SOLDIERS GROVE LIBRARY NEWS
Excerpt from the Wisconsin State Journal:
SOLDIERS GROVE — The floods still come, but there is less worry in this northern Crawford County village.
For nearly 40 years, Main Street here has been absent hardware and grocery stores, the library, post office, fire department, bars and cafés.
But community remains, on higher ground, out of the reach of the Kickapoo River.
After decades of devastating floods, Soldiers Grove began working in the 1970s on what would become a $6 million relocation plan. By 1983, nearly 50 businesses and homes in the downtown were demolished, with new structures constructed on higher land along Highway 61 on the village’s southeast side.
And here’s the POSTER!
Both days’ events will be held at the Soldiers Grove Library.
[image: image.png] Cheers, *~Cele*
Hello Dear Friends,
It’s your librarian emeritus, getting back in touch to invite you to the Soldiers Grove Library’s Golden Anniversary Gala! We are celebrating 50 years of growing to become the heart of your community, with photos and displays under a big tent outside in the courtyard. There’ll be children’s activities, a special honor ceremony, live music and light refreshments too! Come and enjoy a walk down memory lane. It’s amazing to see what became of that little cloakroom scrubbed clean by the Yankeetown homemakers ‘way back then’. Hope to see you there!
This week, as we settle in to give thanks for the bounty we have, the library will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 25th through Saturday, November 28th.
But, YES, the Soldiers Grove Public Library is still providing services: curbside, browsing of materials, faxing, copying, computer use (with time limits). We will continue to monitor the Crawford County Health <www.crawfordcountywi.org/health.html> recommendations as community spread has increased; as always we maintain our rigorous cleaning and quarantining protocols.
Stay safe, stay healthy — wash hands, wear a mask. Whatever we all can do to get through this let’s do it so we can keep the library experience as safe as possible for everyone.
*Virtual Book Club**:* Everyone is welcome to join us Wednesday, December 9 th at 6:30 p.m. for a virtual book discussion. This month we are reading *The Overstory* by Richard Powers. We will discuss the book via Google meet. Please contact Sarah by phone (608) 624-5815 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to sign up. Gays Mills patrons may contact David Gibbs by phone (608) 734-4331 or email (email@example.com).
*Soldiers Grove Public Library is 50 years old: *It began with the Yankeetown Homemakers meeting in December 1970. By June of 1971, a collection of books was assembled in the cloak room of the old Opera Hall on Main Street in Soldiers Grove. Run entirely by volunteers the library moved from the Opera Hall to the Fire Station until 1982, when it moved to the new Solartown development, in its current home. The sweet little library expanded with support from the Village and the surrounding community in 2012.
The summer of 2021 we will plan to host an official celebration with the entire community. As part of the celebration, we would like everyone, young and old, to create a canvas with a painting or a poem, or any creative medium you prefer, with the theme of *“What the Soldiers Grove Public Library Means to Me.”* You can pick up a canvas at the library, or create something out of materials you already have. We would like for you to bring the completed project to the library, so we can display it for all to see for our celebration.
*Outside Wireless Connection Expanded:* We have more connections at the library. You can park in the lower or upper parking lots, and you can even be in the courtyard to access our wireless connection. These devices are visible from the windows and are available through a grant with the Southwest Library System. So please feel free to use our WIFI connection to access the internet anytime you are near or around the library building!
Please reach out with questions, suggestions, or concerns.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Monday & Wednesday 1:30-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come join us for something special at the library this week with *some wonderful storytellers.*
Although we have not planned for regular in-person INDOOR children’s programming at this time, we will be hosting a story hour OUTSIDE *in the courtyard* on *Tuesday’s at 10:00 a.m.*
Please join us this week under the falling leaves, Tuesday, October 13th at 10:00 a.m. to hear a story with *Ms. Cele Wolf* (and a special guest)! Next week, October 20th, join us for story hour with *Ms. Maura Otis*! And if the weather holds out, we will host another one on October 27th. We will have chairs distanced on the lawn for all to enjoy & stay dry. We will also have a grab-n-go bag for a craft to make at home.
The weather is beginning to cool, but a good story will warm your hearts!
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” ―F. Scott Fitzgerald, *The Great Gatsby*
Below are some events that will be happening in October at the Soldiers Grove Library.
*Upper Gardens at the Library:* Support the library with a small donation and take home a plant for your garden! Come join us Friday and Saturday, October 2nd & 3rd between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m in front of the library’s upper gardens. The village buildings will be going through a landscaping transformation in the Spring. Please bring a container along with your donation, and select a plant from the area surrounding the entryway pavers. *The trees must stay, but everything else must go*! Supporters may also gather seed heads from the lower pollinator garden, but not the plants themselves. The library will have shovels on hand. Please remember social distancing and face coverings if others are present. Thank you to all those community members who have helped beautify and enliven this special garden in years past.
*Virtual Book Club**:* There are still a few copies available of *The Library Book* by Susan Orlean. We will discuss the book via Google meet on Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Sarah by phone (608) 624-5815 or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to pick up your copy.
*Guest Readers in the Courtyard in October:* Beginning October 13 at 10:00 a.m., come listen to a story in the Courtyard with a special guest reader; the first will be Ms. Cele Wolf! Please bring your family down to the library and enjoy the falling leaves while you listen to a tale by a fantastical storyteller (weather permitting).
*Take & Make Crafts: *Come to the library to get a take-home project to do with your family. Pick up a canvas to paint a fall landscape that we can display at the library! More craft projects will be available throughout the month.
*In the Community*
*Myrtle Lake Fall Fundraiser: *Come see us October 10th from 11:00 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m. The Library will be showing support for the Myrtle Lake Restoration project at Old Town Park in Soldiers Grove. We will have books and plants for sale!
*Discussions about Dementia: *Sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), join communities around Wisconsin in a virtual book club which will launch in November 2020! We will “reimagine” how we live and care for people with dementia by building a life of joy and dignity and give hope throughout the lifespan. Open to all; caregivers, professionals, anyone wanting to learn and discuss dementia in a new light for the purpose of building dementia friendly communities. Discussion groups will be led by Dementia Care Specialists. To register sign up here: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EA9AF23A4F4C70-dementia
Enjoy the cooling elements of the season and pick up a good book to warm your soul!