Here are great ideas and good news from around the Winnefox Library System:
⇒ Neenah Public Library is starting a "WonderWorks" program of early literacy STEM science activities for 3-5 year olds that begins in February. And their Parent Place series featured a "Choosing Good Apps for Kids" program.
⇒ Menasha Public Library teamed up with a local restaurant for a "Library Night at Luigi's" event and fundraiser. The Menasha Police Department's K-9 officer and his handler read children's books, and Luigi's donated a portion of the evening's dinner checks to the library's endowment fund.
⇒ Mill Pond Public Library in Kingston has partnered with Flower Power Fundraising for an online flower fundraiser. For every purchase made, the library receives 50% of the sale price which counts toward their fundraising goal. I have my eye on the Double Freesia — they're so fragrant!
⇒ Princeton Public Library hosted a Downton Abbey & Tea event, inviting people to "enjoy high tea while watching the first two episodes of season 5 of Downton Abbey." Period dress was strongly encouraged, and the Friends of the Library provided tea & cakes.
⇒ Caestecker Public Library in Green Lake added Mango Languages to the online databases they offer, joining Berlin and Oshkosh PL in providing access to learning over 60 foreign languages.
⇒ Campbellsport Public Library did some "stealth" programming with a portable makerspace: for two Saturdays in January they provided a Craft Cart, loaded with supplies for anyone to be creative.
⇒ Winneconne Public Library is offering library events updates via SMS text messaging, with their VIP Text List service.
⇒ Novel Pairings is a new social event for book clubs & others who love to talk about books planned to begin in February at the Oshkosh Public Library:
Mix, mingle and dish about your favorite books while you learn about the services that Oshkosh Public Library offers to enhance your book club experience. Not in a book club? Get information about starting one or connect with a club that’s looking for new members.
Highlights will include:
• Book recommendations and resources to help you choose your next great read
• Creative ideas for book club meetings – wine & book pairings, theme dinners & more
• Tips for downloading free library eBooks & digital audio books
• Games & chances to win prize baskets
Complimentary wine included with ticket. Hors d’oeuvres provided by Evergreen; treats by Caramel Crisp & Café. Admission: $10 donation to the Friends of Oshkosh Public Library