Platteville Public Library Newsletter: Volume 1, Issue 12
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If you love...
  • books (of course you do, you're reading a library newsletter)
  • bands (of course you do, everyone loves music)
  • and/or beer (of course you do, this is Wisconsin)
...then we'll plan to see you at LOUD @ the Library, the kickoff event for our Our Library, Our Future campaign. 

This adult (18+) after-hours party at the library will feature catering from
Steve's Pizza Palace, beer and wine from The Local, a book sale, button-making, and live music by Wisconsin folk musician Liam O’Brien and local rock band Spare the Pig.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include admission, snacks, and beer/wine. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Platteville Public Library or
Driftless Market.

Proceeds go towards the Our Library, Our Future campaign, which will furnish the new library with seating, bookshelves, technology, and more. The event is sponsored by the Platteville Library Foundation, which is a member of the Southwest Wisconsin Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Pardon our progress...
Due to our construction project, our east (back) entrance is currently unavailable. Please use the west (Elm St) entrance to the library for the next few weeks. Parking is still available in the corner parking lot (First English Lutheran). The back entrance should be available again in a few weeks.
We will be closed Friday, April 8 for staff in-service.
Our catalog is getting an update on March 29. This update should result in a catalog that works better on all kinds of devices, including tablets and phones. If you have any feedback or run into any problems, call us at 348-7441 ext 4 or email 
National Library Week is April 10 - 16. Celebrate with us all week long:
  • April 10: Dine Out Night at Platteville Benvenuto's.
  • April 11: Patron Appreciation Day
  • April 10 - 16: All ages treasure hunt at the library (drop-in)
  • April 15: LOUD @ the Library
  • April 1 - 30: Make Your Mark bookmark contest
Make your mark on our first ever, all-ages bookmark contest.

As part of our National Library Week celebrations, we're asking our library patrons of all ages to design a bookmark related to our summer themes (On Your Mark, Get Set, Read / Get in the Game: Read / Exercise Your Mind - Read). Four winning bookmarks will be professionally printed and handed out at the library as our official summer library program bookmark. 

Entries may be submitted from April 1 through April 30.
For entry forms and complete contest rules, stop by the library or download an entry form.
We wouldn't be here without you! Stop in all day Monday, April 11 for treats on our Patron Appreciation Day. 
Drop In Building Party
Friday, April 1
(early release)
1:00 - 3:00 pm
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.
Down on the Farm
Sunday, April 3
3:00 - 3:45 pm
Ages 3-8

Sign up for farm stories and crafts with UW-P students.
Call 348-7441 ext 3 to register.
Spring Blooming
Sunday, April 10
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 4-10 

Sign up for spring stories and crafts with UW-P students.
Call 348-7441 ext 3 to register.
Earth Day
Sunday, April 17
3:00 - 3:45 pm
Ages 3-8

Sign up for Earth Day stories and crafts with UW-P students.
Call 348-7441 ext 3 to register.
Norm of the North
Rated PG
Saturday, April 30
2:00 - 4:00 pm

All ages. Children 6 and under must be with an adult.
Everyone attending must be registered.
Call 348-7441 ext 3 to sign up.
Make it Monday: Paper Dahlias
Monday, April 11 
(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 April, we are making giant paper flowers. By the end of this program, you'll have a cheerful wall decoration and you'll be a glue gun expert. Call us at 348-7441 ext 4 or stop by the library to sign up.
Tabletop Tuesday
Tuesday, April 12
(second Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
Ages 12+ and adults

Bring a friend to the library and learn a new board game. Try out games like Ticket to Ride, Bang!, and King of Tokyo. For adults and anyone 12+. No registration required.
In Stitches
Monday, April 18 
(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, April 19 
(third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
In April we’re discussing
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, a graphic novel/memoir about the author’s childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. The book, originally published in French, was made into an Oscar-nominated film in 2007. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk. 
Movie Night: Concussion
Rated PG-13
Monday, April 25
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Will Smith stars in this dramatic thriller based on the incredible true story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful – and beloved – institutions in the world. Also starring Alec Baldwin and Albert Brooks.
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 Reading Club
Wednesday, April 27
3:00 pm

At Driftless Market
Grab a hot drink from Driftless Market and join us above the market for a literary afternoon. We enjoy talking about what we’re reading with good company. Share your favorite books and get recommendations from fellow readers. No registration required.
Upcoming Computer Classes
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. Students may use a personal or class Gmail account.

Google Docs and Drive II
Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 7, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to create and share documents, forms, spreadsheets, and calendars with Google Docs. This class will build on the class from the previous week.
Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience, Google Docs I or equivalent experience. Students may use a personal or class Gmail account.

Build a Bare Bones Webpage
Wednesday, April 13, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to use a template to create and modify your own free Google Sites webpage.
Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience. Experience using Gmail is helpful, but not necessary. Students may use a personal or class Gmail account.

