Blog

Raffle and Games at the Library

Spring is in the air finally and people are checking out the gardening books at the Library. Also, if you are looking for weekend escapes for summer vacation, check out our Wisconsin titles for ideas. March is also Youth Art Month at the Library. The schools, representing the High School , Middle School, Elementary School, Abrams, Spruce,St Anthony’s and the Homeschools have brought in a wide variety of work. All is on display to see. The Friends of the Library is holding a raffle. Tickets are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each. The first three prizes are a two-night stay at Wisconsin Dells, a quilt made by Kathy Kamke and third prize is a digital camera donated by RadioShack/OEC. Support the library and buy your tickets before April 4th. Drawing will be on April 5th. The Library is trying something new. Gaming is becoming very popular with our young people. The Library has purchased 20 games for the various machines. They are rated E for everyone. We have games for X-Box, PlayStation II, Wii and Nintendo DS. We also have purchased Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero for the X-Box 360. These items can be checked out for 7days. You must pick them up and return them to the Oconto Falls Library. There is a $5.00 a day fine if overdue. Check them out at the Library

Youth Art Month

Spring is in the air finally and people are checking out the gardening books at the Library. Also, if you are looking for weekend escapes for summer vacation, check out our Wisconsin titles for ideas. March is also Youth Art Month at the Library. The schools, representing the High School , Middle School, Elementary School, Abrams, Spruce,St Anthony’s and the Homeschools have brought in a wide variety of work. All is on display to see. The Friends of the Library is holding a raffle. Tickets are 6 for $5.00 or $1.00 each. The first three prizes are a two-night stay at Wisconsin Dells, a quilt made by Kathy Kamke and third prize is a digital camera donated by RadioShack/OEC. Support the library and buy your tickets before April 4th. Drawing will be on April 5th. The Library is trying something new. Gaming is becoming very popular with our young people. The Library has purchased 20 games for the various machines. They are rated E for everyone. We have games for X-Box, PlayStation II, Wii and Nintendo DS. We also have purchased Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero for the X-Box 360. These items can be checked out for 7days. You must pick them up and return them to the Oconto Falls Library. There is a $5.00 a day fine if overdue. Check them out at the Library

A Look at 2007

February is Annual Report time at the Library. This used to be a long laborious report, taking days to finish, and much frustration with the adding machine. I hear this was the only time of the year that Jeannie would close the office door and want no interruptions. But with the installation of the new software program in Feb of 2006, our techies at Appleton are able to provide most of the data for the report. Oconto Falls added to our collection 2,679 books, 331 audio books, and 438 dvds. Our patrons responded by checking out 56,589 adult items and 18,863 children items for a total of 75,452 items, an 11% increase over 2006. As with any business, growth presents it own problems, mainly in staff. But at the Library, we will continue to provide the best service that we can and continue to meet the needs of our Patrons.
What is in store for us in 2008? More great books and dvds. We will venture further into audio materials such as audio books and music cds. And we are experimenting with games for X-box, Playstation, Wii and Ninendo.
March will be Youth Art Month at the Library. We will be hosting a raffle, thanks to the Chamber for allowing us to use their raffle license, and we just got word from DPI that the bandwith to the library will be increased this month. We will also soon be connecting with area businesses about supporting our Summer Reading Program.
2008 looks to be a GREAT year for the Oconto Falls Community Library.

Third Down and a War to Go

The Tuesday afternoon Art Class at NWTC, taught by Cheri Martell has a display of art work at the Library this month. Area residents participating are Kathy Johnson, Ron Murray, Mae Adams, Nancy Sleeter, Anita Peterson and Carl Manikowski. Examples of the teacher’s work are also displayed. Come in and see work by our talented residents. Speaking of art, this month in the display case are spring and fall photos of Steve Bacon. If it is happening at school, Steve is shooting it. The end of March, the Friends of the Library will be hosting a Rummage Sale for a fund raiser. So start putting aside any items that you may wish to donate Some new bestsellers that we have received are Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich, Blood Dreams by Kay Hooper, Blue Heaven by C.J. Box, Shadow of Music by Julie Garwood, Bleeding Kansas by Sara Paretsky and The Shooter by W.E.B. Griffin. Third Down and a War to Go by Terry Frei is a new book from the Wisconsin State Historical Society Press. The Wisconsin State Historical Press is starting to gain national attention for the quality of it’s recent titles. (Private Soldiers; A Year In Iraq with the Wisconsin National Guard is a recent release from them). Third Down and a War to Go is about the nations’ number third ranked 1942 Badgers football team. After the football season ended, they scattered and served our country in War. The recounts of these boys defines what a true hero is. Cherie B. is leading our Story Hour. She has many exciting ideas and crafts. If anyone has some leftover items from craft projects that you don’t know what to do with, please consider donating to the Story Hour Program. We are looking for paper, glue sticks, eyes, pipe cleaners, or anything cluttering up your house. As always, check us out at the Library

Renewing the Countryside

As many of you know the Oconto Falls Library has quilters a plenty. We do love our quilters. So starting Thursday Feb 7th at 8:00 am a new quilting group will meet in the Community Room. Quilters or wannabe quilters, start quilting with experienced quilters. If you have said that it is something that you always wanted to do, it is now time to learn. There is a list of things that you may want to bring. So stop in and pick it up. Donna and Cherie will be organizing the group. Story Hour has slowed down a bit but now that the holidays are over it is time to get back in the grove. Cherie B. will be holding Story Hour on Tuesdays at 10:30. On the 15th the subject will be Moose Tracks. On the 22nd Snow People and on Jan 29th Some Dogs Work. So come in and meet Cherie B. and have fun. This weekend I took home a book that we just received at the Library. Called Renewing the Countryside Wisconsin, the book is about communities in the state that have combined their heritage and traditions, along with innovations in agriculture and made themselves unique. They have marketed themselves and have brought people into their communities. With so many of our communities writing their Comprehensive Plan, this book is a resource for how others succeeded in making themselves unique. So come in and check it out at the Library

Earn A Buck

Start racking up your points to earn a free ticket to see a Milwaukee Bucks game at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee! All students in 3rd – 10th grade are invited to suit up and start reading. You score a point for every page you read. A mere 500 points and you have earned a ticket to see the Milwaukee Bucks on either Sunday, March 9th at 12:00 noon vs. Philadelphia 79ers OR Friday, April 4th at 7:30 pm vs the Indiana Pacers. Complete details are available at the Oconto Falls Community Library. Come in and Pick up an information pack and get started today. The deadline for reporting your final reading score to the library is Friday, Feb 22nd.

Did You Know

Your Library Facts and Figures For 2007
· Oconto Falls Community Library checked out 75,452 items in 2007
· Did you know that the Library offers a free meeting room for non-profit organizations?
· The Library has 13 Public Use Computers. Do they get used? We had 6,881 sign-ups for the Internet, 2,436 for InfoSoup and children’s computers, and 373 walk-ins using WiFi for a total of 9,690 users.
· Library cards are free. The best deal in town.
· We had 669 attendees to programs offered at the Library. Story Hour, Animae Club, Summer Reading Program and Movie Night are some of the programs offered at your local library.
· Did you know you can reach a reference librarian in the middle of the night? Did you know that the library participates in 24/7 reference?
· Did you know that the library has a fax machine, copier, scanner and a laminator?
· The Library cost to the City of Oconto Falls resident is about $19.50 per person per year. This does not include County Appropriations