Thursday, June 30, 2011

Construction Photos: Eight

Okay, it's been a little while since we posted one of these and some significant progress has been made in the interim. Check out what's been happening at the construction site:

Here we can see that the basement is now fully enclosed-- walls and ceiling. Yay! Plus, you can see a little of the structural steel that will hold up ceiling trusses once they are installed in July.

This shot shows the basement relative to the existing building. The piles of dirt will be used to fill in around the basement walls after the 4th of July.

A shot from the north, showing the structural steel work a little more clearly.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Just a quick reminder that the library will be closed on the Fourth of July in honor of Independence Day.

Though we won't be open that day, doesn't mean we can't help you celebrate!
We have music to play at your BBQ, some suggested CDs you may find are Now that's What I Call the USA: The Patriotic Country Collection, God Bless America, America: A Tribute to Heroes, and more! We also have some great cooking magazines that could help you whip up the prize winning dish at your get together, may I suggest reading Midwest Living they had some sweet corn recipes with pictures that are making my mouth water. We also have lots of other great material.

If you miss the fireworks, don't fret, relive the experience through this free little online takes a few minutes to load, but it is fun and pretty!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Edible Book Contest

We have an Edible Book Contest coming up on Wednesday, July 13th at 6:00 pm. You should come and check it out, or enter to win prizes. The details are below!

Mukwonago Community Library
Edible Book Contest Rule

1. All entries must be turned in between Friday, July 8th at 9 am and Wednesday, July 13th at 10 am. (We do not accept earlier drop offs because of the chances of entries spoiling).
2. Entries do not have to look like a book. They just have to be a food creation that is based off of a book title, cover or character.
3. Items that need to be refrigerated should be no larger than 1’ by 1’.
4. Items that do not need to be refrigerated may be any size.
5. To be eligible to win the contestant must turn in the entry with a completely filled out entry form.
6. Participation in this contest is giving your permission to publish images of the entry and contestant’s name for library promotion. You also understand that your entry will be eaten. 
7. Grand prize winner receives:

• 10 free entries for SLP grand prizes
• A SLP cooking apron
• 5 free books from the SLP collection

All contestants will received:

• 1 free entry for the SLP grand prize
• 1 free book from SLP collection (up to first 10 contestants)

8. The prize will be judged by library staff and the winner announced at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 13th. The winner does not have to be present to participate.
9. All entries will then be offered to library staff and patrons to eat during the book contest party on Wednesday, July 13th 6pm-8:30 pm.
10. Any dishes/plates or other devices used to transport the entry must have you name and phone number clearly labeled on it. (We want to make sure you get your items back.)

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Entry Contains:  Eggs  Milk  Nuts  Gluten Low Sodium

Thursday, June 23, 2011

22nd Annual Energy Fair


Each year the MREA Energy Fair transforms rural Central Wisconsin into the global hot spot for renewable energy education. The Energy Fair brings over 20,000 people from nearly every state in the U.S. and several countries around the world to learn, connect with others and ready them for action at home. The Energy Fair is the nation's longest running energy education event of its kind.

The Energy Fair features:

  • Over 275 exhibitors - featuring sustainable living and clean energy products
  • Over 200 workshops - including introductory level to advanced hands-on education: solar, wind, green building, local sustainable food, and more
  • Clean Energy Car Show - featuring demonstration vehicles and exhibitors
  • Green Home Pavilion - emphasizing building and remodeling in a sustainable way
  • Green Building Demos - displaying sustainable building techniques in action
  • Sustainable Tables - including workshops, chef demos, and a farmers' market to bring sustainability to your dinner table
  • Inspirational keynotes, lively entertainment, great food, and local beer

Join us for the 22nd Annual Energy Fair, June 17-19, 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Local Author Visits...and a Mystery!

Author Jerry Peterson and Maddy Hunter recently visited us to tell us all about their great books!

Jerry's book Early's Fall takes place in the 1940s is Riley County Kansas. Sheriff James Early's job becomes personal when some locals turn up butchered. The Sheriff does his share of sleuthing with his great sidekicks while trying to solve the mystery. Great dialog and intelligently written. If you want a taste of Jerry's writing you can read the first three chapters of his book on his website, or check the book out from the library.

Maddy Hunter writes a series called Passport to Peril. This hilarious series follows a troupe of senior citizens while they vacation all over the world. While on these vacations they become the center of wild murders, crimes, and other antics. Laugh along with these cozy mysteries and get your copy from the library, or check them out at her website.

Now you great people who read the blog. I am going to clue you on a little mystery of my own. Maddy Hunter left us a few "mystery items" to give to our valued patrons. If you want to know what she left, and how you may get one...check out the Adult Services Facebook Page...and good luck!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Wonderful Wednesdays!

Today was the first Wonderful Wednesday event that took place at the Village Hall! Miss Jane, our Children's Librarian reported we had over 100 attendees to see the Juggling Extravaganza by Doug the Jug. Check out this line up!


For families of all ages. No registration necessary.

These events will be held in the lower level at the Mukwonago Village Hall, 440 River Crest Court.

June 15, 10:00 AM
Doug the Jug: "Juggling Extravanganza."

June 22, 10:00 AM
Jerry Falkenstein, Storyteller: "Circle the Globe with Storytelling."

