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December 2019

Welcome from the Director
2019 has been another exciting year at the Platteville Public Library! Numerous area groups have worked with us at the library, and we're so grateful for all of our partnerships and library supporters. You may have also seen the library out and about this year as we expanded our outreach to the community. We were thrilled to welcome new staff on board this year as well. Rounding out 2019, we're also relaunching our email newsletter - welcome! We look forward to seeing all of you at the library in 2020.
Food for Fines
Monday, January 20 - Sunday, February 2

Erase your library fines and support the Platteville Food Pantry. For every item you bring in for the Food Pantry (food and non-food items accepted), we'll waive $1.00 of your fines. Visit for more details.

Community Involvement Fair
Saturday, January 25
· 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Are you looking for a new way to get involved and meet people in 2020? Learn about community service groups, local social organizations, and volunteer opportunities at our annual Community Involvement Fair. Visit to learn more.
Jobseeker & Unemployment Assistance
Friday, January 10
· 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Are you seeking a job, applying for unemployment benefits, or looking for resources? Make an appointment with staff from the Department of Workforce Development. Four one-hour appointments are available; call 608-348-7441 ext. 4 or visit

Self-Care Sunday: Paper Plants
January 12
· 2:00 - 3:00 pm
We've got a different activity each month to help you de-stress in time for the work (or school) week. This month, craft paper plants to help green your space (no watering necessary!). For ages 18+. Click here to register (required).

Make it Monday: Slime Time
Monday, January 13
· 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Slime isn't just for kids - it's fun and soothing to play with for everyone. Try making a variety of therapeutic clay, aka slime. For teens (grade 7+) and adults. Click here to register (required).

Science Fiction Book Club
Tuesday, January 14
· 6:00 pm
This month's book is Way Station by Clifford D. Simak, a Grant County native and Hugo Award winner. Science Fiction Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month; no registration. For ages 18+.

Bring Your Own Craft Night
Monday, January 20
· 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Bring along whatever project you're working on and join us for crafting, cookies, and conversation. Registration not required. For teens (grade 7+) and adults.

Adult Book Club
Tuesday, January 21
· 6:00 pm
Ever wonder if you are “enough”? Come discuss Becoming by Michelle Obama during our Library Book Club in January. Book club meets every month on the third Tuesday of the month. No registration required. For ages 18+.

Free Movie Monday
January 27 · 5:30 pm
Judy (PG-13) is a new film about Judy Garland and her performing career starring Renee Zellweger. Movie popcorn provided. For teens (grade 7+) and adults.
Noon Year's Eve
Tuesday, December 31
11:00 am - Noon

Ring in the New Year without staying up past your bedtime! For children ages 7-11.

Registration recommended; click here.
Winter Movie Marathon
December 26 - December 30 · 2:00 pm each day
Drop in each day for a family-friendly movie. Bring your own snack. No registration required. Click here to see a list of the movies on our Facebook page.

BIG Family Game Night
Friday, January 3 · 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Oversized bowling, Yahtzee, Giant Jenga and more! Click here to register (required).

Saturday Crafts
January 4  · 10:00 am
Come craft at the Library. We're bringing out ALL the craft supplies for a day of library creativity. No registration required.

Saturday, January 11
· 10:00 am
Toys, puppets, puzzles, games, and more for young children. No registration required.

Exam Cram
January 15 & 16 · 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Get in some last minute finals prep at the Library. This after-hours study night is exclusively for high school students. Light snacks and coffee will be provided. Please arrive by 8:30 pm.

Lego Building
Saturday, January 18 · 2:00 pm
Be creative with Legos and other building blocks. No registration required.

Kids' Book Club
Tuesday, January 28
· 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
This month we're reading and discussing Fantasy books. Pick one up at the Children's Desk. For children ages 7-11.

Please note that children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver aged 14 or older at all times in the Library.

Planning a large (or small) purchase in 2020? Consumer Reports is available to you from home through the Southwest Wisconsin Library System. Consumer Reports is full of up-to-date product reviews, product warnings and recalls, and test results for many popular brands. Log in with your library card number to compare features before you buy.

Jessie, Library Director: My family has been loving the Chompers podcast lately. This two-minute podcast, geared towards children ages 3-7, makes tooth brushing fun by sharing silly songs, facts, jokes, and brainteasers on a weekly theme. With friendly reminders for when it's time to switch from one quadrant of the mouth to another and an enthusiastic countdown to the final spit, this podcast is helping my kids form healthy habits.

Leanne, Circulation Lead: I recently read Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky. The story reminded me of the books It and The Stand by Stephen King. A classic good versus evil tale with twists and turns and plenty of gory parts!

Lydia, Youth Services Specialist: I'm re-reading the anthology Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Netflix recently released their adaptation of the book so I recommend both watching the movie and reading the book for comparison. The magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales set during a Christmas blizzard.

Rosa, Reference Specialist: I love Kate Atkinson's Jackson Brodie series and I devoured the latest installment, Big Sky. You will enjoy this series if you like melancholy British mysteries; start with Case Histories. When you're done with the books you can watch Jason Isaacs in the television adaptation.
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