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May 2021

Our Current Services
As COVID numbers in our community continue to fluctuate, we will be adjusting our in-person services accordingly to serve your needs and ensure the health and safety of our patrons and staff. Check our website and Facebook page for our most up-to-date hours.

Adult Grab & Go Kits
Try something new each week with our adult Grab & Go kits. Kits are available during library hours on a first come, first served, basis while supplies last. Look for these upcoming kits:
  • May 3 - 8: Shrinky Dinks
  • May 10 - 15: Cork stamps
  • May 17 - 22: Mammoth sunflower seeds
  • May 24 - 29: Tissue paper poppies
Platteville Adult Book Club
Tuesday, May 18

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
City Park in-person
Our May book club will meet in City Park (weather permitting) If the weather is bad, we will meet virtually. In May, we will be discussing Untamed by Glennon Doyle. Masks are required and we will socially distance. For information on how to join book group, please email Kelli at
No registration is required.
Book Talk/Discussion of Chinese Women on the Environment: A Multi-ethnic Anthology of Fiction and Nonfiction
with Editor Dr. Dong Ibister 
Thursday, May 13
6 pm via Zoom 
University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s own Dr. Dong Isbister will present a book talk and discussion about Chinese women writers on the environment following the anthology’s publication last summer. Dr. Dong Isbister is an associate professor of women's and gender studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Come and listen as Dr. Isbister reads excerpts from the book and has a question and answer session via Zoom. Click here to register.
Special Guest Storytime
Wednesdays at 2pm
Join University of Wisconsin-Platteville students each week as they share a live story presentation on the library's Facebook page. Be sure to pick up a grab & go for each week's craft. No registration required. 
Animal House with the Library
Monday, May 10
6:00 p.m.
All Ages 
Join UWP's Animal House as they share stories, information and LIVE animals. Register here.
(re) Introducing... 
Call 877-907-8081 to hear a story. New story every week! 
Check out our new books about East Asia!
Exciting news! Platteville Public Library was the recipient of an East Asia in Wisconsin Library program grant in late 2020. Our library is using the grant funds to promote understanding and awareness of East Asian culture. We have started adding new materials to our collection in the Spring of 2021. Check out our new display in the Adult department with new DVDs, adult books (fiction and nonfiction), and children's books about East Asian culture. There will also be a book group in June with the book Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. 

This grant is funded by the Center for East Asian Studies of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We are so excited to be able to give patrons the opportunity to explore the East Asian culture through these new materials!

Need some recommendations? Our staff have you covered!

Troy, Children's Services Specialist: I took a cue from one of the March Google Doodles and picked up American Indian Stories and Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa. Also, best kids lit I read lately includes All He Knew, a book written entirely in beautiful verse by Helen Frost, and the funny picture book  Unstoppable by Adam Rex and illustrated by Laura Park.

Nancy, Adult Services Specialist: The Mole Agent (DVD) (NR) is a cute, heart warming, thoughtful look at seniors in a care center and What We Do in the Shadows (DVD) is a campy, fun (R-rated) look at vampire housemates  in modern life by "Flight of the Conchords" Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill combines vaguely European/Napoleonic Wars era empire building with magic, strong females, and swashbuckling adventurers.

If all you're hearing about is Bridgerton, Bridgerton, Bridgerton, but the regency rules and morals of 1800's England aren't your thing, try the more contemporary series Virgin River by Robyn Carr. Families/friends and siblings/cousins in small town California intersect in this series with interesting storylines of what family can mean and how change throughout the years can strengthen those bonds.  

Lydia, Children's Services Specialist: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Not enough real-life pandemic in your life? Read about a fictional and more deadly pandemic in Mandel's gripping 2015 novel following a handful of characters and their responses to a deadly disease and the world left behind after 98% of the population dies. Sometimes funny and often scarily relevant, makes you wonder if the author had 2020 vision. 

Karina, Patron Services Manager: I am absolutely loving the magazines available through Libby now! I especially enjoy the number of craft magazines and the international titles that I wouldn't have access to otherwise.  I've been going through back issues of a knitting magazine from the UK - I know I'll never finish any of the projects, but I'm having a great time "paging" through and looking at all the ideas. I even set up a tag so I get a notification whenever there's a new issue. The fact that there's no waitlist for magazines and that I can checkout as many at a time is almost too good to be true.
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