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May 2022

It may be hard to believe, but summer is just around the corner! Here at the library, we’re busy planning events for this year’s theme, “Oceans of Possibilities.” But you don’t have to wait until summer to visit: we’ve got all kinds of events lined up this month, including a traveling exhibit, book sale, and craft swap.


The Library will be closed Friday, May 13 for staff in-service and Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

Starting with Sunday, May 29, the Library will be closed on Sundays for the summer. The Library will resume Sunday hours on September 11.

May events

Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin!

We’re thrilled to be one of the statewide stops for the traveling exhibit Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border, created by Wisconsin Humanities. Stop by during May to learn more about these three women and five men who emigrated from Mexico, Uruguay, Honduras, and Colombia and who now live in Wisconsin.

Learn more about Immigrant Journeys

Let’s talk books

Stop by the library to pick up a copy of one of this month’s book club titles:

Spring Storytime

Make the most of beautiful spring mornings and join us Tuesdays through May for family storytime at City Park. Bring a stuffie friend and a blanket, too! Watch our Facebook page for any weather-related cancellations.

Need even more stories in your life? Call our Dial-a-Story at 877-907-8081 to enjoy a short tale whenever you’re in the mood. New stories are added regularly, and a new story in Spanish is added each week. ¡Un cuento nuevo en español cada semana!

Find out more about storytime

May the Fourth be with you

Calling all junior Star Wars fans! Celebrate with Star Wars Day with crafts, snacks, and activities.

Find out more about Star Wars Day

Book sale

We’re taking part in Platteville’s city-wide garage sale weekend with a sale of our own. We’ve been saving up used ex-Library books for weeks to get ready. Be sure to stop by for bargains!

Find out more about our Book Sale

Are you good at lifting boxes of books? Do you have some extra time on your hands? We’re looking for a few volunteers who would be willing to help set up the book sale, clean up any leftover books, or take money at the sale. If you’re interested, fill out our Volunteer Application and be sure to mention the May Book Sale.

Fill out the Library Volunteer Application

Is your craft stash overflowing?

After a successful inaugural Craft Supply Swap in 2019, we’re finally doing it again! Anyone who drops off craft supplies ahead of time gets an “early bird ticket” that will grant you entrance to that magical first hour of the swap. Whether you bring in supplies or not, everyone is invited to come take something home during the general admission time slot.

Find out more about dropping off supplies
Find out more about the Craft Swap

Books are for the birds

Our Library neighbor, Maloo the parrot, loves being read to!

Sign up to read to Maloo

Find your groove

Bring your kids to City Park as we groove to a fun combination of music, rhythm, and movement.

Find out more about Finding Your Groove

Looking ahead

Registration for summer library programs and summer reading starts May 31. We have events planned for all ages!

Watch for June special events, including:

And weekly summer programs, including:

  • Family Fun Night for all ages (Monday nights)

  • Summer Storytime for all ages (Tuesday mornings)

  • Garden Detectives for grade schoolers (Tuesday afternoons)

  • Summer Splash Thursdays for grade schoolers (Thursday afternoons)

  • Art, Craft, and Fun days for teens (Wednesday afternoons)