Friday, April 29, 2011

Construction Photos: Four

The wet weather hasn't helped the project any, but things are still moving along. Here you can see the entire North wall stripped of its bricks:

While this is the eastern exposure, likewise missing almost all of its bricks:

Here you can see the huge mound of topsoil that has been created onsite by the excavating and grading occurring on the east side of the lot, where the parking will be going:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wisconsin in the Movies

I don't know about you...but I have been reading about Wisconsin in the news everywhere the last few months. Every national or trade magazine is talking about politics....well let's try something lighter on for size this evening!

I came across this older article about movies filmed in Wisconsin. Did you know that a section of the Blues Brothers movie was filmed on 794? Check out this brief article to get some ideas about your next flick...then you can point and say "hey that's us!"

The author doesn't mention television like That Seventies Show or Happy Days!


Celebrate Children's Book Week: meet author JoAnn Early Macken

Celebrate Children's Book Week by meeting author JoAnn Early Macken as she shares her new book Baby Says Moo! on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 AM. This is a storytime for families with young children. Jane D.

Monday, April 25, 2011

At the Car Wash....♫♫♫♫ could be at the car wash getting your car washed for FREE if you come enter for a chance to win at the library. You might be asking yourself how does one win this fabulous prize?

Step 1: Come to the library.
Step 2: Pick out any item in the library to check out (we have DVDs, books, music, video games)
Step 3: Go up to the self-check out machine near the entrance/exit, and check out.
Step 4: Rip off the top of your receipt and put it in the entry bin to the left of the machine.

Voila! Every time you do that you enter to win a weekly prize of a free car wash. We have 3 more full weeks of this wonderful promotion. So get your car the car wash ♫ ♫ at Amato Ford.

Attention Kindle Users!

Amazon has announced that later this year they will be launching the Kindle Lending Library. If you have a Kindle or you are thinking about getting one....this is great news for you! It means you will have the opportunity to borrow e-books for free from over 11,000 public libraries, including those here in Waukesha County.

If you don't have a Kindle...don't feel left out! You can borrow one from the Mukwonago Community Library. It is a browsing item so you won't be able to put it on hold, but for more questions give the library a ring at (262) 363-6411. Or if you find yourself insatiable for more new about this awesome new Kindle feature check out the Amazon press release.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Construction Photos: Three

Some pictures of the ongoing demolition from the previous two weeks. The exterior brick on the north and east walls has been removed, since the new building will be expanding in those directions:

Plus, the
planter is gone, making way for the drive-up book drop. All of the named bricks have been preserved, never fear.

The inside has not escaped unscathed. Most of the office space is gone, and the carpeting and ceilings have likewise disappeared.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Make Way for Children's Book Week!

May 2nd through May 8th is Children's Book Week! Tell me...who doesn't enjoy a good children's book? One of my favorite parts about working in a library is looking at all the neat storybooks and reminiscing about the ones from my own childhood. Well give your little one a little something extra to remember!

To help us celebrate Children's Book Week at the Mukwonago Community Library author JoAnn Early Macken will visiting. So come on down on Wednesday, May 4th at 10:00 a.m. for a story time where she will share her books. Check out her website for more information her and her books. A neat idea would be to read a few of her books to your little ones and bring them in to meet her. Nothing is cooler then a celebrity author!

See you soon and happy reading!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Construction Photos: Two

Groundbreaking! What a wonderful day. The weather could have been a little warmer, but it didn't rain and we had a great turnout for the event. Civic leaders, staff members, community volunteers, and several of our biggest donors were there to see the long anticipated moment when the construction would "formally" begin. Amongst the donors were nearly all of the John and Lorraine McAdams family. These generous and foresighted individuals combined their resources and donated $700,000 to the capitol campaign.

Thanks to all our many wonderful donors, we were finally able to do this:

Lorraine McAdams and members of her family break ground with a will. The family donated $700,000 to the capitol campaign in late 2010, allowing the construction to proceed this spring.

Members of the Library Board break ground on the long awaited expansion. Several members were unable to attend. Additionally, several past Board members who were instrumental to the project were also unable to participate.

Village Board members, library staff and village staff all move the earth to signal the start of construction.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Construction Photos: One

As the library settles into its temporary home at 1012 Main St., work is really started to ratchet up at the expansion and renovation site. Here are some pictures from late March, just as the construction project was starting to get under way:

The construction fencing is up, and the trees are starting to come down. The house on the corner is gone. Groundbreaking photos up next.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Can’t read the text of normal printed books?

If you (or someone you know) cannot read normal sized text in a printed book you should learn about the resources provided by the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library.

If you have a visual handicap, legal blindness, physical handicap, or reading disability you are eligible for the services of having borrowing materials sent to you free of charge. This service isn’t just for individuals, qualifying schools, hospital, or nursing homes can participate to enrich services and provide better resources.

You can get over 40,000 different titles of best sellers, romances, mysteries, classics, sports, travel, and more! These titles can come in Braille, recorded cassette, large print, digital book and they even have transcribed DVDs. Or ask about the special resources about Wisconsin and collection of works by Wisconsin authors.

In the last few years the services provided by the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library have been made even more convenient because you can search for and request materials right from your home computer! These aren’t just stale old titles either you can check out some newer James Patterson, Debbie Macomber books! So what are you waiting for check them out (or at least their resources).

If you want to know what the picture above says...check out the text to Braille converter website. :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

National Library Week

Wouldn’t it be neat if there was an entire week every year dedicated to libraries? A week where we could celebrate how awesome your library is?

Well lucky for us April 10th is the beginning of National Library Week! National Library Week came about in 1957 when research started indicating that people were spending less time reading and spending more time on entertainment like the radio and television. At that time the main purpose of National Library Week was to motivate people to read so they would support the library.

Libraries have changed a bit since then trying to entice you with other wonderful resources like movies, technology, learning, storytimes, and events. It is meant as a way to make a plethora of forms of educational and entertainment resources available for the community it serves. As we are here to serve you, come on down to the library and check out some of the excellent free resources, events, and programs we have to offer you (especially during NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK!!!!).


Computer Classes:
Tuesday April 12th – Computer Basics from 1pm to 3pm
This is very simple computer operation skills.
Wednesday April 13th – Microsoft Excel Come and learn the basics of how to operate Microsoft
Excel a computer program used for bookkeeping and form creating!
Friday April15th – Computer Basics from 10 am to 12 pm

Crossword Contest
Pick up a crossword puzzle at the library reference desk. Turn it in at the reference reference desk by April 20th, for your chance to be entered in for a Elegant Farmer gift card!

Book Club
Page Turners Book Club meets Monday April 11th at 1 pm.


Family Film Night:
Monday April 11th starting at 6 pm. Bring your family for a free movie and popcorn at the library. Everyone is encourage to where their pajamas and bring blankets to cozy up while watching this movie. This one is about a magically long-haired Rapunzel who is discovered by a runaway thief!

An Evening with Mama Baer

Tuesday April 12th starting at 6:30pm. Come and enjoy wonderfully crafted and told storytime by local storyteller Mama Baer.

Paws to Read

Wednesday April 13th from 6pm to 7pm. Come read to lovable B.J. the Rottweiler. You can even pick the book!

Earth Day Contest:

We are having a contest for building a piece of artwork or sculpture out of recycled material to win a prize! You have until Saturday April 15th at 4 pm to drop off your amazing artwork!