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Column: Find fresh things to do at the library

11:05 AM, Jan. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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FRESH!

Welcome 2013. It's a fresh new year to tackle fresh new things.

The Library Book Group has picked these fresh titles to read and discuss in the new season. The books, dates and times are:

? "When She Woke" by Hilary Jordan, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, and 7 p.m. Thursday. The book is a politically charged thriller. Think "Scarlet Letter" in future dystopian United States.

? "The Girl Who Fell From the Sky" by Heidi Durrow, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 7 p.m. Feb. 14.

? "Driftless" by David Rhoades, 1:30 p.m. March 13 and 7 p.m. March 14.

? "The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain, 1:30 p.m. April 10 and 7 p.m. April 11.

? "Canada" by Richard Ford, 1:30 p.m. May 8 and 7 p.m. May 9.

All are welcome to participate in the discussions that take place in the Prairie Room, lower level of the library. Books to check out are available at the Circulation Desk.

And that's not all.

The Youth Services Department now has six early learning kits that can be checked out. The kits are shelved near the parents shelf materials and are geared toward use for parents with their children. Each kit contains several activities that develop skills, such as letter recognition, phonics concepts, sight word recognition, math concepts, counting, shapes, patterns and matching.

Plus there's much, much more. Consider the words of Dr. Seuss - "The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Call Youth Services at 715-346-1549 for more information. Now go learn!

Teens can look forward to a new program called Teens Create, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. the third Fridays, January through April, in the Prairie Room. What is Teens Create? It is a program where teens can work on their creative projects. It could be drawing, writing, knitting, jewelry making, origami, graphic design or any other kind of project. Teens, now is your time to shine.

We know that sometimes checking out can be a challenge. There are long lines at the Circulation Desk. The people in front of you have a zillion questions. The kids are squirmy, maybe even in need of a nap and you are exhausted. Hang in there, for now there's something for the kids to do while waiting for you. There are two activity boards attached to the Circulation Desk that the kids can play with to their hearts' content.

Also, they could watch the fish in the nearby fish tank. Please don't punch the tank or shout at the fish; that traumatizes the fish. Just watching the fish is fun.

You survived the holidays. Bring a little freshness into your lives. Come visit us at the library this January.

Vicky Billings, technical services librarian for Portage County Public Library, can be reached at 715-346-1603.

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