7 Success Stories You May Have Missed in July

Oshkosh Public Library's Discovery TablesHere are great ideas and good news from around the Winnefox Library System:

Open Mic Night at Princeton Public Library is "a monthly program where patrons are encouraged to bring their stories, poetry, and music to share with the group" in a casual and fun atmosphere.  Here's a photo album showing recent participants, which includes an accordion & banjo duo.

⇒ The Fond du Lac chapter of Women in Management presented Fond du Lac Public Library support services coordinator Lori Burgess with their 2014 Woman Manager of the Year award. Dorothy Bliskey, Women in Management’s 2014 president, said, "Lori is a wonderful example of the women who make our organization what it is. Her leadership is an asset to our community."  And the Fond du Lac City Council honored Circulation Supervisor Nancy Groff for her 25 years of service at the library.

⇒ Oshkosh Public Library's children's & teen services department set up Discovery Tables to offer fun and hands-on science activities for kids.  The theme in early July was Exploring with Microscopes & Magnifying Glasses; "Kids will look at real insects, prepared slides of textile fibers, plants, pollen & spores." The tables were set up in the KidSpace area on weekday afternoons.  In the same vein, the Wautoma Public Library had a scanning electron microscope on loan from UW-Madison, and invited people to bring objects like butterfly wings to view at a magnification rarely seen first-hand.

⇒ Ripon Public Library held a "Minute To Win It" program that was "a laugh-out-loud evening of fun and camaraderie."  Staff worked with area businesses that helped sponsor the event by providing prizes.

⇒ Three libraries increased their visibility this summer by being part of parades and community events: Campbellsport Public Library particpated in the 4th of July parade with kids dressed up as robots (children were invited to make their costumes at the library); Winneconne Public Library's "Club Winston" marched in the parade and had a lemonade stand at Sovereign State Days; and Patterson Memorial Library was part of the Wild Rose Days: Party on the Pond parade and celebration.

⇒ The Taste of Wautoma is an annual library fundraiser that "features area restaurants highlighting their most delicious dishes. It's a great opportunity to enjoy an evening out and mingle with old and new friends while helping the library at the same time." All proceeds from the event go toward payment of the 2009 Wautoma Public Library remodel project.

⇒ Caestecker Library in Green Lake is slated to have a new elevator installed in their building, thanks to a pledge from Thomas Caestecker, for whom the library is named.

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