Platteville Public Library Newsletter: Volume 1, Issue 10
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Things are happening around here! Our new library construction project started February 15 with the removal of houses and the former Cunningham Hospital on the block. We're so excited to think about the happy memories that are going to be formed in our new library as we reflect on all the happy memories that were created in these buildings.

Here's a few things to know:
  • Our north (Elm St) parking lot is closed, but you can still park in the parking lot on the corner of Pine and Chestnut. There's also on-street parking available nearby.
  • We're not going anywhere...yet. The library will stay open in our current building during construction until our new home is ready for us to move in. 
  • The Neighborhood Health Partners clinic building will be coming down soon. The clinic will be open in their temporary home at 5 W Mineral St starting March 1.
Coming soon...
LOUD @ the Library
Friday, April 15
6:30 pm

Help us kick off our community campaign with books, bands, and beer! Live music by
Liam O'Brien and Spare the Pig. Doors open at 6:30 pm, music starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be available for purchase at the library or Driftless Market. Sponsored by the Platteville Library Foundation.
Spring Storytime
Spring session is underway. Space is still available in the Preschool group (3-6 years) at 10 am on Saturdays. Call 348-7441 ext 3 to register.
Early Release Movie
The Good Dinosaur
Rated PG
Friday, March 4
1:00 - 2:45 pm

All ages. Children 6 and under must be with an adult. Everyone attending must be registered - our "movie theater" has limited seating. Call 348-7441 ext 3 to sign up.
St. Patrick’s Day Program
Sunday, March 6
3:00 - 3:45 pm
Ages 3-8 years

Join the UWP Platteville Early Childhood Association for St. Patrick's Day stories and crafts. Call 348-7441 ext 3 to sign up.
“Choose Your Own Book” Club
Saturday, March 12
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Ages 7-11 

Drop in to talk about your favorite book. No registration. 
Circle K Easter Program
Sunday, March 13
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 4-10 years

Sign up to enjoy stories, crafts, and an egg hunt with UW-P students. Call 348-7441 ext 3 to sign up.
Tuesday, March 22
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Drop in for craft fun. All ages. Children 6 and under must be with an adult. Registration is not required.
Spring Break Drop-in Movie: Hop
Rated PG
Wednesday, March 23
2:00 - 4:00 pm

All ages. Children 6 and under must be with an adult. No registration - this is a drop-in movie event.
Egg Dyeing
Friday, March 25
9:45 am - 3:30 pm (30 minute sessions)

All ages. Children 6 and under must be with an adult.
You bring the hard-boiled eggs and we provide a variety of dyes. Call 348-7441 ext 3 to sign up for a 30 minute session.
Tabletop Tuesdays
Tuesday, March 8
5:30 pm
Ages 14+ and adults

Come learn a new board game. We'll provide the games and teach you how to play. 

Ticket to Ride is a Euro-style board game in which players compete by building railroads between major U.S. or European cities. Players who build the longest railway and complete railways between distant cities score the most points. No registration necessary. 
Make it Monday: Marbled Paper
Monday, March 14
(second Monday of the month)
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Ages 12 - adult

Each month we try something new that we found on Pinterest. In March, we'll be making marbled paper that can be used for other projects like cards or wall art. Call us at 348-7441 ext 4 or stop by the library to sign up.
Library Book Club
Tuesday, March 15
(third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
In March we’re reading
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht. This debut novel was a National Book Award finalist in 2011. In the author’s words, “It's a family saga that takes place in a fictionalized province of the Balkans. It’s about a female narrator and her relationship to her grandfather, who's a doctor. It's a saga about doctors and their relationships to death throughout all these wars in the Balkans.” 
In Stitches
Monday, March 21
(third Monday of the month)
6:00 - 7:30 pm 
Ages 12 - adult

Join us for crafting, chatting, and cookies at the library. You bring your own project, we'll bring refreshments. All kinds of portable craft projects welcome. Come when you can, leave when you have to.
Movie Night: In the Heart of the Sea
Rated PG-13
Monday, March 28
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Ron Howard helms this adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick's historical novel about the harrowing high-seas encounter that inspired Herman Melville's Moby Dick. In the winter of 1820, the crew of the New England whaling ship the Essex struggle to survive after an attack by a rogue sperm whale leaves them stranded at sea for 90 days. Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson co-star. 
Movie snacks provided, or feel free to bring in your favorite film watching treat.
Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? 348-7441 x4

Food for Thought
Wednesday, March 30
3:00 pm

This group meets at
Driftless Market to enjoy coffee, conversation, and each others’ company. In March, we’ll talk about the 2008 book Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America. The author writes about issues that are especially relevant to the world today: climate change, globalization, and population growth.

