If anyone is looking for a fun community event in the depths of a cold winter, the Library's Adult Winter Reading Program will be shedding some warmth and fun through Feb. 28.
This program is being launched for the first time in years, and it includes much more than simply reading books. There are a couple of big draws to this program, including prizes, which participants earn based on reading books, engaging in word puzzles and attending free interactive and interesting sessions at the library.
For what librarian and program coordinator Barb Coblentz termed as an event of "complete accessibility that encourages community involvement and library participation," she posed a question with a smile: "What else are you going to do in winter?"
Due to the generosity of many local businesses, there will be a wide array of prizes offered, such as gift certificates to places like El Jalapeno, Hudson's and Kwik Trip, as well as food prizes and T-shirts. These prizes are garnered through winning tickets, which are gained through participating in the different aspects of the program.
For example, each book read and logged means one ticket. For arranging the genres of books read in a tic-tac-toe diagram (provided in a brochure) in the correct way, three tickets are awarded. For winning the weekly word puzzles, two tickets are handed out. Finally, for each session attended, two tickets are gifted to each attendee as well.
Be sure not to miss the first session, Demystifying Sushi, which brings in "philosopher-chef, and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America" Glen Kuehn to talk about the art of sushi making. He will demonstrate sushi techniques and recipes as well as provide free sushi samples. This session will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the General Meeting Room. Registration for this and other sessions has already begun.
Although the sessions are free, registration is necessary to attend. Other sessions include an adult craft day, an informative session about tattoos and a yoga workshop.
More information on the Adult Winter Reading Program can be found on the Marshfield Public Library's website at http://catalog.marshfieldlibrary.org/Polaris. Or, visit the reference center of the library to recieve a brochure that is necessary for full participation because it outlines the entire program and includes essentials such as the reading log and the tic-tac-toe genre diagram.
Also visit the reference center to recieve specific information on the word puzzles, ticket earnings, prizes or sign-ups for the sessions. For any questions or to register by phone, the reference center can be reached at 715-387-8494, ext. 2.
Contributed by Sean Kaiser.