Platteville Public Library Newsletter: Volume 2, Issue 1
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After Hours Extra Inning: Bingo
Saturday, June 18
6:00 - 7:30 pm
All ages

Join us for the first of our summer all ages, after hours evenings at the library. We'll have some exciting bingo variations, prizes for our winners, and light snacks. All ages, children 6 and under need to come with an adult. No registration.
Pat Zietlow Miller Author Visit
Friday, June 24
1:00 - 2:00 pm
All ages (children 0-6 must be accompanied by an adult)

Location: Platteville City Hall Council Chambers (enter on Mineral St)

Meet Wisconsin author
Pat Zietlow Miller and get a sneak peek at her upcoming Sophie's Squash book. Visit made possible by a grant from the Claudyne Gies Trust through the Platteville Community Fund. No registration.
Bike to the library June 19-26 and enter a state-wide contest for a chance to win bike-related prizes. Come to bike programs at the library and enter our local drawing to win gift certificates and bike gear from Momentum.

the map to see which other local Wisconsin libraries are participating.
Beyond Bike to the Library
Wednesday, June 22
11:00 am
Teens and adults (ages 12+
The library’s own bike expert, Dan Ellingson, will share his favorite resources for planning bike trips and give you tips about where to ride next.
No registration.
Bike Safety 101
Thursday, June 23
1:30 pm
All ages

Join Carolyn Dvorak from the Wisconsin Bike Fed to learn about proper helmet fit, bike safety, and the rules of the road. This presentation is appropriate for bikers of all ages and experience levels. Optional: bring your bike and participate in interactive bike drills. Registration required, call 348-7441 ext 4.
Ready to Ride: Bike Prep Class
Saturday, June 25
10:30 am
Teens and adults (ages 12+)

Anne Linkert from
Momentum will teach you how to prepare yourself and your bike for a group ride in this hands-on class. Learn how to pack, plan, and perform basic equipment checks. No bike needed, Momentum will supply the necessary tools and bike parts. Registration required, call 348-7441 ext 4.
If you haven't signed up for children's summer reading yet, you still have time to stop by the library in person to sign up for summer reading and pick up a kid's reading log.

If you are already halfway through your reading log (20 books for ages 3-6 and 500 pages for ages 7-11), bring your folder to the library and show it to staff to receive an entry for the
WILD CARD prize drawings.

Contests are in full swing now at the library. Have you spotted the weekly hidden sports equipment at the library, colored a shoe, or guessed how many golf tees are at the front desk?
Family Camp-In
Friday, July 1
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Family event

Bring a sheet or blanket and some pillows to build a fort and enjoy stories and snacks. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.
Registration required, call 348-7441 ext. 3 or stop in to sign up.
Community Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, July 9
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
All ages (children 0-6 must be accompanied by an adult)

Pick up a scavenger hunt form at the library and hunt for balloons in downtown Platteville. Find all the balloons and return your scavenger hunt form to the library for a small prize and a chance to win a larger prize. No registration.
Weekly teen programs (grades 7-12) are just getting started. We have a different event planned each Wednesday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm at the library. Upcoming programs include Cupcake Wars (June 22), Return of Melty Plastic (June 29), Ready Set Stop Motion (July 6), and Reverse Tie-Dye (July 13). Stop by the library, call us at 348-7441 ext 4, or (new this summer!) sign up online.

If you've already finished your
Library Decathlon Summer Reading, it can be turned in for a book, a prize, and prize drawing tickets. Decathlon reading records are available at the library if you haven't picked one up yet. Make sure that you're also stopping in each week to find our hidden trophy and earn another weekly entry for our summer long "Read For The Win" prize drawing.
Words and Waffles Book Club
Thursday, June 30
2:00 – 3:00 pm

Grades 7-12
Help us get our brand new teen book club off to a good start. Come tell us about whatever you’ve been reading, watching, or obsessing over recently and try a new recipe (for something besides waffles) in our waffle maker. No registration.
In Stitches
Monday, June 20
(third Monday of the month)
6:00 - 7:30 pm 
Teens and adults (ages 12+)

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.
Library Book Club
Tuesday, June 21 
(third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
Ages 18+

In June we’re reading
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. Pick up a copy from the circulation desk.

For our July 19 meeting we'll be reading
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. Copies are available now at the circulation desk.

Food for Thought Reading Group
Friday, June 24
4:00 pm
At Driftless Market

Join the book club with no assigned book. We meet at
Driftless Market once a month to chat about what we've been reading and give each other book recommendations. Stop by for iced tea and find your next favorite book.
No registration.

Meditation Session
Thursday, July 7
10:00 am
Teens and adults (ages 12+)

As we hit the middle of summer, take a moment (or in this case, an hour) to stop, sit, and breathe.
Jeff Wright will talk about the benefits of meditation and lead a short sitting session. No registration.
Make it Monday: Reverse Tie-Dye
Monday, July 11
(second Monday of the month)
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Ages 18+

Each month we try something new that we found on Pinterest. In July, we'll be
"dyeing" a shirt by removing color with bleach. Bring a dark cotton shirt or other item of clothing. Teens can sign up for the same program on Wednesday, July 13. Call us at 348-7441 ext 4, stop by the library, or sign up online.
Tabletop Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 12
(second Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
Teens and adults (Ages 12+)

Check out our new board game collection. In July we’re playing two elimination card games: Kittens in a Blender and the mobster-themed Family Business. Come and try these out or bring a friend and play one of our other games!
I was able to catch some new DVDs:
The Revenant, Spotlight​, Steve Jobs, Creed and started the Parenthood TV series.
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear was a great Steampunk read.  The heroine has a lot of spunk and is unusual to say the least!

I can't put down
Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman!
Summer is here and to me, that means audiobooks and gardening! There is a great selection of audiobooks (and ebooks) available for free through
Wisconsin's Digital Library. I recommend downloading the Overdrive App onto your smartphone or any digital device for convenient access. Audiobooks are great for multitasking, I like to "read" while walking or cleaning. If the thought of downloading is too overwhelming, check out one of our Playaways here at the Library. These individual audiobooks are pre-loaded onto a pocket-sized device, all you have to do is press play! 
I haven't read many new books lately because I am still (re)-re-reading Maggie Stiefvater's
The Raven Cycle books to prepare myself to finally read The Raven King. What I have been enjoying lately is the recently paved and newly lit Rountree Branch Trail running from the dog park to the east commercial end of Platteville (Walmart, Menards, etc). In addition to being a nice, flat walk through lovely woods, this is a great way to listen to my favorite podcast or an audiobook while I get some steps.
All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders. When I bought this book for the collection, I had a really hard time deciding which genre sticker to use: sci-fi or fantasy? After reading it, I still don’t know. It’s techy and fantastical and a little bit whimsical. This book is about two misfit teens, an assassin, a school for witches, and the end of the world. 
I re-read
Daddy Long Legs (e-book) and Dear Enemy (e-book) by Jean Webster, which are some of my favorite books EVER (this was while sitting on a picturesque veranda getting sunburnt, so ya'll should be jealous). Written in the 1910s, there are one or two problematic elements but the sweet stories and plucky heroines more than make up for it.
Dine out at Benvenuto's on the second Sunday of the month, mention the library, and a portion of your bill will go to the Platteville Library Foundation. Upcoming dates are July 10, August 14, and September 11.
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