June 29, 10:00 AM
Fox & Branch, Musicians: "Family Folk Music"

July 6, 10:00 AM
David HB Drake, Musician: "What a Wonderful World"

July 13, 10:00 AM
Jim Mitchell, Magician: "One World, Many Stories"

July 20, 10:00 AM
Nature in the Parks: "One Butterfly, Three Countries"

July 27, 10:00 AM
Tom Kastle, Musician: "Maritime Music"

August 3, 10:00 AM
Puppet Story Theater: "Puppet Travels"

Monday, June 13, 2011

Wednesday Come Get Free Sundaes and Chat with Authors!

Wednesday, June 15th 6:30 pm - Ice Cream Social with Local Authors
Share a sundae with local authors Jerry Peterson and Maddy Hunter as you listen to them speak about their books and the process of writing. Even ask questions and get your copy of the book signed. Jerry Peterson is known for his novel Early's Fall and Maddy Hunter is the author of the series Passport to Peril.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Construction Photos: Seven

These truck mounted cranes are pretty terrific. Though they are small (as far as some cranes go) they can still hoist as much as 14 tons. Incredible!

Gang planks weigh between 10 & 15 pounds per square foot. These premolded pieces will help create the structure of the basement concrete walls.

These gang planks are held into place by the forms. There has also been in ground plumbing finished on the completed basement area of the library...OoOoO.

This is a shot of the current dividing door between the completed section of basement and the addition basement. A good place to store valuables or relocate the Director's Office :P

Check in with us next time to see how things progress!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Come Sign up for the Summer Library Program

Before you get your summer all planned come and see what events the library is having for the Summer Library Program. We have Appalachian story tellers, Jugglers, author visits, contests, prizes, games, and more! Come on in! When you walk in the door there will be a table with friendly volunteers who can help you sign up and answer all of your questions.

The best part...participation is FREE! We all need that price these days. Or if you can't make it to the library and still want to know how to participate give us a call at (262) 363-6411, or check out our website or Adults Facebook, Teen Facebook.

Thank you volunteers! We couldn't do this without you!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pathfinder: Learning About Dogs

Doggonit! If your reading this, then I can assume you want to know a little bit more about our canine pals. You may be looking at options for training, optimal diet and exercise, what breed is best for you, or just reading up. Whatever your need the library has a surprising amount of material, suggestions, and experiences to help you become more familiar with Man's Best Friends. Let's have a look!

We have Paws to Read, which is a reading activity geared for our younger readers. Visit the library and read a poem, picture book, or book chapter to our Therapy Dogs. This is a drop in event with no registration necessary. The intent of this program is to help youth connect with reading, it is also an opportunity for them to connect with dogs. We have Navarre the Samoyed, Zeus the American Bulldog mix, B.J. the Rottweiller, and a new welcome to Marcie the Border Collie. If you don't feel like reading you can always come visit these friendly dogs, or give your younger family members a memorable experience with dogs first hand! For more information about these events check the Youth Services Page.
Local Resources:

Dog Exercise Areas
Dog are welcome in any Waukesha County park, given they are properly licenced and leashed. If you want to let your dog off leash and exercise them Waukesha County has two areas. It is a nice perk because there is no extra charge for using these areas (Milwaukee County charges). For more information check out the Waukesha County Park System website.

Speciality Business
There are a lot of local businesses dedicated to dogs. End of the Leash is one such business that offers a ton of services, products, and events. I will let their blog do the talking for them.

Here are some of our newer book on:
Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog (2010)
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Positive Dog Training, by Pamela Dennison (2011)
The 50+ Dog Owner: Complete Dog Parenting for Baby Boomers and Beyond, by Mary Jane Checchi (2011)
Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend To Your Pet (2010)

Careers with Dogs: The Comprehensive Guide to Finding Your Dream Job, by Kim Thorton (2010)
How to Start a Home-Based Pet-Sitting and Dog-Walking Business, by Cathy Vaughan (2011)
Dog Stories:
The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption, by Jim Gorant (2010)
One Dog at a Time: Saving the Strays of Afghanistan, by Pen Farthing (2010)
A Famous Dog's Life: The Story of Gidget, America's Most Beloved Chihuahua, by Sue Chipperton (2011)
Chicken Soup for the Sould: My Dog's Life: 1010 Stories About All the Ages and Stages Of Our Canine Companians (2011)
Oogy: The Dog Only A Family Could Love, by Larry Levin (2010)
You Had Me At Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness, by Julie Klam (2010)
Knit Your Own Dog: Easy-To-Follow Patterns for 25 Pedigree Pooches by Sally Muir (2011)

Dog Fancy ~ 2008 thru current year
Dog World ~ 2006 thru current year
AKC Family Dog ~ 2009 thru current year
Dog Watch ~ 2009 thru current year

Dogs 101 (2010)
Caution! Show Dogs! A Dogumentary (2010)
Home School. Children and dogs. Volume 1 (2009)
Dog Tails: History, Genealogy, Traits (2010)
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan. Season 4, Volume 2 (2010)
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan. Season 4, Volume 1 (2010)
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan. Completed Third Season (2008)
Dogs for Dummies (2004)

Those are only some of our selection? Do you have any resources or websites that you would suggest?