Platteville Public Library Newsletter: Volume 2, Issue 2
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Have you noticed these signs popping up all over town? We're so excited to see all of our supporters of our new library! Signs are available for donors who contributed $250 or more towards our capital campaign to fund the furniture, fixtures, equipment and technology in our new building. For more information on how you can get your own lawn sign, check out our website or contact Nancy Kies, our capital campaign coordinator, at or (608) 778-3215. 
Book Talk with Local Author Jennifer Weier Gipp
Saturday, July 23
10:30 am

Local author Jen Gipp will sign copies of her new book, 
Breaking Through the Fog. Join us for coffee and cookies while she talks about her writing and publishing process. 
The Trivia Games
Saturday, July 23
7:00 - 9:30 pm

This year's trivia night theme is "games" - expect that theme to be very loosely interpreted. Come with a team or come on your own and we'll match you up with some new friends. In addition to fun times, a mental workout, and the chance to win library bragging rights, there will also be cupcakes. (There will not, however, be any Hunger-Games-style fights to the death). Call us at 348-7441 ext 4 or use our 
online form to sign up.
Potter Party
Sunday, July 31
2:00 - 3:30 pm

Help us celebrate Harry Potter's birthday with a variety of Hogwart-y crafts, activities, and snacks. For wizards of all ages - children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Call 348-7441 ext 4 to sign up.
After Hours Extra Inning: Library Games
Saturday, August 20
6:00 - 7:30 pm
All ages

Get into the Olympic spirit with our all ages Platteville Olympics. Children 6 and under need to come with an adult. No registration.
Have you picked up your reading log yet? Completed reading logs are due back by Friday, August 26.

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.

Our weekly hidden sports equipment contest is finishing up in July, but you can still turn in your "1, 2, color my shoe" drawings through August 26. We'll also have a new estimation contest at the front desk in August. If you guessed that we had 69 golf tees in the jar in June, you were right!
Looking for something to do with the kids in August? We have a different drop-in program each week. Children ages 6 and under need to come with an adult.
  • Building Party - Monday, August 1, 1-3 pm - Drop in for fun with blocks and LEGO bricks. All ages.

  • Crafternoon - Tuesday, August 9, 1-3 pm - Be creative with the contents of our craft cupboards. All ages.

  • Play-palooza - Wednesday, August 17, 9:30-11 am - Play with puppets, puzzles, and more. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult. For ages 0-6.

  • Breakfast of Champions - Thursday, August 25, 9:30-11 am - Fun with breakfast food. Allergy warning: food will be consumed. For ages 7-11.
We still have another month of weekly teen programs (grades 7-12). Upcoming programs include Cardboard Automata in Motion (July 27), our ever popular Henna Designs (August 3), Card Party (August 10), and Escape the Library (August 17). Stop by the library, call us at 348-7441 ext 4, or sign up online.

Library Decathlon Summer Reading forms are due back by August 26. Pick up a form at the library and turn in your completed form for a book, a prize, and contest drawing tickets.
Words and Waffles Book Club
Thursday, July 28
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Grades 7-12

Help us build our new book club. Come tell us about whatever you’ve been reading, watching, or obsessing over recently and try cooking some french fries in our waffle maker. No registration.
Food for Thought Reading Group
Friday, July 29
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.
Henna Designs
Wednesday, August 3
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Ages 18+
(teen program is at 2:00 - 3:00 pm the same day)

After years of our teen henna programs, we added an extra session last year so that adults could have fun, too. Here are five true things about henna that you should know:
  1. It's very fun, easy, and relaxing.
  2. No matter what you draw, it will look impressive to all your friends.
  3. If for some reason you don't love your design, it will fade in about two weeks.
  4. If you love your design (of course you will), it will still fade in about two weeks.
  5. If you want to sign up, you should call the library at 348-7441 ext 4 or register online.
Make it Monday: Terrariums
Monday, August 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 August, we'll be creating our own tiny worlds that we rule over...aka terrariums. Call us at 348-7441 ext 4, stop by the library, or
sign up online.
Tabletop Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 9 
(second Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
Teens and adults (Ages 12+)

Check out our new board game collection. In August we’re playing Pandemic, in which players work together to cure four deadly diseases. Come and try these out or bring a friend and play one of our other games!
In Stitches
Monday, August 15 
(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.
Library Book Club
Tuesday, August 16  
(third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
Ages 18+

In August we’re reading
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell. Pick up a copy from the circulation desk.
Book to Art Club: The Interestings
Wednesday, August 10
7:00 pm 
at Rountree Gallery (
385 E Main St)

Read. Talk. Make. 

How it works: 
Pick up a copy of the book at the library. Read the book (or part of it!) and meet for a casual discussion + an art project based on the book. No art experience necessary. We provide the supplies. 

This month:
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. Six teenagers meet at a summer art camp during the summer of 1974 and grow up together through decades of the American arts scene. We'll be making retro and summer camp crafts at the Rountree Gallery. 
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 August 14, September 11, October 9. 
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