Here are great ideas and good news from around the Winnefox Library System:
⇒ Menasha Public Library has become a partner of the nationwide Read Aloud 15 Minutes campaign, and will be sharing with parents and caregivers the information, suggestions, and tips for making 15 minutes of reading a part of a daily routine. Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a non-profit organization that's working to make reading aloud 15 minutes a day a new standard in childcare. Your library can become a partner too by filling out their online form. And the Friends of the Menasha Public Library is collecting aluminum cans for recycling; funds will be used to increase the Friends' endowment fund which provides programs and materials.
⇒ Winneconne Public Library regularly gives Facebook "shout outs" to patrons like Grayson and Dick, and wrote a tribute to longtime volunteer Marjorie Eid.
⇒ Oakfield Public Library has a new display case in the village hall lobby, thanks to a grant from the Oakfield Community Foundation.
⇒ Cake pans are being circulated to local patrons of the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose; they started with 9 different designs (Spiderman, Barbie, Bunny, Butterfly, Dora, Elmo, guitar, Hello Kitty and Lightning McQueen), and received donations of 45 more. The library is also lending a Card Creators Kit.
⇒ Mobile printing — from a laptop, mobile device, or from home — is a new service for patrons of the Menasha Public Library.
⇒ Berlin Public Library staff worked at the Green Lake County Fair serving ice cream in the Dairy Barn serving ice cream, and were "VERY excited to see the number of kids using their free ice cream coupons from the 2014 Summer Reading program!!"
⇒ A partnership between the Fond du Lac Public Library and the Volunteer Center of Fond du Lac County created a StoryWalk on the east side of Lakeside Park.
⇒ Wautoma Public Library set up an "If you Build it....it will be Fun!" passive program as a free-play undirected drop-in activity, setting up tables with supplies left over from earlier programs — LEGOs, marshmallow, spaghetti, clay, Krinkles, cardboard boxes, and Jenga — for kids school age and up & younger children accompanied by a parent.
⇒ The Friends of the Oshkosh Public Library voted to allocate more than $27,000 to be used for library programs and services, including the summer reading program, events and activities for teens, holiday decorations and programs, a Dr. Seuss celebration and other children's events, author visits, the Lakefly Writer's Conference and National Novel Writing Month activities. This generous allocation comes primarily from the Friends' Used Book Sales.
image credit: Oshkosh Public Library's Facebook page