Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Genealogy: 101

Interested in genealogy but don't know where to start?  Join us for a free class from the Waukesha County Genealogical Society that will introduce the tools you will need to start finding your roots.  Learn the basic steps for finding and using key resources, and organizing your research.

This program will be help on Tuesday, May 1st from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  Can't make it on May 1st?  Then join us on Tuesday, May 15th from 1:00 to 3:00pm when this program will be repeated.   

To register or for more information, stop by the front desk of call us at (262) 363-6411.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Got Interest in Pinterest? A Quick Overview

What Is Pinterest?
Pinterest is a social media network that allows you to create a collage or a bulletin “board” of images based upon themes including apparel, photography, recipes, events, home d├ęcor, entertainment, crafts, technology, etc.  You bookmark or "pin" images and videos that you find online that you wish to save or share with friends.  Also you can follow your friends’ boards and “repin” their content that you like to your own board.

Getting Started With Pinterest?
First, to get started with Pinterest, a friend needs to invite you or you can go to and request an invite which will be sent to your email.

Then create a profile so friends and family can follow your boards, and other users can learn a little more about your pins.

When you start Pinterest you will be given five templates for boards.  You can keep/delete/edit these boards.  Once a board is created, you can then start pinning.

To pin images on your board you have to install the “Pin It” button.  Instructions can be found on the “Goodies Page.”

Start pinning or repining images onto your boards!  However, make sure to check out Pinterest’s “PinEtiquette.”  Pinterest stresses the importance of being respectful, authentic, crediting your sources, and reporting objectionable content.

Why Pinterest?
Pinterest is great way to share unique ideas and creativity with your friends!  When used, Pinterest can become your community, an escape, a life planner, and a way to express yourself.  Plus you can connect you Pinterest account to your Facebook and Twitter accounts also.

How can you use Pinterest?
Planning an event or a wedding?  Create a board with pictures of all the ideas you may have about venues, decorations, entertainment, clothes, caterers, flowers, etc.

Redecorating or just moved into a new home?  Pin images with decorating ideas from bedspreads, furniture, appliances, accents, and arrangements.

Craft a lot?  Save all your crafting ideas and do it yourself projects that you find, but might not be able to do right away!

Traveling soon?  Mark all the historical sites, attractions, and restaurants you might want to visit.

Interested in gadgets and gizmos?  Mark and compare all the new technology trends.

Enjoy books, movies, and music?  Keep track of what you’ve enjoyed and disliked.

Cook a lot?  Create a visual cookbook and pin recipes that were successful and ones you have yet to try.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Technology of the Civil War

Pat Kaboskey, long-time member of the American Civil War Shooting Association and featured expert on the National Geographic Channel’s “Machines of War,” will be here on Saturday, April 21st at 1:00pm for a presentation about the weaponry of the Civil War and the technology behind it.  Along with his vast knowledge of Civil War era technology, Mr. Kaboskey will bring along examples of the uniform and firearms used by the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters and other Civil War units.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April's Staff Picks!

The Mukwonago Community Library features staff picks for each month of the year!    April’s featured staff members are Darlene and Romaine.  You can find their picks at the library by the windows behind the Reference desk or right here below:

Darlene’s Favorites!

Big Trouble by Dave Barry
Lunatics by Dave Barry
Science Fair by Dave Barry
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
Boomsday by Christopher Buckley
Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Stephanie Plum Series 1-18 by Janet Evanovich
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
A Story For Bear by Dennis Haseley
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
First Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Solomon’s Oak by JoAnn Mapson
The Pact by Jodi Picoult
Knock Off by Rhonda Pollero
Buzz Off by Hannah Reed
Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Romaine’s Favorites!

The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Dune (original book) by Frank Herbert
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Puddin’ Head Wilson by Mark Twain
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton
A Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton

Coupon Clipping 101 Program

Learn the secrets of saving 60-80% on your groceries every time you go to the store!  Join us as Dannelle Gray, founder of Operation $40K and couponing extraordinaire, shows you: WHERE to get coupons that you will use, HOW to organize them, and most importantly, the right way to USE them!  This free program is to two hours long and great for any level of couponer.  Coupon Clipping 101 will be held on April 17th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in the Community Room!

For more information, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call us at (262) 363-6411.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Kids' Computers

As part of their Miracle on Canal Street grant, the Friends of the Mukwonago Library have purchased four touch-screen computers for the children’s area.  These computers are preloaded with the most popular learning software of the last ten years, including “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego,” “The Incredible Machine,” “Oregon Trail,” and many, many more.  In addition to the touch-screen abilities of the computers, they also have fun mice and colorful keyboards for the kids.  Make sure your kids come in to the library and give them a try!