Platteville Public Library Newsletter: Volume 1, Issue 13
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Thank you to all who helped make our first "LOUD @ the Library" a huge success! Approximately 150 attendees enjoyed books, bands, and beer at the library. Thank you to Monique Borgen Photography for the great photos and to The Local and other anonymous donors for providing refreshments. All proceeds benefited the "Our Library, Our Future" capital campaign to furnish and equip the new Platteville Public Library coming in 2017. If you are interested in making a donation, check out our website or contact Nancy Kies, our capital campaign coordinator, at or 778-3215. 
Building update:
Construction work was recently delayed due to the discovery of soft soils. The engineers have been recalculating and figuring out how to stabilize soils to ensure a proper foundation for the building. Work is expected to resume soon.
Erase your library fines and support the Platteville Food Pantry at the same time. From May 1-15, 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.
See Dobby modeling this season's must-have accessory, the Platteville Public Library zippered tote bag. Practical, sturdy, and attractive, this tote bag benefits the Our Library, Our Future campaign. Bags are available at the library checkout desk for $20. 

(Pro-tip from Dobby: we hear that chicken suits will also be hitting Fashion Week runways this fall)
Make your mark on our first ever, all-ages bookmark contest.

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.
Drop In Building Party
Friday, May 6
(no school)
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.
Mother’s Day Tea Party
Saturday, May 7
10:30 - 11:30 am
Children 3-11 years + a favorite female adult (mom, grandma, aunt, etc.)

Have a rather good time sharing tea, a craft, and a story with a favorite adult. Fancy attire is encouraged.
Registration is required.
Instrument Petting Zoo
Saturday, May 28
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Drop in and get a close up look at a variety of instruments played by local musicians.
Make it Monday: Fancy Fascinators
Monday, May 1

6:00 - 7:00 pm
Ages 12 - adult

Each month we try something new that we found on Pinterest. Just in time for
Derby Days, May's project is decorating fancy hats. We'll have all the supplies you need to make a fascinator: flowers, beads, feathers, ribbons, netting. If giant hats are more your style, bring a hat along and you can use our supplies to gussy it up. Call us at 348-7441 ext 4 or stop by the library to sign up.
Tabletop Tuesday
Tuesday, May 10
(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, May 16 
(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, May 17 
(third Tuesday of the month)
6:00 pm
This dark domestic drama explores what happens to a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio when their daughter disappears. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk and join our monthly meeting to talk about it.
Movie Night: The 5th Wave
Rated PG-13
Monday, May 23
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Based on the acclaimed 2013 young adult sci-fi
novel by Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave follows a 16-year-old survivor of a catastrophic alien invasion. Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz) is a high-school student leading a normal life, including a crush on a football star (Nick Robinson), when extraterrestrials invade Earth and kill millions of humans. 
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
Friday, May 27
4:00 pm
Driftless Market

Grab some iced tea from Driftless 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. 
On your mark, get set, READ with us this summer!

Registration for children's, teen, and adult summer programs starts on May 31. Check our website in the next month for more details on special events, teen programs, and adult programs. The children's weekly program schedule runs June 13 - July 30 at the following times:

Infant/Toddler: (ages 6-35 months)
Tuesdays at 10-10:20 am OR Thursdays at 6-6:20 pm

Preschool Storytime: (ages 3-6 years)
Mondays at 10-10:30 am OR Wednesdays at 6-6:30 pm

Lunch Bunch: (ages 7-11 years)
Tuesdays at 12-12:45 pm
Loved the movie 
Brooklyn, hope to read the book. Enjoyed Concussion, Room and The Danish Girl. I'm in the process of reading Sing to Me about L.A. Reid - a musical talent agent who has been in the business for over 30 years​.
Started reading the
books by "Richard Castle" as I love watching Castle on TV. I think I'll probably end up reading all of them! There goes my free time this summer.

The new cookbook from the library, Baking with Mary Berry, is good. After watching The Great British Bake Off with her as a judge, I was curious about how complicated the recipes would be. Lots of yummy ideas in the book to try.
I have a sister who's an Amy Poehler Smart Girl and a friend who's a Mindy Kaling gal, but it turns out I'm more of a Tina Fey fan...which may be why I've been enjoying
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (co-produced by Tina) so much. It has all the absurd, silly, joke-a-minute, and occasionally offensive humor of 30 Rock, but with a touch of Midwestern innocence provided by Kimmy, a former (unwilling) doomsday cult member and bunker dweller now trying to turn New Yorker as she catches up on 15 lost years.

Speaking of funny women, I laughed my way through Una LaMarche's 
Unabrow: Misadventures of a Late Bloomer. Una is hilarious and relatable for anyone who was in school during the '90s (at least, she was relatable until I later found out that her '90s high school experience included being friends with Lin-Manuel Miranda). There were graphs! Terrible childhood haircuts! References to The Babysitters Club! I realize none of that sounds funny, but it was! This made a welcome adult break from the teen books I usually read.
This Census-Taker: a novella by China Miéville: very atmospheric tale
The Asylum novellas: The Scarlets, The Bone Artists, The Warden by Madeleine Roux: three short stories that tie together - spooky
More Than This by Patrick Ness: one of the stranger books I've read
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 May 8, June 12, and July 10. 
Our online library catalog had a fairly major update last month and a minor update on April 25 to fix a few bugs and improve searching. If you see a large, blank rectangle when you look at the catalog from home, try clearing your cache. If you run into any other problems using our catalog, please let us know. 
We had a blast having the Peeps dioramas on display. Our Peep-le's Choice votes were tallied April 3, and this year's winners were 221 Peeper St, Fellowship of the Peep, The Very Hungry Peep, and Ali Bab and the 40 Peeps (staff).
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