What's New at the Library

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Baraboo Area Readers Can Join the UW 2020 Go Big Read

The 2020 UW Go Big Read selection is Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen, which follows teenage survivors of the mass shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as they rally to speak out against gun violence and organize to bring their message of resistance to the nation. Baraboo area readers can request a copy of the book to check out by following the link on the Go Big Read page on our website: https://www.baraboopubliclibrary.org/go-big-read-parkland

Soon you will be able to sign up for a facilitated discussion group. Visit the same page on our website for that link in coming days.

Book discussions will be facilitated online by graduate students in the UW-Madison School of iSchool. Book discussions will be held in October and November. Once you are able to register for a discussion group, you will be contacted with the date of the discussion and the link to join the discussion on Zoom.

 

Fun at Ochsner Park

On Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 AM to Noon, Ochsner Park will host a busy hive of activity as people use their imagination to create scarecrows to compete in the Scarecrows on Parade contest...or just to decorate their yards or businesses.

The library will provide the straw, frames, and burlap. You provide the clothing and accessories.

Space is limited, so pre-registration in the Youth Services Department at the library is required.

The fun at Ochsner Park on Sept. 19 continues at 2 PM, when The New Moon Combo offers a free concert. This 8-piece ensemble includes:

bass guitar - Greg Lang
cello - Inger Clemens
clarinet - Richard MacDonald
euphonium/trombone - Griffin James
keyboard - Gretchen Roltgen
percussion - Rick Meiller
violin - Michelle Bushweiler
vocals - Sara Roltgen

The Combo will play tangos, Klezmer, and light jazz selections.

We will be socially distancing. Please bring your own chair. Our thanks to the City of Baraboo Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department for co-sponsoring these events!

 

Looking for Mr. Anne Again!


Mr. Anne, on location for
Where In The Boo is Mr. Anne

Anne Horjus, Youth Services Program Coordinator, will continue his popular Facebook Live weekly story time series, Where in the 'Boo is Mr. Anne? For this series, Mr. Anne appears live on Facebook in a different secret location each week to read stories and demonstrate a craft project. Viewers—and there are hundreds—can register their guess about Mr. Anne's location for that story time in the comment section on Facebook, and be eligible to win a prize for the children of their family. You can join the fun on our Facebook page at facebook.com/baraboopl starting Wednesday, September 2 at 10 AM.

 

Weekly In-person Teen Programs


Beth VanCurine, Teen Services Coordinator

With the start of September, teens are invited to come to the library on Tuesdays after school for fun, hands-on programs. All programs are planned to be outdoors, allowing social distancing. All participants are expected to wear face masks for safety. Teen Services Coordinator Beth VanCurine has planned activities to help teens relax, socialize, and take a fun break after their school day.

September Teen Tuesday activities will begin at 4 PM, and include:

Sept. 1—Back to School Root Beer Float Party
Sept. 8—Make a Book Hedgehog
Sept. 15—Game Day
Sept. 22—Photo Scavenger Hunt
Sept. 29—Banned Book Week Blackout Poetry

 

Baraboo Buds Share One Way of Gardening with Limited Mobility on the Baraboo Public Library YouTube Channel


Dan Halbach explains how his raised garden makes
growing fresh herbs possible for him

Recently, the Baraboo Buds, Pat Taylor and Kathy Calabrese, visited the Halbach garden, and stopped by Dan's raised herb garden to hear about his own way of gardening with limited physical mobility.

 

Baraboo Buds Presents Gardening Amidst Shade and Wildlife on the Baraboo Public Library YouTube Channel


Baraboo Buds Pat Taylor and Kathy Calabrese visit the garden of veteran gardener Annette Halbach. Over 20 years in her current home garden, Annette has discovered how to create a lovely, peaceful, and visually interesting oasis in a space dominated by shade. She has also adapted to the close proximity of her wildlife neighbors, both welcome and unwelcome, and celebrates the beauty and variety of many animal visitors to her yard, as she finds creative approaches to counter the insatiable hunger of others.

A transcript of the video is available.

 

Popular Story Time Series Set to Return This Fall 


Anne Horjus, Youth Services Program Coordinator, will continue his popular Facebook Live weekly story time series, Where in the 'Boo is Mr. Anne? For this series, Mr. Anne appears live on Facebook in a different secret location each week to read stories and demonstrate a craft project. Viewers—and there are hundreds—can register their guess about Mr. Anne's location for that story time in the comment section on Facebook, and be eligible to win a prize for the children of their family. You can join the fun on our Facebook page at facebook.com/baraboopl starting Wednesday, September 2 at 10 AM.

 

Where Are My Books?


Joan Wheeler packs items waiting for transport
to libraries around the library system. With
reduced delivery schedules, outgoing items pile
up between visits from the delivery van.

Patrons who have books on hold through LINKcat may notice that items on their hold list appear to be “in transit” or stuck in the #1 place on the hold list for a long time without actually arriving for them at our library. This could be caused by any of several circumstances occurring in the South Central Library System (SCLS).

Many SCLS libraries are not yet operating at full capacity, some even limiting the days and hours during which they can accept returns. Some libraries have extended due dates on many items checked out to their patrons in order to prevent the patrons from incurring fines for materials that the library is simply not able to process within the usual time frames. This means the amount of time before such items are returned to the patron’s library might be much longer than usual.

When an item circulating around the SCLS libraries is returned to a member library, that item is put into quarantine for several days before library staff handle it to check it in and, if it is on hold for someone at another library, put it into the piles of items waiting for pickup by the delivery van.

The delivery system is still not back to normal. SCLS libraries are receiving deliveries on a reduced schedule, rather than on a daily basis. This means that, after the quarantine when returned to a library, items may be further delayed several more days before the delivery van picks them up to head to the delivery hub in Madison. At the hub, items must wait an additional 4 days in another quarantine before they are processed by delivery staff to be put into bins for transport out to the SCLS libraries.

Quarantines, reduced schedules, and long wait times for desired library items are consequences of efforts by the SCLS delivery system, and SCLS member libraries—large and small—to maintain the safety of their staff and their patrons.

 

Gail Johnson, Youth Services Program Assistant, Presents Her Last Story Time


Gail Johnson, left, accompanied by Molly, her golden retriever,
greets her story time fans on Facebook Live for her last
Story Time for Baraboo Public Library on August 4. Cars line up
for the drive-by parade of Gail's fans, right top and right bottom.

Youth Services Program Assistant Gail Johnson recorded her last Story Time for Baraboo Public Library on Tuesday, August 4 during the library's last week of summer youth programs for 2020. She will retire from the library on September 8 after 12 years of service, specializing in nurturing literacy skills and inculcating a love of reading in the library's younger patrons. Gail's story times during this spring and summer were presented from her home due to the pandemic, lent an unusual grace note to her years of leading little ones and their family members in songs and rhymes, and reading them stories. Her home-based story times, broadcast via Facebook Live, included her faithful dog and an assortment of stuffed animal friends. To honor Gail for her years of service, the Youth Services staff organized a surprise drive-by parade after story time on Tuesday so her fans could show their appreciation.

 

Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Margaret Rozga, shares selected poems on the Baraboo Public Library YouTube Channel

A transcript of Margaret Rozga's presentation is available.

 

Many of our Youth Services programs are on Facebook Live. Find them on our Facebook Page.

 

Check out our virtual Adult Programs on the Baraboo Public Library YouTube Channel.

 

Baraboo Reads 2020 - Unity, Equity, Inclusivity

 

Summer Reading Program 2020 - Through August 8

 

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