You can pick up a copy of the book at the circulation desk. If you can’t read the book, just bring yourself and your ideas.
Upcoming Computer Classes

Microsoft Excel III: graphs & more
Wednesday, March 9, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 10, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to make graphs, add more complex formulas, and use some functions.
  • Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience, Excel II or equivalent experience
  • Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register

Microsoft Word: Résumés
Wednesday, March 16, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to edit a résumé by moving text, changing fonts, bulleting lists, making columns, and adding formatting. This is an introduction to Microsoft Word 2013.
  • Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience
  • Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register 

Organizing Files and Folders with Windows 8
Wednesday, March 23, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 24, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to organize and find saved items by moving, saving, searching, naming, deleting and restoring files and folders with Windows 8.
  • Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience
  • Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register 

Google Docs and Drive I
Wednesday, March 30, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 31, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Google Docs is a free, web-based office software suite that specializes in collaboration. Google Drive offers free, web-based file storage. Explore the unique functions of Google Docs and learn how to create and share documents.
  • Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience. Experience using Gmail is helpful, but not necessary
  • Gmail: students may use a personal or class account
  • Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register 
Our Peeps-o-rama 2016 participants made a record-setting 23 dioramas this year, and each one is fantastic. Stop in during March to check them out and vote for your "Peep-le's Choice" favorites.
Look for changes to our library catalog coming at the very end of March. Our updated catalog should work better on a variety of screens and devices. Our catalog developers plan to have more details for us about upcoming improvements in time for the next newsletter.
For fans of Flavia de Luce, a more mature snarkiness is embodied by March Middleton in
The Mangle Street Murders: The Gower Street Detectives by M R C Kasasian. This book is the first in a series. March comes to London as the ward of Sidney Grice, a famous "personal" detective and becomes involved in his murder cases. 

"Ich lerne Deutsch." I took home the
Rosetta Stone laptop recently to refresh my German language skills. It really helps to have that headphone and microphone set to help with pronunciation! (And I learned I have not retained much of my language skill from German class.)
I've recommended these titles to other people and they have all really liked them.

Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem
City of Savages by Lee Kelly
Slade House by David Mitchell

I just finished
A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis and really enjoyed it. It took place in the 1800s and addressed the trials and tribulations that women had to face.

I'm reading
Slasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke right now. It's a collection of short stories and they're a lot of fun.
I re-watched Kenneth Branagh's 
As You Like It, a beautiful adaption of Shakespeare's play. The setting in Victorian Japan is beautiful and unique and the acting is spectacular. This was the movie than convinced me to love the Bard. 
Bridge of Spies (based on a true story) 
English Spy by Daniel Silva (the newest in his Israeli spy series)
The minute I heard the plot of the documentary
Finders Keepers, I knew I had to watch it. Here's what you need to know: man loses leg in plane crash. Man stores embalmed leg in a grill in a storage locker. Man loses leg again when he fails to pay rent and the grill is auctioned off. It was funny! It was weirdly touching! It's short (only 84 minutes)! Go check it out already!
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
This book is the shortest in its trilogy--under 200 pages. The descriptions are beautiful and eerie, and I enjoyed the company of our unnamed protagonist, a biologist exploring the mysterious Area X. I’m pretty sure this book hits all the major themes of Lovecraftian horror: an isolated main character of dubious sanity, unanswered questions, and slime. Lots of slime. 

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway 
I was looking forward to reading a sappy teenage love story, but this book was much more than that. This book could have been called Emmy & Oliver & Caro & Drew & Their Parents. It was really about being a senior in high school and how relationships change during messy life transitions. 

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Our nonfiction pick for February’s book club. I’m not really into sports so I wasn’t expecting to like this book. At its heart, though, this was an underdog story. I learned a lot about rowing, life during the Great Depression, and pre-WWII Germany. Everyone in book club agreed that we were all better off for having read this book. 

Mercy Street, 2016
My mom and I enjoyed watching
The Crimson Field and Call the Midwife and other period dramas set in hospitals, but this was just too much for me. Mercy Street is set in a Union army hospital during the Civil War, and it’s about as gory as you’d expect. Lots of severed limbs and amputations. I spent about half of each episode hiding under a blanket, “Is it over? Can I look now?” If you’re not a squeamish person, you might appreciate the medical history and hoop skirts. 

Attack the Block, 2011
Loved loved loved this movie. A goofy group of teenagers in South London defend their apartment complex from an alien invasion. This movie was my favorite type of alien movie: scary enough to make me jump sometimes, but not scary enough to keep me up at night. Plus: John Boyega from Star Wars. 
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