Platteville Public Library Newsletter: Volume 1, Issue 9
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Saturday, February 13
1:00 - 4:00 pm
All ages

City Hall Auditorium
Antiques appraiser Mark Moran of Iola, Wisconsin, will host a free Antiques Roadshow-style event that is open to the entire community. Come watch your friends and neighbors find out what their family heirlooms are worth. 

Pre-registration is required if you would like Mark to appraise an item. Call 348-7441 ext 2 or email outreach@plattevillepubliclibrary to register to have an item appraised.

No registration is required to come, watch, and have a great afternoon! 
Peeps-o-rama Diorama Contest
Saturday, February 27
10:00 am - noon, noon - 2:00 pm, or 2:00 - 4:00 pm
All ages
(participants 12 and under must be accompanied by teammate 13 or older)
We provide Peeps, a box, glue, paper, markers, scissors, and 2 hours.
You use Peeps to create a diorama of a scene from a book.
Everybody votes to pick the top three Peep-le's Choice award-winning dioramas.
Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register for a time slot. Teams and individuals welcome.
Sign up for spring storytime starts February 1.
Spring storytime sessions will run February 22 - April 23 at these times:
  • Infant/toddler (6-35 months) - Monday mornings at 10:30 am
  • Infant/toddler (6-35 months) - Thursday evenings at 6 pm
  • Preschool (3-6 years) - Saturday mornings at 10 am
Milwaukee Bucks Reading Challenge
January 18 - February 19
Grades 1 - 8

Read 250 pages by February 19, and you can earn a voucher for a free child's ticket to the March 20th or March 26th Milwaukee Bucks home games (ticket is valid with the purchase of accompanying adult ticket). Stop by the children's desk to pick up your reading record and get more information.
Drop-in Musical Play-palooza
Saturday, February 6
9:30 - 11:30 am

Children 5 and under (plus an adult)
Drop in for a morning of playing, dancing, and singing. No registration.
“Choose Your Own Book” Club
Saturday, February 13
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Ages 7-11 

Drop in to talk about your favorite book. No registration. 
Building Party
Saturday, February 20
10:00 - 11:00 am

All ages are invited to drop in and be creative with LEGO and other building blocks. 
Children 6 and under must be with an adult.
No registration.
Join UWP's Circle K and Animal House groups for live animals, stories, and crafts. For ages 4-10. Call 348-7441 ext 3 to register.
Leap Day Party
Monday, February 29
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Ages 6 - 11

Join us for some once-in-four-years silly fun! Call 348-7441 ext 3 to sign up.
Make it Monday: Recycled Magazine Art
Monday, February 8
(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 February, we'll be turning old library magazines into new art. Call us at 348-7441 ext 4 or stop by the library to sign up.
In Stitches
Monday, February 15
 (third Monday of the month)
6:00 - 7:30 pm 
Ages 12 - adult

Join us for crafting, chatting, cookies, and cocoa 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.
Library Book Club
Tuesday, February 16
(third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
This month book is
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Talk to Emma at the library or email outreach@plattevillepubliclibrary for more information.
Movie Night: Suffragette
Rated PG-13
Monday, February 22
5:30 - 7:15 pm

In this feminist drama, a working-class laundress in 19th century London becomes radicalized when she meets a brave cadre of women organizing to obtain the vote. Featuring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, and Brendan Gleeson.
Movie snacks and hot beverages provided.
Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Oscar Night Razzies
Sunday, February 28
2:00 pm

In honor of the Oscar Awards, we will be showing another type of "award winning or nominated" movie today. At 2:00 pm, be ready for a feature length RAZZIE. The
Golden Raspberry Awards, often shortened to the Razzies, is an award ceremony in recognition of the worst in film. 
Movie snacks and hot beverages provided.
Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Upcoming Computer Classes

Microsoft Excel I: the basics
Wednesday, February 24, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 25, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to edit a very basic spreadsheet, enter data, add simple formulas, and adjust the formatting to make a spreadsheet more readable. This is an introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013.
  • Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience
  • Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register

Microsoft Excel II: formulas & sorting
Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 3, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to create a basic spreadsheet, add formulas, sort data, and highlight results.
  • Skills required: Excel I or equivalent experience
  • Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register after February 1

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: Excel II or equivalent experience
  • Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register after February 8
Wisconsinites checked out 3.5 million audiobooks and ebooks from Wisconsin’s Digital Library in 2015. Help us make this great service even better by filling out a survey from the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium. Your input will help guide us as we continue to grow and develop the collection of digital materials so it is most relevant and useful to Wisconsin library patrons.

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Libros en español
So, you say you've been learning Spanish with our
Mango Language resource and our Rosetta Stone laptops, and now you're looking for something new to tackle? You're in luck, because we've started a growing collection of adult and teen fiction books in Spanish. Look for them on our new books shelf. 
Fans of 1,001 Nights should try both of these new teen titles:
A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. 

Also fun to read and explore near and far: Lonely Planet
Normandy & D-Day Beaches - history and beautiful countryside in France with travel and stay ideas galore. Do you have any veterans in your family tree? Very moving memorial for the heroes of WWII D-Day.

Nearer at hand, 
Discovering Vintage Chicago by Amy Bizzarri is "a guide to the city's timeless shops, bars, delis & more": museums, diners, historic sites and more. How well do you know Chicago?
Lydia told me to 
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White, and I'm afraid she has me completely pegged. Thinking heroines! Tormented heroes! Magic! Thinly-veiled Victorian England! Romance! Danger! Everything all wrapped up in one book! My life wasn't changed after reading this book, but my winter afternoon was a lot cozier.

Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli takes a well-known fairy tale (I won't spoil which one) and strips all the magic out...which is what made it entirely so magical for me. All of the fairy godmothers and evil stepmothers are explained away with historical, logical, and oh-so-cleverly woven plots. It was a joy to watch each fairy tale twist unfold.

Winter seems like a good time to rewatch some old favorites, so I'm considering the official confirmation of the Netflix Gilmore Girls reboot a good excuse to re-watch some Gilmore Girls. I've also got Sense and Sensibility (with the fantastic Alan Rickman) in my queue. 
The Martian & War Room
Books: For adults - Chronicles of The King series by Lynn Austin - I'm enjoying this
fictionalized biblical series on my Kindle, but it's available in the library system.
For children -
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss - a book 50 years in the
Applied Minds: How Engineers Think by Guru Madhavan
Explains how engineers have solved problems using innovative measurements that create standardization and optimization.  Like the barcodes and scanners at Piggly Wiggly, these tools are great for commerce.

The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers by Gillian Tett
A reminder that specialized expertise often ends in bureaucratic and management crisis. Human invention is unmeasurable by definition because it happens outside the box.

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
The memoir of a surfer who spent much of his life searching for the perfect wave and finds that no matter where he went the waves were all different.

Deep South by Paul Theroux
A popular travel writer stays close to home and reports that poverty is much the same no matter where you go, but it’s a lot easier traveling in the US.
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