Celtic Riddle, The Nature of Water and Air, and The Death of an Irish Tinker.  For those of you that like books in a series there is  Irish Trilogy,  Cousins O’ Dwyer, Galway Chronicles, Irish Country Novel, Dublin Saga, Sister Fidelma, and Nuala Anne McGrail Novels

As the Irish have said,
“May you have…
A song in your heart,
A smile on your lips
And nothing but joy
At your fingertips.”
…and may you have a good book to read.

Book covers courtesy of Easicat.