Soldiers Grove Library November Newsletter

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 <> 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 ( to sign up. Gays Mills patrons may contact David Gibbs by phone (608) 734-4331 or email (
*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!
*Library hours*
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.

Story Hour in the Courtyard October 13th, 20th & 27th

Greetings families,
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!

Soldiers Grove Library October News

“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 ( to pick up your copy.
*Family/Children’s Programming:*
*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:
Enjoy the cooling elements of the season and pick up a good book to warm your soul!
Cheers, Sarah

Soldiers Grove Library September News

Greetings Library Friends,
Fall is upon us and there are more than a few exciting things happening at the Soldiers Grove Library!
Below is a message from your beloved library director for the past 28 years!
*Dear Friends, *
*With this newsletter I’m passing on the director’s cap to Sarah DiPadova, a true gem who will lead the Soldiers Grove Library on to a bright future. I have had a wonderful 28 years, and it’s been a privilege to share in the growth and blossoming of the library. We are at a pivotal moment in the history of all things right now, but I believe that libraries will always be at the heart of a community, because they stand for connection; connecting people with each other and now, with the whole, virtual world. We will meet again together in person unafraid and use the internet as a tool. And libraries will continue to meet people’s need for leisure and learning, adapting to whatever the future holds. With that, I give you a fond farewell, with much gratitude and love. ~Cele*
And a message from your new director…I am incredibly honored and excited to be stepping into the role of director of this lovely little library. I look forward to carrying on the wonderful traditions of great programming and service to this amazing community. Although these times have prevented us from being spontaneous and enjoying our neighbors’ company as we have in the past, we can look forward to the moments we can share together in many unique ways. In this newsletter are the various programs that will be offered this Fall and into the future:
*Adult Programming*
*Virtual Book Club:* Join us for a virtual book club discussion on Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m. The first book will be, fittingly, *The Library Book* <> by Susan Orlean and several copies will be available at the library by mid-September to those interested. Please contact Sarah by phone (608) 624-5815 or email ( to sign up.
*Family/Children’s Programming:*
*Family-time at the library:* Beginning in September, Tuesday mornings from 10-noon will be exclusive to families with children who would like to come browse our children’s collection. Please call to reserve a time-slot so our library space doesn’t overflow and we can maintain safety for all.
*Storytime in the Courtyard: *Ms. Morgan will continue with storytime in the courtyard Thursday, Sept. 10th, 17th & 24th at 6:00 p.m. weather permitting. Please bring your chairs, blankets, and families and join us. Anyone who would like to read a story is welcome to be a guest reader (middle or high school students as well as adults).
*Monday Live Interactive Class: *Sponsored by the Southwest Library System, David Daniels of Colossal Fossils is offering a free, 16-week course that is just for libraries, their patrons, and schools. Each 1-hour program (one per week) is filmed live at the Colossal Fossils Downtown Museum (Wausau) and showcases its incredible collection of dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals, and anthropology exhibits
The first presentation will be on Zoom on Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) at 4:00 p.m., and then each Monday at the same time until December 21. Each 60-minute program includes a 45-minute presentation, followed by 15 minutes of question and answer time. Recordings of the videos will be available for two days after the live shows. The programs are tailored to interest 5 to 11 year-olds, but all ages are welcome.
To register for this exciting course contact the Gays Mills or Soldiers Grove Libraries by phone at 735-4331 or 624-5815; or email or You can also come to both libraries to watch the live shows on our computers (except for the Labor Day show).
*Other Information:*
The library will be closed Saturday, September 5th through Monday, September 7th for Labor Day weekend. Regular hours have resumed and curbside is still available to everyone who wants to keep contact to a minimum!
*Website:* Please check out the library website <> for the latest information including pre-recorded stories for children. This website was developed by Mike Lind and we are excited for the new look! Please check back often as some pages remain under development.
*Outside Wireless Connection:* Through a grant with the Southwest Library System, our library now has a greater range of coverage in the front of the building (the device is visible from the window in the upper part of the parking lot). So please feel free to use our WIFI connection to access the internet anytime you are near the front of the library building!
Please reach out with questions, suggestions, or concerns. I look forward to working with and getting to know each of you.
With gratitude, Sarah

Soldiers Grove Library News

Greetings Dear Friends, It’s Summer!
We are excited to announce the Soldiers Grove Library will resume regular open hours for brief visits on Monday, August 3, 2020!
In the meantime, our current, temporary open hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, 10am – 12 noon and 2-4 pm Walk-ins with mask, 30 minute limit, 8 person max capacity
Curbside pickup continues by appointment during our usual open hours: Monday, Wednesday 1:30 – 5:30 Tuesday, Thursday 10am – 7pm Friday, Saturday 10am – 1pm
Summer Reading Program: *Imagine Your Story!* Storytime with Ms. Morgan, socially distanced in the library courtyard Thursdays at 6pm, July 16 & 23, August 13 & 27
Please bring a blanket or chairs for your family to sit. We will be providing items for children to take home and make!
We have story time readings on our Soldiers Grove Library facebook page and website, This week Ms Morgan reads “Old Rock (is not boring)” by Deb Pilutti. Check back every two weeks for more stories throughout the summer!
Inching our way toward a new Normal, we are trying to keep the library a clean place where you can be assured that it’s safe for you and your family to enjoy a brief visit and browse for some books, movies and magazines to take home. If everyone washes their hands with soap for 20 seconds at the hallway sink before entering, wears a mask and handles items sparingly we can all be assured that precautionary measures have been taken to prevent spread of COVID 19 at this time. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the library but hand washing has always been the best way to keep clean:) Please know that all high-touch surfaces are regularly sanitized by library staff and that circulating items are quarantined for 72 hours, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
I hope that you have found time to enjoy the beauty of Summer!
With fond wishes for good health,

Hello Folks, Happy Summer

Just a quick note to let you know that the library will be closed for the holiday, from Thursday, July 2 and will reopen on Monday, July 6. Curbside service will continue with pickup by appointment, anytime during regular library hours. Tuesdays & Thursdays library doors will be open to the public for brief computer/copy machine use, from 10am-12 noon, and 2-4pm. We ask that you wear a mask (available at the door by donation) and follow safe practices ie, spatial distancing, using hand sanitizer provided and staying home if you are sick.
We will continue taking steps to expandservices as we can during the coming months, including summer programs, TBA. Meanwhile, have a safe and fun Fourth of July Holiday!
Cele Wolf, Director Soldiers Grove Public Library 608-624-5815 Books Are Sunsational!

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