10 Success Stories You May Have Missed in November

Here are great ideas and good news from around the Winnefox Library System:

⇒ Winneconne Public Library is providing Storytime-to-Go Bags. Each of the 12 bags has a different theme, and contains books, a CD, puppet or toy, and an activity folder with coloring pages & activities. A grant from Winneconne Thrift & Gift funded the purchase of supplies to create and fill the bags.

⇒ The game was afoot at the Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake when they invited customers to don a deerstalker cap for their "It's Elementary!" series of events. Attendees were treated to film (and television episode) screenings, 'expert testimony' about Holmes, and "an appearance by the famous detective himself."

⇒ The Pine River Library of Leon and Saxeville Townships received a donation of over 60 new science, math, and picture books from the Libri Foundation Books For Children Program, compliments of the Mr. Wallhagen and Ms. Strawbridge Fund. The Friends of the Pine River Library donated $350 and the Libri Foundation matched their donation on a 2-to-1 ratio, doubling the amount raised.

⇒ Oshkosh Public Library is having Christmas Card Saturdays Nov. 29th through December 6th.  The library provides the setting — "in front of the Christmas trees, on the beautiful marble staircase, or maybe outside in front of the library lions" —  as a great spot to take a photo for Christmas cards or family calendar project

⇒ Nearly 500 people attended Fond du Lac Public Library's Flavors of Wisconsin Gift Fair fundraiser that featured over 20 Wisconsin vendors, included a basket-making station where people could bring their purchases to be assembled into gift baskets, and the library's BookCellar used book store was transformed into The Rathskeller for beer tasting.

⇒ The Mill Pond Library in Kingston started a new scrip fundraising program: if you buy gift cards for the holidays, you can purchase them at the library.  The gift cards are the same as you'd purchase in a store; you get full face value, and the library gets a percentage. Some of the retailers include Kohl's, Kwik Trip, Pick 'N Save, Piggly Wiggly, Mobil, Subway, Walgreens, & Walmart; here's a list of all the vendors whose gift cards are available via the Great Lakes Scrip Center.

⇒ Three libraries held Black Friday events the day after Thanksgiving:

  1. The Caestecker Public LIbrary in Green Lake from 9am to Noon offered half off overdue fines and up to 15 free black and white copies, and temporarily increased the DVD checkout limit to 10 (up from 7) all day long.
  2. In addition to half-off fines from 9am to Noon, the Fond du Lac Public Library offered a free grab bag with the purchase of any regularly priced nonfiction book from their BookCellar used book store.
  3. Neenah Public Library offered 50% off overdue fines, and invited patrons to come to the library to watch movies, and provided a survey where patrons could vote to help decide which movies to play.

⇒ The Noon Kiwanis donated a new batch of toys to Ripon Public Library for their toy lending library.

⇒ Campbellsport Public Library provided a "thankful board" that kids used to write about or to draw the things for which they were thankful. [photo above at right]

⇒ Wautoma Public Library worked with the Wautoma High School Key Club to create a Scooby Doo Boo event on October 30th that included a wide range of activities: a code-breaking activity with extra codes to solve found throughout the library; a "make a disguise" craft where kids could choose to be Scooby, Shaggy, Velma, Fred, or Daphne; a follow the clues ghostly web trail; a ghost catching light game in the dark; a mummy wrap race; and a stun the ghosts marshmallow launching game. To finish off the night, the Key Club performed a mystery theater to help us solve the mystery, "Who Stole the Scooby Snacks" and then children received a treat bag of goodies."  The Winneconne Public Library also partnered with the Winneconne Elementary School's PTA to put on a Halloween Book Bash that included a costume contest, dance party, trick-or-treating, and book sale.