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Column: Colby library celebrates Ireland and travel in March

11:39 AM, Feb. 27, 2013  |  Comments
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The Colby Public Library, as a member of the Wisconsin Valley Library System, was part of a migration to a new library circulation system.

We have joined the "Sierra" family, and our old "Horizon" checkout module is "Gone with the Wind."

In appreciation for the patience of our patrons during the changeover, we are offering three "Gone with the Wind" gift bags as prizes. Each time a person checks out materials in March, a ticket can be filled out for a random drawing on March 30.

? In an effort to highlight different countries each month, March will feature Ireland in books, movies and music. Check out the "Wearin' of the Green" display.

? The Friends of the CPL will hold its annual meeting at 6 p.m. March 11 at the library. Following the business portion of the meeting, speakers have been invited to share stories of their homelands or travels. Eivor Christianson, a Colby High School foreign exchange student from Norway, will begin the evening. Emily Thell, who studied abroad during her college years, will share stories about Scotland. Jerry Flink, who traveled to China, will discuss his trip. The public is invited to attend.

? Craft and Hobby night will begin at 5 p.m. March 15 in the Colby City Hall Community Room. This is an evening for adults to gather and work on individual projects of interest.

? Book clubs this month are discussing "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett at 1 p.m. March 19 and "Fall on Your Knees" by Ann-Marie MacDonald at 7:30 p.m. March 20.

? Story times for children ages 2 and older continue at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday. New children always are welcome to join in the educational fun.

? The Colby Public Library will have Library Fine Forgiveness Week from March 18 to 23. Colby Public Library patrons will be able to have their Colby library fines forgiven during that week. (We are not able to forgive fines from other libraries.) There is a $15 limit per card to the fine forgiveness promotion, and replacement costs for lost or damaged materials or lost library cards are not included in the offer. People who have not been using the library because of old fines on their cards are invited to come in during this time and start a new chapter in their reading life at the library.

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Call the library at 715-223-2000 for more information about any of the programs.

Vicky Calmes is director of the Colby Public Library.

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