Basic Image Manipulation with GIMP
Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
GIMP is a free image manipulation program with some similarities to Photoshop. Learn how to install GIMP and explore some basic functions of GIMP.
Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience
Spring Food for Fines dates are May 1 - 15. Look for more details in next month's newsletter.
TWEET! A little birdie (named "Dobby-in-a-chicken-costume") told us that the Platteville Public Library is now on Twitter - and we've already had an official Twitter Moment! You can follow us at @plattevillepl.
Have you checked out the Peeps dioramas made by this year's Peeps-o-rama participants? Stop by soon and prepare to be both amazed and amused. April 3 is the last day to cast your vote for the Peep-le's Choice winners.
Dine out at Benvenuto's on the second Sunday of the month, mention the library, and 20% of your bill will go to the Platteville Library Foundation. Upcoming dates are April 10, May 8, and June 12
After sweeping up my toddler's Cheerios for the billionth time in one weekend, I decided it was time to invest in a battery operated vacuum.  After being thoroughly overwhelmed by Amazon's offerings, I was proud of myself for remembering the Library's handy
Consumer Reports database.  I popped online and within minutes had narrowed my search to vacuums that were both top-rated and budget friendly. My toddler, my floors, and my vacuum are now living in (nearly) perfect harmony. 
I re-read
Entwined, which is in my top 5 favorite books of ALL TIME. The retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses features lovable characters, relatable family dynamics and generous dosage fairy tale magic.

My sister and I watched
Brooklyn together. We were both crying within the first 10 minutes and had nothing but good things to say by the end of the film. Beautifully acted, produced, and written, this story of an Irish immigrant choosing a future for herself deserves all the accolades the critics lavished on it. 
Spring break may be over but summer vacations are on the way. Stop in and see our new travel titles and plan a fun trip for everyone. These books and more are ready for checkout:

Lonely Planet USA
Lonely Planet Italy
Tourist Trains Guidebook

A plug from me...utilize our travel books! The
Moon St. Louis book was really helpful on our recent spring break trip.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sometimes I forget how much I love murder mysteries until I find one that keeps me reading late into the night. This book by the same author of Gone Girl is a thriller about a journalist who returns to her hometown to report on a series of child murders. Like Gone Girl, it has a healthy dose of toxic family relationships and abnormal psychology. 

Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau
I adored this book. A Chicago musician-turned-bartender finds a wormhole in his apartment and time travels to indie-rock concerts. It’s contemporary sci-fi love story, and I thought it was a great look into a less glamorous side of time machines.
I don't re-read many books - there's so many books waiting to be read and just not enough time. That being said, I am getting ready to read Maggie Stiefvater's 
The Raven Boys for the fifth time as I count down the days to the publication of The Raven King, the fourth and final book in The Raven Cycle. There's doomed romances, psychics, trees that speak Latin, a crow named Chainsaw, drag races, Arthurian references, ley lines, a dead Welsh King sleeping somewhere in Virginia, and most importantly, a tangle of complicated but fierce friendships. I am looking forward to crying buckets as it all comes to an end.

I've also marked my calendar for
season 5 of Call the Midwife, starting April 3 on PBS. I am much more concerned about Trixie never finding joy than I ever cared about Edith Crawley's happiness. We have seasons 1-4 at the library if you need to catch up.
Be a part of the global book club reading Chris Kyle's American Sniper. Unlimited copies of this e-book and audiobook are available through Wisconsin's Digital Library through March 31, so there's no wait to get your copy. 

Never used your library card to download an e-book to your tablet (or computer or smartphone or e-reader...)? Check out
OverDrive's help pages, or stop by the reference desk and we'll get you directions to get started.
Do you have a Downton-Abbey shaped hole in your Sunday evenings? As the Dowager Countess might say, "Stop whining and find something to watch." Here are some ideas, all of which are available on at the library.
  • If you want period drama with heavy emphasis on drama and an American thrown in for good measure, try Mr. Selfridge.
  • If you were more interested in the lives of the downstairs staff and/or you adored the Crawley babies, try Call the Midwife.
  • If you liked all the romance of the Crawleys and the drama of trying to save the estate but want a more modern take (with a bonus Downton creator Julian Fellowes in a humorous reoccurring role), try Monarch of the Glen.
  • If you liked the glamour of the 1920s but could do with a little less soapy drama and a little more murdering fun times, try Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.
  • If you liked Sybil as a nurse and wished there had been more World War I storylines, try ANZAC Girls.
  • If you want more upstairs/downstairs drama, try...Upstairs, Downstairs.
  • If you miss the meddling Dowager Countess and can settle for Dame Judi Dench instead of Dame Maggie Smith, and you'd also like to see some Downton actors, try Cranford and Return to Cranford.
  • If you liked watching the story of one British family over a number of years, try The Forsyte Saga.
And if you want to curl up with a book instead of a TV series, try one of these:
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