Platteville Public Library Newsletter: Volume 2, Issue 3
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We're wrapping up our summer library program this year with our "Closing Ceremonies" at Legion Field on September 1. All ages are welcome to come and play lawn games with us (if we get enough pop boxes, we'll have Giant Jenga, too!). Children who turned in their completed summer reading logs on time will also get their summer prize pack, including a book of their choice. No registration needed.
We hope you read lots of great books this summer! Everyone's summer reading logs (children, teens, and adults) are due back to the library on August 26 by 6:00 pm. Children who reached their summer reading goal (40 books for ages 3-6 and 1000 pages for ages 7-11) will get a book and a prize bag at the final party on September 1st. 
Congratulations to our director and her family on the birth of a healthy baby boy. Welcome to the library family, Levon!
Erase your library fines and help stock the Platteville Food Pantry at the same time. From September 10-25, we’ll waive $1.00 of your overdue fines for each food or non-food item you bring in for the food pantry. You win, the library wins, and the food pantry wins.

A few caveats: we can't accept expired items, homemade items, or fresh food. Non-glass containers are preferred. Lost fines, damage fees, and processing fees cannot be waived through Food for Fines.
Here at the library, our roots run deep! Watch for this summer's top readers riding in the Platteville Dairy Days Parade. The parade starts at 9:30 am on September 10. Be sure to also vote for our Dairy Days decorated cow as your favorite cow (hint, hint).
Drop In Building Party
Saturday, September 3
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.
Sign up for fall Infant/Toddler storytime starts September 6
Fall storytime sessions will run September 19 - November 10 at these times:
  • Infant/toddler (6-35 months) - Monday mornings at 10:00 am
  • Infant/toddler (6-35 months) - Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm
All preschool storytimes for ages 3-6 years will be drop in programs this fall (no registration). Preschool storytimes are select Saturday mornings at 10 am from September 24 - November 12. Stop by the library for a schedule.
Early Release Movie
Friday, September 16
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Movie to be announced - stop by the library or check the online calendar for more details.
Make it Monday: Mod Podge Party
Monday, September 12

(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 September, celebrate our favorite decoupage material: Mod Podge. Make your own personalized coaster set or clock. We’ll provide all the basic supplies you’ll need, but you are welcome to bring your own pictures or copies of photos to use for decorating. Call us at 348-7441 ext 4 or stop by the library to sign up.
Tabletop Tuesdays
Tuesday, September 13 

(second Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
Teens and adults (Ages 12+)

Come check out the library's board game collection or bring one of your own games to share.
In Stitches
Monday, September 19
(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, September 20 

(third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
In September we're reading
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. Pick up the book at the circulation desk then come to our monthly meeting for a discussion. 
Movie Night: The Jungle Book
Rated PG
Monday, September 26
5:30 - 7:30 pm

The first fall film is the 2016 epic adventure The Jungle Book. Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a journey of self-discovery when he's forced to abandon the only home he's ever known. Featuring an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyongo. 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 Group
Friday, September 30
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.
Book to Art Club
Wednesday, October 12
7:00 pm 
Registration required
Ages 12+ and adults

Read. Talk. Make. 

Pick up this spooky YA book at the circulation desk, then come for a casual discussion while we make a craft based on the book. This month: altering vintage photographs for a creepy Halloween display. 
Upcoming Computer Classes

Microsoft Excel I
Thursday, September 15, 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
Thursday, September 22, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to create a basic spreadsheet, add formulas, sort data, and highlight results.
  • Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience, Excel I or equivalent experience
  • Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register
Microsoft Excel III
Thursday, September 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to add more complex formulas and use functions. We will also briefly look at making mailing labels.
  • Skills required: basic mouse and keyboard experience, Excel II or equivalent experience
  • Call 348-7441 ext 4 to register starting August 29
Congratulations to the winners of our first bookmark contest! Bookmarks made from the winning designs will be distributed to all the children who finished the summer reading program. You can also see the winning designs on our website. Thanks to the Rountree Gallery board for their help with the judging, and thanks to everyone who entered.
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 September 11, October 9, and November 13. 
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